Columbia University

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Ph.D. Candidate

Department of Electrical Engineering
Columbia University

Office: 808 CEPSR
Phone: 212-854-7472
Email: saleh[at]ee.columbia.edu
CV (updated 12/02/2016)

Saleh Soltan received the B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics (double major) from Sharif University of Technology, Iran in 2011 and the M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University in 2012. He is the Gold Medalist of the 23rd National Mathematics Olympiad in Iran in 2005 and the recipient of Columbia University Electrical Engineering Armstrong Memorial Award in 2012.

His research interests include Network Science, Algebraic Graph Theory, Graph Mining, Algorithms, and Power System Analysis. His research focuses on obtaining a better understanding of the power grid and on developing efficient algorithms to improve grids resilience and security.

Education

Columbia University, New York, NY

  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Sept. 2012-Aug. 2017 (expected)
    Advisor: Prof. Gil Zussman
    GPA: 4.13/4.00
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, Sept. 2011-Sept. 2012
    Advisor: Prof. Gil Zussman
    GPA: 4.06/4.00

Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Communication Systems, Sept. 2006-June 2011
    Thesis topic: Matrix Completion Applications in Signal Processing
    Advisor: Prof. Massoud Babaei-Zadeh
  • B.S., Mathematics, Pure Mathematics, Sept. 2006-June 2011

Combined GPA: 17.4/20

Honors and Awards

  • Author of the paper selected as one of the Best Conference Papers on Power System Modeling and Analysis at Power and Energy Society General Meeting, 2016
  • DTRA Basic Research Technical Review Best Poster Award, 2014
  • Columbia University Electrical Engineering Armstrong Memorial Award (awarded to one outstanding candidate for the M.S.), 2013
  • Iran four-year National Elite Foundation Fellowship, 2007
  • Exempted from Iran’s National Qualification Exam for undergraduate program as an exceptional talent, 2006
  • Gold Medalist of the 23rd National Mathematics Olympiad (among top 12 students in the nation chosen for Iran International Mathematics Olympiad team), 2005
  • Bronze Medalist of the 22nd National Mathematics Olympiad (among top 42 students in Iran), 2004

Publications

Conference Proceedings

  • S. Soltan, M. Yannakakis, and G. Zussman, “Doubly Balanced Connected Graph Partitioning,” to appear in Proc. ACM-SIAM SODA’17, Jan. 2017. [Download] [Extended Version (arXiv)]
  • S. Soltan and G. Zussman, “Generation of Synthetic Spatially Embedded Power Grid Networks,” in Proc. IEEE PES-GM’16, July 2016. [Download] [Extended Version (arXiv)]
  • S. Soltan and G. Zussman, “Quantifying the Effect of k-line Failures in Power Grids”, in Proc. IEEE PES-GM’16, July 2016.  *Selected as one of the best conference papers on power system modeling and analysis*
    [Slides][Download]
  • S. Soltan, M. Yannakakis, and G. Zussman, “Joint cyber and physical attacks on power grids: Graph theoretical approaches for information recovery,” in Proc. ACM SIGMETRICS’15, July 2015.[Slides] [Download]
  • S. Soltan, D. Mazauric, and G. Zussman, “Cascading Failures in Power Grids – Analysis and Algorithms,” in Proc. ACM SIGCOMM e-Energy’14 , June 2014. [Download] [Extended Version (arXiv)]
  • D. Mazauric, S. Soltan, and G. Zussman,” Computational Analysis of Cascading Failures in Power Networks”, in Proc. ACM SIGMETRICS’13 (poster description), June 2013. [Download]

Journal Papers

  • Saleh Soltan, Mihalis Yannakakis, and Gil Zussman, “Power Grid State Estimation Following a Joint Cyber and Physical Attack”, to appear in IEEE Transactions on Control of Network System, 2016. [Download]
  • Saleh Soltan, Dorian Mazauric, and Gil Zussman, “Analysis of Failures in Power Grids”, to appear in IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems, 2016. [Download]
  • Russell Spiewak, Sergey Buldyrev, Yakir Forman, Saleh Soltan, and Gil Zussman, “A Study of Cascading Failures in Real and Synthetic Power Grid Topologies Using DC Power Flow,” Submitted, Sep. 2016. [arXiv]
  • Hale Cetinay, Saleh Soltan, Fernando Kuipers, Gil Zussman, and Piet Van Mieghem, “Comparing the Effects of Failures in Power Grids under the AC and DC Power Flow Models,” Submitted, 2016.
  • Saleh Soltan and Gil Zussman, “Analyzing and Quantifying the Effect of k-line Failures in Power Grids,” Submitted, 2016.
  • Saleh Soltan, Alex Loh, and Gil Zussman,  “On Reproducibility of the Structural and Spatial Characteristics of Power Grids,” Submitted, 2016.

Workshop Abstracts

  • Saleh Soltan and Gil Zussman,”Evaluating the Topological Robustness of Power Grids to Line Failures”,  in SIAM Workshop on Network Science (poster description), July 2016. [Download]
  • Saleh Soltan and Gil Zussman,”A Statistical Method for Synthetic Power Grid Generation based on the U.S. Western Interconnection”,  in SIAM Workshop on Network Science, May 2015. [Download]
  • Saleh Soltan and Gil Zussman,”Analysis of Failures in the Power Grid via the Pseudo-inverse of the Admittance Matrix”,  in SIAM Workshop on Network Science, July 2014. [Download]

Additional Presentations

  • “Generation of Synthetic Spatially Embedded Power Grid Networks,” in Data Science Institute, Columbia University, Sept. 2016 (poster)
  • ”Analysis of Failures in Power Grids”, in Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, NYU Tandon School of Engineering, New York, Aug. 2016 (invited talk)
  • ”Modeling the Effects of Attacks on Real and Synthetic Power Grid Networks using DC and AC Power Flow Models”, in DTRA Basic Research Technical Review, Washington D.C., July 2016 (poster)
  • “Intelligent Control of Communication Networks and Power Grids for Disaster Response,” in CIAN Site Visit, New York, May 2016 (poster)
  • “Generation of Synthetic Spatially Embedded Power Grid Networks,” in Data Science Day, Columbia University, New York, Apr. 2016 (poster)
  • “Generation of Synthetic Spatially Embedded Power Grid Networks,” in Network Frontier Workshop, Chicago, Dec. 2015 (poster)
  • “Joint Cyber and Physical Attacks on Power Grids: Graph Theoretical Approaches for Information Recovery,” in DTRA Basic Research Technical Review, Washington D.C., July 2015 (poster)
  • “Analysis of Failures in the Power Grid via the Pseudo-inverse of the Admittance Matrix,” Engineering Graduate Students Council (EGSC) Scholars Presentation, Columbia University, Sept. 2014 (talk)
  • “Cascading Failures in the Power Grid – Analytical Properties and Control with Imperfect Observations,” in DTRA Basic Research Technical Review, Washington D.C., July 2014 (poster) Best Poster Award
  • “Computational Analysis of Cascading Failures in the Power Grid,” in DTRA Basic Research Technical Review, Washington D.C., July 2013 (poster)
  • “Computational Analysis of Cascading Failures in Power Networks,” in DTRA Basic Research Technical Review, Washington D.C., July 2012 (poster)

Teaching

Teaching Assistant

  • ELEN E6201 – Linear Systems Theory (Columbia University, Spring 2014)
  • CSEE W4119 – Computer Networking (Columbia University, Fall 2012)
  • ELEN E6201 – Linear Systems Theory (Columbia University, Spring 2012)
  • Discrete Mathematics (Sharif University of Technology, Spring 2010)
  • Logic Circuits Lab (Sharif University of Technology, Spring 2010)

Graduate Level Courses

Columbia University in the City of New York

  • Analysis of Algorithms I (CSOR W4231)
  • Stochastic Models in Info Systm (ELEN E6711)
  • Wireless & Mobile Networking I (ELEN E6950)
  • Intro Computational Complexity (COMS W4236)
  • Deterministic Models (IEOR E4004)
  • Optimization II (IEOR E6614)
  • Comp Math of The Power Grid (IEOR E8100)
  • Intro Social Networks (COMS W4995)
  • Analysis of Algorithms II (COMS E6232)
  • Advanced Machine Learning (COMS W4772)
  • Econ of Social Networks (COMS E6998)
  • Data Mining (STAT W4240)
  • Foundation of Graphical Models (COMS E6998)
  • Bayesian Models for Machine Learning (audited) (EECS E6892)

Sharif University of Technology

  • Combinatorial Analysis – M.S. Course (22-154)
  • Algebraic Combinatorics – M.S. Course (22-233)
  • Algebraic Graph Theory – M.S. Course (22-234)
  • Information Theory & Coding – M.S. Course (25-128)
  • Neural Networks – M.S. Course