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Dr Aristides Kiprakis

Senior Lecturer

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Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

My research group is currently heavily subscribed, however, applications from well motivated prospective PhD students with a strong academic background may be considered. Potential applicants must hold a 1st class degree in Electrical Engineering or other relevant area and/or an MSc with Merit or Distinction. They must have interest in one or more of the following research areas, and must be able to prepare a project proposal on a topic within these areas. Research areas: Smart Grids, Demand-Side Management and Response, Distributed Generation, Marine Energy and Integration of Renewables into the Electricity System. Top quality potential applicants are invited to first express their interest by email.


I am a Senior Lecturer in Power Systems and Director of the MSc in Electrical Power Engineering and the 2-year MSc in Advanced Power Engineering at the School of Engineering of the University of Edinburgh. As a member of the Institute for Energy Systems I conduct research in renewable energy conversion and integration, smart grids and energy efficiency. I hold a BEng in Electronic Engineering from the Technological Educational Institute of Crete, Greece (1999), a Postgraduate Diploma in Communications, Control & DSP from the University of Strathclyde (2000) and a PhD in Electrical Power Systems from the University of Edinburgh (2005).

I am currently the Principal Investigator of the £2.5M EPSRC Centre for Advanced Materials for Renewable Energy Generation (CAMREG) and the £160k UKIERI-DST funded Data-Driven Intelligent Energy Management for Environmentally Sustainable Energy Access (D-DIEM) project. Additionally I am investigator and work package leader in several large collaborative UK and EU research projects such as the EPSRC Centre for Marine Energy Research (UKCMER), the Centre for Energy Systems Integration (CESI) as well as the £36M ORCA Hub, looking into the development of autonomous, artificially intelligent robots for offshore energy applications. In the past I was also a co-investigator in the FP7 DTOCEAN, the FP7 ITN ADVANTAGE  and the FP7 PolyWEC projects as well as the Edinburgh PI for the EPSRC DESIMAX project. I currently lead a group of 3 Postdoctoral and 6 Doctoral Researchers (with an additional 4 PhDs graduated), all working in the areas of renewable energy and smart grids. In collabotation with my group I have co-authored more than 50 peer reviewed publications. 

My teaching includes courses on renewable energy, power and control engineering at both under- and postgraduate levels.

I am an Associate Editor of the IET Smart Grid Journal and Guest Editor for the Special Issue on Marine Energy and the Special Issue on Data-Driven Methods in Modern Power Engineering of the MDPI Energies Journal.

I am a Senior Member of the IEEE and Member of the IET, and an active STEM Ambassador for East Scotland, having orgnised and participated in several events promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics to the public and especially primary and high school children.


Control & Instrumentation Engineering 3
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3rd Year Mechanical Engineering / Electrical Engineering

Power Engineering Research Techniques
Course Organiser
MSc in Electrical Power Engineering

Solar Energy & Photovoltaic Systems
Course Organiser
MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems

Solar Energy Conversion 5
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5th Year MEng Undergraduate Programmes

Electromechanical and Electronic Energy Conversion Systems
Lectures on modelling & control of wave and tidal energy converters
Industrial Doctoral Centre for Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE)

Research students

PhD & EngD Students as Principal Supervisor

George Tsagarakis (PhD completed in 2015)
Thesis title: Domestic Demand and Network Management in a User-Inclusive Electrical Load Modelling Framework

Siraj Sabihuddin (PhD completed in 2017)
Thesis title: An Investigation of Diamagnetic Bearings & Electrical Machine Materials for Flywheel Energy Storage Applications

Gautham Krishnadas (Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher, Flexitricity Ltd.) (Viva voce passed)
Thesis title: Data-Driven Modelling for Demand Response from Large Commenrcial Customers

Sara Lupo (PhD submitted - viva voce passed)
Thesis title: The Impact of Low Carbon Technologies on the Wholesale Prices of the UK Electricity Market

Alexandros Kleidaras (Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher) (writing up)
Load Clustering for Large Scale Demand Side Management Optimisation

Rentao Wu (writing up)
Integrating Vehicle-to-Grid Technology within Smart Grids

Obinna Unigwe
Voltage Control and Demand Side Management in Distribution Networks with High PV Penetration

Dahunsi Okekunle
Enchancement of Smart Grids Using Measurement-Based Model Predictive Control 

Simon Reynolds (EngD IDCORE) (writing up)
Speed Control Strategies for Tidal Turbine Arrays

Mingyue Wei
Multi-objective optimisation of highly distributed power resources management 

Research Groups

Leader of the Smart Grid Journal Club

Convenor of the Electrical Energy Systems Group

Administrative Roles

MSc in Electrical Power Engineering
Programme Director

School of Engineering Impact Task Force
Representative for the Institute for Energy Systems 

Collaborative Activity

EPSRC DESIMAX: Multiscale Modelling to Maximise Demand Side Management

Role: Edinburgh Lead
DESIMAX (2010-2014) was an EPSRC funded collaborative project between the universities of Edinburgh, Nottingham and Strathclyde.  I was the acting academic lead at Edinburgh, supervising one PhD and one Postdoctoral researcher.  Our work within DESIMAX generated over 10 journal and conference publications.

Highlighted research activities & awards

  1. Science Festival Interview with Professor John Thompson and Dr Aristides Kiprakis

    Activity: Other activity typesTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation

  2. Edinburgh International Science Festival 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Festival/Exhibition

  3. Invited talk on Smart Grids and Demand Side Management research

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  4. 'Get Energised' with the ScottishPower Foundation

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Schools engagement

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