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Junjie Qin, Sen Li, Kameshwar Poolla, and Pravin Varaiya

2019 ACC Paper (Theory): Distributed Storage Investment in Power Networks
Junjie Qin is a postdoctoral researcher at UC Berkeley, working with Prof. Kameshwar Poolla and Prof. Pravin Varaiya. He received a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Hydraulic and Hydropower Engineering and a Bachelor of Economics degree from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. He obtained a Ph.D. degree in Computational and Mathematical Engineering (2018) from Stanford University, where he also received a M.S. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering (2011) and a M.S. degree in Statistics (2017). His research interests include electric energy systems and transportation networks. He is a recipient of the Satre family fellowship on energy and sustainability and a finalist for the Best Student Paper Award at the 55th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control 2016.
Sen Li is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Between 2017-2019, he was a postdoctoral fellow at The University of California, Berkeley, working with Prof. Kameshwar Poolla and Prof. Pravin Varaiya. He received his B.S. from Zhejiang University, and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. Previously, he was an intern at the Pacific Northwestern National Laboratory, and a visiting student at Harvard University. Dr. Li's research interest lies in the intersection of control, optimization and game theory with applications in the smart city. He is particularly interested in renewable energy integration and intelligent transportation systems. He is a finalist of Best Student Paper Award at 2018 European Control Conference.
Kameshwar Poolla is the Cadence Distinguished Professor at UC Berkeley in EECS and ME. His current research interests include many aspects of future energy systems including economics, security, and commercialization. He served as the Founding Director of the IMPACT Center for Integrated Circuit manufacturing. Dr. Poolla co-founded OnWafer Technologies which was acquired by KLA-Tencor in 2007. He has served as a technology and mergers/acquisitions consultant for Cadence Design Systems. Dr. Poolla has been awarded a 1988 NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, the 1993 Hugo Schuck Best Paper Prize, the 1994 Donald P. Eckman Award, the 1998 Distinguished Teaching Award of the University of California, the 2005 and 2007 IEEE Transactions on Semiconductor Manufacturing Best Paper Prizes, and the 2009 IEEE CSS Transition to Practice Award.
Pravin Varaiya is a Professor of the Graduate School in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology since 2010. He has co-authored four books and 350+ articles. His current research is devoted to electric energy systems and transportation networks. Varaiya has held a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Miller Research Professorship. He has received three honorary doctorates, the Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award, the Field Medal and Bode Lecture Prize of the IEEE Control Systems Society, and the Outstanding Researcher Award of the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society. He is a Fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of IFAC, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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