Petr Musilek

Professor & Associate Chair (Undergraduate Programs)
Electrical & Computer Engineering
(780) 492-5368
Donadeo ICE 11-233 


Petr Musilek received the Ing. degree in Electrical Engineering (1991) and PhD degree in Technical Cybernetics (1995) from the Military Technical Academy in Brno, Czech Republic. Between 1995-1997, he was a Director of Computer Applications Group at the Military Medical Academy J. E. Purkyne in Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic. In 1997, he was awarded a NATO Science Fellowship, tenured at the Intelligent Systems Research Laboratory at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, between 1997-1999. Since 1999, he has been with the University of Alberta, where he is presently a Professor and an Associate Chair for the Undergraduate Program. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, and a registered Professional Engineer in Alberta (APEGA).

Research Interests

My research is concerned with the effects of weather on power systems, with ways of modelling and forecasting them, and with the use of intelligent techniques to process and interpret the modelling results. Weather plays an important role in the operability of electric power systems. This has become even more important with the recent advent of weather-dependent renewable, distribute energy resources, and the push for their mass integration into the existing electric power grids.

Meteorological conditions impact power production and consumption patterns, and the characteristics and integrity of the power delivery infrastructure. Although the influence of weather has been known for a long time, the use of weather information was limited to climatological statistics and publicly available weather forecasts. The recent advances in Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP), accompanied by increased availability of high performance computing, made it possible to perform specialized weather forecasts and model the effects of weather on electric power systems.


Currently and in the past, my research has been supported by the following agencies CFI, CFREF, MITACS, NSERC, and by a number of industrial partners, including
Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO), Altalink, ATCO Electric, BC Transmission Corporation, BC Hydro, Bonneville Power Administration, EDF Energy, EPCOR Distribution and Transmission Inc., Hydro Quebec, NALCOR Energy, NB Power, TEPCO.

My research is currently focused on the following areas:

  • Theory and Applications of Intelligent Systems
  • Smart Integration of Distributed Energy Resources in Electric Power Grids
  • Operation Strategies of Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS)
  • Intelligent Energy Management in Modern Power Supply Systems
  • Modelling and Forecasting Energy Production from Renewable Resources

This unique combination of research in energy, meteorology, and intelligent systems, provides graduate students in my research group with unique opportunity to get prepared for academic and industrial careers in the exciting and sought after field of energy and environment.