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Professor Victor Becerra

Professor of Power Systems Engineering

Victor Becerra


I completed my undergraduate studies in Electrical Engineering at Simon Bolivar University, Venezuela, in 1990. Between 1989 and 1991, I was employed as an electrical engineer at C.V.G. Edelca, a hydro power generation and transmission company, focussing in the areas of power systems stability analysis, control systems design, and electromagnetic transient analysis. In 1991, I started my PhD studies at City University, London, in the area of control engineering, which I completed in 1994. This was followed by a period of five years employed as a post-doctoral research fellow at City University funded by the EPSRC, working in the areas of optimal control and state estimation.

In 2000, I joined the University of Reading as a Lecturer, where I worked as an academic for a period of almost 16 years at the School of Systems Engineering, becoming a Professor of Automatic Control in 2012. Between 2011 and 2012, I was seconded at the Ford Motor Company in Dunton, Essex, with funding by the Royal Academy of Engineering, where I developed methods for the calibration of gasoline engine oil temperature dynamic models. I commenced my current position at Portsmouth in December 2015.

Research Interests

My current research interests consider a range of issues related to electrical power systems, as well as the methods and applications of automatic control. These interests include control of power systems,  energy storage and its integration to power grids, smart grids, computational optimal control, nonlinear control, state estimation, and robotics.  During my career I have received research funding from the EPSRC, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the European Space Agency, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, UK industry, and the EU.

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