Wenyuan Tang 汤文渊

USC Annenberg Fellow
Stochastic Systems & Learning Laboratory (S2L2)
Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering
Viterbi School of Engineering
University of Southern California

Email: wenyuan [at] usc [dot] edu

I will join Berkeley and Stanford as a joint postdoc in the coming academic year. Please check out my new webpage (coming soon).

I am a PhD student in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Southern California, under the supervision of Prof. Rahul Jain. My research is focused on network economics and game theory, with applications to the electricity market design. My dissertation is titled "The smart grid network: pricing, markets and incentives".


Education

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, August 2015
M.A., Applied Mathematics, May 2014
M.S., Electrical Engineering, August 2010

Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
B.Eng., Electrical Engineering, July 2008

Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA
Visiting Scholar, Civil & Environmental Engineering (Host: Prof. Ram Rajagopal), January-June 2015


Research

My work lies in a two-level model of the smart grid market. On the upper level is the primary market which mimics the wholesale electricity market. The primary market, coordinated by the independent system operator (ISO), involves generators or aggregators on the supply side, and distributors on the demand side. On the lower level, there are two secondary markets. The secondary market I, when it exists, involves an aggregator who buys power from a group of generators and sells it to the primary market. The secondary market II mimics the retail electricity market, which involves a distributor who buys power from the primary market and sells it to a group of users.

Primary Market: Economic Dispatch and Market Power
Wenyuan Tang, Junjie Qin, Rahul Jain and Ram Rajagopal, "Pricing sequential forward power contracts", Proceedings of the 6th IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications, November 2015.
Wenyuan Tang and Rahul Jain, "Pricing mechanisms for economic dispatch: a game-theoretic perspective", under review, International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems, March 2015.
Wenyuan Tang and Rahul Jain, "Dynamic economic dispatch and the value of energy storage", under 2nd round revision, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid.
Wenyuan Tang and Rahul Jain, "Dynamic economic dispatch among strategic generators with storage systems", Proceedings of the 52nd Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing, October 2014.
Wenyuan Tang and Rahul Jain, "Game-theoretic analysis of the nodal pricing mechanism for electricity markets", Proceedings of the 52nd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, December 2013.

Secondary Market I: Buying Random Wind
Wenyuan Tang and Rahul Jain, "Market mechanisms for buying random wind", to appear, IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy.
Wenyuan Tang and Rahul Jain, "Buying random yet correlated wind power", Proceedings of the 5th IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications, November 2014.
Wenyuan Tang and Rahul Jain, "Stochastic resource auctions for renewable energy integration", Proceedings of the 49th Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing, September 2011.

Secondary Market II: Stochastic Dynamic Pricing
Wenyuan Tang, Rahul Jain and Ram Rajagopal, "Stochastic dynamic pricing: utilizing demand response in an adaptive manner", Proceedings of the 53nd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, December 2014.

My earlier work on hierarchical mechanism design can potentially shed insights into the integration of the smart grid market.

Hierarchical Mechanism Design
Wenyuan Tang and Rahul Jain, "Hierarchical auction mechanisms for network resource allocation", IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, special issue on Economics of Communication Networks and Systems, December 2012.
Wenyuan Tang and Rahul Jain, "Hierarchical auctions for network resource allocation", Proceedings of the 2nd International ICST Conference on Game Theory for Networks, April 2011.


Teaching

Semester Course ID Course Title Instructor Capacity
Spring 2014EE 512Stochastic ProcessesRahul JainTeaching Assistant
Fall 2012EE 450Introduction to Computer NetworksAli ZahidTeaching Assistant
Spring 2010EE 465Probabilistic Methods in Computer Systems ModelingMichael NeelyGrader
Spring 2010EE 301Introduction to Linear SystemsMichael EnrightGrader
Fall 2009EE 301Introduction to Linear SystemsMichael EnrightGrader
Fall 2009EE 450Introduction to Computer NetworksAli ZahidGrader
Spring 2009EE 450Introduction to Computer NetworksCauligi RaghavendraGrader


Courses

Course ID Course Title Instructor
EE 450Introduction to Computer NetworksAli Zahid
EE 464Probability Theory for EngineersKeith Chugg
EE 483Introduction to Digital Signal ProcessingRichard Leahy
EE 532Wireless Internet and Pervasive ComputingKai Hwang
EE 555Broadband Network ArchitecturesJohn Silvester
CS 571Web TechnologiesMarco Papa
EE 550Design and Analysis of Computer Communication NetworksMichael Neely
EE 599Network Economics and Game TheoryRahul Jain
EE 562aRandom Processes in EngineeringRobert Scholtz
MATH 425aFundamental Concepts of AnalysisRobert Sacker
EE 556Stochastic Systems and FinanceRahul Jain
EE 649Stochastic Network OptimizationMichael Neely
IOM 674Queueing and Stochastic NetworksAmy Ward
MATH 525aReal AnalysisIgor Kukavica
ECON 503Microeconomic Theory IJuan Carrillo
MATH 525bReal AnalysisGary Rosen
ECON 603Microeconomic Theory IIMichael Magill
MATH 507aTheory of ProbabilityKenneth Alexander
MATH 507bTheory of ProbabilityRichard Arratia
MATH 541aIntroduction to Mathematical StatisticsLarry Goldstein
MATH 530aStochastic Calculus and Mathematical FinanceJin Ma
ISE 599Computational Stochastic OptimizationSuvrajeet Sen


Honors

SmartGridComm 2014 Student Travel Grant, IEEE Communications Society, November 2014
Best Honorable Mention Poster Award, University of Southern California, October 2013
Annenberg Graduate Fellowship, University of Southern California, 2010-2014
Academic Achievement Award, University of Southern California, April 2010
EE MS Honors Scholarship, University of Southern California, November 2009


Last updated: July 20, 2015