ACCS Special Training Seminar and Weekly Meeting

4th of  October in room 78.622 (General Purpose South) at 10:30am

Morning tea will be served at 10:00.


Optimisation methods for power system planning and operations


A. Prof. Joe (Z.Y.) Dong, School of ITEE, University of Queensland


Power industry has been experiencing dramatic changes from a vertically integrated industry into a deregulated competitive electricity market over the past decade in many countries. The ability of a power system to supply electricity securely is essential to the operation of an electricity market.

The electricity market has to follow the physical power system constraints as well as the market rules aiming at maximal social welfare. However, the electricity market development still suffers from a number of problems. For example, the lack of investment into the transmission infrastructure has been identified as a major cause leading to the disastrous power system blackout of North America in Aug 2003. This requires new methodologies in system operation and planning in a market environment.


This presentation will cover fundamentals as well as recent advances in generation and transmission planning methodologies. It will start from the basics of power system analysis, AC , DC power flow, optimal power flow, power system planning as an optimisation problem, and some recent advances from publications in this area.


Each session starts with a short talk (~25 min.) by a developer, which describes current or past work, and gives a personal critique of the usefulness of the software engineering process employed.

An open discussion will follow the talk, during which the attendees will be able to ask questions, make suggestions, or debate the merits of various tools and techniques.

Proceeding each talk, coffee and tea (as well as biscuits) will be available to improve attention, and encourage attendance.


The central goal of the discussion group is to facilitate sharing of software engineering expertise between developers and provide exposure to new methodologies and techniques. Our aim is to increase the level of software engineering expertise among complex systems modelers.

Talk topics may vary widely: the use of a design notation; the effectiveness of a particular tool; a description of current or past programming work; or a personal critique of the usefulness of a software engineering technique used.

We Need You

We are calling for people interested in presenting to the group to come along to the meeting on Monday or send us a short abstract and likely availability.

We also need interested participants to come along and share in the discussion.

If you have any questions or comments please contact:

Daniel Bradley <>


Leighton Brough <>

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