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Valentin Robu

Current position(s)

Until recently, I also also had appointments as:

Brief biography

Before coming to CWI in October 2020, I was associate professor at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, UK for 7 years (March 2014-October 2020), where I co-founded the Smart Systems Group with Prof. David Flynn and where I still have a part-time affiliation. Before Heriot-Watt he was a senior research fellow in the Agents, Interaction and Complexity Group at the University of Southampton for 5 years (between Feb. 2009 - Feb. 2014), working with Prof. Nick Jennings and Prof. Alex Rogers.

Before moving to Southampton, I got my PhD at CWI and TU Eindhoven, under the supervision of Prof. Han La Poutré (in July 2009). I was a Visiting Scholar in the Economics and Computer Science research group at Harvard University (hosted by Prof. David Parkes) on several occasions, longest in the Fall (October-December) of 2015. I was also a Visiting Scientist in the Collective Intelligence (CCI) group at MIT (in July/August 2018 and 2019), working with Dr. Mark Klein, where I still have an ongoing Research Affiliate appointment.

Research interests

My core research interests are in the area of multi-agent systems and distributed AI, more specifically designing strategies and interactions between strategic agents, such as in negotiation and auctions settings. A large part of my research in recent years has focused on using AI techniques to address challenges in building next-generation energy systems and smart grids. Example challenges in this area include: coordination of charging between multiple electric vehicles, such that the capacity of the distribution networks is not exceeded, using game-theoretic models for the integration of renewable energy suppliers into existing grids or incentive design for distributed demand-side response.

Over my time in academia, I have collaborated with many researchers in many countries, and co-authored over 150+ journal/conference papers/book chapters. I also won a number of awards, such as the 2019 UK Innovation of the Year Award (awarded by the IET, the UK's Institute for Engineering and Technology), for his work on network monitoring with Scottish Power Energy Networks, or the 2018 Low Carbon Transport Award, from the British Renewable Energy Association, for our work on hybrid vessels on the Thames in London. Our group's work was featured in a number of venues, such as the Conversation, the BBC, the Economist, Nature, World Economic Forum, the US Congressional Research Service etc.

I also had the pleasure to work and collaborate with researchers from a range of institutions, such as MIT, Harvard, Santa Fe Complex Systems Institute, IIT Delhi, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Microsoft Research, TU Delft, University of Toronto etc. I was also investigator or Co-investigator in a number of projects, including CESI - the UK's National Research Centre for Energy Systems Integration, CEDRI (Community Energy Demand Reduction in India), or ORCA, the UK Offshore Robotics for Certification of Assets Hub.


A list of publications is available at the following public repositories:


If you want to contact me, my primary (preferred) email is: v.robucwi.nl

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If you are a student at TU/e, TUD or another Dutch university and you are interested in working with me, note that CWI offers research internships for good MSc students to work on their final dissertation project.