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Youwei JIA--Associate Professor

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Dr Youwei Jia’s main research areas are energy management in intelligent microgrid, security analysis for renewables embedded complex power grids, and artificial intelligence and its applications in power engineering. Dr Jia joined Hong Kong RGC Theme-based Research Scheme project in 2015, and constructed the first-of-its-kind smart microgrid platform in Hong Kong. In recent years, Dr Jia has published more than 40 high-quality journal/top conference papers. He regularly serves as reviewer for more than 20 top journals including IEEE Trans. on Power Systems, Smart Grid, etc.


Doctor of Philosophy: 2011-2015, Dept. of Electrical Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Visiting PhD: 2014, School of Electrical and Information Engineering, The University of Sydney, Australia

Bachelor: 2007-2011, College of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Wu Yuzhang Honorary College, Sichuan University, China

Working Experiences

2024-present: Associate Professor at Dept. of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology, China

2018-2024: Assistant Professor at Dept. of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology, China

2015-2018: Postdoctoral Fellow at Dept. of Electrical Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Research Introduction

Dr Jia’s research interests include:

Security analysis for complex power grids;

Intelligent microgrid operation and energy management;

New energies and grid-integrated technologies;

Artificial intelligence and its application on power engineering

Transportation electrification

Awards & Honors

2019, Best Reviewer Award, IEEE Trans. on Smart Grid

2019, Overseas High-level Talent (Peacock Plan), Shenzhen, China

2018, Best Poster Award, Hong Kong Theme-based Research Project

2015, Best Paper Award (2nd Prize), IEEE Region 10 Postgraduate Paper Contest

2014, Top Five Best Algorithm Award, Competition on Application of Modern Heuristic Optimization algorithms for Solving Optimal Power Flow Problems. Organizer: IEEE PES Working Group on Modern Heuristic Optimization Intelligent Systems Subcommittee, & Power System Analysis, Computing, and Economic Committee.


[1] Xue Lyu#, Youwei Jia#, Zhao Xu, Jacob Østergaard,“Mileage-responsive Wind Power Smoothing”, IEEE Transaction on Industrial Electronics vol. 67, no. 6, pp. 5209-5212, June 2020. (SCI indexed)
[2] Xu Xu, Youwei Jia*, Yan Xu, Zhao Xu, Songjian Chai, Chun Sing Lai, “A Multi-agent Reinforcement Learning based Data-driven Method for Home Energy Management”, IEEE Transaction on Smart Grid, 2020. (SCI indexed)
[3] Youwei Jia, Meng Ke, Zhao Xu, “N-k Induced Cascading Contingency Screening”, IEEE Transaction on Power Systems, 30.5 (2015): 2824-2825. (SCI indexed)
[4] Youwei Jia, Zhao Xu, “A Direct Solution to Bi-objective Partitioning Problem in Electric Power Network”. IEEE Transaction on Power Systems, 32.3 (2017): 2481-2483. (SCI indexed)
[5] Youwei Jia, Zhao Xu, Loi Lei Lai, Kit Po Wong, “Risk based Power System Security Analysis Considering Cascading Contingency”. IEEE Transaction on Industrial Informatics, 12.2 (2016): 872-882. (SCI indexed)
[6] Youwei Jia, Zhao Xu, Zhao Yang Dong, David Hill, “Adaptive Partitioning Approach to Self-Sustained Smart Grid”, IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution, 11.2 (2017): 485-494. (SCI indexed)
[7] Youwei Jia, Zhao Xu, Siu-Lau Ho, Zhao Yang Dong, “A hybrid approach for k-way partitions in smart grid based on Laplacian spectrum and self-organizing map”. (Best paper award/Awarded as 2nd Prize in IEEE Region 10 2014/15 Postgraduate Paper Contest)
[8] Youwei Jia, Chun Sing Lai, Zhao Xu, “A Spectral Clustering based Approach of Forecasting Uncontrolled Separation in Power Transmission Network”, Electric Power Component and Systems. Accepted in 2017 (SCI indexed)
[9] Youwei Jia, Yang Gao, Zhao Xu, Kit Po Wong, Loi Lei Lai, Yusheng Xue, Zhao Yang Dong, David J. Hill, “Powering China’s Sustainable Development with Renewable Energies: Current Status and Future Trend”, Electric Power Components and Systems, 43.8-10 (2015): 1193-1204. (SCI indexed)
[10] Youwei Jia, Xue Lyu, Chun Sing Lai, Zhao Xu, Minghua Chen, “A retroactive approach to microgrid real-time scheduling in quest of perfect dispatch solution”, Journal of Modern Power Systems and Clear Energy, 2019. (SCI indexed)
[11] Youwei Jia, Xue Lyu, Zhao Xu, Minghua Chen, “A Novel Retrospect-inspired Regime for Microgrid Real-time Energy Scheduling with Heterogeneous Sources”, IEEE Transaction on Smart Grid (under 2nd round reviewed)
[12] Nan Sheng, Youwei Jia, Zhao Xu, Siu-Lau Ho, Chi Wai Kan, “A Complex Network Based Model for Detecting Isolated Communities in Water Distribution Networks”, Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science, 23.4 (2013): 043102. (SCI indexed)
[13] Chun Sing Lai, Youwei Jia, Malcolm D. McCulloch, Zhao Xu, “Daily Clearness Index Profiles Cluster Analysis for Photovoltaic System”, IEEE Transaction on Industrial Informatics. DOI: 10.1109/TII.2017.2683519 (SCI indexed)
[14] Chun Sing Lai, Youwei Jia, Malcolm D. McCulloch, Zhao Xu, Loi Lei Lai, Kit Po Wong, “A Comprehensive Review on Large-Scale Photovoltaic and Electrical Energy Storage”, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews. 78, 439-451. (SCI indexed)
[15] Chunxue Zhang, Youwei Jia, Zhao Xu, Loi Lei Lai, “Optimal PMUs Placement Considering Estimation Uncertainty and Voltage Controllability”. IET Generation, Transmission and Distribution. (SCI indexed)
[16] Chun Sing Lai, Youwei Jia, Zhao Xu, Loi Lei Lai, Malcolm D. McCulloch, “Operation Regime and Levelized Cost of Electricity for an off-grid hybrid Photovoltaic/Biogas System with Partial Charge-discharge cycling of Graphite/LiCoO2 Lithium Ion Battery”, Energy Conversion and Management. (SCI indexed)
[17] Xue Lyu, Youwei Jia, Zhao Xu, “A Coordinated Control Scheme for Multiple DFIGs Load Sharing Considering Wake Interaction”, IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. (SCI indexed)
[18] Songjian Chai, Zhao Xu, Youwei Jia, “Optimal Conditional Probabilistic Density Forecast of Electricity Price based on Ensemble ELM and Logistic EMOS”. IEEE Transaction on Smart Grid. (SCI indexed)
[19] Weicong Kong, Zhao Yang Dong, Youwei Jia, David J. Hill, Yan Xu, and Yuan Zhang. "Short-term residential load forecasting based on LSTM recurrent neural network." IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, 10, no. 1 (2017): 841-851. (SCI indexed)
[20] Xue Lyu, Jian Zhao, Youwei Jia, Zhao Xu, and Kit Po Wong. "Coordinated control strategies of PMSG-based wind turbine for smoothing power fluctuations." IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, 34, no. 1 (2018): 391-401. (SCI indexed)

Recruitment Announcement

I am constantly looking for self-motivated postgraduate students and postdocs who are majoring in electric power system, power electronics, artificial intelligence or applied mathematics.

Various research positions are now available to apply, including research assistant professor, research fellow and research assistant. The salary will be comparable to international standards.

Interested candidates are welcome to contact me with your CV.

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