NASC Colloquium: Keeping the Lights On: Studying Firefly Synchronicity and Power Grid Stability Using Algebra, Geometry, and Combinators

Friday, December 4, 2020 3:30pm to 4:30pm

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Prof. Rob Davis, Department of Mathematics, will speak. 

Power networks are of fundamental importance to every aspect of modern life, yet they are fragile: sufficiently large disturbances may cause the loss of stability, triggering cascading failures. Moreover, they are experiencing unprecedented transformations under the pressure of population growth, urbanization, and introduction of renewable energy sources that are inherently uncontrollable.
 

This talk will take a tour of different mathematical approaches to keeping power grids stable. We will highlight recent progress inspired by an unlikely source: a dragon wreaking havoc on a fictional medieval town. This is part of an ongoing NSF-funded project with Tianan Chen at Auburn University in Montgomery.

 

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Virtual weblink: https://zoom.us/j/99595774508 The webinar requires the password: nasc (all lowercase). The NASC colloquium link also requires you to have a registered Zoom account but does not require you to have a Colgate account. We are hoping these restrictions will make the talks as widely accessible as possible, while minimizing security risks.

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