John W. Simpson-Porco

John W. Simpson-Porco 

John W. Simpson-Porco, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Systems Control Group
University of Toronto

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Control Systems Group
University of Waterloo

Email: jwsimpson [at] ece [dot] utoronto [dot] ca
Tel: +1 416-978-5185
Office: GB 444

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Research Interests

  1. Analysis and design of feedback control systems

    1. nonlinear control

    2. distributed control systems

    3. optimization-based control

  2. Control, monitoring and optimization for smart grids

    1. bulk power systems analysis, control and optimization

    2. ac, dc, and hybrid microgrids

    3. active distribution systems

Recent News

  • March 2021: New paper submitted on constrained integral control.

  • October 2020: Two new submissions (TCONS, PEL) concerning automatic generation control.

  • August 2020: I am now a member of the IEEE PES Power System Dynamic Performance Committee.

  • August 2020: Our report on microgrid stability has won the IEEE PES Technical Committee Working Group Recognition Award for Outstanding Technical Report

  • July 2020: Joined the Systems Control Group at University of Toronto (short interview with me here).

  • March 2020: New paper in L-CSS on stability of distributed-averaging proportional-integral frequency control.

  • February 2020: New pre-print on low-gain integral control for nonlinear systems.

  • January 2020: I am now an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid.

Recent Papers

Integral Control Article Microgrid Article
Low-Gain Integral Control IEEE TAC , 2020 (pdf), (bib) Microgrid Stability, IEEE TPWRS, 2020 (pdf), (bib)

Fixed Point Power Flow Article Optimal Steady-State Control
Theory of Power Flow IEEE TCONS, 2017 (Part 1,Part 2), (bib1, bib2) Optimal Steady-State Control, IEEE TAC, 2021 (pdf), (bib)

Older News

Older Travel

  • February 2020: CCDC Invited Seminar, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA.

  • February 2020: ECE Invited Seminar, UC Riverside, Riverside, CA.

  • November 2019: Keynote talk at Energy Open workshop at J. C. Willems Center, Groningen, Netherlands.

  • June 2019: Tutorial session on distributed power system control at ECC, Naples, Italy.

  • May 2019: Invited talk at Issac Newton Institute, Cambridge, UK.

  • April 2019: Invited talk at NREL's Innovative Optimization and Control Methods for Highly Distributed Autonomous Systems Workshop, Golden, CO, USA.

  • April 2019: Invited talk at Michigan Power and Energy Lab, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.

  • March 2019: Invited talk at Conference on Information Sciences and Systems, John's Hopkins, Baltimore, MD, USA.

  • February 2019: Future Electric Power Systems and the Energy Transition, Champerey, Switzerland.

  • December 2018: IEEE Conference on Decision and Control In Miami Beach, FL, USA.

  • November 2018: INFORMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ, USA.

  • August 2018: PES General Meeting in Portland, OR, USA.

  • July 2018: American Control Conference in Milwaukee, WI, USA.

  • June 2018: Biennial Conference on Systems and Control, Toronto, ON, Canada.

  • March 2018: Visit to Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile.

  • April 2017: Seminar at Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY.

  • March 2017: Seminar at Control Strategies and Hardware Topologies for the Operation of Energy Storage System in Microgrids Workshop, Santiago, Chile.

  • January 2017: CCDC Seminar at UC Santa Barbara on January 20th (Slides).

  • January 2017: LANL Grid Science Conference in Santa Fe, NM.

  • December 2016: Presentations at IEEE Conference on Decision and Control In Las Vegas, NV (Slides)..

  • September 2016: Invited paper at Allerton in Monticello, IL.

  • July 2016: American Control Conference in Boston, MA (Slides)..

  • June 2016: Invited talk at the Workshop on Communications, Computation and Control for Resilient Smart Energy Systems in Waterloo, ON.

  • May 2016: 7th Biannual Meeting on System and Control Theory at Queen's University, Kingston, ON.

  • February 2016: Invited talk at the Centre for Power and Information, University of Toronto.

  • January 2016: Invited talk at ESIF Workshop on Frontiers in Distributed Optimization & Control of Sustainable Power Systems, NREL, Golden, CO, USA.

  • December 2015: Invited talk at Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden.

  • November 2015: Invited talk at University of Groningen in Groningen, Netherlands.

  • October 2015: Three month visit to Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zürich, Switzerland.

  • May 2015: SIAM Conference on Applications of Dynamical Systems in Snowbird, UT.

  • January 2015: Grid Science Winter School and Conference in Santa Fe, NM.