• Seminar Series 2014-2015: Second Seminar
    Hussein T. MouftahHussein T. Mouftah
    University of Ottawa
    Date: Friday, January 9, 2015 at 10 am.
    Location: DC 2585

    Title: Smart Grid Technologies for Connected Electric Vehicles

    Abstract: The electrical power grid is among the critical infrastructures of a nation. In the past several years, power grid operators have experienced several major blackouts that have caused large financial losses. In the near future, the imbalance between growing demand and diminishing fossil fuels, aging equipment, and lack of communications are foreseen to worsen the conditions of power grids. For this reason, governments and utilities have recently started working on renovating the power grid to meet the quality and availability demands of the 21st century. The opportunities that have become available with the advances in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) have paved the way to this modernization. The new grid empowered by ICT is called the smart grid.

    In the near future, resilience is expected to become a more significant concern due to the additional loads of Plug-In Electric Vehicles (PEVs). PEVs are expected to be widely adopted as passenger cars and as commercial vehicle fleets since they have low carbon emissions and low operating costs. In this talk we will address the challenges facing connected electric vehicles in a smart grid environment.

    Biography: After four years of industrial experience mainly at Bell-Northern Research (BNR), Dr. Hussein T. Mouftah started his academic career as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Queen’s University in 1979. In 1988 he became full professor there and from 1998 until 2002 he was Associate Head for the Department Since 2002 he has been a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair at the University of Ottawa, SITE and in 2006 he was appointed Distinguished University Professor. During his sabbatical leaves, he did consulting work for BNR and Norte! Networks (1986-87; 1993-94; and 2000-01).Dr. Mouftah has published over 1000 technical papers, 7 books and 48 book chapters. To his credit he has 12 patents and 140 industrial reports. He has received research grants and contracts totalling close to $40 million and he has supervised more than 300 highly ‘qualified personnel of which 95 are Masters and 63 are PhD graduates and 30 are post-doctoral fellows.

    Dr. Mouftah has served the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE) Communications Society as Editor-in-Chief of the Communications Magazine (1995-97), Director of Magazines (1998-99), Chair of the Awards Committee (2002-03), Director of Education (2006-07), and Member of the Board of Governors (1997-99 and 2006-07). Also, he is the founding Chair of two of IEEE Communications Society’s Technical Committees (Ths): Optical Networking TC (2002¬04) and Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks TC (2005-07). He has been a Distinguished Speaker of the IEEE Communications Society (2000-2008).Dr. Mouftah is the recipient of the 1989 Engineering Medal for Research and Development from the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario and of the 2002 Ontario Distinguished Researcher Award of the Ontario Innovation Trust. He has also received 12 Outstanding/Best Paper Awards (ISMVL’1984; IEEE Communications Magazine in 1993; SPECTS’2002; HPSR’2002; CITO Innovators2004; ICC’2005; 2 at ISCC2008; CCECE2009; IST-AWSN’09; WiSense2010; and EPEC2010), the IEEE Canada Outstanding Service Award (1995), and the CSIM Distinguished Service Award of the IEEE Communications Society (2006). In 2004 Dr. Mouftah received the IEEE Communications Society Edwin Howard Armstrong Achievement Award and the George S. Glinski Award for Excellence in Research from the Faculty of Engineering, University of Ottawa. In 2006 he was honoured with the IEEE McNaughton Gold Medal and the Engineering Institute of Canada Julian Smith Medal. In 2007 he was the recipient of the Royal Society of Canada Thomas W. Eadk Medal. He has also received the 2007-2008 University of Ottawa Award for Excellence in Research, and the 2008 ORION Leadership Award of Merit. Dr. Mouftah is a Fellow of the IEEE (1990), Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (2003), Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (2005), and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada RSC Academy of Sciences (2008).