Seminars run by PhD students and postdocs with the Control and Power Group

Every week, an invited speaker gives a talk on a relevant topic (preferably in control and power) consisting of a 20-minute presentation followed by a 10-minute discussion. The content of talks can be

  • conference contributions,
  • initial research proposals,
  • preparation for Early Stage Assessment/Late Stage Review, or
  • tutorials on topics of the speaker's expertise.

After the talk, the participants can enjoy coffee and snacks (funded by the group) together in the Faraday Cage on EEE Level 6 and continue the discussion.

The CAP Research Roulette is open to everyone in the Control and Power Group. MSc students from Control Systems and Future Power Network Courses, who are willing to continue pursuing an academic career, are also strongly encouraged to participate.

Contacts: Kaiwen Chen (Control talks) [], Olayinka Ayo (Power talks) []

Talk of the week

CormacTitle: Risk-Limited Scheduling of Frequency Response from Aggregate EV Fleets with Uncertain EV Connectivity Forecasts

Speaker: Cormac O’Malley 

Venue: EENG 909B and MS Teams

Date and Time:  Monday, 29/11/2021, 14:00-14:30

Abstract: The rate of change of frequency is determined by the instantaneous power balance between generation and demand. Post generator outage, demand is higher than generation so the frequency drops. Frequency response is activated to provide a net power injection that aims to arrest frequency decline by restoring the power balance. The required amount of frequency response depends on the level of system inertia, which covers the transient power deficit by extracting kinetic energy stored within synchronous rotating masses (like thermal plant turbines).

Future power systems will be characterised by low inertia due to the displacement of fossil fuel generators synchronous (SGs) by converter interfaced generation (CIG) like wind and solar plants. Thus, the response requirement is rising and new resources to provide it must be found. Parked electric vehicles (EVs) have the potential to provide abundant low-cost response, but their maximum capacity is intrinsically uncertain due to user driving patterns. This talk presents our recent work on the risk-limited scheduling of response from distributed EVs. Utilising a distributionally robust chance-constrained framework to guarantee a level of frequency security under ambiguous forecasted EV fleet connectivity.

Biography: Mr. Cormac O’Malley received the MEng degree in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford, U.K, in 2018. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at Imperial College London, U.K. His research interests lie in modelling and optimisation of low carbon power grid operation.

Past talks


  • 19/08/2020 Yitong Li - "Impedance Model of Grid-Connected Power Converters"
  • 08/07/2020 Ang Li - "Adaptive Sliding Mode Attitude Tracking Control for Flexible Spacecraft Systems Based on the Takagi-Sugeno Fuzzy Modelling Method"
  • 18/06/2020 Luis Badesa Bernardo - “Life outside academia: my (brief) journey as an energy consultant”
  • 19/02/2020 Malú Faúndez, Maximiliano Guardiola, and Dasla Pando - "Vision of Chilean Engineering Students about Challenges in the Energy Sector"
  • 12/02/2020 Andrea Tosatto - "Market integration of HVDC lines"
  • 05/02/2020 Ali Ahmadi Dastjerdi - "Precision Mechatronic"
  • 08/01/2020 Martin Neuenhofen - "Integral Penalty Methods for Numerical Optimal Control and Modified Augmented Lagrangian Methods for Their Efficient Solution"
  • 28/11/2019 Temitayo Oderinwale - "Impact of Flexible Technologies on Market-Based Generation Investment Planning"
  • 26/11/2019 Kaiwen Chen - "Output-Feedback I&I Adaptive Control for Linear Systems with Time-Varying Parameter"
  • 20/11/2019 Guitao Yang - "Sensor redundancy for robustness in nonlinear state estimation"
  • 13/11/2019 Linash Kunjumuhammed and Stefanie Kuenzel - "Simulation of Power System with Renewables"
  • 06/11/2019 Dawei Qiu - "A Deep Q Network Approach for Optimizing Offering Strategies in Electricity Markets"
  • 16/10/2019 Diptargha Chakravorty and Callum Dell - "Industry talk - TNEI"


  • 28/08/2019 Kaiwen Chen - "Output-Feedback Adaptive Control for Systems with Time-Varying Parameters"
  • 26/07/2019 Joaquim Garcia - "A hybrid SDDP Machine Learning approach to represent non-convexities in the hydrothermal operation problem"
  • 14/06/2019 Zhongda Chu - "Towards Optimal System Scheduling with Synthetic Inertia Provision from Wind Turbines"
  • 24/04/2019 Magnus Jamieson - "Quantification and visualisation of the impact of extreme wind events on power systems"
  • 10/04/2019 Lingxin Lan - "Wireless Charging for Autonomous Drones"
  • 03/04/2019 Thiago Mendonca - "Distributed Active Network Management for Cost-Effective Integration of Energy Resources"
  • 27/03/2019 Jochen Cremer - "Full-body scanner of the electrical power system: A Probabilistic Perspective on Dynamic Security Assessment"
  • 06/03/2019 Xi Zhang - "Objective-Based Approach for Representative Day Selection for Power System Investment Planning"
  • 12/12/2018 Caspar Collins - "Comparative Analysis of an MV Neutral Point Clamped AC-CHB Converter with DC Fault Ride-through Capability"
  • 05/12/2018 Kaiwen Chen - "I&I adaptive control for systems with varying parameters"
  • 28/11/2018 Xiaohong Dong - "Planning of EV fast-charging stations on a round freeway"
  • 21/11/2018 Yue Yu - "Global transportation electrification and relative charging infrastructure"
  • 07/11/2018 Anastasis Georgiou - "Robust fault tolerant Model Predictive Control and for high order system"


  • 12 Sep 2018 Willem Leterme - "Modeling for AC/DC Converters with Controlled DC Fault Blocking Capability"
  • 25 Jul 2018 Joan Marc Rodriguez - "Implementation of Model Predictive Control Techniques in Power Electronic Voltage Source Converters"
  • 18 Jul 2018 Evelyn Heylen - "Reliability-based electricity consumption: Individualized reliability levels in probabilistic short-term reliability management of power systems"
  • 11 Jul 2018 Dawei Qiu - "Investigating the impact of demand flexibility on electricity retailers"
  • 20 Jun 2018 Kaiwen Chen - "Adaptive Control of Linear Systems with Time-Varying Parameters"
  • 13 Jun 2018 Jochen Cremer - "Game over, no more Jenga! Machine Learning based Security Assessment & Secure Operation of the Power System"
  • 06 Jun 2018 Tiago Rodrigues - "Computationally Efficient Risk-averse Energy Storage Investment for Renewables Coordination"
  • 31 May 2018 Xi Zhang - “Economic Assessment of Alternative Heat Decarbonisation Strategies through Coordinated Operation with Electricity System”
  • 21 May 2018 Georgios Anagnostou - "Identifying Unknown Dynamics in Power Systems"
  • 15 May 2018 Michael Evans - "Capability assessment and optimal dispatch of distributed stores"
  • 09 May 2018 Anastasios Oulis Rousis - "Optimal Design and Operation of a Hybrid AC/DC Microgrid"
  • 02 May 2018 Efstratios Batzelis - "Mathematical models of explicit form for photovoltaic systems"
  • 25 Apr 2018 James Wylie - "Modular Multi-level Converter with Increased Number of Effective Levels by using Asymmetric Sub-module Voltages for Medium Voltage Applications"
  • 18 Apr 2018 Arghavan Nazemi - "Energy Management of Parallel Hybrid Electric Vehicles"
  • 04 Apr 2018 Firdous Ul Nazir – "Scenario-based chance constrained Volt/VAR control in distribution systems"
  • 21 Mar 2018 Luis Badesa Bernardo – "Optimal Provision of Frequency Services in Decarbonised Grids"
  • 28 Feb 2018 Nicolas Faedo - "Optimal control of wave energy converters: fundamental principles and a moment-based approach"
  • 21 Feb 2018 David Burth Kurka - "Git and Github for research management"
  • 14 Feb 2018 Julio Perez Olvera - "Using Multi-terminal DC Networks to Improve the Hosting Capacity of Distribution Networks"
  • 31 Jan 2018 Hussain Akhtar - "Optimal Energy Management of Microgrids"
  • 17 Jan 2018 Francesca Boem - "Distributed Fault Detection for Interconnected Large-Scale Systems: a Scalable Plug & Play Approach"
  • 10 Jan 2018 Temitayo Oderinwale - "Strategic Investment Planning incorporating demand flexibility"
  • 13 Dec 2017 Nicolas Cifuentes - "Network Allocation of Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) considering stability criteria"
  • 6 Dec 2017 Alexander Gallo - "A distributed attack detection method for multi-agent systems governed by consensus-based control"
  • 29 Nov 2017 Omar Faqir - "Joint optimization of transmission and propulsion in aerial communication networks"
  • 22 Nov 2017 Thiago Mendonca - "Distributed Coordination of Energy Resources for Improving Network Hosting Capacity"
  • 15 Nov 2017 Alexandre Moreira - "An Adjustable Robust Optimization Approach for Contingency-Constrained Transmission Expansion Planning"