Mixed-Integer Optimization for Bio-Inspired Robust Power Network Design Conference Paper uri icon


  • Power systems are susceptible to natural threats including hurricanes and floods. Modern power grids are also increasingly threatened by cyber attacks. Existing approaches that help improve power system security and resilience may not be sufficient; this is evidenced by the continued challenge to supply energy to all customers during severe events. This paper presents an approach to address this challenge through bio-inspired power system network design to improve system reliability and resilience against disturbances. Inspired by naturally robust ecosystems, this paper considers the optimal ecological robustness that recognizes a unique balance between pathway efficiency and redundancy to ensure the survivability against disruptive events for given networks. This paper presents an approach that maximizes ecological robustness in transmission network design by formulating a mixed-integer nonlinear programming optimization problem with power system constraints. The results show the increase of the optimized power system's robustness and the improved reliability with less violations under N - x contingencies.

name of conference

  • 2020 52nd North American Power Symposium (NAPS)

published proceedings


author list (cited authors)

  • Huang, H., Panyam, V., Narimani, M. R., Layton, A., & Davis, K. R.

citation count

  • 4

complete list of authors

  • Huang, Hao||Panyam, Varuneswara||Narimani, Mohammad Rasoul||Layton, Astrid||Davis, Katherine R

publication date

  • April 2021