Prior to the official start of the SICFP conference, the SIX Future Mobile Work Machine event will be held at the same venue from 9:00 to 19:00 on 30 May. A separate registration is needed for this event. More info and registration for the event available here (link).

Programme of SICFP23

30 May 2023

18:00–20:30 SICFP advance registration in Tampere Talo. Visiting address: Yliopistonkatu 55, Tampere, 3rd floor                    

19:00–20:30 SICFP get-together accompanied by a light snacks served in Tampere Talo. Visiting address: Yliopistonkatu 55, Tampere, 3rd floor

31 May

8:00–9:00 Registration, Expo Opening and morning coffee

9:00–11:00 Official welcome and Keynote speakers

  • The transfer of tech & the tech of transfer – learnings from adapting automotive electronics to the off-highway domain, Dr. Alexander Flaig, Bosch Rexroth AG
  • Outlook for future powertrains in forestry, Mr. Kalle Einola, R&D Manager, Technology, Product Safety & IPR, Ponsse Plc
  • Research Trends based on Mega Trends, Professor Marcus Geimer, Karlsruher Institut für Technology (KIT)

11:00–12:00 Lunch

12:00–14:00 Conference presentations

  • Session A1: Electrified & hybrid for off-road mobile machinery. Session chair Prof. Tatiana Minav
    • Opgenoorth Andreas, RWTH Aachen University, IFAS, Germany: Algorithm Based System Synthesis of Electrified Mobile Machines
    • Einola Kalle, Ponsse Plc, Finland: Hydraulic Hybrid Cut-To-Length Forest Harvester – Evaluation of Effects on Productivity & Fuel Efficiency
    • Tyni Topias, Aalto University, Finland: Energy Efficient Hydraulic System Topologies for Load-Haul-Dump Machine
    • Zakharov Viacheslav, Tampere University, Finland: Energy Harvesting Analysis of an Electrified Scissor Lift
    • Zhang Shuzhong, Fujian University of Technology, China: Improving Efficiency of Hydraulic Boom with a Pump-Controlled Three-Chamber Cylinder System
  • Session B1: Condition monitoring. Session chair Prof. Kalevi Huhtala
    • Abdul Azeez Abid, Tampere University, Finland: The Effect of Model Complexity on an External Gear Pump for Ai-Based Condition Monitoring Applications
    • Shi Huixin, Hydraulics Drive Technology Beteiligungs GmbH, Germany: Strategy for Classification of Axial Piston Pump Leakage Failure Modes Using Shallow Neural Network
    • Michiels Lukas, Karlsruhe Institute for Technology, Germany: On the Frequency Dependency of Fatigue Damage Caused by Viscous Fluid-Structure Interaction in Hydraulic Components
    • Bauer Niklas, RWTH Aachen University, IFAS, Germany: Modelling of Sealing Friction: A Question of Scope

14:00–14:20 Coffee

14:20–16:20 Conference presentations

  • Session A2: Novel drives, transmissions, and actuators. Session chair Dr. Peter Achten
    • Singh Vinay Partap, Tampere University, Finland: Energy Efficient Steer-By-Wire in Articulated Non-Road Mobile Machines: Analysis and Proposal
    • Olesen Emil Nørregård, AAU Energy, Denmark: Analysis of End-Stop Oscillations in an Asymmetric Hydraulic Steering Unit
    • Han Xu, Tampere University, Finland: Design and Simulation of a Pump-Controlled Articulated Steering Solution
    • Stelson Kim, University of Minnesota, United States: Feasibility of Hydrostatic Transmission in Community Wind Turbines
  • Session B2: Safety, business, and productivity. Session chair Dr. Seppo Tikkanen
    • de Koning Marea, Tampere University, Finland: Safety Architectures for Cyber-Physical Systems: Review of State-Of-The-Art and Outlook for Heavy Duty Mobile Machinery
    • Machado Tyrone, Bosch Rexroth AG, Germany: Industry Perspective of Stakeholder Relationships in the Technology Transition and Automation of Heavy-Duty Mobile Machinery
    • Molaei Amirmasoud, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) / Novatron Oy, Germany/Finland: A Novel Framework for the Estimation of Excavator’s Actual Productivity in the Grading Operation Using Building Information Modeling (BIM)
    • Assaf Hassan, Purdue University, United States: “An Interactive 3D Virtual Tool to Support Fluid Power Engineering Education

17:30 Doors opens at Tuulensuu Palace

18:00–23:30 Gala dinner at Tuulensuun Palace

Tuulensuu Palace historical building and located on Tampere’s bustling main street Hämeenkatu. The glorious event restaurant, which dates back to the soaring 1920’s, represents one of Finland’s finest Art Deco. Dress code: smart casual or according to Art Deco feelings.

visiting address: Hämeenkatu 30, Tampere

1 June

8:30 Expo open

9:00–10:15 Invited speakers from Industry

  • Bosch Rexroth‘s Self-Contained Actuators and Modular System Solutions, Dr. Yukio Kamizuru, Bosch Rexroth AG
  • Why adding Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Engines to your electrification journey?, Lucien Robroek, CEO and President, Nuvera Fuel Cells, LLC
  • The Design of the Hydraulic Transformer, Dr. Peter Achten, Innas BV

10:15–10:30 Coffee

10:30–12:10 Conference presentations

  • Session A3: Automation. Session chair Prof. Jouni Mattila
    • Eriksson Daniel, Tampere University, Finland: Towards Multiple Material Loading for Wheel Loaders Using Transfer Learning
    • Xia Yangxiu, Zhejiang University, China: High-Precision Motion Control of Hydraulic Manipulator with Guaranteed Transient Performance and Precise Estimation
    • Forte Paolo, Örebro University/Novatron Oy, Sweden/Finland: From Blocks to Fine-Grained Material: on the Limitations of Discretizing Continuous Quantities for Task and Motion Planning in Construction-Sites
    • Sagar Anwar, Ponsse Plc, Finland: Tree Stem Geometry Quality Assist System for Cut-To-Length Harvester Operator – Defining Needs & Solutions
  • Session B3: Hydraulic components. Session chair Dr. Mikko Huova
    • Azzam Israa, Purdue University, United States: Design Validation of a Mechanically Actuated Digital Pump Using Mixed Reality Technology
    • Liu Minxing, Bosch Rexroth / Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany: A Real-World Data-Based Leakage Estimation At Cradle Bearing in an Axial Piston Pump Under Various Operating Conditions
    • Pate Keith, Purdue University, United States: Digital Radial Piston Pump/Motor Designs Using Variable Geometry Camshafts
    • Wiens Travis, University of Saskatchewan, Canada: Using Stepped Tubes to Reduce Pump-Induced Pipeline Resonance

12:10–13:00 Lunch

13:00–14:40 Conference presentations

  • Session A4: Control. Session chair Prof. Reza Ghabcheloo
    • Helian Bobo, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany: Constrained Motion Control of an Independent Metering System with Uncertain Negative Loads
    • Taheri Abdolreza, Tampere University / HIAB, Sweden: Towards Energy Efficient Control for Commercial Heavy-Duty Mobile Cranes: Modeling Hydraulic Pressures Using Machine Learning
    • Moreira Bessa Wallace, University of Turku, Finland: Intelligent Control of Electro-Hydraulic Actuators Using Artificial Neural Networks and a Bandit-Based Approach for Automated Parameter Tuning
    • Komarov Timofei, Lappeenranta-Lahti Univeristy of Technology, Finland: Open-Loop Coordinated Tip Control of a Log Crane with and Without Counterbalance Valves
  • Session B4: Modelling and design. Session chair Prof. Travis Wiens
    • Beiser Sebastian, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany: State Estimation for a Portal Advancing Mechanism by Measuring the Pressure in Hydraulic Actuators
    • Liu Jianbin, TU Dresden, Chair of Fluid-Mechatronic Systems, Germany: An Adaptive Method for Online Identification of Steady State for Hydraulic System and Corresponding Application
    • Brumand-Poor Faras, RWTH Aachen University, IFAS, Germany: Development of a Hydraulic Pulsation Test Rig for a Virtual Volume Flow Sensor

14:40–15:00 Coffee

15:00–16:40 Conference presentations

  • Session A5: Electro-hydraulics. Session chair Prof. Marcus Geimer
    • Heeger Thomas, Linköping University, Sweden: Methodology for Dimensioning of Integrated Electro-Hydraulic Machines
    • Assaf Hassan, Purdue University, United States: Optimizing Electric Machines for Off-Road Mobile Applications
    • Bhola Mohit, Aalborg University, Denmark: Comparing Compact and Remote Deployments of a Speed-Controlled Cylinder Drive Unit on an Offshore Knuckle Boom Crane
  • Session B5: Valves. Session chair Prof. Matti Linjama
    • Hucko Simon, RWTH Aachen University, IFAS, Germany: Investigation of the Influence of Fluid Temperature on Flow Forces in Spool Valves
    • Elsaed Essam, Tampere university, Finland: Modeling and Performance Analysis of a Two-Stage On/Off Poppet Valve for Digital Hydraulics
    • Kramer Thomas, TU Dresden, Chair of Fluid-Mechatronic Systems, Germany: An Approach for Novel Energy-Efficient Multi-Stable Solenoids and the Demonstration of Its Fundamental Behaviour

16:40 Closing Expo

18:00–22:00 IHA Demo Night
Official visit to Tampere IHA Laboratory to experience automation, hybridisation, and electrification solutions for off-road machinery in action accompanied by a light dinner served on premises. Opportunities to network with researchers and conference participants. MORE EU project presentation. Closing ceremony

Visiting address: Korkeakoulunkatu 6, Tampere

Keynote speakers:

Research Trends based on Mega Trends

Prof. Marcus GeimerProfessor Marcus Geimer, Karlsruher Institut für Technology (KIT)

Marcus Geimer received his Diploma degree in mechanical engineering from the RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany in 1990. In 1995, he received his Ph.D. from the Institute of Hydraulics and Pneumatics, today named Institute for Fluid Power Drives and Systems, RWTH Aachen University. He started his industrial career in 1995 in the field of construction at the company Krupp Berco Bautechnik GmbH, Essen (Germany). There, he was the leader of the research group for hydraulic breakers. In 2000, he changed to Bucher Hydraulics Gmbh, Klettgau (Germany), where he led the construction and customer development for mobile hydraulics. Since 2005, he is a full professor and director at the Institute of Mobile Machines (Mobima), at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT, Germany. Hydraulics and electric drives for the traction drive as well as for the working functions are one main topic. The second focus is on controls, i.e., to optimize hybrid machines or the working process with machine learning technologies.

Outlook for future powertrains in forestry

Mr. Kalle EinolaMr. Kalle Einola, R&D Manager, Technology, Product Safety & IPR, Ponsse Plc

Kalle Einola received his MSc degree in mechanical engineering (major: hydraulics) from Tampere University of Technology (TUT) and its Institute of Hydraulics and Automation (IHA) in 2001. He has over 22 years of industrial career and experience in various positions in R&D of a leading forestry equipment OEM, Ponsse Plc. Over the years, he has worked in the company in various roles covering, e.g., hydraulics & powertrain engineering, immaterial property rights management as well as technology development & research activity management. Currently, he holds a position of R&D Manager – Technology, Product Safety & IPR – at Ponsse Plc. Efficiency of professional purpose-built cut-to-length forestry equipment has been a topic of interest all the time, recent developments being various hybrid system topologies as well as electrification.

The transfer of tech & the tech of transfer – learnings from adapting automotive electronics to the off-highway domain

Dr. Alexander Flaig Dr. Alexander Flaig, Bosch Rexroth AG

Alexander Flaig joined Bosch Rexroth in 2013 as senior R&D manager for mobile hydraulics systems, electronics, and software engineering. He had previously been working for the Bosch Group in various R&D assignments, most recently as: Vice president at Bosch Corporate Research, responsible for advanced engineering of future systems for industrial technology, consumer goods and building technology. He has managed a wide range of projects and worked with start-up companies in diverse technology fields including automation & robotics, computer vision, photovoltaics, and fuel cell systems. Flaig studied Materials Science and Engineering at University Stuttgart in Stuttgart, Germany and did his PhD at Max Planck Institute for Metals Research.

Invited speakers:

Why adding Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Engines to your electrification journey?

Dr. Lucien Robroek Dr. Lucien Robroek, Nuvera Fuel Cells, LLC – Billerica, MA, USA

Dr. Lucien Robroek earned his PhD in Aerospace Engineering at Delft University of Technology. With his background in advanced materials and applications, he has worked for TNO Industrial Technology, DSM Research and Carrier-UTC in roles of growing responsibilities. In 2005, Lucien was hired as Global VP Big Trucks into Hyster-Yale Group (HYG) and took on the global leadership of Product and Business Development until 2016. With an interruption of being Managing Director for 2 years in heavy transportation, he was asked back by HYG to take on the role of CEO industrializing their recently acquired Nuvera Fuel Cell company, with its Headquarters in the Boston area.

Bosch Rexroth‘s Self-Contained Actuators and Modular System Solutions

Dr. Yukio KamizuruDr. Yukio Kamizuru, Product Owner System Solutions and Digital Services, Bosch Rexroth AG, Lohr am Main, Germany

Yukio studied mechanical engineering at RWTH Aachen University, Germany, and graduated with a diploma in 2009. There, he also received his Ph.D. from the Institute for Fluid Power Drives and Systems in 2014. His industrial career began at Bosch Rexroth as project engineer for hydrostatic transmissions for ocean wave energy converters. In 2018 he took over the lead of the sales industry sector renewable energy. Since 2022, Yukio is commercially responsible for Bosch Rexroth’s Industrial Hydraulics System Solutions and Digital Services. His ambition is to create competitive advantage, especially by utilizing primary control. The main drivers are sustainability – energy and resource efficiency – plus digitalization.

The Design of the Hydraulic Transformer

Dr. Peter Achten, INNAS BV, Breda, the Netherlands

Peter Achten studied mechanical engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology, where he also received his PhD in 1996. In 1987 he started INNAS (Innovation Associates) as a privately owned engineering and development company. In 2008, Peter received the Joseph Bramah Medal awarded by the Mechatronics, Informatics & Control Group of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and in 2019 the Robert E. Koski Medal, awarded by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. In 2021 he was inducted by the International Fluid Power Society into the Fluid Power Hall of Fame. Peter is the owner and CEO of INNAS.


  • Twin transition technologies (zero-emission, digitalisation)
  • Novel drives, transmissions, and actuators
  • Efficient and intelligent components and systems (control, design, simulation, modelling)
  • Predictive analytics (monitoring, diagnosis)
  • Noise and vibration
  • Digital and switched fluid power systems
  • Functional safety and safety of intended function

Social media

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