About Us

The Electrical Energy Systems Group (EESG) at MIT is a relatively newly formed research group led by Dr. Marija Ilic within the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS). Prior to returning to MIT, Dr. Ilic started  and spearheaded  for 15 years the EESG at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) . At CMU  she founded and co-organized a series of multi-disciplinary national electricity conferences;  see more about the topics  of these annual conferences and all archived presentations. The EESG researches topics related to modeling and cyber (control, communications) design of the rapidly changing electric energy systems. Theoretical areas underlying this work are the unified modeling of social-ecological energy systems (SEES) as cyber-physical systems (CPS); and the related cyber framework called “Dynamic Monitoring and Decision Systems” (DyMonDS).

The school of thinking pursued by EESG  recognizes that digitalization and data-enabled distributed interactive decision-making could and should serve as the main enablers of societal goals such as decarbonization and resilient electric energy services. The key idea rests on the recognition of the multi-layered nature of these energy systems; the modules are highly heterogeneous and technology-specific, and their physical models are derived by domain experts. The interconnected system model is based fundamentally on general conservation laws, which, in turn, allows the existence of aggregate interaction variables and their use for representing higher-level system dynamics in transparent ways. Ultimately, principles for modeling, simulations and control of these large  physical systems  are established using theoretically sound multi-layered zoom-in/zoom-out modeling and control for  implementing computer platforms with functionalities such as flexible scheduling,  and, ultimately autonomous self-adaptation without excessive complexity.  This approach makes it possible to the educate young minds regarding major opportunities for applying computing and control in  complex physical systems such as electric energy systems.

This modeling can make use of many techniques developed in LIDS at MIT as well as at the College of Computing  to solve difficult domain application problems, which, jointly, would provide reliable, resilient, sustainable and cost-effective electric energy service at value. It enables the convergence of physical, cyber, economic and policy models and their inter-dependencies, and as such sets the basis for  multi-disciplinary collaborations, notably with MITei.

We are in the process of setting up an international scalable electric power systems simulator (SEPSS) that will be used for both education and research in these domain applications. Such a facility is expected to greatly help with emulation of complex SEES and, in particular, with the demonstrating and assessing of the effects of cyber designs on their performance. Applications of modeling and cyber design include large-scale terrestrial electric power systems; local terrestrial power grids (utility distribution; civil, military and naval microgrids), and, most recently, turboelectric distributed propulsion for future aircraft systems.



Book Review:

DYNAMICS AND CONTROL OF LARGE ELECTRIC POWER SYSTEMS Marija Ilic and John Zaborsky, Wiley-Interscience, 2000.
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Marija Ilic has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE)

Washington D.C., February 09, 2021 —The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has elected 106 new members and 23 international members,...
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Shedding light on complex power systems

https://news.mit.edu/2020/marija-ilic-shedding-light-complex-power-systems-0423
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Dr. Ilic receives 2020 IEEE PES Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award.

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FERC Technical Conference, 2019

Prof. Ilic was invited to participate in the 'Technical Conference: Increasing Real-Time and Day-Ahead Market Efficiency and Enhancing Resilience through...
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FREEDM Talk, 2019

Prof. Marija Ilic was invited to deliver a keynote speech at Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management (FREEDM) Systems...
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2019 NODES Annual meeting

The team has attended the annual meeting to present the progress on the ARPA-E NODES program-funded project SECURED. at Pasadena,...
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PSERC Report, 2019

Prof. Marija Ilic, along with her two post-doctoral associates Dr. Stefanos Baros and Dr. Nipun Popli, in collaboration with Prof....
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USAEE, 2018

Two of the researchers participated in the 36th USAEE/IAEE North American Confernece, held 23-26 September, 2018, and presented their works...
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2017 MIT Energy Initiative annual research conference: Energy on the move

Prof. Ilic participated in the panel on 'Opportunities and Challenges for the Design, Operation, and Regulation of the Evolving Power...
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North American Power Symposium, 2017

Prof. Marija Ilic was invited to be a keynote speaker at North American Power Symposium, 2017, Morgantown, WV. Her presentation...
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Rethinking Modeling, Simulations and Control for the Changing Electric Energy Industry Workshop

A three-day workshop has been held at MIT, Cambridge during Sep 5-7, 2017 to discuss modeling and simulation methods for...
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2017 SIAM Conference on Control and Its Applications

Doctoral student Rupamathi Jaddivada has presented at the 2017 Siam Conference on Control and its Applications, at Pittsburgh, USA on...
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Internal presentation to DoE (SunShot program)

Prof. Ilic has presented to Department of Energy as part of its SunShot initiative during the team's visit to MIT-LL...
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Seminar at Stanford University

Prof. Ilic was invited to give a talk at Stanford University. She presented her most recent research on providing reliable...
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Smart Urban Infrastructures Workshop

LIDS has conducted a Smart Urban Infrastructures (SUI) Workshop, during May 11-12, 2017. Prof. Ilic has given a presentation titled...
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The Microgrid & DER Controller Symposium

Prof. Ilic and her group participated in the micorgrid and DER controller symposium, organized by MIT-LL, where several vendors came...
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2nd workshop on Integration of Renewable Power: Modeling, Control and Simulations

Prof. Ilic and her students were all invited to attend the 2nd workshop on the integration of renewable power in...
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SEEDS Spring 2017 Industrial Advisory Board Meeting

The group participated in the SEEDS industrial advisory board meeting during January 18-19, 2017 at Florida International University campus in...
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