Prof Aristides Kiprakis

Personal Chair of Agile Energy Systems

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Telephone: 

+44(0)131 6505586

Location: 

3.090 Faraday Building

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Engineering Discipline: 

  • Electronics and Electrical Engineering

Research Institute: 

  • Energy Systems

Research Theme: 

  • Electrical Power Conversion
  • Energy Policy, Economics and Innovation
  • Offshore Renewable Energy
  • Power Systems
Professor Aristides Kiprakis
Professor Aristides Kiprakis

Biography: 

I am an electrical power engineer by training, holding the Personal Chair of Agile Energy Systems at the School of Engineering of the University of Edinburgh.

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 9 Doctoral and Postdoctoral Researchers and has already graduated an additional 10 PhDs. Our research has generated ~100 peer-reviewed publications. 

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.

My administrative roles include the School's Directorship of Internationalisation - Students, responsible for the strategic development and delivery of the School's international academic partnerships, while I am also the founding Programme Director of the MSc in Electrical Power Engineering and the 2-year MSc in Advanced Power Engineering.

Academic Qualifications: 

  • BEng Electronics Engineering, Technological Educational Institute of Crete (TEIC), 1999
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Communications, Control & DSP, University of Strathclyde, 2000
  • PhD in Electrical Power Engineering, University of Edinburgh, 2005

Professional Qualifications and Memberships: 

  • Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
  • Member of the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET)

Teaching: 

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

Solar Energy & Photovoltaic Systems
Course Organiser
MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems / Electrical & Advanced Power Engineering

Solar Energy Conversion 5
Course Organiser
5th Year MEng Undergraduate Programmes

Engineering Research Methods with Grand Challenge
Course Organiser (2018-2021)
Core course for all Engineering MScs

Research Interests: 

I have been the Principal Investigator of the £2.5M EPSRC Centre for Advanced Materials for Renewable Energy Generation (CAMREG), the £160k UKIERI-DST funded Data-Driven Intelligent Energy Management for Environmentally Sustainable Energy Access (D-DIEM) project, and the Edinburgh PI for the EPSRC DESIMAX project. Additionally, I am investigator and work package leader in several large collaborative UK and EU research projects such as the EPSRC Decarbonisation Pathways for Cooling and Heating (DISPATCH) project, the EPSRC 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 co-investigator in numerous projects, notably the EPSRC Centre for Marine Energy Research (UKCMER), the FP7 DTOCEAN, the FP7 ITN ADVANTAGE  and the FP7 PolyWEC projects.

Specialities: 

  • Power System Modelling
  • Distributed Generation
  • Renewable Energy
  • Smart Grids & Demand Side Management

Further Information: 

Since 2018 I have been a Visiting Professor at the China-UK Low Carbon College of the Shanghai Jiao-Tong University, China. I am currently Associate Editor of the IET Smart Grid Journal and Member of the Editorial Board of the MDPI EnergiesJournal. 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 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.