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    • School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

    Accepting PhD Students

    PhD projects

    Wireless Energy Transfer This PHD project is concerned with exciting new technology focussed on the transfer of electrical power by wireless means. For example, efficient wireless energy transfer can be used either to recharge batteries in electric vehicles from transmitters built in the road or, even more to the point, to provide an alternative means of direct vehicle power. Skills required: Mathematics and Physics Smart Energy Management The proposed work aims to design an agent based power management system. The proposed power management system will be a new concept with novel capabilities including the prediction of energy demands, and the optimization of the use of energy generation and the supply and prioritization of the loads. This research will have important implication in energy reduction Skills required: Computing, Control Engineering Control of Power Electronics Systems The aim of the project is to develop, design and test a range of power electronics converter topologies that use optimal switching strategies that have been synthesized from a bond graph approach to control optimisation. It is shown that Neural Network has promising result in the field of optimisation in reducing the number of switching and incidentally power. Skill required: Control Engineering, Electronics Rehabilitation Engineering The aim is to carry out a pilot study to develop and test systems which allow paraplegics to stabilize the trunk, using Electrical Stimulation (ES) of their paralysed trunk muscles. This study is the first step towards achieving our very challenging long-term goal, specifically, to develop the basic control methodology and subsequently assistive devices that would improve trunk posture control with a minimum of encumbrance to the patient. Skills required: Engineering, Biomedical Engineering Empirical Mode Decomposition This project will develop methods to analyse complex neurological signals obtained from different regions of healthy and diseased human brains. The new approach will be based on Empirical Mode Decomposition (EMD) methods. This is particularly exciting and novel aspect of the project as it will open up a possibility to explore means of much more efficient computations of EMD based analysis. Skills required: Mathematics Optimal control This research project is about the development of efficient pseudospectral optimal control methods for real-time robot motion planning. Spectral and pseudospectral methods have been very successful for the solution of partial differential equations. These problems arise as a result of requiring a robot to move from an initial position to a final position in space, with due consideration of actuation constraints, energy efficiency, obstacles, safety, transit time, etc. Skills required: Mathematics, Control Engineering Geometric Control This research encompasses theoretical and new developments in the area of motion control of Hybrid Dynamical Systems, with an emphasis on global motion planning. For hybrid linear systems defined on Lie groups the equations of motion can be expressed in a coordinate free way and therefore analysis of these equations are global up to a submanifold restriction. Skills required: Mathematics, Control Engineering Quantum Control One of the most challenging and modern applications of the control of PDEs is the control of Quantum Mechanical Systems. Indeed the problem of inducing transitions between molecular levels or spin states is relevant to many applications of chemical physics. These experiments are often very delicate and expensive and control theory can bring new perspectives. Skills required: Mathematics and Physics Unmanned Air Vehicle The purpose of this study is to develop computational methods for the design of optimal low thrust spacecraft trajectories subject to uncertainties, which may occur in the assumed dynamics of the system, or due to lack of accurate knowledge on the terminal constraints associated with a mission. Skills required: Mathematics, Control Engineering

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    2020

    A Comparative Study of Optimal Energy Management Strategies for Energy Storage with Stochastic Loads

    Alasali, F., Haben, S., Foudeh, H. & Holderbaum, W., 20 May 2020, In : Energies. 13, 10, 2596.

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    2019

    A Comparative Study of Energy Storage Systems and Active Front Ends for Networks of Two Electrified RTG Cranes

    Alasali, F., Luque, A., Mayer, R. & Holderbaum, W., 10 May 2019, In : Energies. 12, 9, 1771.

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    Energy management systems for a network of electrified cranes with energy storage

    Holderbaum, W., Alasali, F. & Haben, S., 1 Mar 2019, In : International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems. 106, p. 210-222 13 p.

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    Novel instrumented frame for standing exercising of users with complete spinal cord injuries

    Zoulias, I. D., Armengol, M., Poulton, A., Andrews, B., Gibbons, R., Harwin, W. S. & Holderbaum, W., 10 Sep 2019, In : Scientific Reports. 9, 1, 13003.

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    Stochastic optimal energy management system for RTG cranes network using genetic algorithm and ensemble forecasts

    Holderbaum, W., Alasali, F. & Haben, S., 1 Aug 2019, In : Journal of Energy Storage. 24, 100759.

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    2018

    Day-ahead industrial load forecasting for electric RTG cranes

    Alasali, F., Haben, S., Becerra, V. & Holderbaum, W., 1 Mar 2018, In : Journal of Modern Power Systems and Clean Energy. 6, 2, p. 223-234

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    Recording and analysing measurements from an RTG crane

    Harrison, I., Pietrosanti, S., Luque, A., Mayer, R. & Holderbaum, W., 1 Sep 2018, In : Measurement. 125, p. 284-293

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    2017

    Analysis of energy usage for RTG cranes

    Papaioannou, V., Pietrosanti, S., Holderbaum, W., Becerra, V. M. & Mayer, R., 1 Apr 2017, In : Energy. 125, p. 337-344

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    A Novel Approach to Noninvasive Measurement of Overhead Line Impedance Parameters

    Ritzmann, D., Rens, J., Wright, P. S., Holderbaum, W. & Potter, B., 1 Jun 2017, In : IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement. 66, 6, p. 1155-1163

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    Application of data fusion techniques and technologies for wearable health monitoring

    King, R. C., Villeneuve, E., White, R. J., Sherratt, R. S., Holderbaum, W. & Harwin, W. S., 1 Apr 2017, In : Medical Engineering and Physics. 42, p. 1-12

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    Optimal Energy Management and MPC Strategies for Electrified RTG Cranes with Energy Storage Systems

    Alasali, F., Haben, S., Becerra, V. & Holderbaum, W., 13 Oct 2017, In : Energies. 10, 10, 1598.

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    Reconstruction of Angular Kinematics From Wrist-Worn Inertial Sensor Data for Smart Home Healthcare

    Villeneuve, E., Harwin, W., Holderbaum, W., Janko, B. & Sherratt, R. S., 15 Mar 2017, In : IEEE Access. 5, p. 2351-2363

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    2016

    A Method for Accurate Transmission Line Impedance Parameter Estimation

    Ritzmann, D., Wright, P. S., Holderbaum, W. & Potter, B., 1 Oct 2016, In : IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement. 65, 10, p. 2204-2213

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    Distributed Energy Storage Control for Dynamic Load Impact Mitigation

    Zangs, M., Adams, P., Yunusov, T., Holderbaum, W. & Potter, B., 17 Aug 2016, In : Energies. 9, 8, 647.

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    Modeling Power Flow in a Hoist Motor of a Rubber-Tired Gantry Crane

    Pietrosanti, S., Holderbaum, W. & Becerra, V. M., 1 May 2016, In : IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications. 52, 3, p. 2088-2094

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    Optimal Power Management Strategy for Energy Storage with Stochastic Loads

    Pietrosanti, S., Holderbaum, W. & Becerra, V., 9 Mar 2016, In : Energies. 9, 3, 175.

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    Signal Quality and Compactness of a Dual-Accelerometer System for Gyro-Free Human Motion Analysis

    Villeneuve, E., Harwin, W., Holderbaum, W., Sherratt, R. S. & White, R., 15 Aug 2016, In : IEEE Sensors Journal. 16, 16, p. 6261-6269

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    The impact of location and type on the performance of low-voltage network connected battery energy storage systems

    Yunusov, T., Frame, D., Holderbaum, W. & Potter, B., 1 Mar 2016, In : Applied Energy. 165, p. 202-213

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    2015

    Bioinspired Autonomous Visual Vertical Control of a Quadrotor Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

    Alkowatly, M. T., Becerra, V. M. & Holderbaum, W., 1 Feb 2015, In : Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics. 38, 2, p. 249-262

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    Body-centric modelling, identification, and acceleration tracking control of a quadrotor UAV

    Alkowatly, M. T., Becerra, V. M. & Holderbaum, W., 15 Sep 2015, In : International Journal of Modelling, Identification and Control. 24, 1, 29.

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    Investigation of High-Efficiency Wireless Power Transfer Criteria of Resonantly-Coupled Loops and Dipoles through Analysis of the Figure of Merit

    Moorey, C., Holderbaum, W. & Potter, B., 13 Oct 2015, In : Energies. 8, 10, p. 11342-11362

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    2014

    A Peak Reduction Scheduling Algorithm for Storage Devices on the Low Voltage Network

    Rowe, M., Yunusov, T., Haben, S., Singleton, C., Holderbaum, W. & Potter, B., 1 Jul 2014, In : IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid. 5, 4, p. 2115-2124

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    Bond graph models of DC-DC converters operating for both CCM and DCM

    Markakis, A., Potter, B. & Holderbaum, W., 26 Apr 2014, In : International Journal of Power Electronics. 6, 1, 18.

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    The Real-Time Optimisation of DNO Owned Storage Devices on the LV Network for Peak Reduction

    Rowe, M., Yunusov, T., Haben, S., Holderbaum, W. & Potter, B., 30 May 2014, In : Energies. 7, 6, p. 3537-3560

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    2012

    Rigid Body Trajectories in Different 6D Spaces

    Linton, C., Holderbaum, W. & Biggs, J., 2012, In : International Scholarly Research Notices. 2012, 21 p., 467520,.

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