Mihail Mihaylov

Mihail Mihaylov, Ph.D.

Product Owner

Research profile

I am Product Owner at i.LECO, Belgium. My work helps enable intelligent Renewable Energy Communities tackle the challenges of the energy transition through innovative mechanisms and software.

Previously, I introduced NRGcoin - a decentralized mechanism for rewarding renewable energy, based on blockchain technology.

I am actively involved in the Blockchain ecosystem: previously the organizer of the Barcelona Bitcoin Community and currently the organizer of P2P.Gent blockchain meetup.

My previous functions: voluntary post-doctoral researcher at the AI lab of Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium; senior research engineer at Enervalis, Belgium further advancing my NRGcoin concept towards real-world deployment; senior research scientist at Sensing & Control Systems in Barcelona, Spain, working on smart grids and the internet of things; post-doctoral researcher at the Combinatorial Optimisation and Decision Support (CODeS) Research Group, University of Leuven in Gent, Belgium, applying data mining techniques on real-world nurse rostering data from Belgian hospitals to improve the quality of the automatic generation of personnel schedules.

I collaborated with an independent research institute and developed techniques for distributed timetabling and geographical exam scheduling to facilitate course providers in planning their courses and exams.

During my Ph.D. I developed intelligent reinforcement learning algorithms for emergent coordination and self-organization of decentralized systems, such as wireless sensor networks.


Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence

Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

2008 - 2012

Thesis title: "Decentralized Coordination in Multi-agent Systems". Graduated with Highest Distinction.

Focus: machine learning, wireless sensor networks, game theory, decentralized algorithms, multi-agent systems, collective behavior.

M.Sc. in Artificial Intelligence

Maastricht University, The Netherlands

2007 - 2008

Thesis title: "Computational Mechanism Design for Wireless Sensor Networks". Received Leo Coolen Award for thesis. Graduated with Distinction.

Focus: mechanism design, wireless sensor networks, game theory, data mining, machine learning, probabilistic robotics, intelligent search techniques, optimization algorithms.

B.Sc. in Computer Engineering

Universität Duisburg-Essen, Germany

2003 - 2007

Thesis title: "Mathematical Methods to Ascertain Flow-Curve Functions With the Help of Neural Networks".

Focus: Software development and testing, usability engineering, logical devices and digital systems, neural networks, regression analysis, basic electronic devices, design theory, physics.

Work Experience

Product Owner at i.LECO

July 2019 - present

Topics: Renewable Energy Communities, Smart grids, Blockchain, Energy transition

Founder and CEO at TicrTech

October 2017 - present

Topics: Blockchain, Crypto currencies, Hardware and Software development

Blockchain Architect at Enervalis

July 2017 - June 2019

Topics: NRGcoin, Smart grids, Blockchain, Demand response

Post-doctoral researcher at Vrije Universiteit Brussel

October 2015 - June 2017

Topics: Smart grids, Demand response, Energy trading

Senior research scientist at Sensing & Control Systems

October 2013 - September 2015

Topics: Smart grids, Machine learning, Energy trading, IoT

Post-doctoral researcher at KU Leuven

September 2012 - September 2013

Topics: Data mining, Nurse rostering

Teaching Assistant at Vrije Universiteit Brussel

September 2010 - July 2012

Course: "Multi-agent Learning"

Ph.D. researcher at Vrije Universiteit Brussel

April 2008 - July 2012

Topic: "Decentralized Coordination in Wireless Sensor Networks"

Teaching Assistant at Universität Duisburg-Essen

April 2006 - July 2006

Course: "Fundamentals of Computer Engineering 2"

Software Developer at EIDOLOGIC GmbH

March 2006 - June 2006

Software development in Borland Delphi


Voluntary researcher at Vrije Universiteit Brussel

July 2017 - August 2019

Topics: NRGcoin, Smart grids, Blockchain, Demand response

Co-organizer of P2P.Gent bitcoin meetup

November 2015 - present

Responsibilities: PR with the community and businesses, scheduling meetings, arranging locations, finding speakers, giving talks

Organizer of Barcelona Bitcoin Community

November 2013 - September 2015

Responsibilities: PR with the community and businesses, scheduling meetings, arranging locations, finding speakers, giving talks

Voluntary researcher at Vrije Universiteit Brussel

July 2012 - September 2013

Responsibilities: writing scientific papers, reviewing publications, preparing and giving tutorials and lectures, participating in projects


Blockchain (ideology, technology, protocol, applications, currencies)

Smart Grids (policies, energy trading, auctions)

Simulations of complex multi-agent systems (Matlab, OMNeT++, Repast)

Reinforcement Learning (theory, applications)

Collective intelligence (emergent behavior, decentralized coordination)

Wireless Sensor Networks (hardware, communication/routing protocols)

Developing and writing proposals for funding (FP7, Horizon 2020)

Software development (Javascript, Java, C#, C++)

Technical Skills

  • OMNeT++
  • Matlab
  • Javascript, Node.js
  • Repast, Arena
  • C++, C#, Java
  • LaTeX
  • Circuit Maker
  • Eclipse, NetBeans
  • Arduino, Raspberry Pi

Language skills

  • English (fluent)
  • Dutch (very good)
  • German (outdated)
  • Spanish (deteriorating)
  • Bulgarian (native)

Soft Skills

Multicultural awareness

Design of posters and PowerPoint presentations

Public speaking at international events

Experienced in working independently as well as in a team

Managing small teams


  • Decentralized systems
  • Bitcoin & Blockchain
  • Renewable energy
  • Incentive mechanisms
  • Industrial problems
  • Robotics
  • Machine intelligence