Ivana Kockar


Research Interests

  • Operation and planning in power systems under restructuring
  • Electricity market models, policy rules and pricing mechanisms
  • Techniques for integration of Distributed Energy Resources including Active Network Management and tools for facilitating community solutions
  • Models and policies for active demand side participation
  • Emissions trading and policies to achieve low carbon power systems
  • Application of HPC for power system analysis tools
  • Application of agent-based modelling in electricity markets
  • Multi Criteria Decision Analysis for policy decisions regarding network structures: centralized vs. decentralized power systems

Personal Statement

I obtained my PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at McGill University (Montréal, Canada), and then moved first to University of Manchester, and then Brunel University (London, UK) before coming to Strathclyde in 2007. In addition, I have 5 years of industrial experience.

I currently lead a team of more than 10 researchers and PhD students who are looking at various aspect of developing new methodologies and tools to enable integration of renewable resources into power networks. This is a multidisciplinary work that includes development of new centralized and decentralised optimization tools for active network management of systems with distributed generation, demand participation and energy storage. The team is also using agent based modelling to evaluate new arrangements that can enable demand flexibility though market solutions and/or aggregators. In addition, in collaboration with colleagues from Management science we are looking at applications of Multi Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) to look at evolvement of future power networks, and also in development of decision tools that can help find solutions to improve and accelerate connections of distributed generators to already constrained distribution networks.

I am actively involved in IEEE Power and Enegy society and am currently

  • Chair of the IEEE PES Computing and Analytical Methods Subcommittee (CAMS)
  • Co-Organizer and Co-Chair of the  IEEE PES Task Force: Agent-Based Modelling of Smart Grid Market Operations

Industrial Relevance

One of the key drivers of my work is to transfer my research expertise into solutions and training for industry and other users.  This includes:

  • Implementation of new optimization and operation tools to improve integration of Distributed Energy Resources in Northern Iles New Energy Solutions (NINES) project by SSE
  • Analysis of connection otpions in  Accelerating Renewable Connections (ARC) Low Carbon Network Fund Project with Scottish Power Energy Networks
  • Knowledge Exchange project with Commuinity Energy Scotland on developing a tool to support evaluatin of options to improve distributed generation connections
  • Royal Academy of Engineering Industrial Secondment Grant for work on modelling tools for distribution expansion and charging methodologies
  • Co-author of an academic report for Ofgem TransmiT project that was looking into different approaches to transmission pricing in the UK.
  • Industial training and teaching courses for National Grid, S&C and SSE


Teaching Interests

My current teaching interests include:

  • Advanced Power System Analysis and Design
  • Power System Economics
  • Power Systems and Wind Integration (course for Doctoral Training Centre)
  • Supervision of undergraduate individual and group projects as well as MSc group and individual projects

 My previous teaching at Strathclyde included:

  • Power System Analysis and Design
  • Power Systems Engineering
  • Wind Energy and Distributed Energy Resources
  • Management of MSc group and individual projects and case studies
  • Integrating Studies will Laboratory for Power Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Professional Studies



    Research areas

  • power system analysis, operation and planning, power system economics, electricty markets, Intgration of Distriuted Energy Resources (DER), active network management, active demand side participation, high performance computing, optimization techniques, agent based modelling, Multi Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA), emissions trading
  1. Aggregation model for curtailable generation and sheddable loads

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  1. Electricity System Change: flexibility and costs

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganiser of major conference

  2. Introduction to Power Systems (EE888)

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  3. IEEE Power and Energy Systems General Meeting 2011

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganiser of major conference

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