Professor Stephen McArthur

Associate Principal & Executive Dean

Faculty of Engineering


Personal statement

Stephen McArthur is Associate Principal and Executive Dean of Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. He also holds the position of Distinguished Professor of Intelligent Energy Systems. His main area of expertise is applying artificial intelligence in power and energy systems. He has delivered solutions for a range of smart grid, asset management and data analytic challenges. His research now concerns the customisation of artificial intelligence techniques combined with distributed intelligence architectures to provide decision support for energy and wider industrial applications. He leads the Industrial Informatics Cluster within the University.

Professor McArthur won the 2021 IEEE Richard Harold Kaufmann Award for outstanding contributions in industrial systems engineering, “for innovative contributions to the advancement of intelligent systems for power engineering applications”.

He is the Principal Investigator leading the UKRI EnergyREV programme. This brings together 22 universities and 32 investigators to deliver novel research and innovation that will accelerate the uptake, value and impact of Smart Local Energy Systems. EnergyREV is a key component of the UK Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund’s Prospering from the Energy Revolution (PFER) programme. PFER intends to prove investable, scalable local business models using integrated approaches to deliver cleaner, cheaper energy services.

In addition, he is the Director of the joint Strathclyde and Imperial College EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Power Networks and Smart Grids. This aims to train doctoral level engineers who can realise the future low carbon smart grid. Professor McArthur is also Academic Director of the Advanced Nuclear Research Centre at Strathclyde, which delivers academic and industry collaborative programmes focused on plant lifetime extension and improved operations in the nuclear industry.

As co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Bellrock Technology, he has helped design and create the Lumen product. This supports the effective and rapid deployment of intelligent system and data analytic products and services, and is being used by customers across eight different industry sectors including energy, healthcare and rail transport.

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Area of Expertise

  • Intelligent systems, with a focus on power and energy applications.
  • Research and development of diagnostic and prognostic decision support systems.
  • Decision support frameworks and architectures, using distributed intelligence methods and platforms.
  • Smart Grid applications.
  • Plant lifetime extension in the civil nuclear industry.

Prize And Awards

2021 IEEE Richard Harold Kaufmann Award
Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards: Multi–Party Collaboration Award
IEEE Power & Energy Society Technical Committee Prize Paper Award.
IEEE Power & Energy Society Technical Committee Working Group Recognition Award

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Photometric stereo data for the validation of a structural health monitoring test rig
Blair Jennifer, Stephen Bruce, Brown Blair, McArthur Stephen, Gorman David, Forbes Alistair, Pottier Claire, McAlorum Jack, Dow Hamish, Perry Marcus
Data in Brief Vol 53 (2024)
Machine learning explanations by design : a case study explaining the predicted degradation of a roto-dynamic pump
Amin Omnia, Brown Blair, Stephen Bruce, McArthur Stephen, Livina Valerie
NDT 2023 - 60th Annual British Conference on NDT (2023)
Remaining useful life prediction of filters in nuclear power plants
Young Andrew, Devereux Michael, Brown Blair David, Stephen Bruce, West Graeme, McArthur Stephen
13th Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control & Human-Machine Interface Technologies (2023)
Leveraging knowledge from historic engineering drawings
Fagan AM, West GM, McArthur SDJ
13th Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control & Human-Machine Interface Technologies (2023)
A Gaussian process based fleet lifetime predictor model for unmonitored power network assets
Jiang Xu, Stephen Bruce, Chandarasupsang Tirapot, McArthur Stephen DJ, Stewart Brian G
IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery Vol 38, pp. 979-987 (2023)
Parameterisation of domain knowledge for rapid and iterative prototyping of knowledge-based systems
Young Andrew, West Graeme, Brown Blair, Stephen Bruce, Duncan Andrew, Michie Craig, McArthur Stephen DJ
Expert Systems with Applications Vol 208 (2022)

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My teaching activities cover intelligent systems, distributed intelligence in power systems, smart grids, condition monitoring, and diagnostic systems.

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Research Interests

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) and intelligent system applications in  the power and energy fields
  • Industrial application of AI, data science and data analytics
  • Condition monitoring, diagnostics and prognostics for equipment, plant and power networks
  • Distributed intelligence in electric power systems, active network management and Smart Grids
  • Nuclear power plant monitoring, diagnosis, prediction, and lifetime extension
  • Intelligent system methods: knowledge based systems; model based reasoning; machine learning
  • Multi-Agent Systems and Intelligent Agents: multi-agent methods, models, techniques and architectures for power engineering applications
  • Explainable AI
  • Decision support environments

Professional Activities

Scottish Power Energy Networks Holdings Limited SPEN (External organisation)
KUKA Strategic Partnership Foundation
Nanyang Technological University
Visiting researcher
National Grid Electricity System Operator (NGESO) (External organisation)
Keynote Presentation on "Digitilisation in Nuclear - Harnessing Data Science for Enhanced Through Life Management of Nuclear Plants"
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (External organisation)

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DTP 2224 University of Strathclyde | Cassidy, Maria
Stephen, Bruce (Principal Investigator) McArthur, Stephen (Co-investigator) Cassidy, Maria (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 01-Jan-2027
DIGF-CRAD-06294: Data-driven Manufacturing Colab Innovation Accelerator
Sherlock, Andrew (Principal Investigator) McArthur, Stephen (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 31-Jan-2025
GiBio Gastrointestinal bioreactor to evaluate ingestible medicines and inform formulation and manufacture (EPSRC Strategic equipment)
Batchelor, Hannah (Principal Investigator) Florence, Alastair (Co-investigator) Horan, Linda (Co-investigator) Khadra, Ibrahim (Co-investigator) McArthur, Stephen (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 30-Jan-2025
EnergyREV Impact Accelerator Funding Application
Ford, Rebecca (Principal Investigator) McArthur, Stephen (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2023
EPSRC IAA: Prosperity Partnerships
McArthur, Stephen (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2025
Turing Network Development Call
McArthur, Stephen (Principal Investigator) West, Graeme (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 30-Jan-2022

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Professor Stephen McArthur
Associate Principal & Executive Dean
Faculty of Engineering

Tel: 548 4838