Contact Dr Daniel Auger

Areas of expertise

  • Electric and Hybrid Vehicles
  • Mechatronics & Advanced Controls
  • Vehicle Engineering & Mobility


Dr Daniel Auger is Reader in Electrification, Automation and Control in Cranfield University's Advanced Vehicle Engineering Centre. He is an expert in control systems, vehicle electrification and autonomy. He leads major work streams on self-driving cars, and he has pioneered advanced battery management algorithms for lightweight lithium-sulfur batteries. He has also introduced new state-of-the-art MSc teaching in applied control engineering and launched a new course in connected and autonomous vehicle engineering.

With a background in control engineering, he has expertise and experience connecting the 'theoretical' world of mathematical modelling and simulation with the real physical world. His research team has strong capabilities in control, simulation, application and duty cycle modelling, hardware prototyping, mixed hardware/simulation test environments and state estimation. Current activities range from battery state characterization and state estimation using physics-based techniques coupled with estimation theory and/or artificial intelligence; thermal modelling; force-feedback systems to assist drivers resuming control in highly-automated vehicles; vendor-agnostic 'test oracle' assessment of automated driving safety using data from experimental scenarios; and hybrid 'multi-chemistry' energy storage technologies

Before joining Cranfield, Dr Auger worked in senior control engineering roles in BAE Systems and MathWorks Consulting Services. He has MA, MEng and PhD degrees from Cambridge and is a chartered engineer, an IET Fellow and an IEEE Senior Member. 

Research opportunities

Cranfield advertises post-doctoral research opportunities at  Candidates wishing to work under Daniel's supervision with their own funding, e.g. a Marie Skłodowska Curie fellowship, are welcome, and encouraged to get in touch directly.

Daniel is always happy to hear from prospective PhD students in Automotive Battery Management and State Estimation, Applications of Control Theory in Hybrid and Electric Vehicles, and Applications of Control Theory in Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

To apply, simply fill in our online application form at, mentioning your preferred supervisor's name on the form.  (Advanced Vehicle Engineering is part of our Transport Systems 'theme', so don't worry if the application form has this as the subject area).  A successful PhD requires enthusiasm and self-motivation - it's important that you can come up with ideas for a research project, and that this is well presented in your application form.

Students are normally expected to identify their own source of funding, e.g. an employer or a nationally-funded scholarship.  From time to time, we have funding for PhD scholarships - we always advertise these at

A PhD is a great experience.  It's difficult at times, but ultimately very rewarding.  If you think it might be right for you, and you think you have identified Daniel as the right supervisor, please do apply, and good luck with your application.

Current activities

Horizon 2020 Project (814471) LISA: Lithium Sulfur for Safe Road Vehicle Electrification, EUR 562,513 (Cranfield part), Jan 19 to Dec 2022.  PI Dr D Auger, Co-Is Dr A Fotouhi, Prof J Brighton.

Innovate UK Project (48727) Chimera: an intelligent battery management architecture for next-generation electric vehicle batteries using multiple cell chemistries, £82,558 (Cranfield part), Jun 20 - Nov 21.  PI Dr D Auger, Co-I Dr A Fotouhi.

Innovate UK Project (TS/R013780/1) LiS:FAB - Lithium Sulfur: Future Automotive Battery (Advanced State Estimation and Management Algorithms, £859,504 (Cranfield part), Apr 18 to Sep 21.  PI Dr D Auger, Co-Is Dr A Fotouhi, Prof J Brighton.

Innovate UK Project (105297) Developing the Isothermal Control Platform (ICP) as the Basis of New Proposed Standards for the Testing of Lithium Batteries for Use in Electric Vehicles, £82,205 (Cranfield part), Jul 19 - Jun 21.  PI Dr D Auger, Co-I Dr A Fotouhi.

Horizon 2020 Project (666157) ALISE: Advanced Lithium Sulfur Battery for xEV, EUR 111,717 (Cranfield part), Mar 18 - May 2019.  PI Dr D Auger, Co-I Dr A Fotouhi.

ATI Project (TS/P003818/1) Zephyr Innovation Programme (ZIP) - development and integration of novel lithium-sulfur battery management and state estimation algorithms for UAVs, £245,135, May 17 - Dec 18.  PI Dr D Auger, Co-Is Dr S Longo, Dr A Fotouhi.

Innovate UK Project (TS/P012000/1) HumanDRIVE, £1,199,941, Jan 17 - Dec 19, PI Prof A Tsourdos, Co-PI Prof JL Brighton, Co-Is Dr A Savvaris, Prof R Zbikowski, Dr DJ Auger, Dr S Longo, Dr A Soltani.

EPSRC Project (EP/N012089/1) TASCC: Driver-cognition-oriented optimal control authority shifting for adaptive automated driving (CogShift), £1,587,193, Dec 15 - Dec 19, PI Prof JL Brighton, Co-Is Prof N Lavie, Dr DJ Auger, Dr Y Zhao.

EPSRC Project (EP/L505286/1) Revolutionary Electric Vehicle Battery (REVB) - design and integration of novel state estimation/control algorithms & system optimisation techniques, £468,617, Feb 14 - Apr 17, PI Dr D Auger, Co-I Dr S Longo.

EPSRC Project (EP/I038586/1) Developing FUTURE Vehicles (Fundamental Understanding of Technologies for Ultra Reduced Emission Vehicles), £3,012,029, [Jan 13] - May 16, PI Prof R Thring, Co-Is Prof Q Zhong, Prof DA Stone, Prof K Burnham, Prof NP Brandon, Prof D Howey, Dr T Larkowski, Dr D J Auger, Dr S Longo, Dr M Sumislawska, Prof M McCulloch, Professor R Martinez-Botas, Dr J Marco, Dr G Offer, Prof F Assadian.


Current and recent grants have been provided by Innovate UK, The European Commission, EPSRC and the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI).

Current and recent collaborators include OXIS Energy, The LEITAT Technological Center and Thermal Hazard Technologies.


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