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Robert Pilawa-Podgurski

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Robert  Pilawa-Podgurski
Robert Pilawa-Podgurski
Assistant Professor
351 Everitt Lab MC 702
1406 W. Green
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 244-0181

Primary Research Area

  • Power and Energy Systems - Power electronics

Education

  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2012)
  • M.Eng. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2007)
  • B.S. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2005)
  • B.S. Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2005)

Academic Positions

Assistant Professor (100%-time appointment), Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Robert Pilawa-Podgurski's home page

Research Interests

  • Power electronics
  • Power supply on-a-chip
  • Advanced control techniques for power electronics
  • Data center power delivery
  • Renewable energy systems (with a focus on photovoltaics)
  • CMOS integrated circuits
  • Energy harvesting systems (thermoelectric, thermophotovoltaic, vibrational, etc.)
  • Energy solutions for the developing world

Research Areas

  • Analog integrated circuits
  • Computer architecture
  • Decentralized and distributed control
  • Digital integrated circuits
  • Efficient energy management and conversion for lighting, communications, information technology, transportation, and appliances
  • Electric transportation
  • Electrical machines and drive systems
  • Energy storage conversion, management, and control
  • Gallium nitride power semiconductors
  • High-performance switching power converters
  • Intelligent devices and controls for electricity grids
  • Power electronics

Selected Articles in Journals

  • W.R. Chan, P. Bermel, R.C.N. Pilawa-Podgurski, C.H. Marton, K.F. Jensenf, J.J. Senkevich, J.D. Joannopoulos, M. Soljacic and I.Celanovic "Toward high-energy-density, high-efficiency, and moderate-temperature chip-scale thermophotovoltaics", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, February 25, 2013.
  • R.C.N Pilawa-Podgurski, D.J Perreault "Sub-Module Integrated Distributed Maximum Power Point Tracking for Solar Photovoltaic Applications," IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, Vol. 28, No. 6, June 2013
  • A. Latham, R.C.N. Pilawa-Podgurski, K.F. Odame, C.R. Sullivan, "Analysis and Optimization of Maximum Power Point Tracking Algorithms in the Presence of Noise," IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, Vol. 28, No. 7, July 2013
  • R.C.N. Pilawa-Podgurski, D.J. Perreault, "Merged Two-Stage Power Converter with Soft Charging Switched-Capacitor Stage in 180 nm CMOS," IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits, Vol. 47, No 7, pp. 1557-1567, 2012
  • R.C.N Pilawa-Podgurski, A.D. Sagneri, J.M. Rivas, D.I Anderson, and D.J. Perreault, "Very High Frequency Resonant Boost Converters," IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, Vol. 24, No 6, pp. 1654-1665, 2009.

Articles in Conference Proceedings

  • Y. Lei and R.C.N. Pilawa-Podgurski "Soft-charging Operation of Switched-capacitor DC-DC Converters with an Inductive Load" IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference 2014, Fort Worth, TX, 2014
  • S. Qin, A. Morrison, and R.C.N. Pilawa-Podgurski "Enhancing Micro-inverter Energy Capture with Sub-module Differential Power Processing" IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference, Fort Worth, TX, 2014
  • C. Barth and R.C.N. Pilawa-Podgurski "Dithering Digital Ripple Correlation Control with Digitally-Assisted Windowed Sensing for Solar Photovoltaic MPPT" IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference, Fort Worth, TX, 2014
  • M. Schuck and R.C.N. Pilawa-Podgurski "Ripple Minimization in Asymmetric Multiphase Interleaved dc-dc Switching Converters" IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition, Denver, CO 2013
  • S. Qin, S.T. Cady, A.D Dominguez-Garcia and R.C.N. Pilawa-Podgurski "A Distributed Approach to MPPT for PV Sub-Module Differential Power Processing" IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition, Denver, CO, 2013
  • M. Schuck and R.C.N. Pilawa-Podgurski "Input current ripple reduction through interleaving in single-supply multiple-output dc-dc converters" IEEE Workshop on Control and Modeling for Power Electronics (COMPEL) 2013
  • Y. Lei and R.C.N. Pilawa-Podgurski "Analysis of Switched-capacitor DC-DC Converters in Soft-charging Operation" IEEE Workshop on Control and Modeling for Power Electronics (COMPEL) 2013
  • C. Barth and R.C.N. Pilawa-Podgurski "Implementation of Dithering Digital Ripple Correlation Control for PV Maximum Power Point Tracking" IEEE Workshop on Control and Modeling for Power Electronics (COMPEL) 2013 [Best Paper Award]
  • S. Qin, K.A. Kim and R.C.N. Pilawa-Podgurski "Laboratory Emulation of A Photovoltaic Module for Controllable Insolation and Realistic Dynamic Performance" IEEE Power and Energy Conference at Illinois (PECI 2013).
  • M. Schuck and R.C.N. Pilawa-Podgurski "Current Ripple Cancellation for Asymmetric Multiphase Interleaved dc-dc Switching Converters" IEEE Power and Energy Conference at Illinois (PECI 2013) [Best Paper Award].
  • J. McClurg, Y. Zhang, J. Wheeler, and R.C.N. Pilawa-Podgurski "Re-Thinking Data Center Power Delivery: Regulating Series-Connected Voltage Domains in Software" IEEE Power and Energy Conference at Illinois (PECI 2013).
  • C. Barth and R.C.N. Pilawa-Podgurski "Dithering Digital Ripple Correlation Control for Photovoltaic Maximum Power Point Tracking" IEEE Power and Energy Conference at Illinois (PECI 2013).
  • S. Qin, and R.C.N. Pilawa-Podgurski, "Sub-Module Differential Power Processing for Photovoltaic Applications" IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference, Long Beach, CA, 2013.
  • R. Serna, B.J. Pierquet, J. Santiago, R.C.N. Pilawa-Podgurski, "Field Measurements of Transient Effects in Photovoltaic Panels and its Importance in the Design of Maximum Power Point Trackers" IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference, Long Beach, CA, 2013.
  • R.C.N. Pilawa-Podgurski, D.J. Perreault "Sub-Module Integrated Distributed Maximum Power Point Tracking for Solar Photovoltaic Applications" IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition, Raleigh, NC, 2012
  • R.C.N. Pilawa-Podgurski, D.J. Perreault "Integrated Two-Stage Power Converter with Soft Charging Switched-Capacitor Operation in 180 nm CMOS," IEEE European Solid-State Circuits Conference Helsinki, Finland, 2011.
  • R.C.N. Pilawa-Podgurski, W. Li, I. Celanovic, D.J. Perreault "Integrated CMOS DC-DC Converter with Digital Maximum Power Point Tracking for a Portable Thermophotovoltaic Power Generator," IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition, Phoenix, AZ, 2011.
  • W. Chan, P. Bermel, R. Pilawa-Podgurski, C. Marton, K. Jensen, M. Soljacic, J. Joannopoulos, I. Celanovic "A High-Efficiency Millimeter-Scale Thermophotovoltaic Generator," TPV-9 World Conference at the 25th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition, Valencia, Spain, 2010
  • R.C.N Pilawa-Podgurski, N. Pallo, W. Chan, D.J. Perreault, and I. Celanovic, "Low Power Maximum Power Point Tracker with Digital Control for Thermophotovoltaic Generators," IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference, Palm Springs, CA, 2010.
  • D.J. Perreault, J. Hu, J.M. Rivas, Y. Han, O. Leitermann, R.C.N. Pilawa-Podgurski, A. Sagneri, and C.R. Sullivan, "Opportunities and Challenges in Very High Frequency Power Conversion," IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference, Washington, D.C. 2009.
  • R.C.N. Pilawa-Podgurski, D.M. Giuliano, and D.J. Perreault "Merged Two-Stage Power Converter Architecture with Soft Charging Switched-Capacitor Energy Transfer," IEEE Power Electronics Specialists Conference, Rhodes, Greece, 2008.
  • R.C.N. Pilawa-Podgurski, A.D. Sagneri, J.M. Rivas, D.I. Anderson, and D.J. Perreault, "Very High Frequency Resonant Boost Converters," IEEE Power Electronics Specialists Conference, Orlando, FL, 2007.

Teaching Honors

  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students - ECE 464 Power Electronics (2013)
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students (with distinction of 'outstanding') - ECE 469 Power Electronics Laboratory (2012)
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students (with distinction of 'outstanding') - ECE 464 Power Electronics (2012)

Research Honors

  • Best Paper Award, IEEE Workshop on Control and Modeling for Power Electronics (COMPEL) (2013)
  • Best Paper Award, IEEE Power and Energy Conference at Illinois (2013)
  • Google Faculty Research Award (2013)
  • Best Presentation Award, IEEE Energy Conversion Congress & Exposition (2011)
  • Best Presentation Award, IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference (2010)
  • Analog Devices Outstanding Student Designer from MIT (2010)
  • Inventor Recognition Award, Semiconductor Research Corporation (2008)
  • Chorafas Award for outstanding MIT EECS Master's thesis. (2007)
  • Joseph Lewin Morris Award for best thesis presentation, MIT EECS Masterworks Symposium (2007)

Other Honors

  • Outstanding Commitment Award for "AffordaSol - A Low Cost Solar Charger for the Developing World", Clinton Global Initiative University (2010)
  • Siebel Scholar (2007)