Paulo José da Costa Branco is Associate Professor with Habilitation (IST) in Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Universidade de Lisboa (UL). He graduated in 1992 in Electrical and Computer Engineering from IST. In the same year, he obtained his Master's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from IST, and in July 1998 he concluded a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering also at IST.
Currently, his research covers three topics:
1) Definition of reliability models for both cyber and power equipment, determining its criticality in the smart grid operation environment;
2) Multi-objective optimization to minimize the economic and energy costs over the life-cycle of photovoltaic (PV) systems operations and maintenance (PV O&M) , and;
3) The use of bulk high-temperature superconducting materials inserted in the magnetic circuit of electromechanical systems to increase its power density.