João P. S. Catalão   


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- Habilitation for Full Professor ("Agregação"), unanimous approval, University of Beira Interior, 10-2013

- PhD, unanimous approval, University of Beira Interior, 07-2007

- MSc, unanimous approval, Instituto Superior Técnico, 12-2003

- Licenciatura (5-year BSc), with honors, University of Beira Interior, 07-1998



Expertise Topics                             


- Power System Operations and Planning

- Hydro-Thermal Scheduling and Wind/Price Forecasting

- Power System Economics and Electricity Markets

- Risk Analysis, Uncertainty and Stochastic Programming

- Renewable Energies and Demand-side Management





- IEEE (Power & Energy Society), Senior Member, since 09-2012

- Portuguese Council of Engineers, Senior Member, since 11-2010



Involvement in Projects (as Coordinator)                       


- Unlocking demand response potential with Next generation innovative optimization Tools Empowering prosumers and Distribution grid benefits — UNiTED, Ref. POCI-01-0145-FEDER-029803, FCT-Portugal, from 06-2018 to 05-2021 (ongoing).

Principal Investigator

Funding: € 239.340,31


- Enhancing Smart GRIDS for Sustainability — ESGRIDS, Ref. POCI-01-0145-FEDER-016434, COMPETE 2020-Portugal, from 01-2017 to 12-2019 (ongoing).

Coordinator at C-MAST/UBI (WP4 Leader)

Funding: € 2.106.839,05


- Techno-Economic Optimization of Electric Generation Systems based on Renewable Energies in the Iberian Electricity Market, Ref. ENE2013-48517-C2-1-R, MINECO-Spain, from 06-2014 to 05-2017 (concluded successfully).

Coordinator at UBI

Funding: € 31.000,00


- Smart and Sustainable Insular Electricity Grids Under Large-Scale Renewable Integration — SINGULAR, Grant Agreement No: 309048, FP7-EU, from 12-2012 to 11-2015 (concluded successfully).

Primary Coordinator

Funding: € 5.259.445,00


- Assessment of Risk and Uncertainty in Large-Scale Integration of Distributed Generation and Demand-Side Management towards a Sustainable and Smart Grid, Ref. PTDC/EEA-EEL/118519/2010, FCT-Portugal, from 02-2012 to 01-2015 (concluded successfully).

Principal Investigator

Funding: € 133.000,00


- Weather Intelligence for Renewable Energies, Ref. WIRE, COST Action ES1002, European Science Foundation, from 03-2011 to 11-2014 (concluded successfully).

Coordinator at UBI


- Optimal Operations Planning of Hydro Energy Systems in Competitive Environment, Ref. E-162/12, CRUP/MICINN-Spain, from 01-2012 to 12-2013 (concluded successfully).

Principal Investigator

Funding: € 10.000,00


- Optimal Scheduling and Offering Strategies for Power Producers considering a Mixed Generation Portfolio, Uncertainty and Risk-Management, Ref. PTDC/EEA-EEL/110102/2009, FCT-Portugal, from 01-2011 to 12-2013 (concluded successfully).

Principal Investigator

Funding: € 89.500,00


- Open Field Laboratory for Certification of Small Wind Generators, Ref. 555687/2010-4, CNPq/MCT-Brazil, from 10-2010 to 07-2013 (concluded successfully).

Coordinator at UBI

Funding: € 152.290,00


- Intelligent Monitoring, Control and Security of Critical Infrastructure Systems, Ref. IntelliCIS, COST Action IC0806, European Science Foundation, from 03-2011 to 05-2013 (concluded successfully).

Coordinator at UBI



Academic Activities 


Supervision of Visiting Scientists (PhD holders who have scientific curricula of high merit, equivalent to Assistant Professor)  [1]


- Investigation on renewable energy integration and emerging resources in electricity markets, Visiting Scientist, Assist. Prof. eq. Dr. M. Shafie-khah, UBI, 08-2018 (concluded successfully).


Supervision of post-doctoral fellows  [17]


- A multi-stage optimization framework for energy management system considering demand response programs, post-doctoral fellow, Dr. M.S. Javadi, INESC TEC, 05-2020 (expected conclusion date).


- Demand response study considering end-users’ behavior for a sustainable smart grid, post-doctoral fellow, Dr. G.J. Osório, UBI, 01-2019 (concluded successfully).


- Optimization of grid planning and operation based on new reconfiguration strategies to improve reliability under smart grids development, post-doctoral fellow, Dr. S.F. Santos, UBI, 01-2019 (concluded successfully).


- Investigation on energy management systems and alternative converter interfaces to promote integration of renewable generation systems, post-doctoral fellow, Dr. E.M.G. Rodrigues, UBI, 07-2018 (concluded successfully).


- Coordination of existing and emerging flexibility options for sustainable and integrated energy systems, post-doctoral fellow, Dr. D.Z. Fitiwi, UBI, 01-2018 (concluded successfully).


- New business models in demand side and related regulation changes on wholesale energy and reserve markets equilibrium, post-doctoral fellow, Dr. M.Y. Damavandi, UBI, 07-2017 (concluded successfully).


- Energy optimization under demand response programs through advanced control techniques, post-doctoral fellow, Dr. R. Godina, UBI, 07-2017 (concluded successfully).


- Biomass thermochemical conversion technologies and derived fuels development, post-doctoral fellow, Dr. L.J.R. Nunes, UBI, 02-2016 (concluded successfully).


- Competitive operation of distribution networks containing renewables and energy storage systems, post-doctoral fellow, Dr. A.W. Bizuayehu, UBI, 11-2015 (concluded successfully).


- Analysis of generation flexibility thresholds and probabilistic model during wind power curtailments in power systems, post-doctoral fellow, Dr. S.M. Martínez, UBI, 09-2015 (concluded successfully).


- Study of plug-in electric vehicle – demand response aggregator’s behaviour in electricity markets, post-doctoral fellow, Dr. M. Shafie-khah, UBI, 09-2015 (concluded successfully).


- New strategies of renewable energies and storage systems to offer energy competitively in electricity markets, post-doctoral fellow, Dr. A.A.S. de la Nieta, UBI, 07-2015 (concluded successfully).


- Optimal generation scheduling in power systems with high integration of renewable power sources, post-doctoral fellow, Dr. J.M. Lujano-Rojas, UBI, 01-2015 (concluded successfully).


- Mitigation of non-dispatchable source variations with controllable loads, smart self-scheduling and demand response strategies, post-doctoral fellow, Dr. O. Erdinc, UBI, 01-2015 (concluded successfully).


- Control strategies for the stable operation of distributed generation units in smart grids, post-doctoral fellow, Dr. E. Pouresmaeil, UBI, 01-2015 (concluded successfully).


- Robust control and optimization of distributed generation based smart micro-grids, post-doctoral fellow, Dr. S.R. Mohanty, UBI and Cie3-IST, 10-2012 (concluded successfully).


- Study of grid-connected wind energy conversion systems considering new power converters and new control strategies, post-doctoral fellow, Dr. R. Melício, UBI and Cie3-IST, 03-2012 (concluded successfully).


Supervision of theses  [66]


PhD  [21]


- Using blockchain to enable transactive energy markets, PhD, M.B. Gough, FEUP, 07-2022 (expected conclusion date).


- Developing demand response tools in the multi-energy systems environment, PhD, M.V. Ghavidel, FEUP, 07-2022 (expected conclusion date).


- Cloud-based decentralized demand response using optimal prosumer scheduling, PhD, M. Lotfi, FEUP, 07-2021 (expected conclusion date).


- The importance of cross-border tertiary balance reserves in electrical systems with high renewable integration, PhD, P.M.S. Frade, IST, 06-2020 (expected conclusion date).


- A control technique for the large-scale integration of distributed generation into the power grids, PhD, M. Mehrasa, UBI, 06-2019 (concluded successfully).


- Investigation on electricity market designs enabling demand response and wind generation, PhD, N. Hajibandeh, UBI, 06-2019 (concluded successfully).


- Stochastic management framework of distribution network systems featuring large-scale variable renewable energy sources and flexibility options, PhD, M.R.M. Cruz, UBI, 06-2019 (concluded successfully). 


- Optimal demand response strategy in electricity markets through bilevel stochastic short-term scheduling, PhD, S. Talari, UBI, 04-2019 (concluded successfully).


- Planning of power distribution systems with a high penetration of renewable energy sources using stochastic optimization, PhD, S.F. Santos, UBI, 07-2017 (concluded successfully).


- Sustainable distribution network planning considering multi-energy systems and plug-in electric vehicles parking lots, PhD, N. Neyestani, UBI, 10-2016 (concluded successfully).


- Modeling a cooperation environment for flexibility enhancement in smart multi-energy industrial systems, PhD, M.Y. Damavandi, UBI, 07-2016 (concluded successfully).


- Enhancing the efficiency of electricity utilization through home energy management systems within the smart grid framework, PhD, T.D.P. Mendes, UBI, 07-2016 (concluded successfully).


- Smart operation of transformers for sustainable electric vehicles integration and model predictive control for energy monitoring and management, PhD, R. Godina, UBI, 07-2016 (concluded successfully).


- Reserve services provision by demand side resources in systems with high renewables penetration using stochastic optimization, PhD, N.G. Paterakis, UBI, 12-2015 (concluded successfully).


- Energy storage systems and grid code requirements for large-scale renewables integration in insular grids, PhD, E.M.G. Rodrigues, UBI, 12-2015 (concluded successfully).


- Forecasting tools and probabilistic scheduling approach incorporating renewables uncertainty for the insular power systems industry, PhD, G.J. Osório, UBI, 07-2015 (concluded successfully).


- Using biomass as an energy alternative to the sustainability and competitiveness of Portuguese industry, PhD, L.J.R. Nunes, UBI, 07-2015 (concluded successfully).


- Contribution of cable losses in the investment analysis on efficient electrical equipment, PhD, J.A. Lobão, UBI, 04-2015 (concluded successfully).


- Optimal scheduling and offering strategies for hydro and wind power producers considering uncertainty and risk, PhD, H.M.I. Pousinho, UBI, 12-2012 (concluded successfully).


- Lightning protection of wind energy systems, PhD, R.B. Rodrigues, UBI, 01-2011 (concluded successfully).


- Dynamic models of grid-connected wind energy conversion systems, PhD, R. Melício, UBI, 07-2010 (concluded successfully).


MSc  [45]





Publications  [783]


Total citations from Google Scholar: more than 10025 (h-index: 52; i10-index: 218).

Citations by others: more than 5710 from Scopus (h-index: 38) and more than 4625 from Web of Science (h-index: 38).


Books  [5]


- L.J.R. Nunes, J.C.O. Matias, J.P.S. Catalão, "Torrefaction of Biomass for Energy Applications: From Fundamentals to Industrial Scale", ACADEMIC Press (ELSEVIER), London, UK, ISBN: 978-0-12-809462-4, November 2017.


- J.P.S. Catalão (ed.), Smart and Sustainable Power Systems: Operations, Planning and Economics of Insular Electricity Grids, CRC Press (TAYLOR & FRANCIS), Boca Raton, Florida, USA, ISBN: 978-1-4987-1212-5, June 2015.


- L.J.R. Nunes, J.C.O. Matias, J.P.S. Catalão, A Biomassa em Portugal: Fator de Competitividade e Sustentabilidade (in Portuguese), SÍLABAS & DESAFIOS, Faro, Portugal, ISBN: 978-989-99310-2-2, June 2015.


- J.P.S. Catalão (ed.), Proceedings of the 11th IASTED European Conference on Power and Energy Systems, ACTA Press, Napoli, Italy, ISBN: 978-0-88986-924-0, June 2012.


- J.P.S. Catalão (ed.), Electric Power Systems: Advanced Forecasting Techniques and Optimal Generation Scheduling, CRC Press (TAYLOR & FRANCIS), Boca Raton, Florida, USA, ISBN: 978-1-4398-9394-4, March 2012.

            Translated edition (Simplified Chinese), China Machine Press, Beijing, China, ISBN: 978-7-111-42436-9, January 2014.


Book Chapters  [38]




Articles in International Journals  [305]




Articles in National Journals  [9]




Papers in International Conference Proceedings  [394]




Papers in National Conference Proceedings  [18]




Technical Reports  [14]





Other Scientific Achievements


Theses  [2]


- J.P.S. Catalão, "New methodologies for optimization of hydrothermal power systems" (in Portuguese), PhD Thesis, UBI, December 2006.


- J.P.S. Catalão, "Short-term operational planning of hydroelectric power systems" (in Portuguese), MSc Thesis, IST, December 2003.


Patents  [2]




Short Courses And Seminars  [2]


- Organizer of the Seminar: "The growing need to manage the wind power production" (in Portuguese), UBI, May 2009.


- Organizer of the Seminar: "Challenges and opportunities in the energy sector in Portugal" (in Portuguese), UBI, May 2009.


Keynote And Invited Lectures  [12]


- Plenary Speaker, "Topic TBD", UPEC 2020 — 55th International Universities Power Engineering Conference (technically co-sponsored by IEEE), Torino, Italy, 2020.


- Keynote Lecture, "Decarbonisation of energy systems on geographical islands", AUPEC 201929th Australasian Universities Power Engineering Conference (technically co-sponsored by IEEE), Fiji, November 2019.


- Invited Lecture, "Towards a greener and smart grid: Insular grids perspective using novel tools", UPEC 2016 — 51st International Universities' Power Engineering Conference (technically co-sponsored by IEEE), Coimbra, Portugal, September 2016.


- Invited Lecture, "Integration of renewable generation in isolated systems”, in Risk Management in Power Systems: from Theory to Practice Course of EES-UETP — Electric Energy Systems University-Enterprise Training Partnership, Porto, Portugal, June 2016.


- Keynote Lecture, "Optimal operation and planning of insular power systems towards a sustainable and smart grid", SEGE’15 — IEEE International Conference on Smart Energy Grid Engineering, Oshawa, Canada, August 2015.


- Keynote Lecture, "Maximizing renewable energy sources penetration in European islands", PowerEng 2015 — 5th International Conference on Power Engineering, Energy and Electrical Drives (technically co-sponsored by IEEE), Riga, Latvia, May 2015.


- Keynote Lecture, "Smart and sustainable insular electricity grids: from forecasting to operations and planning", ICREPQ´15 — International Conference on Renewable Energies and Power Quality, La Coruña, Spain, March 2015.


- Invited Lecture, "Large-scale integration of renewable energy in island grids” (in Portuguese), National Workshop of Electromechanical Engineering, Covilhã, Portugal, February 2015.


- Keynote Lecture, "Large-scale renewable integration on insular electricity grids", AUPEC 201424th Australasian Universities Power Engineering Conference (technically co-sponsored by IEEE), Perth, Australia, September/October 2014.


- Keynote Lecture, "Operating Spanish and Portuguese power grid with significant wind: dynamics and control challenges”, 11th International Workshop on Large-Scale Integration of Wind Power into Power Systems, Lisbon, Portugal, November 2012.


- Invited Lecture, "Research in electric power systems for sustainability and competitiveness” (in Portuguese), Portuguese National Laboratory for Energy and Geology (LNEG), Lisbon, Portugal, December 2010.


- Invited Lecture, "Optimization in run-off river systems", 3rd International Workshop on Hydro Scheduling in Competitive Electricity Markets, Oslo, Norway, June 2008.


Sessions Chair  [22]




Technical Committees  [1]


- IASTED Technical Committee Member, Energy and Power Systems, period 2007-2012.


Theses Committees  [92]




Awards and Recognitions  [39]





Other Contributions


Conferences Chair and Organizer  [10]


- General Co-Chair, SEST 2020 — 3rd International Conference on Smart Energy Systems and Technologies (technically co-sponsored by IEEE PES, IEEE IES and IEEE IAS), Istanbul, Turkey, 2020.



- Organizer of the Special Session on “Data-Driven Operation of IoT-Enabled Microgrid”, IECON 2019 — 45th IEEE Annual Conference of the Industrial Electronics Society, Lisbon, Portugal, 2019.


- General Chair, SEST 2019 — 2nd International Conference on Smart Energy Systems and Technologies (technically co-sponsored by IEEE PES, IEEE IES and IET), Porto, Portugal, 2019.


- Organizer of the Special Session on “Industrial Informatics Applications for Transportation Electrification towards a Smarter Grid”, INDIN 2018 — 16th IEEE International Conference of Industrial Informatics, Porto, Portugal, 2018.


- Technical Chair, SEST 2018 — International Conference on Smart Energy Systems and Technologies (technically co-sponsored by IEEE IES), Sevilla, Spain, 2018.

Proceedings available at:


- Track Co-Chair (Energy Infrastructures and Batteries), AUTOMOTIVE 2017 — International Conference of Electrical and Electronic Technologies for Automotive (technically co-sponsored by IEEE), Torino, Italy, 2017.


- Track Chair (Sustainable Development, Energy Harvesting and Storage), IEEE EmergiTech 2016 Conference, Mauritius, 2016.


- Organizing Committee Chair, 3rd IGREENGrid-SiNGULAR-SuSTAINABLE Global Joint Conference (covering energy storage, forecasting, generation curtailment, demand side management, voltage control, scalability & replicability topics), Caparica, Portugal, 2015.


- Track Chair (Sustainable Engineering, Energy and Environment; Power Electronics and Power Systems), IEEE AFRICON 2013 Conference, Mauritius, 2013.


- General Chair, EuroPES 2012 — 11th IASTED European Conference on Power and Energy Systems, Napoli, Italy, 2012.


Conference Committees  [161]




Editorial Committees  [31]






Research Centre reviews  [1] 


- Marine Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI) - The Science Foundation Ireland Centre for Marine Renewable Energy Research

2019, 1 review


Project reviews  [36]  


- Research Council of Norway

2012, 2 reviews; 2010, 2 reviews; 2008, 2 reviews


- Research Grant Council of Hong Kong

2013, 1 review; 2011, 2 reviews


- American University of Beirut, Lebanon

2013, 1 review



2015, 2 reviews


- United Arab Emirates University

2016, 1 review


- FCT-China

2016, 1 review


- Croatian Science Foundation

2017, 1 review; 2012, 1 review


- Research Foundation Flanders

2017, 1 review


- Czech Science Foundation

2017, 1 review


- Chilean National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research

2017, 1 review


- Estonian Research Council

2019, 7 reviews; 2018, 3 reviews; 2017, 1 review; 2016, 3 review; 2015, 2 reviews


- Israeli Ministry of Science and Technology

2018, 1 review


Book reviews  [4]       



2016, 1 review


- Springer

2016, 1 review


- Elsevier

2016, 1 review


- Wiley-IEEE Press

2011, 1 review


Award reviews  [10]


- International Basil Papadias Award

2017, 3 reviews; 2015, 3 reviews; 2011, 3 reviews; 2009, 1 review


Journal reviews  [555]   112 Journals




Conference reviews  [875]   205 Conferences





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