Lipman Earns CITRIS Seed Funding Award

December 3, 2020

EV charger

Tim LipmanUC Berkeley researcher, Transportation Sustainability Research Center Co-Director Timothy Lipman and UC Davis researcher, Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy Executive Director Austin Brown have received a 2020 CITRIS Core Seed Funding Award to research a project titled General Charger Feed Specification.

The award focuses on the core problem where a lack of availability of charger data is a key challenge for electric vehicle (EV) users. Currently, charger data is kept in multiple formats by individual companies with little motivation to share data. Lipman and Brown, lead principal investigators, will take initial steps for developing a feed specification for electric vehicle supply infrastructure (EVSE). It will include elements of computer science and data processing to guide the development of a lightweight and useful framework.

Primary project elements include:
1) EV user survey
2) assessment of available data
3) development of system specifications
4) review of best practices for data feed specifications
5) development and implementation of a pilot specification and test
6) partnership with infrastructure funders to explore the potential of adding data sharing requirements to funding

“This is a great opportunity to help advance the electric vehicle industry with regard to data sharing and coordination with utility grid operators and other stakeholders,” says Lipman. “We hope it leads to bigger projects that will have a lasting impact on the field.”

The CITRIS Core Seed Funding program supports nascent ideas in information technology led by University of California researchers. This year’s awarded projects include smart clothing for anxiety, augmented reality for visual impairment, and digital mentorship for underrepresented minorities in STEM, among others