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Special Session #5: X-in-the-Loop Testing of Electrified Vehicles and Their Components - VPPC 2021
X-in-the-Loop Testing of Electrified Vehicles and Their Components

Chair: Valentin Ivanov (Tech Univ. Ilmenau, XILforEV, Germany)
Co-chair: Ronan GERMAN (Univ. Lille, PANDA, France)

This joint special session is organized within the Framework of H2020 projects HILforEV, GA # 824333 and PANDA, GA #824256

Call For Papers

New electrified vehicles are developed to face the climate challenge and the depletion of petroleum resources. The X-In-the-Loop (XIL) testing is increasingly used to test different subsystems within the (electric or hybrid) vehicles. In the simulation loop, a part of the whole subsystem model is replaced by the real subsystem. This part can then be tested through real interactions with other parts which are simulated in real time or emulated by hardware components operated on real-time test platforms.

XIL testing is of growing interest in industry. However, many challenges have yet to be overcome for the industry to be able to have high-quality test coverage of components/subsystems before their integration in vehicles.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • XIL concepts including Model-in-the-loop (MIL), Software-in-the-loop (SIL) and Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL)
  • Signal HIL testing
  • Power HIL testing,
  • Remote HIL testing
  • Tools and methods for advanced HIL testing,
  • Component and subsystem testing;
  • Application to cars, bus, trucks, subways trains, etc,


Valentin Ivanov Bio: Valentin Ivanov received the Ph.D. degree in 1997 and the D.Sc. degree in 2006 in Automotive Engineering from Belarusian National Technical University in Minsk, where he worked successively as Assistant, Associated and Full Professor. In 2007, as a Research Professor, he became an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow and in 2008 a Marie Curie Fellow with Technische Universität Ilmenau, Germany, where he has also received Dr.-Ing. habil. degree in 2017 Currently he is working at TU Ilmenau as the Acting Head of the Automotive Engineering Group and coordinator of several European industrial-academic projects and Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions.

Valentin Ivanov is SAE Fellow, IEEE senior member, member of Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan and the Association of German Engineers. He is a recipient of SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award and CADLM Intelligent Optimal Design Prize. His research fields are vehicle dynamics, electric vehicles, and automotive control systems. He is currently coordinator of the XILforEV H2020 project.


Ronan German Bio: Ronan GERMAN was born in Roanne, France, in 1986. He received the master degree in electrical engineering at national institute of applied sciences of Lyon, France in 2009. From 2010 to 2013 he was a Ph.D. student from Lyon1 University under a joint supervision with Bordeaux 1 University. From 2013 to 2015 he made two years as an assistant professor at the University of Lyon. Since September 2015 he became an associate professor at the University of Lille in the Laboratory of Electrical Engineering and Power electronics (L2EP). His current research interests include management of energy storage systems in the context of electric vehicles as a function of various parameters. He is involved in PANDA H2020 project for HIL testing of batteries.


Submission Deadline: 10 May 2021
Acceptance notification: 5 July 2021
Final paper submission deadline: 2 August 2021

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