Academic Profile : Faculty

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Assoc Prof Xu Yan
Associate Professor, School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
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Dr Xu received his B.E. and M.E. degrees from South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China, and PhD degree from The University of Newcastle, Newcastle, Australia, all in electrical engineering.

He conducted postdoctoral research with the University of Sydney Postdoctoral Fellowship in Australia and then joined Nanyang Technological University with Nanyang Assistant Professorship. He is now an Associate Professor at the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and a Cluster Director at Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N).

Dr Xu and his SODA (Stability, Optimization, and Data-Analytics) power system research group are focusing on:
1) stability and control of renewable-energy power systems
2) microgrids and distributed energy resource (DER) integration
3) data-analytics for smart grid applications

As the first/corresponding author, Dr Xu has published 3 books on his three focused research topics respectively with IEEE-Wiley, IET, and CRC Press, and 114 IEEE Transactions and 30 IET journal papers. He has 17 "Web-of-Science Highly Cited Papers”, and received 10 IEEE/IET paper contest and conference best paper awards, the 2022 IET Premium Award (Best Paper), the 2021 IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid Outstanding Paper Award, the 2020 IET Energy Conversion & Economics Premium Paper Award, and the 2018 Applied Energy Highly Cited Paper Award. His research outcomes have been practically applied/licensed to industry partners in Australia, the USA, Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, China Mainland, and Singapore.
His research in Singapore is funded by a range of agencies and industry partners, including National Research Foundation (NRF), Ministry of Education (MOE), Energy Market Authority (EMA), Housing & Development Board (HDB), DSO National Laboratories, Rolls-Royce, Singtel, Infineon, JTC (Jurong Town Corporation), SingaporePower (SP) Group, Lite-On, and technology start-up companies, etc.
Besides, he has also been actively collaborating with many universities in Australia, China, Hong Kong SAR, UK, Denmark, France, Switzerland, India, and the USA through joint research projects and research student exchanges.

Dr Xu's professional service roles include Associate Editor for several international journals including IEEE Trans. Smart Grid and IEEE Trans. Power Systems, Chairman of the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Singapore Chapter (2021 to 2022), and the General Co-Chair of the 11th IEEE ISGT-Asia Conference, Nov. 2022, as well as Chair and Vice-Chair for several IEEE Task-Forces.
Power System, Smart Grid, Data Analtyics, Microgrid
  • Cyber and Physical Security Assessment of Power Grid with High-Level Distributed Energy Resources and Asset Ageing & Degradation
  • Project 1: Risk-Based Asset Investment and Planning Optimization
  • Risk-based Asset Investment and Planning Optimisation
  • Wide-Area Measurements based Data-Driven Stability Analysis and Operation of Renewable Energy-based Power Grids
  • WP3: Energy Market Operations
2022 IET Premium Award (Best Paper)
2021 IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid Outstanding Paper Award
2020 IET Energy Conversion & Economics, Premium Paper Award
2018 Applied Energy Highly Cited Paper Award
2020 WCCI Competition “Learning to Run a Power Network (L2RPN)”, Third Prize
IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, Best Paper Award (2020, 2019, 2017)
2018 IET Int. Conf. Advances in Power System Control, Operation and Management (APSCOM) Conference, Hong Kong, Best Paper Award
2017 IEEE Conference on Energy Internet and Energy System Integration (EI2), Beijing, China, Best Paper Award
Fellowships & Other Recognition
Nanyang Assistant Professorship
University of Sydney Postdoctoral Fellowship
Courses Taught
EE3015 Power Systems and Conversion
EE2005 Electric Machine and Devices
EE6509 Renewable Energy Systems in Smart Grids
EE4530 Power System Analysis and Control