UPEC 2021

56th International Universities Power Engineering Conference
31 August - 3 September 2021
Teesside University, UK


Welcome to the 56th International Universities Power Engineering Conference, hosted by Teesside University. UPEC 2021 continues the long tradition of the UPEC conferences. These conferences host the scientific contributions presented by young researchers and PhD students who, together with experienced researchers and professors, discuss their research lines in the power engineering forum.

All papers accepted for UPEC2021 will be eligible for publication in our special issue for MDPI Electronics journal.

Important dates

  • Deadline for full paper submission: 7 May 2021
  • Notification for full paper acceptance: 4 June 2021
  • Final paper submission: 5 July 2021
  • Deadline for early registration discount: 12 July 2021

Conference themes

The organising committee welcome scholars and practitioners from around the globe to present and discuss the latest research and development ideas in the field of power engineering. Given the major challenges now facing the electrical power industry, and the energy sector in general, this conference provides an ideal opportunity to address some of these challenges. It also provides the opportunity to network and to meet the experts in these areas.

Subject areas covered include, but are not restricted to:

  • Power systems operations and control
  • Distributed generations
  • Renewable energy systems
  • Power systems, simulation and analysis
  • Smart grids
  • Integration of renewable sources
  • HVDC, FACTS and power electronics
  • Power quality
  • Electricity markets
  • Protection systems
  • Electromagnetics and electrostatics
  • Reliability analysis
  • ICT for future electricity grids
  • High voltage engineering
  • Electrical machines and drives
  • Electric vehicles and transport
  • Condition monitoring and diagnostics
  • Electrical services for buildings
  • Transient analysis and EMTP modelling
  • Power engineering education
  • Energy storage

Paper submission

Authors should submit full papers of up to six A4-sized pages, including figures, tables and references, prepared using the IEEE conference paper template. Paper format and editing is verified accurately during review. Before sending your paper, please check correctness of language, notation, measuring units and formats, legibility of figures and tables, and completeness of the indications in the references. The full papers are checked for similarity (the ones with high similarity are rejected without review). After the review, the papers with major revisions requested have to provide a letter of response to explain the changes introduced, and the final acceptance is decided on the basis of the final version and of the appropriateness of the responses.

All accepted papers require the presenting author to register at UPEC 2021. Papers accepted and presented in UPEC 2021 are published in the conference proceedings. Conference papers are eligible to be submitted to MDPI special edition of ‘electronics’ journal

Please note that a maximum of two papers can be presented at the conference by any participant.

English is used for all printed material as well as for presentations and discussions.

We understand that much research has been curtailed by the pandemic and we are anticipating that most papers will share simulation results. As long as this is new knowledge to add to the state of the art, we are encouraging you to submit and present this work at UPEC2021.

Please submit your papers here

Teesside and the region

Originally founded in 1930 as Constantine College, Teesside University has a proud history of over 90 years of excellence in education. Teesside University’s main campus is in the heart of Middlesbrough, a friendly industrial town in North-East England with all the shops, restaurants, cinemas, pubs, clubs, sports and museums you would expect - and an art gallery and bridge that are a little more surprising.

The town sits on the river Tees, close to the North York Moors national park and the beautiful Cleveland coast. The symbol of Middlesbrough’s industrial heritage is the Tees Transporter Bridge. This 102-year-old steel bridge is the longest of its kind remaining in the world.

Find out more

  • Professor Radu Porumb (UPEC 2019)
  • Professor Gianfranco Chicco (UPEC 2020)
  • Dr Gobind Pillai (UPEC 2021)
Name Role
Dr Gobind Pillai Chair
Dr Maher Al-Greer Co-chair/Programme Chair
Dr Gill Lacey Technical Activities/Publicity Chair
Neville Winter Sponsorship and Public Relations Chair
Dr Imran Bashir Finance Chair
Dr Musbahu Muhammad Publications Chair

The first recorded UPEC related event was a power systems academic research community meeting held in 1966 in Newcastle, UK. As an outcome of this meeting, the UPEC series formally began the following year, where it was hosted by the University of Glasgow and a first full set of proceedings was also then published. UPEC was originally established as a university-led conference series and has therefore always been hosted at universities both within and outside the UK. The first time UPEC was hosted outside the UK was in 1994 when it was hosted in Galway, Ireland. Since then UPEC has become more internationally established.

UPEC Year University Location Country
55th 2020 Politecnico di Torino Turin Italy
54th 2019 University Polytechnica of Bucharest Bucharest Romania
53rd 2018 Glasgow Caledonian University Glasgow Scotland, UK
52nd 2017 TEI of Crete Crete Greece
51st 2016 Coimbra Institute of Engineering Coimbra Portugal
50th 2015 Staffordshire University Stoke-on-Trent England, UK
49th 2014 Technical University of Cluj-Napoca Cluj-Napoca Romania
48th 2013 Dublin Institute of Technology Dublin Ireland
47th 2012 Brunel University West London England, UK
46th 2011 South Westphalia University Soest Germany
45th 2010 Cardiff University Cardiff Wales, UK
44th 2009 University of Strathclyde Glasgow Scotland, UK
43rd 2008 University of Padova Padova Italy
42nd 2007 University of Brighton West Sussex England, UK
41st 2006 Northumbria University Newcastle England, UK
40th 2005 University College Cork Cork Ireland
39th 2004 University of West England Bristol England, UK
38th 2003 Aristotle University Thessaloniki Greece
37th 2002 Staffordshire University Stafford England, UK
36th 2001 University of Wales Swansea Wales, UK
35th 2000 Queens University Belfast Belfast N. Ireland, UK
34th 1999 University of Leicester Leicester England, UK
33rd 1998 Napier University Edinburgh Scotland, UK
32nd 1997 University of Manchester Manchester England, UK
31st 1996 Technological Educational Institute Iraklion Greece
30th 1995 University of Greenwich London England, UK
29th 1994 University College Galway Galway Ireland
28th 1993 Staffordshire University Stafford England, UK
27th 1992 University of Bath Bath England, UK
26th 1991 Brighton Polytechnic Brighton England, UK
25th 1990 The Robert Gordon University Aberdeen Scotland, UK
24th 1989 Queens University Belfast Belfast N. Ireland, UK
23rd 1988 Trent Polytechnic Trent England, UK
22nd 1987 Sunderland Polytechnic Sunderland England, UK
21st 1986 Imperial College London London England, UK
20th 1985 Huddersfield Polytechnic Huddersfield England, UK
19th 1984 University of Dundee Dundee Scotland, UK
18th 1983 University of Surrey Surrey England, UK
17th 1982 University of Manchester Manchester England, UK
16th 1981 University of Sheffield Sheffield England, UK
15th 1980 University of Leicester Leicester England, UK
14th 1979 Loughborough University Leicester England, UK
13th 1978 University of Southampton Southampton England, UK
12th 1977 Brunel University West London England, UK
11th 1976 University of Southampton Southampton England, UK
10th 1975 University of Aston Birmingham England, UK
9th 1974 University of Cambridge Cambridge England, UK
8th 1973 University of Bath Bath England, UK
7th 1972 University of Bradford Yorkshire England, UK
6th 1971 University of Manchester Manchester England, UK
5th 1970 University of Swansea Swansea Wales, UK
4th 1969 University of Nottingham Nottingham England, UK
3rd 1968 Queen Mary College London England, UK
2nd 1967 University of Glasgow Glasgow Scotland, UK
1st 1966 Meeting Newcastle England, UK
Professor Moofik Al-Tai Staffordshire University (UK)
Dr Alecksey Anuchin Moscow Power Engineering Institute (Russia)
Dr Noel Barry Cork Institute of Technology (Ireland)
Dr Ralf Biernatzki South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences (Germany)
Professor Graeme M Burt University of Strathclyde (UK)
Professor Luciane Neves Canha Federal University of Santa Maria (Brazil)
Dr Oguzhan Ceylan Kadir Has University (Turkey)
Professor Gianfranco Chicco Politecnico di Torino (Italy)
Dr Michael Conlon Dublin Institute of Technology (Ireland)
Dr Mohammed Elgendy Newcastle University (UK)
Dr Mohamed E Farrag Glasgow Caledonian University (UK)
Dr Chris Gould Staffordshire University (UK)
Professor Naren Gupta Edinburgh Napier University (UK)
Professor Manu Haddad Cardiff University (UK)
Professor Essam Hamdi Education and Training International (ETI - London) (UK)
Professor Noureddine Harid Khalifa University of Science and Technology (UAE)
Professor Mattia Marinelli Technical University of Denmark – DTU (Denmark)
Professor Dan D Micu Technical University of Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
Professor Naoto Nagaoka Doshisha University (Japan)
Dr Hassan Nouri University of the West of England (UK)
Dr Cuney Ozveren Abertay University (UK)
Dr Theofilos Papadopoulos Democritus University of Thrace (Greece)
Professor Grigoris K Papagiannis Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece)
Dr Gobind G Pillai Teesside University (UK)
Dr Ioana Pisica Brunel University (UK)
Professor Radu F Porumb University Polytechnica of Bucharest (Romania)
Professor Ghanim A Putrus Northumbria University (UK)
Professor Salman K Salman Emeritus Professor (Robert Gordon University) (UK)
Dr Holger Schau Ilmenau University of Technology (Germany)
Professor Gareth A Taylor Brunel University (UK)
Professor Roberto Turri University of Padova (Italy)
Dr Yuriy Vagapov Glyndwr University (UK)