Sir Joseph Swan Centre for Energy Research

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 power electronics and advanced digital control of electrical power systems. (see Research tab above for more details).

Current Roles and Responsibilities

  • Postgraduate Taught Degree Programme Director: MSc in Automation and Control (Sept 2011 - present)
  • Postgraduate Taught 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 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 Taught 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 Supervisor)

Postgraduate Teaching

  • EEE8007 Digital Control System Design (Module Leader)
  • EEE8079 Technology Review Project (Module Leader, and Project Supervisor)
  • EEE8097 Individual Project (Module Leader, and Project Supervisor)
  • EEE8084 Individual 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)Teaching Sub-Theme Leader for Electrical Power Group (Sept 2012 - present)

External Roles and Esteem

  • Matthew has served as external examiner, or external programme reviewer, for a number of Electrical & Electronic Engineering and Automation & Control programmes at a number of UK institutions.



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

Areas of Research Expertise

Matthew has over 20 years experience in research and design of power electronic converters, electric drives, and digital control systems. His main research activities include:  

  • design of novel power converter topologies,
  • real-time digital control of power electronic converters,
  • control of electric drives, 
  • system modelling; including system identification\parameter estimation,
  • Hardware In the Loop (HiL) emulation.

His research is regularly applied to a number of key application areas of interest, including:

  • distributed generation/grid connected renewable energy systems,
  • transport electrification,
  • Li-ion battery characterisation and Non-Destructive Testing techniques.


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

Postgraduate Research Supervision

Matthew has supervised 17 PhD students as primary 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......the other 4 continue to work hard on their research at this time!

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)

Funded Research Projects

Innovate UK:


European Commission:


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

Referee for Journals and Conference papers

Matthew serves as a reviewer for the following journals and conferences:

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