IEEE Green Energy and Smart Systems Conference
Long Beach, CA


Topic: Rapid Prototyping of Wireless Communications Systems with the NI LabVIEW Communications System Design Suite

Abstract:Most complex systems, and especially those classified as cyber-physical systems include some type of wireless connectivity and increasingly require advanced capabilities (e.g. 5G and beyond). These new wireless communications systems use new coding/decoding, modulation/demodulation schemes and waveforms with much more complex numerology to provide service “slices” that are optimized for specific applications (e.g. Ultra-Reliable, Low-Latency Control-URLLC for autonomous vehicles and smart transportation systems). New algorithms are to be deployed on hardware using FPGAs, requiring floating-to-fix-point conversion (and vice-versa) for a deterministic, parallel execution of advanced algorithms. Designing and prototyping these new wireless communications systems under tight time/cost/performance/resources constraints is becoming a challenge for system engineers. The LabVIEW Communications System Design Suite (LabVIEW Comms) is an integrated, hardware-aware design environment for prototyping communications systems using software-defined radios (SDRs). Using an integrated hardware-software approach, LabVIEW Comms and USRP SDRs allows students, engineers and researchers to rapidly prototype their wireless communications systems while taking advantage of onboard FPGAs and embedded CPUs. Best practices for designing, prototyping and developing wireless communication system using host-target or distributed architectures, while optimizing the algorithm design flow are presented.



Igor Alvarado (Academic Research Manager, National Instruments): Igor Alvarado is the Business Development Manager for Academic Research at National Instruments ( where he help to develop collaborations and strategic partnerships with leading universities in the U.S. in such areas as Cyber-Physical Systems, Smart Energy Systems, Medical Imaging/Devices, Advanced Manufacturing and RF/Wireless Communications to advance scientific research and accelerate innovation with support from NSF, NIH, DoD, DoE and other funding agencies.  Mr. Alvarado is a Mechanical Engineer (Kansas State University, ’84) and has been with NI since 1999. He is a NSF Innovation-Corps mentor and has more than 30 years of practical experience in successfully developing and growing markets for high-technology products and services in the U.S. and Latin America. He has led the design, development and deployment of real-time, measurement and intelligent control systems that involve advanced numerical methods and algorithms using high-performance embedded platforms. He is an active member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), the International Society of Automation (ISA), the American Physical Society (APS), the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP) and the Ibero-American Science and Technology Education Consortium (ISTEC). Mr. Alvarado has published technical papers and has taught courses to engineers and scientists on advanced instrumentation, control and automation applications in industry and academia; he has also been an invited keynote speaker at leading at national/international conferences and has served as a consultant and advisory board member for academic institutions, corporations and research laboratories. In 2017, Mr. Alvarado received the prestigious Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association’s (ECEDHA) Industry Award for his contributions to the ECE discipline and to engineering education.

Topic: Simulating the Operation of Emerging Distribution Businesses

Abstract: As we move to a clean energy future increasingly powered by renewables and distributed energy resources (DERs) the systems needed to make the grid work effectively are becoming more complex. At Southern California Edison (SCE), we are meeting these challenges by modernizing our distribution business, including leveraging advanced hardware and software to enable advanced grid management; connecting DERs to markets to maximize the value of those DERs; and empowering customers to partner in making the grid more reliable, efficient, and clean.

This workshop presentation will discuss the development and application of ProsumerGridTM DSO Simulation Studio, a simulation tool capable of evaluating the operation of emerging distribution business models. The tool accounts for physical and market constraints, as well as information and coordination requirements. The software is based on a Transmission and Distribution (T&D) co-simulation platform that enables several capabilities, including DER scheduling and decentralized optimization, locational value analysis, and advanced web-based visualization.

The focus of the presentation will be on the development and testing of use cases based on SCE’s existing network models; T&D co-simulation under high DER penetration, while also accounting for Distribution Locational Marginal Pricing (DLMP); and the impact of implementing emerging distribution business market designs and functions, including interaction with the California Independent System Operator (CAISO).



Dr Manuel Avendaño is the Senior Engineering Manager of Emerging Technologies Evaluation at Southern California Edison, the primary electricity supply company for much of Southern California. He is responsible for leading SCE’s effort to understand and test emerging smart grid technologies and determine their feasibility for demonstration projects and their potential impact to SCE’s Grid Modernization plan. Dr Avendaño earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering in Mexico and the PhD in Electrical Engineering in United Kingdom. Dr Avendaño has been a member of IEEE since 2006 and currently serves as Chair of the IEEE Distribution Subcommittee and Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery.


Topic: PV Curtailment as a Mitigation Strategy in Distribution Feeders

Abstract: A comprehensive assessment to estimate the solar PV curtailment in distribution feeders with significant solar PV penetration and no traditional distribution upgrades will be presented. This talk will discuss the methodology behind the study and the results of estimating the magnitude of curtailment, i.e., the number of PV curtailment events and the total energy curtailed (MWh) in SCE’s feeders with rising grid penetrations of solar PV systems that can have adverse distribution power quality, reliability, and safety impacts.

Biography: Matthew Kedis is an engineer with Southern California Edison’s Emerging Technology & Valuation group. Matthew has four years industry experience working in energy storage and power systems modeling. He has worked on modeling and analytics projects involving energy storage voltage regulation and solar integration. Matthew earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from California State University, Long Beach.

Topic: Modeling of Distribution Volt/VAR Control



This presentation workshop will discuss a novel methodology developed to model Southern California Edison’s field implementation of the Distribution Voltage and VAR Control (DVVC) algorithm.  DVVC aims to maintain voltages on distribution feeders within the acceptable voltage range and allows for more effective regulation of voltage and VAr levels.  The model helped SCE determine optimal setpoints for a DVVC field pilot and identify anomalies that were adversely impacting DVVC performance in the field.  The methodology presented herein can be applied to similar modelling efforts at other electric utilities.


Navid Ahmadiyeh is an engineer with Southern California Edison’s Emerging Technology Valuation group.   Navid has 10 years industry experience working in distribution planning, system planning & engineering, customer engineering and renewable integration.   Navid has worked on various modeling and analytics projects, evaluated new technologies for combating wildfire risks and has led the implementation of a company-wide GIS and Advanced Vehicle Location system.  Navid earned his Bachelor of Science degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at San Antonio.


Topic:  A case study of implementation of California Energy Commission (CEC) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) grants to promote Zero emission Vehicles at the Port of Long Beach (POLB).


The POLB is second busiest Port in the United States. With the goal of significantly reducing health risks posed by air pollution form port-related mobile sources including ships, trains, trucks and terminal operating equipment. The Ports recently updated the Plan in 2017 with the stated purpose of becoming even greener by setting the target date of 2030 to become zero emission free for port infrastructure goods movement.

This talk will discuss the various projects being designed and commissioned at the POLB and the lessons learned in implementing these projects. The various projects look at different manufacturers and methods of electrification of Utility Tractor Rigs (UTR), forklifts and Rubber Tire Gantry Cranes. The primary purpose of these initial studies is to document how the various pieces of equipment function in a Port facility with the limitations and demands required to operate in a functioning Port facility and supply the Terminal operators with the electrical infrastructure to add additional electrified equipment.

Biography: William Stone, PE, LC (Senior Electrical Engineer, Port of Long Beach) The Port of Long Beach is the second largest Container Terminal in the United States. The Port of Long Beach is working towards having all Cargo Handling Equipment Zero emissions by 2030.  He is responsible for evaluating advances in Zero emissions technology and determine their feasibility in the Port Environment. Mr. Stone Graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, emphasis in Power, and is a registered professional Electrical Engineer in the State of California. Mr. Stone is also the Treasurer of the Orange County Joint Chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (EEE) Industrial Applications Society (IAS) and Power and Energy Society (PES).