School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Matthew Armstrong

Senior Lecturer in Control of Electrical Power


Dr Matthew Armstrong is currently a Senior Lecturer in the School of Engineering at Newcastle University, and is a member of the Electrical Power Research and Teaching Group. His main areas of teaching and research expertise are in digital control and the advanced control of electrical power. Matthew has a number of management, teaching, and research roles within the School of Engineering (SENG) and the Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering (SAgE).

School of Engineering Roles and Responsibilities

  • Postgraduate Degree Programme Director: MSc in Automation and Control: Sept. 2011 - present
  • Postgraduate Degree Programme Director: MSc in Advanced Electrical Power Engineering: Sept. 2015 - present)
  • Chair of Postgraduate Taught Board of Studies: Electrical and Electronic Engineering programmes: Sept 2012 - present
  • Teaching Champion for Electrical Power taught programmes Sept 2012 - present

Previous Roles and Responsibilities

  • Associate Dean for Postgraduate Taught Studies: November 2015 - December 2018 (Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering)
  • Director for Postgraduate Taught Programmes: Sept. 2012 - Aug. 2017 (School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering) 
  • Postgraduate Degree Programme Director: MSc in Electrical Power: Sept 2014 -Sept. 2016 


  • MEng, Ph.D.


  • Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET)

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Undergraduate (Stage III/IV): - Digital Control Systems (EEE3018)

  • Postgraduate taught (MSc): - Digital Control System Design (EEE8007)

Course Management Roles

  • Postgraduate Degree Programme Director: MSc Automation and Control. (Sept. 2011 - Present)
  • Postgraduate Degree Programme Director: MSc Automation and Control. (Sept. 2015 - Present)

Externally Facing Roles and Esteem

Matthew has served as external examiner, or external programme reviewer, for a number of electrical engineering and automation & control programmes for a number of institutions, including; Teeside University, Sheffield Hallam University, Lincoln University.


Externally Facing Roles and Esteem


Matthew is a member of the Electrical Power research group and his profile can be viewed on Google Scholar

His current research interests include advanced control of grid connected renewable energy systems, real-time digital control of power electronic converters, Li-ion battery characterisation, system identification\parameter estimation, and hardware in the loop emulation.

 Power electronic converters for emerging technologies.

  • Power Quality Improvement of connected inverter systems.
  • System identification (Parameter Estimation) and Adaptive Control of Power Electronic Converters.
  • Non-Destructive Testing Techniques and Characterisation of Li-Ion Batteries.
  • Hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) emulation systems.


Matthew has authored/co-authored 30 journal and 50 conference articles (@July 2018). Please see the publications tab above for more details. Funded Research projects

Research Projects and Funding

Postgraduate Research Supervision

Matthew has supervised, as main supervisor, 16 PhD students. 12 of these students have successfully graduated and gone on to various roles in industry and academia (whilst 5 continue to work hard on their research!).

Current PhD Students

  • Jin Xu (Computationally efficient system identification of multi-rail power converters)
  • Dennis Chan ( DC Bus control in DC Microgrid Systems)
  • Siamand Mostafavi (Virtually Connected Hybrid Vehicle)
  • Kexin Di (Modular Multilevel Converters for Grid Connected Inverter applications)

Previous PhD Students

  • Weichi Zhang (Elimination of DC current injection in grid connected power converters)
  • Ruisheng Li (Parameter estimation of DC-DC converters with non-minimum phase transfer function models)
Chen Wang (System Identification and Adaptive control of DC-DC power converters)Jacob Varughese (Low-Cost Position Control of Active Magnetic Bearing System)Francis Mulolani ( Direct Power Control of Grid Connected photovoltaic converters for reactive power compensation)Ahmed Althobaiti (Control parameters optimization of a three-phase grid-connected inverter using particle swarm optimisation)Suriana Salimin (Adaptive PR control for grid connected Photovoltaic inverters)Richard Gibson (Advanced Gate Drive Design for Electric Drives)Muez Shiref ( Minimisation of PI controller output ripple in MRAS based electrical drives)Salah Babaa Elkelani (High efficient interleaved boost converter with novel switch adaptive control in photovoltaic application)Maher Al-Greer (System Identification of Switch Mode Power Supplies using Dichotomous Descent Algorithms) Hong Soo Goh (Adaptive PI control of Grid Connected Inverters for suppression of harmonic resonance)

Referee for Journals and Conference papers

I regularly serve as a reviewer for the following journals and conferences:

  • IET Proceedings Circuits, Devices & Systems 
  • IET Proceedings Electric Power Applications
  • IET Proceedings Power Electronics  
  • IET Power Electronics, Machines and Drives Conference (PEMD)
  • IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems
  • IEEE Industrial Electronics Society Conference (IECON) 
  • IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics
  • IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics