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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 at the School of Engineering of the University of Edinburgh and Director of Internationalisation - Students, responsible for the strategic development and delivery of the School's international academic partnerships. I am also the founding Programme Director of the MSc in Electrical Power Engineering and the 2-year MSc in Advanced Power Engineering.

Research Leadership

As a member of the Institute for Energy Systems I lead the Agile Energy Systems Research Group, conducting interdisciplinary research in the areas of renewable energy conversion and integration, smart grids, and robotics and smart materials for energy applications. Our group currently comprises 5 Doctoral and 4 Postdoctoral Researchers (with an additional 9 PhDs completed) and our research has generated more than 60 peer-reviewed publications. 

Research Grants

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 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 EPSRC Centre for Marine Energy Research (UKCMER), the FP7 DTOCEAN, the FP7 ITN ADVANTAGE  and the FP7 PolyWEC projects as well as the Edinburgh PI for the EPSRC DESIMAX project.


My teaching includes courses on renewable energy, power and control engineering and research methods. I have a strong track record in developing and delivering courses and programme curricula at both under- and postgraduate levels. 

Contribution to the Engineering community and outreach

I am an Associate Editor of the IET Smart Grid Journal and Topic Editor of the MDPI Energies Journal. I have also been Guest Editor for the Special Issue on Marine Energy, the Special Issue on Data-Driven Methods in Modern Power Engineering and the (currently open) Special Issue on Advances in Electrical Power Conversion for Energy, Transportation and Industry Applications of the MDPI Energies Journal.

I am a Senior Member of the IEEE and Member of the IET. I am also an active STEM Ambassador for East Scotland, having organised several events promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics to the public and especially primary and high school children, specifically in the areas of renewable energy and robotics.



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

Power Engineering Research Techniques
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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

- Current students

Mingyue Wei
Multi-objective optimisation of highly distributed power resources 

Desen Kirli
Peer-to-Peer Technologies and Energy Storage in the Electricity Distribution System 

Yuanda Gao
Data-driven resilient electricity networks

Maximilian Parzen
Energy storage materials for flexibility provision in the electricity supply system

Marcelo Salgado Bravo
Providing Flexibility to Electricity Supply through Decentralized Transactive Energy Management (Joint PhD with the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago)

 - Completed PhDs/EngDs

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

Siraj Sabihuddin (PhD completed in 2017)
Thesis title: 'An investigation of diamagnetic bearings & electrical machine materials for flywheel energy storage applications' link

Gautham Krishnadas (Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher, Flexitricity Ltd.) (PhD completed 2018)
Thesis title: 'Data-driven modelling for demand response from large consumer energy assets' link

Sara Lupo (PhD completed in 2018)
Thesis title: 'Impact of Low Carbon Technologies on the Wholesale Prices of the UK Electricity Market' link

Rentao Wu (PhD completed in 2018)
Thesis title: 'Integration of electric vehicles in a flexible electricity demand side management framework' link

Obinna Unigwe (PhD completed in 2020)
Thesis title: 'Coordination of Distributed Battery Energy Storage Systems in Networks with High Penetration of Photovoltaics' link

Alexandros Kleidaras (Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher) (Viva voce passed)
Thesis title: Analysis, Modelling and State Estimation for Large Scale Electric Demand Response

Dahunsi Okekunle (Viva voce passed)
Thesis title: Design of a Wide-Area Voltage Controller using Synchrophasors and Predictive Control 

Simon Reynolds (EngD IDCORE) (Viva voce passed)
Thesis title: Independent speed control of tidal turbine rotors in an array

Highlighted research activities & awards

  1. Edinburgh International Science Festival 2016

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

  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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