Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Hybrid Powertrain Program: Electric, Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Research

Silvio Rotilli Filho

Master’s Student

Short Biography

Silvio Rotilli Filho received his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering in 2014, from Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil. In 2010 he joined the UFSC energy efficiency team as a Circuit Designer and Vehicle Fabricator, developing, installing and testing the electronic fuel injection system, data acquisition and constructing an energy-efficient vehicle for the Shell Eco-marathon 2012. In 2012 he joined the GTT Logistics as a Product Analyst, specifying and developing hardware and software for Optical Character Recognition (OCR) systems for industrial automation. In 2014 he founded his own company of electrical engineering and industrial automation, working as chief engineer and manager of the company. He recently joined the McMaster Automotive Resource Centre (MARC) as an M.A.Sc Student, where his research interests include a sensorless control for Switched Reluctance Motor for hybrid and electric vehicles.

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Silvio was born in Brazil, and he developed an interest in engineering and technology since he was a child. He started working as a volunteer at an electronic repair shop when he was 13 years old, and as a volunteer at an auto electric service center when he was 15 years old. His passion for electrical engineering led him to apply to one of the best engineering university in Brazil, the Federal University of Santa Catarina.

During his undergrad studies, he was a member of the University’s Energy Efficiency Team, building a high-efficiency car that participated in the Shell Eco-Marathon Americas in 2012. The car was built with a very low budget, but with the effort of the whole team, it was able to perform a fuel efficiency of 412 km/l. His main responsibilities during the build of the car were the development of a data acquisition and fuel injection system.

In addition to the skills in the university, he also spent more than four years as a product analyst at GTT Logistics, specifying and developing hardware and software for Optical Character Recognition (OCR) systems, working with PLCs, ladder programming language, developing documentation, manuals, control panel design, electrical, civil and automation designs. He worked developing, coordinating and delivering training on products throughout the country, surveying design and feasibility of new facilities.

In 2014 he started his own company, providing electrical services, and designing electrical projects, electrical reports, and industrial automation. As is often the case with most startups, at the beginning he was responsible for developing the client base, specifying and developing new projects, purchase, financial postings, training, and management. After the initial phase of the company, he was able to focus on the specifying and developing new projects, management, and client base.

He moved to Canada and joined Dr. Emadi’s group in May 2017 as an M.A.Sc. student, within the Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Hybrid Powertrain Program, where he initiated his research on motor control applied to hybrid and electric vehicles powertrain. Presently, Silvio’s research interests include a sensorless control for Switched Reluctance Motor designed for hybrid and electric vehicles.