Monika Rohe-Al Torman

Lunchtime Seminar

Tuesday, 15. December 2015 - 12:00 to 13:00, Leo 18



Prof. Dr. Sebastian Lehnhoff, OFFICE, University of Oldenburg

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Lehnhoff is a Professor for Energy Information Systems at the University of Oldenburg. He received his doctorate at the TU Dortmund University in 2009. Prof. Lehnhoff is a member of the executive board of the Energy R&D division at the OFFIS Institute for Information Technology. He is speaker of the section „Energy Informatics“ within the German Informatics Society (GI), assoc. editor of the IEEE Computer Society’s Computing and Smart Grid Special Technical Community as well as an active member of numerous committees and working groups focusing on ICT in future Smart Grids. He is an honorary fellow of the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at the University of Queensland. His research interests are self-organizing energy systems, distribution grid automation as well as methods for in Co-Simulation and experimental design in energy system engineering.

 TOPIC: ICT-Challenges in Designing and Operating future Smart Grids


Future electrical power systems will be composed of large collections of autonomous components. Sensors and actuators, aware of their environment, with the ability to communicate freely, will have to organize themselves in order to perform the actions and services that are required for a reliable and robust power supply. Monitoring and efficiently operating such a system is a challenging task for the underlying information and communication (ICT) infrastructure as well as the system’s “intelligence” to efficiently perform these tasks while guaranteeing the necessary power quality.

Self-organization is an organizational concept that promises systems with the ability to adapt themselves to system perturbations and failures and thus may yield highly robust systems with the ability to scale freely to almost any size.

In this talk Prof. Lehnhoff will outline results from an interdisciplinary research network “Smart Nord” – funded by the Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture – developing self-organizing agent-based solutions for the coordinated and decentralized allocation of active power schedules as well as critical short-term ancillary services in future Smart Grids. Bringing together researchers from relevant disciplines, Smart Nord aims at designing a novel ICT-infrastructure to support and enable a Smart Grid composed of large collections of autonomous components performing appropriate functions and processes in order to guarantee a reliable and robust power supply.