Ali Abur

Professor,  Electrical and Computer Engineering
Northeastern Director,  CURENT


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Research Focus

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


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. He serves on the Editorial Board of IEEE Transactions on Power Systems and Power Engineering Letters.


  • 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

Department Research Areas

Selected Publications

  • A. Rouhani, A. Abur, Constrained Iterated Unscented Kalman Filter for Dynamic State and Parameter Estimation, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, 33(3), 2018, 2404-2414
  • Y. Lin, A. Abur, A New Framework for Detection and Identification of Network Parameter Errors, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grids, 9(3), 2018, 1698-1706
  • Y. Lin, A. Abur, Fast Correction of Network Parameter Errors, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, 33(1), 2018, 1095-1096
  • A. Rouhani, A. Abur, Linear Phasor Estimator Assisted Dynamic State Estimation, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grids, 9 (1), 2018, 211-219
  • X. Chenxi, A. Abur, A Massively Parallel Framework for Very Large Scale Linear State Estimation, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, 33(4), 2017, 4407-4413
  • Y. Lin, A. Abur, Enhancing Network Parameter Error Detection and Correction via Multiple Measurement Scans, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, 32(3), 2017, 2417-2425
  • A. Rouhani, A. Abur, Real-Time Dynamic Parameter Estimation for an Exponential Dynamic Load Model, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grids, 7(3), 2016, 1530-1536


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.


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 […]

Sep 27, 2012

Improving Power Systems

ECE professors Ali Abur and Hanoch Lev-Ari were awarded a $400K NSF grant to use synchronized measurements to determine where faults are in power systems. The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to […]

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