UCL Energy Institute

Dr Aidan O'Sullivan

Dr Aidan O'Sullivan

Associate Professor

Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
21st Sep 2015

Research summary


Aidan O’Sullivan is a lecturer at the UCL Energy Institute, University College London. He is course director for the MSc. in Energy Systems and Data Analytics, head of the Energy and Artificial Intelligence group and co-director of the Air Transportation Systems Laboratory (www.atslab.org). 

Aidan has been co-investigator on a number of large scale research projects, collaborations involving multiple universities, including the UK Research Council funded projects. “System Aspects of Electric Commercial Aircraft (SAECA)”, project value £250,000, and “Airport Capacity Consequences Leveraging Aviation Integrated Modelling (ACCLAIM)”, total project value £1,500,000. 

Aidan’s publications span a wide range of areas but with the common focus of how advanced data science and AI methodologies can be deployed in aerospace and the energy system for sustainability. Examples include the development of models for the global aviation system, the future of electric aircraft and the role of big data and AI in energy systems modelling. In addition to publishing in leading peer reviewed journals he has been; commissioned for studies by the Office of National Statistics and the Department for Transport, an invited member of the government select committee on AI and Transport as well as roundtable discussions with Google Deepmind on AI and Energy. His work has also been featured in a recent article on Artificial Intelligence in the Times Raconteur, “How AI can help meet global energy demand”.

Prior to joining UCL he was awarded a PhD. from the department of Mathematics in Imperial College London in 2013 for his thesis on Bayesian statistics. He joined MIT as a postdoc in the Intelligent Transport Systems group where he worked for two years on the problem of modelling transport systems using advanced artificial intelligence methods in collaboration with the Singapore Land Transport Authority.