Janusz Bialek

Professor, Director of the Skoltech Center for Energy Systems
Center for Energy Systems

Education: MEng and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Warsaw University of Technology in 1977 and 1981, respectively.

Employment record:
1981-1989  Lecturer, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland.
1989 – 2002 Lecturer and Senior Lecturer, Durham University, UK.
2003 – 2009 Bert Whittington Chair of Electrical Engineering, the University of Edinburgh, UK.
2009 – 2013 Chair of Electrical Power and Control, Durham University
2013 – 2014 DONG Energy Chair of Renewable Energy, Durham University
since 2014 Director of Center for Energy Systems, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology

External appointments:
2000 Visiting Professor, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL)
2001 secondment to National Grid, UK
2007 Honorary Professor, Heriot-Watt University, UK
2008 Visiting Professor, Hong Kong University
2012 DECC/EPSRC Science Policy Fellow, Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), UK Government

Fellow of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) “for contributions to transmission pricing and power system dynamics”. IEEE is the world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology.

Selected external activities
since 1990s, reviewer for top energy journals, both engineering and economics
since 1990s, member of Technical Committees of major power engineering conferences including Power System Computation Conference, IEEE PowerTech, IEEE Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Europe and other
since 2007 – member of the Dispute Resolution Panel for the Single Electricity Market Operator, Ireland.
2007-2011 member of Advisory Board of Electricity Policy Research Group, Cambridge University.
2012 Guest Editor of a special issue “Risk and reliability modelling of energy systems”, Journal of Risk and Reliability (Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Part O.
2014 Technical Chair of Probabilistic Methods Applied to Power Systems (PMAPS)

Industrial experience and consultancies
Non-executive independent Director of KEGOC, Kazakhstan National Grid Company. Consultant to the UK government, International Energy Agency, European Commission, Scottish Government, Elexon, Polish Power Grid Company, Scottish Power and Enron. (Details on request)

Research profile
Generally, Janusz’s research deals with achieving stable, secure, sustainable and economic supply of electricity while meeting the challenges of reducing CO2 emissions – please see his interview in 17 October 2011 edition of New Statesman. His particular expertise is technical and economic integration of renewable generation in the power system, smart grids, preventing of electricity blackouts and power system dynamics. His main engineering background is in power systems but his research is interdisciplinary in nature and he collaborates closely with economists, statisticians, mathematicians, physicists, social scientists and computer scientists. Although Janusz is mainly interested in tackling long-term fundamental research problems, and as such his research used  to be primarily funded by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) of the UK, he also works regularly with transmission and distribution network operators, government agencies, and consultancies.

2 books, 2 chapters in books, 8 published reports and about 150 research papers including nearly 50 academic journal papers. The publications have attracted about 3400 citations according to Google Scholar. His two seminal sole-authored papers on electricity tracing have attracted about 1200 citations according to Google Scholar.

  • power system analysis
  • power system economics
  • power system dynamics
  • technical and economic integration of renewables in power systems
  • smart grids
  • blackouts and their prevention

Recent research grants

Ministry of Education and Science (MES), Russian Federation: “Distribution grid dynamics, stability and control”, 2014-2017, 24M Rubles.

Projects funded by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) of the UK:

  • Principle Investigator (PI) of “Preventing wide-area blackouts through adaptive islanding of transmission networks“, 2009-2013. This £1.1M consortium involving also Edinburgh and Southampton was funded from EPSRC Energy Challenges in Complexity Science call
  • Co-Investigator (Co-I) of “Energy storage for low-carbon grids” (2012-2016) awarded in a prestigious Grand Challenges in Energy Storage call. This £5M interdisciplinary project led by Imperial College involves power engineers, economists, chemists and material scientists from 9 universities to address, in an integrated manner, all aspects of the Grand Challenge in Integrating Energy Storage into Future Energy Networks.
  • CoI of “The Autonomic Power System” project awarded in a prestigious EPSRC Grand Challenges in Networks call (2011-2015). This is a large (£3.4M) interdisciplinary project undertaken in collaboration with Strathclyde, Imperial College, Manchester, Cambridge and East Anglia
  • PI for Durham of “High Energy And Power Density (HEAPD) Solutions to Large Energy Deficits”, submitted in response to the India / UK Smart Grids Call, 2014-2018. The project involves collaboration with Bath (lead), Cardiff, and four Indian Institutes: Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR), Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IITK), Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD), Malaviya National Institute of Technology (MNIT) Jaipur.
  • Co-I of “Development and Evaluation of Sustainable Technologies for Flexible Operation of Conventional Power Plants”, 2013-2018. This £4.6M Durham-led consortium includes Cambridge, Oxford, Edinburgh and Leeds with the aim to accelerate progress towards achieving operational excellence for flexible, efficient, controllable, safe and environmentally sustainable thermal power plants.
  • PI for Durham University of “Pumped Thermal Electricity Storage” (2012-2016). This project is aimed at investigating a novel storage technology that uses a high temperature-ratio heat pump to convert electrical energy into thermal energy. The project is led by Cambridge University and includes Imperial College.
  • PI for Durham of “Coarse geometry and cohomology of large data sets” project awarded in Maths Underpinning Digital Economy and Energy call (2011-2015). The proposal came first in the Digital Economy panel. This is an interdisciplinary project  undertaken in collaboration with mathematicians in Southampton
  • Co-I of “Mathematical foundations for energy networks: buffering, storage and transmission” project awarded in Maths Underpinning Digital Economy and Energy call (2011-2015). The proposal came first in the Energy panel. This is an interdisciplinary project undertaken in collaboration with mathematicians in Cambridge and Heriot Watt
  • PI of initially Edinburgh (and then Durham) involvement in SuperGen “Flexible Networks” consortium (FlexNet), 2007-2011. The consortium included top UK universities and most of UK Distribution Network Operators.
  • PI of Edinburgh involvement in SuperGen 5 “Asset Management and Performance in Energy Networks” (AMPerES) consortium, 2006-2010. The consortium included top UK universities of and most of UK Distribution Network Operators.
  • PI of Edinburgh involvement in “AURA-NMS Autonomous Regional Active Network Management System (AURA-NMS)”, 2006-2009. This smart-grids consortium included 6 UK universities with industrial support provided by ScottishPower, EdF and ABB.
  • PI of Edinburgh involvement in EPSRC project “Smart Grid Oscillation Management for a Changing Generation Mix”,2006-2008.
  • PI for Edinburgh of SuperGen 1 “Future Network Technologies” consortium, 2003-2007, £317k. The consortium involved the following universities: Edinburgh, Imperial College, Cambridge, Manchester, Strathclyde, Birmingham, Bath, de Montfort.

Janusz has been also involved in the following projects funded by the industry and governments:

  • Co-I on £54M “Customer-led Network Revolution” project awarded by Ofgem in Low Carbon Network Fund initiative (2011-2014). The UK’s biggest smart grid project is in the forefront of the move towards a low-carbon economy. 14,000 homes and businesses, mostly in the North East and Yorkshire, is involved in this innovative £54 million project, helping us to find ways for customers to reduce both their energy costs and carbon emissions in the years to come.
  • Co-I of “Investigating the Role of Energy Storage Systems in Smart Grids” project awarded in 2010 by Electricity North West
  • Co-I of “Risk Limiting Dispatch” funded by Electrical Power Research Institute (EPRI), USA, 2009-2011. The aim was to develop an integrated scheduling system that accommodates the new information capabilities of Smart Grids. The project involved Professor Felix Wu of Hong Kong University and Professor Pravin Varaya of University of California, Berkeley.
  • Co-I of “Matching Renewable Electricity Generation with Demand“, 2004-5. The study was commissioned by the Scottish Government to determine whether Scotland could meet its target for electricity being supplied from renewable resources. The study involved comprehensive survey of on- and off-shore wind, wave and tidal resources in Scotland
  • PI of “Identification of parameters of synchronous machine”, funded by EPRI, 2001-2
  • PI of “Real and Reactive Power Tracking: Proof of Concept and Feasibility Study”,funded by EPRI, 1999
  • PI of “Decentralized Damping of Power Swings: Feasibility Study”,  funded by EPRI, 1999


  1. M. Pollit, J.W. Bialek; chapter “Electricity Network Investment and Regulation for a Low Carbon Future”in”Delivering a low-carbon electricity system. Technologies, economics and policy”, Cambridge University Press, 2008.
  2. J. Machowski, J.W. Bialek, J.R. Bumby;”Power system dynamics: stability and control”, J. Wiley &Sons, 2008
  3. J.W. Bialek, S. Ziemianek; chapter in”Problems in Electric Power Systems”,PolishAcademyof Science , 2002 (in Polish)
  4. J.W. Bialek, J. Machowski, J.R. Bumby;”Power system dynamics and stability “, J. Wiley & Sons, 1997


J. W. Bialek et al. “Benchmarking and Validation of Cascading Failure Analysis Tools”, IEEE Trans. Power Systems, in print.

E. Loukarakis, C. Dent, J. W. Bialek: “Decentralized Multi-Period Economic Dispatch for Real-Time Flexible Demand Management”, IEEE Transactions Power Systems, IEEE Trans. Power Systems, Vol. 31, No. 1, January 2016

J. Quirós-Tortós, R. Sánchez-García, J. Brodzki, J. Bialek, V. Terzija “Constrained spectral clustering-based methodology for intentional controlled islanding of large-scale power systems”, IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution, Vol. 9, No. 1, 2015

E. Loukarakis, J. W. Bialek, Chris J. Dent: “Investigation of Maximum Possible OPF Problem Decomposition Degree for Decentralized Energy Markets”, IEEE Trans. Power Systems, Vol. 30, No. 5, Sept. 2015

S. Guo, S. Norris, J. W. Bialek: “Adaptive Parameter Estimation of Power System Dynamic Model Using Modal Information” IEEE Trans. Power Systems, Vol. 29, No. 6, 2014.

J. Brodzki, J. Bialek, R. Sanchez-Garcıa, M. Fennelly, S. Norris, N. Wright, G. Niblo: “”Hierarchical Spectral Clustering of Power Grids”, IEEE Trans. Power Systems, Vol. 9, No. 5, 2014.

A. Orths, J. Bialek, M. Callavik, J. De Decker, G. Grøtterud, A. Hiorns, F. van Hulle, S. Klinge, W. Musial, and K. Rudion: “Connecting the dots”, IEEE Power and Energy Magazine, Nov./Dec. 2013.

K. Neuhoffa, , J BarquinbJ W. BialekcR BoydaC. J. Dentc, , F EchavarrenbT. Graua, C. von HirschhausenadB. F. HobbseF. KunzaC. NabefG. PapaefthymioufC WebergH. Weigt: “Renewable electric energy integration: Quantifying the value of design of markets for international transmission capacity”, Energy EconomicsVolume 40, November 2013.

P. McNabb, D. Wilson, J. W. Bialek: “Classification of Mode Damping and Amplitude in Power Systems using Synchrophasor Measurements and Classification Trees”, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, 29(2), 2013.

Eager, D.; Hobbs, B. F.; Bialek, J. W. “Dynamic Modeling of Thermal Generation Capacity Investment: Application to Markets With High Wind Penetration” IEEE Trans. Power Systems., Vol. 27, No. 4, November 2012

Varaiya, P.P., Wu, F. F., Bialek, J. W.: “Smart Operation of Smart Grid: Risk-Limiting Dispatch”, Proceedings of the IEEE, Vol. 99, No. 1, January 2011.

C. Dent, B. Hobbs, J. W. Bialek: “Opportunity Cost Bidding by Wind Generators in Forward Markets: Analytical Results” IEEE Trans. Power Systems., Vol. 26, No. 3, August 2011.

C. Dent, J. W. Bialek: “Non-iterative Method for Modelling Systematic Data Errors in Power System Risk Assessment” IEEE Trans. Power Systems, Vol. 26 (1), Feb. 2011.

C. Achayuthakan, C.J. Dent, J.W. Bialek, and W. Ongsakul: “Electricity Tracing in Systems with and without Circulating Flows: Physical Insights and Mathematical Proofs”, IEEE Trans. Power Systems, vol. 25, No. 2, 2010.

C.J. Dent, L.F. Ochoa, G.P. Harrison, J.W. Bialek: “Efficient Secure AC OPF for Network Generation Capacity Assessment”, IEEE Trans Power Systems, vol 25, no 1, p 575-583, February 2010

Z. Lubosny, J. W. Bialek: “Analytical derivation of PSS parameters for generator with static excitation system” Acta Energetica, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2009.

A. Keane, Q. Zhou, J. W. Bialek, M. O’Malley: “Planning and Operating Non-Firm Distributed Generation” IET Proc. Renewable Power Generation, Vol. 3, Issue 4, 2009.

J. Machowski, J.W. Bialek;”Energy-function based damping of power swings by shunt FACTS devices using phasor measurements “, Electrical Power Systems Research,79, pp. 39-48, 2008

Z. Lubosny, J.W. Bialek;”Supervisory Control of a Wind Farm”, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems,22, 2, 2007

P. Vovos, J.W. Bialek;”A combinational mechanism for generation capacity and network reinforcement planning”, IET Proc. on Generation, Transmission and Distribution,7, 3, 2007

Z. Lubosny, J.W. Bialek;”Energy Storage Control To Reduce Power Fluctuations”, Archives of Energetics,37, 2007, (in Polish)

Q. Zhou, J.W. Bialek;”Generation curtailment to manage voltage constraints in distribution networks”, IET Proc. Generation Transmission Distribution,1, 3, 2007

Douglas Wilson, J.W. Bialek, Z. Lubosny;”Banishing blackouts”, IEE Power Engineering Journal, April/May 2006

P. Vovos, J.W. Bialek;”Impact of Fault Level Constraints on the Economic Operation of Power Systems”, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems,24, 4, 2006

J.W. Bialek;”Lights out?”, IEE Power Engineer, August/September, 2005

S. Parkpoom, G.P. Harrison, J.W. Bialek;”Climate and weather uncertainty in the electricity industry”, International Energy Journal,6, 1, June 2005

P. Vovos, J.W. Bialek;”Optimal Placement of Reactive Power Compensation Banks for the Maximization of New Generation Capacity”, International Journal of Emerging Electric Power Systems,4, 1, 2005

S. Paszek, A. Bobon, J. Kudla, J.W. Bialek;”Parameter estimation of the mathematical model of a generator, excitation system and turbine”, Przeglad Elektrotechniczny,81, 11, pp. 7-12, 2005

Q. Zhou, J.W. Bialek;”Approximate Model of European Interconnected System as a Benchmark System to Study Effects of Cross-Border Trades”, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems,20, 2, pp. 782-788, 2005

P. Vovos, J.W. Bialek;”Direct Incorporation of Fault Level Constraints in Optimal Power Flow as a Tool for Network Capacity Analysis”, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems,20, 4, 2005

P. Vovos, G.P. Harrison, A.R. Wallace, J.W. Bialek;”Optimal Power Flow as a tool for fault level constrained network capacity analysis”, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems,20, 2, 2005

P. Kattuman, J.W. Bialek, R. Green;”Allocating electricity transmission costs through tracing: a game-theoretic rationale”, Operations Research Letters,32, 2004

J.W. Bialek;”Are blackouts contagious?”, The Utilities Journal, March 2004

J.W. Bialek,S. Ziemianek, A.R. Wallace;”A Methodology for Allocating Transmission Losses Due to Cross-Border Trades”, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems,19, 3, 2004

M. Januszewski, J. Machowski, J.W. Bialek;”Application of direct Lyapunov method to improve damping of power swings by control of UPFC”, IEE Proceedings on Generation, Transmission and Distribution,151, 2, 2004

J.W. Bialek;”Are blackouts contagious?”, IEE Power Engineer, December/January 2004

T. Limpasuwan, J.W. Bialek, W. Ongsakul, B. Limmeechokchai;”A proposal for transmission pricing methodology in Thailand based on electricity tracing and long-run average incremental cost”, Energy Policy,32, 2004

J.W. Bialek, P. Kattuman;”Proportional sharing assumption in tracing methodology”, IEE Proceedings on Generation, Transmission and Distribution,151, 4, 2004

T. Limpasuwan, J.W. Bialek, W. Ongsakul, B. Limmeechokchai;”A proposal for annual power fee in Thailand based on electricity tracing methodology”, Electrical Power Systems Research,64, pp. 219-226, 2003

J.W. Bialek, M. Hartley, S. Topping;”Average Zonal Transmission Losses”, IEE Power Engineer, October/November, 2003

J.W. Bialek;”Gaming the uniform price spot market – quantitative analysis”, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems,17, 3, pp. 768-773, 2002

J. Machowski, A. Smolarczyk, J.W. Bialek;”Damping of power swings by control of braking resistors”, International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems,23, pp. 539-548, 2001,

Machowski, J., Robak, S., Bialek, J.W, Bumby, J.R, Abi-Samra, N: “Decentralized stabilizing control of synchronous generators” IEEE Trans. Power Systems, 15, No. 4, November 2000, pp. 1336-1344. Erratum.

J. Machowski, S. Robak, J. W. Bialek, J. R. Bumby: “Excitation control system for synchronous generator”IEE Proc. Generation, Transmission and Distribution,145, September 1998, pp. 537-546.

J. W. Bialek “Allocation of transmission supplementary charge to real and reactive loads”IEEE Trans.on Power Systems,13, No.3, August 1998, pp. 749-754.

J. W. Bialek “Elimination of merchandise surplus due to spot pricing of electricity”IEE Proc. Gen. Transm. Distrib.,144, September 1997, pp. 399-405.

J. W. Bialek  “Topological generation and load distribution factors for supplement cost allocation in transmission open access”IEEE Trans.on Power Systems, 12, August 1997, pp. 1185-1193.

J. W. Bialek ‘Tracing the flow of electricity’IEE Proc. Gen. Transm. Distrib., 143, pp. 313-320, July 1996.

J. W. Bialek, D.J. Grey ‘Application of clustering and factorisation tree techniques for the parallel solution of sparse network equations‘,IEE Proc. Generation, Transmission and Distribution,141, No.4, 1994, pp. 609-616.

J. W. Bialek ‘Modified algorithm of the revised simplex method applied to power system state estimation’, Int. J. Electrical Power and Energy Systems,8, No.4, October 1986, pp. 236-240.

J. W. Bialek ‘Modified power-to-current measurement transformation for power system state estimation’, Int. J. Electrical Power and Energy Systems,6, No.4, October 1984, pp. 195-202.

J. W. Bialek ‘Topological error determination in power system state estimation’,Przegląd Elektrotechniczny,60, No.10, October 1984,  pp. 13-15 (in Polish)

  • Fellow IEEE
Priyanko Guha Thakurta
Research Scientist
Anna Sharova
Junior Research Scientist

Power Markets and Regulation

ФИО: Биалек Януш Витольд

Занимаемая должность (должности): Профессор, Директор ЦНИО

Преподаваемые дисциплины: Электроэнергетические рынки и регулирование

Ученая степень: Доктор технических наук 1981, кандидат технических наук 1977, Варшавский технологический университет, Польша

Ученое звание (при наличии): нет

Наименование направления подготовки и/или специальности: Электромеханика

Данные о повышении квалификации и/или профессиональной переподготовке (при наличии): нет

Общий стаж работы: 35 лет

Стаж работы по специальности: 35 лет