Ian Dobson


Sandbulte Professor of Engineering


1117 Coover
2520 Osborn Dr.
Ames, IA 500111046



Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Cornell University (1989)

B.A., Mathematics, Cambridge University (1978)

Research Areas

Core Area(s): Systems and controls, electric power and energy systems

Department’s Strategic Area(s): Energy infrastructure; data, decisions, networks & autonomy

Additional Information



Google Scholar Profile: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=icJvDNsAAAAJ&hl=en

  • P.D.H. Hines, I. Dobson, P. Rezaei, Cascading power outages propagate locally in an influence graph that is not the actual grid topology, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol. 32, no. 2, March 2017, pp. 958-967.
  • I. Dobson, B.A. Carreras, D.E. Newman, J.M. Reynolds-Barredo, Obtaining statistics of cascading line outages spreading in an electric transmission network from standard utility data, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol. 31, no. 6, November 2016, pp. 4831-4841.
  • B.A. Carreras, D.E. Newman, I. Dobson, North American blackout time series statistics and implications for blackout risk, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol. 31, no. 6, November 2016, pp. 4406-4414.
  • I. Dobson, Estimating the propagation and extent of cascading line outages from utility data with a branching process, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol. 27, no. 4, November 2012, pp. 2146-2155.
  • I. Dobson, B.A. Carreras, V.E. Lynch, D.E. Newman, Complex systems analysis of series of blackouts: cascading failure, critical points, and self-organization, Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science, vol. 17, 026103, June 2007
  • I. Dobson, B.A. Carreras, D.E. Newman, A loading-dependent model of probabilistic cascading failure, Probability in the Engineering and Informational Sciences, vol. 19, no. 1, January 2005, pp. 15-32.
  • K. Zhou, I. Dobson, Z. Wang, A. Roitershtein, A. P. Ghosh, A Markovian influence graph formed from utility line outage data to mitigate large cascades, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol. 35, no. 4, July 2020, pp. 3224-3235.
  • K Zhou, JR Cruise, CJ Dent, I Dobson, L Wehenkel, Z Wang, AL Wilson, Bayesian estimates of transmission line outage rates that consider line dependencies,  IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol. 36, no. 2, March 2021, pp. 1095-1106.
  • I Dobson, Finding a Zipf distribution and cascading propagation metric in utility line outage data, arXiv preprint arXiv:1808.08434
  • View and download publications at http://iandobson.ece.iastate.edu