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Published on Dec 20, 2016
"Greening the Grid through Optimization and Control" Steven Low, Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, is deeply involved in research with information and energy infrastructure, which have completely changed the way we live and work since their overlapping inceptions about 130 years ago. Research from his group is accelerating more than 1 TB of Internet traffic every second. While information infrastructure led to the Internet in the past few decades, the power network is only starting to undergo a drastic change on the order of magnitude of the information revolution that produced billion-dollar players like Google and Facebook. Low is developing technologies to help understand and guide this historic transformation. His group has pioneered a new computational approach to optimize power system operations, which was recently recognized by an award from the IEEE Power & Energy Society. His research on the smart grid starts by assuming that there will be a lot of renewables and distributed energy resources that are intelligent and strategic. Then he asks, ‘What are the new fundamental engineering and economic challenges that will arise?’
The Caltech Alumni Association held a day-long event to explore the ways in which computational thinking at Caltech is disrupting science and engineering, creating entirely new disciplines with "CS+X". From developing new paradigms for computation—quantum computing and DNA computing—to pushing the boundaries of machine learning and statistics in ways that transform fields like astronomy, chemistry, neuroscience, and biology, Caltech faculty are pioneering new disciplines at the interface of computer science, and science and engineering.