dr.ir. T. (Theo) Hofman - Expertise

Hofman, dr.ir. T.
Address :
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
P.O. Box 513
Department :
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Section :
Control Systems Technology
Positioncategory :
Assistant Professor (UD)
Position :
Assistant Professor
Room :
GEM-Z 0.122
Tel :
+31 40-247 2827
Tel (internal) :
Email :


  • D14230 - Vehicle technology and transport technology
  • D14231 - Road vehicles, rail vehicles
  • D14220 - Engines, energy converters
  • D14240 - Manufacturing technology, mechanical technology, robotics
  • Optimization
  • Automotive
  • Optimal control
  • Energy management
  • Computational design synthesis
  • Propulsions systems



Theo Hofman received his M.Sc.-degree (with honors) in 1999 and Ph.D.-degree in 2007 both in Mechanical Engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands. 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. Since 2010, he is an assistant professor with the Control Systems Technology group. Organizational duties: International Program Committee (IPC) member of the IEEE Vehicle, Propulsion and Power Conference (VPPC, 2004-2006, 2014); CVT2010. Associate Editor of the Int. J. of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (IJEHV, 2006+). Technical Program Committee (TPC) 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 (IEEE TVT, 2015). His research interests are developing integrated-design methods that produce system-optimal designs for complex dynamic engineering systems (energy-efficient propulsion systems).

Research focus: model-based system design methods for complex dynamic engineering systems (automotive / vehicular powertrain systems from system to component level):
- 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;
- hybrid-optimization algorithms: (non-)gradient based methods;