Luigi Vanfretti

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Luigi Vanfretti (Senior Member, IEEE; Member, Modelica Association) leads ALSETLab on research in energy systems, electrical power systems, and aircraft electrification. His research includes cyber-physical system (CPS) modeling, simulation, stability, and control in energy systems, power grids, and electrified transportation. 

In addition, Vanfretti researches development and data analytics in synchrophasor technologies. He is interested in the application of software technologies, signal processing, system identification, and machine learning for design and operation analytics for CPS.

Vanfretti has been a professor since 2022 and was previously an associate professor. Vanfretti also earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in electric power engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Vanfretti has held temporary posts in prestigious international institutions, as well. In 2022, he was a visiting professor at both the Laboratoire Ampère of the École Centrale de Lyon and the SuperGrid Institute in Lyon, France. In 2019, he was a visiting faculty at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia. 

Prior to emigrating to join RPI as faculty, Vanfretti was an assistant professor, tenured associate professor, and docent with the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, where he led the SmarTS Lab. He was also employed as Special Advisor in Strategy and Public Affairs and Special Advisor in Strategy and International Collaboration in the Research and Development Department of Statnett SF, the Norwegian transmission system operator. Prior to his employment with Statnett SF, he was a Scientific Advisor, reporting to the Vice President of the Research and Development Division, during 2011 to 2013.

Education & Training
  • Post Doc., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2010. 
  • Ph.D in Electric Power Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2009. 
  • MSc in Electric Power Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2007. Major: Electric Power. Minor: Control Systems.
  • Visiting Researcher, The University of Glasgow, Fall 2005.
  • Electrical Engineering Degree, Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, Spring 2005.


Prof. Vanfretti research is in "electrified systems," and include cyber-physical system modeling, simulation, stability and control in the domains of energy/utilities, power grid and electrified transportation, both vehicles and infrastructure. In addition, he performs research on synchrophasor technologies, both on technology development and data analytics, and is interested in the application of software technologies, modeling languages, system identification and machine learning for power system analysis.

Primary Research Focus
electric power engineering
Other Focus Areas

Modeling and simulation of cyber-physical systems, power system modeling, dynamics and control, real-time hardware-in-the-loop simulation, CHIL, PHIL, synchrophasor measurements, PMU, synchrophasor technologies, eVTOL, electrified aircraft, electrified transportation, system identification, modeling languages.

Research Groups

ALSETLab is the name of Prof. Vanfretti's research group and laboratory facilities, you can find more information at:


A "live" version of my list of publications that is updated regularly can be found here.

The following is a selection of recent publications in Scopus. Luigi Vanfretti has 257 indexed publications in the subjects of Energy, Engineering, and Computer Science.

Sergio A. Dorado-Rojas, Fernando Fachini, Tetiana Bogodorova, Giuseppe Laera, Marcelo de Castro Fernandes, Luigi Vanfretti
, 21
, 2023
Prottay M. Adhikari, Luigi Vanfretti, Anja Banjac, Roland Bründlinger, Michael Ruppert, Michael Ropp
Electric Power Systems Research
, 214
, 2023
Javad Enayati, Abolfazl Rahimnejad, Luigi Vanfretti, Stephen Andrew Gadsden, Mohammad Al-Shabi
IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement
, 72
, 2023
Sergio A. Dorado-Rojas, Shunyao Xu, Luigi Vanfretti, Galilea Olvera, M. Ilies I. Ayachi, Shehab Ahmed
2022 10th Workshop on Modelling and Simulation of Cyber-Physical Energy Systems, MSCPES 2022
, 2022
Marcelo De Castro, Luigi Vanfretti
1st International Workshop on Open Source Modelling and Simulation of Energy Systems, OSMSES 2022 - Proceedings
, 2022
Leonardo Rydin Gorjao, Luigi Vanfretti, Dirk Witthaut, Christian Beck, Benjamin Schafer
IEEE Access
, 10
, 2022
, pp.18065-18073
Meaghan Podlaski, Xavier Bombois, Luigi Vanfretti
International Journal of Electrical Power and Energy Systems
, 142
, 2022
Meaghan Podlaski, Luigi Vanfretti, Abhijit Khare, Michael Sumption, Phillip Ansell
IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification
, 8
, 2022
, pp.3859-3869
Pengxiang Huang, Luigi Vanfretti
Conference Record - IAS Annual Meeting (IEEE Industry Applications Society)
, 2022-October
, 2022
Gianni Bakhos, Kosei Shinoda, Juan Carlos Gonzalez-Torres, Abdelkrim Benchaib, Luigi Vanfretti, Seddik Bacha
24th European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications, EPE 2022 ECCE Europe
, 2022

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