Präsentation von Prof. Rivera am 03.03.14 Abstract In this talk will be presented an overview of the predictive control principles applied to matrix converters and also the different topologies where this control technique is applied. It will be shown that the predictive strategy is a promising alternative to control matrix converters due to its simplicity and flexibility to include additional aspects in the control being suitable for different industrial applications such as renewable energies, grid interconnection, multi-drives systems control, among others. In addition, some limitations and weaknesses of the predictive technique in matrix converters will be discusses as well as some future trends, applications and the cooperation opportunities with the Energy Conversion and Power Electronics Research Group from Universidad de Talca - Chile. Short CV Prof. Marco Rivera received his B.Sc. in Electronics Engineering and M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the Universidad de Concepción, Chile in 2007 and 2008, respectively. He received the Ph.D. degree at the Department of Electronics Engineering, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, in Valparaíso, Chile, in 2011. During 2011 and 2012 he was working on a Post-Doctoral position at Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María and currently he is a professor in Universidad de Talca, Chile. His research interests include matrix converters, predictive and digital controls for high-power drives, four-leg converters, renewable energies and development of high performance control platforms based on Field-Programmable Gate Arrays.