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2013-02 Co-Simulation of Energy and ICT Systems
November 28-29, 2013


Co-Simulation based approaches are increasingly being utilized to develop, test and verify paradigms for next generation monitoring, control and operation of energy systems. The co-simulation approach usually involves the integration of two or more simulators to capture the cyber physical dependency of a process. The purpose of this course is to provide insight to the latest co-simulation methods and techniques as well as how they are being applied in various research fields to Energy systems.

Target Participants

This course targets persons involved in research and industry that utilize co-simulation technologies for building and evaluating smart grid solutions.


KTH Royal Institute of Technology.


James Nutaro is a member of the Modeling and Simulation Group in the Computational Sciences and Engineering Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His research interests include discrete event and hybrid systems, parallel discrete event simulation, modeling methodologies, and event based numerical methods. This work covers a broad range of application domains, with particular emphasis on control systems operating over IP-based communication links, communication and control in electric power systems, simulating of large transportation systems, and modeling and simulation of wireless communication networks. James Nutaro has authored or coauthored over 25 papers in the open literature. He holds a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in computer engineering from the University of Arizona. Is a member of the IEEE and Society for Computer Simulation International, and serves as an associate editor for ACM TOMACS and SIMULATION.

Farshad Moradi is the program manager in the area of Modelling and Simulation at the Swedish Defense Research Agency (FOI). He has been working on modelling and simulation for more than 17 years. He holds a Master of Science in Computer Science and Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden, and a PhD in Distributed Simulations from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). His research interests are in the areas of Distributed Systems, Component-based Modelling and Simulation, Group Behavior Modelling, and Embedded Simulations Systems.

Peter Palensky is Principal Scientist at the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology / Energy Department. Before that he was Head of Business Unit "Sustainable Building Technologies" at the AIT, CTO of Envidatec Corp., Hamburg, Germany, Associate Professor at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering, University Assistant at the Vienna University of Technology, Austria, and researcher at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, California. He is active in international committees like ISO, IEEE and CEN. His main research fields are complex energy systems and intelligent buildings.

Jose R. Marti is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of British Columbia, Canada. He is known for his work in real time simulation of large power system networks. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of British Columbia. He is the leader of UBC’s Complex Systems Integration Laboratory developing real time simulation tools for optimization and decision support in multi-layered physical and human systems. Current work includes the development of a system of systems simulator i2Sim that integrates the interdependencies among multiple critical infrastructures (power, water, ICT, etc.). This work is currently being applied to disaster response coordination and operation and control of smart power distribution networks.

Alberto Borghetti received the electrical engineering degree (Hons.) from the University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy, in 1992. Since then, he has been with the Power System Group and the University of Bologna, initially as a Researcher and, since 2004, as an Associate Professor of electric power systems. His main research interests are power system analysis, with particular reference to voltage collapse, power system restoration after black-out, electromagnetic transients, optimal generation scheduling, and distribution system operation. Since 2010, he serves an editor of the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid.

Kai Heussen is Assistant Professor in Automation and Power Systems at the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). He received his Dipl.Ing. in Engineering Cybernetics from the University of Stuttgart in 2007 and graduated with a PhD degree from DTU in 2011. He is currently engaged in teaching Intelligent Systems and several research projects on demand side management, modeling and control structure design. He also leads the Danish project RTLabOS aiming at identifying architectural patterns for the next generation of integrated smart grid lab testing and simulation infrastructure.

Sebastian Rohjans is a senior scientist at OFFIS – Institute for Information Technology focusing on interoperability aspects for automation systems in distribution grids. Further focal topics of his work are simulation frameworks, data modeling, and ICT-architecture development for future energy systems. The application of ICT-standards such as the Common Information Model (CIM), IEC 61850, and the OPC Unified Architecture is a cross-cutting key point of his overall work. In 2012 he received the PhD degree from the University of Oldenburg for his research dealing with “Semantic Service Integration for Smart Grids”. Since 2013, Dr. Rohjans is manager of the R&D group “Simulation and Automation of Complex Energy Systems”.

Sven C. Müller is a Research Associate at the Institute of Energy Systems, Energy Efficiency and Energy Economics (ie³) at TU Dortmund University. Currently he is the project leader of research unit FOR1511 “Protection and Control Systems for Reliable and Secure Operation of Electrical Transmission Systems” of the German Research Foundation (DFG). His focus of research is set on modeling and simulation of power systems, wide-area monitoring, protection and control systems and electricity markets. He received a diploma degree in industrial engineering and management at TU Dortmund University, Germany, and a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA.


Module 1: Introduction to Simulation and Co-Simulation (Day 1, 5.5 Hours)
9:00-10:30 Introduction to simulation and co-simulation processes and techniques (James Nutaro).
10:30-12:00 Introduction to distributed simulations and the High Level Architecture framework (Farshad Moradi).
12:00-12:45 LUNCH
13:00-14:00 Modeling of complex cyber-physical systems: concepts and methods (Peter Palensky).
15:30-17:00 Visit to ABB DC Grid Simulation Center in Västerås

17:00-21:00 Social Program and Dinner

Module 2: Co-Simulation Methods and Technologies (Day 2, 6.5 Hours)
9:30-10:30 ADEVS co-simulation platform (James Nutaro).
10:30-12:00 i2Sim integration framework for multiple infrastructures co-simulation (Jose R. Marti).
12:00-12:45 LUNCH
13:00-14:00 ICT and Power System Co-simulation for the analysis of networked control strategies in distribution systems (Alberto Borghetti).
14:00-15:00 Co-simulation for intelligent control systems – timing patterns (Kai Heussen)
15:00-15:30 Break
15:30-16:30 Agent based control in smart grids using the Mosaik co-simulation framework (Sebastian Rohjans)
16:30-17:30 The INSPIRE Co-Simulation: Using HLA for Co-Simulating Power System Dynamics, ICT and WAMPAC Systems (Sven C. Müller).


The course will take place at de department for Industrial Information and Control Systems (ICS):

Department for Industrial Information and Control Systems (ICS),
School of Electrical Engineering, KTH
Osquldas väg 10-12, 7th floor.
SE 100 44 Stockholm

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250 Euro for attendees coming from EES-UETP partner institutions.
500 Euro for attendees coming from EES-UETP partner institutions with reduced fee.
600 Euro for attendees coming from non-member universities of the EES-UETP.
1000 Euro for attendees coming from non-member industries of the EES-UETP.
The course fees will include lectures, documentation, coffee breaks and lunches.

Registration and Payment procedure
Your registration is sent as an email to Annica Johannesson at KTH at by November 10th, 2013. After we have received your registration we will send you an invoice that should be paid before November 22nd, 2013. If you have any specific requirements regarding the information on the invoice, please make a note of this on your application.
There is a limit of 26 people attending the course. A first-come-first-served principle will be used.

Cancellation policy
Notifications should be sent in writing to the course coordinator. Cancellations received later than one week before the course will not be refunded.


Accommodation is booked and paid separately by the attendees. The following hotels are recommended:

Elite Arcadia
Körsbärsvägen 1
114 23 Stockholm
Tel +46 8 566 215 00

Central Hotel
Vasagatan 38
111 20 Stockholm
Tel +46 8 566 208 00

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