Conference Report
1114 December 2017, Belfort, France

The famous Lion of Belfort – sculptor Bartholdi

A Memorable Event!

The 2017 IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference (VPPC) was held from 11 to 14 December 2017 in Belfort, France, under a shared organization between FEMTO-ST CNRS Institute, FCLAB CNRS Research Federation, University of Franche-Comte, University of Technology Belfort-Montbéliard and IEEE Vehicular Technology Society.

With about 350 participants from 31 leading countries around the world, the conference provided a unique forum for sharing knowledge, experience and creative ideas in vehicle power and propulsion. VPPC 2017 featured 205 peer-reviewed high-quality papers, 8 special sessions, 5 tutorials given by senior experts, and 6 world-class keynotes.

Regular tracks have been devoted to “Energy storage and Generation, Components and Systems”, “Power Electronics, Motor Drives and Electric Power Systems”, “Vehicular Electronics and Intelligent Transportation Systems”, “Control and Energy Management of Transportation Systems”, “Modeling, Analysis and Simulation of Transportation Systems”, “Charging Systems and Infrastructures”, “Hydrogen refueling infrastructures and Fuel Cell Vehicles”.

With about 80 industrial leaders present during the conference, the program featured also conference-long industrial exhibitions and demonstrations. Moreover, a workshop associated to an EU-funded project, devoted to fuel cell buses (GiantLeap project), was held in parallel with the conference.

The organizers were especially proud to have the support from strong companies, ALSTOM and SONCEBOZ, from the “Future Vehicle” industrial cluster and the MEGEVH French network on hybrid electrical vehicles, as well as exhibits proposed by DSpace, CRITT M2A, Rhode-Schwarz, OPAL-RT, Typhoon HIL, Imperix, Elecsys and H2SYS.

A Carbon Care Philosopy

VPPC 2017 has been organized in a carbon care philosophy. Indeed, the CO2 emissions associated with the travel of attendees will be compensated by funding carbon reduction projects, locally or at international level.

A Fantastic Social Program!

After the welcome party, held in the vintage-spirit city party room, all attendees have been invited to join the wonderful Christmas market tour in the neighboring city of Montbeliard. This Christmas market is ranked number 6 among the best ones in Europe!

For the gala dinner of VPPC 2017, organizers selected the largest automobile museum in the world: the automobile city of Mulhouse, privatized for the VPPC 2017 attendees! With 560 cars from 98 different manufactures, with also a unique collection of 120 Bugatti cars, this is one of the must-see places around the world!

Gala dinner in the middle of century-old Bugatti cars!

Left to right: VTS Vice President—Automotive Prof. L. Boulon, VPP TechCom President Prof. A. Bouscayrol and 2017 VTS President J. Gozalvez during the Awards ceremony

See You in Chicago!

VPPC 2018 will be held in Chicago, USA, 27–30 August 2018.

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