School of
Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

Speaker: Ebby Thomas
Seminar Date: Thu, 14/11/2019 - 14:00
Venue: 01-E112; Forgan Smith Building
Host: Dr Rahul Sharma; Dr Yoni Nazarathy

Seminar Type:  PhD Thesis Review


This thesis aims to bridge the two recent advancements in power engineering- Demand Management and Data Analytics in Power engineering. While both these branches may appear to stand alone, it is not so since effective Demand Response can be facilitated only with the help of improvement in the understanding of the demand, i.e., the customers and their behavior that contributes to electricity consumption.

The presentation will walk through the process of a novel Demand Response algorithm development, as well as the advantages emerging from the practical implementation of such a controller, that surpass the current industrial standards.

Next, the potential of Data Analytics in power engineering is discussed in the light of Big Data processing and statistical modelling. A set of big data analytics tools are developed in Julia that are aimed at facilitating efficient processing of power network energy usage data for applications such as Demand Management. The insights that can be obtained from the now underutilized data in the realm of power engineering are discussed in detail with real world scenarios.

Lastly, some conclusions are drawn on how the Data Analytics could be used back in the Demand Response mechanism developed.

In the presentation, the whole set of Demand Management control and data analytics tools that are developed during this PhD will be discussed. More importantly, the “lessons” learned and “things the presenter wished, if done” (or future work!) will be shared.


Ebby Thomas was born in Kerala, India. He received his Bachelor of Engineering degree from the “University of Kerala” in 2011. From 2011 to 2014, he has worked towards starting up an IT-Electronics firm in Trivandrum as well as worked in Electrical Building Designs. He received his Masters in Engineering from “Griffith University”, Brisbane in 2015.

He is currently studying towards his Ph.D. degree at the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, University of Queensland, Australia. His research interests cover Demand Side Management Control, Markov Models, Control Systems, Power Systems and Statistical Data analytics.