Assistant Professor

Theo Hofman

Group / Unit
Control Systems Technology
Gemini zuid
Floor / room

Research Profile

Theo Hofman is an Assistant Professor at the Mechanical Engineering Department at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His research interests are developing integrated-design model-based methods that produce system-optimal designs for complex dynamic engineering systems (energy-efficient propulsion systems and automotive / vehicular powertrain systems from system to component level). This research incorporates several related fields: automated-discrete-topology design synthesis: computational design synthesis (CDS) formulated as a constraint satisfaction problem (CSP), integrated-energy-management strategies: optimal control, coordination architectures: (bi-)unidirectional coupling functions and hybrid-optimization algorithms: (non-)gradient based methods.

Academic Background

Theo Hofman received his MSc (with honors) in 1999 and his PhD in 2007 both in Mechanical Engineering from TU/e. From 1999 to 2003, he was a researcher/project manager with the R&D Department of Thales–Cryogenics B.V. (Space, Defense), Eindhoven. From 2003 to 2007, he was a researcher/project manager at Drivetrain Innovations B.V. (currently, Punch Powertrain N.V., 2013+), Eindhoven. From 2007 to 2009, he was post-doctoral fellow with the Control Systems Technology group. In addition, he is a Senior Contact at the Modélisation Énergétique et Gestion d’Énergie des Véhicules Hybrides et électriques (MEGEVH) group, a French network on Hybrid Electric Vehicles. Theo has worked as Invited Professor at the University of Valenciennes and Hainaut-Cambresis, International Program Committee member of the IEEE Vehicle, Propulsion and Power Conference (2004-2006, 2014), Technical Program Committee member and Special session co-chair of IEEE VPPC11/VPPC14, co-chair IEEE Best Paper Award VPPC14/VPPC15, guest Editor IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology (2015) and is an associate editor of the International Journal of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (from 2006).

Educational Activities

  • Preparation phase graduation project
  • Bachelor final project DSD - Control Systems Technology
  • Introduction vehicle dynamics and powertrains
  • Vehicle powertrain system design
  • Spectrum of Automotive
  • Graduation project Control Systems Technology (international)

Ancillary Activities

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