Professor R Mark Rylatt

Job: Professor of Intelligent Energy Systems

Faculty: Technology

School/department: School of Engineering and Sustainable Development

Research group(s): Institute of Energy & Sustainable Development (IESD)

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: + 44 (0)116 2577973




Personal profile

Mark is Professor of Intelligent Energy Systems at the IESD, where he has worked primarily in research for the last 15 years. He has a PhD in Artificial Intelligence and has been an investigator on several major EPSRC funded consortium projects in the energy field. His work now focuses on the complex issues arising from the development of a smart electricity grid in the context of national and international concerns for energy security and carbon reduction. Currently he leads the EPSRC funded project Agent-based Modelling of Electricity Networks (AMEN) at IESD and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Whole Systems Energy Modelling (wholeSEM) consortium project led by UCL, both key components of RCUK’s strategic initiative for energy modelling.

Research group affiliations


Publications and outputs 

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Research interests/expertise

  • Domestic / nondomestic energy modelling;
  • Agent based modelling;
  • Geographical Information Systems for Urban Scale Energy Modelling and Management;
  • Artificial Intelligence for Adaptive Control.


HND, BSc, MSc, PhD

Membership of external committees

Examination Board for MSc in Building Energy and Environmental Performance Modelling, (Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University), 2013–2017, External Examiner, Current.

wholeSEM Consortium Advisory Board, 2013-2017, advisor to £5.5M EPSRC project at UCL), Current.

EPSRC peer review college, 2013–open, expert reviewer for EPSRC proposals, Current.

Conference attendance

Joint conference chair: 1st Annual PhD Conference, Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development, De Montfort University, 21st May, 2010.

Organising committee member, “Energy and Complexity: the Way Forward”, UK Energy Research Centre workshop, 5th July, 2012. 

Co-organiser, “Sustainable energy, Complexity and the Smart Grid”, European Conference on Complex Systems Satellite Meeting, 5th September 2012.

Current research students

Joseph Richard Snape, F/T 1st supervisor.

Lars Baumann, P/T, 1st Supervisor.

Externally funded research grants information

Agent-based Modelling of Electricity Networks (AMEN), EPSRC, Research, 1/4/13, PI, E.on UK, CSIRO, EIFER, NEF.

Complex Adaptive Systems, Cognitive Agents, and Distributed Energy (CASCADE), EPSRC, Research, 1/10/09, PI, Cranfield University, E.on UK, EDF, Ecotricity, National Energy Foundation, CSIRO.

Carbon Control and Comfort User-centred control systems for comfort, carbon saving and energy management, EPSRC / E.on UK, Research, 1/4/09, 31/3/12, IESD PI, UCL, Kings College, Leeds Metropolitan, Greenwich, Loughborough, Durham, BRE, Warm Wales, Joseph Rowntree, CIRIA, Harrogate Borough Council.

Measurement, Modelling, Mapping and Management (4M): An Evidence-Based Methodology for Understanding and Shrinking the Urban Carbon Footprint, EPSRC, Research, 13/10/08, 12/10/12, IESD PI, Loughborough, Sheffield, Newcastle, Leeds, DEFRA, RSA, NEF, Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences, Politecnico di Milano, KTL Finland.

Professional esteem indicators

Journal Refereeing information:

  • Computers; Environment & Urban Systems; Energy; Energy and Buildings; Applied Thermal Engineering; Building Research and Information; International Journal of Energy Sector Management, Energy Policy.

Other Reviewing Activities:

  • Grant peer reviewer for EPSRC.
  • Grant peer review for La Geomatique pour des Interventions et des Dècisions Eclairèes (GEOIDE), Canada.
  • EPSRC Grand Challenge for Energy Networks grant interview panel (March 2011).
  • External “mock” REF reviewer for Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University.

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