Dr Milijana Odavic
Tel: +44 (0)114 22 25170
Research Group: Electrical Machines & Drives
I received my MSc degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Zagreb, Croatia, in 2004, where I was Research Assistant with the Department of Electric Machines, Drives, and Automation before joining the University of Nottingham. After completing my PhD in power electronics, in 2008, I stayed with the Power Electronics and Machine Control (PEMC) group at Nottingham as a Research Fellow working on power electronics related research projects. In the period from Sep.'12. - Feb.'13., I was Visiting Research Scholar at the Center for Power Electronics Systems (CPES), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA, working with the team of Prof. D. Boroyevich and Prof. R. Burgos. Since Sep. ’13., I have been with the Electrical Machines and Drives (EMD) group at Sheffield, where in Nov.’18. I was promoted to Senior Lecturer in Power Electronics Systems.
My research is in the area of power electronics with particular focus on power converters topologies and modelling and control.
The research on power converters topologies includes modular multilevel/multiphase power converters as a part of a New Partnership in Offshore Wind: Siemens Wind Power Prosperity Partnership. Currently we are exploring potentials of modular multilevel converters operating in boost mode. My research also includes fault-tolerant power converters for safety critical applications including aerospace and electric vehicles.
Ultra-efficient and power-dense power converters based on wide-bandgap semiconductors are of particular interest.
The research on modelling and control includes stability theory and modelling and prediction of dynamic interactions of power electronics dominated distribution systems. Our recent works, including my collaborative work with the team of Prof. Bozhko at Nottingham, revealed significant effects of simultaneous parametric uncertainties and their interactions on the stability of power electronics systems. My research also includes control of power converters for actuation, EV&HEV traction, and wind and PV energy systems.