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    • School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

    Accepting PhD Students

    20132019
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    Personal profile

    Research Interests

    • Electric machines and drives
    • Power electronics
    • Power system analysis
    • Electrified vehicles
    • Wind power generation
    • Measurement techniques

    Awards

    • Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award, 2016
    • Astonishing Academic Award, Aston, 2016
    • Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship with MIT, FP7, 2015-2016
    • Semi-Finalist, “Annual MIT-CHIEF Business Plan Contest”, Boston, USA, 2015  
    • Winner, “Dragons' Den Competition”, Queen’s University Belfast, 2014 
    • Winner, “Innovator of the Year” Contest, Newcastle University, 2013
    • Best Paper Award, “9th International Symposium on Linear Drives for Industry Applications” (LDIA’13), July 2013
    • 2nd place, “Innovator of the Year” Contest, Newcastle University, 2012

    Qualifications

    Contact Details

    Office: N304, Main Building

    Phone: +44 (0)121 2044264 

    Email: w.p.cao@aston.ac.uk   

    Skype: wenpingcao

    Funding Applications and Awards

    1. Royal Society, NoTEMP, 2017-2021
    2. GoldWind, June 2016-May 2017
    3. EPSRC, EP/K008552/3, Mar-Nov. 2016
    4. Royal Society-NSFC, Newton Fund, Apr. 2015-Mar. 2017
    5. FP7-IOF, OHMWiT, 2015-2016
    6. NCL, SAgE Faculty Visiting Professorship Award, Dec. 2013
    7. NCL, URC Visiting Professorship Award, Jul. 2013
    8. EPSRC Feasibility Study, EP/1033246/1/SC17, 2013-2014
    9. TSB, KH135638, Apr.-May 2013
    10. TSB, TS/L003503/1, Oct. 2013-Sep. 2016
    11. RGF Fund, BH135512, Jun. 2013-Dec. 2014
    12. EPSRC, EPSRC EP/I013636/1, 2014-2016
    13. EPSRC, IDS grant, June 2014-Nov. 2017
    14. DEL, Studentship, 2015-2018
    15. FP7, FP7-PEOPLE-2012-IRSES/318925, 2012-2016    
    16. EPSRC, EP/K008552/2, Jan. 2014-Dec. 2015
    17. EPSRC, EP/K008552/1, Jan. 2013-Dec. 2013
    18. EPSRC, EP/F061714/1, Jul. 2010-Jul. 2011

    General

    Scholarly Activities

    • Chairman for IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, IEEE UKRI, 2016- 
    •  Degree Programme Director for MSc in Electrical Power Engineering and Systems, Aston, 2016- 
    • Keynote speaker, Industry Parliament Trust (IPT) Breakfast Meeting at  Parliament, Nov. 2016 
    •  Visiting research professor with Queen’s University Belfast, 2016-2018
    • Visiting professor with Dalian University of Technology, 2016-2019 
    •  Visiting professor with Shenyang University of Technology, 2014-2017 

    • Visiting scientist with Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2015-2016
    • Degree Programme Director for MSc in Electrical Power, NCL, 2011-2013 
    • Electrical, Energy, Engineering Academy (E3A), executive board, adviser, 2011-2013
    • Invited Editor for the book “Renewable Energy”, InTech, Hampshire, UK. 2015
    • Invited Lead Guest Editor, Electric Power Components and Systems Journal, USA, 2014
    • Invited Lead Guest Editor, The Scientific World Journal, 2013
    • Invited Chief Guest Editor for the Special Issue, American Journal of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Science and Education Publishing, USA, 2013
    • Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics
    • Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, and IEEE Industry Applications Magazine
    • Associate Editor of IET Power Electronics
    • Editor of Journal of Power Sources
    • Editor of Electric Power Components and Systems
    • Editor of the American Journal of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    • Editorial Board of the Journal of Advances in Microelectronic Engineering
    • Associate Editor of the Journal of Control, Automation and Electrical Systems
    • Editorial Board of International Journal of Engineering and Technology
    • Editorial Board of Journal of Electrical & Electronic Systems
    • Editorial Board of Journal of the Journal of Electrical & Electronics
    • Editorial Board of Energy and Power Engineering
    • Editorial Board of Journal of Electrical Systems
    • Editorial Board of International Journal of Advances in Power Systems
    • Advisory Board for the world’s largest survey of “connected vehicles”
    • Grant review expert - the Seventh Research Framework Programme
    • Grant review expert - EPSRC Peer Review College Member
    • Grant proposal reviewer for the Leverhulme Trust
    • Grant proposal assessor for the UK’s Regional Development Agency
    • Grant proposal reviewer for Singapore National Research Foundation
    • Grant review expert for Kazakhstani Scientific Community’s Research Council
    • Reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics
    • Reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics
    • Reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics
    • Reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications
    • Reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion
    • Reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement
    • Reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Device and Materials Reliability
    • Reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy
    • Reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Magnetics
    • Reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology
    • Reviewer for IEEE Industry Applications Magazine
    • Reviewer for IEEE Instrumentation & Measurement Magazine
    • Reviewer for IET Electric Power Applications
    • Reviewer for IET Power Electronics
    • Reviewer for IET Circuits, Devices & Systems
    • Reviewer for Electric Power Components and Systems
    • Reviewer for Electric Power Systems Research
    • Reviewer for Journal of Modern Power Systems and Clear Energy 
    • Reviewer for International Journal of Electronics and Electrical Engineering
    • Reviewer for International Journal on Modelling Identification and Control
    • Reviewer for the International Journal of Electrical Engineering Education
    • Reviewer for International Transactions on Electrical Energy Systems
    • Reviewer for Transactions of the Institute of Measurement and Control
    • Reviewer for Autosoft Journal, Soft Computing and Automation Journal
    • Reviewer for Journal of Modern Power Systems and Clean Energy
    • Reviewer for Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory
    • Reviewer for Superconductor Science and Technology
    • Reviewer for Connection Science

    Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Wen Cao is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Reluctance motors Engineering & Materials Science
    Permanent magnets Engineering & Materials Science
    Wind power Engineering & Materials Science
    Electric potential Engineering & Materials Science
    Stators Engineering & Materials Science
    Electric vehicles Engineering & Materials Science
    Rotors Engineering & Materials Science
    Topology Engineering & Materials Science

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    Research Output 2013 2019

    Accelerated Particle Swarm Optimization for Photovoltaic Maximum Power Point Tracking under Partial Shading Conditions

    Alshareef, M., Lin, Z., Ma, M. & Cao, W., 15 Feb 2019, In : Energies. 12, 4, 623.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    File
    Shading
    Particle swarm optimization (PSO)
    Particle Swarm Optimization
    Partial
    Particle accelerators

    Analytical Evaluation of High-Efficiency Induction Motor Losses

    Aarniovuori, L., Lindh, P., Karkkainen, H., Niemela, M., Pyrhonen, J. & Cao, W., 5 Aug 2019, 2019 IEEE International Electric Machines and Drives Conference, IEMDC 2019. IEEE, p. 1501-1507 7 p. 8785380

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Induction motors
    Copper
    Stators
    Energy efficiency
    Poles

    Application of the Variational Mode Decomposition for Power Quality Analysis

    Cai, K., Cao, W., Liu, Z., Wang, W. & Li, G., 12 Feb 2019, In : Electric Power Components and Systems. 47, 1-2, p. 43-54 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Power quality
    Decomposition
    Independent component analysis
    Electric potential

    A Sensorless and Adaptive Control Strategy for a Wind Turbine Based on the Surface-Mounted Permanent Magnet Synchronous Generator and PWM-CSC

    Xing, N., Xia, J., Cao, W., Lin, Z. & Gadoue, S., 8 Mar 2019, 2019 26th International Workshop on Electric Drives: Improvement in Efficiency of Electric Drives, IWED 2019 - Proceedings. IEEE, p. 1-6 8664302

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Synchronous generators
    Wind turbines
    Permanent magnets
    Rotors
    Sensors

    Bi-Signature optical spectroscopy for online fault detection in electrical machines

    Alalibo, B. P., Cao, W. & Liu, Z., 17 Jun 2019, In : The Journal of Engineering . 2019, 17, p. 3634-3638

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    File
    Liquefied petroleum gas
    Fault detection
    Diffraction gratings
    Fiber optic sensors
    Condition monitoring

    Thesis

    High step up DC-DC converter topology for PV systems and electric vehicles

    Author: He, Z., 30 May 2018

    Supervisor: Cao, W. (Supervisor) & Lin, Z. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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    New synchronous machine rotor design for easy insertion of excitation coils based on surrogate optimisation

    Author: Yang, N., 5 Jun 2018

    Supervisor: Cao, W. (Supervisor) & Lin, Z. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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