Shoab A. Khan


Title Nanogrid Based Smart Homes & Offices Can Resolve Energy Crisis of Pakistan

The talk would focus on the energy deficit of Pakistan and shall discuss a number of ways of covering the deficit. The talk then shall bring the nanogrid technology for lighting homes and businesses as the option of choice for Pakistan. Different components of nanogrid based smart homes and offices will be presented. The net metering legislation in Pakistan has also enabled users to sell the excess energy back to the grid. For many, this can be even a source of income or at least can help in lowering their electricity bills. The leveraging of IT in effective delivery of technology and cloud based services for network operations and maintenance shall also be highlighted. The concept of small homes where power line modems connects each socket to internet provides great control to users. The technology can facilitates users to get instant access to electric appliances and control the distribution in case of any emergency. The internet of things has great potential in nanogrid based smart homes. The developed nanogrid technology has huge potential for Pakistan and is expected to be a major source of energy for homes and offices.


Dr. Khan has Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology; Atlanta, GA. Analog Devices funded his Ph.D. on a project for MIT Lincoln Lab, which involved 64 SHARC DSPs based Mesh for parallel processing application. He obtained his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from UET, Lahore He has 12+ years industrial experience in companies like Scientific Atlanta, Picture Tel, and Cisco Systems. Mostly he worked on multi-DSP-based systems. As head of R&D group at Communications Enabling Technologies, he headed the team that executed a pioneering work of System on Chip (SoC) design. The team designed the world highest density media processor for carrier class voice processing system. The SoC can handle 2000 calls of G.711 or 624 calls of G.729a with line echo cancellation, voice activity detection, and comfort noise generation. SoC has 40 DSPs with embedded silicon RTOS taking care of the scheduling of different voice channels on these DSPs. A system based on this chip is installed in PTCL 17-enquiry exchange in Peshawar, Pakistan. He is one of the five recipients of National Education Award 2001 in the category of "Outstanding Services to Science and Technology". Dr. Khan’s areas of specialization are Digital Signal Processing, Digital Design and Communication System. He has authored or co-authored more 65 publications in journals and conferences.