Philip Ciufo graduated from the University of Wollongong with a B.E. (Hons) in Electrical Engineering in 1990 whilst also completing an Industry Cadetship. In 1991 he joined the University as Research Associate where he worked on several research projects and provided engeering support to many of the research programs within the School of Electrical Computer and Telecommunications Engineering. He obtained an M.E. (Hons) in Electrical Engineering in 1993. He joined the academic staff of the University after completing his Ph.D. in 2002. The title of his thesis was "Magnetic Modelling and Sensorless Control of the Synchronous Reluctance Machine". Dr Ciufo has had various stints in industry as an Electrical Engineer and returned to academia in 2007. Phil is the Director of the Centre for Power Engineering Excellence based at UOW.
Electrical engineering (and engineering in general) plays such an important role in any existing and developing society. Most of what we, as a society, take for granted is a result of good engineering practice; clean water, an abundance of energy etc. The future holds many challenges and it is engineers that will provide the solutions that we seek. Research is fundamental to the development of sustainable and viable solutions. The focus of my research has always been practical, outcome driven results that solve, or contribute to solutions for issues that industry needs; both in the long and short term.
The primary focus of my research activities is in power quality (PQ) including system harmonics, harmonic management, voltage fluctuations and unbalance. Both the technical and economic aspects of PQ in LV, MV and HV networks are of interest. Voltage regulation in distribution networks rich in generation and modern load types can also be regarded as a PQ problem and therefore I have an interest in active distribution networks. PQ management in a modern grid is quite a challenge. These technical issues also exist the micro-grid systems and this is also an active area of my recent research activities.
My other research interests include; modelling and analysis of power distribution systems, intelligent grids and distributed generation integration, protection in MV and LV networks containing significant distributed generators, advanced distribution automation and AC drive systems (modelling, analysis, control).