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Topic: Powertrain Controls and Calibration Development at Ford Otosan

Speaker: Dr. Kerem Köprübaşı

Date & Place:04.05.2016, FENS G015


The speaker will introduce Ford Otosan's R&D Center and the engineering activities in its powertrain controls and calibration division. The focus of the engineering activities is on diesel engine development for various Ford platforms including commercial vehicles and passenger cars.

 In this talk, the basics of a diesel engine control system will be introduced and the engine calibration process will be briefly described including a short overview of Ford Otosan’s engine test facilities. In addition, examples of R&D projects on powertrain control software development and calibration methodology will be given. The seminar will be concluded by a brief overview of two active joint research projects between Ford Otosan and Sabancı University in the area of powertrain controls and calibration.


Kerem Köprübaşı received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Middle East Technical University in 2002, M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire in 2004, and Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Ohio State University in 2008. His Ph.D. dissertation focused on the modeling and control of hybrid-electric powertrains for improved drivability and fuel economy.

Dr. Köprübaşı has held research and product development positions at the GM Global R&D Center and the GM Powertrain Headquarters between 2008 and 2011. He currently manages software and methodology development activities within the Powertrain Controls & Calibration Department at Ford Otosan.