Masoud Nazari

Masoud Nazari

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Masoud Nazari

Biography

Dr. Masoud H. Nazari is an Assistant Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Wayne State University (WSU). His research interest is in the intersection of power systems, machine learning, and distributed control. Dr. Nazari is the IEEE Senior Member, Global Learning Faculty Fellow at WSU, and IEEE Technology Conferences Editorial Board. Prior to joining WSU, he was an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at California State University, Long Beach. Dr. Nazari leads the DTE e-Challenge project to design and develop Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered HVAC Control for Smart Buildings. He was the lead primary investigator of a $2.5M research award by California Energy Commission to design, develop, and demonstrate a secure IoT-based smart building energy management system in large university facilities. He has more than 70 publications in the field, including the best paper award in 2017 North American Power Symposium. His papers have been published in prestigious journals and transactions, such as IEEE Trans. on Smart Grid, IEEE Trans. on Power Systems, Automatica, IEEE Trans. on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Springer Science & Business Media, IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution, and Control Engineering Practice.

Dr. Nazari was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Advanced Computational Electricity Systems in the School of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received his Dual Ph.D. in Electrical & Computer Engineering and Engineering & Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. He was a visiting Ph.D. student in Engineering Systems Division at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He holds two M.S. degrees one in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University and one in Energy Systems from Sharif University of Technology. In addition, he holds a B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from K.N.T. University of Technology.

 

Education

  • Dual Ph.D., Electrical & Computer Engineering / Engineering & Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, Jan. 2007 to Sep. 2012.
  • Visiting PhD Student, Engineering Systems Division, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, 2011.
  • M.S., Engineering & Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, Dec. 2010.
  • M.S., Energy Systems Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Aug. 2005.
  • B.Sc., Electrical Engineering, K.N.T. University of Technology, Tehran, Aug. 2003.

Research Interests

  • Machine Learning and Distributed Control Applications in Power and Energy Systems.
  • Internet of Things based Smart and Connected Buildings and Communities. 
  • Cybersecurity of Power and Energy Systems.

Research Projects

  • AI-powered HVAC Control for Smart Buildings, sponsored through DTE e-Challenge. 
  • Internet of Things and Ubiquitous Sensing in University Building Energy Management: Design Optimization and Technology Demonstration innovation.energy.ca.gov/SearchResultProject.aspx
  • Communication-Failure-Resilient Distributed Optimization and Control Architecture for Multi-Agent Power Grids 
  • Cyber-physical Integrated Threat Awareness, Layered Defense, and Attack-Tolerant Control Solution for IoT-based Building Energy Management System

Publications

  • Masoud H. Nazari, “Multi-Layer Model Predictive Energy Management of Internet of Things enabled Building Microgrids”, IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, under review.
  • Feng Lin, Caisheng Wang, Masoud H. Nazari, and Wenyuan Li, “Supervisory Control to Maximize Mean Time to Failure in Discrete Event Systems”, SIAM Journal of Control and Optimization, under review.
  • M. H. Nazari, S. Xie, and L. Y. Wang, “MIMO Architecture for Fast Convergence of Distributed Online Optimization in Smart Grids”, International Journal of Electrical Power and Energy Systems, under review.
  • M. H. Nazari, S. Xie, and L. Y. Wang, "Distributed Optimal Frequency Control under Communication Packet Loss in Multi-Agent Electric Energy Systems," in IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, under review.
  • S. Xie, M. H. Nazari, L. Y. Wang, and G. Yin, "Adaptive Step Size Selection in Distributed Optimization with Observation Noise and Unknown Stochastic Target Variation," in Automatica, In Press
  • S. Xie, M. H. Nazari, L. Y. Wang, G. Yin and W. Chen, "Impact of Stochastic Generation/Load Variations on Distributed Optimal Energy Management in DC Microgrids for Transportation Electrification," in IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, doi: 10.1109/TITS.2021.3067196. (Link)
  • M. H. Nazari, S. Xie, L. Y. Wang, G. Yin and W. Chen, "Impact of Communication Packet Delivery Ratio on Reliability of Optimal Load Tracking and Allocation in DC Microgrids," in IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, doi: 10.1109/TSG.2021.3062024. (Link)
  • Nazari, M. H., Wang, L.Y., Grijalva, S., and Egerstedt, M., Communication-Failure-Resilient Distributed Frequency Control in Smart Grids: Part I: Architecture and Distributed Algorithms, in IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol. 35, no. 2, pp. 1317-1326, March 2020. (Link
  • Nazari, M. H., Wang, L.Y., Grijalva, S., and Egerstedt, M., Communication-Failure-Resilient Distributed Frequency Control in Smart Grids: Part 2: Algorithmic implementation and System Simulations, in IEEE Transactions on Power Systems. (Link)
  • Ramachandan, T., Nazari, M. H., Grijalva, S., and Egerstedt, M., Overcoming Communication Delays in Distributed Frequency Control, in IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol. 31, no. 4, pp. 2965-2973, July 2016. (Link)
  • Nazari, M. H., Costello, Z., Feyzollahi, J., Grijalva, S., and Egerstedt, M., Distributed Frequency Control of Prosumer-based Electric Energy Systems, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, 29(6), pp. 2934-2942, Nov. 2014. (Link)
  • Nazari, M. H. and Ilic, M., Dynamic Modelling and Control of Distribution Energy Systems: Comparison with Transmission Power Systems, Generation, Transmission & Distribution, IET, 8(1), pp. 26-34, Jan. 2014. (Link)
  • Nazari, M. H., Electrical Networks of the Azores Archipelago, Chapter 3, Engineering IT-Based Electricity Services of the Future: the Case of Low-Cost Green Azores Islands, Springer, 2013. (Link)
  • Nazari, M. H., Optimal Placement of Wind Power Plants for Delivery Loss Minimization, Chapter 12, Engineering IT-Based Electricity Services of the Future: the Case of Low-Cost Green Azores Islands, Springer, 2013. (Link)
  • Nazari, M. H., Small-Signal Stability of Electric Power Systems on the Azores Archipelago, Chapter 17, Engineering IT-Based Electricity Services of the Future: the Case of Low-Cost Green Azores Islands, Springer, 2013. (Link)
  • Nazari, M. H., Ilic, M., and Lopes, J. P., Small-Signal Stability and Decentralized Control Design for Electric Energy Systems with Large Penetration of Distributed Generators, Control Engineering Practice, 20(9), pp. 823-831, 2012. (Link)  

 

Papers and Conferences

  • M. H. Nazari, L. Y. Wang, S. Grijalva and M. Egerstedt, “Communication-Failure-Resilient Distributed Frequency Control in Smart Grids: Part I: Architecture and Distributed Algorithms,” in 2021 Power & Energy Society General Meeting.
  • M. H. Nazari, L. Y. Wang, S. Grijalva and M. Egerstedt, “Communication-Failure-Resilient Distributed Frequency Control in Smart Grids: Part II: Algorithmic Implementation and System Simulations,” in 2021 Power & Energy Society General Meeting.
  • Samaniy, E., Khalediany, P., Aligholiany, A., Papalexakisz, E., Cun, S., Nazari, M., H., and Mohsenian-Rad, H., Anomaly Detection in IoT-Based PIR Occupancy Sensors to Improve Building Energy Efficiency, 2020 IEEE Power & Energy Society Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (IGST), Washington, DC, 2020, pp. 1-6.
  • Tran, D., Sanchez, E., Nazari, M., H., Model Predictive Energy Management for Building Microgrids with IoT-based Controllable Loads, 2019 North American Power Symposium (NAPS), Wichita, KS, USA, 2019, pp. 1-6.
  • Tran, D., Nazari, M., H., Sadeghi-Mobarakeh, A., and Mohsenian-Rad, H., Smart Building Design: A Framework for Optimal Placement of Advanced Sensors and Actuators, 2019 IEEE Power & Energy Society Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (IGST), Washington, DC, 2019, pp. 1-6.
  • Sanchez, E. and Nazari, M., H., Model Predictive Energy Scheduling for Building Microgrid, 2017 North American Power Symposium (NAPS), Morgantown, WV, 2017, pp. 1-6. (Best Paper Award)
  • Fares, A., Nazari, M., H., Castaneda, J., Chassiakos, A., Two-Area System Analysis and Control Using Real-Time Digital Simulator, 2016 IEEE Green Energy and Systems Conference (IGSEC), Long Beach, CA, 2016, pp. 1-7.
  • Sanchez, E. and Nazari, M., H., Component Validation Process for High Performance Hybrid Electric Race Vehicle, 2016 IEEE Green Energy and Systems Conference (IGSEC), Long Beach, CA, 2016, pp. 1-8.
  • Nazari, M. H., Grijalva, S., and Egerstedt, M., Distributed Frequency Regulation in the Presence of Communication Failure, 2016 IEEE Power & Energy Society Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference (ISGT), Minneapolis, MN, 2016, pp. 1-5.
  • Chukwuka, V., Nazari, M. H., Grijalva, S., Enhancing Communications Reliability in Prosumer-Based Smart Grid using MIMO Communications, 2016 Clemson University Power Systems Conference (PSC), Clemson, SC, 2016, pp. 1-5.
  • B. Stuart and M. H. Nazari. NASA Mission to Mars Program: Innovative DC Microgrid Proof of Concept for Spacecraft. In i-PCGrid Conference, March 2015.
  • Ramachandan, T., Nazari, M. H., and Egerstedt, M., Controllability of Prosumer-based Networks in the Presence of Communication Failures, 2015 54th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), Osaka, 2015, pp. 4770-4775. (Invited Paper)
  • Nazari, M., H., A Distributed Framework for Frequency Regulation in Large-scale Prosumer-based Power Systems, 2015 IEEE Green Energy and Systems Conference (IGESC), Long Beach, CA, 2015, pp. 55-60.
  • Nazari, M. H., Ilic, M., and Morgan, G., Toward Model-based Policy Design for Reliable and Efficient Integration of Distributed Generators, 2013 IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting, Vancouver, BC, 2013, pp. 1-5.
  • Nazari, M. H. and Ilic, M., A Dynamic Modeling Framework for Future Distribution Energy Systems, 2012 North American Power Symposium (NAPS), Champaign, IL, 2012, pp. 1-6.
  • Nazari, M. H., Small-Signal Stability and Centralized Control Design of Modern Distribution Systems, 2011 North American Power Symposium, Boston, MA, 2011, pp. 1-6.
  • Nazari, M. H., Ilic, M., and Lopes, J. P., Dynamic Stability and Control Design of Future Electric Energy Systems with Large Penetration of Distributed Generators, 2010 IREP Symposium Bulk Power System Dynamics and Control - VIII (IREP), Rio de Janeiro, 2010, pp. 1-7.
  • Nazari, M. H. and Ilic, M., Potential for Efficiency Improvement of Future Electric Energy Systems with Distributed Generation units, IEEE PES General Meeting, Providence, RI, 2010, pp. 1-9.
  • Nazari, M. H. and Ilic, M., Technical Challenge in Modernizing Distribution Electric Power Systems with Large Number of Distributed 2009 IEEE Bucharest PowerTech, Bucharest, 2009, pp. 1-8.
  • Nazari, M. H., and Parniani, M., Determining and Optimizing Power Loss Reduction in Distribution Feeders due to Distributed Generation, 2006 IEEE PES Power Systems Conference and Exposition, Atlanta, GA, 2006, pp. 1914-1918.
  • Jonker, M., and Nazari, M. H., Institutional and Technical Modernization of the Power System to Accommodate Distributed Generation, 4th European Congress on Economics and Management of Energy in Industry, Porto, Portugal, 2007.
  • Nazari, M. H., and Parniani, M., Evaluating the Effects of Distributed Generation on Radial Distribution Feeders, 14th Iranian Conf. on Electrical Eng., Tehran, Iran, 2006.

 

Awards and Honors

  • Selected as WSU Global Learning Faculty Fellow, 2021.
  • Received Research Opportunities for Engineering Undergraduate (ROEU), WSU College of Engineering 2020-21.
  • Elevated to the grade of IEEE Senior Member in Power and Energy Society, Sep. 2019.
  • Best Paper Award in 49th North American Power Symposium at Morgantown, West Virginia, Sep. 2017.
  • Awarded Portugal Science and Technology Foundation PhD Fellowship, Sep. 2007.

I have supervised graduate students who received following awards:

  • Winner of the three-minute-thesis competition at the WSU College of Engineering, 2021.
  • Graduate Dean's List Recipient of Scholars and Artists CSU Long Beach, May 2018.
  • HOGAR Graduate Student Fellowship CSU Long Beach 2017. 

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