John T.B.A. Kessels

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John Kessels was born in Venray (The Netherlands) on December 31, 1977. His study in electrical engineering started in 1996 at Fontys Hogescholen Eindhoven. In 2000 he received his bachelor degree (with honours) on a data acquisition project at ASML in Veldhoven. Inspired by his supervisor at that time, Dr. R. Ermers, he continued his study at the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Department of Electrical Engineering. Under supervision of W.P.M.H. Heemels and P.P.J. van den Bosch he completed his M.Sc. study in 2003 (cum laude). From then on he started working towards a Ph.D. degree under the supervision of  Prof. dr. ir. P.P.J van den Bosch and Prof. dr. ir. M. Steinbuch. In 2007 he completed his Ph.D. thesis entitled “Energy Management for Automotive Power Nets”. This research project has been carried out in close cooperation with Ford Research Centre Aachen, Germany.


After working as a Postdoctoral Researcher with Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, in 2007, he joined the Automotive Group of TNO Science and Industry in Helmond. In 2011 he changed position and moved to DAF Trucks NV in Eindhoven, where he started in the vehicle control group as senior control engineer. Besides his industrial career, he is also affiliated to the Control Systems Group, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, as assistant professor (part-time), since 2008. His research interests include energy and thermal management for heavy-duty vehicles, with emphasis on system integration and complete vehicle energy management.


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Research Output 2003 2019

110 Downloads (Pure)

A distributed optimization approach for complete vehicle energy management

Romijn, T. C. J., Donkers, M. C. F., Kessels, J. T. B. A. & Weiland, S., May 2019, In : IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology. 27, 3, p. 964-980 17 p., 8267501.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Energy management
Climate control
Convex optimization
Fuel consumption
4 Citations (Scopus)
60 Downloads (Pure)

Real-time distributed economic model predictive control for complete vehicle energy management

Romijn, C., Donkers, T., Kessels, J. & Weiland, S., 19 Jul 2017, In : Energies. 10, 8, p. 1-28 1096.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Energy Management
Economic Model
Model predictive control
Energy management
Model Predictive Control
12 Citations (Scopus)

Analytical solution to energy management guaranteeing battery life for hybrid trucks

Pham, H. T., Kessels, J. T. B. A., van den Bosch, P. P. J. & Huisman, R. G. M., Oct 2016, In : IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology. 65, 10, p. 7956-7971 16 p., 7273954.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Energy Management
Energy management
2 Citations (Scopus)
78 Downloads (Pure)

CONVENIENT – complete vehicle energy saving technologies for heavy trucks

Bracco, R., Seccardini, R., de Somma, M., Gallardo, G., Lindgärde, O., Börjesson, S., Kessels, J. T. B. A., Cesari, C. & Fabio, S., 21 Apr 2016, In : Transportation Research Procedia. 14, p. 1041-1050

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
energy saving
Energy conservation
Energy management

Model development for air conditioning system in heavy duty trucks

Kessels, J. T. B. A. & van den Bosch, P. P. J., 2016, Automotive Air Conditioning - Optimization, Control and Diagnosis. Zhang, Q., Li, S. E. & Deng, K. (eds.). Springer, p. 13-28 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Air conditioning
Latent heat

Student theses

Anticipative velocity optimization for heavy duty trucks using road geometry information

Author: Thomassen, E., 15 Jun 2017

Supervisor: Kessels, J. (Supervisor 1) & van Reeven, V. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

A smart optimization strategy for charging a network of electric vehicles

Author: Wortel, K., 31 Jul 2012

Supervisor: Weiland, S. (Supervisor 1), Kessels, J. (Supervisor 2), Noordmans, M. (External person) (External coach) & Slootweg, J. (External coach)

Student thesis: Master

Control of active electronic differential in formula student electric race car

Author: van Eeuwijk, L., 31 Oct 2010

Supervisor: Kessels, J. (Supervisor 1), van den Bosch, P. (Supervisor 2) & Besselink, I. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Energy management for vehicle power net using stochastic dynamic programming

Author: El Karouni, R., 2005

Supervisor: van den Bosch, P. (Supervisor 1) & Kessels, J. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master