Seminar Series

Power Flow Control of Electric Hybrid Vehicles


Dr Jeffrey B Burl


Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Michigan Techological University and Erskine Fellow at UC

Time & Place

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 14:00:00 NZDT in Kirkwood KH03


Hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) have both internal combustion engines and electric motors that are combined to provide the power for propulsion.  HEVs have the advantages of better fuel efficiency and lower emissions when compared to conventional vehicles but the flow of electrical power and chemical power must be controlled to achieve these advantages. 

This talk provides a brief overview of various power flow control strategies.  The talk will culminate in a presentation of results and algorithms from the author's (and his students') research into power flow control algorithms. In particular, a novel adaptive equivalent consumption minimisation strategy will be motivated and described.


Dr Jeffrey B Burl is an Associate Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Michigan Technological University where he has worked for the past 23 years. Previous positions included Associate Professor at the Naval Postgraduate School, Lecturer at California State University, Long Beach, and Principal Radar Engineer at Ford Aerospace. His current research interests include hybrid electric vehicle control, automotive control, adaptive control, robust multivariable control theory and applications of control and signal processing. Dr Burl has worked on the international space station, missile autopilot design, attitude slewing for the crew and equipment retriever for the space station, adaptive fuel control for automotive engines, autonomous robot control, hybrid electric vehicle control, adaptive optics and numerous other control and signal processing applications. Dr Burl has published a book titled 'Linear Optimal Control: H2 and H Methods' and has published over 40 conference and journal papers.