Keynote Speakers


Prof. Wang Peng,
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Peng Wang received his B.Sc. degree from Xian Jiaotong University, China, in 1978, the M. Sc. degree from Taiyuan University of Technology, China, in 1987, and the M. Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, in 1995 and 1998, respectively.

He was a lecturer and senior lecturer in Electrical Engineering Department at Taiyuan University of Technology from 1978-1991. He worked as visiting scholar in Electrical Engineering Department at British Columbia University, Canada, in 1992. He is currently a professor of the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

He is a Fellow of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He served as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transaction on Smart Grid and a Guest Editor of Journal of Modern Power Systems and Clean Energy for special issues on Smart Grids. He is currently an Associate Editor of IEEE Transaction on Power Delivery and Guest Editor-in-Chief of CSEE Journal of Power and Energy Systems for special issues on Hybrid AC/DC Grids for Future Power Systems.

He as a principle investigator (PI) and Co-PI has been awarded over $15 million research grant from industries and government organizations from Singapore, China, USA and Europe to work on Hybrid AC/DC Micro-grids; Smart Grid; Power system operation, planning, reliability and renewable integration.

Prof. Jen Tien-Chien
University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Tien-Chien Jen is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering Science in the School of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. His current interest centers on cutting-edge hydrogen energy generation and storage. Topics range from constructing a hydrogen-powered ATV to finding novel materials and techniques to coat fuel cells to increase electron conversion efficiency.

Dr. Jen has also acquired extensive administrative experience, as the Interim Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and as Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Alaska Anchorage. His varied and numerous accomplishments include establishing the new Engineering and Industrial building, establishing and strengthening industrial partnerships with local companies, such as ConocoPhillips and BP, and obtaining multimillion-dollar commitments for scholarships and equipment requisitions. He has also championed diversity and has actively encouraged traditionally underrepresented minorities to major in Engineering.

Dr. Jen's home page: http://www.tienchienjen.com/


Prof. Walid DAOUD
City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Dr. Daoud is Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies) and Associate Professor in the School of Energy and Environment at City University of Hong Kong. He graduated from the University of Technology Graz, Austria, with a Dipl-Ing degree (BS and MS) in Chemical Engineering and received his PhD in bilayer photovoltaic cells from the University of Sheffield, UK. In 2002, he joined the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where he played a substantial role in the establishment of a Nanotechnology Center in 2003 and took up a lectureship in 2005. In 2007, he moved to Monash University to take up a lecturer post and was promoted to senior lecturer in 2010. Dr Daoud has received international renown and several awards for his pioneering work on solar self-cleaning and kinetic energy harvesting technologies. His research has featured in Nature (2004) and Science (2008) and the international press, such as Reuters (2014), BBC (2015) and SCMP (2017). His current research is mainly focused on the areas of renewable energy conversion and storage and smart textiles.

Speech Title--Emerging Renewable Energy Technologies
Abstract--Development of renewable energies is crucial for meeting future energy needs. Solar, mechanical and kinetics energies can provide sufficient electricity needed in daily life. In this pursuit, solar and kinetic energy harvesting approaches have been developed for energy conversion. While solar self-cleaning technology mainly converts the UV and visible regions of the solar spectrum, kinetic energy of human body movements can be harvested to generate electricity. Being intermittent energy sources, it is equally important to find storage solutions for renewable energy. This seminar intends to present the underlying concepts of the transduction mechanisms and recent research accomplishments. Future prospects and suggestions of the potential application of these technologies will also be discussed.

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