Fall 2012

CSE450/ECE450: Communications and Networking for Smart Grids


Lecture Schedule and homework assignments are posted at the CourseSite (due on Monday 11:55 PM)

Liang Cheng, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Office hours: Wednesdays 12-12:30PM or by appointment
( Appointments other than office hours have to be requested by emails with the subject of appointment explained. )
Packard Lab 326
Phone: (610) 758-5941
URL: http://www.cse.lehigh.edu/~cheng/
Email: chengATcseDOTlehighDOTedu

Shalinee Kishore, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Office hours: TBA
Packard Lab 510
Phone: (610) 758-4517
URL: http://www.eecs.lehigh.edu/~skishore/
Email: skishore at lehigh dot edu

Tuesday and Thursday: 1:10pm - 2:25pm, PA 360, Fall 2012.
Course Description in Catalog:
The self-healing, adaptive, and secure smart grid will require sophisticated communications networks. Ranging from the networking of in-home appliances and smart meters to the integration of components across the grids, several communications and networking technologies will partake in the development and maintenance of the grid. This course aims to overview these key technologies and, in the process, will convey several core concepts behind communications and network engineering. The goal will be to study approaches that will enable secure, real-time, two-way communications across the numerous entities within the grid so that it can 1) heal itself; 2) operate efficiently; and 3) engage customers in its improved operation. Course discussion will focus on several types of networks: home networks, smart meters and Automated Meter Reading Infrastructure (AMRI), wireless mesh networks, sensor networks, metropolitan and wide area networks. The course will also cover related topics in the design and implementation of the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system and the IntelliGrid architecture, an open-standards and requirements-based approach for integrating data networks and equipment in smart grids. The course will address relevant overlaps with telecommunications technologies (e.g., Ethernet, G.hn, WiMAX, Wi-Fi, Zigbee, TCP/IP, etc.) and how these approaches may be used to enhance grid functionality and response.
Tentative Grading:
Homeworks: 20%
Projects: 30%
Midterm Exam: 20%
Final Exam: 30%
Submitting Work:
You should submit your work through the CourseSite course website. Your submission should be plain text (ASCII), a Microsoft Word file, or a PDF file. Any other format will not be accepted, unless you arrange for an exception ahead of time due to special circumstances.
Homework assignments will be graded primarily for completeness and correctness.
No late hand-in homework will be accepted. If you encounter any problem in submitting your work via the CourseSite, you should submit your work via emails to us before the deadline to avoid the late submission penalty. Exceptions will only be granted if an extenuating circumstance can be proven to the satisfaction of the instructors.
Collaboration / Academic Honesty:
All graded work is expected to be your own. In particular, you are not allowed to ask anyone but the instructors for help with your homework or programming assignments. However, you are free to discuss the topics and concepts of the course with your classmates, as long as you do not discuss the specifics of any assignment. Any violation of this policy could result in failure of the course.

Please visit the following two websites and read all details of the academic integrity policy: Academic Integrity at Lehigh University: http://www.lehigh.edu/~inprv/faculty/academicintegrity.html and Improper Collaboration Policy: http://www.lehigh.edu/~ejk0/cheating.html.

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities:
If you have a disability for which you are or may be requesting accommodations, please contact both your instructors and the Office of Academic Support Services, University Center C212 (610-758-4152) as early as possible in the semester. You must have documentation from the Academic Support Services office before accommodations can be granted.
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