Keynote Lectures

Prof. Giorgio Rizzoni

Keynote Title: Future mobility: the transition to smart cities and connected and automated vehicles

Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace and Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director, Center for Automotive Research, The Ohio State University.

Mobility is undergoing dramatic transformations that will radically change the way we move and access work and leisure time. This presentation presents a broad overview of the technologies and challenges ahead of us in the medium and long term, touching on various topics related to smart cities and smart mobility. The city of Columbus, winner of the US DOT Smart City program, is implementing a number of programs related to mobility, data exchange and EV adoption, which will be reviewed in the presentation. Looking more closely at vehicle technology, the seminar also includes an overview of the ARPA-E NEXTCAR program, describing how vehicle connectivity and automated driving capabilities can considerably enhance the fuel economy of a light-duty passenger car. Finally, the talk closes with some considerations on the challenges that we face in the adoption and implementation of these new technologies.
Biography: Giorgio Rizzoni, the Ford Motor Company Chair in ElectroMechanical Systems, is a Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The Ohio State University (OSU). He received his B.S. (ECE) in 1980, his M.S. (ECE) in 1982, his Ph.D. (ECE) in 1986, all from the University of Michigan. Since 1999 he has been the director of the Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research (CAR), an interdisciplinary university research center in the OSU College of Engineering. His research activities are related to modeling, control and diagnosis of advanced vehicles, energy efficiency, alternative fuels, the interaction between vehicles and the electric power grid, vehicle safety and intelligence, and policy and economic analysis of alternative fuels and vehicle fuel economy. He is currently serving as PI on a 2017-2020 ARPA-E NEXTCAR program that aims to tied vehicle automation and connectivity to powertrain control and fuel economy. He has contributed to the development of graduate curricula in these areas, and has served as the director of three U.S. Department of Energy Graduate Automotive Technology Education Centers of Excellence: Hybrid Drivetrains and Control Systems (1998-2004), Advanced Propulsion Systems (2005-2011, and Energy Efficient Vehicles for Sustainable Mobility (2011-2016). Between 2011 and 2016 he served as the OSU Site Director for the U.S. Department of Energy China-USA Clean Energy Research Center - Clean Vehicles. Prof. Rizzoni is a Fellow of SAE (2005), a Fellow of IEEE (2004), a recipient of the 1991 National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, and of numerous other technical and teaching awards.

Prof. Dr Peter Tenberge

Keynote Title: High Speed E-Motor with a new Planetary Gear Design for Speed Reduction

Director of the Institute for Industrial and Automotive Drivetrains, Ruhr University Bochum

E-Motors can easily operate at high speeds of 30.000 rpm or even more. An E-Motor with a peak torque of 100 Nm between stand still and 10.000 rpm and a constant power of 100 kW between 10.000 rpm and 30.000 rpm needs only small space. But such a Motor needs speed reduction with a total ratio of about 20. That could be done in two gear stages but with a high input speed in the first stage. To limit the noise excitations it is necessary to reduce the variations of the stiffnesses in the gearset as much as possible. For that purpose we found a layout of a planetary gearset with nearly constant stiffness that should be used in the first stage with the rotor of the e-motor connected to the sun gear.
Biography: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Johannes Tenberge since 2012 is Chair of industrial and automotive drivetrains at Ruhr-University Bochum. He has previously served (1994- 2012) as professor for machine elements at Chemnitz University; (1992-1994) general manager for development and sales of INA Motorenelemente Schaeffler KG; (1989-1992) head of R&D of INA Wälzlager Schaeffler KG; and (1986-1989) as a project engineer at Zahnradfabrik Friedrichshafen AG. Tenberge has, in his career thus far, proposed for automotive applications several transmission concepts for AT, DCT, CVT and Hybrids, and in 2012 was awarded the SAE/Timken Howard Simpson Automotive Transmission and Driveline Innovation Award. He also keeps busy working on various industrial applications in which he works on design, development and simulation tools for a more precise and quicker layout of transfer gears, worms gear, bevel gears and planetary gears. Tenberge is also the holder or co-holder of more than 200 national and international patent applications.

Prof. Dr. William CAI

Keynote Title: Progress of e-Motors and e-Powertrains for Vehicular Electrification

Founder and CTO, Jing-Jin Electric Technologies Co. , LTD.
Director, National and Local Joint Lab for Performance Optimization Design of Electric Machine System of New Energy Vehicles.

Traction electric motors and power electronic drives are called electric machine system, which has decisive impacts on energy consumption for HEV, PHEV and BEV etc. Different electric powertrains and the energy consumption of their corresponding vehicles are compared. The induction motors(IM) and interior permanent magnet (IPM) motors for the application of powertrains for BEVs are discussed. This presentation is focus on IPM motor design, manufacturing and validation & testing etc. The state of arts and their forward development trends of key components and materials for the PM motors and e-powertrains are summarized. High efficiency, more compact, low vibration and noise, safety and comfortability as well as the high ratio of performance to cost are compound requirements, which drive the integration of e-motor, power electronics and speed reducer/transmission. The algorithm and software on system performance are also discussed, and some conclusions and useful suggestions are given finally.
Biography: Dr. William Cai obtained his Ph.D. degree from Clarkson University, Potsdam, USA. Dr. CAI has worked in Asia, Europe and North America for 35 years, including 15 years as researcher and professor in academic institutions and 20 years as chief engineer of electric machines for HEV/PHEV/EV etc, His work institutions included Remy International, Clarkson University-Potsdam of USA, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology-Zurich of Switzerland, University of Wisconsin-Madison of USA, Harbin University of Science and Technology-Harbin of China etc.
Dr. Cai is one of the most productive experts in HEV/EV motor industry and designed the two mode HEV motors globally. The HEV vehicles with his designed motors include Cadillac Escalade, Mercedes-Benz ML450, BMW X6, Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon, Dodge Durango, Chrysler Aspen, Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck and Allison hybrid transmission etc. Dr. CAI is founder and CTO of Jing-Jin Electric (JJE) and leads the development and manufacturing of EV, PHEV & HEV motors for Karma, Chrysler, Guangzhou Auto’s GAC-Mechatronic Coupling, Geely power-split hybrid etc. JJE ranks the top on production, sale and export of EV/HEV e-motors in China.
Dr. Cai is SAE Hybrid Motor Standard Committee member and IEEE senior member, EV Committee member of China etc. He owned over 30 patents and published over 40 academic papers. In the early 21 centuries, he invented “hairpin winding” and was the pioneer to use his invention for traction motors. Hairpin winding stator technology is more and more applied by many OEMs for vehicular applications today. He obtained many international and Chinese awards,including 2015 Innovation Achievement Award of Chinese Auto etc.

Prof. Nong Zhang

Keynote Title: Study on Transmissions and Gear Shift Control for Electric Vehicles

a doctoral supervisor and a professor of the Recruitment Programs of Global Experts at School of Automobile and Traffic Engineering, Hefei University of Technology, and he also is the director of Automotive Engineering Technology Research Institute, Hefei University of Technology.

Electrification is one of the most effective ways to reduce energy consumption and emission of conventional vehicles. Powertrains for electric vehicles may consist of two electric driving inputs and automated transmissions with multiple speed ratios in order to obtain higher traction force and power propulsion efficiency. This presentation gives a brief comparison of performance of various EVs with powertrains equipped with transmissions of difference gear ratios; and a comparison between the energy efficiency of EVs with single driving input and that of EVs with dual driving inputs. Case studies on the gear shift control of EVs with a two speed AMT and a two speed AT using novel clutches and control methods; and driving mode control of EVs with dual driving inputs for better drivability and smoothness by employing different control algorithms are also provided and discussed.
Biography: Professor Nong Zhang has been involved in research in areas of vehicle dynamics, intelligent hydraulically interconnected suspension system, powertrains system, NVH and new energy vehicle technology. Till now, he has published more than 280 papers in these fields, many of which are indexed by SCI. He has been hosted and taken responsibility for more than 10 key projects funded by the National Research Council of Australia and several industry-funded projects. Since 2011, he has been hosted two projects of National Natural Science Foundation of China, a joint funded projects on the fundamental research of high-speed railway, a major international cooperative project of Ministry of Science and Technology and many cooperative R&D projects with auto companies. He has served as an associate editor of “International Journal of Powertrains” and “International Journal of Vehicle Performance” and served as an editorial board member of Journal of “Frontiers of Mechanical Engineering in China”. And he also has served as a vice chairman of Suspension Technology Branch of China Association of Automobile and served as a committee member of Vehicle Control and Intelligent Professional of China Automation Association. In addition, he has severed as an assessor of “the Recruitment Program of Global Experts”, “National high level talents special support plan” and “the Yangtze River Scholar of national talent plan”.