Professor Stephen McArthur

Deputy Associate Principal

Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Personal statement

My area of expertise is intelligent system applications in energy, covering condition monitoring, diagnostics and prognostics, active network management and wider smart grid applications. My research leadership roles include being Director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Power Networks and Smart Grids, which is a partnership between Strathclyde and Imperial College, London. I am also Academic Director of the Advanced Nuclear Research Centre at the University of Strathclyde. This is delivering a range of solutions for through-life plant management to UK and international industrial partners. As part of this activity I am the Academic Principal Investigator on the EPSRC Prosperity Partnership programme entitled "Delivering Enhanced Through-Life Nuclear Asset Management". 

I lead 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.

Within the University I am a Deputy Associate Principal for Research, Knowledge Exchange and Innovation with a remit including REF 2021 preparation and EPSRC relationship management. I am also co-Director of the Institute for Energy and Environment and Academic Director of the Low Carbon Power and Energy Programme within the Technology and Innovation Centre. Previously, from August 2011 until June 2014, I was the Head of the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering.


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

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


A diagnostics framework for underground power cables lifetime estimation under uncertainty
Aizpurua Jose Ignacio, Stewart Brian G, McArthur Stephen D J, Jajware Nitin, Kearns Martin, Garro Unai, Muxika Eñaut, Mendicute Mikel
IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, pp. 1-10 (2020)
A sequential Bayesian approach to online power quality anomaly segmentation
Jiang Xu, Stephen Bruce, McArthur Stephen
IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics (2020)
Automated distribution network fault cause identification with advanced similarity metrics
Jiang Xu, Stephen Bruce, McArthur Stephen
IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery (2020)
Improved online localisation of CANDU duel defects using ancillary data sources and neural networks
Wallace Christopher, McEwan Curtis, West Graeme, Aylward William, McArthur Stephen
Nuclear Technology Vol 206, pp. 697-705 (2020)
Extracting distribution network fault semantic labels from free text incident tickets
Stephen Bruce, Jiang Xu, McArthur Stephen D J
IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery (2019)
Prognostics & health management methods & tools for transformer condition monitoring in smart grids
Aizpurua Jose Ignacio, Stewart Brian G, McArthur Stephen D J, Garro Unai, Muxika Eñaut, Mendicute Mikel, Catterson V M, Gilbert Ian P, del Rio Luis
IEEE 6th International Advanced Research Workshop on Transformers (ARWtr2019) (2019)

More publications


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 power engineering
  • Engineering application of 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
  • Decision support environments

Professional activities

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
Low Carbon Networks Fund: what has been achieved to date and what does it mean for future innovation?
Royal Society of Edinburgh (External organisation)
Scottish Enterprise (External organisation)

More professional activities


KTP - ICR Integrity
West, Graeme (Principal Investigator) McArthur, Stephen (Co-investigator)
27-Jan-2020 - 26-Jan-2022
EPSRC Capital Award for Core Equipment 2019
McArthur, Stephen (Principal Investigator)
29-Jan-2019 - 28-Jan-2021
Doctoral Training Partnership 2018-19 University of Strathclyde | Fagan, Andrew
West, Graeme (Principal Investigator) McArthur, Stephen (Co-investigator) Fagan, Andrew (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2023
Energy Revolution Research Consortium - Plus - EnergyREV - Next Wave of Local Energy Systems in a Whole Systems (ISCF)
McArthur, Stephen (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2022
Energy Revolution Research Consortium - Plus - EnergyREV - Market design for scaling up local clean energy systems (ISCF)
McArthur, Stephen (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2022
Energy Revolution Research Consortium - Plus - EnergyREV - User influence tools for enabling two-way engagement with smart local energy systems (ISCF)
McArthur, Stephen (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2022

More projects


Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Royal College Building

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