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Dr Devika Koonthalakadu Baby

Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering


I am a Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering in the Faculty of Environment, Science and Economy at the University of Exeter. My research focuses on diverse theoretical and technological issues in automotive stability and clean freight operation, which are pertinent to the present vision net-zero scenario. I possess a strong interest and passion in control systems, estimation, optimisation, and machine learning, which are applicable to diverse interdisciplinary research themes. I am actively working with the Centre for Future Clean Mobility, and the Dynamics and Control research group at the University of Exeter.

Before joining the University of Exeter, I have been working in the Automotive Control Laborotory, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India, as a postdoctoral research fellow . 

Current Research Interests

1. Safe, Clean, and Sustainable Transportation Solutions for Automotive Systems

  • Truck electrification
  • Techno-economic analysis
  • Electric/conventional truck platooning
  • String stability
  • Platoon formation planning
  • Data-driven approaches for fuel economic freight transportation
  • Electric highway systems
  • V2V communication in connected automotive systems

‚Äč2. Control and Optimisation of Clean Maritime Systems

  • Electric and hybrid powertrain optimisation
  • Autonomous operation of marine vehicles


For PhD positions in the above research areas, please contact me.


  1. ECMM147 - Mechatronics: Sensors and Machine Automation
  2. ENG3012 - Mechatronics
  3. ECM3174 - Engineering Year in Industry
  4. ECM3175 - Individual Project