Control systems theory and applications
Rahul received his PhD from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in The University of Melbourne in 2008. After completing his PhD he carried out his post-doctoral research for 3.5 years in the Mechanical Engineering department of the same institution. In November 2011, he joined UQ where he is currently a lecturer in the School of ITEE. His research experience and interests are in the fields of systems and control theory, fault diagnosis in power systems, model predictive control, control of renewable energy, modelling and control of automotive engines and battery management system. He has been involved in the session organising committee of the SAE World Congress and is a member of SAE and IEEE.
Although I am always open to new projects in control systems, my present research focus is on the following two topics:
1. Control of renewable energy systems: This component of my research aims to develop systems and control theory to improve the performance and reliability of the power system and related renewable energy generation sources. My current focus is to devise practical methods for the effective real-time control of renewable energy systems such as wind and solar. I am investigating control-oriented mathematical modelling and developing coordinated control schemes that adapt to variations in renewable energy sources and which improve the robustness of the power system to disturbances.
2. Battery-based storage systems in grid and vehicle applications: This research is aimed at delivering advanced control methods to improve battery performance, safety and longevity, which are essential to enhance battery affordability and reliability in vehicle electrification and grid applications.
Prospective PhD students with good academic credentials and some research experience please contact me directly (firstname.lastname@example.org).