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Dr Devika Koonthalakadu Baby

Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering

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I am a Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences. My research mainly focuses on the theme Safe Automobiles and Clean Transportation, and I possess a strong interest and passion in control, estimation, optimisation, and machine learning, which are applicable to diverse interdisciplinary research themes.

I did my PhD in Control Engineering from National Institute of Technology Calicut, India. After my PhD, I Joined Automotive Control Laborotory, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India, as a postdoctoral research fellow. 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 have used my expertise to find solutions for multiple problems in the automotive and transportation domain, emphasising technological and theoretical advancements along with societal impacts. In this regard, my research mainly focuses on developing affordable Advanced Driver Assistive Systems (ADAS) for vehicle safety using machine learning and model-based control strategies and their validation using Hardware-in-Loop (HiL) experimental setups and high fidelity vehicle dynamics software. Additionally, I am actively working on conventional and electric truck platoons as a safe and clean solution for freight transportation. This multi-disciplinary research focuses on the techno-economic perspective of truck platoons, emphasising clean operations, fuel/energy savings, string stability, and V2V communication issues in different operating scenarios, optimal management of electric vehicle charging infrastructures, and performance enhancement of mechanical actuator systems for safe operations. I would be actively working with the Centre for Future Clean Mobility, and the Dynamics and Control research group at the University of Exeter.