About the Symposium

Electrochemical batteries are crucial for a wide and growing range of applications from electric vehicles to grid energy storage. Yet despite huge advances in battery science and technology over the past 30 years, there is still much that is not well understood about their underlying operating principles. Mathematical modelling and simulation of batteries offers the opportunity to develop accurate predictions of performance, speeding up design cycles and improving control and management in applications. However, the continuum battery modelling community remains dispersed, encompassing mathematicians, chemical engineers, control engineers, and others.

The Oxford Battery Modelling Symposium provides an opportunity for battery modelling researchers in academia and industry to come together in a friendly and inclusive environment and discuss their latest findings through talks and poster sessions. The next meeting will be held on the 16-17th March 2020 in Oxford.

Who Should Attend?

Senior researchers, early career researchers and PhD students, in academia, research institutes, and industry, in the UK and internationally

When and where?

16-17th March 2020 at Pembroke College, University of Oxford, England, OX1 1DW.


Please contact agata.dybisz@eng.ox.ac.uk for general queries about the conference, or events@eng.ox.ac.uk for registration related queries

More OBMS 2020 Speakers to be announced soon!

Saiful Islam is Professor of Materials Chemistry at the University of Bath. He grew up in Crouch End London and obtained his Chemistry degree and PhD from University College London (with Richard Catlow FRS), followed by a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Eastman Kodak Labs in New York, USA. He returned to the UK to the University of Surrey, before joining the University of Bath in 2006. His research interests encompass computational studies of new materials for lithium-ion batteries and perovskite solar cells, with around 220 publications and more than 80 invited conference talks. A recipient of several awards including the 2020 ACS Award in Energy Chemistry, 2017 RSC Peter Day Award for Materials Chemistry and 2013 Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit award. Saiful presented the 2016 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures for BBC TV, entitled ‘Supercharged: Fuelling the Future’. He sits on the Expert Panel of the Faraday Institution and is a Patron of Humanists UK. When not exploring new materials, he enjoys family breaks (as a dad of two), football, indie music and his favourite chemicals gin and tonic.

Charles has been a CNRS researcher at Laboratoire de Réactivité et Chimie des Solides (France) since 2007. He completed his PhD in materials chemistry at Université de Picardie Jules Verne (Amiens, France), in 2005 and was then a Postdoctoral fellow for two years in Prof. John Newman’s group at Berkeley. Charles has authored nearly 56 peer-reviewed papers and 3 patents, and been awarded distinctions including the Carl Wagner Medal of Excellence in Electrochemical Engineering (2011) and the Oronzio and Niccolò De Nora Foundation Prize (2009). Current effort is the development of physics-based mathematical models for lithium-ion batteries, with a focus on electrolyte transport and battery degradation, in close collaboration with French automotive industry.

Dr. Kandler Smith leads the Battery Computational Modeling Team in the Transportation Energy Storage Group at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado USA. Research projects include Li-ion battery lifetime prediction & extension, application of machine learning for model identification, fast charging, battery computational design and modeling of electrochemical/thermal/mechanical-coupled phenomena in Li-ion batteries including emerging chemistries. Kandler recently co-authored a textbook on design and analysis of large Li-ion battery systems He holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in electrochemical modeling and control of Li-ion batteries.

Simona Onori is Assistant Professor in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford University (USA) and Adjunct Professor of Automotive Engineering at Clemson University (USA). Her research tackles fundamental modeling, control and estimation questions to both improve efficiency and longevity of existing energy systems and at the same time optimize the development of the new generation energy systems with the ultimate goal to accelerate the transition to clean energy grid and transportation. Simona is Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Automotive Controls and Vice-Chair of the IFAC TC on Automotive Control. She teaches Modeling and Estimation of Electrochemical Energy Storage Systems at Stanford.

Scott Moura is an Associate Professor in Civil & Environmental Engineering and Director of the Energy, Controls, & Applications Lab (eCAL) at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also a faculty member at the Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute. He received the B.S. degree from the University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2006, 2008, and 2011, respectively, all in mechanical engineering. From 2011 to 2013, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Cymer Center for Control Systems and Dynamics, University of California, San Diego. In 2013, he was a Visiting Researcher at the Centre Automatique et Systèmes, MINES ParisTech, Paris, France. His research interests include control, optimization, and machine learning for batteries, electrified vehicles, and distributed energy resources. Dr. Moura is a recipient of the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, Carol D. Soc Distinguished Graduate Student Mentor Award, the Hellman Fellowship, the O. Hugo Shuck Best Paper Award, the ACC Best Student Paper Award (as advisor), the ACC and ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference Best Student Paper Finalist (as student and advisor), the UC Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship, the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, the University of Michigan Distinguished ProQuest Dissertation Honorable Mention, the University of Michigan Rackham Merit Fellowship, and the College of Engineering Distinguished Leadership Award.

Registration and abstract submission

Registration for the symposium is now open, to include refreshments and lunch on both days, and the symposium dinner held at Pembroke College. Prices are unchanged from last year, with early bird registration costing £300 and standard registration £350. Please note, the conference fee does NOT include accomodation or travel costs, which must be booked independently. Information on suitable local accommodation and travel advice is available below.

Register by following this link or pressing the button at the top of this website. Note that the conference fee does NOT include accommodation costs or travel costs, which must be booked independently. Information on suitable local accommodation and travel advice is available below.

Payment Options

You can pay by credit card through this form (the link will open up a payment page) or contact us if you need a quote to start the process.

Symposium Dinner

The Symposium Dinner will take place on the evening of 16th March 2020, and includes a 3 course meal and wine in Pembroke College's old dining hall.

Poster abstracts

All speakers for the symposium will be invite only. We will also display a number of posters during the conference. More information on the submission of poster abstracts will be available shortly.

Venue and accommodation

The Oxford Battery Modelling Symposium will be held in the heart of Oxford at Pembroke College. Presentations will be held in the state of the art Pichette Auditorium, with dinner being hosted in the historic setting of Pembroke's beautiful dining hall.

Downloadable map and directions to Pembroke College

Pembroke College is situated in Oxford city centre and is a 15 minute walk from the Oxford's train station where regular trains run to London's Marylebone station or Paddington station, both of which are just a few stops by London Underground to St. Pancras station, where Eurostar train connections are available to France, Belgium and beyond. If you are driving to Oxford, parking in the centre is very constrained and we recommend instead parking at one of the local Park and Ride facilities from which regular buses into the centre of town are available. The easiest airport for access to Oxford is London Heathrow and there is a regular bus service that runs between Heathrow and Oxford (terminal 5 is particularly convenient for this).

We have reserved some ensuite rooms at Pembroke College for delegates for the night of Monday 16th March, including breakfast on 17th March, at a very reasonable rate. We have also reserved a number of rooms on the night of Sunday 15th March for those who might wish to arrive the day before the conference starts. All of these rooms must be booked separately to conference registration and will be available on a first come first served basis, so please book as soon as possible. Follow this link to book accommodation at the college, using booking code BC2020.

Symposium Organisers

David Howey and Charles Monroe (Department of Engineering Science)

Colin Please and Jon Chapman (Mathematical Institute)

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