Kolla to teach, research as Fulbright-Nehru Fellow in India
Dr. Sri Kolla, a professor of electronics and computer engineering technologies, left the cold of northwest Ohio on Jan. 1 for the warmth of India to serve as a Fulbright-Nehru Scholar at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. An expert in the application of artificial intelligence to smart energy grids, Kolla will teach classes and work with researchers there to develop systems that conserve electrical energy and properly control the electrical power network.
“It’s the merging of information technology with the electrical power grid,” he said. “It can help with both control and protection.”
The effort has great potential for countries worldwide, as the energy supply struggles to keep up with growing demands. “For example, we can learn to detect blackouts early on and control them,” Kolla said. “We can also develop systems to predict the load demand and automatically begin generating power to meet that need.”