Dr James Jeffs is a Technology Analyst at IDTechEx. Since joining in March 2021, he has been contributing to IDTechEx's research into autonomous vehicles. Previously, James worked at WMG (University of Warwick) on the Triumph TE-1 electric motorcycle project, here he specialised on modelling, thermal management analysis and functional testing of control software. Before working for WMG, James also completed a PhD at the University of Warwick, focussing on thermal management for electric vehicles using complex heat-pump systems. Overall, James was involved in the area of electric vehicles for over 5 years prior to joining IDTechEx.
James studied for a BSc and MPhys in Physics at the University of Warwick. Following this he moved to the WMG department to complete a PhD in the thermal management of electric vehicles in low temperature climates, sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover. During his PhD he focussed on the optimisation of complex heat pump systems, utilising multiple heat sources and sinks, in an electric vehicle. During this work he demonstrated novel approaches to data analysis and redeployment of existing optimisation methodologies in new areas.
During his time in academia, James published two journal papers in MDPI's Energies journal, as well as authoring four conference papers.
James is working on autonomous vehicles research across a range of sectors at IDTechEx, including their environmental-mapping technologies. Beyond this, James remains interested in the thermal management challenges associated with battery electric vehicles.