Keynote Speaker: Prof. Om P. Malik, Life Fellow IEEE
University of Calgary, Canada
Bio.: Professor Om P. Malik has done pioneering work in the development of controllers for application in electric power systems and wind power generation over the past over 50 years. After extensive testing, the adaptive controllers developed by his group are now employed on large generating units. His other interests include digital protection, control of renewable power generation and micro-grids, and AI applications in power system control.
He has published over 800 papers including over 410 papers in international Journals and is the coauthor of three books: (1) Electric Distribution Systems, (2) Power System Stability, (3) Power Grids with Renewable Energy.
Professor Malik graduated in 1952 from Delhi Polytechnic. After working for nine years in electric utilities in India, he obtained a Master’s Degree from Roorkee University in 1962, a Ph.D. from London University and a DIC from the Imperial College, London in 1965. He was teaching and doing research in Canada from 1966 to 1997 and continues to do research as Professor Emeritus at the University of Calgary. Over 100, including 51 Ph.D., students have graduated under his supervision.
Professor Malik is a Life Fellow of IEEE, and a Fellow of IET, the Engineering Institute of Canada, Canadian Academy of Engineering, Engineers Canada and World Innovation Foundation. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the Provinces of Alberta and Ontario, Canada, and has received many awards. He was Director, IEEE Region 7 and President, IEEE Canada during 2010-11 and President, Engineering Institute of Canada, 2014-2016.
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Wuqiang Yang, Fellow IEEE, FIET, FInstMC
University of Manchester, UK
Bio.: Professor Wuqiang Yang (FIEEE, FIET, FInstMC, CEng) received his BEng (Distinction) 1982, MSc 1985 and PhD (Distinction) 1988, from Tsinghua University. After 3 years as a Lecturer at Tsinghua University, he joined UMIST in 1991 and became Professor in 2005. Currently, he is Director of Business Engagement and Innovation in the Dept. of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. His research is focused on electrical capacitance tomography (ECT) and industrial applications. He has published 400 papers and two books "Sensor Array" and "Imaging Sensor Technoligies and Applications", and holds 10 patents, including 2 WO patents. He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Trans. IM and IET Sci. Meas. Technol. and editorial board member of 7 other journals, including Meas. Sci. Technol. and Sensor Review, and reviews papers for >50 journals. He has been invited by many universities and research institutions worldwide and international conferences to give lectures/seminars/keynotes. From 2010 to 2016, he was an IEEE IMS Distinguished Lecturer. He is a visiting professor at 8 universities, including Tsinghua University. In 2006 he received Global Research Award from the Royal Academy of Engineering and took sabbatical leave at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in USA as a visiting professor. He is one of key organisers of IEEE International Conference on Imaging Systems and Techniques. He organised many special issues as a Guest Editor for IEEE Trans. IM, Meas. Sci. Technol., Sensors and other journals. In 2016 he stayed at Chiba University in Japan as a JSPS Invitation Fellow. He will visit Chiba University again as a JSPS Bridge Fellow. He is recognised by International Center for Scientific Research (France), as one of top 30 technology researchers in the world, and Intota as an expert. His biography has been included in Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in Science and Engineering and Who's Who in America since 2002. In 2019, he set up a joint research lab for touch sensors for domestic robots between University of Manchester and Beijing Tashan Co. Ltd.
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Graziano Chesi, Fellow IEEE
Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Bio.: Graziano Chesi joined the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of the University of Hong Kong in 2006, where he is now a full professor. He received the Laurea in Information Engineering from the University of Florence in 1997 and the PhD in Systems Engineering from the University of Bologna in 2001. He was a visiting PhD student at the University of Cambridge, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Tokyo, an assistant professor at the University of Siena, and a specially appointed professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology.
He served as associate editor for various journals, including Automatica, the European Journal of Control, the IEEE Control Systems Letters, the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, the IEEE Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, and Systems and Control Letters. He also served as guest editor for the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, the International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control, and Mechatronics.
He founded the Technical Committee on Systems with Uncertainty of the IEEE Control Systems Society. He also served as chair of the Best Student Paper Award Committees of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control and the IEEE Multi-Conference on Systems and Control.
He authored the books “Homogeneous Polynomial Forms for Robustness Analysis of Uncertain Systems” (Springer 2009) and “Domain of Attraction: Analysis and Control via SOS Programming” (Springer 2011). He was elevated to the grade of IEEE Fellow for contributions to control of nonlinear and multi-dimensional systems upon evaluation by the IEEE Control Systems Society.
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Nikolaos Freris
Vice Dean of the International College
University of Science and Technology of China, China
Bio.: Nick Freris is Professor in the School of Computer Science at USTC, and Vice Dean of the International College. He received the Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece, in 2005, and the M.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, the M.S. degree in Mathematics, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering all from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 2007, 2008, and 2010, respectively. His research lies in AIoT/CPS/IoT: machine learning, distributed optimization, data mining, wireless networks, control, and signal processing, with applications in power systems, sensor networks, transportation, cyber security, and robotics. Dr. Freris has published several papers in high-profile conferences and journals held by IEEE, ACM, and SIAM. He holds three patents and two patent applications. His research has been sponsored by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China, Anhui Dept. of Science and Technology, Tencent, and NSF, and was recognized with the National High-level Talent award, the USTC Alumni Foundation Innovation Scholar award, and the IBM High Value Patent award. Previously, he was with the faculty of NYU and, before that, he held senior researcher and postdoctoral researcher positions at EPFL and IBM Research, respectively. Dr. Freris is a Senior Member of ACM and IEEE, and a member of CCF and SIAM.
Invited Speaker: Dr. Michael Waltl
Christian Doppler Laboratory for Single-Defect Spectroscopy at the Institute for Microelectronics, TU Wien, Vienna, Austria, Europe
Bio.: Michael Waltl’s overall scientific focus is on the robustness of microelectronic devices and circuits. In this field, he investigates reliability issues – characterization and modeling – in semiconductor devices and circuits. His research covers evaluating bias temperature instabilities in silicon devices, devices employing wide-bandgap materials, and transistors built on novel 2D materials. Dr. Waltl also studies hot carrier degradation and stress-induced leakage currents of various transistor technologies. Another research pillar of Dr. Waltl is the high performant operation of integrated circuits built from scaled devices, where he investigates the impact of defects on the performance of circuits. Also, his research focus is on the radiation hardening of various technologies, i.e. SRAM cells, and integrated electronic circuits.
Dr. Waltl is the co-author or author of over 100 articles in journals and conference proceedings (h-index 22). He is the director of the Christian Doppler Laboratory for single defect spectroscopy in semiconductor devices and leads the device characterization laboratory at the Institute for Microelectronics at the TUW. He is the (co-)recipient of various best paper awards (IIRW2014, DRC2019, IIRW2019, IEDM2019, etc.) and serves on the technical program and management committee of international conferences and workshops. Based on his expertise, Dr. Waltl is regularly invited as a reviewer of numerous renowned Journals, including IEEE TED, Microelectronics Reliability, Journal of Applied Physics, and many more.
Invited Speaker: Prof. Pierluigi Siano
University of Salerno, Italy
Bio.: Prof. Pierluigi Siano (M’09, SM’14) received the M.Sc. degree in electronic engineering and the Ph.D. degree in information and electrical engineering from the University of Salerno, Salerno, Italy, in 2001 and 2006, respectively. He received the award as 2019 Highly cited Researcher by ISI Web of Science Group.According to the study conducted by some Stanford University researchers, it has been included in the ranking of 100 thousand international scientists, belonging to different disciplinary fields and with greater scientific impact. The investigation was conducted by some Stanford University researchers who, starting from the SCOPUS database containing the list of scholars of the world classified by scientific production, developed a composite indicator that takes into account all possible bibliometric parameters (h index, number publications, citations, journal relevance, sector relevance, etc.), in order to generate a wider ranking, focused on the scientific relevance of scientists, in relation to the activity of the last 23 years.
He is a Professor and Scientific Director of the Smart Grids and Smart Cities Laboratory with the Department of Management & Innovation Systems, University of Salerno.His research activities are centered on demand response, on the integration of distributed energy resources in smart grids and on planning and management of power systems.He has co-authored more than 450 papers including more than 200 international journal papers that received more than 7600 citations with an H-index equal to 44.He has been the Chair of the IES TC on Smart Grids.
He is Editor for the Power & Energy Society Section of IEEE Access, IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INDUSTRIAL INFORMATICS, IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS, Open Journal of the IEEE IES and of IET Renewable Power Generation.
Invited Speaker: A/Professor Farhad Shahnia
Murdoch University, Australia
Bio.: A/Professor Farhad Shahnia received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, in 2012. He is currently an A/Professor at Murdoch University. Before that, he was a Lecturer at Curtin University (2012-15), a research scholar at QUT (2008-11), and an R&D engineer at the Eastern Azarbayjan Electric Power Distribution Company, Iran (2005-08). He is currently a Fellow member of Engineers Australia, Senior Member of IEEE, and member of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education. Farhad’s research falls under Distribution networks, Microgrid and Smart grid concepts. He has authored one book and 11 book chapters and 100+ peer-reviewed scholarly articles in international conferences and journals, as well as being an editor of 6 books. Farhad has won 5 Best Paper Awards in various conferences and has also received the IET Premium Award for the Best Paper published in the IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution journal in 2015. One of his articles was listed under the top-25 most cited articles in the Electric Power System Research Journal in 2015 while one of his 2015 journal articles has been listed under the top-5 most read articles of the Australian Journal of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. He was the recipient of the Postgraduate Research Supervisor Award from Curtin University in 2015 and the Australia-China Young Scientist Exchange Award from the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering in 2016. Farhad is currently a Subject Editor, Deputy Subject Editor, and Associate Editor of several journals including IEEE Access, IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution, IET Renewable Power Generation, IET Smart Grid, IET Energy Conversion and Economics, and International Transaction on Electrical Energy Systems and has served 35+ conferences in various roles such as General, Technical, Program, Publication, Publicity, Award, Sponsorship, and Special Session Chairs. Farhad is currently the Chair of the IEEE Western Australia Section and a member of IEEE’s Industrial Electronics Society (IES)’s Technical Committees of Smart Grid and Energy Storage.
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