Youwei JIA--Assistant 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 on 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. He has done significant research on high uncertainty involved energy management and intelligent control for small-scale microgrids. In recent years, Dr Jia has published more than 30 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 (Supervisor: Prof Zhao Xu)

Visiting PhD: 2014, School of Electrical and Information Engineering, The University of Sydney, Australia (co-supervisor: Prof Joe Dong)

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

Working Experiences

2018-present: Assistant Professor at Dept. of Electrical and Electronic 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

Awards & Honors

2018, Best Poster Award, “Energy Day”, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

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

2014, Best Paper Award (3rd Prize), IEEE Hong Kong Section 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.

2011, PhD Full Scholarship, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

2011, Outstanding Graduate Award, Sichuan University, Ch


[1] Youwei Jia, Meng Ke, Zhao Xu, “N-k Induced Cascading Contingency Screening”, IEEE Transaction on Power Systems, 30.5 (2015): 2824-2825. (SCI indexed)

[2] 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)

[3] 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)

[4] 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)

[5] 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)

[6] 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)

[7] 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)

[8] Youwei Jia#, Nan Sheng#, 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. (Youwei Jia and Nan Sheng are co-first authors) (SCI indexed)

[9] 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)

[10] 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)

[11] Chunxue Zhang, Youwei Jia, Zhao Xu, Loi Lei Lai, “Optimal PMUs Placement Considering Estimation Uncertainty and Voltage Controllability”. IET Generation, Transmission and Distribution. Accepted in 2017 (SCI indexed)

[12] 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. Accepted in 2017 (SCI indexed)

[13] Youwei Jia, Yufei He, Xue Lyu, Songjian Chai, Zhao Xu, Minghua Chen, “Hardware in the Loop Implementation of Residential Intelligent Microgrid”, in Power and Energy Society General Meeting, Portland, OR, US, IEEE, 2018

Recruitment Announcement

I am constantly looking for self-motivated graduate students and postdocs who are majoring in electric power system and power electronics.

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.

Contact Information

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