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Gianfranco Chicco holds a Ph.D. in Electrotechnics Engineering and is a Full Professor of Electrical Energy Systems at Politecnico di Torino (POLITO), Italy. He is a Fellow of the IEEE. He received the title of Doctor Honoris Causa from the Universities Politehnica of Bucharest and Technical University “Gheorghe Asachi” of Iasi (Romania) in 2017 and 2018, respectively.

He is the Scientific Responsible of the research group on Power and Energy Systems at POLITO, and the Responsible of the Torino unit of the Italian Consortium ENSIEL.

He is the Editor-in-Chief of Sustainable Energy Grids and Networks, a Subject Editor of Energy, and an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, IET Renewable Power Generation, and Energies (MDPI).

He was the Conference Chair of WESC 2006, IEEE ISGT Europe 2017, and UPEC 2020. Within POLITO, he participated in the European projects FP7 DIGENAS, FP7 SiNGULAR, H2020 FLEXMETER, H2020 PLANET, H2020 STORE&GO, and Erasmus+ EU-MONG. Within ENSIEL, he was the Scientific Coordinator for the European project H2020 MIGRATE, and participated in the European projects FP7 eHighway2050 and H2020 OSMOSE.

His research activities include Power System Analysis, Distribution System Analysis and Optimization, Electrical Load Management, Energy Efficiency and Environmental Impact of Multi-Energy Systems, Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence Applications to Power and Energy Systems, Renewable Energy Sources and Distributed Generation, and Power Quality.

His International scientific production includes one book, five book chapters, over 100 journal publications, and over 150 publications in conference proceedings.

(Area 0009 - Ingegneria industriale e dell'informazione)
Identifiers ORCID: 0000-0001-7885-8013
Scopus Author ID: 7003426118
WoS ResearcherID: N-2999-2015
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Research topics Distributed Energy Resources and Multi-Energy Applications in Smart Grids 
 (21 October 2020 – 20 October 2026)
 Main topics:
 - Study of grid-connected distributed multi-generation systems
 - Study of the technical, economic, environmental and social aspects concerning the electrical distribution networks with distributed energy resources (distributed generation, demand response and distributed storage)
 - Analysis, planning and operational optimization of electrical distribution networks 
 - Characterization, forecasting, management and control of electrical loads in smart grid applications
 - Study of power quality, reliability and risks of the electricity provision
 - Study of the electrical network sustainability in the context of integrated multi-energy systems
Skills and keywords

ERC sectors

PE7_12 - Electrical energy production, distribution, application


Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy Goal 4: Quality education Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities


Active distribution network Clustering algorithms Combined heat and power Data analytics Electric power distribution Electric power transmission Electrical energy systems
Scientific responsibilities and other assignments

Awards and Honors

  • Premio di laurea "Giancarlo Vallauri" conferred by Associazione Ingegneri e Architetti ex Allievi del Politecnico di Torino, Italy (1988)
  • Doctor honoris causa conferred by Universitatea Politehnica din Bucuresti, Italy (2017)
  • Best Paper Award 2018 International Conference on Smart Energy Systems and Technologies (SEST) conferred by Award Committee, Spain (2018)
  • Doctor Honoris Causa conferred by Technical University "Gheorghe Asachi" Iasi (Romania), Romania (2018)
  • Best Paper Award 2020 International Conference on Smart Energy Systems and Technologies (SEST) conferred by SEST 2020 Organizing Committee, Turchia (2020)


Editorial boards

  • ENERGY (2012-), Director


  • 55th Universities Power Engineering Conference (UPEC 2020), Virtual Conference, Torino, Italy, 1-4 September 2020., Program chair
  • IEEE International Conference on Innovative Smart Grid Technologies IEEE ISGT Europe 2017, Program chair
  • The Sixth World Energy System Conference (WESC 2006), Torino, Italy, 10-12 July 2006., Program chair