Keynote Speakers

Keynote #2

Jose Rodriguez, Universidad Andres Bello

Professor at Universidad Andres Bello

Latest Advances of Predictive Control in Power Electronics

Model Predictive Control (MPC) has emerged in the last decade as a new alternative for the control and transformation of electrical energy using modern semiconductors. MPC has been the subject of intense research by the scientific community due to the following attractive features: i) it is simple to understand and simple to implement with standard microprocessors, ii) it can handle easily nonlinearities and restrictions and iii) it can control a diversity of variables simultaneously.
This talk will present the latest advances in MPC in relation to:

  • Calculation of weighting factors using Neural Networks.
  • Multivariable control without weighting factors.
  • MPC for multilevel inverters using a very reduced number of calculations.
  • Operation with fixed switching frequency.
  • Application of MPC in Micro grids
  • Assessment of MPC for electric car applications
  • First commercial products using MPC for very high power.

At the end of this talk, it will be concluded that MPC has the potential to replace linear control with Pulse Width Modulation in several modern applications.

Keynote Speakers

K1: Wilhelm Winter; “Evolution of the European Power System towards a full controllable hybrid AC/DC system”

K2: Jose Rodriguez; “Latest Advances of Predictive Control in Power Electronics”

K3: Jinjun Liu; “Challenges to Small-Signal Modeling: From Single Power Converter to Distributed Power System”








Jose Rodriguez (M’81-SM’94-F’10) received the Engineer degree in electrical engineering from the Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria, in Valparaiso, Chile, in 1977 and the Dr.-Ing. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Erlangen, Erlangen, Germany, in 1985. He has been with the Department of Electronics Engineering, Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria, since 1977, where he was full Professor and President. Since 2015 he was the President and since 2019 he is full professor at Universidad Andres Bello in Santiago, Chile. He has coauthored two books, several book chapters and more than 400 journal and conference papers. His main research interests include multilevel inverters, new converter topologies, control of power converters, and adjustable-speed drives. He has received a number of best paper awards from journals of the IEEE. Dr. Rodriguez is member of the Chilean Academy of Engineering. In 2014 he received the National Award of Applied Sciences and Technology from the government of Chile. In 2015 he received the Eugene Mittelmann Award from the Industrial Electronics Society of the IEEE. In years 2014 to 2019 he has been included in the list of Highly Cited Researchers published by Web of Science.