João P. S. Catalão, IEEE Fellow    



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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

- Power System Economics and Electricity Markets

- Distributed Renewable Generation

- Demand Response and Smart Grid

- Multi-Energy Carriers





- IEEE, Fellow, since 01-2022.

- 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 07-2021 (concluded successfully).

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 12-2020 (concluded successfully).

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  [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  [19]




Supervision of PhD theses  [21]




Supervision of MSc theses  [60]




Supervision of students with project grants  [12]




International collaborations within research projects  [14]





Publications  [1002]


Books  [4]




Book Chapters  [43]




Articles in International Journals  [508]




Papers in International Conference Proceedings  [447]





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]




Articles in National Journals  [9]




Papers in National Conference Proceedings  [18]




Book (in Portuguese)  [1]




Technical Reports  [14]




Keynote, Plenary and Invited Lectures  [14]


- Keynote Speaker, "Unlocking Demand Response Potential", APET 2022 — 2022 Asia Power and Electrical Technology Conference (technically co-sponsored by IEEE), Shanghai, China, 2022.


- Keynote Speaker, "Singular Landmark for the Energy Transition on EU Islands", ICPSE 2021 — 10th International Conference on Power Science and Engineering (technically co-sponsored by IEEE), Istanbul, Turkey, 2021.


- Plenary Speaker, "Towards Higher Renewables Penetration in Insular Power Systems", 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  [26]




Theses Committees  [105]




Awards and Recognitions  [75]





Other Contributions


Conferences Chair and Organizer  [13]


- Honorary Chair, SEST 2021 — 4th International Conference on Smart Energy Systems and Technologies (technically co-sponsored by IEEE PES, IEEE IES, IEEE IAS and IEEE PELS), Vaasa, Finland, 2021.

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- Track Co-Chair (Energy, Water, and Waste), ISC2 2020 — 6th IEEE Annual International Smart Cities Conference, Virtual Conference, 2020.


- Track Co-Chair (Smart Grid Technologies and Applications), IEEE CPE - POWERENG 2020 — 14th International Conference on Compatibility, Power Electronics and Power Engineering, Setúbal, Portugal, 2020.


- 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.

   Proceedings available at: 


- 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.

   Proceedings available at:


- 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.

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- 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  [192]




Editorial Committees  [46]






Research Centre reviews  [1] 


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

2019, 1 review


Expert on a Referee Panel  [87] 


- Research Council of Norway

2022, 29 review; 2021, 27 review; 2020, 31 reviews


Project reviews  [43]  


- 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


- Israeli Ministry of Science and Technology

2018, 1 review


- Estonian Research Council

2020, 1 review; 2019, 7 reviews; 2018, 3 reviews; 2017, 1 review; 2016, 3 review; 2015, 2 reviews


- Dutch Research Council

2020, 1 review


- Swiss National Science Foundation

2020, 1 review


- Luxembourg National Research Fund

2021, 1 review


- National Science Centre Poland

2022, 1 review


- King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia

2022, 1 review


- Independent Research Fund Denmark

2022, 1 review


Post-doctoral fellowship applications reviews  [2]    


- European Science Foundation

2021, 2 reviews


Book reviews  [6]       



2016, 1 review


- Springer

2016, 1 review


- Elsevier

2020, 2 reviews; 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  [560]   114 Journals




Conference reviews  [890]   210 Conferences





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