Dr Abhisek Ukil
Abhisek received the B.Eng (First Class Honours) degree in electrical engineering from the Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India, in 2000 and the M.Sc. (dual) degree in electronic systems and engineering management from the Univ. of Bolton, Bolton, UK and Southwestphalia Univ of Applied Sciences, Germany in 2003. He received the Ph.D. degree from the Pretoria (Tshwane) University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa in 2006, working on automated disturbance analysis in power systems with South African national utility.
From 2006–2013, he was Principal Scientist at the ABB (Asea Brown Boveri) Corporate Research, Baden-Daettwil, Switzerland, where he led several projects on smart grid, protection (medium & low-voltage), distribution automation, control, condition monitoring (motor, circuit-breaker). From 2013–2017, he was Assistant Professor in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, where he led a group of 20 researchers including 7 PhD students, attracting competitive funding over 5 Million SGD, with several industry collaborations, namely Rolls-Royce@NTU Corporate Lab - NRF, NEC Laboratories America, Inc., SP Group (formerly Singapore Power - PowerGas), ENGIE (formerly GDF SUEZ), France, DNV GL, and Singapore National Reseach Foundation, namely, Energy Market Authority (EMA), Economic Development Board (EDB). From 2000–2002, he was Software Engineer at InterraIT, India. He is inventor of 10 Patents, and author of more than 160 refereed Papers, Interdisciplinary Monograph 'Intelligent Systems & Signal Processing in Power Engineering' (Springer, Germany), 2 Book chapters. His research interests include Renewable Energy & Grid Integration, Hybrid AC/DC Microgrid, HVDC: Protection & Control, Energy Storage & EV, Energy Efficiency, Power Systems/Electronics, Condition Monitoring, Asset Management. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, USA, Registered Chartered Engineer (CEng), UK, and Member of IET, UK.
Research | Current
- 2017 – (UoA, New Zealand)
- Renewable energy integration & microgrid
- Energy storage
- DC grid: protection, control
- Energy efficiency
- 2013 – 2017 (NTU, Singapore)
- PI: Energy Market Authority (EMA), Singapore, Project: 'Advanced Multi-Sensor Anomaly Monitoring and Analytics for Gas Pipeline'
- Co-PI: Energy Market Authority (EMA), Singapore,
Project: 'Novel Hierarchical Transactive Energy Management System Incorporating Predictive Assessment Techniques for Enhanced Community Market Participation'
- Co-PI: Economic Development Board (EDB), Singapore,
Project: 'Improving Reliability and Economic Performance of Microgrids'
- PI: Rolls-Royce@NTU Corporate Lab - NRF, (2014 – 2018), PI: 2 projects, Co-PI: 1 project.
- PI: NEC Laboratories America, Inc., Project: 'Feasibility Study on Energy Efficient Control of Building'.
- PI: NTU, Singapore Internal grant, Projects: 'Protection of Future DC Grid', 'Impact of Control Schemes in DC Grid Protection'.
- 2006 – 2013 (ABB, Switzerland)
- IP (in public domain): 9 Patents, 1 Book, 2 Book chapters, 26 papers (14 Journal, 12 Conf.), 22 Technical reports (not in public domain).
- Projects (Several Man-Year, Stage-Gate model based, Technologies transferred to business divisions):
Smart Grid: Current-only Directional Overcurrent Protection, Medium Voltage (MV) Distribution Automation, Next-generation Fast Protection,
Sensor Applications in Smart Grid: Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS), Current and Voltage Sensors,
Condition Monitoring: High Voltage Circuit Breakers, Low Voltage Induction Motors, Motor Controllers, Flowmeters,
Machine Learning: Hardware Neural Network, Applications in Power Systems, Field Instruments, Automation Methods, Embedded Wavelet.
Teaching | Current
- ELECTENG 703/738 – Advanced Power Systems (Renewable Energy Generation & Grid Integration, Application of Power Electronics in Power Systems: HVDC/FACTS/STATCOM) [2019/Sem2, 2018/Sem2, 2017/Sem2]
- ELECTENG 731 – Power Systems (Power Systems Stability & Power Quality) [2019/Sem1, 2018/Sem1]
- ELECTENG 309 – Power Apparatus and Systems (Transmission) [2019/Sem2]
- ELECTENG 735 – Green Energy Technology (Microgrid) [2018/Sem2]
UoA, New Zealand (2017 – ):
- Xibeng Zhang, "Control & Coordination of AC-DC Microgrid". (PhD, 2018–)
- Muhammad Aqib, "Voltage and Frequency Regulation in Distribution Grid with EV Integration". (PhD, 2018–)
- Aratrika Ghosh, "Renewable Energy Integration in Distribution Grid". (PhD, 2018–)
- Mubashir Wani, "Building Energy Management" (Co-Sup). (PhD, 2018–)
- Don Gamage, "Energy Management of Smart Grid Connected Hybrid Energy Storage System". (MS, 2018–2019)
- Ardila Erdiansyah, "Grid Integration and Demand Response of Geothermal Power Plant". (MS, 2018–2019)
- Hizkia Reiner Bontong, "Wind Resource Assessment in Indonesia". (MS, 2019)
- Kundan Singh, "Protection and feasibility of LVDC system". (MS, 2019)
- Joe Wang, "Improvement of HVAC Energy Management for Energy Efficient Buildings". (MS, 2019)
- Ugyen Chophel, "Islanding and Stability Study of Bhutan Power System During the Fault in Interconnected Neighbouring System". (MS, 2018–2019)
- Srikanth Gopal, "Validation and Modeling of Electrical Load Profile in Residential Buildings in New Zealand". (MS, 2018)
- Felipe Resende de Oliveira, "Comparative Analysis of Energy Efficiency in HVAC System" (MS, 2017–2018). [Currently Product Manager at ABB, Brazil].
NTU, Singapore (2013 – 2017):
- Dr. Benfei Wang, "Microgrid Energy Management," (Post-doc, 2016–2018). [Currently Research Fellow at NTU, Singapore].
- Dr. Nagesh Geddada, "DC Grid Protection," (Post-doc, 2015–2017). [Currently Faculty at IIPE, India].
- Dr. Soumya Subhra Nag, "Fault Management in Marine Network," (Post-doc, 2016–2017). [Currently Faculty at IIT Delhi, India].
- Dr. Satish Kumar Kollimalla, "Energy Storage," (Post-doc, 2015–2017). [Currently Research Fellow at Rolls-Royce@NTU Corporate Lab, Singapore].
- Dr. Sugunakar Reddy Ravula, "Gas Network Condition Monitoring," (Post-doc, 2015–2018). [Currently Research Fellow at ERIAN, NTU, Singapore].
- Dr. VSK Murthy Balijepalli, "Grid Compliance," (Post-doc, 2016–2017). [Currently Research Fellow at ETH CREATE Lab, Singapore].
- Dr. Narsa Reddy Tummuru, "Microgrid Energy Management," (Post-doc, 2015–2016). [Currently Faculty at NIT, Mandi, India]
- Dr. Dasari Rao, "Building Energy Management," (Post-doc, 2014). [Currently Post-doc at Univ. Exeter, UK].
- Dr. Yew-Ming Yeap, "DC Fault Detection and Clearance in VSC-HVDC System”, (PhD, 2013–2017). [Currently Scientist at A*Star Singapore]
- Kuntal Satpathi, “Fault Management in Marine Network”, (PhD, 2014–2018). [Currently Research Associate at Rolls-Royce Singapore]
- Kalpesh Subhash Chaudhari, “Hybrid Energy Storage for Microgrid Applications”, (PhD, 2015–2018). [Currently Researcher at National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA]
- Ujjal Manandhar, “Control Strategies for Hybrid Energy Storage System in DC Grid”, (PhD, 2014–2018). [Currently Researcher at NTU Singapore]
- Yang Shicong, “Grid Compliance for the Land based Power Generators”, (PhD, 2015–2018). [Currently Engineer at Rolls-Royce Singapore]
- Nishanthi Duraisamy, “Modelling & Monitoring of Subsea Cables for Long Distance Power Transmission”, (PhD, 2015–2019).
- Hanwen Zhang, “Building Energy Management and Demand Response”, (PhD, 2015–2019).
- Shah Dev Dikul, “Power Grid Modelling for Grid Compliance Study,” (MS, 2016–2017).
- Srinivasan Sharanya, “Integration of Energy Storage Systems in DC ships,” (MS, 2016–2017).
- Munukutla Sruti Keerti, “Study on Technical Requirements for Distributed Generators Connecting to Power Grid,” (MS, 2015–2016).
- Francis Anthony Denisha, “Electrical Design of Signal Conditioning and Signal Processing Circuit for Rogowski coil,” (MS, 2015–2016).
- Kok Hoong Loo, “Earth Protection System for AC Substation,” (MS, 2014–2015). [Currently Engineer at Singapore Powergrid (SP Group) Singapore]
- Chuan Luo, “Supply and Load Profiling of Building,” (MS, 2014–2015). [Currently Engineer at Singapore Powergrid (SP Group) Singapore]
- Kok Cheung Lee, “Requirement Analysis of Protection of Future MV and LVDC Grid,” (MS, 2013–2015). [Currently Engineer at Beca Singapore]
- Manni Xiong, “Electrical Performance Assessment of a Pontoon Roller Wave Energy Converter (WEC) at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal (TMFT),” (MS, 2014–2015).
- Xue Zhang, “Wave Energy Resource Characterization and Power Prediction around Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal (TMFT),” (MS, 2014–2015).
- Manickam Karthikeyan, “Requirement Analysis of Protection of Future High Voltage DC (HVDC) Grid: Transmission Side,” (MS, 2013–2014). [Currently Engineer at Toshiba Singapore]
- 'Student Travel/Paper (BF-013331) Award' at 43rd IEEE Annual Conf. on Industrial Electronics-IECON'17, Beijing, China, Oct. 2017.
- '4 Best Session Presentation Awards' at 42nd IEEE Annual Conf. on Industrial Electronics-IECON'16, Florence, Italy, Oct. 2016.
- 'Best Session Presentation Award' at 41st IEEE Annual Conf. on Industrial Electronics-IECON'15, Yokohama, Japan, Nov. 2015.
- Registered Chartered Engineer (CEng), UK elevation, Feb. 2015.
- 'Best Session Presentation Award' at 40th IEEE Annual Conf. on Industrial Electronics-IECON'14, Dallas, Oct. 2014.
- IEEE Senior Membership elevation, May 2010.
- Student Adrian Barlocher received 'Texas Instruments Excellence in Signal Processing Award (ESPA),' Jul. 2010 for the work on "Implementation of Wavelet Transform for Embedded Systems".
- Researcher of the Year 2009 Award for the 'Sensors and Signal Processing (SSP)' R&D program of ABB, 2009.
- Full-time Postgraduate Scholarship and NRF, South Africa Grant for Ph.D. (2004 – 2006).
- DAAD Scholarship for MS (dual-degree) (2002 – 2003).
Areas of expertise
- Smart Grid: Protection & Control of HV (AC/DC) Transmission, Distribution Automation (MV & LV), DC Grid: DC ships, LVDC datacenter, EV integration,
- Interfacing Power Systems & Power Electronics: Renewable Energy & Integration, Microgrid, Transactive Energy Management, Simulation, Hardware-in-loop testing,
- Condition Monitoring & Diagnostics: Rotating Machines, Transformer, Circuit-Breaker, Power Cable, Surge Arrester,
- Application of Signal Processing, Machine Learning, Sensor-based Embedded Systems.
- IEEE, USA: Senior Member (2010 – till date), Member (2007 – 2010), Student member (2005 – 2007).
- IEEE Society Membership: Industrial Electronics (IES), Power & Energy (PES), Sensors Council.
- Registered Chartered Engineer (CEng), UK.
- Member of IET, UK.
- Editor of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics (Impact Factor: 5.43).
- In Editorial board of International Journal of Power and Energy Conversion (IJPEC) , (ISSN-print: 1757-1154, ISSN-online: 1757-1162).
- Keynote Speaker: 2018 International Conf on Renewable Energy Utilization-ICREU, Coimbatore, India, 2018.
- Session Chair: IEEE Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conf. - ISGT Asia, Singapore, 2018.
- Session Chair: IEEE Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conf. - ISGT Asia, Auckland, New Zealand, 2017.
- Publication Chair at IEEE Asian Conference on Energy, Power and Transportation Electrification, Singapore, 2016.
- Session Chair: 'Smart Distribution Systems', at IEEE TENCON Conf., Singapore, 2016.
- Session Chair: 'Renewable Energy Sources & Technology', at IEEE TENCON Conf., Singapore, 2016.
- Session Chair of 'Photovoltaic Systems' at 42nd IEEE Annual Industrial Electronics Conf.-IECON’16, Florence, Italy, 2016.
- Session Chair of 'Signal and Image Processing I' at 41st IEEE Annual Industrial Electronics Conf.-IECON’15, Yokohama, Japan, 2015.
- Session Chair of 'Applied Signal and Image Processing' at 40th IEEE Annual Industrial Electronics Conf.-IECON’14, Dallas, USA, 2014.
- Organizer & Chair of 'Special Session: Condition Monitoring & Diagnostics,' at 13th IEEE International Conf. on Industrial Technology-ICIT, Athens, Greece, 2012.
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- (2018). DC Marine Power System: Transient Behaviour and Fault Management Aspects. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics10.1109/TII.2018.2864598
- (2018). Flow Based Estimation and Comparative Study of Gas Demand Profile for Residential Units in Singapore. IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy10.1109/TSTE.2018.2861821
- Chattopadhyay, A., Ukil, A., Jap, D., & Bhasin, S. (2018). Toward Threat of Implementation Attacks on Substation Security: Case Study on Fault Detection and Isolation. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, 14 (6), 2442-2451. 10.1109/TII.2017.2770096
- Geddada, N., Yeap, Y. M., & Ukil, A. (2018). Experimental validation of fault identification in VSC based DC grid system. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, 65 (6), 4799-4809. 10.1109/TIE.2017.2767560
- Satpathi, K., Yeap, Y. M., Ukil, A., & Geddada, N. (2018). Short-time fourier transform based transient analysis of VSC interfaced point-to-point DC system. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, 65 (5), 4080-4091. 10.1109/TIE.2017.2758745
- Yeap, Y. M., Geddada, N., & Ukil, A. (2018). Capacitive discharge based transient analysis with fault detection methodology in DC system. International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems, 97, 127-137. 10.1016/j.ijepes.2017.10.023
- Manandhar, U., Tummuru, N. R., Kumar, S., Ukil, A., Beng, G. H., & Chaudhari, K. (2018). Validation of faster joint control strategy for battery - and supercapacitor - based energy storage system. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, 65 (4), 3286-3295. 10.1109/TIE.2017.2750622
- Satpathi, K., Ukil, A., & Pou, J. (2018). Short-Circuit Fault Management in DC Electric Ship Propulsion System: Protection Requirements, Review of Existing Technologies and Future Research Trends. IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification, 4 (1), 272-291. 10.1109/TTE.2017.2788199
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