RESEARCH THRUSTS

ASPIRE is founded on a comprehensive research program with convergence and deep integration across disciplines through four thrusts, namely Transportation, Adoption, Power, and Data. We target seamless integration of wireless and wired charging systems across vehicle classes and power levels to achieve a ubiquitous charging experience for electric vehicle owners,This is accomplished through an integrated systems-of-systems approach to co-optimize transportation and electric utility systems and end-user experience and productivity, which requires significant departure from conventional thinking,Our research occurs at the nexus of electrical-mechanical-thermal design of vehicles, charging systems, pavements, and power systems, data fusion and dynamic optimization of networked and co-dependent systems, and econometrics, policy, user acceptance, and environmental and societal impacts,New fundamental insights will be gained in methods and materials to integrate charging infrastructure into long-life pavements,New data science innovations in solving large-scale, nonlinear, nonconvex, and NP-hard problems in offline and real-time settings integrated across the electric grid and transportation systems will have game changing impact on systems design and optimization,New economic, behavioral, and social science models and frameworks will be developed to allow the team to break out of conventional thinking when considering the societal, policy, consumer, and market perspectives of and integration with technology elements,The ASPIRE ERC’s holistic and convergent research approach is unique globally and critical to advancing and sustaining the envisioned equitable transformations across the transportation and electric utility industries.