Luigi Vanfretti

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About

Luigi Vanfretti received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electric power engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA, in 2007 and 2009, respectively. He is a Full Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, since 2022, where he was a tenured Associate Professor from 2017-6/2022. At RPI, he leads research projects in his laboratory and with his research team, ALSETLab, on "electrified systems". 

Prof. Vanfretti has held appointments in prestigious international institutions, having been a Visiting Faculty at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia in 2019, and in 2022 a Visiting Professor at the Laboratoire Ampère of the École Centrale de Lyon and the SuperGrid Institute, both located in Lyon, France.

Before joining RPI, Prof. Vanfretti was an Assistant Professor, Associate Professor (tenured) and a Docent with the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, from 2010 to 2013 and from 2013 to 2017, respectively, where he led the SmarTS Lab (a research group and lab).

In addition to his academic duties, through Vanfretti Consulting LLC, Dr. Vanfretti serves as a consultant for utilities and research institutions, including Dominion Energy in VA, US, the SuperGrid Institute in Lyon, France, and CENACE (the power system operator of Ecuador), Quito, Ecuador, to name a few.

Past professional and industrial experience also includes his work at Statnett SF, the Norwegian transmission system operator, from 2013 to 2016, as a Special Advisor with the Research and Development Department and as a Consultant, from 2011 to 2012 and in 2017. 

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.

Research

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: https://alsetlab.github.io/

Publications

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 254 indexed publications in the subjects of Energy, Engineering, and Computer Science.

Prottay M. Adhikari, Luigi Vanfretti, Anja Banjac, Roland Bründlinger, Michael Ruppert, Michael Ropp
Electric Power Systems Research
, 214
, 2023
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Meaghan Podlaski, Luigi Vanfretti, Abhijit Khare, Michael Sumption, Phillip Ansell
IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification
, 8
, 2022
, pp.3859-3869
.
Xin Xu, Chetan Mishra, Chen Wang, Kevin D. Jones, R. Matthew Gardner, Luigi Vanfretti, Sean Murphy
2022 IEEE Power and Energy Society Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference, ISGT 2022
, 2022-January
, 2022
.
Meaghan Podlaski, Xavier Bombois, Luigi Vanfretti
International Journal of Electrical Power and Energy Systems
, 142
, 2022
.
Prottay M. Adhikari, Luigi Vanfretti, Chetan Mishra, Kevin D. Jones
2022 International Conference on Smart Grid Synchronized Measurements and Analytics, SGSMA 2022 - Proceedings
, 2022
.
Lalit Kumar, Shehab Ahmed, Luigi Vanfretti, Nand Kishor
2022 International Conference on Smart Grid Synchronized Measurements and Analytics, SGSMA 2022 - Proceedings
, 2022
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Marcelo De Castro, Luigi Vanfretti, Chetan Mishra, Xin Xu, Kevin D. Jones
2022 10th Workshop on Modelling and Simulation of Cyber-Physical Energy Systems, MSCPES 2022
, 2022
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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
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Leonardo Rydin Gorjao, Luigi Vanfretti, Dirk Witthaut, Christian Beck, Benjamin Schafer
IEEE Access
, 10
, 2022
, pp.18065-18073
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