IEEE Talks Transportation Electrification is an ongoing series of Q&A articles with the IEEE experts.

Yaobin Chen, Chair, IEEE Transportation Electrification Community (TEC) Steering Committee & Chair, Standards Standing Committee, IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society provides insights on IEEE TEC goals and activities. 


Q: How do you define TEC and what’s its mission?

Prof. Patrick Wheeler is a member of the IEEE Transportation Electrification Community who specializes in the electrification of aircraft and also serves as Head of the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering and as the Professor of Power Electronic Systems, Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham, UK. In this interview, Prof. Wheeler explains the drivers and benefits of increased electrification of aircraft. 


Question: Would you briefly define power electronics and describe how it applies to aviation?

Kaushik Rajashekara on Why Flying Cars are Ready to Go Mainstream

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is a Distinguished Professor of Engineering at the University of Houston, Texas and a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Transportation Electrification Community. Prior to this, he worked in UT Dallas, Rolls-Royce, General Motors, and Delphi Corporations.  In this interview, he explores the technologies and markets for flying cars.


Question: Most people would never consider buying a flying car because it sounds so far-fetched, like something out of “The Jetsons.” Why should they take it seriously?

Innovation in both on-board battery management and off-board battery charging is advancing electric transportation. 

Dr. Sheldon S. Williamson is at the forefront of research and development (R&D) in power electronics to both help lengthen the lifetime of a vehicle’s battery pack and drive standardized approaches to charging for different applications. He is Canada Research Chair in Electric Energy Storage Systems for Transportation Electrification and a Professor within the Department of Electrical, Computer and Software Engineering, in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, at the University of Ontario-Institute of Technology. Noted author and co-author of over 150 papers and several books as well as book chapters on electric transportation and energy storage systems, Dr. Williamson is a Senior Member of IEEE and a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (IEEE VTS).


Please tell us a little about trends related to battery research for electric transportation. 

Dr. Stacy Prowell is a distinguished lecturer for the IEEE Transportation Electrification Community. Dr. Prowell serves as the Chief Cyber Security Research Scientist in the Computational Sciences and Engineering Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He is the Program Manager for the lab’s Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery Systems program and is the Director of the lab’s Vehicle Security Center. His research focuses on physics-based methods for intrusion detection and semantics-based methods in malware detection and analysis. In this Q&A, Stacy discusses some of the major reasons why vehicles are increasingly vulnerable and what automakers and their owners can learn from the IT world’s security challenges.   

Question: What are some factors that make it challenging to secure today’s vehicles?  

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Grant Covic is a Senior Member of IEEE and IEEE TEC distinguished lecturer who heads inductive power research at the University of Auckland. He also co-leads the interoperability sub-team within the SAE J2954 wireless charging standard for electric vehicles (EVs). In 2010, he co-founded HaloIPT, a startup specializing in EV wireless charging technology and was joint head of research until the company’s acquisition in 2011. In this Q&A, Grant discusses why and how wireless charging will be common for EV owners, both consumers and fleets.


Question: How did the technology develop?