EPE Control Chapter (EPE-CONT)

·         Mission

·         Relevance

·         Actual and future perspectives

·         Activities

·         Organisation

·         Interesting papers and books

·         Interesting simulation tools

·         Associations

Chapter Chair

Dr. Abdelkrim Benchaib, Alstom Grid, France


The Control Chapter provides a collection of interesting material concerning the methods and tools for control of electro-mechanical and power electronics systems.

Furthermore, we want to inform on a regular base about trends, news and interesting publications and meetings in the area of academic and industrial control approaches for electric devices.

If you want to contribute, please contact us.



Power electronics is the key technology to control the flow of electrical energy from the source to the load precisely according the requirements of the load. It is responsible for the reliability and stability of the whole power supply infrastructure in Europe from the sources, the energy transmission and distribution up to the huge variety of applications in industry, transportation systems and the home & office appliances (see Position Paper on Energy Efficiency – the Role of Power Electronics – ECPE & EPE).

Past decades have been prolific with proposals of efficient linear or non linear control approaches. Currently, there is a new trend in control for energy savings and the performance objectives have changed. in order to minimise human intervention in autonomous system (such as power networks), reduce duration of power interruptions and increase reliability, it is important to focus on diagnosis aspects. Moreover, the control strategies are also bonded with the software and hardware to analyse and implement them. Many directions may be taken into consideration:

-       Modelling and Analysis tools (µ-analysis, State space description…)

-       Graphical description tools for control (COG, EMR, Bond-Graph, POG…)

-       Open and close loop observers (Luenberger, Kalman, sliding modes …)

-       Diagnosis, fault detection, reconfiguration (deterministic, stochastic …)

-       Robust control (LQG, H Inf. Adaptive Control….)

-       Non linear control approaches (Fuzzy logic, neural networks, sliding modes, Lyapunov …)

-       Other advanced controls (flatness control, optimal control, internal model control…)

In addition to the emerging smart grids issues, the nature of today’s systems involving power electronics (large scale, interconnected, nonlinear, time-varying, integrating predictions and distributed sensors and actuators) requests additional techniques for modeling, stability, control and  protection taking into-account the complexity of the whole system (system of systems). These techniques could be (non restrictive): complex systems, synchronization, fractional order modeling…

When dealing with large complex projects, it becomes mandatory to take into account the multidisciplinary character of such systems. As an interdisciplinary field, system engineering will for example focus on customer needs early in the development process while considering the complete project. Control Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Organizational Studies, and Project Management are the disciplines considered here.



Actual and future perspectives

The EPE Control Chapter will propose several tutorials and special sessions in EPE conferences and related events. According to the scientific tendency, the chapter will propose special papers in EPE journal


Future Activities:


International Summer school – University of Lille 1, Lille (France)
15-18 June 2015

Application to hybrid electric vehicles and others

For full info, please visit: http://www.emrwebsite.org/

Recent activities :


Summer school – Coimbra (Portugal)
May-June 2014




EMR'13 - “Energetic Macroscopic Representation and Inversion-based control”

Summer school, University Lille1/ L2EP, supported by the Control Chapter of EPE Association



     The EMR'13 summer school (Energetic Macroscopic Representation and

     Inversion-based control)  has been successfully organized by University

     Lille1 / L2EP, supported by the Control chapter of EPE association.

     There were 54 attendees from 7 countries (Argentina, Canada, France,

     Italy, Portugal, Romania and Switzerland); about 2/3 of attendees were

     Master or PhD Students, 5 lectures on concepts, 14 lectures on

     applications, 2 simulations sessions, 1 practical session plus the PhD

     works. 3 ECTS have been delivered by University Lille1 to foreign Master and PhD students.





EPE Control Chapter Symposium on Smart grids (EPE-CCS 2013)

DC grid for more Renewable Energy Penetration in the Power Networks of the Future: DC grid control and operations

Conservatoire national des arts et métiers (Cnam), Paris, France, January, 24th, 2013



EMR'12 - “Modelling and control using Energetic Macroscopic Representation (EMR)”

Joint summer school of University Carlos III of Madrid (Spain) and Univ Lille1

University Carlos III of Madrid, Madrid (Spain) - June 25-27, 2012



8th PP&PSC (Power Plant and Power Systems Control) symposium

Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - September 2-5, 2012 - Toulouse – France




“Workshop on Predictive Control of Electrical Drives and Power Electronics”

Technical University Munich - October 14-15, 2011 –Munich, Germany


Upcoming collaboration:

-Additional suggestions can be send to us

Past activities:

-Additional suggestions can be send to us



EPE-Control Advisory board:

Dr. Abdelkrim Benchaib, Alstom Grid, France - Chairman

Prof. Lennart Harnefors, ABB Power Systems, Sweden

Prof. Dr. Ing. Ralph Kennel, TU München, Germany

Prof. Betty Semail-Lemaire, Université Lille 1, France

Prof. Jean-Luc Thomas, CNAM / SUPELEC, France

Useful information:

-Additional suggestions can be send to us


Interesting papers and books

"Electrical Actuators - Identification and Observation",

edited by B. de Fornel and J. P. Louis, ISTE Ltd / John Wiley & Sons inc., London, March 2010, ISBN 978-1-84821-096-7


"Control in Power Elctronicsn selected problems",

M. Kazmierkowski, R. Krishnam, F. Blaabjerg, Elsevier Science & Academic Press, 2002


"The control Handbok",

edited by W. S. Levine, CRC Press & IEEE Press, 1996


“Direct Eigen Control for induction machines and synchronous motors”

Edited by Jean-Claude Alacoque, IEEE press,  2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, ISBN: 978-1-1199-4270-2

-       Additional suggestions can be send to us


Interesting simulation tools

-Additional suggestions can be send to us



EPE Association Home
The homepage of the European Power Electronics (EPE) Society with links to the conferences and workshops.

IEEE Power Electronics Society

IEEE Control Systems Society

IMACS (International Association for Mathematics and Computers in Simulation)

IFAC (International Federation of Automatic Control)

Last Change: 08 April 2015
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