Dr Komal Saleem
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
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I have research and teaching experience in the field of Electrical Engineering. I have worked on several research projects, including the development of hardware platforms for power-systems and control, the optimization of energy management algorithms for microgrids, and investigation of novel storage solutions for microgrids using EV batteries.
My expertise spans across various areas such as power quality improvement, phasor measurement unit, microgrid modelling, energy management optimization algorithms, and battery condition monitoring.
Nevertheless, I have also served as a lecturer and teaching assistant, taught courses on power systems, electrical machines, and power distribution, etc. and facilitated laboratory experiments and tutorials.
I am working as a research fellow on a HAWKSBI project funded by Innovative UK smart grant in Bioengineering Research Group, School of Engineering, South Bank University, London, UK. This project involves developing and demonstrating a hardware platform combining functions such as Power Quality Monitor, Phasor Measurement Unit, and Sampled Value Merging Unit. I am also responsible for the open access provision of real-world datasets collected during platform trials to researchers and industry, providing a rich set of data for power systems and communication researchers. I completed my B.Sc. in Electrical Power Engineering from COMSATS University, Islamabad, Abbottabad Campus, Pakistan, in 2013. After my B.Sc., I earned an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from same university in 2015. My Ph.D. degree in electronics engineering from Queen Mary University of London, in completed in 2021. I have worked as a research assistant in QMUL on two projects. I had also served Electrical Power and Control Systems Group, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK as a research associate. Apart from my research experience, I also have extensive teaching assistant and lab demonstrator experience for Power Electronics and Electrical Machines.
My primary focus in research involves utilizing MATLAB's SimPowerSystem/Simscape toolbox for developing real-time controllers for grid-connected converters and microgrid applications, particularly for renewable energy systems and electric vehicles. I possess extensive experience in developing and testing control algorithms for renewable energy sources and battery energy storage systems, utilizing real-time simulators such as dSPACE and Speedgoat, as well as hardware equipment including power amplifiers and grid emulators.
Additionally, I have worked as a teaching associate at the university, where I served as an assistant examiner and exam script checker for the Joint Programme exams between China and QMUL.
RESEARCH AREA: Analysis, design, and control of grid connected systems,
Power electronics convereter and control ,
Control and integration of Renewable energy systems,
Vehicle to grid technology (V2G),
Machine learning and artificial intelligence, and
Energy management of microgrids.
Queen Mary University of London, UK
COMSATS University, Islamabad, Abbottabad Campus, Pakistan
COMSATS University, Islamabad, Abbottabad Campus, Pakistan
Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC)
Working as a researcher on a research project funded by British Council and UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI)
1. Development of a university campus microgrid using several controllable and non-controllable units such as Sunny Boy PV system, the BaSyTec bi-directional charger along with the Nissan Leaf and CALB EV batteries, the unidirectional Arbin charger and temperature chamber.
2. Developing microgrid models and energy management optimization algorithms for energy autonomy and power balance of microgrid
3. Implementation of intelligent operation of microgrid in real-time via dSPACE 1103 digital simulator together with CAN RTI blockset, MATLAB Simulink and dSPACE control desk.
4. Preparing project presentations, reports and paper drafts.
Worked as research assistant on current density imaging in EV battery modules, funded by Innovative UK under Faraday Challenge
1. Production of a demonstrator system delivering real-time performance data from a battery module using flux gate sensors and image analysis algorithms
2. Investigating state of charge estimation techniques for Nissan Lithium ion batteries
3. Nissan leaf battery condition monitoring and testing using Neware battery tester
4. Designing algorithms for extracting and analysing the images from magnetic sensors via dSPACE RTI CAN blockset and MATLAB Simulink for possible state of charge estimation
Worked as research assistant on Aged Lithium-Ion Batteries as Low Cost Solution to Rural Micro Grids, funded by Innovative- EPSRC
1. This project investigates a novel storage solution for the independent micro grids using Electric Vehicle (EV) aged Lithium-ion batteries (LiBs)
2. A novel online battery model was designed which update its parameters according to the change in load variation.
3. Research activities and dissemination of results through conferences, workshops and journals
Worked as teaching assistant and lab demonstrator for Power Electronics and Electrical Machines
1. Designing the experiments in the module.
2. Preparing handouts and lab manuals for the student assistance.
3. Marking the lab reports and exams.
1. Solving IT related issues of the student.
2. Changing and updating the hard-drives of the desktops in the labs.
3. Window installation in the desktops of the labs.
1. Worked as Assistant Examiner (AE - exam marker) and exam Script Checking (SC) for the Joint Programme (JP) exams.
2. The exam papers come from China and have been checked in QMUL
3. Exam paper checking, rechecking, result making is the part of job.
Worked as a lecturer and researcher in the Electrical Engineering department
1. Lecturing, setting and facilitating tutorials, facilitation of laboratory experiments, setting and marking examinations, and curriculum development.
2. Taught the course related to Electronic and Electrical engineering such as Power System Analysis, Power Transmission and Power Distribution and Utilization.
3. Laboratory demonstrations for High Voltage systems, power and control systems, electrical machines.
4. Supervised undergrad final year projects
5. Worked as a member of different departments and committees of the university including sports committee, admission committee, etc
6. Implemented Objective Based Learning (OBL) with other commete members in the department.
Diploma of Researcher development (Q-Dip) in recognition of the completion of 210 hours of researcher development activities over the course of a PGR degree. The researcher development skills are mapped against the following four main domains:
1. Knowledge and Intellectual Abilities
2. Personal Effectiveness
3. Research Governance & Organisation
4. Engagement, Influence & Impact
Attending conferences, workshops, seminars, tutorials, writing articles, grants, participating in different activities such as arranging different events, demonstrations, etc was the part of development.
|British Council Pakistan||2023||PAK-UK Education Gateway Mobility Partnership for Students||Co-Investigator|
Prizes, awards, and accolades
PhD Scholarship (Jul 2017)
Queen Mary University of London UK and Higher Education Commission Pakistan
Awarded a 48-month Doctoral Scholarship, 2017-2021
Data Driven Machine Learning Model for Condition Monitoring and Anomaly Detection in Power Grids
Saleem, K., Alkan, B. and Dudley-Mcevoy, S. (2023). Data Driven Machine Learning Model for Condition Monitoring and Anomaly Detection in Power Grids. 2023 IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting. Orlando, Florida, US 10 - 16 Jul 2023 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
Variable Structure-Based Control for Dynamic Temperature Setpoint Regulation in Hospital Extreme Healthcare Zones
Hamza, A., Uneeb, M., Ahmad, I., Saleem, K. and Ali, Z. (2023). Variable Structure-Based Control for Dynamic Temperature Setpoint Regulation in Hospital Extreme Healthcare Zones. Energies. 16 (10), p. 4223. https://doi.org/10.3390/en16104223
Performance Analysis and Benchmarking of PLL-Driven Phasor Measurement Units for Renewable Energy Systems
Ali, Z., Saleem, K., Brown, R., Christofides, N. and Dudley-Mcevoy, S. (2022). Performance Analysis and Benchmarking of PLL-Driven Phasor Measurement Units for Renewable Energy Systems. Energies. 15 (5), p. e1867. https://doi.org/10.3390/en15051867