Dr. Atriya Biswas

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
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; Multi-mode transmission design;

Atriya Biswas (S’18) received his bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Engineering, Science & Technology (IIEST), Shibpur, India, in 2010. He earned his M.Tech 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 Research Fellow, and he is 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 his/her 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 towards the final destination. Being retrospective, Atriya can recall all of his triumphs, over the hindrances, which he overcame in his past. Since his childhood, Atriya has always dreamed of building his own Formula One car. Spending copious summer afternoons in his father’s carpentry workshop, little “Atriyo” managed to fabricate a feeble chassis for his dream project.

He grew his 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 the dynamic interaction between railway pantograph and the overhead catenary wire.

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

Atriya has been with Dr. Ali Emadi’s research team at MARC since September 2017, pursuing 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, and 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. He will also look at the real-time implementation of DRL-based strategies in all-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

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