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Formal and Robust Learning Control for Intelligent Electrification

   Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering

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  Dr Jun Yang  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

To advance a green, clean, and affordable energy and environment era, it is imperative to develop a formal and reliable learning control framework as a paradigm shift of the advanced electric drive control strategy to deliver promising properties like higher efficiency, higher control bandwidth, lower current distortion, and lower device switching frequency for electric machines.

With these achievable performance specifications, this new control algorithm used in vehicle electric motors will significantly improve the energy conversion efficiency, and provide much higher power/torque density and smoother speed/current/torque regulation performance, which will substantially increase battery life, enable a wider range of driving scenarios and enhance user comfort and vehicle durability by reducing unwanted noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) of electric vehicles.

The PhD student will develop and use this new design and synthesis framework to achieve many promising performance objectives of power electronics, and electric machines for electric vehicles including economic performance (e.g., the THD and the switching frequency), high control bandwidth, low computational burden, performance trustworthiness (e.g., stability, and qualitative robustness), and extended functionality (e.g., ability to handle state constraints, nonlinearities, and disturbances).


Primary supervisor: Jun Yang

Entry requirements for United Kingdom

Applicants should have or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Engineering, Physics, Mathematics or a related subject. A relevant master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: modelling of dynamic systems, programming (MATLAB, Python, C++ or similar).

English language requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

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How to apply

All applications should be made online and must include a research proposal. Under the programme name, select 'Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering'. Please quote the advertised reference number AACME-23-002 in your application.

To avoid delays in processing your application, please ensure that you submit the minimum supporting documents.

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Funding Notes

UK fee
Fully funded full-time degree per annum
International fee
Fully funded full-time degree per annum
Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Fees are reviewed annually and are likely to increase to take into account inflationary pressures.
Applicants could receive full or partial funding for 3 years, including a tax-free stipend of £17,668 (2022/23 rate) per annum, and/or a tuition fee waiver.
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