Dr José Barreira Iria

PhD in Sustainable Energy Systems | MSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Research Fellow
College of Engineering & Computer Science

Research interests

Dr José Iria is interested in building new bridges between optimisation theory and power systems through the reserach and development of new analytical tools for the optimisation of power systems. Specifically, his research interests include the development and application of optimisation theory to the following topics:

  • Electricity markets;
  • Aggregators and virtual power plants;
  • Integration of distributed energy resources (e.g., photovoltaic systems, energy storage systems and electric vehicles);´
  • Large-scale integration of renewable energy resources;
  • Distribution network planning and operation;
  • Impact of climate change in power systems;
  • Planning and operation of smart homes;
  • Autonomous electric vehicles.

PhD candidates:

He is looking for PhD candidates who have research interests in the above areas to support in the upcoming ANU scholarship rounds (https://cecs.anu.edu.au/study/phd-mphil). Interested applicants must hold an MSc in computer science, power systems or related field, have research experience demonstrated through international peer-reviewed publications, and meet the ANU's English language requirements.

Research collaborations:

He is open to collaborating with researchers and students on the research topics described above. ANU may support you (https://www.anu.edu.au/study/scholarships/find-a-scholarship). So don't hesitate to contact him.


Dr José Iria is a highly motivated academic and research engineer with extensive experience and knowledge in modelling, optimisation, and control of power and energy systems. In these areas, he has actively participated in more than 20 European, Australian, and U.S. R&D projects, and consultancy activities for distribution and transmission system operators, utilities, and smart grid companies. He is the author of 29 peer-reviewed papers in top international journals (11) and conferences (18). He was also co-responsible for raising more than 10 million euros in R&D funds in the areas of energy and power systems.

He obtained a PhD degree in Sustainable Energy Systems with Cum Laude distinction from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto in 2019, and an MSc degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the same university in 2011. His PhD was funded by an MIT Portugal fellowship awarded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology to the top 0.8% of the applicants. In 2020, his PhD thesis was recognized by APREN (Portuguese Renewable Energy Association) as one of the best dissertations in renewable energy.

Currently, he is a research fellow at the Australian National University. He held research positions at INESC TEC (Portugal) between 2012 and 2019 and Berkeley Lab (U.S.) between 2017 and 2018.

Specialties: power and energy systems; electricity markets; distributed energy resources; renewable energy; modelling; optimisation; control; decision-making.


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Researcher's projects

Title: Optimal Distributed Energy Resources Scheduling for Frequency Stability

Objective: The project aims to develop and test computational tools to coordinate the participation of distributed energy resources in energy and frequency reserve markets, without violating the physical limits of distribution networks.

Funding agency: Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)

Published papers: 

  1. J. Iria, P. Scott, A. Attarha, Network-constrained bidding optimization strategy for aggregators of prosumers, Energy. 207 (2020) 118266. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.energy.2020.118266
  2. A. Attarha, P. Scott, J. Iria, S. Thiebaux, Network-Secure and Price-Elastic Aggregator Bidding in Energy and Reserve Markets,  IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid. 12 (2021) 2284–2294. https://doi.org/10.1109/TSG.2021.3049464

Available student projects

Two projects are available for ANU students. ANU students can contact me via email for more details.

Project 1: Optimisation of distributed energy resources

Link to the project description

Project 2: Planning of smart buildings

Link to the project description



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