An Integrated Testbed for Power System Monitoring, Modeling and Control Actuation

The objective of the Large-scale Test Bed (LTB) project in the CURENT research center is to develop a comprehensive software platform that continuously simulates a large-scale power system with monitoring, control, communication, and visualization capabilities. LTB provides a testing platform to validate and verify new models and controls developed in CURENT. Thus, it serves as a driver of research since it provides fast prototyping of new models and grid infrastructures, direct access to simulation and measurement data, and instant feedback of the wide-area control signals. In this presentation, first, the motivation of LTB will be discussed. Then, the software architecture and data interfaces will be presented. Next, the integration with other external tools and research modules will be discussed. Finally, demonstrative case studies will be presented, followed by remarks on interactions with other thrusts in CURENT and broad impacts to the power system research community.


Fangxing LiFangxing Li, also know as Fran Li, is presently the James McConnell Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at The University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UTK). He also serves as the Campus Director and the Large-scale Test Bed (LTB) lead of CURENT research center, one of the largest research centers in the US in electric power systems.

Professor Li received his BSEE and MSEE degrees both from Southeast University (China) in 1994 and 1997, respectively, and then his Ph.D. degree from Virginia Tech (USA) in 2001. Prior to joining UTK, he had worked at ABB Electrical System Consulting in Raleigh, NC, from 2001 to 2005, as a senior engineer and then a principal engineer.

Professor Li is presently the Vice Chair of IEEE PES PSOPE committee. He is a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the state of North Carolina and a Fellow of IEEE.