F.P.T. (Frank) Willems - Expertises

Willems, F.P.T.
Adres :
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
Postbus 513
Leerstoel :
Integrated Powertrain Control
Faculteit :
Faculteit Werktuigbouwkunde
Afdeling :
Control Systems Technology
Functiecategorie :
Hoogleraar (HGL)
Functie :
Intern adres :
GEM-Z 0.114
Tel :
040-247 3535
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  • D14340 - Meet- en regeltechniek
  • Flex Fuel Control
  • Waste Heat Recovery
  • Diesel Emission Control
  • Powertrain Control
  • Automotive


Research profile

Frank Willems is a Full Professor of Systems and Control Technology and Chair of Integrated Powertrain Control at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), a position, realized with support from TNO. His main research interests are control-oriented modeling of internal combustion engines and after-treatment systems, cylinder pressure-based combustion control, and integrated energy and emission management.

Frank focuses on the development of optimal and robust control methods for automotive powertrain systems. This requires integration of energy and emission management strategies at powertrain system level. This research is relevant for the automotive industry because the traditional methods are no longer suitable. Driven by the growing attention to real-world nitrogen oxides (NOx) and soot emissions, a robust and systematic approach is crucial to guarantee optimal performance under widely varying operating conditions. To minimize the development time and costs, model-based control methods play an increasingly important role. The ultimate goal is auto-calibration, in which the energy efficiency of the total powertrain will be optimized online by the application of smart sensors and route information in self-learning control concepts.

Academic background

Frank Willems obtained his MSc (1995) and PhD (2000) in Mechanical Engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). He subsequently joined the Powertrains group of TNO Automotive, where he currently is a senior technical specialist in powertrain control. Since 2007, he has been a part-time staff member of the Control System Technology group, Department of Mechanical Engineering at TU/e in various roles. Over the years, Frank has been involved in a wide range of industrial research projects on clean engine technologies.

Frank has acted as Member of program committee for the 2016 IFAC Symposium ‘Advances in Automotive Control’, 2017 ‘Symposium for Combustion Control’ and organized symposia such as ‘An Industrial View on FutureHeavy-Duty Powertrain Control’ (2017) and ‘Combustion Control’ (2016). He has given numerous workshops, including ‘Development, testing and verification of ADAS and ADF and is a contributor to the Topsector HTSM roadmap Automotive.