Contact Dr Daniel Auger

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Background

Control engineering is key to the successful deployment of many cutting-edge vehicle technologies. Even with a rigorous scientific understanding and excellent mathematical models, real-world systems can be unpredictable, since no model is a perfect match for its system ('model uncertainty') and all systems are affected by unknown external factors ('disturbance' and 'noise').  Sometimes the quantities of interest are unmeasurable, e.g. battery state-of-charge.  All this can mean that it is difficult to make a system behave as intended, and this usually gets harder when moving away from the laboratory and into practical applications.  Control engineers are experienced in managing problems like this and can often dramatically improve a system's behaviour.  Sometimes, improvements come as increases in 'performance' measures such as energy efficiency, reliability and driveability.  However, in many cases, a system will only work at all because of what control engineers do.

Daniel and his research team at Cranfield are experts in control, simulation, application and duty cycle modelling, hardware prototyping, mixed hardware/simulation test environments and state estimation.  Typical applications include hybrid and electric vehicles, advanced battery management systems and autonomous road vehicles.

Daniel studied at Cambridge, receiving the MEng (Hons) and PhD degrees. He then worked in senior control engineering roles in BAE Systems and in the Consulting Services Group at MathWorks.  He joined Cranfield in 2013.  He is a chartered engineer, an IET Fellow, an IEEE Senior Member and past chair of the IEEE UK and Ireland Control System Society Chapter.

Research opportunity

Cranfield advertises post-doctoral research opportunities at https://tinyurl.com/Cranfield-Postdoc-Jobs-SATM.  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 https://tinyurl.com/PhD-in-Transport-Systems, 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 https://tinyurl.com/Transport-Systems-PhD-Funding.

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 465,851 (Cranfield part), Jan 19 to Jul 2022.  PI Dr D Auger, Co-Is Dr A Fotouhi, Prof J Brighton.

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

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.

Clients

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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