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Dr. Leandros Maglaras

De Montfort University, Gateway House, Leicester, United Kingdom


Talk Title
 Dynamic Wireless Charging of Electric Vehicles on the Fly

Talk Abstract

There is an increasing interest among government agencies, research institutions and industry around the globe in improving urban living while reducing the environmental impact. The term smart city has been coined to describe the city of tomorrow in which modern intelligent technologies, such as IT communication systems, sensors, machine learning, data analytics, come together to provide better services to the citizens. Just like a complex system, a smart city can monitor, coordinate and manage information, connectivity and assets that citizens need every day and adapt to accommodate their demands. One of the basic components of this environment is envisaged to be the next generation of vehicles that combine new sensing, communication and social capabilities. By providing mobile wireless sensing and communications, vehicles can facilitate data access, which is fundamental to realizing the premise of smart cities.The promise of electric cars is tempered by the pragmatic reality that they are limited in range and hampered by a lack of charging infrastructure. But a new technology would allow electric cars to be charged wirelessly “on the fly” while in motion. The concept, dubbed “dynamic wireless charging,” allows electric vehicles (EVs) to power up from the grid while on the road. Specially designed trucks or busses, called mobile energy disseminators (MEDs), allow EVs to extend their range in a typical urban scenario. In this talk, we focus on the intelligent routing of EVs in need of charging so that they can make most efficient use of the so-called mobile energy disseminators (MEDs) which operate as mobile charging stations. We present a method for routing EVs around MEDs on the road network, which is based on constraint logic programming and optimization using a graph-based shortest path algorithm. The proposed method exploits inter-vehicle communications in order to eco-route electric vehicles. We argue that combining modern communications between vehicles and state of the art technologies on energy transfer, the driving range of EVs can be extended without the need for larger batteries or overtly costly infrastructure. We present extensive simulations in city conditions that show the driving range and consequently the overall travel time of electric vehicles is improved with intelligent routing in the presence of MEDs. We also discuss cyber security issues related to this innovative method and ways of applying it into smart cities. Target audience include students, post doctoral researchers, industry  partners and policymakers.

Short Biography
Dr. Leandros A. Maglaras is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science and Informatics of De Montfort University conducting research in the Cyber Security Centre. He obtained the B.Sc. (M.Sc. equivalent) in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece in 1998, M.Sc. in Industrial Production and Management from University of Thessaly in 2004 and M.Sc. and PhD degrees in Electrical & Computer Engineering from University of Thessaly, in 2008 and 2014 respectively. In 2018 he was awarded a second PhD in Intrusion Detection in SCADA systems from University of Huddersfield. He served on the Editorial Board of several International peer-reviewed journals such as OEEE Access and Wiley Journal on Security & Communication Networks. He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE).
Talk Keywords
Electric vehicles, Vehicle dynamics,  Inductive charging, Optimization, Charging stations, Batteries.
Target Audience
Students, Post doctoral, Industry, Doctors and professors
Speaker-intro video

The International Conference on Innovative Applied Energy (IAPE’18)