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Professor in Intelligent Control of the Power Distribution System at the Departmen of Energy, AAU Energy, Aalborg University, where she has worked since August 1988. Her fields of interest are mainly related to the operation and control of the distribution network grid including power quality and stability in power systems and taking integration of dispersed generation and smart grid issues like demand response into account. Also the interaction between the electrical grid and the heating and transport sector is a key area of interest. She has participated in 30 national and international projects e.g. the SuPREME, SmartC2net, SMILE projects and are porject leader of the EU H2020 project SERENE and SUSTENANCE. She is also project leader for several Danish research projects such as the just finalized SMARTCE2H project and the ongoing EFFORT project.  She is author/co-author of more than 250 papers mainly focused in the area of control and operation of the distribution grid. She is the Vice head of AAU Energy in the area of Research and hold several positions in national and international organizations like IEEE and CIGRE. She has supervised several master and Ph.D students in the area of smart grids, and been in the assessment committee for many international Ph.D defences in this area.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

Electrical Engineering, PhD, Modelling of high voltage components

Award Date: 13 Jan 1993


  • Electronics
  • measuring techniques
  • data processing
  • forecast methods
  • Energy
  • distribution and transmission of electrical power
  • electrical power systems
  • Smart grid
  • multi energy systems
  • Active Networks
  • intelligent control
  • protection systems


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Collaborations from the last five years

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  • Best Student Paper Award

    Liao, Wenlong (Recipient), Bak-Jensen, Birgitte (Recipient), Pillai, Jayakrishnan Radhakrishna (Recipient), Yang, Zhe (Recipient), Li, Zhaoxia (Recipient) & Yang, Dechang (Recipient), 16 Apr 2023

    Prize: Conference prizes

  • Best Paper Award

    Liao, Wenlong (Recipient), Bak-Jensen, Birgitte (Recipient), Pillai, Jayakrishnan Radhakrishna (Recipient), Yang, Zhe (Recipient) & Wang, Yusen (Recipient), 17 Dec 2021

    Prize: Conference prizes

  • The CIGRE Technical Council Award

    Bak-Jensen, Birgitte (Recipient), Aug 2018

    Prize: Other prizes