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Dr Xiandong Ma

Senior Lecturer

Xiandong Ma

Lancaster University

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Research Interests

Dr Xiandong Ma received his BEng in Electrical Engineering from Jiangsu University in 1986 and MSc in Power Systems and Automation in Nanjing Automation Research Institute (NARI) (now China State Grid Electric Power Research Institute) in 1989. He completed his PhD research in Partial Discharge based High-voltage Plant Condition Monitoring from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2002.

He worked with NARI as Research Engineer and then Senior Research Engineer from 1989 to 1998, where he specialised in real-time power system modelling, simulation and instrumentation. He was a Visiting Research Engineer in RTDS Technologies Inc., Canada in 1994 and 1996, developing new exciter model and investigating interface techniques for new RTDS-based test facilities. He worked as Postdoctoral Research Associate from 2002 to 2007 firstly at Lancaster University and then at The University of Manchester, developing new generations of electromagnetic sensors and electromagnetic tomographic imaging systems. Thereafter, he worked with the Asset Management Engineering Department at ALSTOM Power UK in Stafford as Generator Condition Monitoring Engineer to lead and deliver the eXpert projects on shaft line vibration and power plant parameter monitoring, before returning to Lancaster to take up his academic post in December 2008.

His research interests in the last 15 years have been focused on the intelligent condition monitoring and fault diagnosis/prognosis of wind power systems with emphasis on analytical and experimental investigations, optimal operation and maintenance of offshore and marine renewable assets, smart grids with distributed generation technologies including wind and solar power, signal processing and data mining and computational intelligence, and electromagnetic NDT testing and imaging. He has published >130 papers on leading refereed international journals, book chapters, international conferences and patents.

Dr Ma is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET), a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and a Member of EPSRC Peer Review College. He held a KTP (Key Technology Partnership) Fellowship awarded by University of Technology Sydney, Australia, in 2018. He was Technical Program Chair for 2018 24th IEEE International Conference on Automation and Computing (ICAC’18, 6-7 September 2018, Newcastle University) and General Conference Chair for IEEE ICAC’19 (5-7 September 2019, Lancaster University). He served the President of the Chinese Automation and Computing Society in the UK (CACSUK) for 2019-2021.


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PhD Supervisions Completed

Current Research

Current PDRA supervisions

  • Dr Yueqi Wu, Survivability, reliability and optimised control of devices in the marine environment, EPSRC funded project (EP/V040561/1), supervisors: X. Ma, C.J. Taylor and G.A. Aggidis
  • Dr Manuel Bandala Sanchez, Sensor network conditioning, monitoring and response, EPSRC funded project (EP/V051059/1), supervisors: X. Ma, C.J. Taylor and M.J. Joyce

Current PhD supervisions

  • Jamal Aldahmashi, Online energy management of microgrids using deep policy gradient, supervisors: X. Ma and A. Darwish
  • Muhammad Waqas Ayub, Hybrid renewable combing wind and wave energy, supervisors: X. Ma and G.A. Aggidis
  • Jun Zhan, Key technology development for anomaly detection of wind turbines, supervisors: X. Ma, et al.
  • Jainil Shah, Development of a swirl induction device for the high flow rate Typhon UV LED water treatment reactor, supervisors: G.A. Aggidis and X. Ma
  • Saud Alotaibi, Large-scale medium voltage grid connected systems for photovoltaic solar application,supervisors: A. Darwish and X. Ma
  • Fatemeh Nasr Esfahani, High-power on-board chargers for electric vehicles, supervisors: A. Darwish and X. Ma
  • David Vandercruyssen, Optimisation of tidal range generation and energy storage, supervisors: G.A. Aggidis and X. Ma
  • Ahmed Negm, Development and design of future water networks, supervisors: G.A. Aggidis and X. Ma
  • Joe Taylor, Submerged laser additive manufacturing, supervisors: A.E.W. Rennie and X. Ma
  • Abdulkarim Athwer, Modular multilevel power converters for wind energy systems, supervisors: A. Darwish and X. Ma
  • Yousef Alharbi, Analysis of smart photovoltaic (PV) module for effective use of solar energy, supervisors: A. Darwish and X. Ma

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PhDs Examined

Recent PhD theses examined

  • Deep learning non-intrusive load monitoring models using multi-gate mixture and transformer expert systems approaches, Glasgow Caledonian University, 2022
  • Battery energy storage systems in hospitals for flexibility, resilience and arbitrage, Ulster University, 2022
  • Research on helical gear dynamics with gear wear under multi-clearances, University of Huddersfield, 2022
  • Performance modelling and decision analysis of decentralized energy systems and their impact assessment, The University of Manchester, 2021
  • I-SEM, DS3 and GB/Fr interconnection electricity marketing modelling, Ulster University, 2020
  • Real-time dual-modality non-destructive testing (NDT) using electromagnetic methods, The University of Manchester, 2020
  • Stochastic approaches in developing business models and strategies for electric vehicle battery swapping, University of Sydney, 2019
  • Demand side management fora smart home energy system, University of Strathclyde, 2019
  • Design of hybrid photo-voltaic/thermal solar systems and performance analysis for residential building case studies, Newcastle University, 2019
  • Motor current signature analysis towards mechanical seal failure detection for electrical submersible pump, University of Liverpool, 2019
  • Nonlinear power system stabilizer based on uncertainties and disturbance estimator, University of Liverpool, 2019
  • An investigation and optimisation of electrical power generation scenarios for a sustainable Malaysia, Newcastle University, 2019
  • Electromagnetic sensing techniques for multi-phase flow monitoring in industrial process, The University of Manchester, 2018
  • Compound fault diagnosis of centrifugal pumps using vibration analysis techniques, University of Huddersfield, 2017
  • Investigation on smart bi-directional inverter with quantitative reactive power compensation and interleaved DC/DC converter for microgrid system, University of Cumbria, 2017
  • Investigation of controller embedded condition monitoring of a doubly fed induction generator, The University of Manchester, 2017

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