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Dr Gianmario Rinaldi

Lecturer (E&R)


Short Bio

I received a BSc degree in Energy Engineering, a MSc degree in Electrical Engineering, and a PhD degree in Control Systems Engineering from the University of Pavia, Italy, in 2014, 2016, and 2019, respectively.

I have been a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences at the University of Exeter (2019-2021). The research activity undertaken during my Postdoc was mainly focused on the design and experimental validation (in sea) of advanced information-driven optimal navigation and control strategies for underwater electric vehicles.  Further details of this UKRI-NERC funded project can be found at

Since 2021, I am Lecturer in Clean Powertrains (Education & Research), joining the Centre of Future Clean Mobility of the University of Exeter. I am also currently collaborating on Innovate UK-funded grants (as co-investigator) to develop clean solutions for marine applications and off-road heavy-duty vehicles.

Research Interests and Applications

My research interests include:

  • identification, estimation and control;
  • optimisation;
  • variable structure/sliding mode systems.

My research applications include:

  • energy management and control of clean powertrains;
  • energy networks and power systems modelling, estimation and control;
  • DC microgrids and DC power converters;
  • control and path planning of autonomous vehicles;
  • epidemiological models.

Completed Research Projects

  • EMPS Global Partnerships Development Funding Scheme with University of Pavia (Italy), (Principal Investigator)-(2022).
  • Innovate UK: Twin motor, zero emission powertrain for commercial workboats, (Co-Investigator)-(2021-22).
  • ISCF SBRI Phase 2: with Ecomar-Electric Outboards, (Co-Investigator)-(2021-22).
  • UKRI-NERC: Combining Autonomous Observations and Models for Predicting and Understanding Shelf Seas, (Postdoctoral Research Fellow)-(2019-21)

Teaching Activity

  • ECMM102: Group Project, Formula Students, Academic Supervisor
    • Discussion and encouragement for multi-disciplinary team working.
    • Supporting the development analysis and reporting.
    • Bring forth clean mobility and carbon efficient practices in the Formula Students Project, aligning it with the Centre for Future Clean Mobility (CFCM) perspectives.
  • ECM3174: Engineering Year in Industry 
  • ECM3175: Individual Project
  • ECMM164: MSc Dissertation

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