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MerlindaAndoni PhotoMerlinda Andoni is a second-year PhD student in the Smart Systems Group at the Institute of Sensors, Signals and Systems (ISSS). She also works as a Research Associate for the EPSRC funded National Centre for Energy Systems Integration (CESI), a project that aims to unravel the energy network and understand future supply and demand. Merlinda received her 5-year Diploma degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering (with a specialisation in Energy) at the National Technical University of Athens, Greece in 2010. Her diploma thesis developed a control strategy for wind turbine participation in the primary load-frequency control. Afterwards, she worked for several years as an energy consultant for renewable and hybrid energy investment projects and a portfolio of over 140 MW of RES projects. She then returned to study at Heriot-Watt University and was awarded an MSc in Renewable Energy and Distributed Generation with Distinction and a special prize for the best student performance in all taught postgraduate degrees within the Engineering & Physical Sciences School, in 2015.

She is currently working towards a PhD degree in Smart Grid Management and Renewable Energy at Heriot-Watt University which aims to explore artificial intelligence and game-theoretic techniques to actively manage electricity networks with increased penetration of renewable generation, under the supervision of Dr. Valentin Robu. Her research is about generation curtailment, a crucial issue for renewable generators installed in remote areas of Scotland, such as Orkney and Shetland, where renewable generation is high and the network capacity is inadequate to transfer the energy where required. She has participated in several national and international conferences and workshops, such as the 24th International Conference & Exhibition on Electricity Distribution (CIRED 17’), the 15th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 16’), the IEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT Europe 16’), the International Workshop on Complex Negotiations (ACAN 16’), the International Workshop on Issues with Deployment of Emerging Agent-based Systems (IDEAS 16’) and the 2016 ETP annual conference. She was awarded the ‘best paper award’ presented at ACAN 16’ and was nominated for the Academic Award in the Young Professionals Green Energy Awards 2017. She is a student member of IET and IEEE.

Publication list:

[1] Andoni, M., Tang, W., Robu, V. & Flynn, D. Data analysis of battery storage systems. In 24th International Conference & Exhibition on Electricity Distribution (CIRED 17’), 2017.

[2] Andoni, M., Robu, V., Fruh, W-G., & Flynn, D. Game-theoretic modeling of curtailment rules and network investments with distributed generation. Applied Energy, 201, 174-187., 2017, DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2017.05.035

[3] Andoni, M., Robu, V., & Fruh, W-G. Game-theoretic Modeling of Curtailment Rules and their Effect on Transmission Line Investments. In Proceedings of the IEEE Power Engineering Society 6th Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Europe Conference IEEE., 2016.

[4] Andoni, M., & Robu, V. Using Stackelberg Games to Model Electric Power Grid Investments in Renewable Energy Settings. In International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (pp. 127-146). Springer International Publishing, 2016.

[5] Andoni, M., & Robu, V. Game-theoretic modeling of transmission line reinforcements with distributed generation. In Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (pp. 1291-1292), 2016.