Professor Song gained his BEng, MSc and PhD degrees at Sichuan University and the China Electric Power Research Institute in China. In 2002, he was awarded a Doctor of Science by Brunel University for his contributions to power system research and knowledge. He began his academic career as a postdoctoral research fellow at Tsinghua University, China, in 1989 and subsequently held posts in the UK at Bristol, Bath and Liverpool John Moores Universities. In 1997 he joined Brunel University as a Royal Academy of Engineering/British Energy/BNFL/Siemens research professor of power systems. He was pro vice-chancellor at Brunel from 2004 to 2006 with responsibility for graduate studies. His areas of expertise cover the fields of economics, modelling, operation and management of utility networks, and in particular power and wireless networks as well as intelligent systems. He has authored/co-authored five books and over 300 papers, and has successfully supervised more than 30 PhD projects. Professor Song is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the IEEE and the International Eurasian Academy of Sciences.