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Researcher Profile

Dr. Edmund Widl

Dr. Edmund Widl


Senior Scientist



Competence Unit

Electric Energy Systems




+43 50550 6034


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Giefinggasse 2, 1210 Vienna


Field: Power System Digitalisation

Main Research: Analysis and design of multi-domain energy systems

Experience: Edmund Widl received an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Physics from the Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria, in 2004 and 2008 respectively. From 2003 to 2011 he worked for the Institute of High Energy Physics (HEPHY), Vienna, Austria, on several projects for the CMS Collaboration, one of the particle physics experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland. In 2011 he joined the Complex Energy Systems group of the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), where he works on topics related to the modeling and simulation of cyber-physical energy systems (CPES). A special interest in this context is the analysis and design of multi-domain energy systems, such as hybrid thermal-electrical distribution grids. A substantial part of his work is dedicated to the development of new tools for simulation-based black-box optimization and co-simulation, focusing on methods and tools that are compliant to the Functional Mock-up Interface specification. Apart from work directly related to applications and tool development he is also actively promoting the topic of CPES, for instance as co-organizer of CPSWeek 2016 and publication chair of the MSCPES workshop series (since 2014).

  • 2004-2011: PhD student / Postdoc
    Austrian Academy of Sciences, Institute for High Energy Physics (HEPHY) / Vienna, Austria
  • 2009: Victor Hess Award (Austrian Physical Society)


  • Modeling Intelligent Energy Systems: Co-Simulation Platform for Validating Flexible-Demand EV Charging Management
    Author(s): P. Palensky, E. Widl, M. Stifter, A. Elsheikh
    Journal: IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, 4 (2013)
  • Simulating cyber-physical energy systems: challenges, tools and methods
    Author(s): P. Palensky, E. Widl, A. Elsheikh
    Journal: IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems, 44 (2013)
  • Interfacing Power System and ICT Simulators: Challenges, State-of-the-Art, and Case Studies
    Author(s): S. Müller, H. Georg, J. Nutaro, E. Widl, et al.
    Journal: IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid (2016)
  • A new method for optimizing operation of large neighborhoods of buildings using thermal simulation
    Author(s): G. Zucker, F. Judex, M. Blöchle, M. Köstl, E. Widl, S. Hauer, A. Bres, J. Zeilinger
    Journal: Energy and Buildings, 125 (2016) ; 153-160
  • Studying the potential of multi-carrier energy distribution grids: A holistic approach
    Author(s): Edmund Widl, Tobias Jacobs, Daniel Schwabeneder, Sebastien Nicolas, Daniele Basciotti, Sawsan Henein, Tae-Gil Noh, Olatz Terreros, Anett Schuelke, Hans Auer
    Journal: Elsevier Energy, 153 (2018) ; 519-529
  • A method for technical assessment of power-to-heat use cases to couple local district heating and electrical distribution grids
    Author(s): Benedikt Leitner, Edmund Widl, Wolfgang Gawlik, René Hofmann
    Journal: Elsevier Energy, 182 (2019) ; 729-738
  • Model-Based Virtual Components in Event-Based Controls: Linking the FMI and IEC 61499
    Author(s): Michael H. Spiegel, Edmund Widl, Bernhard Heinzl, Wolfgang Kastner, Nabil Akroud
    Journal: Applied Sciences, 10 (5) (2020)
  • Requirements for real-time hardware integration into cyber-physical energy system simulation
    Author(s): M. Faschang, F. Kupzog, E. Widl, S. Rohjans, S Lehnhoff
    Conference MSCPES 2015, Seattle
  • Using FMI Components in Discrete Event Systems
    Author(s): W. Müller, E. Widl
  • On using FMI-based models in IEC 61499 control applications
    Author(s): M. Spiegel, F. Leimgruber, E. Widl, G. Gridling
    Conference MSCPES 2015, Seattle
  • Simulation of multi-domain energy systems based on the Functional Mock-up Interface specification
    Author(s): E. Widl, W. Müller, D. Basciotti, S. Henein, S. Hauer, K. Eder
    Conference EDST 2015, Vienna
  • FMI-based Co-Simulation of Hybrid Closed-loop Control System Models
    Author(s): Edmund Widl, Florian Judex, Katharina Eder, Peter Palensky
    Conference ICCSE 2015, Storrs, CT
  • Co-simulation for control design - A case study for cross-domain collaboration
    Author(s): Katharina Eder, Edmund Widl, Conrad Gahler, Barbara Beigelböck, Florian Judex
    Conference SimBuild 2016, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Optimization of multi-carrier energy systems using an FMI-based co-simulation approach
    Author(s): Edmund Widl
    Conference Energieinformatik 2016, Klagenfurt, Austria
  • The optFUMOLA package: A simulation-based black-box optimization library and interface
    Author(s): Benedikt Pesendorfer, Edmund Widl
  • Co-simulation and control of power-to-heat units in coupled electrical and thermal distribution networks
    Author(s): Benedikt Pesendorfer, Edmund Widl, Wolfgang Gawlik, René Hofmann
  • ZerOBNL: A framework for distributed and reproducible co-simulation
    Author(s): Pablo Puerto, Edmund Widl, Jessen Page
  • An FMI-compliant Co-simulation Approach for Smart Grid ICT Assessments
    Author(s): Edmund Widl, Timoleon-Panagiotis Mantafounis, Andreas Davros, Oliver Gehrke, Tue Vissing Jensen, George Kiokes, Nikos Hatziargyriou

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