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.


Has expertise in:

    • 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.

Prizes 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

More prizes and awards


Multi vector energy demand modelling for predicting low-carbon heat loads
Anderson Amy, Stephen Bruce, McArthur Stephen
IEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Europe 2022 (2022)
Probabilistic forecasting informed failure prognostics framework for improved RUL prediction under uncertainty : a transformer case study
Aizpurua JI, Stewart BG, McArthur SDJ, Penalba M, Barrenetxea M, Muxika E, Ringwood JV
Reliability Engineering and System Safety Vol 226 (2022)
Impacts of measurement errors on real-time thermal rating estimation for overhead lines
Fan Fulin, Stephen Bruce, Bell Keith, Infield David, McArthur Stephen
IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, pp. 1-11 (2022)
Incorporating forecasting and peer-to-peer negotiation frameworks into a distributed model predictive control approach for meshed electric networks
Monasterios Pablo R Baldivieso, Verba Nandor, Morris Euan A, Konstantopoulos George C, Gaura Elena, McArthur Stephen
IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems Vol 9, pp. 1556-1568 (2022)
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, pp. 1-9 (2022)
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.

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

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)
Faculty Robotics and Automation Users Group Discussion

More professional activities


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
Turing Network Development Call
McArthur, Stephen (Principal Investigator) West, Graeme (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 30-Jan-2022
Multiscale Metrology Suite for Next-generation Healthcare Technologies (EPSRC Strategic Equipment)
Rattray, Zahra (Principal Investigator) Bruns, Nico (Co-investigator) Faulds, Karen (Co-investigator) Graham, Duncan (Co-investigator) Halbert, Gavin (Co-investigator) Hoskins, Clare (Co-investigator) McArthur, Stephen (Co-investigator) Perrie, Yvonne (Co-investigator) Reid, Stuart (Co-investigator) Seib, Philipp (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2024
EPSRC Capital Core Equipment Award 2020
McArthur, Stephen (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2022
KTP - ICR Integrity
West, Graeme (Principal Investigator) McArthur, Stephen (Co-investigator)
27-Jan-2020 - 26-Jan-2022

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