Network Systems

Network and Systems

Theme Leader

Denes Csala

Dr Denes Csala

Lecturer - Energy Storage and Systems Dynamics

Energy Lancaster

+44 (0)7398 483468 B098, B - Floor, Science and Technology


We facilitate the transition towards a cleaner energy future through our Network and Systems research. We concentrate on 3 focus areas:

  • Engineering the future energy networks, including using our campus as a living lab for understanding energy generation, consumption and storage
  • Enhancing the security and resilience of electricity grids and associated communications networks
  • Modelling of the sociotechnical aspects of energy transitions and future energy systems.

We also work with energy generation and storage companies, community energy cooperatives, as well as mini-grid and off-grid communities.

We have identified stationary, mobile and intermodal energy storage and future energy infrastructures as key strategic areas of growth and we are slowly building our capacity in this field as well. This includes studying local markets and trade dynamics of distributed energy systems with a high renewables fraction, such as community energy, the diffusion of electric vehicles or the hydrogen economy.


Our engineers inform the highest levels of policy to the study of the future architecture of the GB electricity grid. Our data scientists work with insurance companies to inform warranty decisions of electric vehicle and grid-scale battery storage and investigate the use of intelligent condition monitoring and fault diagnosis/prognosis of distributed generation systems such as wind and solar photovoltaic with grid connections. Our computer scientists explore the security and resilience of future hybrid communication-energy networks as well as the challenging dynamics of peer-to-peer networks and future decentralized energy systems. And our simulation experts help model reducing carbon emissions from energy for our partners, our the campus and the country.

Research Projects

Our current research projects portfolio includes:

  • Exploring cybersecurity on the internet of things
  • Energy in Schools: Promoting Global Change through Social Technical Deployments
  • Promoting data visualization Energy information system
  • Resource Distribution Networks in Nature and Society

Theme Members

Plamen Angelov

Centre for Technological Futures , Cyber Security Research Centre (Data), Digital Health Group, DSI - Foundations, Lancaster Intelligent, Robotic and Autonomous Systems Centre, LIRA - Advanced Manufacturing, LIRA - Biomedical, LIRA - Environmental Modelling, LIRA - Extreme Environments, LIRA - Fundamentals, LIRA - Security and Defence, LIRA - Smart Cities and Mobility, LIRA - Society and Human Behaviour, SCC (Data Science), Security Lancaster, Security Lancaster (Academic Centre of Excellence), Security Lancaster (Secure Machine Learning and Intelligence), Security Lancaster (Systems Security)

Oliver Bates

Dr Oliver Bates

Research Fellow

DSI - Environment, Energy Lancaster, Security Lancaster, Security Lancaster (Behavioural Science), Security Lancaster (Societal Threats), Security Lancaster (Systems Security)

C20, C - Floor, InfoLab21
Adrian Friday

Professor Adrian Friday

Professor of Computing and Sustainability

DSI - Environment, Energy Lancaster, MSF Supervisors 2019/20, Pentland Centre, SCC (Pervasive Systems)

C57, C - Floor, InfoLab21
Roger Kemp

Energy, Energy Lancaster

A038, A - Floor, Science and Technology
Rebecca Killick

Professor Rebecca Killick

Professor of Statistics

Changepoints and Time Series, CHICAS, DSI - Foundations, Energy Lancaster, Environmental and Ecological Statistics, Lancaster Intelligent, Robotic and Autonomous Systems Centre, LIRA - Biomedical, LIRA - Environmental Modelling, LIRA - Fundamentals, LIRA - Security and Defence, LIRA - Smart Cities and Mobility, LIRA - Society and Human Behaviour, Social and Economic Statistics , STOR-i Centre for Doctoral Training

+44 (0)1524 593780 B32, B - Floor, Fylde College
Martin Widden

B097, B - Floor, Old Engineering Building