José Domingo Álvarez Hervás

Assoc Prof Automatic Control & Systems Engineering

José Domingo Álvarez is an Associate Professor (Profesor Titular de Universidad) at the University of Almería, Spain. He received the Computer Science Engineering degree from the University of Almería in 2003. In 2008, he obtained, from the same university, the Ph.D. degree focused on Automatic Control in Solar Plants which was performed in a leading research centre in this field: la Plataforma Solar de Almería (Solar Platform of Almería). After finishing his Ph.D., he was employed as a postdoctoral researcher in the University of Almería under the framework of the singular strategic project about bioclimatic architecture and solar cooling (PSE-ARFRISOL). Then, he spent two years in the University of Seville (Spain) with a Juan de la Cierva postdoctoral grant. After that, he had a Ramón y Cajal postdoctoral grant in the University of Almería. Currently, he has been promoted to Associate Professor (Profesor Titular de Universidad) in the same university.

His research interests are focused on the fields of repetitive control, predictive control and classical PID control with applications to solar power plants, microgrids and energy efficient buildings. In the last ten years, as a result of his work in these research lines, it is possible to highlight his co-authored in the book Comfort Control in Buildings (Springer, 2014). He is co-author of 38 regular papers published in referred journals, 18 of them ranked in Q1 and 15 in Q2, and more than 50 papers in international and national conferences. H-index: 19 (Google Scholar), 16 (Scopus), 15 (Web of Science). He has been director of 3 Ph.D. Thesis and has participated in several national and international R&D projects with public and private funding. CNEAI has positively evaluated 2 research periods of six years (last year evaluated 2016). It is worth mentioning that all his work, including his predoctoral and postdoctoral stages as well as all the Ph.D. and master students that he has supervised, can be related to the Challenge: (C3) efficient, safe and clean energy, defined in the State Program.

He is a member of the “Automatic control, Robotics and Mechatronics” research group ( He is also a member of the Comité Español de Automática (main Spanish Association in Automatic Control). He was one of the co-organizers of the XXVII Jornadas de Automática (the annual meeting of the Spanish Automatic Control Committee) in 2006, the II Simposio Nacional de Ingeniería Hortícola in 2016 and the XVI Simposio CEA de Ingeniería de Control in 2018. He is the coordinator of the Máster en Energía Solar in the UAL and the person in charge of the Modelling and Control functional unit in the CIESOL centre. He is reviewer of more than 20 renowned international journals (more than 100 reviews), ANEP, and ANECA. He is member of: i) the editorial board of the journal ‘Mathematical Problems in Engineering’ (1.305 JCR index), ii) the topic board of ‘Energies’ journal (3.004 JCR index) and, iii) the RP2 review panel of COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) actions.

Since 2008, he has made several stays in prestigious national and international research centers, accumulating several months of postdoctoral stays. He has been collaborating as with national researchers: Universidad Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), Universidad de Sevilla (US); as international ones: Universidad Federal de Santa Catarina (BR), Università di Brescia (IT), Arizona State University (USA), Universidade do Algarve (PT), University of Kent (UK), Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán (MX). All these collaborations have resulted in several works published in high impact journals indexed in the JCR index and in the presentation of several works in international conferences.