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Research interests

Valentin's current research interests include using multi-agent systems distributed Artificial Intelligence techniques to solve challenges arising in smart electricity grids. More specifically, his recent research addressed a variety of problems in this area, ranging the from decentralised scheduling of multiple electric vehicles, such that the capacity of distribution networks is not exceeded, using scoring rules to integrate renewable energy suppliers into existing grids, to the formation of efficient buyer groups in collective switching schemes.

 

Biography

Valentin obtained his PhD in 2009 from CWI, the Netherlands National Research Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science in Amsterdam (awarded jointly with the Technical University of Eindhoven, NL). At CWI, he was employed in the DEAL (Distributed Engine for Advanced Logistics) project, that looked at applying multi-agent systems, machine learning and game-theoretic techniques to optimise logistic supply chains. Before this, he obtained a master degree in AI from the free University in Amsterdam, where he worked on electronic negotiation.

After his PhD (between 2009-2014), he was employed as a research fellow, then senior research fellow in the Agents, Interaction and Complexity research group at the University of Southampton (where he is still a visiting senior research fellow). In Southampton, he was employed in the industrially-funded iDEaS project (intelligent Decentralised Energy-aware Systems), that looked at a broad range of AI applications in the Smart Grid. He was published over 50 conference and journal papers on a wide range of AI-related topics, ranging from electronic negotiation, mechanism design and their application to the smart grid and distributed logistics, to the complex dynamics of collaborative tagging systems. Some of this research was featured in several popular venues such as the Engineer, the Economist, the Conversation, ACM TechNews etc.

For this research, he has visited and collaborated widely with researchers from a range of top international institutions, ranging from the Santa Fe Complex Systems Institute, Harvard University, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Microsoft Research, TU Delft, University of Toronto etc.

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Research Output

Automated Negotiation for Peer-to-Peer Electricity Trading in Local Energy Markets

Etukudor, C., Couraud, B., Robu, V., Fruh, W-G., Flynn, D. & Okereke, C., 19 Feb 2020, In : Energies. 13, 4, 920.

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    Automating the Verification of the Low Voltage Network Cables and Topologies

    Mokhtar, M., Robu, V., Flynn, D., Higgins, C., Whyte, J., Loughran, C. & Fulton, F., Mar 2020, In : IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid. 11, 2, p. 1657-1666 10 p.

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    Strategic Decision-Making for Power Network Investments with Distributed Renewable Generation

    Andoni, M., Robu, V., Fruh, W-G. & Flynn, D., 15 Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2020).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • A multi-sectoral approach to modelling community energy demand of the built environment

    McCallum, P., Jenkins, D. P., Peacock, A. D., Patidar, S., Andoni, M., Flynn, D. & Robu, V., Sep 2019, In : Energy Policy. 132, p. 865-875 11 p.

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    Assessing the Safety and Reliability of Autonomous Vehicles from Road Testing

    Zhao, X., Robu, V., Flynn, D., Salako, K. & Strigini, L., 20 Jul 2019, (Accepted/In press) The 30th International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Prizes

    Best Paper Award, ACAN 2016 @ AAMAS 2016, Singapore

    Merlinda Andoni (Recipient) & Valentin Robu (Recipient), May 2016

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Best Paper Award Finalist, The 30th International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering (ISSRE 2019)

    Xingyu Zhao (Recipient), Valentin Robu (Recipient), David Flynn (Recipient), Kizito Salako (Recipient) & Lorenzo Strigini (Recipient), 28 Oct 2019

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Best Reviewer Award (2015), IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid

    Valentin Robu (Recipient), Jan 2016

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Best Reviewer Award (2018), IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid

    Valentin Robu (Recipient), Jan 2019

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Finalist, Judges Award, Scottish Renewables YPGEA Awards

    Maizura Mokhtar (Recipient), Valentin Robu (Recipient) & David Flynn (Recipient), 30 May 2019

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Activities

    PhD Dissertation External Examiner, University of Southampton

    Valentin Robu (Examiner)
    12 Apr 2019

    Activity: ExaminationExternal Examiner

    External Examiner (PhD degree), Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

    Valentin Robu (Examiner)
    Sep 2019

    Activity: ExaminationExternal Examiner

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Valentin Robu (Visiting Researcher)
    1 Sep 201931 Aug 2020

    Activity: Visiting an external institutionSecondment

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Valentin Robu (Visiting Researcher)
    1 Sep 2018 → …

    Activity: Visiting an external institutionSecondment

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Valentin Robu (Visiting Researcher)
    10 Jul 201831 Aug 2018

    Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

    Press / Media

    BBC Future Now: How AI protects us

    Valentin Robu

    15/09/17

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    World Economic Forum: What robots mean for jobs

    David Flynn & Valentin Robu

    16/08/17

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research

    BBC Futures: The biggest energy challenges facing humanity

    Valentin Robu

    13/03/17

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research