Dr. Rachid Cherkaoui

Senior Scientist


Rachid Cherkaoui (M’05-SM’07) received both the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering in 1983 and 1992, respectively, from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. He is currently Senior scientist at EPFL, leading the power systems group. His research interests are in electricity market deregulation, distributed generation and storage, and power system vulnerability mitigation.


He is member of technical program committees of various conferences and was  member of CIGRE TF’s and WG’s. He was IEEE Swiss chapter officer from 2005 to 2011. He is author and co-author of more than 100 scientific publications.

Research Area

The power systems group (PWRS) develops models and methods for the analysis and control of electrical transmission and distribution systems with reference to the concept of Smartgrids. These tools aim at providing an aid to deliver enhanced levels of reliability and security of supply while accounting for the challenges related to the uncertainty of renewable energy sources, the increase of dispersed generation and storage facilities penetration and the rules inherent to the liberalization of electricity market. The PWRS strongly collaborates with DESL and Electronic Lab through different common research projects.

-Power & distribution systems analysis and control

-Dynamic phenomena in power systems

-Modeling of new technologies: FACTS, BESS, SMES, etc.

-Distributed generation and storage

 -Electricity market deregulation

 -Numerical simulation and optimization methods

- Heuristic approaches

The current reseach are related to:

- Power system operation vs. electricity market operation

- Integration of distribution generation and storage technologies in distribution systems

- Mitigation of power system vulnerability


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Station 11
CH-1015 Lausanne