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Theo Hofman is an Associate Professor at the Mechanical Engineering Department at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His research interests are developing integrated design methods that provide system-wide solutions for complex dynamic engineering systems. This research incorporates several related fields: automated computational design synthesis for discrete topology design using platform-based methods and constraint programming techniques, integrated plant and control design using model-based approaches. Current applications are high tech powertrain systems for the automotive and maritime engineering field. Results are new computer-aided engineering tools for product design making complex products affordable in a reduced time and new insights by applying these methods for a large range of fields that incorporate co design and design space exploration.

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. (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 (2009+) 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 (2011, 2014, 2018), Int. Program (2004-2006, 2014) and Standing Committee member (2014+) of the IEEE Vehicle, Propulsion and Power Conference, 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 Int. J. of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (2006+), SAE Int. J. of Alternative Powertrains (2015+), Int. J. of Vehicle Performance (2015+),  Editor of Vehicles (MDPI, 2018+), Guest Editor WEVA (2018), Editor IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology (2018+). He has successfully (co)supervised over >85 MSc graduation, 9 PDEng, 5 PhD projects.

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Research Output 2003 2019

5 Citations (Scopus)

Predictive energy management strategy including traffic flow data for hybrid electric vehicles

Bouwman, K. R., Pham, T. H., Wilkins, S. & Hofman, T., 1 Jul 2017, In : IFAC-PapersOnLine. 50, 1, p. 10046-10051 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalConference articleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Energy management
Hybrid vehicles
Telecommunication traffic
Fuel consumption
Fuel systems
6 Citations (Scopus)

Hybrid vehicle energy management: singular optimal control

Delprat, S., Hofman, T. & Paganelli, S., 1 Nov 2017, In : IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology. 66, 11, p. 9654-9666 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
File
Singular Control
Energy Management
Energy management
Hybrid vehicles
Optimal Control
1 Citation (Scopus)

Effects of using synthesized Driving Cycles on vehicle fuel consumption

Hereijgers, K., Silvas, E., Hofman, T. & Steinbuch, M., 1 Jul 2017, In : IFAC-PapersOnLine. 50, 1, p. 7505-7510 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalConference articleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Fuel consumption
Hybrid vehicles
Markov processes
19 Citations (Scopus)

Synthesis of realistic driving cycles with high accuracy and computational speed, including slope information

Silvas, E., Hereijgers, K., Peng, H., Hofman, T. & Steinbuch, M., 1 Jun 2016, In : IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology. 65, 6, p. 4118-4128 11 p., 7440892

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Slope
High Accuracy
Synthesis
Cycle
Powertrains
27 Citations (Scopus)

Functional and cost-based automatic generator for hybrid vehicles topologies

Silvas, E., Hofman, T., Serebrenik, A. & Steinbuch, M., Aug 2015, In : IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics. 20, 4, p. 1561-1572

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
File
Hybrid vehicles
Topology
Costs
Energy efficiency
Electric machinery

Student theses

A comparison study between power-split CVTs and a push-belt CVT

Author: Noben, P., 31 Aug 2007

Supervisor: Hofman, T. (Supervisor 1), Veenhuizen, P. (Supervisor 2) & Steinbuch, M. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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A design analysis of the optimal pushbelt CVT-ICE synergy towards the future

Author: Koppen, E., 30 Jun 2013

Supervisor: Steinbuch, M. (Supervisor 1), Hofman, T. (Supervisor 2), Romers, L. (External coach) & Kube, D. (External person) (External coach)

Student thesis: Master

Automated dynamic modeling of arbitrary hybrid drivetrain topologies

Author: van Harselaar, W., 22 Jun 2017

Supervisor: Hofman, T. (Supervisor 1) & Brouwer, M. (External person) (External coach)

Student thesis: Master

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Automatic recalibration using deep reinforcement learning for hybrid electric vehicles

Author: Haarsma, B., 30 Aug 2018

Supervisor: Hofman, T. (Supervisor 1), Feru, E. (External coach) & Marinkov, S. (External coach)

Student thesis: Master

Combined optimal design and control of a gyroscopically stabilized two-wheeled vehicle

Author: Harkx, J., 31 Aug 2015

Supervisor: Hofman, T. (Supervisor 1) & Steinbuch, M. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master