TC 6.3. Power and Energy Systems

Welcome Message from the Chair

(Prof. Michela Robba)

Welcome to the Web page of the IFAC Technical Committee on POWER AND ENERGY SYSTEMS.

Power and energy systems represent significant topics in the recent framework of sustainable development, sustainable energy systems and green technologies, and automation/digitalization of the energy sector. In the last years, fundamental changes have been faced: distributed generation and loads, renewables, dynamic storage systems, electric vehicles, smart buildings, multi-carrier energy hubs, etc. Moreover, regulation is rapidly evolving, as well as technologies and market structure. ICT (Information and Communication Technology) is playing an increasingly significant role, and data management, artificial intelligence, automation, and cybersecurity applied to energy systems are a challenge. In this framework, there is the necessity to define effective decision and control schemes for planning and management purposes. Modeling, optimization, and control can have a significant impact in a research area that results interdisciplinary because of the different issues to be considered: economics, regulation, environmental sustainability, ICT-based platforms, energy management and automation tools, etc.

The key objectives of this Technical Committee are to:

  1. Promote discussions on theoretical and practical issues related to the modeling, planning and control of power and energy systems
  2. Define and organize working groups within the TC in order to favor new collaborations, innovation and research projects, and exchange of students and professors.
  3. Promote excellence of research through awards, organization of special issues, seminars, etc.
  4. Create strong links between academia and the industry.
  5. Foster the organization of international events (workshops, special sessions, conferences, and summer schools). In particular, the Technical Committee organizes two main events in order to have (together with the World Congress) at least an official meeting every year. Moreover, other activities are organized within working groups. The main two events are:
  • A Symposium (CPES-Control of Power and Energy Systems).
  • A workshop on specific topics (decided every time depending on the current interests at international level).   

If you are a researcher and your interests include the modeling, optimization, and control of power and energy systems, smart grids, alternative/renewable power generation, etc., then the Technical Committee 6.3 is the right place for you. You will learn more from colleagues and have the chance to provide a contribution towards building our power system of the future to make it more efficient and smart, and to satisfy the different energy needs (thermal, electrical, hydrogen, etc.).

If you want to have more information about the TC, please send an email to the Chair:

Vice Chairs and Working Groups characterize the TC to facilitate the development of all activities.


Vice/Deputy Chair: Kwang Lee, Baylor University, Texas, USA, email:

Social Media VC: Jose Luis Rueda Torres, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, email:

Education VC: Hendrik Lens, University of Stuttgart, Germany, email:

Industry VC: Odgaard Peter Fogh, Goldwind Energy, Denmark, email:

Publications VC:  Young II Lee, Seoul National University of Science and Technology, Korea, email:

Awards VC: Elizabeth Ratman, The University of Newcastle, Australia, email:

Secretary: Hiroyuki Mori, Meiji University, email:, email:

Commission for awards: Zhen Li Daniel (Beijing Institute of Technology, China), Antoneta Iuliana Bratcu (Grenoble Institute of Engineering and Management, France), Li Sun Southeast University, Nanjing, China. Emails:,,


WG Smart Grids, Vice Chair: Vale Zita, Engineering Institute, Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal, email:

Brief description: Integration of new „smart“ technologies and concepts into power and energy systems to improve efficiency, reliability and overall performance.

WG Power Generation, Vice Chair: Samuele Grillo, Politecnico di Milano, Italy, email:

Brief description: Energy conversion systems, control of energy efficiency and performance optimization, energy development and planning, conventional power plants, nuclear power plants, and renewable energy resources such as hydro plants, wind farm, photovoltaic plants, solar power plants, etc.

WG Power Systems, Vice Chair: Ioannis Lestas, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, email:

 Brief description: Planning, operation and control of transmission systems; energy market integration; expansion and operation of large power systems; distributed generation, distribution systems, local distribution systems; energy efficiency and demand side management; micro-grid; power electronics based grids, grid forming control, etc.

WG Power electronics, Vice Chair: Damian Flynn, University College Dublin, Ireland, email:

Brief description: Power electronics for interface or control in energy conversion and/or power systems, FACTS, HVDC, etc.

WG Multi-carrier energy systems, Vice Chair: Yrjö Majanne, Tampere University, Finland, email:

Brief description: Coupled networks, thermal, chemical and environmental processes linked to energy. Examples are related to modelling, optimization and control of hydrogen systems, thermal modelling of buildings and districts, water and gas networks, environmental impact assessment and emissions reduction. Attention is also dedicated energy aspects related to transportation and sustainable mobility (electrical, hydrogen, biofuels)