Dr Vijayanarasimha Hindupur Pakka

Job: Senior Lecturer in Engineering & Sustainable Development (VC2020)

Faculty: Technology

School/department: School of Engineering and Sustainable Development

Research group(s): Institute of Energy & Sustainable Development (IESD), Engineering & Physical Sciences Institute (EPSI)

Address: IESD, Queens Building, De Montfort University, Leicester, LE1 9BH UK

T: +44 (0)116 207 8835

E: vpakka@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk

 

Personal profile

Vijay Pakka is a Senior Lecturer in Engineering & Sustainable Development (VC2020) based within the Institute of Energy & Sustainable Development. He undertakes research in the area of Smart Grids specifically on the topics of distributed resource integration, microgrid operation and control, voltage regulation, distribution system modelling, electricity markets, deregulated power systems, demand response strategies and network stability analysis. He has a strong background in power system analysis and works with a range of modelling and analysis tools such as multiagent systems, statistical models, machine learning algorithms and metaheuristic techniques. He has special interests in stochastic dynamical systems and Bayesian network theory. He teaches electronics and electrical principles and power system analysis to undergraduate and postgraduate students along with research supervision of Doctoral and MSc students.

Vijay worked as a Senior Research Fellow on the EPSRC funded AMEN (Agent-based Modelling of Electricity Networks) project that sought to make a significant and original contribution to improve the international profile and national strategic impact of energy modelling in the UK. It addressed in the context of the electricity network, perceived general weaknesses in whole energy systems modelling - from the closely related standpoint of complex systems research - in the areas of end-use behaviour, technology dynamics, and energy in industry. Prior to this project, Vijay worked on the million-£ CASCADE (Complex Adaptive Systems Cognitive Agents and Distributed Energy) project funded by EPSRC which focussed on agent based modelling of the UK energy system from a socio-economic and technical prespective.

Prior to joining DMU, Vijay completed his PhD in computer Science from the University of Southampton, UK and his Masters from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. His PhD thesis was on the investigation of Complexity issues in Gene Regulatory Networks using Machine Learning and Stochastic Analysis Techniques and his MSc was on using Neural Networks and Support Vector Machines for locating Faults in Distribution Networks. Vijay has a background in Electrical & Electronics Engineering with focus on Power System Analysis, Smart Grids, Electricity Markets and Trading, Power Electronics, Machine Learning Techniques and Statistical Analysis. Vijay has a Higher Certificate in Statistics from the Royal Statistical Society and is working towards a diploma from RSS.

Research group affiliations

Publications and outputs 

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Key research outputs

Ekwevugbe, T. Brown, N., Pakka, V.H. and Fan, D: Improved occupancy monitoring in non-domestic buildings, Sustainable Cities and Society, 30, pp. 97-107, 2017.

Pakka, V. and Rylatt, R: Design and Analysis of Electrical Distribution Networks and Balancing Markets in the UK: A New Framework with Applications, Energies, 2016, MDPI AG, 9 (2), p. 101

Rylatt, R. Mark ; Snape, J. Richard ; Allen, P. ; Ardestani, B. M. ; Boait, Peter John ; Boggasch, E. ; Fan, Denis ; Fletcher, G. ; Gammon, Rupert ; Lemon, Mark ; Pakka, V. H. ; Savill, M. ; Smith, Stefan ; Strathern, M. ; Varga, Liz: Exploring Smart Grid Possibilities: A Complex Systems Modelling Approach. Smart Grid. 1 (1). p. 1-15, 2015

Pakka, V. H. and Rylatt, R. M: An NSGA-II based Multi-Objective Approach for Distribution System Voltage Control. In: Proc of CIRED workshop - International Conference on Electricity Distribution, 12-12 June, 2014. Rome, Italy. Paper No: 0185

Tobore Ekwevugbe, Neil Brown, Vijay Pakka, Denis Fan: Real-time Building Occupancy Sensing Using Neural-Network Based Sensor Network. 7th IEEE International Conference on Digital Ecosystems and Technologies (IEEE DEST 2013), July 24 - 26, 2013, California, USA.

Vijayanarasimha H. Pakka, Richard M. Rylatt: An Object-Oriented Framework for Analysis of MV/LV Distribution Systems. 13th Spanish-Portugues Conference on Electrical Engineering (XIIICHLIE), July 3 - 5, 2013, Valencia, Spain.

Vijayanarasimha H. Pakka, Babak M. Ardestani, Mark R. Rylatt: Agent-based modelling of the UK short term electricity market: Effects of intermittent wind power. 9th Intl Conf of European Energy Market (EEM 2012), May 10 - 12, 2012, Florence, Italy.

Vijayanarasimha H. Pakka, Adam Prugel-Bennett, Srinandan Dasmahapatra: Correlated fluctuations carry signatures of gene regulatory network dynamics. Journal of Theoretical Biology, Vol: 266(3), 2010, pp: 343-357.

Thukaram D, Khicha H.P, Vijayanarasimha H. Pakka: Artificial neural network & support vector machine approach for locating faults in radial distribution systems. IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, Vol: 20(2), 2005, pp: 710-721.

Research interests/expertise

Electrical Power Systems Analysis

Power Distribution Systems

Design & Operation of Smart Grids: Microgrids, Integration of Renewable Energy Sources and Electric Vehicles, Congestion Management, Demand Side Management

Power System Dynamics and Control, Stability Analysis

Electricity Market Reforms and Trading

Stochastic Processes & Stochastical Systems Analysis

Neural Networks, Support Vector Machines

Multi Agent Systems, Game Theory

Agent Based Modelling

Statistical Analysis

Optimization Theory

Complexity Science

Areas of teaching

Power Factor Correction

Power System Analysis  - Transmission & Distribution

Electrical & Electronic Principles

Computer Aided Design

Qualifications

PhD, Computer Science, University of Southampton, UK, 2005 - 2009

MSc (Engg), Electrical Engg, Indian Institute of Science, India, 2002 - 2004

B.E., Electrical & Electronics Engg, Bangalore University, India, 1997 - 2001

PGCertHE, De Montfort University, UK, 2016- 2017

Courses taught

  • “Electrical Transmission & Distribution” ENGD3015. Module Leader - 2016/17/18
  • "Electrical & Electronic Principles" ENGD1004. Module Leader - 2017/18
  • “Power Electronics” ENGD3025. Module Leader, Instructor - 2016/17
  • “Computer Aided Engineering & Programming” ENGD1019. Instructor -2016/17/18
  • “Engineering Applications” ENGZ0002. TA - 2015/16/17
  • “Energy Analysis Techniques” ENGT5218. Deputy Module Leader - 2014/.../18
  • “Individual Project” Final Year Undergraduate - ENGD3000 - 2016/17/18
  • “Dissertation” MSc  - ENGT5304 - 2011/.../18

Membership of professional associations and societies

Member of IEEE, 2002-present

Member of IET, 2005-present

Energy Institute

CIGRE, UK

Fellow of HEA

Professional licences and certificates

FHEA - Higher Education Academy - 2017

PGCertHE - De Montfort University - 2017

Conference attendance

CIRED-2014, Challenges of Implementing Active Distribution System Mgmt, 11-12 June, 2014, Rome, Italy.

13th Spanish-Portugues Conference on Electrical Engineering (XIIICHLIE), July 2013, Valencia, Spain.

9th International Conference on European Energy Markets (EEM), May 2012, Florence, Italy.

SMi’s Conference on Smart Grids Data Management, Nov 2010, London

European Future Energy Forum, Oct 2010, ExCel, London

Seminar on Introducing ELEXON (Electricity Balancing & Settlement Company), Sept 2010, London

Workshop on Future Research Directions in Agent-Based Modelling, June 2010, Leeds

Mathematical and Statistical Aspects of Molecular Biology, 18th annual MASAMB workshop, Glasgow, March 2008. (Poster)

Taming the Complexity of Cellular Networks, Royal Society, April 2007, Organised by the Interdisciplinary Research Network in Optical Proteomics, London

From Individual to Collective Behaviour in Large-Scale Complex Systems, An interdisciplinary Summer School on Complex Systems, Aug 2006, Ambleside, UK. Organized by Manchester University, UK

Southampton Spring School in Complexity Science, April 2006, Intl Workshop Organized by Southampton University, UK

International Conference on Cognitive Systems, Organized by NIIT-Centre for Research in Cognitive Systems, Dec 2004, New Delhi, India. (Poster)

Asian Applied Computing Conference, Oct 2004, Kathmandu, Nepal. (Poster)

Recent research outputs

Ekwevugbe, T. Brown, N., Pakka, V.H. and Fan, D: Improved occupancy monitoring in non-domestic buildings, Sustainable Cities and Society, 30, pp. 97-107, 2017.

Pakka, V. and Rylatt, R: Design and Analysis of Electrical Distribution Networks and Balancing Markets in the UK: A New Framework with Applications, Energies, 2016, MDPI AG, 9 (2), p. 101

Consultancy work

Power System Analysis

Statistical Analysis

Externally funded research grants information

Agent-based Modelling of Electricity Networks (AMEN):

  • EPSRC funded project, ref: EP/K033492/1
  • Dates: 1-April-2013 to 31-May-2016
  • Role: Senior Research Fellow
  • Collaborators:
    o    E.On UK Plc
    o    European Institute for Energy Research
    o    The National Energy Foundation
    o    CSIRO

Short Knowledge Transfer Programme (sKTP):

  • Technology Strategy Board funded sKTP on "Analyzing electricity demand data at outdoor events and summer festivals and smart control strategies and technologies to optimize demand consumption"
  • Dates: June-2013 to Feb-2014
  • Role: Supervisor
  • Collaborators:
    o   Midas Productions Ltd, Company involved in installation of electrical system  for outdoor events

Complex Adaptive Systems, Cognitive Agents and Distributed Energy (CASCADE): a Complexity Science-Based Investigation into the Smart Grid Concept

  • EPSRC funded project, ref: EP/G059969/1
  • Dates: 01-October-2009 to 31-March-2013
  • Role: Research Fellow
  • Collaborators:
  • Cranfield University
  • E.On UK
  • Ecotricity
  • The National Energy Foundation
  • Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences
  • PassivSystems

Professional esteem indicators

Higher Certificate in Statistics, May 2013, Royal Statistical Society, London, UK.

Reviewer for EPSRC grant proposals: 2014  - to present

Reviewer for Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research: 2012  - to present

Reviewer for IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution Journal: 2007 – to present

Reviewer for Journal of Theoretical Biology: 2010 – to present

Reviewer for Electric Power Systems Research Journal: 2013 – to present

Reviewer for MDPI Energies Journal: 2016 – to present

Reviewer for the 8th Intl Conf on the European Energy Market, May 2011

Reviewer for the7th IEEE International Conference on Digital Ecosystems and Technologies (IEEE DEST 2013), July 2013, California, USA

Conference Session Chairman at the 13th Spanish-Portuguese Conference on Electrical Engineering, July 2013, Valencia, Spain

Conferences Presented

An NSGA-II based Multi-Objective Approach for Distribution System Voltage Control. CIRED workshop - International Conference on Electricity Distribution, 12-12 June, 2014. Rome, Italy

An Agent Based Model for Optimal Generation Mix based on Price Elasticity of Aggregated Consumer Demand. 13th Spanish-Portugues Conference on Electrical Engineering (XIIICHLIE), July 3 - 5, 2013, Valencia, Spain

An Object-Oriented Framework for Analysis of MV/LV Distribution Systems. 13th Spanish-Portugues Conference on Electrical Engineering (XIIICHLIE), July 3 - 5, 2013, Valencia, Spain

CASCADE, Developing a Multi-Agent Model of the UK Electricity System. Satellite Workshop: Sustainable Energy, Complexity Science and the Smart Grid, 9th European Conference on Complex Systems (ECCS 2012), Sept 3 - 7, 2012, Brussels, Belgium

Old hat? Modelling the effect of age on electricity consumption practice. Annual International Conference of Royal Geographical Society (RGS-IBG 2011), London, Aug 31 - Sept 2, 2012

Agent-based modelling of the UK short term electricity market: Effects of intermittent wind power. 9th Intl Conf of European Energy Market (EEM 2012), May 10 - 12, 2012, Florence, Italy

Correlated Fluctuations Probe Dynamics of Transcriptional Regulation. Proceedings of 6th International Workshop on Computational Systems Biology (WCSB 2009), June 10 - 12, 2009, Aarhus, Denmark

Time-Covariance Functions to Structurally Distinguish Gene Regulatory Networks. 7th International Conference on Complex Systems (ICCS 2007), Oct 28 - Nov 2, 2007, NECSI, Boston, USA

Detection of Fault Location in Distribution Systems using Artificial Neural Networks. Proceedings of the 13th National Power System Conference (NPSC 2004), Dec 27 - 30, 2004, IIT Madras, Chennai, India

Estimation of Multi-pattern-to-Single-pattern Functions by combining Feedforward Neural Networks and Support Vector Machines. Proceedings of the 7th Seminar on Neural Network Applications in Electrical Engineering (NEUREL 2004), Sept 23 - 25, 2004, Belgrade, Serbia

Research Supervision

  • Mr. Yagnesh Bhatt. MSc, Completed May 2018

    Improvement in Voltage Stability and Power Factor by Optimal Placement and Sizing of Capacitors in Radial Distribution Networks

  • Mr. Dhruvkumar Bhatt. MSc, Completed May 2018

    Optimal Placement and Sizing of Distributed Generators for Loss Minimization and Improvement of Voltage Profile

  • Mr. Salem Alrajeh. MSc, Completed Sept 2017

    Investigation of the Socio-Economic and Technical Impacts of Smart Grids and a simple case study for Smart Meter Adoption in Hail City, Saudi Arabia

  • Dr. Richard Snape. PhD 2nd Supervisor. Completed May 2016.

   “Incorporating human behaviour in an agent based model of technology adoption in the transition to a smart grid”

  • Dr. Tobore Ekwevugbe. PhD 2nd Supervisor. Completed January 2014.

   “Advanced Occupancy Measurement Using Sensor Fusion”

  • Ms. Shu Su. MSc, Completed May 2016

   “A comparative study of generation costs of electricity, market structures and renewable support schemes in the UK.

  • Mr. Peter Rayson. MSc, Completed September 2013

  Optimizing the physical & commercial balancing positions of UK renewable generators within an EU single market”.

  • Mr. Timothy Aldridge. MSc, Completed September 2011.

   The net effects of intermittent generation renewable energy support schemes on electricity prices”.

Software packages designed & developed

  • Electricity Market design and operation within the UK system
  • Object-oriented Framework for Analysis of Electric Distribution Systems
  • Market induced Aggregated Demand Response
  • Integration of Wind power and its influence on Electricity Market prices
  • Distribution System Voltage Control using Genetic Algorithms
  • Smart Grid Scheduling Algorithm using Multi-Agent Systems

Extracurricular Activities

  • Poetry - English
  • Classical Language – Sanskrit (Advanced level)
  • Cricket – captained staff club at University of Southampton
  • Astronomy

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