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Claudio A. Cañizares

Professor, PhD, Professional Engineer (PEng), Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (FIEEE)


Claudio A. CañizaresUniversity of Waterloo 
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering 
200 University Avenue West 
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1 

Centre for Environmental Information Technology (EIT) 4168 
Phone: 519-888-4567 ext. 35355
Fax: 519-746-3077 

Claudio Canizares' Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Teaching & supervision

Office hours By appointment (email or call).


ECE = Electrical and Computer Engineering 

  • ECE 6613PD: Power System Analysis
  • ECE 6601PD: Power System Modeling and Stability Analysis
  • ECE 664: Power System Components and Modeling
  • ECE 662: Power Systems Analysis and Control
  • ECE 467: Power System Operation and Markets
  • ECE 463: Design and Applications of Power Electronic Converters
  • ECE 390: Engineering Design, Economics, and Impact on Society
  • Mechanical Engineering (ME) 269: Electromechanical Devices and Power Processing
  • ECE 140: Linear Circuits
  • ECE 100: Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering
  • General Engineering (GENE) 123: Electrical Engineering

Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and visitors



  1. Stability and security analysis and improvements of power systems in a deregulated environment. Particularly interested in:
    • Pricing of system security and controls
    • Stability analysis of power systems including High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) and flexible alternating current (AC) transmission simulation controllers, and development of new analysis methodologies and control strategies to monitor and avoid stability problems (SG)
    • Development of efficient computational tools for the analysis of stability, dispatch and pricing problems in power system models
    • Real-time stability and security monitoring and control (SG)
    • Application of optimization techniques to bifurcation and stability-constrained optimal power flow (OPF) problems
    • Nonlinear system theory application to power systems, particularly the study of bifurcations and chaotic behavior
    • Modeling, simulation and control of systems with DG, including both large grids and microgrids (SG)
  2. Optimal management and forecasting in competitive electricity markets:
    • Development of dispatch tools for demand-side power management including local generation resources and price uncertainties (SG)
    • Reactive power management and markets
    • Probabilistic and stochastic OPF problems to consider variable load and generation (SG)
    • Load and price forecasting
  3. Simulation and studies of energy systems with multiple energy carriers (SG):
    • Optimization and economic studies
    • Demand side management and demand response
    • Distribution system, home and industrial Energy management systems
    • Feasibility studies of hydrogen systems with emphasis on the use of hydrogen as a storage medium for solar and wind power
  4. Simulation, modeling and analysis of Flexible Alternating Current (AC) Transmission Simulation controllers in power systems (SG):
    • Development and validation of transient and power flow models
    • Development of stability control strategies
  • Selected publications
  • Free software: The following free software is available in this server:
    • Power System Analysis Toolbox (PSAT): This is a Matlab toolbox for electric power system analysis and simulation. All operations can be assessed by means of graphical user interfaces (GUIs) and a Simulink-based library provides a user-friendly tool for network topology and data input. 
      For more information "click" on the title.
    • Smart residential load simulator (SRLS): This is a tool to facilitate the study of energy management systems in Smart Grids based on Matlab-Simulink-GUIDE toolboxes, providing a complete set of user-friendly graphical interfaces to properly model and study smart thermostats, air conditioners, furnaces, water heaters, refrigerators, stoves, dish washers, cloth washers, dryers, lights, and poolpumps, as well as wind, solar, and battery sources of power generation in residential houses. 
      For more information "click" on the title.

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