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Curriculum Vitae
Dr. Kumarsinh (Kumar) Jhala, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Appointee
Energy Systems Division
Argonne National Laboratory
Email: kjhala@anl.gov
Dr. Kumar Jhala, Ph.D. August 2020
Postdoctoral Appointee kjhala@anl.gov
Energy Systems Division Office: (630) 252-8095
Argonne National Laboratory Cell: (785) 320-1377
9700 South Cass Avenue, Bldg 362 http://kumarsinh.weebly.com/
Lemont, IL 60439 https://www.linkedin.com/in/kumarsinh

Objective
Contribute to the development of the next-generation Smart Grid including applications of innovative Smart
Microgrid technologies using my skills in areas of distribution system modeling, data analytics, cyber-physical
security, transactive energy systems, probabilistic analysis, and grid integration of renewable energy generation.

Area of Expertise

• Machine Learning, Cyber-Physical Security, Power System Modeling and Analysis, Power System Protection

• Smart Grid Technologies - Modeling and Simulation of Power System with DERs, Coordinated EV Charging,
Transactive Energy Market

• Optimization and Networked Control Theory

• Probabilistic Modeling, Signal Detection and Estimation Theory, and Applications of Signal Processing
Techniques in Power Systems

• Information and Communication Technology in the Smart Grid

• Game Theory and Mathematical Modeling

• Active Consumer Modeling in Power Systems

Education
Kansas State University - Manhattan, KS

• Ph.D. Electrical and Computer Engineering 2015-2018

– Advisor: Dr. Bala Natarajan 4.0 GPA


– Dissertation Title: Modeling of Active Consumers and their Impact on the Smart Grid: A cyber physical
socio-economic perspective

• M.S. Electrical Engineering 2013-2015

– Advisors: Dr. Bala Natarajan, and Dr. Anil Pahwa 4.0 GPA
– Thesis Title: Coordinated Electric Vehicle Charging with Renewable Energy Sources

• Graduate Certificate in Applied Mathematics 2014

Gujarat Technological University - Ahmedabad, India

• B.E. Electronics and Communication Engineering 2009-2013

– Advisors: Prof. Rita Aggarwal, Dr. M.D. Amipara 8.93/10 GPA


– Project Title: Automated Material Packing System

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Work Experience
Postdoctoral Appointee, Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) Since October 2018
• Working as Argonne Project Lead for the U.S. Department of Energy Office of EERE - SETO Funded multiple
Laboratory, University, and Industry collaboration Project, “ Optimal Reconfiguration and Resilient Control
Framework for Real-Time Photovoltaic Dispatch to Manage Critical Infrastructure (ReDis-PV)”

– Collaboration: University of North Carolina Charlotte, New Mexico State University, Florida Interna-
tional University, Clemson University, Idaho National Laboratory, OPAL-RT Technologies, and Duke
Energy
– Identified various smartgrid control application that relies on the communication infrastructure and
their communication requirements
– Working to design communication and control architecture for various smartgrid applications
– Analyzing the impact of communication layer vulnerability on the distribution system performance.

• Involved in the U.S. Department of Energy Office of CEDS funded project “Next-generation Attack-resilient
Electricity Distribution System”

– Developed a moving target defense based False Data Injection Attack Detection algorithm that for
Power Distribution System with DERs
– Analyze the impact of cyber-attack on the power distribution system to identify system vulnerability
using OpenDSS/Simulink based simulation platform.

• Involved in the U.S. Department of Energy Office of EERE - SETO Funded project “Solar Situational
Awareness and Resilient Solutions for Critical Infrastructure”

– Collaboration: University of Texas Austin


– Worked on development and validation of impedance-based fault location algorithm for power distribu-
tion system

• Analyzed the impacts of DERs on generation planning and reliability of actual Puerto Rico power transmis-
sion system using PSSE simulations

• Worked on developing coordination strategies between transmission and distribution system in terms of
planning and operation

• Attend NERC SPIDER working group meetings.

• Took an online course on Machine Learning by Stanford University on Coursera

• Audited course Introduction to Venture Capital at Booth School of Business at University of Chicago

• Working on multiple proposals, concept papers for various funding opportunities including Grid Moderniza-
tion Lab Consortium (GMLC), Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD), and various offices
of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

• Gave multiple presentations and talks to the research group in order to share my research and other relevant
research thrusts in the field.

• Served as a reviewer for various journals as well as conference manuscripts.


Graduate Intern - Data Analytics, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) July - Aug 2018
• Developed a data-driven preemptive voltage monitoring and control mechanism for power distribution system
using probabilistic voltage sensitivities that resulted in a conference paper at 2019 IEEE PES General
Meeting, Atlanta, GA.

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Research Assistant, Wi-Com Laboratory, Kansas State University 2013-2018

• Worked in the Wi-Com research group in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Kansas
State University.

• Developed a unique prospect theory based consumer behavior model that explains irrational decision-making
of customers and captures wide range of consumers each with their individual preferences.

• Introduced new method of probabilistic voltage sensitivity analysis to quantify impact of multiple active
consumers on distribution grid voltage.

• Worked on coordinated electric vehicle charging solution and impact of renewable generation on environment.
Mentor multiple undergraduate students on this topic.

• Conducted weekly group meetings with other graduate students and faculty members where we collaborate
and critique work of each other to enhance mine, as well as their research quality.

• Attended workshop on “Control at Large Scales: Energy Markets and Responsive Grids” at the Institute for
Mathematics and its Applications, University of Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 2016.

• Assisted my advisor in writing multiple research proposals by providing substantial contributions.

Teaching Assistant, Kansas State University 2013-2018

• Taught a graduate level course in power distribution system for a semester as a substitute instructor.

• Conducted in-class lectures for a senior undergraduate course for eight weeks as a substitute instructor.

• Coordinated with distance education students and helped them with various components of the course.

• Helped with management of international experience program in which approximately 30 students from
India came to K-State every summer, with multiple departments of the university. In addition to mentoring
students about student life in the U.S., conducted lab sessions and in-class lectures.

• Responsibilities: Conducted recitation session, helped students with the muddy points in office hours, helped
students with their programming skills, prepared exams, homeworks and solutions, and grading.

Courses Taught

– ECE 887 - Distribution System Engineering (Graduate level course, Spring-2018)


– ECE 963 - Signal Detection and Estimation Theory (Graduate level course, 1-semester)
– ECE 861 - Application of Probability and Random Processes (Graduate level course, 4-semesters)
– ECE 760 - Wireless Communications (Senior, 5-semesters)
– ECE 660 - Communication Systems (Junior, 4-semesters)
– ECE 590 - Senior Project Design (Senior, 2-semesters)

• Intern, Precise Automation PVT LTD, Vadodara, India 2012-2013

– Collaborated with other engineers and interns to develop codes for automated systems and acquired
skills in PLC programming and interfacing with various sensors and actuators.
– Worked a project titled “Automated Material Packing System”.

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Computer Skills
• Good programming skills in C, C++, MATLAB, Simulink, Python, GAMS
• Proficiency in power system simulation tools: OpenDSS, PSS/E, Power World, Digsilent Powerfactory.
• Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office package and LaTeX documentation software.

Research Proposals and Grants


1. (PI) R. Singh, (Co-PIs) K. Jhala, B. Chen, P. Pradhan, S. Yim, M. Ali, B. Natarajan, M. Shadmand, “En-
hancing Accessibility and Dispatchability of BTM PVs through Service-Oriented DERMS”U.S. Department
of Energy (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Solar Energy Technologies
Office, July 2019 (Not Funded)
2. (PI) B. Natarajan, (Co-PI) H. Wu, Enabling a Transactive Energy System from a Stochastic Geometry
Framework, NSF EPCN, $481, 798, July 2019 - June 2022.*
3. K. Jhala, Proposal of Doctoral Research, Modeling of Active Consumers and their Impact on the Smart
Grid: A cyber physical social and economic perspective, August 15, 2017.

*Research proposal and grants for which I provided substantial contributions.

Refereed Publications

Journals Articles:
1. K. Jhala, B. Natarajan, and A. Pahwa, “The Dominant Influencer of Voltage Fluctuation (DIVF) for Power
Distribution System,” in IEEE Transactions on Power System, 2019. doi: 10.1109/TPWRS.2019.2915566
2. K. Jhala, B. Natarajan, A. Pahwa, and H. Wu, “Stability of Transactive Energy Market-based Power
Distribution System Under Data Integrity Attack,” in IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, 2019.
doi: 10.1109/TII.2019.2901768
3. K. Jhala, B. Natarajan, and A. Pahwa, “Prospect Theory Based Active Consumer Behavior Under Variable
Electricity Pricing,” in IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 2809-2819, May 2019. doi:
10.1109/TSG.2018.2810819
4. K. Jhala, B. Natarajan, and A. Pahwa, “Probabilistic Voltage Sensitivity Analysis (PVSA) - A Novel
Approach to Quantify Impact of Active Consumers,” in IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol. 33, no.
3, pp. 2518-2527, May 2018. doi: 10.1109/TPWRS.2017.2745411
5. K. Jhala, B. Natarajan, A. Pahwa, and L. Erickson “Real-time Differential Pricing Scheme for Active
Consumers with Electric Vehicles,” Electr. Power Compon. Syst., vol. 45, no. 3, pp. 344-353, 2017.
6. K. Jhala, B. Natarajan, A. Pahwa, and L. Erickson, “Coordinated Electric Vehicle Charging for Commercial
Parking Lot with Renewable Energy Sources,” Electr. Power Compon. Syst., vol. 45, no. 13, pp. 1-11,
2017.
7. K. Jhala, P. Pradhan, and B. Natarajan, “Perturbation-based Diagnosis of False Data Injection Attack
using Distributed Energy Resources” in IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid (under review)
8. S. Munikoti, B. Natarajan, K. Jhala, and K. Lai, “Probabilistic Voltage Sensitivity Analysis (PVSA) to
Quantify Impact of High PV Penetration on Unbalanced Distribution System” in IEEE Transactions on
Power System (under review)

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9. K. Jhala et. al. , “Information and Communication Technology in theSmartgrid: Vulnerabilities, Impact,
Management,and Future” in IEEE Access (To be submitted)

10. “Distributed Photovoltaic System Control Architecture for Resilient Grids” (To be submitted)

Conference Papers:

11. K. Jhala, V. Krishnan, B. Natarajan, and Y. Zhang, “Data-Driven Preemptive Voltage Monitoring and
Control Using Probabilistic Voltage Sensitivities,” in 2019 IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting
(PESGM), Atlanta, GA, 2019.

12. A. K. Zarabie, S. Lashkarbolooki, S. Das, K. Jhala, and A. Pahwa, “Load Profile Based Electricity Con-
sumer Clustering Using Affinity Propagation”, in 19th Annual IEEE International Conference on Electro-
Information Technology (EIT2019), 2019.

13. K. Jhala, B. Natarajan, and A. Pahwa, “Probabilistic voltage sensitivity analysis (PVSA) - for random
spatial distribution of active consumers,” in 2018 IEEE Power & Energy Society Innovative Smart Grid
Technologies Conference (ISGT), Washington, DC, 2018, pp. 1-5.

14. H. Karimi, K. Jhala, and B. Natarajan, “Impact of Real-Time Pricing Attack on Demand Dynamics in
Smart Distribution Systems,” in 2018 North American Power Symposium (NAPS), Fargo, ND, 2018, pp.
1-6.

15. K. Jhala, B. Natarajan, A. Pahwa, and L. Erickson, “Coordinated electric vehicle charging solutions using
renewable energy sources,” in 2014 IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence Applications in Smart
Grid (CIASG), Orlando, FL, 2014, pp. 1-6.

16. S. Munikoti, K. Jhala, K. Lai, and B. Natarajan, “Analytical Voltage Sensitivity Analysis for Unbalanced
Power Distribution System,” in 2020 IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting (PESGM), Montreal,
Canada, 2020.

17. S. Munikoti, K. Jhala, K. Lai, and B. Natarajan, “Probabilistic Voltage Sensitivity Analysis for Random
Spetial Distribution of DERs in an Unbalanced Power Distribution System,” (To be submitted).

Thesis:

18. K. Jhala, “Modeling of Active Consumers and their Impact on the Smart Grid: A cyber physical socio-
economic perspective,” Doctoral Dissertation, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Kansas
State University, Manhattan, KS, USA, Aug. 2018.

19. K. Jhala, “Coordinated electric vehicle charging with renewable energy sources,” Master’s thesis, Depart-
ment of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, USA, Aug. 2015.

Research Presentation and Invited Talks

Invited Talks:

1. Invited Speaker as a lecturer in “Consumer Behavior Under Variable Electricity Pricing Enabled by Smart
Meters”, training for KPX and Korean Industry, organized by Argonne National Laboratory in October
7-18, 2019.

2. Invited Speaker as a lecturer in “Hosting capacity of new technologies considering probabilistic voltage
sensitivity analysis”, training for KPX and Korean Industry, organized by Argonne National Laboratory in
October 7-18, 2019.

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Research Presentations:
3. IEEE PES General Meeting, “The Dominant Influencer of Voltage Fluctuation (DIVF) for Power Distribution
System”, August 2020.

4. IEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference (ISGT), Washington, DC, “Probabilistic voltage
sensitivity analysis (PVSA) - for random spatial distribution of active consumers”, February 2018.

5. Power and Energy Group at Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, “Modeling of Active Consumers and
their Impact on the Smart Grid: A cyber physical socio-economic perspective”, August 2017.

6. Power and Energy Group at Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, “Prospect Theory based Active
Consumer Behavior under Variable Electricity Pricing”, April 2017.

7. Power and Energy Group at Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, “Impact of LMP on Active Consumer
Behavior – A Game Theoretic Approach”, December 2016.

8. Power and Energy Group at Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, “Turning the light on in Virginia:
New perspectives on choice behavior modeling”, October 2016.

9. IEEE symposium on computational intelligence, Orlando, FL, “Coordinated electric vehicle charging solu-
tions using renewable energy sources”, December 2014.

10. Wi-Com Group at Department of electrical and Computer Engineering, Kansas State University, Manhattan,
KS, “Coordinated EV Charging from a Techno-Economic Perspective”, February 2014.
Research Posters:
11. IEEE PES General Meeting, “Data-Driven Preemptive Voltage Monitoring and Control Using Probabilistic
Voltage Sensitivities”, Atlanta, GA, August 2019.

12. IEEE PES General Meeting, “Role of Active Consumers and Pricing on Power Distribution System”, Boston,
MA, July 2016.

13. Electric Power Affiliates Program, “Real-time Electricity Pricing Scheme for Active Consumers with Electric
Vehicles”, Manhattan, KS, September 2015.

14. Electric Power Affiliates Program, “Coordinated Electric Vehicle Charging Solutions Using Renewable En-
ergy Sources”, Manhattan, KS, September 2014.

15. K-State Sustainability Conference (Kansas State University), “Coordinated Electric Vehicle Charging for
Commercial Parking Lot with Renewable Energy Sources”, Manhattan, KS, June 2014

16. IEEE PES Transmission and Distribution conference, “Coordinated Electric Vehicle Charging Solutions
Using Renewable Energy Sources”, Chicago, IL, April 2014

Honors and Awards


• Award of Excellence for Outstanding Graduate Research -
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Kansas State University 2018

• Outstanding Graduate Student in Electrical and Computer Engineering -


The Graduate Student Council 2018

• Certificate for Professional Development- The Graduate Student Council, Kansas State University 2018

• Member, The Honor Society of IEEE Eta Kappa Nu 2017-Present

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• Member, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi 2017-Present

• KSU Graduate Student Council – Student Travel Award December-2014, July-2016

• Student Travel Scholarship from IEEE PES General Meeting, Boston, MA July-2016

• Travel Scholarship from Institute for Mathematics and its Applications, University of Minnesota May-2016

• Student Travel Scholarship from IEEE T&D Conference, Chicago, IL April-2014

• Certificate for Outstanding Participation and Contribution in Service Learning Project


with A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communication November-2013

Professional Society Activities

• Reviewer:

– IEEE Transactions on Power Systems


– IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid
– IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery
– IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy
– IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics
– IEEE Internet of Things Journal
– IEEE Access
– Energy Science and Engineering
– Electric Power Components and Systems
– IEEE PES General Meeting 2014,2019
– North America Power Symposium (NAPS) 2016

• Member, IEEE 2014-Present

• Member, IEEE Power and Energy Society 2014-Present

• Volunteer, North American Power Symposium 2013

• Member, Toastmaster International

Selected Coursework
Distribution System Engineering, Power Market Operations, Power System Engineering, Game Theory, Non Lin-
ear Control, Machine Learning, Control Theory, Optimal Control, Convex Optimization, Signal Detection and
Estimation Theory, Information Theory, Wireless Communication, Communication Circuit Design, Data Commu-
nication and networks

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Selected Leadership Experience
• Member and Co-Founder, ECE Graduate Student Council Since 2016

– Established the student organization with a goal to create an ecosystem where talent can flourish to
develop a productive work environment.
– Represented graduate students of the department in different platforms in the university.

• Member, Engineering Graduate Student Advisory Council 2015 - 2016

– Collaborated with other committee members and associate dean of graduate research Dr. Noel Schulz
to organize various professional development and social events.

• President, Indian Students Association 2014 - 2015

– Organized seven cultural and social events in one year to represent Indian culture to community of
Manhattan KS, where each event was attended by more than 200 people.
– Raised over $7000 for student organization by writing funding proposals to various departments in the
university and organizing various fund raising events.

• Vice-chairman, Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers 2009 - 2013

– Organized more than 25 events such as career fairs, group discussions, debates, invited lectures and
technical workshops throughout during my undergraduate years.
– Held various positions in the student chapter including committee member, secretary, treasurer and
vice-chairman.

• Head organizer of college of engineering technical festival 2012

– Administered a state level college festival where more than 3000 students visited college campus.
– Raised over $15000 by collaborating with different industries and university departments as sponsor.