School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Matthew Armstrong

Senior Lecturer in Control of Electrical Power


Dr Matthew Armstrong is a Senior Lecturer in Control of Electrical Power at the School of Engineering. He is an academic in the Electrical Power Group. He is a leading researcher and expert in the field of advanced control of electrical power systems, digital control, system identification and parameter estimation.

Current 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)
  • Teaching Sub-Theme Leader for Electrical Power Group (Sept 2012 - present)
  • Postgraduate Taught Programme Applicant Selector (Sept 2012 - present)
  • Member of School International Working Group; Electrical Engineering Rep (Sept 2018 - 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) 
  • Chair of Postgraduate Taught Board of Studies: (School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering)  (Sept 2012 - Aug 2017)
  • Postgraduate Degree Programme Director: MSc in Electrical Power (Sept 2014 -Sept 2016) 


  • MEng, Ph.D.


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


Undergraduate Teaching

  • EEE3018 Digital Control Systems (Module Leader)
  • EEE3097 Individual Project (Project supervision)

Postgraduate Teaching

  • EEE8007 Digital Control System Design (Module Leader)
  • EEE8097 Individual Project (Module Leader, and Project Supervisor)
  • EEE8079 Technology Review Project (Module Leader, and Project Supervisor)

Teaching Management

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

External Roles and Esteem

  • Matthew is currently a Subject Specialist Reviewer for the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for Higher Education
  • Matthew has served as external examiner, or external programme reviewer, for a number of Electrical and  Electronic Engineering, and Automation & Control, programmes at a number of UK institutions.


Externally Facing Roles and Esteem


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

Areas of Expertise

Matthew has over 20 years research experience in advanced control of grid connected renewable energy systems, electric drives, real-time digital control of power electronic converters, novel power converter topologies, system identification\parameter estimation algorithms(for power converter and Li-ion battery characterisation, Non-Destructive Testing techniques), and Hardware In the Loop (HiL) emulation.


Matthew has authored/co-authored over 30 journal and 50 conference articles (@July 2019).  Please see the Publications tab above for full details.

Research Projects

Innovate UK:


European Commission:


  • Multi-physical Modelling of a Traction Motor for Vehicle Application – DETC

Postgraduate Research Supervision

Matthew has supervised 17 PhD students as main supervisor (and approximately the same as co-supervisor). Of these students, 13 have successfully graduated and gone on to various roles in industry and academia......whilst 4 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)

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