Battery management systems for the transport sector

Within the automotive and road transport sector, one of the main drivers for technological innovation is the need to reduce the vehicle's fuel consumption and the missions of carbon dioxide. Legislative requirements are motivating manufacturers and subsystem suppliers to develop new and innovative electric vechicle (EV) and hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) concepts. Within this field, a key enabling technology is the design and integration of the vehicle's high voltage battery and associated control system – the Battery Management System (BMS). The term BMS has come to encompass a broad spectrum of control and monitoring functions that collectively:

  • Integrates the battery within the complete control architecture of the vehicle.
  • Manage the availability of power and energy from the battery to support vehicle propulsion and ancillary power requirements and finally;
  • Manage the ancillaries that are integrated within a complete battery system, such as: power electronics, switchgear, energy balancing, cooling/heating and safety devices.

The topics of this open invited session are specifically related, but not limited to, the following research areas:

  • New and novel approaches to state estimation for improved state of charge (SOC) and state of health (SOH).
  • The formulation of battery system models and parameterisation methods to underpin BMS design and verification.
  • Thermal management at module and complete battery pack level.
  • Active energy balancing within the battery pack.
  • BMS design within the context of vehicle to grid (V2G) and second-life battery applications.
  • Functional safety of BMS algorithms and systems design.
  • BMS control architectures.
  • Integration of the BMS with related powertrain functions including whole-system energy management, vehicle telemetry and vehicle supervisory control.


To encourage participation and sharing of best practice, we are accepting contributions which are abstract only, that is, there is no need for a full publishable paper although of course you are welcome to write one should you feel this is appropriate for your input. If you would like to contribute to this session please send a title and 2-3 sentences description to James Marco, WMG, University of Warwick (

For those who wish to make a parallel full paper submission for the proceedings, the relevant code on the PaperPlaza submission site is:


The session will be run like one of the open interactive sessions at the recent IFAC world congress. That is, delegates will have access to computing, a table and poster board by request so they can bring and demonstrate hardware, software or other materials as appropriate. Presenters should discuss their requirements with the organisers in advance.