Doctoral Candidates

Doctoral Candidate 1: UPC

Mahmoud Aly Khamis obtained his B.Sc. and M. Sc. degrees in Electrical Power and Machines Engineering at “Tanta University” in Egypt. His master’s thesis was oriented towards “Robust
Model Predictive Control of Permanent Magnet Synchronous Machine Drive Systems” which
was published in two papers. His master’s thesis focused on the design of a robust modulated model predictive control for PMSM considering the effect of parameters mismatch by developing
a systematic design procedure based on model reference adaptive system.  
Currently, he is pursuing his Ph.D. at “Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)” in Spain. Mahmoud focuses on studying novel modulation techniques for noise reduction and sound shaping. In addition to that, he is developing control strategies for the reduction of torque ripple and vibration. His goal is improving sound quality in electric motors through robust advanced control techniques.

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Doctoral Candidate 2: UPC

Ludovica Luciano is an Energy engineer, having achieved both her B.Sc. and M. Sc. degrees at “Politecnico di Milano” University in Italy, with a specialization in energy production and power generation systems. She furthered her expertise in the automotive sector at “RWTH Aachen University” in Germany, conducting a remarkable thesis project on engine calibration and control using advanced machine learning techniques.

Currently pursuing her Ph.D. at “Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)” in Spain, as part of the renowned Marie Curie Doctoral Network, Ludovica’s research focuses on the development of advanced vibroacoustic models designed for online observation of electromechanical states in e- drives. 

April 9, 2023

Doctoral Candidate 3: KU Leuven

Javier del Fresno Zarza earned his B.Sc. degree in
Mechanical Engineering at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), where he
participated in Formula Student projects and completed an Erasmus+ year in Germany at
RWTH Aachen University. Furthermore, he graduated with a double master’s program in
Mechanical Engineering from UPM and the Technical University of Munich (TUM). During his
Master’s studies at TUM, he specialized in structural dynamic substructuring and Transfer Path
Analysis (TPA) methods, with a focus on applied NVH research projects.
In his current research, in KU Leuven, Javier focuses on studying novel identification methods and modeling
techniques for nonlinear rubber bushings and tires used in electric vehicles. His goal is to
integrate these components consistently into multibody simulations and NVH vibroacoustic


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Doctoral Candidate 4: KU Leuven

Luyao Dong obtained her M.Sc degree from KTH(Sweden) and has been dedicated for years to advancing her knowledge in sound and vibration. Her master’s thesis was centred around the automatic sound pressure measurement inside cars. Currently, she is pursuing her Ph.D with KU Leuven as a part of Gap_noise Group and Marie Curie Doctoral Network. She works on the identification of interior EVs’ sound sources through virtual sensing.

April 9, 2023

Doctoral Candidate 5: IDIADA

Francisco Ulloa completed his bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Control Engineering at the Escuela Politécnica Nacional (EPN) in Ecuador. Additionally, he holds an MSc in Robotics and Automation Engineering from the Università della Calabria (UNICAL) in Italy. His thesis on filters for quadcopters was part of the Academic Excellence Path program at UNICAL. In addition, he worked as a laboratory assistant at the Power Electronics and Smart Grid Laboratory at EPN.  Currently, Francisco is pursuing a PhD as part of  the Marie-Curie Gap Noise project. He is employed at Applus Idiada and enrolled at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Spain. His research focuses on optimizing acoustic comfort while maintaining performance on electric vehicles.

April 9, 2023

Doctoral Candidate 6: INSA Lyon

Zhenxian Li holds an MSc degree in Acoustics and Music Technology from the University of Edinburgh, UK. His thesis, “Six Degrees-of-Freedom Spatial Audio Impulse Response Parametric Extrapolation,” concentrates on the parameterized generation of spatial room impulse response through simplified measurements, grounded in psychoacoustics.
Previously, he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Physics from Southeast University, China. Serving as a former architectural acoustics engineer at Greentown Architecture Design Co., Ltd., he contributed to developing noise calculation software for parametric architectural design. Currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the Laboratory of Vibration and Acoustics (LVA), INSA de Lyon, within the Marie Curie project, Zhenxian’s research explores the “Effect of New Noise Environment in Electric Vehicles on Driver’s Behavior.
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Doctoral Candidate 7: BOSCH

Rodrigo Salazar Colunga holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering management from Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo León (UANL) in Mexico, where he completed a semester exchange at Technische Universität Ilmenau and a six-month internship as a vehicle acoustic engineer at Bertrandt AG in Germany. He earned his M.Sc. degree in aeronautical engineering from UANL and conducted research at Clarkson University in the USA, where he wrote his thesis on computational damage detection in bonded joints. Additionally, he gained experience as a structural analysis engineer at John Deere in Mexico. Currently, Rodrigo is employed by Bosch in Germany as a Marie Curie Doctoral Candidate and pursuing his Ph.D. at KU Leuven in Belgium. His research is focused on designing a system to avoid failure-related disturbances of e-powertrain for passengers in autonomous vehicles.

April 9, 2023

Doctoral Candidate 8: BOSCH

Sara Tincani is an Automotive Engineer, having achieved her BSc in Mechanical Engineering at “Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia” and her MSc in Advanced Automotive Engineering (with specialization in Advanced Powertrain) at the Motorvehicle University of Emilia Romagna (MUNER). She has also earned a MSc in Piano. She developed her Master Thesis at the Powertrain NVH Testing Department of Ferrari S.p.A, where she has been working for a year as Powertrain NVH Testing Specialist. The topic of her thesis was the dynamic substructuring applied to a powertrain system. She is currently pursuing her PhD at Bosch GmbH under the supervision of KU Leuven, as part of the Marie Curie Doctoral Network. Her research topic is the design of a reliable meta-material system to optimize ride-reliability, advancing novel approaches to reduce vibrational loads for critical components in electric powertrains.

April 9, 2023

Doctoral Candidate 9: SISW

Joshua Chaiphas holds a Master of Science degree in Sound and Music Computing
from Maynooth University, Ireland. His thesis centered on the design and development of spatial audio tools using Csound and Cabbage. Prior to his master´s degree, Joshua earned a Bachelor´s degree in Computer Applications from University of Madras, India and also holds a Diploma in Audio Engineering from Muzik Lounge School of Audio Technology. He dedicated years to refining and advancing his expertise in audio engineering and acoustics, including working as an engineer at Hogarth Worldwide. Currently, Joshua serves as a Research Engineer Associate at Siemens Digital
Industries Software, and enrolled as a PhD student at the Arenberg Doctoral School of KU Leuven in Belgium, as a part of the Marie Curie GAP_NOISE project. His research focuses on the sound synthesis for autonomous vehicles.


April 9, 2023

Giovanni Battista Pirro: VIF

Giovanni Battista studied mechanical engineering at University of Calabria (Italy), graduating with a B. Sc. degree in 2019. In 2022, he obtained a M. Sc. degree in mechanical engineering, with a curriculum in advanced industrial engineering. He strengthened his knowledge in the field of vibro- acoustics during his internship at Virtual Vehicle Research (Austria) as part of the NVH Simulation team, where he also wrote his master thesis. In particular, he focused on a novel strategy to attenuate vibrations in non-uniform structures.

Currently, he is employed by Virtual Vehicle Research Center (Austria) as a Marie Curie Doctoral Candidate and enrolled at the Arenberg Doctoral School of KU Leuven (Belgium). His research is focused on developing a sensor fusion methodology that combines acoustic and visual information for threats detection in autonomous driving vehicles.

April 9, 2023

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