Pro. Ahmed A. Mohamed
Modeling and Mitigation of the Rising Interdependencies between The Energy System and other Critical Infrastructures
Ahmed Ali A. Mohamed is with the Department of Electrical Engineering, City College of the City University of New York (CUNY). He is the founding director of the CUNY Smart Grid Interdependencies Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Florida International University in 2013. He has led research grants/projects from various companies and national funding agencies. His research interests include Smart Grid Resilience, Critical Infrastructure Interdependency, Microgrids, and Traction Power Systems. He has numerous publications in these fields as book chapters, and articles in premier journals and conference proceedings. He received several awards, such as the NSF CAREER Award, and three of his papers received IEEE best-paper awards. He has served as a reviewer, invited editor, topic chair and session chair at various top-tier journals and international conferences. He has served on review panels for several national and international funding agencies, such as the US National Science Foundation.
Improving the protection and resilience of critical infrastructures (CIs) against natural disasters and manmade threats is an imperative short-term goal worldwide. Network modeling of failure modes and propagation is needed by managers to devise strategies that mitigate the impact of failures across interdependent CIs. Although much progress has been made in network modeling of CIs to date, these efforts fail to capture the complexity of CIs, are based on inadequate or inaccurate assumptions, neglect interdependencies, and are mostly empirical and statistically driven rather than based on principles of physics. The objective of our research is to improve failure and resilience modeling of interdependent CIs. The developed models are then expanded using reinforcement learning to aid in decision-making. The outcome will be a framework to account for CI interdependencies that are critical for failure and disaster planning and recovery.
Critical infrastructures; e-mobility; ICT network; power grid; urban regions.