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Game Theoretical Analysis of Vehicle-to-Grid Systems

Speaker: Jianwei Huang CUHK
Time: 2011-06-14 14:00-2011-06-14 15:00
Venue: FIT 1-222
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Electric vehicles (EVs) are likely to become very popular worldwide within the next few years. With possibly millions of such vehicles being operated across the country, one can establish a distributed electricity storage system that comprises of the EVs’ batteries with a huge total storage capacity. An effective Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) architecture can help the power grid in several different ways, including balancing loads by "peak shaving" and "valley filling", providing ancillary services such as frequency and voltage regulations, and buffering renewable power sources such as wind power. As EVs are controlled by their owners distributively instead of by the power grid centrally, it is important to design a good incentive mechanism such that EVs are willing to work together to achieve the above functionalities. In this talk, we consider two game theoretical models of V2G applications. In the first model, we try to understand the interactions among EVs and aggregators in a V2G market, where EVs participate in providing frequency regulation service to the grid. In the second model, we look at how EVs can help with the large-scale integration of wind power into the grid. For both models, we analyze the game theoretical interactions of EVs under the grid's smart pricing policy, and show how the equilibria provide benefits to both EV owners and the power grid. This is a joint work with Chenye Wu from Tsinghua University and Hamed Mohsenian-Rad from Texas Tech University.

Short Bio:

Jianwei Huang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He received B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Southeast University (Nanjing, Jiangsu, China) in 2000, M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL, USA) in 2003 and 2005, respectively. He worked as a Postdoc Research Associate in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University during 2005-2007, and as a summer intern in Motorola (Arlington Heights, IL, USA) in 2004 and 2005. Dr. Huang currently leads the Network Communications and Economics Lab (ncel.ie.cuhk.edu.hk), with main research focus on nonlinear optimization and game theoretical analysis of communication networks, especially on network economics, cognitive radio networks, and smart grid. He is the recipient of the IEEE Marconi Prize Paper Award in Wireless Communications in 2011, the IEEE GLOBECOM Best Paper Award in 2010, the IEEE ComSoc Asia-Pacific Outstanding Young Researcher Award in 2009, Asia-Pacific Conference on Communications Best Paper Award in 2009, and Walter P. Murphy Fellowship at Northwestern University in 2001.


Dr. Huang has served as Editor of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (2010-), Guest Editor of an incoming IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications special issue on "Economics of Networks and Wireless Systems", Lead Guest Editor of IEEE Journal of Selected Areas in Communications special issue on "Game Theory in Communication Systems", and Guest Editor of several other journals such as (Wiley) Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing, Journal of Advances in Multimedia, and Journal of Communications.

Dr. Huang has served as Vice Chair of IEEE MMTC (Communications Society Multimedia Communications Technical Committee) (2010-), Director of IEEE MMTC E-letter (2010), the TPC Co-Chair of IEEE WiOpt (International Symposium on Modeling and Optimization in Mobile, Ad Hoc, and Wireless Networks) 2012, the Publicity Co-Chair of IEEE Communications Theory Workshop 2012, the Student Activities Co-Chair of IEEE WiOpt 2011, the TPC co-chair of GameNets (the International Conference on Game Theory for Networks) 2009, the TPC co-chair of IEEE GlOBECOM Wireless Communications Symposium 2010, the TPC co-chair of IWCMC (the International Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing) Mobile Computing Symposium 2010, and TPC member of many conferences such as INFOCOM, MobiHoc, ICC, GLBOECOM, DySPAN, WiOpt, NetEcon, and WCNC.