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Ricardo Pinto de Castro

DLR German Aerospace Center
Institute of System Dynamics and Control
Vehicle Systems Dynamics
Muenchener Str. 20
82234 Wessling

telephone: +498153282186
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Ricardo de Castro received the Licenciatura and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computers engineering from University of Porto, Faculty of Engineering, Portugal, in 2006 and 2013, respectively. During 2007-2008 he was an entrepreneur with the WeMoveU project, targeting the development of powertrain control solutions for lightweight electric vehicles. Since 2013, he has been with the German Aerospace Center (DLR),  Institute of System Dynamics and Control (SR), where he is developing enabling technologies for electric mobility and autonomous driving. His research interests include vehicle dynamics, tire-road friction estimation,  trajectory control, torque blending, platooning and battery-supercapacitor hybridization.

Throughout his career, Ricardo de Castro has been involved in the development of several electric vehicles for research and educational purposes, featuring car-to-car communications and x-by-wire actuators (ROMO), multiple electric motors (uCar) and FPGA-based high performance control units (VEP). He has been an expert evaluator for the European Union, Editor of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, Associate Editor of IEEE Access, Guest Editor of  the journal Energies and chair of technical tracks on vehicular electronics and intelligent transportation systems, IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference (VPPC 2017-2018). Ricardo de Castro is also a Senior Member of the IEEE. 

He is the author of three patents, more than 60 papers in international journals, conferences and book chapters, and recipient of two best paper awards. Detailed list of publications can be found at:


Last updated on Thursday, 31 October 2019 by Ricardo Pinto de Castro