Dr. Gaoliang Fang

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Research Focus: Switched reluctance machine(SRM) drives, Sensorless control, Advanced torque control, Vibration/Noise reduction
Industry Focus: Automotive Electrification; Renewable Energy; Electrified Traction Systems; Aerospace Electrification; Energy Storage Systems

Gaoliang Fang received his B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering from Northwestern Polytechnical University (NWPU), Xi’an, Shaanxi, China, in 2015 and 2018, respectively. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from McMaster University, Canada, in 2021.

He is currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow with the McMaster Automotive Resource Centre (MARC), McMaster University, Canada. Under the support of Mitacs Accelerate Fellowship, he is also an intern at Enedym Inc., where his research focuses on fault-tolerant control of switched reluctance motor drives, in renewable energy resource applications. His research interests include advanced control of switched reluctance machines and permanent magnet synchronous machines.
Dr. Fang is a recipient of the Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad and the McCall MacBain Postdoctoral Fellows Teaching and Leadership Program Fellowship.

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When Gaoliang was a second-year undergraduate student, his participation in the National Intelligent Car Racing Competition inspired his interests in the field of EVs. During the intelligent car designing process, he enjoyed the feeling of burying himself into his work and felt satisfied when his work made a impactful contribution to the team. After years of hard work, he won the national first prize in the 11th National Students’ NXP Cup Intelligent Car Competition. He also ranked 2nd out of all the teams from China. Following these accomplishments, and with his realization that fossil fuels would be depleted in the not-too-distant future, he focused mainly on the propulsion motor in EVs, especially the type of permanent-magnet-free switched reluctance machines.

After completing his bachelor program, and due to his high ranks in academic performance during his undergraduate studies, Gaoliang was admitted as a master’s student at Northwestern Polytechnical University, without requiring the entrance examination. During his master’s research, his research focus was mainly on SRM drive systems with high performance on output torque, but equipped with low-cost sensors and requiring less parameter characterizing time. Gaoliang also worked on sensorless control, and the converter topologies of SRM. He also participated in applying a project, approved by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), about switched reluctance starter/generators.

Gaoliang joined the McMaster Automotive Resource Centre (MARC) as a Ph.D. student in January 2019, under the supervision of Dr. Ali Emadi. During his Ph.D. period, he worked as a research assistant on different industrial projects. Within his research, he focused on the advanced control of SRMs, including current regulation, torque control, sensorless control, and radial force/vibration reduction. Gaoliang also worked on the advanced control of permanent magnet synchronous machines, such as sensorless control. Apart from his main area of research, Gaoliang also enjoys exploring in the embedded system design.

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