People

Principal investigator

  • David Howey Associate Professor

    David Howey PhD MA MEng SMIEEE is an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford, and Official Fellow at St Hilda’s College, Oxford. He received the MEng degree in Electrical and Information Sciences from the University of Cambridge, UK, in 2002 and his PhD from Imperial College London, UK, in 2010, on the topic of thermal management of electrical machines. He was appointed to a faculty position at Oxford in 2011. During his doctoral research he pioneered a new electrical method to measure heat flux in electrical machines. As a post-doc at Imperial he developed and patented an impedance-based battery condition monitoring technique and worked on electrically assisted turbochargers. He was an Honorary Research Fellow at Imperial College London from 2011 to 2014 and winner of a Samsung Global Research Outreach award in 2012. He is on the editorial boards of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics and Oxford Open Energy and is an IEEE Senior Member and Member of the Electrochemical Society. He has co-authored over 80 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers, and filed 7 patents, and is the recipient of grant funding from EPSRC, the European Union, the Korean Government, InnovateUK, the Faraday Institution, and a number of companies. He is also a co-founder of spin-out company, Brill Power Ltd. At Oxford he teaches a range of topics including electrochemical energy technology, and maths.

Post-doctoral researchers

  • Dr Nicola Courtier

    Nicola is interested in the optimisation and analysis of battery models. She has an MMath from the University of Oxford and a PhD in Mathematical Sciences from Southampton University, and was awarded an EPSRC Doctoral Prize to do research on charge transport models of perovskite solar cells. Nicola previously studied the manufacture of battery electrodes in the Faraday Institution Nextrode project.

  • Dr Volkan Kumtepeli

    Volkan is focused on in grid-scale energy storage systems, power electronics, data-driven, and safe learning approaches and their intersection with model-based optimization methods. He has a BSc from Yıldız Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey, and Ph.D. from the Energy Research Institute, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

  • Dr Luis D. Couto Mendonca Visitor

    Luis is an Academic Visitor in the group interested in state/parameter estimation, fault diagnosis and optimal control in the context of management systems for lithium-ion batteries. He obtained his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Simón Bolívar University, Venezuela, and his Ph.D. from the Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. He likes to go to the movies and dance salsa when time allows.

Graduate students

  • Zihao Zhou

    Zihao is interested in the interdisciplinary area of machine learning and battery lifetime prediction. Before joining Oxford, he studied electrical engineering at Tsinghua University and industrial engineering at UC Berkeley. Zihao is a heavy user of Steam (a game platform) and also a beginner at powerlifting.

  • Malgorzata Wojtala

    Gosia is a graduate of Automotive Engineering with Sustainability from Warwick University. Before joining Oxford, Gosia dabbled with Li-ion batteries and was involved in developing a battery pack for a Formula Student race car. Now her interests lie in Battery Management Systems and cell degradation. To recharge, Gosia enjoys horse riding and volleyball.

  • Becky Perriment

    Becky completed her masters in electrical and electronic engineering at Newcastle University and is now working on energy usage and battery lifetime in off-grid electricity systems. Outside of studying she enjoys trail running and cycling.

  • Taeho Jung

    Taeho is currently working on modelling multicomponent electrolyte dynamics based on concentrated solution theory. He completed his bachelor’s degree at the Australian National University in renewable energy systems but his internship experience at LG really sparked his interest in battery modelling. He enjoys watching movies and listening to music in his spare time.

  • Adam Lewis-Douglas

    Adam completed his Master of Engineering degree at Oxford and is now developing an experimental solution to characterise lithium-ion batteries using nonlinear impedance spectroscopy, including software for automation and analysis. In his spare time, he is a keen cyclist and enjoys coaching rowing at his college.

  • Samuel Greenbank

    Sam studied physics and is now throwing bleeding edge machine learning at the problem of predicting battery lifetime. He is also a keen (field) hockey player.

  • Antti Aitio

    Antti is interested in applying his experience in big data analysis acquired over 12 years in financial services to modelling problems in energy science. Prior to his professional career, he studied materials science at Oxford. Whenever Antti finds the time, he's out on his bike in the Oxfordshire countryside.

  • Masaki Adachi

    Masaki belongs to the Machine Learning Research Group in Information Engineering, and is applying his ML techniques to batteries. Formerly he was a simulation engineer and a data scientist for batteries at a car manufacturer for over 6 years; now, he is tackling distilling his industrial knowledge to academic wisdom. He loves driving with his cool electric vehicle.

Project manager

  • Ralph Lane

    Ralph is the project manager for the Battery Intelligence Lab. He previously worked in the Medical Sciences Division, helping to coordinate grant proposals. Before working for the University, he worked for an angricultural machinery manufacturer, developing more sustainable crop establishment systems. He is also a member of various musical groups in his spare time.

Alumni
  • Dr Jie Lin, Post-Doctoral Researcher at University College London
  • Dr Trishna Raj, Battery Data Scientist at Arrival
  • Dr Pedro Ascencio, Specialist Engineer at Siemens LDA, Santiago, Chile
  • Dr Jorn Reniers, Senior Data Scientist at Brill Power
  • Dr Jianwei Li, Assistant Professor at Coventry University
  • Dr Ferdian Jovan, Post-Doctoral Researcher at Royal Holloway University of London
  • Dr Jorge Varela Barreras, Post-Doctoral Researcher at Imperial College London
  • Dr Leong Kit Gan, Senior Modelling Engineer at Tokomak Energy
  • Dr Rob Richardson, Staff Data Scientist at Tesla
  • Dr Damien Frost, Head of Technology at Brill Power
  • Dr Adrien Bizeray, Head of Software at Brill Power
  • Dr Christoph Birkl, CEO of Brill Power
  • Joel Atkin, Deputy Departmental Administrator at the Social Sciences Division, Oxford University
  • Dr Pietro Romanazzi, Fluid Dynamics Expert at Electrolux
  • Dr Shi Zhao, Machine Learning Engineer at S2
  • Dr Baljit Riar, Senior Power Electronics Engineer, Raytheon Technologies
  • Dr Mahdi Alavi, Lecturer at Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK
  • Dr Kostas Gyftakis, Lecturer at Edinburgh University, UK
  • Dr Darren Kavanagh, Lecturer at IT Carlow, Ireland

Joining the group

Post-doctoral positions will be advertised via the department’s website.

Applications for graduate study are always welcome, however before making contact, applicants should consider carefully whether their interests are aligned with this group, how their study might be funded, and whether they meet the department and university admissions criteria. Further details may be found at the Department of Engineering Science website. We are not able to host internship students and will not reply to emails requesting internships.