SRI International Researcher to Discuss Smart Grid Technology for Renewable Energy Sources at Greentech Media Conference

November 3, 2009

MENLO PARK, Calif., Nov. 3 /PRNewswire/ –

    WHAT:    Charles Ortiz, Ph.D., program director in SRI International's
             Artificial Intelligence Center (AIC), will be a panelist at the
             upcoming Greentech Media conference: The Networked Grid.  The
             conference will provide insights to the electric power industry
             as the power transmission and distribution market grows with the
             addition of renewable energy sources.

             During the afternoon panel, Networking Renewable Energy:
             Integrating Utility-Scale Renewables, Storage and Distributed
             Generation Resources at Mass Scale, Dr. Ortiz will discuss how
             smart grid technology can integrate energy generation, storage,
             and intelligence.

             His presentation will focus on some of the technical challenges
             that arise when developing such massive systems for utilities. He
             will explain how designs for such complex systems involve a host
             of tradeoffs and that individual components, such as renewable
             energy, distributed control, and demand response, cannot be
             developed in isolation.

    WHEN:    Wednesday, November 4, 2009, from 4:45 - 6:00 p.m.

    WHERE:   PG&E headquarters, auditorium
             77 Beale Street
             San Francisco, CA 94105

    WHO:     Charles Ortiz, Ph.D., is a program director in the Artificial
             Intelligence Center (AIC) at SRI International. In this role, he
             leads a group of researchers in the study and development of
             multiagent and multirobotic systems. Among the areas with which
             his research group is engaged in is the development of complex
             systems that can operate both autonomously and collaboratively
             with each other and with humans. This includes the development of
             distributed algorithms which can self-organize and adapt to novel
             and problem situations as well as support effective human
             interaction and understanding. In addition, Dr. Ortiz works with
             SRI's Center of Excellence in Energy, which enables
             multidisciplinary efforts at the institute to address important
             energy problems, from developing alternative energy sources to
             using conventional resources in a more sustainable manner.

             Dr. Ortiz received his Ph.D. in computer and information science
             from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.S. in computer
             science from Columbia University. His undergraduate S.B. degree
             is from MIT. He was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard
             University where he conducted research in collaborative
             multiagent systems. Dr. Ortiz has served as an Adjunct Professor
             in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Berkeley and is a
             Visiting Scholar at Stanford University. He is the author of
             numerous publications including the book Distributed Sensor
             Networks: A Multiagent Perspective and Collaborative Multiagent
             Systems (for MIT Press, in preparation).

    VISUALS: PowerPoint presentation

For more information, please visit: http://www.greentechmedia.com/events/live/the-networked-grid/agenda

SOURCE SRI International

Source: newswire

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