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School of Engineering and Computing Sciences (ECS)


Dr Hongjian Sun, PhD, SMIEEE, FHEA

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 42478
Room number: E333 (Floor 3.5 Christopherson)
Grey College Mentor of Grey College

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Dr Hongjian Sun received his Ph.D. degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from the University of Edinburgh (U.K.) in 2011 and then took postdoctoral positions at King’s College London (U.K.) and Princeton University (USA). Since April 2013, he has been a Lecturer, now Assistant Professor, in Smart Grid with the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences at the University of Durham (U.K.). 

Dr Sun has been involved in a number of activities with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE): He is a Senior Member of the IEEE; He is serving (or served) as a technical program committee (TPC) member for many IEEE flagship conferences, e.g., IEEE ICC (2010-now), IEEE Globecom (2011-now) and IEEE VTC (2011-now); He is a peer-reviewer for a number of IEEE prestigious journals and was nominated as an Exemplary Reviewer by IEEE Communications Letters in both 2011 and 2012; He has been with the IEEE 1900.6 Standards Working Groups on the Advanced Radio Systems since 2011.

Dr Sun has been on the Editorial Board of:

Additionally, he served (is serving) as an organizing chair for the following workshops/symposium:

PhD and Postdoc Vacancies

  • Funded project: 1 Postdoc post in Smart Data Aggregation is available with application deadline 20/2/2017 in 
  • Self-funded projects: research topics are flexible. There are 1~2 openings each year. Please contact him first before your application. 

Research and Projects

Dr. Sun's research mainly focuses on: (i) wideband techniques for cognitive radio, (ii) smart grid communications, (iii) demand side management and demand response, and (iv) renewable energy sources integration. He has an established track record of publishing high quality scientific articles: He has published over 80 papers in refereed journals and international conferences; He has made contributions to and coauthored the IEEE 1900.6a-2014 Standard; He has published four book chapters, and edited two books:

Dr. Sun is Principle Investigator (PI) on a number of projects, with funding successes from the EU H2020, UK EPSRC, China NSF, and industry. He has been involved as an investigator in 8 international or national projects with a total budget in excess of £4M (using conversion rate of 15 November 2016: €1 equals £0.86). These projects include:

  • H2020 “TESTBED” project (no. 734325, €882k) as Project Coordinator;
  • EPSRC “TOPMOST” project (EP/P005950/1, £101k plus £67k funding support from partners Intel ltd. and Sunamp ltd.) as PI;
  • H2020 “SmarterEMC2” project (no. 646470, €3.7M) as Work Package Leader and Durham PI;
  • UK-Korea “Condor” project (€95.4k from Hyundai Motor ltd. plus Faculty match funding appx. £32k) as PI.

In the past, he was the key researcher for EPSRC project "Robust Intelligent Lamp Post (ILP) Sensor Networks for Energy Efficient Transportation Systems" and Korean ETRI project "Cognitive Radio Technology".

Dr. Sun is currently supervising (or line managing) 1 Postdoc Research Associate, 8 PhD students as primary supervisor, and 3 PhD students as secondary supervisor. He also leads Smart Grid research activities and Smart Grid Laboratory (, which consists of Real Time Digital Simulator (RTDS™), a PV emulation system, a wind turbine emulation system, an Electrical Energy Storage, an Electric Vehicle and charging station, an Air Source Heat Pump and smart meters. 

International Collaboration

  • Prof. H. Vincent Poor at Princeton University, USA
  • Prof. Nikolaos Hatziargyriou at National Technical University of Athens, Greece
  • Prof. John S. Thompson and Dr. Dave I. Laurenson at Edinburgh University, UK
  • Prof. Fei Richard Yu at Carleton University, Canada
  • Prof. A. Nallanathan at King's College London, UK
  • Prof. Cheng-Xiang Wang at Heriot-Watt University, UK
  • Prof. Wei-Yu Chiu at Yuan Ze University, Taiwan
  • Prof. Nan Zhao at Dalian University of Technology, China
  • Dr. Bashar Ahmad at Cambridge University, UK
  • Prof. Chao Wang at Tongji University, China

Indicators of Esteem

  • 2016: Written evidence to Energy and Climate Change Committee: Energy and Climate Change Committee's Low carbon network infrastructure inquiry
  • 2015: Carbon Trust Expert Interview: Dr. Sun had Expert Interview by Carbon Trust in March 2015 in the field of demand response technologies.
  • 2015: Lead Microgrid Researcher: Dr. Sun has been invited to attend the Microgrid Symposiums 2015 (by invitation only) as a lead microgrid researcher.
  • 2013: Fringe Event at the Liberal Democrat Party : Dr. Sun discussed Smart Grid technologies with Parliamentary Private Secretary to Ed Davey, Stephen Gilbert MP, and Jim Sutherland, Engineering Director at ScottishPower Energy Networks, at the fringe event at the Liberal Democrat Party Conference in Glasgow in September 2013.

Research Interests

  • Smart Grids
  • Demand Side Management
  • Renewable Energy Source
  • Wireless Communications
  • Powerline Commmunications
  • Sensor Networks
  • Signal Processing

Selected Publications

Journal Article

Chapter in book

Edited book

Conference Paper

Edited Journal

  • Li, Shancang, Sun, Hongjian, Nallanathan, Arumugam, Xu, Li, Zhao, Shanshan & Sun, Qindong (2014). Industrial Wireless Sensor Networks. International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks, 10 (8): Sage & Hindawi Publishing Corporation.

Other (Print)

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