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About me

I am an Assistant Professor at Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Before becoming a faculty, I was a postdoctoral scholar at University of California, Berkeley. Prior to that, I was a postdoctoral scholar at University of California, Davis. I received my Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Riverside, my Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas Tech University, and my Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology.

Research Overview

My research focuses on four areas: Optimization with a diverse range of applications, energy efficient cloud computing, electric vehicles and electricity markets. These seemingly distinct areas are unified toward boosting the performance of critical infrastructures such as the power gird. In my research, challenging industrial problems are translated into comprehensive analytical problems, for which efficient solutions are proposed.

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Journal Papers

[1] Y. Zhan, M. Ghamkhari, H. Akhavan-Hejazi, D. Xu and H. Mohsenian-Rad, "Cost-Aware Traffic Management under Demand Uncertainty From a Colocation Data Center User's Perspective", Accepted for publication in IEEE Transactions on Services Computing, January, 2018

[2] M. Ghamkhari, A. Sadeghi-Mobarakeh, H. Mohsenian-Rad, "Strategic Bidding for Producers in Nodal Electricity Markets: A Convex Relaxation Approach ", IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol. 32, no. 3, pp. 2324-2336, May 2017.

[3] M. Ghamkhari, A. Wierman, and H. Mohsenian-Rad, "Energy Portfolio Optimization of Data Centers", IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, vol. 8, no. 4, pp. 1898-1910, July 2017.

[4] M. Ghamkhari and H. Mohsenian-Rad, "A Convex Optimization Framework for Service Rate Allocation in Finite Communications Buffers", IEEE Communications Letters, vol. 20, no 1, January 2016.

[5] Y. Zhan, M. Ghamkhari, D. Xu, S. Ren, H. Mohsenian-Rad, "Extending Demand Response to Tenants in Cloud Data Centers via Non-intrusive Workload Flexibility Pricing" Accepted for publication in IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, 2016.

[6] H. Mohsenian-Rad and M. Ghamkhari, " Optimal Charging of Electric Vehicles with Uncertain Departure Times: A Closed-Form Solution", IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 940-942, March 2015.

[7] M. Ghamkhari and H. Mohsenian-Rad, "Energy and Performance Management of Green Data Centers: A Profit Maximization Approach", IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 1017-1025, June 2013.

Conference Papers

[8] S. Yankson and M. Ghamkhari, "Transactive Energy to Guard against a Zero-Day Load Altering Attack on Power Distribution Systems", in Proc. of the IEEE Smart Energy Grid Engineering Conference, Oshawa, ON, Canada, August 2019.

[9] MD A. Rahaman and M. Ghamkhari, "Peer-to-Peer and Real-Time Energy Exchanges with Data Centers in a Transactive Energy Framework", in Proc. of the IEEE Smart Energy Grid Engineering Conference, Oshawa, ON, Canada, August 2019.

[10] M. Ghamkhari, "Transactive Energy versus Demand Response in Cutting Wholesale Electricity Prices", in Proc. of the IEEE International Conference on Smart Grids and Smart Cities, Berkeley, CA, June 2019.

[11] L. Chen, D. Feng and M. Ghamkhari, "Strategic Bidding in Electricity Markets: A Power Grid Partitioning Approach", in Proc. of the IEEE International Conference on Industrial Technology, Melbourne, Australia, February 2019.

[12] M. Ghamkhari, "Transactive Energy Pricing in Power Distribution Systems", in Proc. of the IEEE GreenTech conference, Lafayette, LA, April 2019.

[13] Y. Zhan, M. Ghamkhari, D. Xu, H. Mohsenian-Rad, "Propagating Electricity Bill onto Cloud Tenants: Using a Novel Pricing Mechanism", in Proc. of the IEEE Global Communications Conference, San Diego, CA, December 2015.

[14] M. Ghamkhari, H. Mohsenian-Rad, and Adam Wierman, "Optimal Risk-aware Power Procurement for Data Centers in Day-Ahead and Real-Time Electricity Markets", in Proc. of the IEEE INFOCOM Workshop on Smart Data Pricing, Toronto, ON, Canada, May 2014.

[15] M. Ghamkhari and H. Mohsenian-Rad, "Profit Maximization and Power Management of Green Data Centers Supporting Multiple SLAs", in Proc. of the IEEE International Conference on Computing, Networking and Communications, San Diego, CA, January 2013.

[16] M. Ghamkhari and H. Mohsenian-Rad, "Data Centers to Offer Ancillary Services", in Proc. of the IEEE Conference on Smart Grid Communications, Tainan City, Taiwan, October 2012.

[17] M. Ghamkhari and H. Mohsenian-Rad, "Optimal Integration of Renewable Energy Resources in Data Centers with Behind-the-Meter Renewable Generator", in Proc. of the IEEE International Conference in Communications, Ottawa, Canada, June 2012.

[18] B. Moazzez, M. Ghamkhari, K. Kao, J. As-Salek, Z. Bai, M. Koeppe, T. Kadir, P. Sandhu and S. Seneviratne, "jCbc: An Open Source MILP Solver for use in WRIMS", in proceedings of CWEMF Annual Meeting, March, 2017.

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Teaching

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