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Energy Seminar: Simona Onori: Advancing Batteries through Physics-based Control: An Automotive Perspective

November 26, 2018 - 4:30pm to 5:20pm
NVIDIA Auditorium, Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center

Free and open to all.

Event Sponsor: 
Precourt Institute for Energy
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The combination of electrochemistry and control has the potential to improve energy storage devices' performance and prolong their life once deployed in the field. In this talk, Professor Onori will share the ongoing research journey she has taken with her students in tackling research questions related to the design, estimation, control and optimizing of battery systems leveraging the rigorous approach from control theory. Starting from a newly developed macroscale lithium-ion battery model, Professor Onori will move to the design of model-based estimators for real-time degradation prediction and will also discuss the challenges to accurately predict the behavior of interconnected cells that form a battery pack. Finally, Professor Onori will shed light on the importance of optimal control tools in optimizing battery systems used in real vehicles. In particular, she will show how new generation of electrified military vehicles can be optimized using recent tools developed in the Onori Lab at Stanford. Professor Onori will close by highlighting open challenges in the field and new perspectives for next- generation electrochemical energy storage systems.

Speaker Biography:

Simona Onori became an assistant professor in the Energy Resources Engineering Department at Stanford University in the fall of 2017. Simona's research includes work on lithium-ion battery modeling, control and optimization; hybrid and electric vehicles; and emission mitigation devices. She started the Stanford Energy Control Lab at Stanford where she and her students conduct system-level characterization and aging experiments of energy storage technologies.

Before joining the Stanford faculty, Simona was an assistant professor of automotive engineering, and of electrical and computer engineering, at Clemson University from 2013 to 2017. She remains an adjunct faculty member at Clemson. Simona was a research scientist at the Ohio State University's Center for Automotive Research, which she joined in 2007 as a postdoctoral fellow. She has been a visiting professor at the University of Trento (Italy), Beijing Institute of Technology, the University of Orleans (France), and PSG College of Technology (India).

Simona won the 2017 Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award, 2017 NSF CAREER award, 2017 Clemson University College of Engineering and Science Dean’s Faculty Fellows Award, 2017 Clemson University Esin Gulari Leadership & Service Award, 2016 Energy Leadership Award in the category Emerging Leader (for the Carolinas), and the 2015 Innovision Award (South Carolina).

Simona earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Rome Tor Vergata in 2003, a master's degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of New Mexico in 2004, and a Ph.D. in control engineering in 2007 University of Rome Tor Vergata.