dr.ir. (T.) Theo Hofman

Theo Hofman (TU Eindhoven) is primarily working on the simulation and optimization of drivetrains. Because these drivetrains can use internal combustion engines, electric engines and a combination of two of his models can show how (PH)EV’s can be improved with regard to the drivetrain.

Theo Hofman is focussing on:

  • predictive gear shifting optimization for passenger cars
  • control design optimization for constant-speed power take off systems
  • allocation of control using persuasive technologies aiming at reducing fuel consumption

Theo Hofman Career

Theo Hofman studied Mechanical Engineering (M.Sc. with honors) at the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven in The Netherlands (1994-1999).

  • From 1999 till 2003, he worked at Thales-Cryogenics B.V. as a R&D Engineer and Project Manager on the development of small Stirling and Pulse-Tube cryocoolers for various applications (Defense, Space Industry).
  • From 2003 till 2007; and, from 2007 till 2009, he was a Research Assistant; and, a Post-doctoral Fellow, respectively, with the Control Systems Technology (CST) group and received his Ph.D. degree in 2007.
  • From 2003 till 2007, he worked also at Drivetrain Innovations B.V. as a Research Engineer.
  • Since 2010, he is an Assistant Professor with the CST group in the field of hybrid and electric vehicle propulsion systems. The current research focusses on methods for combined control and system design optimization.
  • Since 2004, he is an International Program Committee member of the IEEE Vehicle, Propulsion and Power Conference (VPPC).
  • Since 2006, he is also an Associate Editor of the Int. J. of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (IJEHV).
  • In 2006, he received the `Youth Paper Award’ for his contribution to the 22nd International Battery, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Symposium & Exposition in Japan.
  • In 2011, he received as a co-author the `IEEE VPPC best paper prize’ for “Predictive gear shifting for hybrid electric vehicles” in Chicago, USA.


  • 1999 Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, M.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering (with honors)
  • 2007 Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering.

Work Experience

  • 2009 Eindhoven University of Technology, Assistant Professor
  • 2011 – 2013 Eindhoven University of Technology, Team Member FuTUre – TU/e Young Professional Network
  • 2007 – 2009 Eindhoven University of Technology, Post-doctoral Fellow
  • 2003 – 2007 Eindhoven University of Technology, Research Assistant, Ph.D. candidate
  • 2003 – 2007 Punch Powertrain N.V., Research Engineer
  • 1998 – 2003 Thales – Cryogenics B.V., Research & Development Engineer, Project Manager

Links to projects and researches

Research Group :

Automotive Control Systems Technology

Specialisatie :

modeling & simulation
component specification
hybrid and electric drive train design (topology/architecture optimization) and control

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