Issues and Opportunities in Control of Automotive Powertrain Systems


Dr. I. Kolmanovsky
Staff Technical Specialist

Ford Motor Company



Abstract.  Electronic powertrain control has been in production vehicles since the 70’s, and  now firmly assumed a role of key enabling technology, dealing with a multitude of stringent mass production requirements that reflect the needs of the customers, environment, energy and business efficiency.   The first part of the presentation is intended as a brief overview of powertrain control system requirements and of powertrain control system development and implementation process. The reasons behind the rapidly growing complexity of powertrain systems and its implications for control system development will be specifically touched upon.  The second part of the presentation will focus on the opportunities for advanced control applications in the areas of adaptation and estimation, off-line and on-line optimal control, hybrid interactive systems, and safety critical systems.  The discussion will be illustrated by examples from the area of advanced technology gasoline and diesel engines that the speaker has had past experience with. 


Friday, April 11, 2003

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

1500 EECS