Manuel Castillo Cagigal

Ph.D. Telecommunication Engineer

About me

I am currently COO of Qualifying Photovoltaics. This is a new business venture specialized in providing high added value services to maximize the profitability of PV investments. I founded it in 2016 together with my thesis colleagues Jorge Solórzano and Rodrigo Moretón. I am also collaborator of the Robotics and Control System Group (ROBOLABO) of the ETSIT of the UPM. My main research interests include: photovoltaics, advanced monitoring, distributed energy management and smart grids swarm intelligence.

I obtained my PhD degree in 2014 in the areas of Computer Science and Energy Management from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM). My PhD Thesis is entitled A swarm intelligence approach based on coupled oscillators: an application in demand side management with photovoltaic distributed generation. My PhD advisors were Álvaro Gutiérrez of the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros de Telecomunicación (ETSIT) and Estefanía Caamaño Martín of the Solar Energy Institute (IES). During my PhD period I spent 4 months at the Institute de Recherches Interdisciplinaires et de Développements en Intelligence Artificielle (IRIDIA) in Belgium under the supervision of Mauro Birattari.

In 2010, I received my Photovoltaics Solar Energy master from the UPM, being my advisor Estefanía Caamaño Martín. I received my Telecomunication Engineer degree in 2009 from the Universidad de Málaga (UMA), being my Master Thesis advisors Álvaro Gutiérrez and Alfredo García Lopera. I spent my fourth year of Telecommunication studies at the Universität Ulm in Germany with the European Erasmus Program.