David Pozo (Assistant Professor)

David obtained his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and Applied Math to Electric Power Systems from the University of Castilla-La Mancha (Spain) in 2013. Prior to Skoltech Dr. Pozo worked at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile where he did his postdoctoral research from 2013 to 2015. Dr. Pozo’s research interests lie in the field of energy systems and include operations research, uncertainty, games, and statistics as well as renewable energy and its impact on power systems and electricity markets. He also focuses on problems of optimization and flexibility of modern power systems.


Victoria Erofeeva (Postdoc)

Victoria received her Ph.D. degree in Discrete Mathematics and Mathematical Cybernetics from Saint Petersburg State University, Russia, in 2018. From 2015 to 2020, she was a researcher with the Institute for Problems in Mechanical Engineering of the Russian Academy of Science. Victoria has twice received the St. Petersburg Government Award. She is also a recipient of the award for young researchers from the Fund for Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises. Her main interest is in stochastic optimization. Victoria has done research in distributed optimization, system identification, stochastic systems, multi-agent systems, sensor networks, and swarm robotics. Currently, her research is focused on a variety of problems in the area of networked systems.

Andrey Churkin (Postdoc)
Andrey Churkin has got his Ph.D. in Engineering Systems from Skoltech in 2020.  He also has a B.Eng. and M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Moscow Power Engineering Institute. His research fields of interest lies at the intersection of Electricity Markets, Mathematical Optimization, Game Theory, and Energy Policy. He has vast experience in international energy cooperation modeling.

Ivan Zorin (Ph.D. Student)

Ivan holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc.  in Applied Mathematics and Information Science from Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia). His research interests are on Optimization, Decision Making under Uncertainty, Long-term Planning, and Machine Learning. Ivan is currently working in large-scale solution methods for AC-OPF. His research lies in the interface of Statistical Modeling, Machine Learning, Optimization, and Power Systems.

More about Ivan  [link CV]


Alvaro Gonzalez (Ph.D. Student)

Alvaro completed as a distinguished student his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, specializing in energy harvesting at the Universidad del Norte, Colombia, in 2015. In 2017 he received with honors his M.Sc. degree in Power Engineering at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech), Russia. His M.Sc. thesis “Dynamic multi-site Combined Heat and Power Economic Dispatch (CHPED) under transmission constraints” was awarded by the Interdisciplinary Contribution Merit Award.

Alvaro is currently a Ph.D. student. In particular, he is involved in the research connected with the flexibility modeling of Multi-Energy Systems. His research focuses on the operation optimization of such systems. The research will provide a mathematical model for the integration and characterization of the generation units, energy networks, and storage units.

Anton Hinneck (Ph.D. Student)
Anton Hinneck did his M.Sc. at the Technische Universität Berlin focusing on operations research. Anton is currently working on the transmission switching problem.

Arman Alayari (Ph.D. Student)

Arman has completed a Master of Science degree at Sharif University of Technology, and a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Tehran, Iran. Also,  he had the chance to work at the NRI research center in Tehran, Iran in the power systems consulting department. During this period, he worked with different software to analyze transmission grids from power flow to reliability and got to learn more about transmission networks planning and he was part of a team that designed a reliability assessment software for our national grid. Arman also spent one year as a consultant at MONENCO company in Iran, where he was able to participate in different projects gaining insight on other aspects of power systems. His research interest includes analyzing the impact of EVs on the reliability of grids,  integrating distributed energy resources into markets and virtual power plants. Currently, he is working on the online algorithms for demand response programs.



Luis Lopez (Ph.D. Student)

Luis holds a B.Eng. and M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Universidad del Norte, Colombia. Currently, he is a Ph.D. student in the Engineering System program at Skoltech. The research interest of Luis is related to the large scale operation of distributed resources in power grids.  He also loves keeping up and tinkering with the latest technologies. He has recently spent some time working around with Julia Language, mainly architecting and building solutions on power systems, renewable energy, and microgrids.


Kirill Bubenchikov (M.Sc. Student)

Kirill received a bachelor’s degree from Novosibirsk State Technical University with a degree in Automation of Technological Processes and Production (in the Oil and Gas Complex) in 2019. In 2018-2019 he worked in a company with the status of Siemens Solution Partner – “Sinetic JSC” as a software engineer. He participated in various projects and was engaged in the creation of SCADA systems and PLC programming for industrial facilities. Kirill is interested in working with the application of optimization, statistics, and machine learning in energy systems, in the analytics of energy markets.



Andrey Poddubny (M.Sc. Student)
Andrey received his BSc in Electrical Engineering from the Department of Power Systems and Networks at St. Petersburg Polytechnic University. He had an internship at the Scientific and Technical Center of Unified Power System. His interests range from high-voltage power transmission systems, electrical energy storage devices, demand response, and issues in the Russian power industry.


Aiusha Sangadiev (M.Sc. Student)

Aiusha holds a B.S. degree in Physics from Novosibirsk State University. His Bachelor thesis was in numerical physics, namely – lattice Boltzmann methods and their application to thermophysics and fluid mechanics. Currently,  Aiusha is doing his MSc at Skoltech. His research interests lie in the fields of Machine Learning, Deep Learning, and Optimization.


Research Collaboration

We actively conduct research collaboration with Janusz Bialek, Federico Ibanez, and Aldo Bischi at Skoltech, Munther Dahleh and Mardavij Roozbehani from MIT, USA,  PUC-Rio, Brazil, Enzo Sauma from PUC of Chile, and Nikolay Korgin from IPU RAS, Russia.


Andrey Churkin (PhD Nov-2020)
Irina Lukicheva (Aspirantura Oct-2020)
Oluwaseun Oladimeji (MSc 2020)
Soodanbeck Kasymaliev (MSc 2020)
Daniil Vankov (MSc 2020)
Liliya Ageeva (MSc 2019), working at NLMK Group
Maksim Parshin (MSc 2019), working at ABB
Yinghui Nie
Ilgiz Murzakhanov, PhD student at DTU, Denmark.
Maryam Majidi, PhD student at University of Kassel, Germany.