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Claudio Canizares

Professor, Hydro One Chair WISE

Contact InformationClaudio Canizares

Phone: 519-888-4567 x35355
Location: EIT 4168


Biography Summary

Dr. Claudio Canizares is a Full Professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of Waterloo, where he has held various academic and administrative positions since 1993, and currently serves as the Hydro One Endowed Chair and an Associate Director of the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE). He received the Electrical Engineer degree from the Escuela Politécnica Nacional (EPN) in Quito-Ecuador in 1984, where he held different teaching and administrative positions from 1983 to 1993, and his MSc (1988) and PhD (1991) degrees in Electrical Engineering are from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research activities focus on the study of stability, modeling, simulation, control, optimization, and computational issues in large and small power and energy systems in the context of competitive energy markets and smart grids. In these areas, he has led or has been an integral part of many large to small grants and contracts from government agencies and companies, and has collaborated with industry and university researchers in Canada and abroad, supervising/co-supervising many research fellows and graduate students. He has authored/co-authored a large number of journal and conference papers, as well as various technical reports, book chapters, disclosures and patents, and has been invited to make multiple keynote speeches, seminars, and presentations at many institutions and conferences world-wide. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineering (IEEE), as well as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and has been the recipient of various IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Technical Committee and Working Group awards and recognitions, holding several past and present leadership positions in various IEEE-PES technical committees, working groups and task forces.

Research Interests

  • Nonlinear Systems Theory
  • Simulation
  • Modeling And Analysis Of FACTS Devices
  • Network/distributed And Web-based Programming
  • Applications In Power Systems
  • Computational Tools
  • Energy Systems
  • Hybrid And Electric Vehicles
  • Energy Storage
  • Power Systems
  • Renewable Energy
  • Smart Buildings
  • Smart Communities
  • Big Data/analytics
  • Smart Grids
  • Microgrids


  • 1991, Doctorate, Electrical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 1988, Master of Science, Electrical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 1984, Other, Ingeniero Elctrico (Electrical Engineer Diploma), Escuela Politcnica Nacional Quito-Ecuador


  • ECE 467 - Power Systems Analysis, Operations and Markets
  • ECE 6601PD - Power System Components and Modeling
  • ECE 6613PD - Power System Analysis
  • ECE 662 - Power Systems Analysis and Control
  • ECE 664 - Power System Components and Modeling