Chalmers -- Computer Science and Engineering

Electrical Grid

ICT Support for Adaptiveness and (Cyber)security in the Smart Grid  DAT300

Spring semester, study period 4, 2015

(DAT300 -- Masterclass in Areas of advance)


Course Description


This is a so-called masterclass in the area of advance, giving an overview of the smart grid and important technologies from the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) area that is being used. The focus is on algorithms, distributed computing, communication and security. 

In Europe and elsewhere, the electrical grid is being transitioned into the "smart grid" in order to increase flexibility and accommodate large scale energy production from renewable sources. This transition involves, among other steps, the installation of new, advanced equipment - for example, the replacement of traditional domestic electrical meters with smart meters - and remote communication with devices - for example, allowing remote access to an unsupervised energy production site.

The course is built around (i) seminars and (ii) project work. Through the seminars you learn about the design or development of systems, infrastructure, and applications that are related to the electric power smart grid, with a focus on distributed algorithms and security. You are expected to give some presentations, as well as to participate actively in discussions. Through the second part of the course,  you are also expected to complete lab work, i.e. a significant project with relevance to the smart grid. In this way you will also gain experience at the front connecting research and education in the main domain overlapping two of the Areas of Advance, namely ICT and Energy. Through your presentations, you will also get feedback and learn to better present materials to your peers. Through your report, you will improve your skills in technical writing (a good preparation for DAT147 in the fall).

Recommended text book
The course is built around seminars, lecture notes and research papers.


Study Material - List of Papers

The course will be based on a series of scientific articles, both to give an introduction to our work and then support you in your respective projects. We have started to assemble a list of papers from which you can choose. The list of papers are found here.


For both presentations and project report, please take a careful look at the lectures/instructions at the technical writing course:

Project Information

A major part of the course will evolve around the projects (see here for suggestions ). Our idea is that this should be a hands-on approach, but for each project we also expect you to read scientific papers. These will help you for the implementation but also show research problems. We know that the seven weeks will go by very quickly, so we will also allow you to demonstrate your project after the summer break if you prefer that. We are in the process of extending our testbed, and we can promise you some cool gadgets for you to build your project upon.


For both presentations and project report, please take a careful look at the lectures/instructions at the technical writing course:

Schedule, notes, slides and other course material

The following course material is electronically available. Please note that the slides alone do not give a full coverage of the course contents. Link to the slides:

The course meetings are mainly in
room 3364 (the EDIT room), next to Linsen. A few instances will take place in another location, which will be highlighted on the meeting list below. As per the course memo, we will not use all slots marked in time edit as the second part of the course will be focused on your project.

We will try to accomodate the meeting times for the course based on the students that participates. We have now booked three slots per week: Tuesdays 10--12; Thursdays 15--17, and Friday 10--12. We will move the slots so you can also participate in this class if there are still collisions. Just come to the first meeting and we will reschedule the times if possible.

The presentation schedule can be found on the
papers page, including resources for guidelines to prepare presentations and the link to the form for evaluating a presentation as opponent.

Week 1


2015-03-24; 10-12

Introduction (room EL43 in EDIT building)
Introduction to course, Course administration




2015-03-26; 15-16

Georgios Georgiadis: Adaptive Power Dispatch


2015-03-27; 10-12

Stefan Lundberg (Chalmers): Power Systems


2015-03-31; 10-12

Stefan Lundberg (Chalmers): Power Systems (con't)
Choosing papers and projects.


2015-04-02; 15-16

No class



2015-04-21; 10-11

Olaf Landsiedel; wireless communication.


2015-04-23; 15-16

Per Andersson, GoalArt; Situational Awareness throughRoot Cause Analysis





2015-04-24; 10-11

Vincenzo Gulisano: Data Streaming





2015-05-07; 15-16

Göran Ericsson, Svenska Kraftnät: Information Security for the futuresmart grid


2015-05-08; 10-11

Viktor Botev, Detection of critical events and a case study in AMI, by Fu, Almgren, Landsiedel, Papatriantafilou, IEEE Big Data 2014.



Peder Berne, EoN


2015-05-26; 11-12

Joris van Rooij, Göteborg Energi


Course Evaluation





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