Atriya Biswas

Ph.D. Student
Research Focus: Deep reinforcement learning and Machine learning for Energy management system; Powertrain Dyno validation of control strategies
Industry Focus: Automotive Electrification, Electrified Traction Systems, and Multi-mode transmission design

Atriya Biswas (S’18) received his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Engineering, Science & Technology (IIEST), Shibpur, India, in 2010. He earned his M.Tech degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, India in 2014. He was employed at General Motors Technical Center, Bangalore, India as a senior engineer from 2014 to 2017. Since September 2017 Atriya has been with Dr. Ali Emadi’s research group at the McMaster Automotive Resource Center (MARC), where he finished his Ph.D. in April 2021. Currently, he is employed at MARC as a Post-doctoral fellow and leading the “Electrified Powertrain” research thrust area in the McMaster-Stellantis collaboration.

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Every person sent to this earth by God has one specific task to accomplish throughout her/his lifetime. Each of us should figure out the untold task assigned to us and disintegrate that into several milestones.

Determination and perseverance are the keys to overcoming obstacles and reaching one step ahead towards the final destination. Being retrospective, Atriya can recall all his triumphs over the hindrances that he came across in his past. Since his childhood, Atriya always dreamt of building his own Formula One car. Spending copious afternoons of summer in his father’s carpentry workshop in the backyard, little “Atriyo” just managed to fabricate a feeble chassis for his dream project.

He grew the passion for intelligent and automated mechanical systems while developing an algorithm for building a microcontroller-based automated railway level crossing gate in IIT Kharagpur. The Ministry of Human Resource Department, India, awarded him a scholarship for higher studies in 2012 in the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India for the Master’s program. His Master’s dissertation was on Dynamic Interaction between Railway Pantograph and the overhead catenary wire.

He got the opportunity to apply his engineering knowledge learned in the Master’s program during his employment in General Motors Technical Center, Bangalore, India. During his tenure with GM, he gained a glimpse of autonomous vehicles while leading a project on implementing Auto Start-Stop for Internal Combustion Engine.

Atriya has been with Dr. Ali Emadi’s research team at the MARC since September 2017 to pursue his Ph.D. He defended his thesis on “Real-time updating and Near-optimal Energy management system for multi-mode electrified powertrain with Reinforcement Learning” in April 2021. His primary research interests include designing intelligent and efficient Energy Management systems (EMS) for hybrid electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles using Deep-Reinforcement learning (DRL), designing new multi-mode transmissions for electrified powertrains, articulating an online high-fidelity simulation platform for performance evaluation. His future prospective research includes hardware-in-the-loop and powertrain Dynamometer validation of the EMS control strategies developed during his Ph.D. studies, real-time implementation of DRL-based strategies in All-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

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