• The University of Durham (UDUR)   

The University of Durham (UDUR) is a collegiate research university in Durham, North East England, United Kingdom. It was founded by an Act of Parliament in 1832 and granted a Royal Charter in 1837. It was one of the first universities to open in England for more than 600 years and has a claim towards being the third oldest university in England. The University of Durham is ranked 6th in the U.K. (The Times and Sunday Times, 2014), and 80th in the World 'Top-100' University (THE World Rankings 2013).


The University of Durham is a member of the Russell Group of UK universities after previously being a member of the 1994 Group. Durham University is also affiliated with several university groups including the N8 Research Partnership and the Matariki Network of Universities.​​​​


  • Heriot-Watt University (HWU)

Heriot-Watt University (HWU) is located in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. Its history can be tracked to the School of Arts of Edinburgh established in 1821, which is the first mechanics institute in the world. It is the 8th oldest higher education institution in the UK. HWU is one of the UK’s leading universities for business and industry and has a reputation for innovative education, enterprise and leading edge research in science, business, engineering and design. In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) in 2014, the joint submission by Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh in General Engineering is ranked as No. 1 in the UK. Recently, smart grid research at Heriot-Watt was further enhanced by the award of the newly established UK Centre of Energy System Integration (CESI). Overall, CESI is a £20M investment from public and private sector (with £5M contribution from EPSRC), which will take a systems overview of the UK energy network. Some of the academics involved in this proposal (such as Dr. Robu) are co-investigators in CESI.  



  • Institute of Communications and Computer Systems (ICCS)

The Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS) is a private law body associated with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). ICCS has been established in 1989 by the Ministry of Education in order to carry research and development activities in the fields of telecommunication systems and computer systems and their applications in a variety of applications, such as electric power systems, software and hardware engineering, control systems and biomedical engineering. ICCS R&D staff of ICCS consists of 40 members of staff of NTUA, 20 additional senior researchers and 120 research students. The Electric Energy Systems (EES) Laboratory of NTUA has been actively involved in research in the areas of Power System Analysis, Planning and Control, Renewable Energy Sources (RES).


  • Hellenic Telecommunications Organization S.A (OTE)

The Hellenic Telecommunications Organization S.A. (OTE), member of the Deutsche Telekom (DT) Group of Companies, is the incumbent telecommunications provider in Greece. OTE offers its customers a wide range of technologically advanced services such as high-speed data communications, mobile telephony, internet access, infrastructure provision, multimedia services, leased lines, maritime and satellite communications, telex and directories. OTE’s vision is to rank among the largest telecommunications companies in Europe, and through its international investments (mainly in the area of South-Eastern Europe), now addresses a potential customer base of 60 million people, making OTE the largest telecommunications provider in SE Europe. OTE’s R&D Department is involved in almost all technological and infrastructural issues, and is an active participant in many EU and international collaborative projects. OTE’s current R&D activities include broadband technologies and services, next generation network architectures, infrastructure development etc., following to the actual challenges for the development of a fully competitive network infrastructure & a portfolio of innovative services/facilities.



  • DotX Control Solutions (DotX)

DotX Control Solutions (DotX) develops tailor made solutions to challenging measurement and control problems. The company has developed advanced control solutions for wind turbine manufacturers, power grid system owners, steel producers, and chemical companies.


  • Institute of Electrical Engineering of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

As a national scientific research center, CAS focuses on high-tech and cutting-edge R&D in electrical engineering. CAS is engaged in a wide range of research activities aimed at improving the technical level of power generation and electrical equipment manufacturing, and developing emerging high-tech industries. CAS lays emphasis on innovation in electrical engineering and cross-disciplinary work between electrical engineering and other areas.



  • China Electric Power Research Institute (CEPRI)

China Electric Power Research Institute (CEPRI), established in 1951, is a multi-disciplinary and comprehensive research institution in China’s electric power sector as well as a subsidiary research institute of the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC). CEPRI is active in a broad variety of research areas relevant to electric science and business, including power generation, transmission, and distribution, power supply and utilization, information and communication technology, etc.


  • Sun Yat-sen University (SYU)

Sun Yat-sen University (SYU) was founded in 1924 by Dr. Sun Yat-sen (also called Sun Zhongshan), a great democratic revolutionary leader of the 20th century. Being one of the leading universities in China, SYU is a comprehensive multi-disciplinary university, including the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, technical sciences, medical sciences, pharmacology and management sciences. The University has successfully built international cooperation and exchange relationships with many top universities in the world. According to the Times Higher Education World University Ranking for 2010-2011, SYU was ranked in the top 200 in the world.