Academic Profile : Faculty

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Assoc Prof Xu Yan
Associate Professor, School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Cham Tao Soon Professor in Engineering, College of 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 was promoted to Associate Professor in early 2021, and since early 2024 has been appointed as the Cham Tao Soon Professor in Engineering (an endowed professorship named after NTU’s founding president). He concurrently serves as the Director of Center for Power Engineering (CPE) at School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and the Cluster Director (Smart Grids & Microgrids) at Energy Research Institute (ERI@N) at NTU.

Dr Xu and his SODA (Stability, Optimization, and Data-Analytics) 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, and 123 IEEE Transactions and 35 IET journal papers. He has 20 "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), AStar, 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 IEEE Trans. Smart Grid and IEEE Trans. Power Systems, Chairman of the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Singapore Chapter (2021 and 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 Systems Engineering, Smart Grid, Microgrids, Renewable Energy Systems, Data Analytics
  • Cham Tao Soon Professor in Engineering
  • Cyber and Physical Security Assessment of Power Grid with High-Level Distributed Energy Resources and Asset Ageing & Degradation
  • Data-driven Dynamic Simulator for Power System Stability Assessment
  • Next Generation AI based System Security Assessment Tools for Renewable Dominated Power Grids with HVDC Links
  • Physics and Knowledge Transfer-based Cognitive Digital Twin for Advanced Battery Analytics
  • Project 1: Risk-Based Asset Investment and Planning Optimization
  • Risk-based Asset Investment and Planning Optimisation
  • Temporal-Spatial Impact Analysis of Climate Changes on Renewable Energy and Load Demands
  • Wide-Area Measurements based Data-Driven Stability Analysis and Operation of Renewable Energy-based Power Grids
  • WP1 - Project 1.2: Battery Testing and Modelling (PI: Xu Yan)
  • 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 & Energy Society General Meeting, Best Paper Award (2020, 2019, 2017)
- IEEE Conference on Energy Internet and Energy System Integration (EI2), Best Paper Award (2023, 2017)
- 2018 IET Int. Conf. Advances in Power System Control, Operation and Management (APSCOM) Conference, Hong Kong, Best Paper Award
Fellowships & Other Recognition
- Cham Tao Soon Professorship in Engineering (an endowed professorship named after NTU’s founding president)
- Nanyang Assistant Professorship (university named assistant professorship)
- University of Sydney Postdoctoral Fellowship (university named postdoctoral fellowship)
Courses Taught
EE4533 Power Apparatus and Protection
EE3015 Power Systems and Conversion
EE2005 Electric Machine and Devices
EE6509 Renewable Energy Systems in Smart Grids
EE4530 Power System Analysis and Control