Control Group

Cambridge University Department of Engineering

Jeremy Watson

Background - Research - Publications

Position: Research Associate

Office Location: BN3-09

E-mail: jdw69 [at]

Thesis Title: Control and Optimization of Modern Power Systems

Supervisor: Dr Ioannis Lestas


I received the B.E. (First Class Hons.) degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Canterbury (New Zealand) in 2015. I was a research intern at the University of Canterbury (2013-2014), Vector Networks (2014-2015), and a research engineer at Unison Networks (2015-2016), and I have been involved with the major smart grid project in New Zealand, GREEN Grid. In October 2016 I became a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge in the Control Group as a Cambridge Trust Scholar and William Georgetti Scholar under the supervision of Dr Ioannis Lestas. I have recently defended my Ph.D. thesis and am working as a Research Assistant in Control of Microgrids.

Research Interests

My research focuses on the control and optimization of power networks. In particular, I am interested in the control, analysis, and optimization of microgrids and hybrid AC/DC networks. A considerable focus of my work has been on control design for power converters in these settings, aiming to stabilize the network while achieving various other control objectives. Other interests include: integration of new technology into distribution networks, hosting capacity of electrical networks, power quality, and computer modelling of electrical power systems.

Selected Publications

J.D. Watson, Y. Ojo, K. Laib and I. Lestas, " A scalable control design for grid-forming inverters in microgrids", IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, 2021.

J.D. Watson and I. Lestas, "Frequency and voltage regulation of hybrid AC/DC networks", IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, 2021.

J. D. Watson and I. Lestas, "Control of Interlinking Converters in Hybrid AC/DC Grids: Network Stability and Scalability," in IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, vol. 36, no. 1, pp. 769-780, Jan. 2021.

J.D. Watson and I. Lestas, "Frequency and voltage control of hybrid AC/DC networks," 57th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Miami Beach, FL, USA, 17-19 Dec. 2018.

J. D. Watson, N. R. Watson and I. Lestas, "Optimized dispatch of energy storage systems in unbalanced distribution networks," in IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 639-650, April 2018.
doi: 10.1109/TSTE.2017.2752964

A full list of my publications may be found at either Google Scholar or ResearchGate.