prof.dr.ir. Geert Deconinck is full professor at KU Leuven university (Belgium).
His research focuses on robust distributed coordination and control, specifically in the context of smart electric distribution networks. Specific interests include smart grids, smart metering, distributed control, robust system design, sustainability, industry 4.0, infrastructure interdependencies and dependability modelling, all in a context of energy and communication infrastructures. Both simulation and experimental validation are key.
Since April 2012, he is head of the research group ELECTA (Electrical Energy and Computing Architectures) at the Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT), which consists of 6 professors, 8 postdoctoral researchers, 50+ PhD students and 12 administrative and technical staff. ELECTA focuses on different research aspects related to electrical energy (smart distribution grids, electric power systems, HVDC, power electronics, techno-economic analysis of energy markets, etc.), from fundamental research to applications in collaboration with industry.
He is active in the research centre EnergyVille, the research centre on energy for sustainable cities, where he is scientific leader for the research domain ‘algorithms, modelling, optimisation’, applied to smart electrical and thermal networks. Since October 2016, he is head of the KU Leuven division EnergyVille.
He received his M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering (maxima cum laude) and his Ph.D. in Engineering Science (summa cum laude) from the KU Leuven, Belgium in 1991 and 1996 respectively. He is a fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) (M 2006, F 2013), co-chair of the IEEE SMC Technical Committee on Infrastructure Systems and Services, a senior member of the IEEE and of the IEEE Reliability, Computer, SMC and Power & Energy Societies (sM 1988, M 1996, SM 2000), National representative for Belgium on Cigré SC C6 (active distribution systems and distributed energy resources) and member of KBVE and ie-net.