Keynote / Invited Lecture 8

Title: Smart Grids and Green Mobile Computing: Two Frontiers of Eco-friendly Computing and Communications

Speaker:  Dr.Vinod Namboodiri, Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator, Wichita State University.


Smart Grids
The transformation of today’s electricity grids into smart grids has been widely compared in significance with building the U.S. interstate highway system or development of the Internet. The trend to smarter electric power grids comes at a time in which information and communication technologies (ICT) have made great advances and are ready to and will play an essential role in the implementation of smart grids. This is especially important considering that electric power utilities are responsible for a quarter of all global emissions. However, it is by no means obvious which ICT will be integrated into electricity grids and in what way. Massive data flows, transmitted from a large number of smart meters in the power distribution system towards the utility control center, at a rate that often exceeds the capacity of the communications network infrastructure, requires the design of data concentration algorithms that also respect application quality of service (QoS) requirements. The first part of this talk will embrace the theme of “Enabling Big Data in Smart Grids” by looking at the specific research challenge of collecting large-scale metering data in smart grids and give an overview of some solutions.

Green Mobile Computing
With the rapid growth of mobile computing and communication devices over the last decade, an increasingly important area of research within the broad theme of green computing is the design of environmentally-friendly mobile computing devices and associated services. The focus of research in this area in the past has primarily been in improving battery life and less on reducing the energy consumption and associated environmental impact over the lifecycle of these devices. A major hurdle in the adoption of environmentally-friendly designs of mobile computing devices is that they are rarely tied with a market-driven approach to provide an economic case to justify such practices. The second part of this talk will present a vision for research in the area of environmentally sustainable mobile computing that recognizes that economic principles and market forces often dictate future technical directions, and advances in the area would require a market-driven framework to guide system design. Subsequently an framework called market-driven environmentally-sustainable mobile computing or MaDeMobile is presented to guide (i) environmentally-friendly system design of mobile computing systems, and (ii) the design of incentives to increase consumer adoption of green options while preserving competitiveness of firms offering such options.

Speaker Profile:

Vinod Namboodiri is currently an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Wichita State University. He graduated with a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2008. His current research interests are in the area of Energy Systems as it applies to Smart Grids and Green Computing. His research has been funded by the Power Systems Engineering Research Center (PSERC), an NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Defense, among others. Dr. Namboodiri currently serves or has served on the program committees of IEEE INFOCOM, IEEE GLOBECOM, IEEE ICC, and IEEE IPCCC. He co-chaired the Green Computing, Communications, and Networking symposium at the International Conference on Computing, Networking, and Communications (ICNC) in January 2013. He also serves as a reviewer for various journals including IEEE Transactions on Smart Grids, IEEE Transactions on Mobile computing, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, and IEEE Transactions on Networking. He was a recipient of the Strategic Engineering Research Fellowship for year 2011 by the College of Engineering at Wichita State University. His work on enabling consumer participation in energy delivery was noticed by the U.S. Department of Energy and included in an internal report to the U.S Energy Secretary in 2011.
He has been a panelist presenting on a university’s role in education and workforce development in the area of smart grids at both the IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting (PESGM) in 2012 and at the IEEE Power and Energy Society Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (PES ISGT) Conference North America in 2014. He is a recipient of many teaching awards including the Academy of Effective Teaching Award in 2014, Excellence in Teaching Award in 2013, and the Duane and Velma Wallace Excellence in Teaching Award by the College of Engineering in 2013, all at Wichita State University. He also currently serves as the Graduate Coordinator for the Master of Science in Computer Networking program at Wichita State University.



Department of Computer Science and Engineering,
National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal,
Mangalore – 575 025, India



ICECCS 2014 Conference Secretariat,
Department of Computer Science and Engineering,
National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal,
Mangalore – 575 025, India