SIL & HIL Techniques for Automotive Control Development

Course Description

SIL-HIL Techniques is a online short course that presents software-in the-loop and hardware-in the-loop techniques used in the automotive industry to improve the powertrain and vehicle development process.

SIL/HIL concepts are introduced along with design of plant/control models; methods to determine required model/control fidelity; ways of tying DFMEA/FTA results to develop test plans; and analysis of model coverage for fault analysis.  Although this seminar focuses on the use of Matlab-Simulink and dSPACE tools, the approach will be generic enough for applicaton to other platforms. The end result is a structured perspective on how SIL/HIL tools can be used to improve the quality of automotive controls.

Basic knowledge of Matlab, specifically developing dynamic models and control algorithms in Simulink is required.


Upon completion of this short course, students will gain skills in:

  • SIL/HIL design requirements
  • SIL/HIL model architecture
  • Plant model design
  • Control model design
  • Test plan development



Shawn Midlam-Mohler is an assistant professor of practice within Ohio State’s Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, an associate fellow at Ohio State’s Center for Automotive Research, and a licensed professional engineer. His primary research field is in the area of advanced automotive powertrain systems with a focus on energy efficiency and emissions control. His teaching interests include specialty courses related to automotive topics and senior capstone design. He is also the lead advisor of OSU’s EcoCAR 2 Challenge team. Beyond the field of automotive technology, he has a broader interest in the topic of sustainable energy.