Fangxing "Fran" Li, Ph.D., P.E., FIEEE
James W. McConnell Professor
523 Min H. Kao Bldg.

The University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996
(Tel) 865-974-8401
(Email) fli6@utk.edu

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Biography

Professor Li has been a faculty member since 2005 (James W. McConnell Professor in 2017, Professor in 2016, Associate Professor in 2011, Assistant Professor in 2005) in the Department of Electrical E
ngineering and Computer Science (EECS) at The University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UTK). He is a Fellow of IEEE (Class of 2017). He is one of the original core faculty members of the NSF Engineering Research Center, CURENT, funded by NSF at $37.5 million in 10 years from 2011 to 2021. He is presently serving as the UTK Campus Director of CURENT and the lead for Large-scale Test Bed. He is the Director of the Enliten Lab. He is also an adjunct researcher at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). His current interests include renewable energy integration, demand response, distributed energy resources, energy markets, and power system computational methods.

Professor Li
had worked at ABB Electrical System Consulting (ESC), a.k.a. ABB Consulting, in Raleigh, NC, from February 2001 to August 2005 as a Senior Engineer and then a Principal Engineer before joining UT. During his employment at ABB, he has been significantly involved first in power distribution system and then in power market analysis. In particular, he was the lead developer of GridView Releases 1.0 and 2.0. Presently, GridView is a major power-market simulator with a number of users at power utilities and Independent System Operators (ISOs), as well as being an internal consulting tool for ABB consultants. He had also worked as a part-time engineer at Electrical Distribution Design (EDD) Inc., Blacksburg, VA from 1998 to 2000 and an engineer intern at NARI (China) in 1997. He received his BSEE and MSEE degrees from Southeast University (China) in 1994 and 1997 respectively. He received his Ph.D. degree from Virginia Tech in 2001. He is a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the state of North Carolina.

Professor Li is a Fellow of IEEE (Class of 2017), a Fellow of IET (formerly IEE, elected in December 2011), a Member of Sigma Xi - The Scientific Research Society. He will be the Editor-In-Chief of a new open access journal called IEEE Open Access Journal of Power and Energy, since January 2020. He serves as the Vice Editor-In-Chief of Journal of Modern Power Systems and Clean Energy (MPCE) by Springer from January 2019 to December 2019. His other editing service includes the following duties: an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Power Systems (since 2017), an Editor (2011-2017) and then Consulting Editor (since 2018) of IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, an Editor of IEEE Power and Energy Society Letters (since 2011), a Guest Editor of IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid (2014-2015), a Guest Editor of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics (2016-2018), a Guest Editor of IET Renewable Power Generation (2018), an Editorial Board Member of Journal of Modern Power Systems and Clean Energy (MPCE) by Springer, and an Editorial Board Member of CSEE Journal of Power and Energy Systems (by Wiley-IEEE). He is serveing or has served the IEEE PES PSOPE Committee as a Co-Vice Chair (2016-2017) and Vice Chair (2018-2019), the PSPI Committee as a Secretary (2010-2014) and Vice Chair (2014-2016), and the President of North America Chinese Power Professional Association (2013~2015). He has been a chair/organizer of numerous panel sessions at a number of international conferences.

Professor Li and his research team have received a number of recognitions (see his award list). As the principal investigator, Prof. Li recieved the prestigious "R&D 100 Award" in 2020 for the "CURENT LTB (Large-scale Test Bed)" project. In the same year, he also led another project "DCNNN" which received the "R&D 100 Finalist" honor. In his professional society, he received 6 research-oriented awards (IET Fellow in 2011, IEEE Fellow in 2016, Best Paper Award in 2020 by Journal of Modern Power Systems and Clean Energy (IF=3.090), 3rd Prize Paper award by CSEE Journal of Power and Energy Systems (IF=3.115) in 2020,  Highly Cited Paper award by Applied Energy in 2019 - as corresponding author, and IEEE PES PSOPE Technical Committee Prize Paper Award in 2018 - as corresponding author), Best Conference Papers (Top 5% papers at IEEE PES Genearl Meetings; 1 paper in 2015, 2 papers in 2016, and 1 paper in 2018), and 4 service-oriented awards (2015 IEEE PES Technical Committee Distinguished Service Award, 2017 Excellent Guest EIC of Journal of MPCE, 2017 Excellent Associate Editor of Journal of MPCE, 2018 IEEE PES "Technical Committee of the Year" award - as Vice Chair of the PSOPE committee). At UTK, he reeived two teaching awards and several research awardsHis graduate students have won several significant awards, such as winning the Best Student Poster Contests at IEEE PES conferences (Rui Bo: 2nd Place at PSCE09 and Huijuan Li: 1st Place at GM09) and CURENT Annual Industrial Conference (Qinran Hu in 2014 and Haoyu Yuan in 2015).

In his spare time, Dr. Li is best known as an expert player in three different sports/games (including two mind sports): a Tennessee top-10 ranked Table Tennis player (USATT peak rating: 1900+), a competitive chess player (USCF peak rating: 1600+, >89% USCF players) and an online-5-Dan Go/Weiqi player. He is the Faculty Advisor of UTK Table Tennis club and Go club, and he coaches a chess class at a local Sunday-afternoon Chinese School with his chess students winning TN state scholastic champions.  

Awards/Honors
Professional / International:
2020 R&D 100 Award, 2020, for the project "CURENT LTB (Large-scale Test Bed)" (F. Li - Lead, Kevin Tomsovic - Co-Lead, Hantao Cui - Chief Technologist, Joe Chow - Team Member, Ali Abur - Team Member).
2020 R&D 100 Finalist, 2020, for the project "DCNNN (Deep Convolutional Neural Network for N-1)" (F. Li - Lead, Yan Du - Chief Developer, Jiang Li - Member (Old Dominion Univ.), Tongxin Zheng - Member (ISO-New England), Haoyuan Sun - Member, Hantao Cui - Member).
2020 Best Paper Award (among all 2019 papers) issued by Journal of Modern Power Systems and Clean Energy (MPCE, IF=3.090),  July 2020
(as the Corresponding Author for the paper entitled  "Adjustable and distributedly robust chance-constrained economic dispatch considering wind power uncertainty,"
published in Journal of MPCE, vol. 7, pp. 658-664, 2019, which was first-authored by my former PhD student Xin Fang.)
2020 Prize Paper Award (3rd Prize, for papers published in the past three years) issued by CSEE Journal of Power and Energy System (JPES, IF=3.115), May 2020
(for the paper entitled "A Hybrid Dynamic Demand Control Strategy for Power System Frequency Regulation" published in CSEE JPES, 2017, which was first-authored by my PhD student Qingxin Shi)
2019 IEEE PES Technical Committee Prize Paper Award
(as the Corresponding Author for the paper entitled "Novel linearized power flow and linearized OPF models for active distribution networks with application in distribution LMP" published in IEEE Trans. on Smart Grid, 2018, which was first-authored by my former PHD student Haoyu Yuan)
2019 Highly Cited Paper Award of Applied Energy, July 2019
(as the Corresponding Author for the paper entitled "Interval optimization based operating strategy for gas-electricity integrated energy systems considering demand response and wind uncertainty" published in Applied Energy, 2016, which was first-authroed by my former PHD student Linquan Bai)

2018 IEEE PES "Technical Committee of the Year" Award, Co-Recipient (as Vice Chair), August 2018
2018 Best Conference Paper at IEEE PES General Meetting (top 5%), Portland, OR, August 2018
(Paper title: Potential of Wind Power to Provide Flexible Ramping Products and Operating Reserve)
2017 Excellent Guest Editor-In-Chief, Journal of Modern Power Systems and Clean Energy, 2017
2017 Excellent Associate Editor, Journal of Modern Power Systems and Clean Energy, 2017
2017 IEEE Fellow (Class of 2017)
2016 Best Conference Paper at IEEE PES General Meetting (top 5%), Boston, MA, July 2016
(Paper Title: Volt-VAR Interaction Evaluation in Bulk Power Systems)
2016 Best Conference Paper at IEEE PES General Meetting (top 5%), Boston, MA, July 2016
(Paper Title: Mitigating Overestimation of Voltage Stability Margin by Coupled Single-Port Circuit Models)
2015 IEEE PES Technical Committee Distinguished Service Award, 2015
2015 Best Conference Paper at IEEE PES General Meetting (top 5%), Denver, CO, July 2015
(Paper Title: Reactive Power Planning with Transient Process Stability Constraint)
2011 Fellow of IET (fomerly IEE), December 2011
2009 1st Place, Best Student Poster Award  (as Advisor, student awardee: Huijuan Li) at IEEE PES General Meeting 2009, Calgary, Canada, July 2009.
(Based on the paper: H. Li, F. Li, Y. Xu, D.T. Rizy, and J. D. Kueck, "Adaptive Voltage Control with Distributed Energy Resources: Algorithm, Theoretical Analysis, Simulation and Field Test Verification," IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 1638-1647, August 2010).
2009 2nd Place, Best Student Poster Award (as Advisor, student awardee: Rui Bo) at IEEE PES PSCE09, Seattle, WA, March 2009.
(
Based on the paper:  R. Bo and F. Li, "Probabilistic LMP Forecasting Considering Load Uncertainty," IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 1279-1289, Aug. 2009.)
 
University of Tennessee:
2019 Teaching Fellow Award, Tickle College of Engineering (TCE), UT, April 2019
2018 Research Achievement Award (formerly COE Research Fellow award - senior faculty), Tickle College of Engineering (TCE), UT, April 2018
2015 Professional Promise in Research Award (formerly COE Research Fellow award - junior faculty), College of Engineering, UT, April 2015
2013 Gonzalez Family Award for Excellence in Research, EECS Dept., UT, December 2013
2011 Chancellor's Award for Professional Promise in Research and Creative Achievement, UT, April 2011
(only 4 awardees each year from assistant and associate professors acorss the UTK campus).
2009 College of Engineering Research Fellow award, UT, April 2009
2008-10 EECS Faculty Early Career Fellowship award (three times), UT, 2008, 2009 and 2010
2006 Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Teacher award (voted by undergraduate students in the ECE honor society HKN), UT, April 2006

Other:
2013 Outstanding Alumni List, School of Electrical Engineering, Southeast University, Sept. 2013
2004 Performance Award (in cash bonus) in recognition of “Outstanding Contribution to GridViewTM Development”, ABB Inc., July 2004
   
Faculty Advisor of the following significant student awards:
 
Qiwei Zhang recieved the Min Kao Fellowship, 2020-2021.
Ian Schomer recieved the CURENT Fellowship, 2019-2021.
Haoyuan Sun recieved the Tennessee Fellowship for Graduate Excellent, 2019-2021.
Wei Feng received the UT Citation Award in Extraordinary Professional Promise, April 2020.
Yan Du recieved the R&D 100 Fianlist honor as a co-recipient.
Yan Du received the UT EECS Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) Award, April 2019.
Yan Du received the UT Citation Award in Extraordinary Professional Promise, April 2020.
Yan Du recieved the Min Kao Fellowship, 2019-2020
Qingxin Shi recevied the Prize Paper (3rd) award from CSEE Journal of Power and Energy Systems, as the first author.
Qingxin Shi received the UT Citation Award in Extraordinary Professional Promise, April 2019.
Qingxin Shi received the UT EECS Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) Award, April 2018.
Mariana Kamel received the UT EECS Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Award, April 2018.
Hantao Cui received the R&D 100 Award as a co-recipient.
Hantao Cui received the UT EECS Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) Award, April 2018.
Hantao Cui received the UT Citation Award in Extraordinary Professional Promise, April 2017.
Hantao Cui received the UT CoE ESPN Fellowship, 2013-2015.
Linquan Bai recevied the Higly Cited Paper Award (of 2016-2017 papers), Applied Energy, as the first author.
Linquan Bai received the UT Citation Award in Extraordinary Professional Promise, April 2017.
Can Huang received the UT Citation Award in Extraordinary Professional Promise, April 2016.
Xin Fang recevied the Best Paper Award from Journal of Modern Power Systems and Clean Energy, as the first author.
Xin Fang received the UT Citation Award in Extraordinary Professional Promise, April 2016.
Haoyu Yuan recevied the IEEE PES Technical Committe Prize Paper award, 2018, as the first author.
Haoyu Yuan received the Best Poster award in CURENT Annual Industrial Conference, 2015.
Qinran Hu received the Best Poster award in CURENT Annual Industrial Conference, 2014.
T. Ben Ollis received the UT EECS Min H. Kao Fellowship, 2013-2014.
Yao Xu received the UT Citation Award in Extraordinary Professional Promise, April 2014.
Yao Xu received the UT EECS Min H. Kao Fellowship, 2010-2014.
Huijuan Li won the 1st Place Prize Award at Best Student Poster contest (1st out of 97 poster presentations) at IEEE PES General Meeting 2009, Calgary, Canada, July 2009. (Based on the paper: H. Li, F. Li, Y. Xu, D.T. Rizy, and J. D. Kueck, "Adaptive Voltage Control with Distributed Energy Resources: Algorithm, Theoretical Analysis, Simulation and Field Test Verification," IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 1638-1647, August 2010).
Huijuan Li received the UT Citation Award in Extraordinary Professional Promise, April 2010.
Rui Bo won the 2nd Place Prize Award at Best Student Poster contest (2nd out of 38 poster presentations) at IEEE PES PSCE09, Seattle, WA, March 2009 (Based on the pape: R. Bo and F. Li, "Probabilistic LMP Forecasting Considering Load Uncertainty," IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 1279-1289, Aug. 2009)
Rui Bo received the UT Citation Award in Extraordinary Professional Promise, April 2009.
Nura Sabir received the DOE Pipeline Fellowship, 2006-2008. 

    

Publications: See my new publication page. Also, you can find my Google Scholar page here.

Students, Visitors, and Alumni: See my new ENLITEN lab page.

Projects/Conferences/Opennings: See my new ENLITEN lab page.

Work Experience

Education

  • Ph.D.            2001    Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA (Advisor: Robert P. Broadwater)
  • M.S.E.E.       1997    Southeast University, Nanjing, China (Advisor: Yang Li)
  • B.S.E.E.        1994    Southeast University, Nanjing, China 


  • Professional Service and Affilications   
       
        Membership:
    o        IEEE, Student Member 1998; Member 2001; Senior Member 2005; Fellow 2017

    o        IET, Fellow, 2011

    o        
    Sigma Xi - The Scientific Research Society, Member 2002

    Editing/Review Service:


                o     Editor-In-Chief of IEEE Open Access Journal of Power and Energy, since 1/1/2020.

                o     Vice Editor-In-Chief of Jounral of Modern Power Systems and Clean Eneergy (MPCE),  1/1/2019 to 12/31/2019.

    o        Consulting Editor of IEEE Transactions on Substainable Energy, since 2018

    o        Editor of IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, since 2017

    o        Editor of IEEE Transactions on Substainable Energy, since 2011

    o        Editor of IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) Letters, since 2011

    o        Guest Editor of IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, 2014-2015, 2017-2018

    o        Guest Editor of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, 2016-2017, 2018-2019

    o        Editorial Board Member, Jounral of Modern Power Systems and Clean Eneergy (MPCE), publisher: Springer, since 2013

    o        Editorial Board Member, CSEE Jounral of Power and Energy Systems(CSEE JPES), publisher: IEEE-Wiley, since 2016

    o        Associate Editor of International Journal of Power and Energy Systems, 2003~2012.

    o       Journal Reviewer of IEEE Trans. on Power Systems, 2002~present; IEEE Trans. on Power Delivery, 2004~present; IEEE Trans. on Smart Grid, 2010~present; IEEE Trans. on Sustainable Energy, 2010~present; IEEE Transations on Energy Conversion; IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics; IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics; IEEE Transactions on Industrial Applications; European Trans. on Electric Power, 2006~present; IET Proceedings on Generation, Transmission and Distribution, 2009~present; Applied Energy; Electric Power Systems Research; International Journal of Electrical Power and Systems; Kuwait Journal of Science and Engineering 2008~present; Iranian Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2008~present; Journal of Zhejiang University-Science A, 2008~present

    o       Conference Reviewer of IEEE PES General Meeting 2002 ~ present; IEEE PES Transmission & Distribution Conf. & Expo. (T&D), 2003~present; IEEE PES Power Systems Conf. & Expo (PSCE), 2006~present; IEEE ISGT Conf, 2012~present; ISCAS Conference 2007; IEEE International Conference on Electric Utility Deregulation, Restructuring, and Power Technology (DRPT 2008); North America Power Symposium (NAPS) 2008; IEEE Asia-Pacific Power and Energy Engineering Conference, 2009.

    o    External Ph.D. Dissertation Reviewer: University of South Florida; Anna University, India; Andhra University, India; University of Queensland, Australia; Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; Hong Kong Polytechnical University, Hong Kong SAR, China; Keio University, Japan; and Denmark Technical University, Denmark.

    Committee Service:

    o      Chair (2020-2022), Vice Chair (2018-2020), Co-Vice Chair (2016-2018), IEEE Power System Operation, Planning and Economics (PSOPE) committee.

    o      Chair (2020 - present), IEEE Task Force on Machine Learning for Power Systems.

                o        Vice Chair (2014-2016), Secretary (2009-2014), IEEE PSPI (Power System Planning and Implementation) Committee.  

    o    TCPC (Tech. Committee Program Chairs) Member, IEEE PES General Meeting in 2009, 2015, 2016, 2018. 

    o    TCPC (Tech. Committee Program Chairs) Member, IEEE PES T&D Conf and Expo, 2016, 2018.    

    o        Founding Chair of IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) East Tennessee Chapter, 2008-2009

    o        Executive Committee Member,  IEEE East Tennessee Section, since 2008 

    o        PES PSPI Committee Liaison to Intelligent Grid Coordination Committee, July 2008 ~ present

    o        PES PSPI Committee Liaison to Emerging Technology Coordination Committee, July 2008 ~ present

    o        Secretary, PES PSACE Committee Working Group (WG) on Network Charges for Embedded and Microgeneration, July 2009 ~ present.

    o        President (2013~2015), Vice President (2009~2011), North America Chinese Power Professional Association.

     

    Conference Panel/Session Service:


    o   Chair, Panel Session of "Deep Learning  for Power System Planning and Operation," IEEE PES General Meeting 2020, Montreal, Canada, August 02-06, 2020.

    o   Co-Chair, Panel Session of "Advanced Data Analytics for Power Asset Management," IEEE PES General Meeting 2020, Montreal, Canada, August 02-06, 2020.

    o   Chair, Panel Session of "Deep Learning  for Power Grid Applications," IEEE PES General Meeting 2019, Atlanta, GA, August 04-09, 2019.

    o   Chair, PSOPE Main Session, IEEE PES General Meeting 2018, Portland, OR, August 05-10, 2018.

    o   Chair, Paper Forum Session of “Power System Economics and Planning”, IEEE PES General Meeting 2018, Portland, OR, August 05-10, 2018.

    o   Co-Chair, Panel Session of “Best Practices on Integration and Operation of Grid-scale Energy Storage Systems,” IEEE PES General Meeting 2017, Chicago, IL, Jul. 16-20, 2017.

    o   Co-Chair, Panel Session of “Incorporating Distributed Energy Resources in the ISO Wholesale Electricity Market,” IEEE PES General Meeting 2017, Chicago, IL, Jul. 16-20, 2017.

    o    Chair, PSPI Poster Session, IEEE PES General Meeting 2015, Boston, MA, July 17-21, 2016. 

    o   Technical Program Committee (TPC) Member, 2015 IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications (SmartGridComm’15): Data Management, Grid Analytics, and Dynamic Pricing Symposium, November 2 - 5, 2015, in Miami, FL.

    o   Technical Program Committee (TPC) Member, 2014 IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications (SmartGridComm’14) - Data Management

    o   Chair, PSPI Poster Session, IEEE PES General Meeting 2015, Denver, CO, July 26-30, 2015.

    o   Chair, Transactions Paper Session #3, IEEE PES General Meeting 2014, National Harbor, MD, July 27-31, 2014.

    o   Chair, PSPI & PS Relay Paper Forum Session #6, IEEE PES T&D Conf. and Expo., Chicago, IL, April 14-17, 2014.

    o   Chair, PSPI Committee Paper Forum Session, IEEE PES General Meeting 2013, Vancouver, Canada, July 21-25, 2013.

    o   Chair, PSPI Committee Paper Forum Session, IEEE PES General Meeting 2012, San Diego, CA, July 22-26, 2012.

    o     Organizer and Chair, Power System Control Technology for Smart Grid Applications, 18th World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC), Milan, Italy, August 28 – Sept. 2, 2011.

    o    Chair, PSPI Committee Paper Forum Session, IEEE PES General Meeting 2010, Minneapolis, MN, July 25-29, 2010.

    o      Chair, PSPI Committee Poster Session, IEEE PES T&D Conf. and Expo. 2010, New Orleans, LA, April 19-22, 2010.

    o     Chair, PSPI Committee Paper Forum Session, IEEE PES General Meeting 2009, Calgary, Canada, July 26-30, 2009.

    o      Chair, PSPI Committee Paper Session, IEEE PES General Meeting 2009, Calgary, Canada, July 26-30, 2009.

    o  Co-Moderator, Break-out Session II, Group V: Towards a Trustworthy Future Power Grid, National Workshop on Research Directions for Future Cyber-Physical Energy Systems, Baltimore, MD, June 3-4, 2009.

    PSPI Super Session Chair, Transmission Planning for a Robust Grid, IEEE PES Power Systems Conf. and Expo. 2009, Seattle, WA, March 15-18, 2009.

    o        PSPI Super Session Chair, Wide Area Phasor Measurement Systems and Interarea Planning, IEEE PES Power Systems Conf. and Expo. 2009, Seattle, WA, March 15-18, 2009.

    o        Technical Committee Member, Asian-Pacific Power and Energy Engineering Conference (APPEEC), Wuhan, China, March 28-30, 2009

    o        PSPI Panel Organizer and Chair, Operation and Control of DG in Smart Grid, IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) General Meeting 2008, Pittsburgh, PA, July 2008

    o        Panel Organizer and Chair, Panel Session 1: Market-Based Power System Planning, the 3rd IEEE International Conference on Electric Utility Deregulation, Restructuring, and Power Technology 2008 (DRPT2008)

    o        Session Chair, Oral Session 6: Transmission and Distribution System Planning (1), the 3rd IEEE International Conference on Electric Utility Deregulation, Restructuring, and Power Technology 2008 (DRPT2008)

    o        Session Chair, Oral Session 13: Power System Stability (1), the 3rd IEEE International Conference on Electric Utility Deregulation, Restructuring, and Power Technology 2008 (DRPT2008)

    o        Session Chair, Power Market, the 5th IEEE International Conference on Power System Technology 2006 (PowerCon 2006), Chongqing, China, October 22-26, 2006



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