Dr., President, IEEE IAS & Director of Motor Drive Systems at Halla Mechatronics,
Tomy Sebastian received the B.Sc. (Eng.) degree from Regional Engineering College Calicut (presently National Institute of Technology, Calicut), India, the M.S. degree from Indian Institute of Technology Madras, MA.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Toronto, Canada. From 1979 to 1980, he was with the R & D Center of KELTRON, Trivandrum, India. From 1987 to 1992, he was with the Research and Applied Technology Division of Black and Decker Corporation, Towson, MD. From 1992 to 2013 and with the Delphi Saginaw Steering Systems and Nexteer Automotive in Saginaw, Michigan, where his last responsibility was as the Chief Scientist at the Innovation Center. Currently he is the Director of Motor Drive Systems at Halla Mechatronics. He also taught several courses on Power Electronics, Motor Drives and Advances Motor Design at University of Toronto, Canada, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, and The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio at various times. Dr. Sebastian has done extensive research in the area of permanent magnet motor design and control issues and applications in steering systems. He has published over 50 technical articles and holds 31 US patents. In 2003 he was elected as a Fellow of IEEE. During 2008-2009, he served as a distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Industry Applications Society. He was inducted in to the Delphi Innovation Hall of Fame in 2006. He is the recipient of the 2010 IEEE Industry Applications Society outstanding achievement award. He was the General Chair for the First IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (IEEE ECCE 2009) held in San Jose, CA. He also served as Co- General Chair of the IEEE Power Electronics, Drives and Energy Systems (PEDES 2012) in Bengaluru, India. He is currently the President of the IEEE Industry Applications Society.
Automobile segment is going through significant technology changes for the last decade. The focus was in improving fuel economy and comfort. Conventional hydraulic based systems are being replaced with electromechanical systems the automobiles. Advances in Motors, motor control and power electronics helped to fuel this transformation. Next generation vehicles will see further development in the direction of advanced comfort and safety features. These days the Autonomous vehicle is “the talk of the day”. The main objective of these systems is to improve the comfort and safety of the passengers. The presentation will also discuss the impact of the developments in the motor drives on the automotive systems.