Liyang Han joined the EPG in October, 2016 as a DPhil student, expected to graduate in spring 2020.
Supervised by Professor Malcolm McCulloch, Liyang's research topic is on the application of cooperative game theory in constructing energy coalitions in the distribution network. The goal of this model is to financially incentivize prosumers to collaboratively manage their energy assets in a more efficient way, while providing additional grid services such as peak shaving. Energy storage optimization, stochastic modeling, and data sampling/clustering are the main focuses of his current analyses.
Prior to Oxford, Liyang received his BS degree in Energy Engineering from Zhejiang University, China, and MS degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University. He then spent two years working, first as an energy analyst at Integral Group, a building engineering consulting firm, and then as a research analyst focusing on microgrids at EDF Inc. in California.
Outside of his research, Liyang is involved in various projects and campaigns advocating diversity and equal opportunity. He lead the effort in hosting the Oxford University Diversity & Equality Conference (OUDEC) 2019 at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights focusing on access and accessibility at Oxford. He served as President and Equalities Officer in the Middle Common Room (MCR) at Mansfield College, Oxford University, during which a big focus of his work was to bring awareness to the College experiences of postgraduate students, especially those from underrepresented backgrounds.
He also sits on the committee of the Oxford BAME Drama Society, and helped create the Oxford BAME Drama Fund, aiming to improve the access to drama for students of color. Additionally, Liyang is a mental health advocate. He is currently a Peer Support and an Assistant Junior Dean at Mansfield College, and co-founder of OU Coffee Ambassadors, an initiative to create a low-threshold peer support/listening platform for Oxford students and junior researchers.