IEOR 290: Control and Optimization for Power Systems

Instructor: Javad Lavaei
Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30-11 am
Location: 240 BECHTEL
Office Hours: Tuesdays, 11am-noon
TA: Morteza Ashraphijuo (
Grading Policy:

  • 10% active participation

  • 25% homework

  • 65% term project


One of the grand challenges of this century is the modernization of electrical power networks. This graduate-level course provides a fundamental understanding of the mathematics behind the operation of power grids. The course will cover several topics related to the control and optimization for power systems, including:

  • Modeling of power systems

  • Stability analysis

  • Robust control, optimal control, and distributed control

  • Power optimization problems such as state estimation, unit commitment, optimal power flow, and transmission planning

  • Efficient optimization and numerical algorithms for mixed-integer nonlinear problems

  • Control and optimization for renewable energy

  • Select topics on Smart Grid

The references for this course are the instructor's lecture notes, research papers and the textbook:

  • “Power Systems Analysis” by Arthur R. Bergen and Vijay Vittal (second edition)

Lecture Notes