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Dr Ben PotterProfile Picture of Ben Potter (w144px)

Dr Ben Potter (IEEE Member) completed his MEng degree in Engineering Science at the University of Oxford in 2001 and his PhD research in the modeling of induction machines at the University of Reading in 2005. Dr Ben Potter subsequently managed research and development activity for several years at Moog Components Group Ltd., including development work on wireless power transfer, before joining the University of Reading as a Researcher and Lecturer in the School of Systems Engineering in 2009. Dr Ben Potter's academic research has been focused on energy systems and power electronics, of various flavours, for over twelve years, with applications including energy storage, electric machines, wind turbines and wireless power transfer. In 2010, Dr. Ben Potter founded the Energy Research Lab within the School of Systems Engineering, and this lab focuses on the development of control methods for the new generation of energy networks - the smart grid - to ensure that the integration of active elements such as renewable energy resources, electric vehicles and energy storage devices will have positive impacts for both network operators and end users.

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Dr William HolderbaumProfile Picture of William Holderbaum (w144px)

Dr William Holderbaum received the M.Sc. degree in automatic control from the University of Reims, Reims, France, in 1993 and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Lille, Lille, France, in 1999. He was a Research Assistant at the University of Glasgow, Glasgow, U.K., from 1999 to 2001. Currently, he is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Systems Engineering. His research interests are in control theory and its applications. These are mainly focused on geometric control theory in particular Hamiltonian systems and optimisation problems. This research uses the mathematical engineering skills in order to minimise the energy consumption. Further research relate to control theory in the definition of multiple agent systems for distributed network composed of storages, loads and generators.

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Timur YunusovProfile Picture of Timur Yunusov (w144px)

Timur has completed his MEng degree in Electronic Engineering and Cybernetics at the University of Reading in 2010. Currently he is a PhD student at the School of Systems Engineering, University of Reading, researching distributed methods for energy management in distribution network with high penetration of active entities (e.g. distributed generation, energy storage devices or electric vehicles).

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Matthew RoweProfile Picture of Matthew Rowe (w144px)

Matthew received his MEng in Electronic Engineering and Cybernetics at the University of Reading in 2011. Currently he is a PhD student at the University of Reading and working on the LCNF Ofgem funded New Thames Valley Vision Project with Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution (SSEPD). Matthews's research focuses on the control of storage devices on the Low Voltage Network using customer demand forecasts. The storage devices will be used in order to reinforce the current distribution systems infrastructure as Low Carbon technologies, such as electric vehicles and distributed generation, begin to penetrate this part of network.

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Laura DanielsProfile Picture of Laura Daniels (w144px)

Laura completed her BSc in Renewable Energy at the University of Exeter in 2012. Laura's current EngD project at The University of Reading is sponsored by Matrix Control Solutions Ltd and Marks and Spencer and looks at the role of a large retailer in the future electricity network in terms of demand side management.

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Deborah RitzmannProfile Picture for Deborah Ritzmann

Deborah graduated with a BSc in Mathematics and Physics from University College London (UCL) in 2012. Thereafter she has spent 18 months working in the financial sector, specifically in information technology. Deborah is now carrying out research as a Climate-KIC PhD student at NPL in collaboration with the University of Reading.

Her PhD project focuses on dynamic ratings of power transmission lines to enable improved utilization and increased penetration of renewable energy. Cable impedance and temperature will be derived using phasor measurement units. Real-time thermal ratings allow improved use of transmission line capacities and contribute to the development of the smart grid.

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Maximilian ZangsPhoto of Maximilian Zangs

Maximilian (MIET) received his MEng in Electronic Engineering at the University of Reading in 2013. Subsequently he spent 10 months in Scottland at the University of Edinburgh with the IDCORE program focusing on offshore renewable energy. This lead into a 3 months placement at DNV GL (London) to work towards a certification standard for wave energy converters. Now he is undertakeing his PhD in Electronic Engineering back at the University of Reading.

Funded by the New Thames Valley Vision Project, his PhD focuses on intelligent control and optimisation of distribution networks with high penetration of energy storage and generation. Particular research emphasis is put on smart agents, reactive power management and the impact of electric vehicle deployment.

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