People

This page gives an overview of the people active in the C-DAX project including their biographies and roles in the project.

Frans Campfens MSc has a master degree in Business Telecommunication and a solid background in microelectronics and ICT. In the last 26 years he was primarily involved in the utility industry as a project manager with a wide range of subjects including telecommunication, ICT and AMR. During the last 17 years he was involved in smart metering projects. He was one of the leading forces in the Dutch NTA standardization and is an international recognized specialist in this knowledge area. Currently he is developing the area of AMR towards the structures and communication requirements for Smart Grids. He is a member of the DLMS UA, Convener of IEC TC57-61850 and Chairman of the Dutch Data Infrastructure platform, member of the Dutch Domotica platform (home automation) and initiator and former Chairman of the Energy Service Network Association ESNA.

Frans works mainly on work package 5 (Laboratory Experiments and Field Trial).

Partner: Alliander

Herman Bontius BSc has his education in Electrotechnical Engineering and Telecommunication. He has 20 years of engineering and consultancy experience in requirements analysis, innovation and development of Datacommunication Solutions mainly for Power utilities. Currently he is a Consultant working on requirements analysis, architecture and specification of communication and related grid solutions for monitoring, protection and control.

Herman is WP lead for work package 5 (Laboratory Experiments and Field Trial)

Partner: Alliander

Robin Hagemans MSc has his education in Industrial Automation and Business Administration. He has 15 years of experience in coordinating and developing of Industrial Solutions, upscale of technical systems and architecture development. He has been in several Business and Operational management positions all with focus on Development of Industrial Systems and Telecommunications. Currently he is a Senior Strategy Consultant in the IT work field with focus on the Energy Transition Domain.

Robin is the PI for Alliander within C-DAX.

Partner: Alliander

Wilfred Smith BSc has his education in Mechanical Engineering, Energy technology. In addition, he has studied Strategic Marketing on the School of Management, University of Groningen, He has more than 25 years’ experience in various positions such as Project specialist, Project manager and Manager. Currently he is a Project Manager at Alliander, Energy Consulting with focus on the Energy Transition Domain and innovation projects in relation to smart grids and smart societies.

Wilfred works mainly on work package 5 (Laboratory Experiments and Field Trial).

Partner: Alliander

Florian Heimgärtner received his German diploma in computer science (Dipl.-Inform.) from the University of Tübingen/Germany in 2012. Since then, he is a junior researcher and PhD student at the Chair for Communication Networks at the University of Tübingen/Germany. His current research interest is smart grid, information-centric networking, data center networks, and grid and cloud computing.

Florian works on work packages 3 (C-DAX Infrastructure Design and Prototype Implementation) and 4 (Validation and Performance Evaluation).

Partner: Eberhards Karl Universität Tübingen

Michael Hoefling is a researcher and PhD student at the Chair for Communication Networks at the University of Tübingen/Germany since 2010. He holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in computer science from the University of Umeå/Sweden, and a German diploma in computer science (Dipl.-Inform.) from the University of Würzburg/Germany. In 2008, he was member of the research group "Grid Infrastructure Research and Development" (GIRD) at the University of Umeå/Sweden, working on data placement services and issues in grid computing environments. Thereafter, he joined the research group “Next Generation Networks” (NGN) at the Chair of Communication Networks at the University of Würzburg/Germany from 2008 to 2010, focusing on future Internet addressing and routing. He was author and co-author of papers in the area of future internet routing, published in top journals such as IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications and IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials. His current research interests include current and future Internet addressing and routing, as well as smart grid, information-centric networking, data center networks, and grid and cloud computing.

Michael is WP lead for work package 4 (Validation and Performance Evaluation).

Partner: Eberhards Karl Universität Tübingen

Prof. Dr. Michael Menth leads the Chair of Communication Networks in the Department of Computer Science at EKUT since 2010. Before, he has been studying Computer Science at Wuerzburg (Germany), Austin (TX, USA), and Ulm (Germany), receiving a Diploma, a PhD, and a habilitation degree. He worked on the following topics that are relevant for this project and published results in first-tier conferences and journals like ACM Sigcomm, IEEE Infocom, IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Networking, and IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking: future Internet architectures [AppendixA.6], traffic modelling [AppendixA.4], capacity provisioning [AppendixA.1], hash-based load balancing [AppendixA.3], resilience analysis [AppendixA.5] and optimization [AppendixA.7] of communication networks, simulative and analytical performance modelling of new control mechanisms for the Internet [AppendixA.8], and performance measurement and modelling of publish-subscribe servers [AppendixA.2]. He contributed to the standardization of the Internet in IETF, received various scientific awards for innovative work, and holds multiple international patents. He collaborated over many years closely with multiple industrial partners and was actively involved in various European projects such as COST-257, COST-279, Euro-NGI, Euro-FGI, and Euro-NF.

Michael Menth is the PI for Eberhards Karl Universität Tübingen within C-DAX.

Partner: Eberhards Karl Universität Tübingen

Prof. Dr. Mario Paolone is associate Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland where he holds the EOS Holding Chair of the Distributed Electrical Systems laboratory. His research interests are in the area of power systems, with particular reference to real-time monitoring and operation of active distribution networks, power systems protections, dynamics and transients. He is (co-)author of more than 140 publications published in international journals and conferences; secretary and member of IEEE and Cigré Working Groups (IEEE Std 1410, Cigré WGs C4.402, C4.409, C4.410, C4.501 and C4.503) and member the technical program committees of international conferences in the area of power systems (Power Systems Computation Conf., Int. Conf. on Power Systems Transients).

Prof. Mario Paolone is the PI for the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne within C-DAX.

Partner: École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Paolo Romano was born in Italy in 1987. He received his BSc and MSc degree (with honors) in electronics engineering from the University of Genova, Italy, in 2008 and 2011, respectively. Since December 2011 he is a Ph.D. student at the Distributed Electrical System Laboratory (DESL) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. His current research interests refer to the development of synchrophasor estimation algorithms and to their integration into advanced Phasor Measurement Units for the real-time monitoring of Active Distribution Networks. He is also doing research in the field of time-synchronization applied to power system monitoring.

Paolo mainly works on the integration of PMUs in C-DAX and use case 2 'Pervasive Synchrophasor Deployment at MV Level', within work package 5 (Laboratory Experiments and Field Trial)

Partner: École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Dr. Rachid Cherkaoui is senior scientist and head of the EPFL Power System group. His research expertises are in the fields of optimization and simulation techniques applied to electrical transmission and distribution systems. Presently the main research topics of his group are concentrated on distributed generation and storage with reference to distribution systems, smart grids, and power system vulnerability mitigation.

Dr. Rachid Cherkaoui is strongly involved in the research activities on the RT state estimation processes within work package 5 (Laboratory Experiments and Field Trial).

Partner: École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Styliani Sarri was born in Larisa, Greece, in 1986. In 2011 she graduated in Electrical and Computers Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh), Thessaloniki, Greece.
In 2011, she joined the Distributed Electrical System Laboratory (DESL) at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland, where she is pursuing the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering. Her current research interests include distribution network monitoring, state estimation and real-time operation of electrical grids with special reference to power distribution networks.

Styliani mainly works on the power systems applications of C-DAX with particular reference to real-time network monitoring and state estimation, within work package 5 (Laboratory Experiments and Field Trial)

Partner: École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Teklemariam Tsegay Tesfay received his BSc and MSc in Computer Science and Engineering from Mekelle Institute of Technology, Ethiopia (2007) and his MSc from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (2009), respectively. Since 2011, he has been working on smart grid security towards a PhD at the Laboratory for Communications and Applications (LCA2) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland.

Teklemariam mainly works on the integration of PMUs in C-DAX and use case 2 'Pervasive Synchrophasor Deployment at MV Level', within work package 5 (Laboratory Experiments and Field Trial).

Partner: École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Prof. Dr. Chris Develder received the M.Sc. degree in computer science engineering and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Ghent University (Ghent, Belgium), in July 1999 and December 2003 respectively. From Oct. 1999 to Dec. 2003, he has been working in the Dept. of Information Technology (INTEC), at the same university, as a Researcher for the Research Foundation—Flanders (FWO), in the field of network design and planning. From Jan. 2004 to Aug. 2005, he worked for OPNET Technologies, on transport network design and planning. In Sep. 2005, he re-joined INTEC as a post-doctoral researcher, and as a post-doctoral fellow of the FWO since Oct. 2006. In Oct. 2007 he obtained a part-time, and since Feb. 2010 a fulltime associate professorship at Ghent University. He was and is involved in national and European research projects (IST David, IST Phosphorus, IST E-Photon One, BONE, IST Alpha, IST Geysers, etc.). His research interests include dimensioning, modeling and optimizing optical (Grid) networks and their control and management, smart grids, as well as multimedia and home network software and technologies.

Chris Develder is the PI for iMinds within C-DAX.

Partner: iMinds

Kevin Mets received the M.Sc. degree in Computer Science from Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium, in 2009. He is currently working at the research group IBCN of the Dept. of Information Technology (IN- TEC) at Ghent University – iMinds, Ghent, Belgium, where he is working toward the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science. His research interests include smart grids, optimization, communication networks, and demand side management algorithms for electric vehicles.

Kevin works on the validation of C-DAX for use case 3 'Retail Energy Transactions' in work package 4 (Validation and Performance Evaluation)

Partner: iMinds

Dr. Matthias Strobbe received his M. Sc. degree in Computer Science Engineering from Ghent University, Belgium, in July 2004. As of August 2004, he started working as research engineer affiliated with the Department of Information Technology of Ghent University - iMinds. In 2006, he started a Ph.D. about software architectures for support of context aware services which was finished in 2011. Since then he is working as project coordinator and postdoctoral researcher in the domain of smart energy grids in the same department.

Matthias is WP lead for WP6 (Dissemination, Exploitation and Contribution to Standardization).

Partner: iMinds

Prof. Dr. Peter Van Daele obtained a PhD in Electrical Engineering in 1988 at the Ghent University. From 1984 he worked as a permanent member of staff from IMEC at the Department of Information Technology (INTEC) of the Ghent University and since 2010 responsible for part of the research activities at the INTEC associated laboratory to IMEC. Since April 1st 1993 he became part time professor at Ghent University and since 2004 he is also involved in iMinds, Flanders' digital research center and business incubator, established by the Flemish government. He was and is directly responsible for several RACE, ACTS, ESPRIT, IST and ICT-projects both on a technological level as well as on a more coordinating level.

Peter Van Daele is author or co-author of about 400 publications. He was and is involved in the organization of some major conferences in the field, such as ECOC (European Conference on Optical Communications), SPIE Photonics Europe and he initiated in 2004 “BBEurope” (Broadband Europe), which brought together all players involved in Broadband for All in a yearly event until 2008.

From January 1st, 2015 Peter is the project lead for C-DAX.

Partner: iMinds

Stijn Melis graduated in 2006 as a Master in Computer Science, at Ghent University. Since then he has been working as a researcher at Ghent University, Department of Information Technology -- Internet Based Communication Networks and Services (IBCN). His research interests include design and implementation of distributed software architectures.

Stijn works on the implementation of the C-DAX software in WP3 (C-DAX Infrastructure Design and Prototype Implementation.)

Partner: iMinds

Augusto Mandelli is the European Energy Segment Manager at National Instruments Europe. He received a Master Degree in Telecommunication Engineering in 1992 from University of Rome “La Sapienza”. After a two years-long R&D experience in a major industry, he joined National Instruments. Throughout his carrier at NI he covered several roles in support, sales and sales management. He has been in charge of the Academic Relationship operations in Italy from 1998 to 2010. He has been appointed as European Big Physics and Scientific Research Segment Manager from 2011 to 2014, cooperating with the most relevant Research Institutions and Projects around Europe such as CERN, ITER, ELI, ELT, STFC, and more. He is currently in charge of the Energy Segment in Europe, focusing on application areas as Grid Automation, Smart Grid and Power Storage. He was a member at CERN of the FP7 Marie Curie PACMAN Supervisory Board. He is a member of INCOSE (www.incose.org).

From 1 January 2015 Augusto is the PI for National Instruments in C-DAX replacing Vidar Gronas. He is mainly involved in WP5 (Laboratory Experiments and Field Trial) and WP6 (Dissemination, Exploitation and Contribution to Standardization).

Partner: National Instruments

Jimmie Adolph has an M.Sc in Mechatronics from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. He started his career at National Instruments in 2001 as an application engineer and has had various technical positions at the company. From July 2011 Jimmie took the role as System Engineer Manager for NI Northern Region, supervising a team of highly skilled technical resources.

Jimmie mainly works on WP5 (Laboratory Experiments and Field Trial) assisting in the ingration of the PMUs of National Instruments in C-DAX.

Partner: National Instruments

Vidar Gronas has a B.Sc(Hons) Computation from the University of Manchester. He started as an application engineer in 1994 and has had several sales and management roles at NI, both in Norway and in the US. From 2001 until 2011 he managed the Norwegian branch office and today he is leading the European Energy Segment for NI.

Vidar mainly works on WP5 (Laboratory Experiments and Field Trial) assisting in the ingration of the PMUs of National Instruments in C-DAX.

Partner: National Instruments

Dr. Bárbara Vieira is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Digital Security group, Radboud University Nijmegen. She obtained her PhD degree in Computer Science from University of Minho, Braga, Portugal. She is involved on the security analysis of the use cases and the design and implementation of the security features of the CDAX architecture in WP2 and WP3. Her current research interests include information security, cryptography, and formal verification.

Bárbara works on the security aspects of C-DAX, within work packages 3 (C-DAX Infrastructure Design and Prototype Implementation) and 4 (Validation and Performance Evaluation).

Partner: Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen

Prof. Dr. Erik POLL (PhD TU Eindhoven, 1994; formerly at INRIA and the University of Kent at Canterbury) is Associate Professor specialising in software security, security protocols, and smartcard security and applications. He was responsible for the RUN contribution in the EU projects VERIFICARD, MOBIUS, ROBIN and is currently involved in the CHARTER project in the European ARTEMIS programme for embedded computing.

Erik is the PI for Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen in C-DAX.

Partner: Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen

Fabian van den Broek is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Digital
Security group, Radboud University Nijmegen. He is involved on the
security analysis of the use cases and the design and implementation of
the security features of the CDAX architecture in WP3. His current
research interests focus on the security of wireless communication
technologies, such as GSM, GPRS and UMTS, as well as the security and
privacy of smart grids.

Fabian works on the security aspects of C-DAX, within work packages 3 (C-DAX Infrastructure Design and Prototype Implementation) and 4 (Validation and Performance Evaluation).

Partner: Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen

Prof. Dr. George Pavlou holds the Chair of Communication Networks at the Dept. of Electronic & Electrical Engineering, UCL. Over the last 20 years he has undertaken and directed research in networking, network management and service engineering, having extensively published in those areas. He has contributed to ISO, ITU-T, IETF and TMF standardisation activities and has been instrumental in a number of key European and UK projects that produced significant results. He is currently the technical manager of the COMET project.

Prof. George Pavlou is the PI for UCL within C-DAX

Partner: University College London

Dr. Konstantinos V. Katsaros is a Research Fellow in the Dept. of Electronic & Electrical Engineering, UCL. He holds an MSc (Distinction) and PhD in Computer Science, both from Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece, in 2005 and 2010. He has been working as a research associate in a number of EU IST projects since 2005. His research interests include information-centric networking, cloud networking, mobile grid computing and content distribution/delivery over fixed and wireless networks.

Dinos works on WP3 (C-DAX Infrastructure Design and Prototype Implementation) and WP4 (Validation and Performance Evaluation)

Partner: University College London

Dr. Wei Chai is a Research Fellow in the Dept. of Electronic & Electrical Engineering, UCL. He holds an MSc (Distinction) in Communications, Networks and Software and PhD in Electronic Engineering both from University of Surrey, UK, in 2002 and 2008. He has been working as a research associate in a number of EU IST projects since 2007. His research interests include information-centric networking, QoS, resource optimisation and traffic engineering.

Wei leads work package 3 (C-DAX Infrastructure Design and Prototype Implementation).

Partner: University College London

Dr. Chang Ge is a research fellow at ICS (5GIC), University of Surrey. He received his PhD and MSc degree (both on Electronic Engineering) from University of Surrey in 2015 and 2010 respectively. He is currently working on EU FP7 C-DAX and EPSRC KCN projects. His research interests include information-centric networking, quality of experience management, and smart content caching and energy efficiency in next-generation wireless network.

Chang works on WP3 and WP5 of C-DAX. In WP3, he works on the implementation of a number of C-DAX features on topic management. In WP5, he is responsible for the deployment and testing of C-DAX software infrastructure in the field trial. 

Partner: University of Surrey

Dr. George Kamel is a postdoctoral research fellow in CCSR, University of Surrey. He obtained his PhD degree in Electronic Engineering from King’s College U.K. He is currently working in the FP7 COMET project which is related to the development of future information/data-centric network infrastructures. His current research interests include ICN, quality of service, and network mobility management.

George mainly works on the development of the C-DAX software within work package 3 (C-DAX Infrastructure Design and Prototype Implementation).

Partner: University of Surrey

Prof. Dr. Ning Wang is a Lecturer at the University of Surrey. He received his BEng (Honours) degree in Computer Science from the Changchun University of Science and Technology, P.R. China in 1996, his MEng degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, in 1999 and his PhD in Electronic Engineering from the University of Surrey in 2004, respectively. Prior to his appointment as a lecturer, he was a research fellow at UNIS working in the EU IST TEQUILA, MESCAL and AGAVE Projects. His research interests include information-centric networking, multicast communications, quality of service, energy efficiency, and reliability control in networked systems.

Ning Wang is the PI for University of Surrey within C-DAX.

Partner: University of Surrey

Dr. Yue Cao received his PhD degree in Electronic Engineering from University of Surrey, in May 2013. His main research interests focus on design, analysis and simulation of mobile wireless networks, QoS routing and congestion control in Delay/Disruption Tolerant Networks (DTNs) and Mobile Ad hoc NETworks (MANETs), Opportunistic routing in wireless mesh network, Smart Grid, Information Centric Networking. He has published 4 IEEE transactions and high quality conference papers.

Yue works mainly on the validation of C-DAX for use case 3 'Retail Energy Transactions' within work package 4 (Validation and Performance Evaluation)

Partner: University of Surrey