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Dr Li  graduated from both University of Bath and North China Electric Power University in 2011 with BEng in electrical power engineering.

He received his PhD in 2014 from Bath, with thesis entitled “Load profiling on time-frequency domain: from big data to smart data”.

Between 2014 and 2015, Ran worked as research associate (RA) in an EPSRC UK-China smart grid project. He took up a lectureship in September 2015.

Research interests

Dr Li has developed a set of big data analytic techniques based on statistics and spectral analysis in order to address challenges brought by smart grid and smart meters. He has extensive experience in working with UK power industry and regulator in low carbon distribution network development and smart metering reform.

Willing to supervise PhD

Interested in supervising students. PhD studentship available. Interested candidates should contact Dr Li directly.

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Projects 2015 2022

Learning systems


Li, R., Le Blond, S. & Li, F.


Project: Research council

Energy security
Toxic materials

P2P SmarTest

Li, F. & Li, R.


Project: EU Commission

Energy resources
Project management
Telecommunication traffic

Research Output 2012 2019

A Statistical Approach to Estimate Imbalance-Induced Energy Losses for Data-Scarce Low Voltage Networks

Fang, L., Ma, K., Li, R., Wang, Z. & Shi, H., 9 Jan 2019, In : IEEE Transactions on Power Systems. p. 1-1 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
1 Citations

Big Data Analytics for Flexible Energy Sharing: Accelerating a Low-Carbon Future

Li, F., Li, R., Zhang, Z., Dale, M., Tolley, D. & Ahokangas, P., 1 May 2018, In : IEEE Power and Energy Magazine. 16, 3, p. 35-42

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Mitigating load forecast errors for suppliers by utilizing energy storage at a substation level

Yan, X., Ma, Q., Wyman-Pain, H., Gu, C., Li, R. & Li, F., 16 Jan 2018, Proceedings of IEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference Europe, ISGT-Europe 2017 . IEEE, p. 1-5 5 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Energy storage
Cost reduction

Phase Identification with Incomplete Data

Xu, M., Li, R. & Li, F., 1 Jul 2018, In : IEEE Transactions on Smart Grids. 9, 4, p. 2777 - 2785

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Smart meters
Spectrum analysis

A novel hierarchical contribution factor based model for distribution use-of-system charges

Sharma, A., Bhakar, R., Tiwari, H. P., Li, R. & Li, F., 15 Dec 2017, In : Applied Energy. 208, p. 996-1006 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Electric power distribution
peak flow
Electric potential


3D Face Recognition Using Multicomponent Feature Extraction from the Nasal Region and its Environs

Author: Gao, J., 23 Nov 2016

Supervisor: Evans, A. (Supervisor) & Li, R. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Load Profiling on Time and Spectral Domain: From Big Data to Smart Data

Author: Li, R., 19 Jan 2015

Supervisor: Li, F. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD