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Dr Vijayanarasimha Hindupur Pakka

Job: 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)

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 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.

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 Regulatory Networks using Machine Learning and Stochastic Analysis Techniques. Vijay has a background in Electrical & Electronics Engineering with focus on Power System Analysis, Electrical Machines, Electromagnetic Theory, Power Electronics and Artificial Intelligence Techniques.

Research group affiliations

Publications and outputs 

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Key research outputs

Mark Rylatt, Rupert Gammon, Peter Boait, Liz Varga, Peter Allen, Mark Savill, Richard Snape, Mark Lemon, Babak Ardestani, Vijay Pakka, Graham Fletcher, Stefan Smith, Denis Fan and Mark Strathern. CASCADE: An Agent Based Framework for Modeling the Dynamics of Smart Electricity Systems. Emergence: Complexity & Organization (E:CO), an International Transdisciplinary Journal of Complex Social Systems, Special Issue on Complexity and the Smart Energy Grid, Vol. 15, No. 2, pp: 1-13, 2013 ISSN: 1521-3250.

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, Babak M. Ardestani, Richard M. Rylatt: 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.

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.

Peter Boait, Vijayanarasimha H. Pakka: Balancing Electricity Supply with Distribution Network Constraints. International Electricity Conference and Exhibition (CIRED 2013), June 10 - 13, 2013, Stockholm, Sweden.

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.

Vijayanarasimha H. Pakka: 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 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

Qualifications

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

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

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

Courses taught

  • “Electrical Transmission & Distribution” ENGD3015. Module Leader, Instructor
  • “Power Electronics” ENGD3025. Module Leader, Instructor
  • “Computer Aided Engineering & Programming” ENGD1019. Instructor
  • “Engineering Applications” ENGZ0002. TA
  • “Energy Analysis Techniques” ENGT5218. Deputy Module Leader, Guest Lecturer
  • “Individual Project” Final Year Undergraduate - ENGD3000.
  • “Dissertation” MSc  - ENGT5304.

Membership of professional associations and societies

Member of IEEE, 2002-present

Member of IET, 2005-present

Energy Institute

CIGRE, UK

Associate Fellow of HEA

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

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, Babak M. Ardestani, Richard M. Rylatt: 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.

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.

Peter Boait, Vijayanarasimha H. Pakka: Balancing Electricity Supply with Distribution Network Constraints. International Electricity Conference and Exhibition (CIRED 2013), June 10 - 13, 2013, Stockholm, Sweden.

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-March-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 IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution Journal: 2007 – 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

Won the Best Poster Award for a poster titled "An Object-Oriented Framework for Analysis of MV/LV Distribution Systems" at the 13th Spanish-Portugues Confrence 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

  • 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.

   “Investigation of Building Occupancy Detection System 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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