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Dr Julio Braslavsky

Principal Research Scientist


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Dr Julio H. Braslavsky is a principal research scientist specialised in mathematical modelling, analysis and control of dynamic systems. His research applies theoretical and numerical methods to optimise the integration of renewable electricity generation and energy storage in low-voltage electricity grids.

Electricity grids are experiencing an unprecedented transformation being driven by technological advances in wind and solar electricity generation and storage. While these emerging technologies and associated services are key for a low emission economy, the rapid growth of their share in the energy mix may introduce serious power security and reliability problems in legacy grid-control mechanisms.

Dr Braslavsky investigates strategies for an efficient transition to safer, more secure and reliable low emission electricity in the future. He was the research and knowledge sharing lead for the project Advanced Voltage Control, led by SA Power Networks in partnership with the CSIRO and Future Grid, with funding from the South Australian Demand Management Trials Program. He also coordinated the technology and capability review for the cooperative research centre RACE for 2030 Opportunity Assessment Project Theme N2: Low voltage network visibility and optimising DER hosting capacity.

Prior to joining CSIRO in 2010, Dr Braslavsky was a research academic with the University of Newcastle, Australia, and held research appointments with the National Research Council of Argentina, the University of California at Santa Barbara, and the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium.

Dr Braslavsky has published one scholarly book, two scholarly book chapters, and more than 100 papers in scientific journals and conferences. He is internationally recognised for his work on the modelling and control of ensembles of flexible electric loads, the stabilisation of feedback systems over communication channels, and the analysis of fundamental limitations in filtering and control design.

Current Roles

  • Principal investigator, research program manager
    Research and knowledge sharing activities for the SA Demand Management Trial Advanced Voltage Control project led by SA Power Networks

  • Capability Review Stream Lead
    RACE for 2030 Opportunity Assessment Project Theme N2: Low voltage network visibility and optimising DER hosting capacity

Academic Qualifications

  • 1996

    PhD (Electrical Engineering), The University of Newcastle, Australia

  • 1989

    Electronic Engineer (equivalent Masters), National University of Rosario, Argentina

Professional Experiences

  • 2011-present

    Conjoint Senior Lecturer, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, The University of Newcastle, Australia.

  • 2008-2010

    Research Academic and Program Leader (Industrial Control and Optimisation), Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Complex Dynamic Systems and Control. The University of Newcastle, Australia.

  • 2002-2007

    Research Academic and Project Leader (Optimisation-Based Operator Guidance, in partnership with BHP Billiton), Centre for Complex Dynamic Systems and Control, The University of Newcastle, Australia.

  • 2001-2004

    Research Fellow (Investigador Adjunto), Argentina National Council for Scientific Research and Technology (CONICET). Project: Performance of Nonlinear Control Systems.

  • 1999-2002

    Associate Professor, Department of Science and Technology, Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, Argentina.

  • 1998-1999

    Research Academic at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of Newcastle, Australia.

  • 1997-1998

    Visiting Researcher at the Center for Control Engineering & Computation (CCEC), Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA.

  • 1996-1996

    Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Systems Engineering, Automatics and Applied Mechanics (CESAME), Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium

  • 1995-1996

    Research Associate at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of Newcastle, Australia.

Achievements and Awards

  • 2015

    W.R. Ahern Award to the best technical paper published in Ecolibrium
    Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH)

  • 2014

    2014 Australian Control Conference Best Student Paper Award to Rahmat Heidari (PhD student), for the paper “Ultimate boundedness of droop controlled microgrids with secondary loops”, by R. Heidari, M. Seron, and J.H. Braslavsky.
    Australian Control Conference

  • 2013

    Elected to the grade of Senior Member of the IEEE, in recognition of professional standing for 10 years demostrating 5 years of significant performance.
    Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2017-present

    Alternate Australian delegate, International Energy Agency (IEA) Implementing Agreement for a Co-operative Programme on Smart Grids (ISGAN)

  • 2017-present

    Volunteer for the ASSETS (Aboriginal Summer School for Excellence in Technology and Science) program

  • 2017-present

    Member of the Energy Science Committee, Quality and Metrics

  • 2017-present

    Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology

  • 2016-2016

    Associate Editor for the IEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies – Asia Conference, Melbourne, November 28 December 1, 2016.

  • 2014-present

    Volunteer for the Scientists & Mathematicians in Schools (SMiS) Program

  • 2013-2013

    Associate Editor at Large, 52nd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control

  • 2013-present

    Senior Member, IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)

  • 2010-2014

    Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control


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