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 Tutorial 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 one of the editors of the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy and is a member of the Electrochemical Society. He has over 50 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers and 4 patents filed and is the recipient of more than £2m in grant funding since 2015 (direct share as Co-I/PI), from EPSRC, the European Union, the Korean Government, and a number of companies. He is also a co-founder of Brill Power Ltd. At Oxford he teaches a range of topics including electrochemical energy technology and maths.

Post-doctoral researchers
  • Dr Pedro Ascencio

    Pedro's interests are in state and parameter estimation for lithium-ion batteries, dealing with the functional and infinite dimensional characteristics of these systems via control, approximation and optimization theories. He has a PhD from Imperial College London, and previously worked in process automation. He loves spending time with his family.

  • Ferdian Jovan

    Ferdian joins the team to work on battery diagnostics. He studied computer science at Universitas Indonesia, where he also spent a year researching swarm robots. He also has a masters in computational logic from Technische Universitaet Dresden and has submitted his PhD degree in statistical machine learning at the University of Birmingham. Apart from academic life, he loves playing badminton, video games, and cooking.

  • Dr Leong Kit Gan

    Leong Kit is interested in intelligent control of decentralised solar with energy storage systems. Previously, he studied electrical and electronic engineering at Universiti Tenaga Nasional and worked at Altera and Motorola. He pursued his masters and PhD in sustainable energy at The University of Edinburgh. Outside of work, he enjoys setting up tricky shots for his opponents in badminton matches.

  • Dr Jorge Varela Barreras

    Jorge’s focus is novel electric vehicle concepts and battery modeling, simulation, emulation, and management. He pursued his PhD in BMS at Aalborg University, Denmark, where he also previously studied power electronics, and electrical engineering at University of Vigo, Spain. When he is not in front of his laptop, he enjoys sailing on the Atlantic Ocean and touring with his punk-pop band.

Graduate students
  • Jorn Reniers

    Jorn is investigating control strategies for grid connected storage, considering both battery degradation and grid services. Before coming to Oxford, he studied energy engineering at KU Leuven (Belgium) and KTH (Sweden). Jorn likes reading and playing the piano in his spare time.

  • Trishna Raj

    Trishna is pursuing her interest in electric vehicles, currently focusing her research on accelerated ageing in lithium-ion batteries. Prior to joining Oxford, Trishna studied electrical and electronic engineering at Heriot Watt University. Trishna is a keen explorer, she has traveled widely and tries to visit more places whenever time permits.

  • 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.

Project manager
  • Vicky Grant (Noble)

    Vicky is the project manager for EPG. She studied Geography at Oxford Brookes University and previously worked in a large engineering-led consultancy managing environmental impact assessments for urban regeneration projects. She loves sailing and walking in her spare time.

  • Dr Rob Richardson, Data Science Lead at Habitat Energy
  • 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, Centre Manager at the Institute for New Economic Thinking, Oxford
  • Dr Pietro Romanazzi, Innovation Manager at IRINOX SpA, Italy
  • Dr Shi Zhao, working for Citibank in Shanghai, China
  • Dr Baljit Riar, post-doc at Utah State University, USA
  • Dr Mahdi Alavi, post-doc at the University of Calgary, Canada
  • Dr Kostas Gyftakis, Lecturer at Coventry 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 EPG website.

We are not able to host internship students and will not reply to emails requesting internships.