Michael Short is a professor of control engineering and systems informatics at Teesside University in the UK and is head of the Centre for Sustainable Engineering Research. He holds a BEng degree in electronic and electrical engineering (1999, Sunderland) and a PhD degree in real-time robot control (2003, Sunderland). Michael's research interests encompass aspects of applied control engineering and systems informatics applied to smart energy systems and robotics. He has authored over 170 reviewed publications in international conferences and journals, has received over 1500 citations and has won seven best paper awards. He currently has an h-index of 23 and an i-10 index of 41. He has supervised seven PhD completions and is investigator on numerous completed and ongoing funded research projects in smart energy. He is an associate editor for the International Journal of Energies and also for the Frontiers in Energy Efficiency international journal. Michael is a full member of both the IET and IEEE and is a fellow of the HEA.