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New book shares real-world applications and trends in smart grid sensors and data analytics
New book shares real-world applications and trends in smart grid sensors and data analytics hannar Mon, 05/02/2022 - 15:29 More News May 03, 2022Engineers in academia or in industry with an interest in power grid modernization can learn the latest about sensor technologies and innovative use cases of various sensor data in a new book.  Smart Grid Sensors: Principles and ApplicationsSmart Grid Sensors: Principles and Applications (Cambridge University Press), published in April 2022 by professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Hamed Mohsenian-Rad, covers smart grid sensors, a component of electrical power grids that use real-time monitoring to lower costs, save energy, integrate renewable energy resources, and improve reliability, security and resiliency. The book’s contents enhance knowledge in the area of Energy, Environment and Sustainability, one of 12 key research themes at the Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering.  Currently, there is a lot of international interest in modernizing the electric power infrastructure, including the Biden administration’s “Building a Better Grid” initiative to catalyze the nationwide development of new and upgraded high-capacity electric transmission lines. A big part of this is understanding how to obtain and analyze a wide range and a large volume of data from traditional and state-of-the-art smart grid sensors, the crux of Mohsenian-Rad’s book. This includes the analysis of abnormalities and incipient failures, i.e., problems that are in their early stages but can lead to potential catastrophic failures in the future.  The book addresses data-driven and intelligent methods for using sensor measurements and topics such as smart meters, synchronized phasor measurements, synchronized waveform measurements, situational awareness, probing and working with off-domain measurements. Ultimately, Mohsenian-Rad says, the book is a gateway to understanding the broader subject of smart grid development and the field of big data in power systems.   Professor Hamed Mohsenian-Rad and his new book Smart Grid Sensors: Principles and ApplicationsThe book provides examples, exercise questions, and sample data sets, with emphasis on real-world smart grid problems and engineering scenarios, as well as step-by-step explanations for data-driven and mathematical methods used to employ measurements from various sensor technologies in important applications. Many of the examples in this book are inspired by the author’s research activities, and several terabytes of sensor measurements that he has been working on over the past decade. The online version of the book is publicly available to UC Riverside faculty and students here. Others can access the book at Cambridge University Press here. Mohsenian-Rad is Bourns Family Faculty Fellow, associate director of the Winston Chung Global Energy Center and director of the Smart Grid Research Lab. In 2020, he was named as Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), an honor that is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an extraordinary record of accomplishments. Mohsenian-Rad has received several awards in research and teaching, including the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering, and Best Paper Awards from multiple IEEE conferences. Tags WCGEC Electrical and Computer Engineering Share This
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A student works with a small blue robot they built
UCR now offers a bachelor’s degree in robotics engineering
The new major complements a robotics master’s degree unveiled in 2021
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Five UC Riverside engineering programs move up in 2023 U.S. News Rankings
Five UC Riverside engineering programs move up in 2023 U.S. News Rankings hannar Wed, 03/30/2022 - 08:45 More News March 29, 2022 All seven programs are among the top 50 public programs in their respective categories Five programs at the University of California, Riverside’s (UCR) Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE) moved up in rank in the 2023 U.S. News & World Report Best Engineering Graduate Schools Rankings. Designed to help prospective students identify universities for furthering their education beyond a Bachelor’s degree, the Best Graduate Schools rankings evaluate programs in a variety of disciplines, including business, education, engineering, law, medicine, and nursing. “This rise in rankings mirrors the tremendous growth our engineering college has had in recent years,” said Christopher S. Lynch, Dean of the Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering. “The high-quality research expertise of our faculty and students, the launch of new national research centers, and the support from government agencies and industry partners make BCOE an excellent place to earn a graduate degree.”  Among both public and private universities, Chemical and Environmental Engineering moved up four spots to No. 48, Electrical and Computer Engineering moved up three spots to No. 63, Mechanical Engineering moved up two spots to No. 75, Materials Science and Engineering moved up two spots to No. 66, and Computer Science and Engineering and Computer Engineering moved up one spot to No. 50. Among public universities, all seven BCOE programs, including the above plus Bioengineering, were placed among the top 50 public programs in their respective categories. Furthermore, within these, four are within the top 40 public programs: Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering. “Through graduate research and education programs, BCOE continues to meet the demand for engineers who can contribute to the technological advancements important to building a more efficient and safer world,” said Charles Wyman, Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Education at BCOE. “Our master’s and doctoral students are provided with mentorship and resources to hone their skills and become the problem-solvers needed to face tomorrow’s challenges.” In 2021, the college continued to expand its graduate education offerings to meet the growing need for expertise in such fields as artificial intelligence and sustainability. The college established a new Robotics Master’s degree program, the first of its kind in the UC system, to offer interdisciplinary courses from the departments of Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. In addition, the department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering added a new Master’s degree concentration in Air Quality Engineering that focuses on air pollution causes, impacts, and controls. Students in the program benefit from access to the College of Engineering Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT), a cutting edge research center, as well as BCOE’s long-standing partnership with the California Air Resources Board (CARB), which opened its new state-of-the-art Southern California headquarters near the UCR campus this past fall. Students interested in learning more about the college’s graduate programs and how to apply can visit The deadline to apply for fall 2022 enrollment for all programs except Computer Science is June 1, 2022 for international students and August 1, 2022 for domestic students. For more information about BCOE’s rankings, visit   Tags Bioengineering Chemical and Environmental Engineering Electrical and Computer Engineering Computer Science and Engineering Computer Engineering Materials Science and Engineering Mechanical Engineering Share This
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Basak Guler receives NSF CAREER Award on privacy preserving collaborative learning
Assistant Professor Basak Guler receives a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award to develop private, secure and trustworthy machine learning applications. NSF CAREER awards are awarded to assistant professors to fund research that is expected to form a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating research and education. Collaborative machine learning allows multiple data owners to jointly train machine learning models, to improve AI-based systems by increasing the volume and diversity of data. While collaborative machine learning opens exciting possibilities, it can get
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