Keynote speakers

Thierry Chanard

  • Urban designer, director of GEA SA, Switzerland
  • Title: “Cities of tomorrow : what kind of solutions for the first and last mile?”

Bio: Thierry Chanard is CEO of GEA, a Swiss SME specialized in urban design and landscape planning. He received his architect diploma at the Polytechnical School of Lausanne (Switzerland) in 1985. He has been involved in the field of new mobility solutions for about 30 years and co-author of “VOLTair”, a methodology for introducing new forms of urban mobility and territorial studies aiming at the integration of innovative mobility systems in several cities (Strasbourg, Montbéliard, Antibes). He conceived the Cristal transport system, produced by Lohr Industrie (Strasbourg). This public bimodal urban transport is able to be alternatively a free floating system (car sharing) or a shuttle with various capacities (convoy) able to support the existing public transport offer or complete it as a “feeder”. GEA has been involved for 15 years in European R&D projects, dedicated to development and integration of automatic and autonomous urban vehicles.

Abstract: Tomorrow, we will be more to live in the same urban area size. The population density is increasing each and every day and the roads are congested during peak hours. One of the cities’ main challenges is to enhance the capacity of the urban network. Mobility tools have to be shared by the end users. Smart mobility solutions already exist (with more or less success), but what kind of tools can be really operated in the cities of tomorrow and for what type of conditions of use? Which kind of integration measures can be provided? Can the road of today become the street of tomorrow? Some answers and possible visions will be developed during this session.


Samuel Hibon

  • Rolling Stock Energy Efficiency and Innovation Manager, ALSTOM, France
  • Title: “Railway propulsion : technologies, architectures, and challenges to come”

Bio: Samuel Hibon is an engineer of the graduate school of the Engineers of Le Mans with speciality in measurement systems and control/command. He has a Advanced Master in “Railway Engineering and Urban Transport Systems” of Ecole des ponts des chaussées in Paris. Samuel Hibon has industrial experience in the research and development of sub-systems and architectures of locomotives (standard and hybrid) and train system architectures. He is the energy architect of the new electrical bus for ALSTOM/NTL : APTIS. Samuel Hibon is currently “Rolling stocks Energy Efficiency and Innovation manager” in Alstom central engineering in St Ouen and is in charge of the definition of architectures and solution for rolling stocks to decrease the energy consumption..

Abstract: From the past with its constraints, train builders have chosen different solutions for electrical drive. With the new requirements from our customers, it’s necessary to find new architectures with less emissions, less energy, without power supply, etc. What are the actual solutions ? How can be the future and which way do we need to follow to reach these targets? What are the new challenges ? This keynote will present different faces of this subject.


Dimitrios Papageorgopoulos

  • Fuel cell program manager, Department of Energy, USA
  • Title: “DOE hydrogen and fuel cell activities for transportation applications”

Bio: Dimitrios Papageorgopoulos is the Program Manager for Fuel Cells in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Fuel Cell Technologies Office, where he oversees efforts focused on the development of fuel cells and fuel cell systems for transportation, stationary and early market applications. He has 20 years of combined experience in research, technology development and management in areas related to surface science, catalysis, and fuel cell technologies. Prior to joining DOE in 2009, Dimitrios was Head of Catalyst Development at CMR Fuel Cells. Previous positions include those at the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN), the FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics (AMOLF) Amsterdam, and at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Dimitrios received his PhD in Natural Sciences (Chemistry), as a Marie Curie fellow, at the University of Cambridge.

Abstract: The U.S. Department of Energy’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program engages in comprehensive efforts to enable the widespread commercialization of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies across the country, in order to promote reliable power generation, to expand U.S. manufacturing opportunities and create jobs, and to decrease our dependence on oil. These technologies offer a critical pathway for sustaining the transportation sector in a manner that is complementary to other technologies, like batteries, and that is flexible enough to utilize diverse fuel supplies. The release of the first commercially available fuel cell electric vehicles in 2015 was a landmark for the industry; however, ongoing work continues to address the challenges associated with fuel cell design, hydrogen storage, production, and delivery, and other complementary needs in technology validation, systems analysis and integration, safety codes and standards. This talk will give an overview of the broad progress that the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program has made in these areas, including establishing several national-laboratory-led consortia in key R&D areas, and supporting the H2USA public-private partnership through the national laboratories to develop financial assessment tools for hydrogen infrastructure.


Sophie Personnaz

  • Electrotechnical Director, VALEO, France
  • Title: “Hybridization: 48 V and high speed discussion”

Bio: Sophie Personnaz is Valeo PES Electrotechnical Director, one of Powertrain Electrical System core activity. She leads the team of electric machine designers for the low voltage applications. She graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Ingénieurs Electriciens de Grenoble and received in 1992 her PhD in electric engineering from the Laboratoire d’Electrotechnique de Grenoble, working on the electromagnetic vibrations of synchronous machines for quiet application such as submarine fans. She worked as a designer for Radio Energie, a company manufacturing electric machines for special applications. She joined PSA Peugeot Citroën in 1995 to work on electric and hybrid program for the research and innovation department. She led electric machines innovative projects and has been the team leader for the electric part of the powertrain on different hybrid projects. She participated on different subjects from innovation to after sales, going through development projects. After project tool change management, she joined Valeo.

Abstract: Hybridization and electrification are cornerstone technologies to help meet the increasingly drastic CO2 emission standards. Thus, CO2 reduction at the right cost is one of the main challenges in the coming years. Therefore, low voltage hybridization systems are seen as a good tradeoff between add-on cost and fuel economy. Among low-voltage technologies, 48V battery packages offer the best €/kWh and €/L ratios and are therefore the best choice in a design to cost approach. For all these reasons, 48V e-machines are a real game changer in the automotive industry, as they provide an affordable solution to meet CO2 and fuel consumptions regulations without sacrificing passengers and driver comfort.
Compactness is a priority for OEMs as components numbers are increasing with vehicles complexity. Therefore, smaller packaging e-machine based on higher rotational speed could appear as a relevant solution. During this talk, Valeo’s point of view on such machine types will be presented based on simulation results.


Bernard Sahut

  • Head of the “StelLab” network, Scientific department, PSA Groupe, France
  • Title: “Next Generation of Electrified Vehicles : from battery to infrastructure – A View from PSA Group”

Bio: Bernard Sahut received in 1997 his PhD in inorganic chemistry (materials and catalysis), at the Pierre and Marie Curie University (Paris 6). At the end, he spent 4 years working for French “specialty chemicals company” as R & D engineer in charge of the development and industrialization of new materials based on sol-gel chemistry for optical lenses, electronic components, parts automotive and other applications. He joined PSA Groupe in 2002 as a technical leader in lead-acid batteries. In 2007, he moved to the research and innovation department, as Innovation Team Manager, involved in alternative powertrains (electrified ones). In 2007, he was named “Batteries Expert” for the PSA Groupe. In 2009, he has been also named as responsible for Fuel Cell program of PSA Groupe. In 2015, he joined the scientific department of PSA Groupe, as Head of the “StelLab” network, in charge of the research academic partnerships.

Abstract: In a global context of reducing the impact of individual mobility on our environment, the electrification of vehicles is one of the necessary solutions. For this purpose, the car manufacturers, and more particularly the PSA Group, have in place strategies for powertrain electrification. As a result of these new powertrains, the battery carries a large part of the success of its solutions, according the expectations of our customers. What are the batteries evolutions that can be expected for the future? These evolutions pass through two major axes:
– Evolution of “electrochemical” technologies and associated materials
– Recharging strategies and associated infrastructures
In order for an increasingly electric mobility to be a real societal success, these two parts of the “problem” must be kept up.


Jian-Xin Shen

  • Professor of Electrical Engineering, Zhejiang University, China
  • Title: “High-Speed Electrical Machines for Transportation Applications”

Bio: Jian-Xin Shen (IEEE M’98-SM’03) was born in Huzhou, China in 1969. He received the B.Eng. and M.Sc. degrees from Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, China in 1991 and 1994, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China in 1997, all in electrical engineering. He was with Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (1997-1999), the University of Sheffield, Sheffield, U.K. (1999-2002), and IMRA Europe SAS, U.K. Research Centre, Brighton, U.K. (2002-2004). Since 2004, he has been a Professor of Electrical Engineering with Zhejiang University. Prof. Shen has authored more than 240 technical papers, and is the inventor of 39 patents. He received a Prize Paper Award from the IEEE Industry Applications Society and best paper awards from six international conferences. He was the General Chair of IEEE VPPC’2016 and ICEMS’2014 conferences. His main research interests include topologies, control and applications of permanent magnet machines and drives, and renewable energies.

Abstract: In this speech, applications of high-speed electrical machines in the area of transportation will be introduced, such as the energy recycling for internal combustion engine exhaust, electrically assisted turbo charger, air compressor for fuel cell, and integrated starter and generator for gas turbine. Common topologies of such high-speed machines will be reviewed. Design considerations, especially those for permanent magnet ac machines, will be presented, including the reduction of electromagnetic losses, thermal analysis and design, rotor stress, and rotor dynamics. Also, sine-wave and square-wave drives will be compared, whilst some control methods such as sensorless control and field regulation will be presented.