Recent graduate Bartolomeo Stellato wins journal’s First Paper Prize

8 Oct 2018

Bradley Lehman, Tobias Geyer, Bartolomeo Stellato and Shu-hung Henry Chung
Left to right: Bradley Lehman, Editor-in-Chief for IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics; Tobias Geyer (co-author), Senior Principal Scientist ABB Switzerland; Bartolomeo Stellato; and Shu-hung Henry Chung, Editor-in-Chief for IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics Letters

Former St Edmund Hall DPhil student Bartolomeo Stellato (2014, Engineering Science) has won the First Paper Prize in the journal IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, together with his co-authors Tobias Geyer and Professor Paul Goulart. Each year, the Editor and Associate Editors of the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics select the three 1st prize papers and five 2nd prize papers deemed best among those published in the Transactions during the preceding calendar year. Specific emphasis is placed on originality; contribution to the field; the extent to which the paper is supported by analysis and experimental evidence; and the quality of presentation, including the effective use of illustrations.

Bartolomeo’s paper “High-Speed Finite Control Set Model Predictive Control for Power Electronics” was part of his EU Marie Curie program TEMPO (more details about this research can be found on our website here). “In this work we developed a very efficient algorithm to operate electric motors, saving energy and increasing their life span,” he explained. “The main idea was to use a physical model of the motor to predict its future behaviour to improve performance and speed up the computations.”

Bartolomeo worked on his DPhil under the supervision of St Edmund Hall’s Professor Paul Goulart, and also conducted the research for this paper in collaboration with Tobias Geyer from ABB Switzerland. He successfully defended his thesis on 16 November 2017 and obtained Leave to Supplicate on 20 December 2017. Bartolomeo will officially graduate this autumn, and since January has been a Postdoctoral Associate at the MIT Sloan School of Management working in the Operations Research Center under the supervision of Professor Dimitris Bertsimas. He works at the intersection of Machine Learning and Mathematical Optimization.

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