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Technical Talk: Advances in Electric Motor Drives for Electric Vehicles by Professor Ming Cheng

With ever-increasing concerns over the environment, there is a fast growing interest in electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid EVs (HEVs) from automakers, governments, and customers.

Industrial Electronics Society

As electric motor drives are the core of both EVs and HEVs, it is a pressing need for researchers to develop advanced electric-drive systems. In this seminar, the development status of EVs/HEVs in China will be firstly introduced. The general requirement of traction motor drive for EV/HEVs is discussed. Then, the advances in motor drives for EV/HEV are presented, including the stator PM motor drive and fault-tolerant control, magnetic-geared outer-rotor PM motor drive, and the electric variable transmission (EVT) system.

About the Speaker

Professor Ming Cheng received B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the Department of Electrical Engineering, Southeast University (formerly Nanjing Institute of Technology), Nanjing, China, in 1982 and 1987, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, in 2001, all in electrical engineering.

Since 1987, he has been with Southeast University, where he is currently a Chair Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering. As a Visiting Professor, he worked in the Wisconsin Electric Machines and Power Electronics Consortium (WEMPEC), the University of Wisconsin-Madison from January to April, 2011, and in the Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark from June to July, 2012, respectively. Dr. Cheng received many awards including “IET Premium Award in Electric Power Application” in 2009 and 2014 respectively, “GM Automotive Innovative Talent Award for China University” in 2008, “SAE Environmental Excellence in Transportation Award-Education, Training and Public Awareness” in 2006 and “Delta Scholar Award” in 2013. He was honored with the 2nd Prize of the State Technological Invention Award of China in 2016, and the 1st Prize of Natural Science Award by Ministry of Education, China in 2013. He is the founder and Chair of IEEE Nanjing Section IAS/PES Joint Chapter since 2008. He has served as Member-at-Large of IEEE Industry Application Society in 2017-2018 and the Administrative Committee Member of IEEE Magnetics in 2017.

Dr. Cheng was elevated to IEEE Fellow in 2014 for contributions to the development and control of stator permanent magnet machines for vehicular propulsion and wind power generation. He is also a fellow of The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). He was a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Industry Application Society in 2015/2016.

His research interests and experience include design and analysis of permanent magnet machines, variable speed motor drives for electric vehicles, wind power generator system and control, etc. He has published over 400 technical papers, 5 books and 4 book chapters, and holds over 120 issued Chinese invention patents in these areas.