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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

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Space heating
modeling
heating
energy
policy implementation

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

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., 16 Sep 2019, In : IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid. 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Cables
Active networks
Topology
Network management
Electric potential

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

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)

Software reliability
Testing

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 2014 2019

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)
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

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