Power Disturbance and Signalling Research Lab

The Power Disturbance and Signalling (PDS) Research Lab is the primary platform through which we conduct various curiosity-driven and application-focused research work. Our work is mainly focused on power disturbances defined in a very broad sense. For example, a harmful disturbance is considered to be a power quality concern, so we investigate techniques for power quality assessment, diagnosis and improvement. On the other hand, some disturbances can also be considered information carriers. So, we also research techniques for power system communication, condition monitoring and active protection using naturally-occurring or intentionally-generated disturbances. All this research work is driven by the vision that power systems (especially power distribution systems) will become “smarter” through the use of the information and communication technologies. Making use of power disturbances in a positive way is a very promising direction to support the smart grid vision.

Our research is funded by government agencies and by industry. One of such funding sources is the NSERC/iCORE Industrial Research Chair Program. By working closely with industry, we try to identify significant industry needs a few years into the future and formulate our research work accordingly. We are very interested in researching technologies that create intellectual properties and will meet the future needs of industry. We welcome highly motivated and ambitious researchers and graduate students to join us for a rewarding research adventure. We also look forward to working with industry.

Contact information:

Dr. Wilsun Xu,
Research Chair Professor
Tel: (780) 492-5965
Fax: (780) 492-1811
Cell: (780) 964-0858
Email: wxu@ualberta.ca

Courtney Gullason,
Administrative Assistant
Tel: (780) 492-7576
Fax: (780) 492-1811
Email: courtney.gullason@ualberta.ca

Mailing Address:
Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
11-261 Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering
9211-116 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
T6G 1H9