Wilsun Xu

Professor, Faculty of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering Dept


Professor, Faculty of Engineering - Electrical & Computer Engineering Dept
(780) 492-5965
11-261 Donadeo Innovation Centre For Engineering
9211 116 St
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5


Area of Study / Keywords

Energy Systems


Dr. Xu received a Bachelor degree from Xian Jiaotong University, China, in 1982, a M.Sc. degree from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, in 1985 and a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in 1989. He worked in BC Hydro, Canada, between 1989 and 1996 as an electrical engineer, and joined the University of Alberta in 1996.


Research Interests

The current research interests of Dr. Xu are power disturbances defined in a very broad sense. For example, a harmful disturbance is considered as a power quality concern, so his team investigates techniques for power quality assessment, diagnosis and improvement. On the other hand, some disturbances can also be considered as information carriers. Dr. Xu’s group also researches techniques for power system communication, condition monitoring and active protection using naturally occurring or intentionally generated disturbances. All this research work is driven by the vision that power systems (especially power distribution systems) will become "smarter" through the use of the information and communication technologies. Making use of power disturbances in a positive way is a very promising direction to support the smart grid vision.

Current Research

Please visit the following websites for such information:

The website of Dr. Xu

The website of Dr. Xu’s research lab

The website of Alberta Power Industry Consortium