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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ralph Kennel

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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).


  • TUM Ambassador with Prof. Fuxin Liu (2018)
  • Honorary Doctorate from Universitatea Stefan cel Mare Suceava (2018)
  • The Jiaxi Lu Overseas Visiting Professor, Haixi Institutes, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2017)
  • TUM Ambassador with Prof. Edson Bim (2016)
  • Extraordinary Professor, Universiteit Stellenbosch (2016-2019)

Key Publications

Bauer F, Kennel RM, Hackl CM, Campagnolo F, Patt M, Schmehl R: "Drag power kite with very high lift coefficient". Renewable Energy. 2018; 118: 290–305.


Bonifacio J, Kennel RM: "On Considering Saturation and Cross-Coupling Effects for Copper Loss Minimization on Highly Anisotropic Synchronous Machines". IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications. 2018; 54(5): 4177-4185.


Karamanakos P, Ayad AF, Kennel RM: "A Variable Switching Point Predictive Current Control Strategy for Quasi-Z-Source Inverters". IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications. 2018; 54(2): 1469-1480.


Zhang Z, Li Z, Kazmierkowski M, Rodríguez J, Kennel RM: "Robust Predictive Control of Three-Level NPC Back-to-Back Power Converter PMSG Wind Turbine Systems with Revised Predictions". IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics. 2018; 33(11): 9588-9598.


Si G, Cordier J, Kennel RM: "Extending the Power Capability with Dynamic Performance of a Power-Hardware-inthe- Loop Application -- Power Grid Emulator by Using 'Inverter Cumulation'". IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications. 2016; 52(4):  3193-3202.