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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.



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

Accurately Forecasting the Health of Energy System Assets

Tang, W., Andoni, M., Robu, V. & Flynn, D., 4 May 2018, 2018 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS). IEEE, 8351842. (International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS))

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

Lithium-ion batteries

Automated Verification of LV Network Topologies

Mokhtar, M., Robu, V., Flynn, D., Higgins, C., Whyte, J. & Fulton, F., 21 May 2018, (Accepted/In press) 8th IEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference Europe. IEEE

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

Battery storage systems: White Paper #1

Lee, W-J., Andoni, M., Bani-Ahmed, S., Flynn, D., Hartmann, B., Majd, A., Rostami, M., Searles, C., Taczi, I., Vokony, I., Zizzo, G., Hewson, J., Lamb, J., McGrath, K., Robu, V., Seidi, S., Zryd, A., Caputo, P. & Rajski Parashis, A., 20 May 2018, IEEE. 57 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther report

Big Data Analytics in the Smart Grid: Big Data Analytics, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in the Smart Grid: Introduction, Benefits, Challenges and Issues

Pullum, L. L., Jindal, A., Roopaei, M., Diggewadi, A., Andoni, M., Zobaa, A., Alam, A., Bani-Ahmed, A., Ngo, Y., Vyas, S., Kumar, R., Robu, V., Flynn, D., Caputo, P. & Rajski Parashis, A., 16 Feb 2018, IEEE. 38 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther report

Artificial intelligence
Learning systems
Distributed power generation
Electronic data interchange
Power generation

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., McCallum, P. & Peacock, A., 3 Nov 2018, In : Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. 100, p. 143-174

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access


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 (2016), IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid

Valentin Robu (Recipient), Jan 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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

Rushlight Resource Innovation Award

Edward Hugh Owens (Recipient), David Flynn (Recipient), David Corne (Recipient), Andrew Peacock (Recipient) & Valentin Robu (Recipient), 24 Jan 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Technology innovation

Rushlight Water Management Award

Edward Hugh Owens (Recipient), David Corne (Recipient), David Flynn (Recipient), Valentin Robu (Recipient) & Andrew Peacock (Recipient), 30 Jan 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Water management
Project management
Power control

Activities 2014 2017

PhD Dissertation External Examiner, University of Cardiff

Robu, V. (Examiner)
Feb 2017

Activity: ExaminationExternal Examiner

PhD Dissertation External Examiner, University of Edinburgh

Robu, V. (Examiner)
Apr 2017

Activity: ExaminationExternal Examiner

Chinese Academy of Sciences

Robu, V. (Visiting researcher)
16 Sep 201715 Oct 2017

Activity: Visiting an external institutionSecondment

Academy of Finland (External organisation)

Robu, V. (Chair)
Nov 2017

Activity: MembershipMembership of peer review panel

Keynote Speaker, 15th International Conference on Informatics in Economics, Cluj, Romania

Robu, V. (Speaker)
2 Jun 2016

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Press / Media

BBC Future Now: How AI protects us

Valentin Robu


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research

World Economic Forum: What robots mean for jobs

David Flynn & Valentin Robu


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Research

BBC Futures: The biggest energy challenges facing humanity

Valentin Robu


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research