Ali Abur

Professor,  Electrical and Computer Engineering
Northeastern Director,  CURENT

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  • 416 Dana Research Center
  • 617.373.3051

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Research Focus

Power system monitoring, estimation and optimization, fault location and identification in power grids

About

Ali Abur obtained his B.S. degree from Orta Dogu Teknik Universitesi, Turkey in 1979 and both his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Ohio State University in 1981 and 1985 respectively. He was a faculty member at Texas A&M University until November 2005 when he joined the faculty of Northeastern University as a Professor and Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. His research and educational activities have been in the area of power systems. He is a Fellow of the IEEE for his work on power system state estimation. He co-authored a book and published widely in IEEE journals and conferences.

Education

  • PhD, Ohio State University, 1985. Joined Northeastern in 2005.

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Research Overview

Power system monitoring, estimation and optimization, fault location and identification in power grids

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Department Research Areas

Selected Publications

  • Khalili, R., and Abur, A., “PMU-Based Decoupled State Estimation for Unsymmetrical Power Systems,” IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, (Early Access), 2021.
  • Donmez, B., and Abur, A., “Formulation of three-phase state estimation problem using a virtual reference,” IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, (Early Access), 2021.
  • Angelos, E. W. S., Abur, A., Asada, E. N. and Saavedra, O. R., “External topology tracking based on state estimation,” IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, (Early Access), 2021.
  • Galvez C. and Abur, A., “Fault location in active distribution networks containing distributed energy resources,” IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, (Early Access), 2021.
  • Langner, A. and Abur, A., “Formulation of three-phase state estimation problem using a virtual reference,” IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, 36, no. 1, pp. 214-223, Jan. 2021.
  • Lin Yuzhang, Abur, A., and Xu, H., “Identifying security vulnerabilities in electricity market operations induced by weakly detectable network parameter errors,” IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, (Early Access), 2021.
  • Lin Yuzhang, Abur, A., and Xu, H., “Secure market operation in presence of critical model parameters in state estimation,” Journal of Modern Power Systems and Clean Energy, vol. 8, no. 4, pp. 699–708, 2020.
  • Oner, A. and Abur, A., “Voltage stability based placement of distributed generation against ¨ extreme events,” Electric Power Systems Research, vol. 189, pp. 1–7, Dec. 2020.
  • Mouco A. and Abur, A., “Improving the wide-area PMU-based fault location method using ordinary least squares estimation,” Electric Power Systems Research, vol. 189, pp. 1–7, Dec. 2020.
Ali Abur

Faculty

Apr 26, 2021

Abur Receives DOE Solar Energy Technology Office 2020 Award

ECE Professor Ali Abur was awarded a $750K DOE grant from the Solar Energy Technologies Office for “Graph-Learning-Assisted State and Event Tracking for Solar-Penetrated Power Grids with Heterogeneous Data Sources.”

Faculty

May 01, 2018

Faculty and Staff Awards 2018

Congratulations to all the winners of the faculty and staff awards, and to everyone for their hard work and dedication during the 2017-2018 academic school year.

Faculty

Oct 06, 2017

Research to Help Add Solar to the Grid

ECE Professor Ali Abur was awarded a $792K grant from the Enabling Extreme Real-time Grid Integration of Solar Energy (ENERGISE) funding program.

Jul 28, 2016

$2.5M NSF grant for Critical Infrastructure Resilience

ECE professors Mario Sznaier, Octavia Camps, Ali Abur, & Edmund Yeh, MIE assistant professor Jacqueline Griffin, CEE professor Jerome Hajjar, COS professor Lisa Feldman Barrett, CCIS professor Stacy Marsella, and Kostas director Peter Boynton were awarded a $2.5M NSF grant for the “Identification and Control of Uncertain, Highly Interdependent Processes Involving Humans with Applications to […]

Professional Societies

Jan 20, 2016

Congratulations PES Scholars

ECE students Melissa Healy, Emily Pankosky, Elizabeth Amyouny, Alyssa Bezreh, Drew HasBrouck, and Sydnee Mizuno were selected as 2015/16 PES Scholarship Plus recipients.

Dec 03, 2015

Funding Clean Technology

ChE professor Laura Lewis and ECE professor Ali Abur are on a list of innovative cleantech inititatives that might be funded by the Breakthrough Energy Coalition led by Bill Gates.

Apr 10, 2014

Abur Receives PES Award

ECE professor Ali Abur is the recipient of the 2014 IEEE Power & Energy Society Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award.  Dr. Abur has been a part of the Northeastern community since 2005 as a professor. Since then, his research in the area of power systems has been widely published. He is also a Fellow of […]

Apr 10, 2014

ECE Professor Ali Abur Named Winner of 2014 IEEE Power & Energy Society Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award

ECE Prof. Ali Abur whose expertise includes fault identification in transmissions and distribution networks, power system state estimation, and visualization of power system operation—has been named the 2014 winner of the IEEE PES Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award. He joins a distinguished cohort of PES scholars providing excellence in engineering education.

Professional Societies

Oct 30, 2013

Congratulations PES Scholars

ECE students Alyssa Bezreh, Neel Shah, & Sahil Maripuri were selected as 2013/14 PES Scholarship Plus recipients which supports students interested in the power and energy industry. In 2013-14 academic year, a total of 228 undergraduate students have been selected as IEEE Power and Energy Society Scholars. In addition Sahil Maripuri was one of seven […]

May 15, 2013

Ali Abur creates a more efficient grid

Ali Abur, professor and chair of electrical and computer engineering In the next decade, power generation from renewable energy is expected to grow significantly in the U.S. But those resources—solar and wind—are concentrated in the Southwest and the Great Plains, while most of the country’s electricity is consumed across time zones on the coasts. Matching […]

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