Dr. Pedro Filipe da Costa Gonçalves

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Research Focus: Electric Drives, Electric Machines, Electric Motor Control, Multiphase Machines, and Power Converters.
Industry Focus: Aerospace Electrification, Automotive Electrification, Electric Mobility, Electrified Traction Systems, Electric Power Systems, and Renewable Energy

Pedro Filipe da Costa Goncalves was born in Coimbra, Portugal. He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal, in 2013 and 2022, respectively. He is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the McMaster Automotive Resource Centre (MARC), Hamilton, ON, Canada, working in electric motor control for both aerospace and automotive applications. His main research interests include digital control, model predictive control, fault diagnosis, and fault-tolerant control for both three-phase and multiphase electric drives. 

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Pedro discovered his passion for science and computers at a tender age. As a curious child, he was always found taking gadgets and things apart, driven by an insatiable desire to understand how they functioned. This early fascination laid the foundation for a journey that would shape his future research endeavours. His curiosity for knowledge intensified throughout high school, particularly in physics and mathematics. These subjects captivated his attention and invigorated his quest for understanding how things work. Simultaneously, his passion for computers and technology propelled him towards enrolling in an Electrical Engineering undergraduate program. 

While at university, he discovered an immense fascination with courses such as algebra, calculus, control systems, electrical circuits, electromagnetism, and signal processing. This and his interest in electric transportation and renewable energies made him decide to pursue a master’s program in Electric Power Systems, where he could explore the complexities of electrical machines, electric drives, power electronics, and related fields. It was during this time that he embarked on his master’s thesis, focusing on the application of a finite control set model predictive control (FCS-MPC) strategy to electric drives based on the three-phase induction machine, an endeavour that had not been attempted within his research group at the time.  

After completing his master’s degree, Pedro sought to apply his skills and expertise in the industry. He joined ENDIPREV, Lda, a Portuguese company specialising in the wind energy sector, as an assistant researcher in the field of fault diagnosis. In this role, he was responsible for designing and developing a centralised and remote condition-monitoring system for diagnosing faults in doubly fed induction generators (DFIGs) used in wind turbines. He played a pivotal role in the project EMDS (Energy Management Diagnosis System), whose main objective was to enhance the reliability of DFIG-based wind turbines. 

Driven by his desire to further his knowledge and substantially impact his field, Pedro decided to pursue a Ph.D. program in Electrical Engineering at the University of Coimbra, Portugal. This decision enabled him to delve deeper into electric power systems, mainly focusing on advanced control strategies, fault diagnosis, and fault-tolerant control for electric drives based on multiphase machines. Unlike standard three-phase machines, multiphase machines possess exceptional fault-tolerant capabilities, enabling them to operate even with one or more disabled phases. Pedro’s research aimed to harness the potential of these machines in offshore wind energy applications where availability is paramount. His research focused on developing control strategies based on finite control set model predictive control (FCS-MPC), fault diagnosis techniques, and fault-tolerant control for six-phase permanent magnet synchronous machines (PMSMs). The outcomes of his research were disseminated through numerous publications in esteemed international journal periodicals and conference proceedings. 

In June 2022, he embarked on a new chapter in his career as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the McMaster Automotive Resource Centre (MARC). His current research focuses on advanced control strategies, fault diagnosis techniques, and fault-tolerant control strategies for both three-phase and multiphase permanent magnet synchronous motor machines (PMSMs) used in aerospace and automotive applications. Additionally, he actively contributes to industry-sponsored projects related to aerospace electrification applications. He is also a mentor to graduate students at MARC. 

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