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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 2004 2019

Blockchain technology in the energy sector: A systematic review of challenges and opportunities

Andoni, M., Robu, V., Flynn, D., Abram, S., Geach, D., Jenkins, D. P., McCallum, P. & Peacock, A., Feb 2019, In : Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. 100, p. 143-174 32 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Industry
Electric vehicles
Parallel algorithms
Innovation
Internet of things

Certification of Safe and Trusted Robotic Inspection of Assets

Dinmohammadi, F., Page, V., Flynn, D., Robu, V., Fisher, M., Patchett, C., Jump, M., Tang, W. & Webster, M., 7 Jan 2019, 2018 Prognostics and System Health Management Conference (PHM-Chongqing). IEEE, p. 276-284 9 p. (Prognostics and System Health Management Conference (PHM-Chongqing)).

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

Open Access
File
Robotics
Inspection
Robots
Health
Bayesian networks

Failure Analysis Informing Embedded Health Monitoring of Electromagnetic Relays

Kirschbaum, L., Dinmohammadi, F., Flynn, D., Robu, V. & Pecht, M., 15 Apr 2019, 2018 3rd International Conference on System Reliability and Safety (ICSRS). IEEE, p. 261-267 7 p.

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

Failure analysis
Health
Failure modes
Monitoring
Energy dispersive X ray analysis

Machine learning methods for wind turbine condition monitoring: A review

Stetco, A., Dinmohammadi, F., Zhao, X., Robu, V., Flynn, D., Barnes, M., Keane, J. & Nenadic, G., Apr 2019, In : Renewable Energy. 133, p. 620-635 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Condition monitoring
Wind turbines
Learning systems
Feature extraction
Decision trees

Optimisation of hybrid energy systems for maritime vessels

Tang, W., Dickie, R., Roman, D., Robu, V. & Flynn, D., 26 Apr 2019, In : Journal of Engineering.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Health
Decarbonization
Environmental technology
Energy management systems
Lead acid batteries

Prizes

Best Paper Award, ACAN 2016 @ AAMAS 2016, Singapore

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

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)

Highly Commended Project (Transport), IET Innovation Awards

David Flynn (Recipient), Valentin Robu (Recipient) & Wenshuo Tang (Recipient), 14 Nov 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Innovation

Low Carbon Transport Award, 13th British Renewable Energy Association Awards

David Flynn (Recipient) & Valentin Robu (Recipient), 14 Jun 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Fusion reactions
Carbon

Activities 2014 2019

IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid (Journal)

Valentin Robu (Editorial board member)
1 Jan 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

PhD Dissertation External Examiner, University of Southampton

Valentin Robu (Examiner)
12 Apr 2019

Activity: ExaminationExternal Examiner

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Valentin Robu (Visiting Researcher)
10 Jul 201831 Aug 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Valentin Robu (Visiting Researcher)
1 Sep 2018 → …

Activity: Visiting an external institutionSecondment

Academy of Finland (External organisation)

Valentin Robu (Chair)
Nov 2017

Activity: MembershipMembership of peer review panel

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