Plenary Session Speakers
prof. Babak Nahid-Mobarakeh

Prof. Babak Nahid-Mobarakeh

Prof. Babak Nahid-Mobarakeh, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada.

Babak Nahid-Mobarakeh received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Institut National Polytechnique de Lorraine, Nancy, France, in 2001.

From 2001 to 2006, he was with the Centre de Robotique, Electrotechnique et Automatique, University of Picardie, Amiens, France.

In September 2006, he joined the Ecole Nationale Superieured’Electricite et de Mecanique, University of Lorraine, Nancy, where he was a Professor until December 2019.

Since January 2020, he has been a Professor with McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada.

Dr. Nahid-Mobarakeh has authored or co-authored more than 250 international peer reviewed journal and conference papers as well as several book chapters and patents. His main research interests include nonlinear and robust control design of power converters and drives, fault detection and fault tolerant control of electric systems, and design, control, and stabilization of microgrids. Dr. Nahid-Mobarakeh is the recipient of several IEEE awards.

He was the General Chair of the 2020 IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo. Between 2012 and 2019, he served as the Secretary, Vice Chair, Chair, and Past Chair of the Industrial Automation and Control Committee (IACC) of the IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS). He was also the IACC Committee Administrator and Technical Committee Paper Review Chair of the IEEE IAS. Currently, he is the Vice Chair of the IEEE Power Electronics Society Technical Committee on Electrified Transportation Systems. He is also a member of the Power Electronics and Motion Control (PEMC) Council. Dr. Nahid-Mobarakeh is an IEEE Fellow.

Motor Control for Electrified Transportation Systems


The electrification of transportation systems has been underway for over two decades. New trends are moving towards more environmentally friendly electric motors that reduce their carbon footprint in the manufacturing, operating and recycling process. To achieve this, a range of technologies from permanent-magnet synchronous motors (PMSM) to switched reluctance motors (SRM) and permanent-magnet assisted synchronous reluctance motors (PMa-SynRM) have been developed and used in electrified transportation systems. Various power electronic controls have been reported for driving these motors. Among them, many researches present two- and multilevel voltage source inverters (VSI), Z-source inverters, and current source inverters (CSI) for different missions in electrified transportation systems and comparisons have been made based on metrics such as power density, specific power, efficiency, reliability, carbon footprint and cost.

After a quick overview of the concepts and presentation of some existing motor drive solutions in electrified transportation systems, the speaker will describe the state of the art of motor control techniques and their design, performance and robustness supported by simulation and experimental results. Then, future challenges and trends in electric motor control will be discussed.