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Valentin Robu

Valentin Robu

Lecturer in Smart Grids, Heriot-Watt University

Valentin Robu is a lecturer in smart electricity grids at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh (since March 2014). Prior to this he was a senior research fellow in the Agents, Interaction and Complexity Research group at the University of Southampton, where he still holds a visiting position. He completed his PhD at CWI, the Netherlands National Research Center for Mathematics and Computer Science in Amsterdam (degree was jointly awarded with the TU Eindhoven) in 2009, and his Master degree at the Free University of Amsterdam in 2004.

His research interests include using multi-agent systems and distributed Artificial Intelligence techniques to solve a range of challenges in the evolving electricity grid, such as decentralised scheduling and coordination of electric vehicle charging, integrating intermittent renewable resources into the grid using virtual power plants, or demand-side management techniques, such as industrial response and collective switching.

How AI and robots will help safeguard our offshore energy infrastructure in the future

Aug 19, 2019 01:21 am UTC| Insights & Views Technology

The modern world depends on the smooth provision of vital services such as energy, transportation, telecommunications, food, water and healthcare. But the systems underpinning these sectors are increasingly complex and...

The new industrial revolution: robots are an opportunity, not a threat

Aug 11, 2017 05:04 am UTC| Insights & Views Technology

Invasion. Takeover. These are the kind of words that have been bandied about in news headlines about robotics and artificial intelligence in the last few years. The coverage has been almost relentlessly negative, focusing...

Why artificial intelligence could be key to future-proofing the grid

Jan 28, 2017 06:24 am UTC| Technology

A recent Conversation piece pointed out that the British electricity mix in 2016 was the cleanest in 60 years, with record capacity from renewable energy, mainly from wind and solar power. But one problem with this great...

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