[Tutorial 4] Concepts, Methods, and Tools for Validating Cyber-Physical Energy Systems

Date & Time:

Sunday October 7, 13:00-15:00


2F R03 (Gibraltar)


Thomas I. Strasser


Future power systems have to integrate a higher amount of distributed, renewable energy r-sources in order to cope with a growing electricity demand, while at the same time trying to re-duce the emission of greenhouse gases. In addition, power system operators are nowadays confronted with further challenges due to the highly dynamic and stochastic behavior of renewable generators (solar, wind, small hydro, etc.) and the need to integrate controllable loads (electric vehicles, smart buildings, energy storage systems, etc.). Furthermore, due to ongoing changes to framework conditions and regulatory rules, technology developments (development of new grid components and services) and the liberalization of energy
markets, the resulting design and operation of the future electric energy system has to be altered.

Sophisticated (systems and component) design approaches, intelligent information and communication architectures, and distributed automation concepts provide ways to cope with the above-mentioned challenges and to turn the existing power system into an intelligent entity, that is, a “Cyber-Physical Energy System (CPES)” (also known as “Smart Grid”’).

While reaping the benefits that come along with intelligent solutions, it is, however, expected that due to the considerably higher complexity of such solutions, validation and testing will play a significantly larger role in the development of future technology. As it stands, the first demonstration projects for smart grid technologies have been successfully completed, it follows that there is a high probability of key findings and achieved results being integrated in new and existing products, solutions and services of manufacturers and system integrators. Up until now, proper validation and testing methods and a suitably corresponding integrated Research Infrastructure (RI) for smart grids is neither fully available nor easily accessible.

The aim of this tutorial is to tackle the above-mentioned requirements by introducing validation methods and tools for validating CPES which are currently being developed in the European project ERIGrid. The tutorial is divided into two main parts: Part one (about 80 min) provides an overview of a holistic validation approach, a formal validation description method for CPES and corresponding simulation and laboratory based validation methods/tools. Part two includes a hands-on exercise (about 40 min) by using the formal validation description method on a selected example from the power and energy systems domain.

Short Biography:

Thomas I. Strasser is a scientist working in the area of industrial automation systems and intelligent power and energy systems (smart grids). He is currently a senior scientist in the Center for Energy at the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology and a Privatdozent (senior lecturer) for automation at the Institute of Mechanics and Mechatronics, Vienna University of Technology.

Previously, Strasser spent more than 6 years as senior researcher investigating advanced and reconfigurable automation and control systems at PROFACTOR research. He was active as a lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Vienna, the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria and hold a guest professorship at the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences.

He is well known in the field of industrial automation – where he also received the doctoral and habiliation degree (venia docendi) from Vienna University of Technology – and smart grids. His specific research contributions are manifold. In the domain of automation, he contributed to the further development of distributed and reconfigurable automation systems based on IEC 61499 Function Blocks as well as its adoption to the domains of manufacturing and power systems. Especially, in the power and energy systems domain he is working since several years on the improvement of the design, implementation and validation process of smart grid systems and corresponding applications. This includes the specification of use cases and applications, their model-driven design and validation as well as the standard-based implementation and deployment.

Strasser is a senior member of the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society (SMCS), the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IES) and the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) where he is involved in several committees, task forces, and working groups. He is a member of the SMC Board of Governors (2018-2020) and member of the IES Administrative Committee (2018-2020) and serves as an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics and IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics and other Springer and Hindawi journals. He served as committee member in different roles in various IES and SMCS conferences.