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Peter Bauer

Peter Bauer

Email: pbauer@nd.edu

Phone: 574-631-8015

Office: 269 Fitzpatrick Hall


Ph.D., University of Miami, 1987

B.S., Technical University Munich, 1984


Peter Bauer was born in Bamberg, Germany and came to the US in 1981 on a Fulbright scholarship. Here he received his Diplom degree in EE from Technical University Munich, 1984. In 1987, he received his Ph.D in EE from the University of Miami, where he studied m-D system theory with Professor E.I. Jury. In the summer of 1988 Peter Bauer came to ND. Dr. Bauer's research focus before coming to Notre Dame was on multi-dimensional systems, in particular the stability of m-D nonlinear and time-variant systems. Robust stability of systems under parameter uncertainties was another area of prior work. Dr. Bauer has had a long standing research collaboration with Professor Kamal Premaratne at the University of Miami. He is also collaborating with Dr. Scheutz at IU Bloomington, Dr. Eric Rogers at University of Southampton, England, and Dr. Galkowski at the University of Zielona Gora, Poland. Dr. Bauer has also had a long standing research collaboration with the Technical University Munich, Germany and the University of Hiroshima, Japan.

Summary of Activities/Interests

Research Interests:

Peter Bauer's research focuses on dynamical (energy) systems with a particular
emphasis on intelligent and sustainable transportation, efficiency optimal
power conversion, generation and usage, and electric powertrains in EVs and HEVs.

Recent and current research efforts concentrate on energy optimal urban driving
and platooning. Together with a faculty member from the University
of Massachussetts he developed SAFENETS (Situational Awareness For Emerging
Network Enabled Transportation Systems) to guide connected vehicles
with over the horizon road and traffic information. SAFENETS has a dual purpose,
i.e. transportation energy minimization and improving road safety,
especially for vehicles with some level of autonomy.
For a presentation of a variety of recent research results see


Other topics include HEV powertrain optimization, and optimal energy usage and
storage with full, partial, or no information on future power requests, traffic or
routes. Leveraging environmental information to improve efficiency in transportation
is another promising topic that is investigated.

Previous research work include stability theory, artificial (aerial) swarms
and formations, congestion control and networked control systems.

Courses: Introduction to sustainable e-transportation (Graduate), Electric and Hybrid-Electric Vehicles (Undergraduate)


Notre Dame Researchers Examining Electric Vehicles and the Power Grid

December 14, 2012

As plug-in electric vehicles become an ever more central part of America’s daily life, University of Notre Dame researchers are anticipating what that development will mean for the nation’s power grid. Under funding from the National Science Foundation’s Cyber-Physical Systems Program, a research group is attempting to develop mathematical algorithms to help guide the integration of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) into the power grid.


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