Persönlicher Status und Werkzeuge

Academic Career and Research Areas

The research activities of Prof. Kennel (b. 1955) cover the traditional field of electrical drive systems but also sensorless and encoderless control of electric drives, the predictive control of power converters and “hardware in the loop” power electronics systems. Through its wide range of teaching and lecturing topics, the Chair of Electrical Drive Systems and Power Electronics provides a solid base for forward-looking training in system engineering and drive technology.

After completing his graduate study at the University of Kaiserslautern, Prof. Kennel completed his doctorate in 1984. He held a number of positions at Robert Bosch GmbH up until 1999. From 1994 to 1999 he also held the position of visiting professor at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England. After that, he held the Chair of Electric Machines and Drives at Bergische Universität Wuppertal. In 2008, he was appointed full professor at TUM. Prof. Kennel is a senior member of the IEEE, an IET fellow, a chartered engineer in the UK and a member of the EPE Association and the VDE (Kurpfalz district).


  • Best Paper Award: 
3rd Power Electronics, Drive Systems & Technologies Conference (IEEE-PEDSTC 2012): 
"Robust Sensorless Predictive Control of Induction Motors with Sliding Mode Voltage
  Model Observer" (2012)
  • Keynote Paper ACEMP 2011, "Replacement of Electrical (Load) Drives by a Hardware-in-the-Loop System" (2011)
  • Invited Paper PEIA 2011, "Hardware-in-the-Loop Systems with Power Electronics - a Powerful Simulation Tool" (2011)
  • PELS Distinguished Lecturers - ECCE 2011, "IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition 2011 Awards Ceremony" (2011)
  • Invited Keynote OPTIM 2010, "Encoderless Control of Synchronous Machines with Permanent Magnets - Impact of Magnetic Design", (KA.0.2.02-pag.1-6) (2010)

Key Publications

Linder A, Kanchan R, Stolze P, Kennel R: Model-based predictive control of electric drives. Göttingen: Cuvillier Verlag, 2010.

De Kock H, Kamper MJ, Kennel R: “Anisotropy comparison of reluctance and PM synchronous machines for position sensorless control using HF carrier injection”. IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics. 2009; 24(8): 1905-1913.


Boller T, Kennel R: “Virtual machine – a hardware in the loop test for drive inverters". 13th European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications EPE 2009. Barcelona, Spain, September 2009.

Ferreira O, Kennel R: “Encoderless control of industrial servo drives”. Sensorless Control of Electrical Drives – Malta Workshop. University of Malta, Mai 2007.

Kennel R: “Encoders for simultaneous sensing of position and speed in electrical drives with digital control”. IEEE Transaction on Industry Applications. 2007; 43(6): 1572-1577.