Xie and Choi win best paper award at IEEE SmartGridComm

Photo of Dr. Le Xie receiving awardGraduate student Dae-Hyun Choi and assistant professor Dr. Le Xie from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University received the Best Paper Award at the Third IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications (SmartGridComm) in Tainan City, Taiwan. (Pictured: Xie, right, receives the Best Paper Award from the vice mayor of Tainan City, Taiwan)

Choi and Xie won the award for their paper, "Malicious Ramp-Induced Temporal Data Attack in Power Market with Look-ahead Dispatch." Their paper presented a new class of false data injection attacks on state estimation, which may lead to financial arbitrage in real-time power markets with an emerging look-ahead dispatch model. In comparison, with prior work of cyber attacks on static dispatch where no intertemporal ramping constraint is considered, the researchers proposed a novel attack strategy with which the attacker can manipulate, in look-ahead dispatch, the limits of ramp constraints of generators.

Choi is a Ph.D. candidate in the department under Xie's supervision. He received the B.S. in electrical engineering from Korea University in Seoul in 2002, and the M.Sc. in electrical and computer engineering from Texas A&M in 2008. From 2002 to 2006, Choi was a researcher with Korea Telecom in Seoul, where he worked on designing and implementing home network systems. His research interests include power system state estimation, electricity market, and cyber-physical security of smart grid.

Xie joined the Texas A&M faculty in January 2010. He received his B.E. in electrical engineering in 2004 from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, his M.Sc. in engineering sciences from Harvard University in 2005, and his Ph.D. from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in 2009. His research interests include modeling and control of large-scale power systems with renewable energy resources and electricity markets. Xie received the NSF CAREER Award and the Oak Ridge Associated Universities Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Award in 2012. Earlier this year Xie and his student won another best paper award at the North American Power Symposium. He also served as the founding faculty advisor for the Texas A&M Energy Club.

The annual IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications is centered on all communications aspects that are relevant to the smart grid. SmartGridComm aims to bring together researchers from academia, industry and national laboratories to exchange novel ideas, explore enabling technologies, discuss innovative designs and share field trial experiences and lessons learned. Xie and his research collaborators first presented at SmartGridComm in 2010 was reported in MIT Technology Review.