Dr. Vahid Disfani received his Bachelor degree from Amirkabir University of Technology, Iran in 2006 and an M.S. degree from Sharif University of Technology, Iran in 2008, both in Electrical Engineering. After earning his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from University of South Florida in 2015, he joined UC San Diego as a postdoctoral scholar. Vahid has also contributed to several industry projects during his professional career at Iran Grid Management Company, his Ph.D. program and his two-year postdoctoral experience. He has developed numerous multi-agent algorithms for optimal power flow problem as well as several model predictive control techniques to control power electronic converters and to reduce the impacts of high penetrations of solar energy. His research fields of interest include Power system optimization and control, Grid integration of renewable energy resources, Distribution system optimal voltage regulation, Power markets and power system economics. His current research projects include comprehensive feeder-wide optimal voltage control, effective grid integration and optimal market participation of distributed energy resources, distributed and multi-agent optimal power flow for microgrids with high penetrations of renewable energy, reliability assessment of microgrids, and distributed algorithms for distribution systems state estimation.

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