Event Date
Wed 17 Sep 2014 - 5:00 pm to
Wed 17 Sep 2014 - 7:00 pm

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Key Speaker(s)
Professor Z.Y. Dong, Professor and Head of School of Electrical and Information Engineering, the University of Sydney
Engineers Australia, John Connell Auditorium, 21 Bedford Street, North Melbourne, VIC
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Engineers Australia Electrical and ITEE Victorian Branches
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Contact:Jeanine Howton Phone: 03 9321 17140 Email:
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Power System and Smart Grid Cyber Security Register

About the Seminar

The trend of integrating power systems with advanced computer and communication technologies has introduced serious cyber security concerns, especially in a smart grid environment where the cyber system is no longer regarded as 100% reliable to support power system communications and control as before.

Power system security therefore extends to potential cyber security domain in the smart grid era. Risks from the cyber system as well as non-conventional physical power system contingencies start to contributing to the overall grid security. This will be particularity important considering the potential risks from targeted attacks on vulnerable system components which may bring done the overall system.

This presentation will provide:

  • An overview of the work done by the research team on power system security, including conventional stability as well as cyber security assessment.
  • A framework for smart grid cyber security and vulnerability assessment.

The framework includes two main components, which are respectively cyber system security assessment and fast power system security assessment. Complex networks theory and data mining based approaches are also employed to identify the vulnerable components of the physical power system. The proposed cyber system models can be integrated with existing power system models to study the complex interactions between the cyber and physical parts of the smart grid. Advanced modeling tools are proposed to model cyber attacks and evaluate their impacts on smart grid security.

Who should attend?

Power system engineers and managers who are interested to have a comprehensive view on system security especially from a new angle of cyber security aspect will find it useful. 

About the Speaker

Professor Z.Y. Dong obtained Ph.D. from the University of Sydney in 1999. He is Professor and Head of School of Electrical and Information Engineering, the University of Sydney, and a contractor with Ausgrid and EPRI, USA. His immediate role is Ausgrid Chair and Director of Centre for Intelligent Electricity Networks (CIEN), the University of Newcastle, Australia. He also worked at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and as Manager for system planning with Transend Networks, Australia (power transmission company for TAS). His research interest includes smart grid, power system planning and stability, load modeling, renewable energy, electricity market, and computational methods. He is an editor of IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, IEEE PES Letters, IET Renewable Power Generation, and Elsevier/State Grid Journal of Modern Power Systems and Clean Energy. He is an international Advisor for the lead Chinese journal of Automation of Electric Power Systems. He also serves as guest editor for International Journal of Systems Science.

He has been a contractor with EPRI, USA since 2001. He has over 10 EPRI projects, 12 ARC grants, 4 grants under HK RGC & ITF scheme, 2 theme based projects in Hong Kong, and many industrial R&D and consulting projects in power system planning, stability, smart grid, electricity market analysis and load modeling areas. He leads the $12.6m CSIRO flagship project of Future Grid for gas and electricity network co-planning. He also worked with Australia and US Defense, and Australia Federal Government Department of Broadband and Digital Economy on smart grid cyber security project. He is a member of IEEE taskforce on power system cascading failure, and a chapter coordinator for CIGRE work group on load modeling. He is the Deputy Chair for Smart Grid Australia Study Group and leads its research domain on cyber physical systems. He is member representing SGA at International Federation of Smart Grid. Prof Dong has published over 400 technical papers/books/book chapters, and received over $10 million (his part) research and industrial grants. He has over 4600 citations and an H-index of 35.  Prof Dong has been supervising/co-supervising/supervised over 40 PhD students including over 20 PhD graduated and working in industry and research/academia in Australia, Europe, Asia and America. He established an active team at Ausgrid Centre for Intelligent Electricity Networks to provide RD&D support for the $100m  (+$500m from Ausgrid) Smart Grid, Smart City demonstration project. 

CPD Hours

Attendance at this session is worth up to 1.5 Engineers Australia CPD hours.


Tuesday 16 September, 2014