Welcome to Hao Liang's Homepage!

About Me

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Alberta, Canada, since 2014. Currently, I am affiliated with both Energy Systems Research Group and Communications Research Group at the University of Alberta. I received my Ph.D. degree from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo, Canada, in 2013. From 2013 to 2014, I was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Broadband Communications Research (BBCR) Lab and Electricity Market Simulation and Optimization Lab (EMSOL) at the University of Waterloo. I had co-founded and coordinated a Smart Grid Research Group.

My current research is interdisciplinary in nature across the fields of power and energy systems and information and communication systems. Along with the preeminent researchers from all over the world, I am looking for major breakthroughs in energy efficiency, reliability, security, and sustainability.

 

For prospective students and visiting scholars:

I am currently looking for Ph.D. students to work in several exciting interdisciplinary research areas including intelligent energy systems, smart grid, and energy and spectrum efficient wireless networking. Preference will be given to students with strong background in power and energy systems, wireless communication networks, big data analytics, cyber security, stochastic modeling, optimization, and/or automatic control.

I also plan to host a selected number of visiting scholars, undergraduate research assistants, and Co-op students in related areas.

If interested, please send your CV, transcripts, TOEFL/IELTS scores, and any other useful information in one email. Thesis, sample publications, and/or technical reports which can reflect your research and presentation skills are highly welcomed.

For more information about the University of Alberta, City of Edmonton, Canada, and graduate course suggestions, please visit the Useful Information section. 

 

Hao Liang

Assistant Professor, Ph.D.

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

University of Alberta

Office: 11-354

Address: 11th Floor, Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering, 9211-116 Street NW, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 1H9

Telephone: (780) 248-1887

Email: hao2@ualberta.ca

Email (Mobile Device): haoliang.mobile@gmail.com

 

Research Interests

My research interests are in the areas of intelligent energy systems, smart grids, and wireless communication networks. Currently, I am working on the following research topics:
  • Stochastic modeling and optimization in smart grid

  • Cyber-physical security of smart grid

  • Microgrid planning, operation, control, and self-healing

  • Distribution system operation with distributed generation and energy storage devices

  • Energy management of electric vehicles and vehicle-to-grid systems

  • Green buildings and smart home energy management

  • Joint planning and operation of electric power system and communication network in smart grid

  • Energy efficient wireless networking

  • Resource management in delay tolerant networks and vehicular networks

  • Cross-layer design and optimization

  • Big data analytics

  • Cloud and fog computing

Teaching

ECE 730 Advanced Topics in Energy Systems - Smart Grid Fundamentals, Fall 2017, Fall 2016

ECE 432 Variable Speed Drives, Winter 2018, Winter 2017, Winter 2016, Winter 2015 (Prerequisite: ECE 332 Electric Machines)

ECE 330 Introduction to Power Engineering, Winter 2018, Winter 2017, Fall 2015 (Prerequisite: ECE 203 Electrical Circuits II)

ECE 730 Advanced Topics in Energy Systems - Smart Grid Operation and Communications, Fall 2015

ECE 710 Wireless Communication Network - Guest Lecture on Smart Grid Communications, Spring 2014, Spring 2013

Books and Book Chapters

  1. B. Cao, Q. Zhang, H. Liang, G. Fu, and J. W. Mark, "Cooperative cognitive radio networking: towards a new paradigm for dynamic spectrum access," in Software-Defined and Cognitive Radio Technologies for Dynamic Spectrum Access and Management, Oct. 2014.

  2. X. Zhao and H. Liang, "Capacity dimensioning for wireless communications system," in Mobile and Wireless Communications: Physical Layer Development and Implementation, S. A. Fares and F. Adachi, Eds., INTECH Publishers, ISBN 978-953-307-043-8, 2010, pp. 283-290, Jan. 2010.

Journal Publications

  1. Z. Shi, H. Liang, and V. Dinavahi, "Direct interval forecast of uncertain wind power based on recurrent neural networks," IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, 2017, to appear.

  2. R. Deng, P. Zhuang, and H. Liang, "CCPA: Coordinated cyber-physical attacks and countermeasures in smart grid," IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, 2017, to appear.

  3. J. Wang, G. Geng, K. L. Chen, H. Liang, and W. Xu, "Event-based non-intrusive home current measurement using sensor array," IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, 2017, to appear.

  4. R. Deng, G. Xiao, R. Lu, H. Liang, and A. V. Vasilakos, "False data injection on state estimation in power systems - attacks, impacts, and defense: a survey," IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, 2017, to appear.

  5. R. Deng, H. Liang, J. Yong, B. Chai, and T. Yang, "Distributed rate control, routing, and energy management in dynamic rechargeable sensor networks," Springer Peer-to-Peer Networking and Applications, 2017, to appear.

  6. K. Ma, X. Liu, Z. Liu, C. Chen, H. Liang, and X. Guan, "Cooperative relaying strategies for smart grid communications: bargaining models and solutions," IEEE Internet of Things Journal, 2017, to appear.

  7. T. Ding, H. Liang, and W. Xu, "An analytical method for probabilistic modeling of the steady-state behavior of secondary residential system," IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, 2017, vol. 8, no. 6, pp. 2575-2584, Nov. 2017. [PDF]

  8. P. H. Divshali, B. J. Choi, and H. Liang, "Multi-agent transactive energy management system considering high levels of renewable energy source and electric vehicles," IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution, 2017, to appear.

  9. P. H. Divshali, B. J. Choi, H. Liang, and L. Soder, "Transactive demand side management program in smart grids with high penetration of EVs," Energies, vol. 10, no. 10, pp. 1-18, Oct. 2017.

  10. R. Deng, R. Lu, C. Lai, T. H. Luan, and H. Liang, "Optimal workload allocation in fog-cloud computing towards balanced delay and power consumption," IEEE Internet of Things Journal, vol. 3, no. 6, pp. 1171-1181, Dec. 2016.

  11. W. Xu, T. Ding, X. Li, and H. Liang, "Resonance-free shunt capacitors - configurations, design methods and comparative analysis," IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, vol. 31, no. 5, pp. 2287-2295, Oct. 2016. [PDF]

  12. R. Deng and H. Liang, "A survey on false data injection attack and defense in smart grid," Chinese Association of Automation (CAA) Newsletter, vol. 37, no. 4, pp. 31-36, Aug. 2016. [IN CHINESE] (Invited Paper)

  13. Y. Liu, R. Deng, and H. Liang, "Game-theoretic control of PHEV charging with power flow analysis," AIMS Energy, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 379-396, Mar. 2016. (Invited Paper) [PDF]

  14. T. Ding, W. Xu, and H. Liang, "Design method for third-order high-pass filter," IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, vol. 31, no. 1, pp. 402-403, Feb. 2016. [PDF]

  15. T. Yang, H. Liang, N. Cheng, R. Deng, and X. Shen, "Efficient scheduling for video transmission in maritime wireless communication network," IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, vol. 64, no. 9, pp. 4215-4229, Sept. 2015. [PDF]

  16. C. H. Ou, H. Liang, and W. Zhuang, "Investigating wireless charging and mobility of electric vehicles on electricity market," IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, vol. 62, no. 5, pp. 3123-3133, May 2015. [PDF]

  17. T. Yang, Z. Zheng, H. Liang, N. Cheng, R. Deng, and X. Shen, "Green energy and content-aware data transmissions in maritime wireless communication networks," IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 751-762, Apr. 2015. [PDF]

  18. M. Wang, Q. Shen, R. Zhang, H. Liang, and X. Shen, "Vehicle-density based adaptive MAC for high throughput in drive-thru networks," IEEE Internet of Things Journal, vol. 1, no. 6, pp. 533-543, Dec. 2014. [PDF]

  19. A. T. Gamage, H. Liang, R. Zhang, and X. Shen, "Device-to-device communication underlaying converged heterogeneous networks," IEEE Wireless Communications, vol. 21, no. 6, pp. 98-107, Dec. 2014. [PDF]

  20. J. Yan, C. Chen, X. Luo, H. Liang, X. Guan, and X. Yang, "Topology optimization based distributed estimation for relay assisted wireless sensor networks," IET Control Theory and Applications, vol. 8, no. 18, pp. 2219-2229, Dec. 2014. [PDF]

  21. N. Zhang, H. Liang, N. Cheng, Y. Tang, J. W. Mark, and X. Shen, "Dynamic spectrum access in multi-channel cognitive radio networks," IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, vol. 32, no. 11, pp. 2053-2064, Nov. 2014. [PDF]

  22. H. Liang, A. K. Tamang, W. Zhuang, and X. Shen, "Stochastic information management in smart grid," IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials - Special Issue on Energy and Smart Grid, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 1746-1770, Third Quarter 2014. [PDF]

  23. A. T. Gamage, H. Liang, and X. Shen, "Two time-scale cross-layer scheduling for cellular/WLAN interworking," IEEE Transactions on Communications, vol. 62, no. 8, pp. 2773-2789, Aug. 2014. [PDF]

  24. M. Wang, H. Liang, R. Zhang, R. Deng, and X. Shen, "Mobility-aware coordinated charging for electric vehicles in VANET-enhanced smart grid," IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications - Smart Grid Communications Series, vol. 32, no. 7, pp. 1344-1360, July 2014. [PDF]

  25. H. Liang and W. Zhuang, "Stochastic information management in microgrid operations," IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter, Apr. 2014. (Invited Article) [LINK]

  26. H. Liang and W. Zhuang, "Stochastic modeling and optimization in microgrid: a survey," Energies - Special Issue on Smart Grids, vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 2027-2050, Mar. 2014. [PDF]

  27. H. Liang, B. J. Choi, W. Zhuang, and X. Shen, "Optimizing the energy delivery via V2G systems based on stochastic inventory theory," IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 2230-2243, Dec. 2013. [PDF]

  28. B. Cao, H. Liang, J. W. Mark, and Q. Zhang, "Exploiting orthogonally dual-polarized antennas in cooperative cognitive radio networking," IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, vol. 31, no. 11, Nov. 2013. [PDF]

  29. H. Liang, B. J. Choi, W. Zhuang, and X. Shen, "Stability enhancement of decentralized inverter control through wireless communications in microgrids," IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 321-331, Jan. 2013. [PDF]

  30. H. Liang, W. Zhuang, and X. Shen, "Cooperative wireless networking for smart grid," IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter, Jan. 2013. (IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter Compendium - 32 "Best of the Best" Insightful Articles) [LINK]

  31. H. Liang and W. Zhuang, "Double-loop receiver-initiated MAC for cooperative data dissemination via roadside WLANs," IEEE Transactions on Communications, vol. 60, no. 9, pp. 2644-2656, Sept. 2012. [PDF]

  32. H. Liang, B. J. Choi, A. Abdrabou, W. Zhuang, and X. Shen, "Decentralized economic dispatch in microgrids via heterogeneous wireless networks," IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications - Smart Grid Communications Series, vol. 30, no. 6, pp. 1061-1074, Jul. 2012. (IEEE ComSoc Best Readings - Topics on Smart Grid Communications) [PDF]

  33. H. Liang, A. Abdrabou, B. J. Choi, W. Zhuang, X. Shen, and A. S. A. Awad, "Multiagent coordination in microgrids via wireless networks," IEEE Wireless Communications - Recent Advances in Wireless Technologies for Smart Grid, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 14-22, Jun. 2012. [PDF]

  34. H. Liang and W. Zhuang, "Efficient on-demand data service delivery to high-speed trains in cellular/infostation integrated networks," IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, vol. 30, no. 4, pp. 780-791, May 2012. [PDF]

  35. H. Liang and W. Zhuang, "Cooperative data dissemination via roadside WLANs," IEEE Communications Magazine, vol. 50, no. 4, pp. 68-74, Apr. 2012. [PDF]

  36. B. J. Choi, H. Liang, X. Shen, and W. Zhuang, "DCS: distributed asynchronous clock synchronization in delay tolerant networks," IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, vol. 23, no. 3, pp. 491-504, Mar. 2012. [PDF]

  37. H. Liang and W. Zhuang, "DFMAC: DTN-friendly medium access control for wireless local area networks supporting voice/data services," ACM/Springer Mobile Networks and Applications, vol. 16, no. 5, pp. 531-543, Oct. 2011. (Invited Paper) [PDF]

Conference Publications

  1. Y. Liu and H. Liang, "Vehicle-to-grid frequency regulation signal optimization based on inhomogeneous hidden Markov model," in Proc. IEEE VTC’17, 2017, to appear.

  2. P. Zhuang and H. Liang, "Decentralized coordination of electric vehicle charging stations for active power compensation," in Proc. IEEE VTC’17, 2017, to appear.

  3. R. Deng and H. Liang, "Whether to charge or discharge an electric vehicle? An optimal approach in polynomial time," in Proc. IEEE VTC’17, 2017, to appear.

  4. F. Zhang, Y. Liu, W. Liu, H. Liang, Y. Zang, and M. Fu, "Stochastic game between cloud broker and cloudlet for mobile cloud computing," in Proc. IEEE VTC’17, 2017, to appear.

  5. W. Liu, P. Zhuang, Y. Liu, H. Liang, Z. Huang, and J. Peng, "Cooperative neural fitted learning for distributed energy management in microgrids via wireless networks," in Proc. IEEE VTC’17, 2017, to appear.

  6. R. Deng, Z. Zhang, J. Ren, and H. Liang, "Indoor temperature control of cost-effective smart buildings via real-time smart grid communications," in Proc. IEEE GLOBECOM'16, Dec. 2016.

  7. R. Deng and H. Liang, "Whether to charge an electric vehicle or not? A near-optimal online approach," in Proc. IEEE PES GM'16, July 2016. (Best Conference Papers on Electric Vehicles, Energy Storage, Microgrids, and Demand Response)

  8. W. Wang, H. Liang, and J. Chen, "Stochastic modelling of community energy storage system based on diffusion approximation," in Proc. IEEE PES GM'16, July 2016.

  9. P. Zhuang and H. Liang, "Energy storage management in smart homes based on resident activity of daily life recognition," in Proc. IEEE SmartGridComm'15, Nov. 2015. [PDF]

  10. Y. Liu and H. Liang, "A firm-union bargaining game approach for PHEV charging access control," in Proc. IEEE SmartGridComm'15, Nov. 2015. [PDF]

  11. T. N. Le, S. AL-Rubaye, H. Liang, and B. J. Choi, "Dynamic charging and discharging for electric vehicles in microgrids," in Proc. IEEE ICC'15 - Workshop on Green Communications and Networks with Energy Harvesting, Smart Grids, and Renewable Energies, June 2015. [PDF]

  12. J. Gao, X. Zhang, H. Liang, and X. Shen, "Joint encryption and compressed sensing in smart grid data transmission," in Proc. IEEE GLOBECOM'14, Dec. 2014. [PDF]

  13. T. N. Le, B. J. Choi, H. Liang, H. Li, and X. Shen, "DCD: distributed charging and discharging scheme for EVs in microgrids," in Proc. IEEE SmartGridComm'14, Nov. 2014. [PDF]

  14. H. Liang, I. Sharma, W. Zhuang, and K. Bhattacharya, "Plug-in electric vehicle charging demand estimation based on queueing network analysis," in Proc. IEEE PES GM'14, July 2014. [PDF]

  15. N. Zhang, N. Cheng, H. Liang, Y. Tang, J. W. Mark, and X. Shen, "Efficient channel assignment for cooperative sensing based on convex bipartite matching," in Proc. IEEE ICC'14, June 2014. [PDF]

  16. H. Liang, A. Abdrabou, and W. Zhuang, "Stochastic information management for voltage regulation in smart distribution systems," in Proc. IEEE INFOCOM'14, Apr.-May 2014. (Acceptance rate: 19.4%) [PDF]

  17. J. Zhu, Z. Shi, H. Liang, R. Lu, and X. Shen, "Particle filter based grid synchronization with voltage unbalance and frequency variation in smart grid," in Proc. IEEE WCSP'13, Oct. 2013. [PDF]

  18. M. Wang, H. Liang, R. Deng, R. Zhang, and X. Shen, "VANET based online charging strategy for electric vehicles," in Proc. IEEE GLOBECOM'13, Dec. 2013. [PDF]

  19. T. Yang, H. Liang, N. Cheng, and X. Shen, "Towards video packets store-carry-and-forward scheduling in maritime wideband communication," in Proc. IEEE GLOBECOM'13, Dec. 2013. [PDF]

  20. H. Liang, B. J. Choi, W. Zhuang, and X. Shen, "Decentralized inverter control in microgrids based on power sharing information through wireless communications," in Proc. IEEE GLOBECOM'12, Dec. 2012. [PDF]

  21. H. Zhao, J. Zhang, H. Liang, and W. Zhuang, "A practical multi-hop channel allocation algorithm for cognitive radio ad hoc networks," in Proc. IEEE ICWITS'12, Nov. 2012.

  22. H. Liang, B. J. Choi, W. Zhuang, and X. Shen, "Towards optimal energy store-carry-and-deliver for PHEVs via V2G system," in Proc. IEEE INFOCOM'12, Mar. 2012. (Acceptance rate: 17.97%) (Best Paper Award Finalist) [PDF]

  23. B. Cao, L. X. Cai, H. Liang, J. W. Mark, Q. Zhang, H. V. Poor, and W. Zhuang, "Cooperative cognitive radio networking using quadrature signaling," in Proc. IEEE INFOCOM'12 (mini-conference), Mar. 2012. (Acceptance rate: 17.97%) [PDF]

  24. H. Liang and W. Zhuang, "Resource allocation for on-demand data delivery to high-speed trains via trackside infostations," in Proc. IEEE GLOBECOM'11, Dec. 2011. [PDF]

  25. H. Liang and W. Zhuang, "Optimal message scheduling for roadside WLANs with pre-downloaded messages," in Proc. IEEE ICC'11, Jun. 2011. [PDF]

  26. H. Liang and W. Zhuang, "A double-loop receiver-initiated medium access control scheme for data dissemination services with packet pre-downloading," in Proc. IEEE GLOBECOM'10, Dec. 2010. [PDF]

  27. H. Liang and W. Zhuang, "DTCoop: delay tolerant cooperative communications in DTN/WLAN integrated networks," in Proc. IEEE VTC'10-Fall, Sept. 2010. (Best Student Paper Award) [PDF]

  28. H. Liang and W. Zhuang, "Cross-layer resource allocation for efficient message dissemination in rural infostation systems," in Proc. IEEE GLOBECOM'09, Nov. 2009. [PDF]

  29. H. Liang and W. Zhuang, "DFMAC: DTN-friendly medium access control for wireless local area networks," in Proc. IEEE CHINACOM'09, Aug. 2009. [PDF]

  30. X. Zhao, H. Liang, and Z. Gu, "A Markov chain-based capacity dimensioning method for wireless communications systems with AMC, HARQ and packet multimedia traffic source," in Proc. IEEE ICC'08, May 2008. [PDF]

  31. X. Zhao, J. Qi, H. Liang, and X. You, "An analytical method for capacity dimensioning of WCDMA with high speed wireless link," in Proc. IEEE WCNC'07, pp. 4172-4176, Mar. 2007. [PDF]

  32. H. Liang, Z. Gu, and X. Zhao, "A novel method for estimating the probability distribution of user's received CIR in HSDPA systems," in Proc. 22nd Annual Postgraduate Communications Conference in Nanjing, Dec. 2007. (Excellent Paper Award) [IN CHINESE]

  33. Z. Gu, H. Liang, and X. Zhao, "A modeling method for variable orthogonality factor," in Proc. 22nd Annual Postgraduate Communications Conference in Nanjing, Dec. 2007. [IN CHINESE]

  34. Z. Gu, H. Liang, and X. Zhao, "A novel capacity dimensioning method for HSDPA in mixed service scenarios," in Proc. 22nd Annual Postgraduate Communications Conference in Nanjing, Dec. 2007. [IN CHINESE]

Supervision

Postdoctoral Fellows, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Research Assistants, and Visiting Professors

Ruilong Deng

  • Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, 2015-present (Ph.D. Zhejiang University)
  • Research: demand response in smart grid
  • Major award: Alberta Innovates Technology Futures (AITF) Postdoctoral Fellowship
Peng Zhuang

  • Position: Ph.D. Student, 2015-present (B.Sc. University of Alberta)
  • Research: energy storage management in smart grid
  • Major award: Dean's Research Award, 2014
Tianyu Ding

  • Position: Ph.D. Student, co-supervised with Dr. Wilsun Xu, 2014-present (B.Sc. Shandong University)
  • Research: harmonic assessment and mitigation for systems with mass-distributed harmonic sources
Yue Wang

  • Position: Ph.D. Student, co-supervised with Dr. Venkata Dinavahi, 2015-present (M.Sc. China Agricultral University)
  • Research: demand side management in smart grid
  • Major award: China Scholarship Council (CSC) Scholarship
Zhichao Shi

  • Position: Ph.D. Student, co-supervised with Dr. Venkata Dinavahi, 2016-present (M.Sc. National University of Defense Technology)
  • Research: stochastic modeling and optimization in smart grid
  • Major award: China Scholarship Council (CSC) Scholarship
Yuan Liu

  • Position: M.Sc. & Ph.D. Student, 2015-present (B.Sc. Zhejiang University)
  • Research: smart grid operations and markets
Juncheng Wang

  • Position: M.Sc. Student, co-supervised with Dr. Wilsun Xu, 2015-present (B.Sc. Shanghai Jiao Tong University)
  • Research: power system measurement
Weiran Wang

  • Position: M.Sc. Student, co-supervised with Dr. Jie Chen, 2015-present (B.Sc. Harbin Institute of Technology)
  • Research: stochastic optimization for microgrid energy management

Xi Yang

  • Position: Visiting Professor, 2016-present (Associate Professor, University of Electronic Science and Technology)
  • Research: big data analytics and its applications
  • Major award: China Scholarship Council (CSC) Scholarship

Yi Zang

  • Position: Visiting Professor, 2016-present (Associate Professor, Henan University of Technology)
  • Research: intelligent energy systems and smart grid
  • Major award: China Scholarship Council (CSC) Scholarship

Weirong Liu

  • Position: Visiting Professor, 2016-present (Associate Professor, Central South University)
  • Research: decentralized control in smart grid
  • Major award: China Scholarship Council (CSC) Scholarship

Fenghui Zhang

  • Position: Visiting Professor, 2016-present (Assistant Professor, West Anhui University)
  • Research: resource management for cloud computing
Hanbing Wang

  • Position: Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2016-present (B.Sc. University of Alberta)
  • Research: impact of distributed generation on distribution systems
  • Major award: Dean's Research Award, 2016-2017
Qingxin Yuan

  • Position: Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2016-present (B.Sc. University of Alberta)
  • Research: cyber security in smart grid
  • Major award: Dean's Research Award, 2016-2017

Alumni

Ryan Wallenberg

  • Position: Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2016-present (B.Sc. University of Alberta)
  • Research: assessment and mitigation of the impact of distributed generation on urban utilities

Douglas DeVries

  • Position: Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2016-present (B.Sc. University of Alberta)
  • Research: assessment and mitigation of the impact of distributed generation on urban utilities
Ao Li

  • Position: Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2015-2016 (B.Sc. University of Alberta)
  • Research: assessment of the impacts of distributed generation on protection coordination
  • Major award: Dean's Research Award, 2015
Zhiyao Qian

  • Position: Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2015-2016 (B.Sc. University of Alberta)
  • Research: distributed generation impact study under normal operating conditions
  • Major award: Dean's Research Award, 2015

Kevin Chan

  • Position: EE Capstone Project, 2015-2016 (B.Sc. University of Alberta)
  • Research: smart homes with renewable energy sources
  • First/current employment: Telecon, Edmonton, AB
Inder Panesar

  • Position: EE Capstone Project, 2015-2016 (B.Sc. University of Alberta)
  • Research: smart homes with renewable energy sources
Raymond Fung

  • Position: EE Capstone Project, 2015-2016 (B.Sc. University of Alberta)
  • Research: smart homes with renewable energy sources
Dianliang Zhao

  • Position: EE Capstone Project, 2015-2016 (B.Sc. University of Alberta)
  • Research: smart homes with renewable energy sources
Taimoor Khan

  • Position: EE Capstone Project, 2015-2016 (B.Sc. University of Alberta)
  • Research: smart homes with renewable energy sources
Saklain Khan

  • Position: Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2015 (B.Sc. University of Alberta)
  • Research: distributed generation impact assessment and mitigation
  • First/current employment: Schneider Electric, Calgary, AB
Yifan Wang

  • Position: Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2015 (B.Sc. University of Alberta)
  • Research: electric vehicle traffic and energy demand analysis
  • Major award: Dean's Research Award, 2015
Fenqing Liu

  • Position: Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2015 (B.Sc. University of Alberta)
  • Research: probabilistic power flow analysis in smart grid
Yanbin Chen

  • Position: Summer Undergraduate Student, supported by International Student Work Study Program (ISWSP), 2015 (B.Sc. University of Alberta)
  • Research: big data analytics in smart grid
Peng Zhang

  • Position: Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2014-2015 (B.Sc. University of Alberta)
  • Research: traffic data analysis for queueing network based electric vehicle charging demand estimation
  • Major award: Dean's Research Award, 2014-2015
Peng Zhuang

  • Position: EE Capstone Project, 2014-2015; Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2014 (B.Sc. University of Alberta)
  • Research: energy storage management in smart grid
  • Major award: Dean's Research Award, 2014
Fuqi Cui

  • Position: EE Capstone Project, 2014-2015 (B.Sc. University of Alberta)
  • Research: smart buildings in smart grid
  • First/current employment: London Drugs, Edmonton, AB
Shihang Wu

  • Position: EE Capstone Project, 2014-2015 (B.Sc. University of Alberta)
  • Research: smart buildings in smart grid
Zichen Ling

  • Position: EE Capstone Project, 2014-2015 (B.Sc. University of Alberta)
  • Research: smart buildings in smart grid
Rong Zhang

  • Position: EE Capstone Project, 2014-2015 (B.Sc. University of Alberta)
  • Research: smart buildings in smart grid
Xiuming Zhang

  • Position: Exchange Undergraduate Student, 2014 (B.Sc. National University of Singapore)
  • Research: big data analytics in smart grid
  • First/current employment: Clinical Imaging Research Center (CIRC), A*STAR Singapore
Nan Chen

  • Position: Exchange Undergraduate Student, 2014 (B.Sc. Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics)
  • Research: stability analysis of droop control in microgrid and stability enhancement via wireless networks
  • First/current employment: Ph.D. student at the University of Waterloo
Wei (Harrison) Wang

  • Position: Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2012-2013 (B.Sc. University of Waterloo)
  • Research: stochastic information management in smart grid
  • First employment: Master's student at Cornell University (subsequently employed by General Motors).
  • Current employment: Ericsson, San Jose, CA
Peter (Ze Yu) Xian

  • Position: Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2011 (B.Sc. University of Waterloo)
  • Research: wireless communication network design and optimization for smart grid
  • First employment: NVIDIA, Santa Clara, CA
  • Current employment: Entrepreneur, Consumer Electronics, San Francisco Bay Area
Seongho Kim

  • Position: Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2011 (B.Sc. University of Waterloo)
  • Research: wireless interference in home energy management systems
  • First/current employment: Innovative, Creative Engineering Solutions (ICES), Mississauga, ON.

Ph.D. Dissertation External Examiner

  • S. Ali, "An analytical framework for power quality monitoring in smart power microgrid," University of Victoria, Canada, 2015. 
  • B. Zhao, "Pricing and scheduling optimization problems in the smart grid," University of Victoria, Canada, 2015.
  • K. Zhou, "Demand response in smart grid," University of Victoria, Canada, 2015.

Research Funding

Mitacs Accelerate, "Wireless network planning and robust optimization for advanced irrigation systems," 2017. (PI)

Mitacs Accelerate, "Optimal two-dimensional energy management of grid-connected thermal/electrical hybrid energy system," 2017. (PI)

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Collaborative Research and Development (CRD) Grant, "Assessment and mitigation of the impacts of distributed generation on urban utilities," 2015-2017. (Co-PI)

NSERC Discovery Grant, "Decentralized operation, control, and communications in smart grid," 2015-2020. (PI)

Faculty of Engineering Start-Up Funding for Research in Electrical & Computer Engineering, "Smart grid operation and control based on advanced information and communication systems," 2014-2019. (PI)

 

Special thanks to our sponsors and partners (in alphabetical order). Without their generous support, the research in our group would never be possible.


Alberta Innovates Technology Futures
Cisco Systems Inc.
Communications Research Centre Canada (CRC)
EPCOR Distribution & Transmission Inc.
General Motors Company
Mitacs
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
Waterloo North Hydro Inc.

Selected Seminars

  1. H. Liang, "Electric cars on the grid," Interview with Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Edmonton AM, Host: Mark Connolly, Jan. 25, 2016. [LINK]
  2. H. Liang, "Harmonic assessment and mitigation for systems with mass-distributed harmonic sources," International Workshop on Mobile Communications and Networking (IWMCN), University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada, Nov. 27, 2015.
  3. H. Liang, "Wireless networking in smart grid," IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications (SmartGridComm) Workshop on Smart Cities Enabled by Smart Grid Communications - Challenges and Opportunities from a Grid Modernization Perspective, Miami, FL, Nov. 2, 2015.
  4. H. Liang, "Advanced information and communication systems for smart grid," School of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu, China, May 27, 2015.
  5. H. Liang, "Advanced information and communication systems for smart grid," School of Information Science and Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing, China, May 19, 2015.
  6. H. Liang, "Advanced information and communication systems for smart grid," North American Chinese Power Professional Association (NACPPA) Webinar Series, Nov. 2014.
  7. H. Liang, "Smart buildings in smart grid," City of Edmonton - Blatchford Redevelopment Research Collaborations, Edmonton, AB, Canada, Sept. 2014.
  8. J. Salmon, P. Musilek, and H. Liang, "UofA electrical engineering projects - advanced information and communication systems for smart grid," EPCOR Utilities / University of Alberta Meeting on Distributed Generation, Edmonton, AB, Canada, Aug. 2014.
  9. H. Liang, "Advanced information and communication systems for smart grid," Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada, Apr. 2014.
  10. H. Liang, "Advanced information and communication systems for smart grid," Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL, Apr. 2014.
  11. H. Liang, "Wireless networking and stochastic information management in smart grid," Department of Computing and Software, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada, Sept. 2013.
  12. H. Liang, "Smart grid research at BBCR Lab," Siemens New Jersey / University of Waterloo Meeting on Smart Grid, Waterloo, ON, Canada, May 2013.
  13. X. Shen, K. Bhattacharya, H. Liang, and R. Lu, "Smart grid research at University of Waterloo," Waterloo North Hydro / University of Waterloo Meeting on Smart Grid, Waterloo, ON, Canada, Mar. 2013.
  14. X. Shen, H. Liang, and R. Lu, "Current and future research challenges in smart grid networks," Defense Research and Development Canada / BBCR Lab Meeting on Smart Grid, Ottawa, ON, Canada, Jan. 2013.
  15. H. Liang, "Towards optimal energy store-carry-and-deliver for PHEVs via V2G system," ECE Graduate Student Research Talks, University of Waterloo, Mar. 2012. (Best Speaker Award)

Professional Activities

Technical Journal Editorships
  • Editor, IET Communications, 2016-Present
  • Guest Editor, IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing, Special Issue on Big Data Computing for the Smart Grid, 2016
  • System Administrator, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, 2009-2013
Chair/Co-Chair of Conferences
  • TPC Co-Chair, Smart Grids for Smart Cities (SGSC) Conference - Smart City 360 Summit 2015
  • Travel Grants Chair, IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications (SmartGridComm) 2015
  • Workshop Co-Chair, Smart Cities Enabled by Smart Grid Comms - Challenges and Opportunities from a Grid Modernization Perspective, IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications (SmartGridComm) 2015
  • Student Travel Grant Co-Chair, IEEE/CIC International Conference on Communications in China (ICCC) 2015
Technical Program Committee (TPC) Member of Conferences
  • IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications (SmartGridComm) 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM) 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC) 2010-Fall, 2011-Fall, 2013-Spring, 2016-Spring, 2016-Fall, 2017-Spring, 2017-Fall
  • IEEE Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (CCECE) 2016
  • IEEE Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference (ISGT) 2014
  • IEEE International Conference on Sensing, Communication and Networking (SECON) Workshop on Toward A City-Wide Pervasive EnviRonment (CoWPER) 2016
  • IEEE International Conference on Computer and Information Technology (CIT), 2015
  • IEEE Conference on Energy Conversion (CENCON) 2014
  • IEEE International Conference on Clean Energy and Technologies (CEAT) 2013
  • IEEE International Conference on Power and Energy (PECON) 2012, 2014
  • IEEE International Conference on Telecommunications (ICT) 2015
  • IEEE International Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing Conference (IWCMC) 2014
  • IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Sensors, Sensor Networks and Information Processing (ISSNIP) 2014
  • IEEE Second International Conference on Image Information Processing (ICIIP) 2013
  • IEEE International Conference on Connected Vehicles and Expo (ICCVE) 2013, 2014, 2015
  • IEEE International Conference on Communications in China (ICCC) 2013, 2014
  • IEEE International Conference on Signal Processing, Informatics, Communication and Energy Systems (SPICES) 2015
  • International Conference on Advances in Computing, Communications and Informatics (ICACCI) 2014
  • International Conference on Ambient Systems, Networks and Technologies (ANT) 2014
  • International Symposium on Security in Computing and Communications (SSCC) 2014
  • International Conference on Wireless Communications and Signal Processing (WCSP) 2013
Conference Session Chair
  • IEEE GLOBECOM 2012 - WN14: Network Coding
  • IEEE VTC 2010 Fall - 8I: Medium Access Control
Journal Reviewer

      Power and Energy Systems Related Areas

  • IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid
  • IEEE Transactions on Power Systems
  • IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery
  • IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy
  • IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion
  • IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics
  • IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution

      Information and Communication Systems Related Areas

  • IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications
  • IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking
  • IEEE Transactions on Communications
  • IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications
  • IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing
  • IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems
  • IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology
  • IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing
  • IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
  • IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
  • IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networking
  • IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics
  • IEEE Communications Magazine
  • IEEE Wireless Communications
  • IEEE Network
  • IEEE Internet of Things Journal
  • IEEE Communications Letters
  • IEEE Wireless Communications Letters
  • IEEE Systems Journal
  • EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking
  • European Journal of Operational Research
  • Energies
  • Wiley Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies
  • Wiley Security and Communication Networks
  • Elsevier Information Sciences
  • Elsevier Ad Hoc Networks
  • Elsevier Computer Communications
  • Elsevier Computer Networks
  • Elsevier Journal of Network and Computer Applications
  • Elsevier International Journal of Electrical Power and Energy Systems
  • Elsevier Computers and Electrical Engineering
  • ACM Mobile Networks and Applications
  • KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems
  • Springer Journal of Wireless Personal Communications
  • Springer Telecommunication Systems
  • China Communications
  • Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute Journal
  • Journal of Machinery Manufacturing and Automation
IEEE Membership
  • IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES)
  • IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc)
Membership of Department Committee
  • Research and Planning Committee, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Alberta (2015-present)

Awards and Honors

Best Conference Papers on Electric Vehicles, Energy Storage, Microgrids, and Demand Response, 2016 IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting (PES GM 2016), Boston, MA, USA

Best Paper Award Finalist, The 31st Annual IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM 2012), Orlando, FL, USA (selected out of 278 publications among 1547 submissions, acceptance rate: 17.97%)

Best Student Paper Award, IEEE 72nd Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC 2010-Fall), Ottawa, ON, Canada (one of two awards from 530 papers presented among 1051 submissions)

Excellent Paper Award, The 22nd Annual Postgraduate Communications Conference in Nanjing, 2007

Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad, 2011 (presented to 495 out of 440,000 Chinese oversea students across all fields of study all over the world in 2011) [News and Speech Quote by Xinhua News Agency]

Best Speaker Award, ECE Graduate Student Research Talks, University of Waterloo, 2012

Useful Information

University of Alberta
  • "The university has been recognized by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, the QS World University Rankings and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings as one of the top five universities in Canada and one of the top 100 universities worldwide." - Wikipedia
City of Edmonton
  • "The Calgary-Edmonton Corridor is in a unique position in Canada. Specifically, it is the only Canadian urban centre to amass a U.S.-level of wealth while preserving a Canadian-style quality of life." - TD Bank Financial Group
  • "Poised to take up the mantle of Canada's new energy capital, Edmonton is strategically located between the world?s second largest oil reserves and the US, one of the planet's largest energy consumers." - Edmonton Economic Development Corporation
Canada

  • "Canada is a developed country and one of the wealthiest in the world, with the eighth highest per capita income globally, and the eleventh highest ranking in the Human Development Index. It ranks among the highest in international measurements of education, government transparency, civil liberties, quality of life, and economic freedom." - Wikipedia
  • The information about Canadian immigration programs for Ph.D. and Master's students is available here
  • The information about "super visas" for parents and grandparents is available here
  • The information about Canadian citizenship is available here
  • Permanent resident of Canada or Canadian citizen is eligible for a NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship, for a maximum of 2 years, to be hold in a Canadian university/institution or a university/research centre outside Canada
  • Canadian citizen usually does not need a visa to work as a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Professional. More information is available here
Courses for Graduate Students in Smart Grid Related Areas (suggestions based on my own enrolment)
  • Power and energy system discipline - Power System Analysis and Control, Power Electronics, Power Systems Operation, Distribution System Engineering, Power System Quality, High Voltage Engineering Applications
  • Information and communication system discipline - Stochastic Processes, Communications over Fading Dispersive Channels, Digital Communications, Wireless Communication Networks, Network Information Theory, Network Coding Theory
Calls for Papers

  • IEEE Power & Energy Society [LINK]
  • IEEE Power Electronics Society [LINK]
  • IEEE Signal Processing Society [LINK]
  • IEEE Computer Society [LINK]
  • IEEE Cloud Computing Society [LINK]
  • IEEE Sensor Council Journals [LINK]
  • IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society [LINK]
  • IEEE Computer Society's Technical Committee on Security and Privacy [LINK]
  • IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications [LINK]
  • IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology [LINK]
  • IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems [LINK]
  • IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics [LINK]
  • IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics [LINK]
  • IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing [LINK]
  • IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering [LINK]
  • IEEE Transactions on Services Computing [LINK]
  • IEEE Network [LINK]
  • IEEE Communications Magazine [LINK]
  • IEEE Wireless Communications [LINK]
  • IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine [LINK]
  • IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials [LINK]
  • IEEE/KICS Journal of Communications and Networks [LINK]
  • IEEE Internet of Things Journal [LINK]
  • IEEE System Journal [LINK]
  • Elsevier Ad Hoc Networks [LINK]
  • Elsevier Computer Networks [LINK]
  • Elsevier Information Sciences [LINK]
  • Elsevier Computer Communications [LINK]
  • Wiley Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing [LINK]
  • Wiley Security and Communication Networks [LINK]