Alessandro Zocca

In September 2017 I joined as postdoctoral researcher the group of Adam Wierman and Steven Low at Caltech, thanks to the NWO Rubicon grant I have been awarded, to work on the topic "Renewables and uncertainty in future power systems: Mathematical challenges and solutions".

Research interests:

My research is centered around the study of large-scale societal networks where randomness plays a crucial role, in particular communication networks and power systems. My work lies mostly in the area of applied probability, but has many deep ramifications in other areas, such as pure probability, statistical physics, graph theory, operations research, algorithm design, and control. 

My long-term goal as a researcher is to analyze these complex networks and their performance in presence of uncertainty with rigorous mathematical tools, as well as understand how such randomness can be either mitigated or, potentially, leveraged to improve the system resilience or performances.

The main focus of my current research are stochastic models instrumental to understand and quantify the impact of a high penetration of renewable energy sources on power systems. More specifically, I work on rare-event analysis, stochastic optimization, and MCMC methods for rare events, especially in relation to cascading line failures and frequency violations. 

Here are some news items related to one of my latest articles, which has been published at Physical Review Letters:
Furthermore, I am also still working on some topics related to my PhD thesis, namely low-temperature behavior of various interacting particle systems and delay performance analysis of random-access algorithms.

For more details have a look at the list of publications and ongoing projects and my Google Scholar page.


Mailing address: 

California Institute of Technology
1200 E. California Boulevard
MC 305-16 
Pasadena, CA 91125