Exploring computational power markets with evolutionary algorithms

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2002-01-01
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Petrov, Valentin
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Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) contains two focuses. The focus on Electrical Engineering teaches students in the fields of control systems, electromagnetics and non-destructive evaluation, microelectronics, electric power & energy systems, and the like. The Computer Engineering focus teaches in the fields of software systems, embedded systems, networking, information security, computer architecture, etc.

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The Department of Electrical Engineering was formed in 1909 from the division of the Department of Physics and Electrical Engineering. In 1985 its name changed to Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering. In 1995 it became the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

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1909-present

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  • Department of Electrical Engineering (1909-1985)
  • Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering (1985-1995)

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The recent deregulation of the electric industry in the United States opened some sectors of the power market to competition. This work addresses a computational restructured wholesale electricity market. The goal of the study is to model agent driven bilateral power market auctions where the players are represented by autonomous intelligent agents. Different aspects of the market are considered. Some of them are studies on structural and strategic market power of buyers and sellers varies with changes in relative concentration and relative capacity. Others are cases where players attempt to benefit from causing instabilities like brownouts and blackouts, as well as economic instabilities by applying different gaming strategies. Agents are modeled using various evolutionary programming techniques, such as reinforced learning, genetic algorithms and genetic programming. The results suggest that some of the solutions are suitable for robust industrial applications.

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