François Bouffard

Title: 
Associate Professor and William Dawson Scholar, Associate Chair (Undergraduate Affairs)
Salutation: 
Mr
Contact Information
Address: 

McConnell Engineering Building
3480 University Street, room 642
Montreal, QC H3A 0E9
Canada

 

 

Phone: 
514-398-2761
Email address: 
francois.bouffard [at] mcgill.ca
Department: 
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Biography: 

Prof. Bouffard received both the BEng (Honours) and the PhD degrees in electrical engineering from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, in 2000 and 2006, respectively.

In 2003 and 2004, he was a Visiting Scholar in the E.T.S.I. Industriales, Departamento de Ingeniería Eléctrica, Electrónica y Automática of the Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Ciudad Real, Spain. From 2004 to 2006, he was a Faculty Lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at McGill University. He joined the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering at The University of Manchester, UK in 2006, where he remained until 2010 when he joined McGill as an Assistant Professor.

Prof. Bouffard also served as Academic Advisor to the Director General of the Institut en génie de l'énergie électrique (2015-2017), and he is currently the Technical Committee Program Chair of the Power System Operation, Planning and Economics Committee of the IEEE Power & Energy Society.

His research skills and interests are in the fields of power system economics, reliability, control and optimization. Secondary skills and interests include operations research, mixed-integer and stochastic optimization techniques for power system operation and planning.

Specialties:

  • Power system control and optimisation with emphasis on economics and security;
  • Power system flexibility;
  • Operations planning methods for networks with large-scale integration of wind and other non-dispatchable generation resources;
  • Demand-side integration;
  • Stochastic and mixed-integer modelling and optimisation methods for electrical energy systems;
  • Treatment of economic externalities in electricity markets.
Degree(s): 

B.Eng. (Hons.), McGill; Ph.D., McGill

Media guide subjects: 
Power system stability and control, nonlinear systems and computation
Signal processing, machine learning, optimization, networks, data science
Area of expertise: 

Power and Energy Systems

Research areas: 
Power Engineering
Systems and Control
Awards, honours, and fellowships: 

Technical Committee Distinguished Individual Service Award for "Excellence in technical leadership and management in the area of power system economics and market operation," IEEE Power & Energy Society, 2015

Outstanding reviewer, IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, 2015

Selected publications: 

M. Ross, C. Abbey, F. Bouffard and G. Joos, "Microgrid Economic Dispatch with Energy Storage Systems," IEEE Trans. Smart Grid, vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 3039-3047, Jul. 2018. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TSG.2016.2624756

F. Bouffard, S. Debia, N. Dhaliwal and P.-O. Pineau, A Decarbonized Northeast Electricity Sector: The Value of Regional Integration. Montreal, QC: HEC Montréal-IET-TISED, Jun. 2018. http://energie.hec.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/ScopingStudy_NortheastHydroModelling_13june2018.pdf

M. Quashie, F. Bouffard, C. Marnay, R. Jassim and G. Joós, "On Bilevel Planning of Microgrids," Int. J. Electr. Power & Energy Syst., vol. 96, pp. 422-431, Mar. 2018. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijepes.2017.10.019

M. Quashie, C. Marnay, F. Bouffard and G. Joós, "Optimal Planning of Microgrid Power and Operating Reserve Capacity," Applied Energy, vol. 210, pp. 1229-1236, Jan. 2018. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2017.08.015

M. Quashie, F. Bouffard and G. Joós, "Business Cases for Isolated and Grid Connected Microgrids: Methodologies and Applications," Applied Energy, vol. 205, pp. 105-115, Nov. 2017. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2017.07.112

H. Nosair and F. Bouffard, “Economic Dispatch Under Uncertainty: The Probabilistic Envelopes Approach,” IEEE Trans. Power Syst., vol. 32, no. 3, pp. 1701-1710, May 2017. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TPWRS.2016.2602942

A. Abiri-Jahromi and F. Bouffard, "On the Loadability Sets of Power Systems—Part I: Characterization," IEEE Trans. Power Syst., vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 137-145, Jan. 2017. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TPWRS.2016.2547945

A. Abiri-Jahromi and F. Bouffard, "On the Loadability Sets of Power Systems—Part II: Minimal Representations," IEEE Trans. Power Syst.,  vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 146-156, Jan. 2017. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TPWRS.2016.2547938

H. Nosair and F. Bouffard, “Energy-Centric Flexibility Management in Power Systems,” IEEE Trans. Power Syst., vol. 31, no. 6, pp. 5071-5081, Nov. 2016. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TPWRS.2015.2512990

A. Abiri-Jahromi and F. Bouffard, “Contingency-Type Reserve Leveraged through Aggregated Thermostatically-Controlled Loads–Part I: Characterization and Control,” IEEE Trans. Power Syst., vol. 31, no. 3, pp. 1972-1980, May 2016. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TPWRS.2015.2466175

A. Abiri-Jahromi and F. Bouffard, “Contingency-Type Reserve Leveraged through Aggregated Thermostatically-Controlled Loads–Part II: Case Studies,” IEEE Trans. Power Syst., vol. 31, no. 3, pp. 1981-1989, May 2016. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TPWRS.2015.2466193

F. Bouffard, “Energy Storage Systems for Carbon Footprint Reduction,” CSME Bulletin, p. 10, Fall 2015. http://csme-scgm.ca/sites/default/files/BULLETIN-FALL%202015.pdf

H. Nosair and F. Bouffard, “Reconstructing Operating Reserve: Flexibility for Sustainable Power Systems,” IEEE Trans. Sustain. Energy, vol. 6, no. 4, pp. 1624–1637, Oct. 2015. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TSTE.2015.2462318

M. Ross, C. Abbey, F. Bouffard and G. Joós, “Multi-Objective Optimization Dispatch for Microgrids with a High Penetration of Renewable Generation,” IEEE Trans. Sustain. Energy, vol. 6, no. 4, pp. 1306–1314, Oct. 2015. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TSTE.2015.2428676

H. Nosair and F. Bouffard, “Flexibility Envelopes for Power System Operational Planning,” IEEE Trans. Sustain. Energy, vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 800–809, Jul. 2015. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TSTE.2015.2410760

J. Clavier, F. Bouffard, D. Rimorov, and G. Joós, “Generation Dispatch Techniques for Remote Communities with Flexible Demand,” IEEE Trans. Sustain. Energy, vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 720–728, Jul. 2015. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TSTE.2015.2408335

A. Jahanbani Ardakani and F. Bouffard, “Acceleration of Umbrella Constraint Discovery in Security-Constrained Generation Scheduling Problems,” IEEE Trans. Power Syst., vol. 30, no. 4, pp. 2100–2109, Jun. 2015. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TPWRS.2014.2352318

A. Jahanbani Ardakani and F. Bouffard, “Identification of Umbrella Constraints in DC-Based Security-Constrained Optimal Power Flow,” IEEE Trans. Power Syst., vol. 28, no. 4, pp. 3924–3934, Nov. 2013. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TPWRS.2013.2271980

M. Ortega-Vazquez, F. Bouffard and V. Silva, “Electric Vehicle Aggregator/System Operator Coordination for Optimal Charging Scheduling and Services Procurement,” IEEE Trans. Power Syst., vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 1806–1815, May 2013. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TPWRS.2012.2221750

A. Abiri-Jahromi, M. Parvania, F. Bouffard and M. Fotuhi-Firuzabad, “A Two-Stage Framework for Power Transformer Asset Maintenance Management—Part I: Models and Formulations,” IEEE Trans. Power Syst., vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 1395–1403, May 2013. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TPWRS.2012.2216903

A. Abiri-Jahromi, M. Parvania, F. Bouffard and M. Fotuhi-Firuzabad, “A Two-Stage Framework for Power Transformer Asset Maintenance Management—Part II: Validation Results,” IEEE Trans. Power Syst., vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 1404–1414, May 2013. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TPWRS.2012.2216904

E. Karangelos and F. Bouffard, “Towards Full Integration of Demand-Side Resources in Joint Forward Energy/Reserve Electricity Markets,” IEEE Trans. Power Syst., vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 280–289, Feb. 2012. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TPWRS.2011.2163949

A. Molina-García, F. Bouffard and D. S. Kirschen, “Decentralized Demand-Side Contribution to Primary Frequency Control,” IEEE Trans. Power Syst., vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 411–419, Feb. 2011. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TPWRS.2010.2048223

Areas of interest: 

Power system economics, reliability, control and optimization. Operations research, statistics, mixed-integer and stochastic optimization techniques for power system operation and planning. Energy policy.

Professional activities: 

Member, Trottier Institute for Sustainable Engineering and Design (TISED)
Member, Groupe d'études et de recherche en analyse des décisions (GERAD)
Senior member, IEEE

Member, IEEE Power & Energy Society
Editor: IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, IEEE Power Engineering Letters
Editorial Board member: Journal of Modern Power Systems and Clean Energy
Technical Committee Program Chair, Power Systems Operation, Planning and Economics Committee of the IEEE Power & Energy Society
Licensed engineer, Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec

Language(s) spoken: 
English
French/français