Dr José Iria

PhD in Sustainable Energy Systems

Dr José Iria is a highly motivated academic and research engineer with extensive experience and knowledge in modeling, optimization, and control of power and energy systems. In these areas, he has actively participated in more than 21 European, Australian, and U.S. R&D projects, and consultancy activities for distribution and transmission system operators, utilities, and smart grid companies. He is the author of 31 peer-reviewed papers in top international journals (13) and conferences (18). He was also co-responsible for raising more than 10 million euros in R&D funds in the areas of energy and power systems.

He obtained a PhD degree in Sustainable Energy Systems with Cum Launde distinction from the University of Porto in 2019, and an MSc degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the same university in 2011. His PhD was funded by an MIT Portugal fellowship awarded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology to the top 0.8% of the applicants. In 2020, his PhD thesis was recognized by APREN (Portuguese Renewable Energy Association) as one of the best dissertations in the area of renewable energy.

Currently, he is a researcher and lecturer at the Australian National University. He held research positions at INESC TEC (Portugal) between 2012 and 2019 and Berkeley Lab (U.S.) between 2017 and 2018.

Specialties: power and energy systems; electricity markets; distributed energy resources; renewable energy; modeling; optimization; control; decision-making.


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Course convener:

COMP8691 / COMP4691Optimisation (2022)

Supervision of student projects

COMP4560 - Advancing Computing Project 

COMP8604 - Research Project

COMP8755 - Individual Computing Project 

ENGN4200 - Individual Project

ENGN8602 - Research Project

Dr José Iria is interested in building new bridges between optimisation theory and power systems through the research and development of new analytical tools for the optimisation of power systems. Specifically, his research interests include the development and application of optimisation theory to the following topics:

  • Electricity markets;
  • Aggregators and virtual power plants;
  • Integration of distributed energy resources (e.g., photovoltaic systems, energy storage systems and electric vehicles);
  • Large-scale integration of renewable energy resources;
  • Distribution network planning and operation;
  • Impact of climate change in power systems;
  • Planning and operation of smart homes;
  • Autonomous electric vehicles.

Research collaborations:

Dr José Iria is open to collaborating with researchers and students on the research topics described above. ANU may support you (https://www.anu.edu.au/study/scholarships/find-a-scholarship). So don't hesitate to contact him.

Current R&D projects:

Title: ACT Distributed Energy Resources Demonstration Pilot – Project Converge

Objective: The project aims to demonstrate new distributed energy resources (DER) orchestration capabilities known as ‘Shaped Operating Envelopes’ which will allow Distribution Network Service Providers (DNSPs) to improve network congestion management, minimise network expenditure and improve DER market bidding into energy and ancillary service markets.

Total project cost: $8.4m

Title: Optimal Distributed Energy Resources Scheduling for Frequency Stability

Objective: The project aims to investigate how to optimally schedule distributed energy resources (DER) to provide low-cost frequency stability services within distribution network constraints and while respecting the motivations and primary functionality desired by DER owners.

Total project cost: $1.71m

Past R&D projects

List of my publications

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Preprints of my publications


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