Tarek AlSkaif is an Assistant Professor with Tenure-track at the Information Technology group (INF), Wageningen University & Research (WUR). He received the Ph.D. degree (Cum-laude) from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Statistical Analysis of Networks and Systems (SANS) research group, Barcelona, Spain in 2016 and obtained the B.Sc. degree and the M.Sc. degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering from Damascus University, Syria in 2007 and 2011, respectively.
Tarek is passionate about sustainability and energy transition and believes in the key role of Information Technology to enable that. Between 2016 - 2020, he was a postdoc at the Energy & Resources group at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University, The Netherlands, focusing on different research problems in smart grids and smart cities, including smart energy systems design, local energy communities, solar energy forecasting, smart integration of distributed energy resources, wireless sensor networks, among others, all with an emphasis on using ICT platforms, modeling, data analytics and artificial intelligence. Between 2016 and 2019, he was mainly working on the EU-project: PARticipatory platform for sustainable ENergy managemenT (PARENT), JPI, Urban Europe. Between 2018 and 2020, he initiated and coordinated the project: "A Blockchain-based platform for peer-to-peer energy transactions between Distributed Energy Resources (B-DER)" under the framework TKI-Urban Energy, Topsector Energie. Tarek has also been actively involved in other EU and Dutch research projects that uses ICT to facilitate the Energy Transition, such as Smart EV Solar Charging and the NWO project Energy Intranets (NEAT).
Tarek is a regular reviewer and guest editor for several international journals and conferences in the area of smart grids and cyber-physical systems. He is a member of IEEE, PES and the global observatory on peer-to-peer and transactive energy (GO-P2P). He is also a technical program committee of the IEEE International Conference on Smart Energy Systems and Technologies (SEST) since 2019 and a steering committee member and publication chair of the same since 2020. To date, he (co)supervised more than 26 MSc students and is currently co-promoting 2 PhD candidates and 1 postdoc.