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Keynote & Invited Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Prof. David Gao, IEEE Fellow
Denver University, USA

David Wenzhong Gao received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering, specializing in electric power engineering, from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA, in 1999 and 2002, respectively.
He is a Full Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of Renewable Energy and Power Electronics Laboratory at the University of Denver, Denver, CO, USA. He teaches courses such as Renewable and Efficient Power and Energy Systems, Power Generation, Operation and Control, Power System Protection. He has conducted extensive research in areas of power and energy systems including renewable energies, microgrids, distributed generation, smart grid, power delivery, power electronics application, power system protection, power system restructuring, and hybrid electric vehicles. He has published more than one hundred fifty refereed technical papers in international journals and conferences. He has co-authored a book entitled “Modern Hybrid Electric Vehicles,” published by John Wiley & Sons in United Kingdom. His research has been funded by many funding agencies and sponsors including US National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, US Army Research Office, US Office of Naval Research, Tennessee Valley Authority, US Electric Power Research Institute. In 2009, he won the prestigious US National Science Foundation CAREER award for wind power research. He received the Best Paper Award in the Complex Systems Track at the 2002 Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), Jan. 2002. Since June 2003, Dr. Gao has been a Senior Member of the IEEE till 2021 when he was named a Fellow of IEEE.
Dr. Gao currently serves as an Editor for the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON SUSTAINABLE ENERGY, an Associate Editor for the IEEE JOURNAL OF EMERGING AND SELECTED TOPICS IN POWER ELECTRONICS, and he has been an active Reviewer of leading journals and conferences such as the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON VEHICULAR TECHNOLOGY, the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS, the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON SMART GRID, the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON ENERGY CONVERSION, the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON SUSTAINABLE ENERGY, the IET RENEWABLE POWER GENERATION, the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER DELIVERY, the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER SYSTEMS; IEEE Vehicular Power and Propulsion Conference (VPPC), IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting. He currently serves as the Secretary of IEEE Power Electronics Society Denver Section. He has been active in various technical committees of IEEE societies and conference organizing committees. He is a member of the Power and Energy Education Committee (PEEC) of IEEE PES (Power and Energy Society). He served as General Chair to host 2012 IEEE Symposium on Power Electronics and Machines in Wind Applications (PEMWA) in Denver, CO, USA. He was a Technical Co-chair for IEEE Vehicular Power and Propulsion Conference, held in Dearborn, MI, USA, September 7-11, 2009. He was also a Technical Program Co-chair in the Organizing Committee of 2013 IEEE GreenTech Conference held in Denver, April 2013. He will serve as the General Chair to host North American Power Symposium (NAPS 2016), September 18-20, 2016, Denver, USA. Dr. Gao has been invited to serve on the grant review panel for many funding agencies including the U.S. National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

Prof. Joe Dong, IEEE Fellow
Nanyang Technological University,Singapore

Prof Z.Y. Dong is a Professor in School of Electrical & Electronics Engineering. His previous roles include Director of UNSW Digital Grid Futures Institute, Ausgrid Chair Professor and Director of Ausgrid Centre for Intelligent Electricity Networks led R&D support for the Smart Grid, Smart City national demonstration project in Australia. His research expertise includes power system planning and stability, smart grid/micro-grid, load modeling, renewable energy grid connection, electricity market, smart city planning, and computational methods for energy systems. He has been editor/associate editor for several IEEE transactions and IET journals. He has won many research and industry grants nationally and internationally. Prof Dong is a Fellow of IEEE for his contributions in computational methods in power system planning and stability.

Prof. Seung-Jae (Paul) Lee, IEEE Fellow
Myongji University, Korea

Seung-Jae (also known as Paul) Lee has been elevated to IEEE Fellow for contributions to power distribution protection and automation. He received his BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from the Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea and his Ph.D. from the University of Washington, Seattle, USA. He has been with Myongji University, Korea since 1988 and is director of the Next-generation Power Technology Center (NPTC). He was CIGRE SC B5 representative of Korea. He is an Editor in Chief of JICEE. He is the founder of APAP (International Conference on Advanced Power System Automation and Protection. His main research fields are distribution automation, substation automation and protection relaying.


Invited Speakers

Prof. Hartmut Hinz,
Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Germany

H. Hinz received the diploma degree in electrical engineering from the University of Applied Sciences, Aachen and the Ruhr University, Bochum in Germany in the years 1990 and 1994 respectively.H. Hinz received the diploma degree in electrical engineering from the University of Applied Sciences, Aachen and the Ruhr University, Bochum in Germany in the years 1990 and 1994 respectively. He received the Ph.D. degree from the Technical University, Darmstadt in Germany in 2000. Between 1999 and 2009, he was with General Motors Fuel Cell Activities, most recently as project leader for the development of high voltage systems for fuel cell vehicles. In 2009, he was appointed as a Professor for power electronics at the University of Applied Sciences, Frankfurt in Germany. Since 2011, he has been the head of the electrical power engineering study program. From 2010 to 2016, he was a visiting professor at the Vietnamese-German University in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. His research interests are in the areas power electronics for electric vehicles and renewable energy; electrical energy storage and distributed power generation. He received the Ph.D. degree from the Technical University, Darmstadt in Germany in 2000. Between 1999 and 2009, he was with General Motors Fuel Cell Activities, most recently as project leader for the development of high voltage systems for fuel cell vehicles. In 2009, he was appointed as a Professor for power electronics at the University of Applied Sciences, Frankfurt in Germany. Since 2011, he has been the head of the electrical power engineering study program. From 2010 to 2016, he was a visiting professor at the Vietnamese-German University in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. His research interests are in the areas power electronics for electric vehicles and renewable energy; electrical energy storage and distributed power generation.

Prof. Kei Eguchi,
Fukuoka Institute of Technology, Japan

Kei Eguchi received the B.E., the M.E., and the D.E. degrees from Kumamoto University, Kumamoto, Japan, in 1994, 1996, and 1999. Currently, he is a dean and professor of the graduate school of engineering, Fukuoka Institute of Technology, Fukuoka, Japan. Prof. Dr. Eguchi is a president of the Intelligent Networks and Systems Society, an associate editor of IJICIC, an associate editor of ICIC express letters, a reviewer board Actuators (MDPI), and a senior member of IEE of Japan. Prof. Dr. Eguchi received CEEGE2023 Best Oral Presentation Award, CPESE2021 Best presentation Award, ICIC International Outstanding Contribution Award, AEES2021 Best Presenter Award, ICPEA2021 Best Presentation Award, CEEGE2021 Best Presentation Award, ICPE2020 Best Oral Presentation Award, ICIEE2020 Award of Contribution, Top Peer Reviewer Award2019 (Web of Science), ICEAST2019 Best Paper Award, CPESE2019 Best Presentation Award, ICICIC2018 Best Paper Award, ICICIC2017 Best Paper Award, 2016 Institute of Industrial Applications Engineers Award, 2016 Contribution Award of Japan Society of Technology Education, ICICIC2016 Best Paper Award, ICEEI2016 Excellent Oral Presentation Award, ICEESE2016 Best Presenter Award, Best Presentation Award in ICIAE2016, ICSGC2015 Excellent Oral Presentation Award, ICACTE2015 Excellent Paper Award, ICIAE2015 Best Presentation Award, ICPEE2014 Excellent Oral Presentation Award, KKU-IENC2014 Outstanding Paper Award, ICEEN2014 Excellent Paper Award, 2010 Takayanagi Research Encourage Award, 2010 Paper Award of Japan Society of Technology Education, ICICIC2009 Best Paper Award, and ICINIS2009 Outstanding Contribution Award. He published more than 200 international papers. His research interests include switching converters, nonlinear dynamical systems, and intelligent circuits and systems.

Prof. Heng Nian,
Zhejiang University, China

Dr. Heng Nian is presently working as a Professor in the College of Electrical Engineering, Zhejiang University. He received the degrees of Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, in 2005. He has gained the excellent youth fund of the National Natural Science Foundation. His current research interests include the grid connection operation technique of renewable power generation system, modeling and stability analysis of wind power, solar power and storage system, etc. He has published two books on the control technology of renewable power generation system, and published about 200 papers in the international journals and conferences.

Prof. Haochun Zhang,
Harbin Institute of Technology, China

Prof. Haochun Zhang is currently a professor of Harbin University of Technology and director of the Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology. He teaches courses such as Engineering thermodynamics, Advanced Thermodynamics, and so on. His research field covers modern thermodynamics, renewable energy, nuclear reactor multi physical field coupling, space nuclear power, innovate thermal control of spacecraft and photoelectric characteristics. He has leaded more than 30 national level projects, mainly including: major NSFC programs, special topics of major national science and technology, and sub topics of national key research and development projects, as well as other key cooperation projects. He participated in planning and writing 6 English monographs and published more than 200 academic papers, cited more than 700 times, 2 papers of them selected as high cited papers of ESI. Eight national invention patents and fifteen software copyrights were authorized. He was invited to give more than 20 lectures at various academic conferences. He was also awarded the German Krupp Foundation Scholarship for Chinese Young Scholars and the first prize of Heilongjiang Higher Education Teaching Achievement Award. He served as the associate editor/editorial board member of 8 international and domestic journals such as Entropy, and specially invited reviewers of more than 50 international academic journals such as Applied Energy.

Prof. Hazlie Mokhlis
University of Malaya, Malaysia

Hazlie Mokhlis received the Bachelor of Engineering (B. Eng. (Hons)) degree and Master of Engineering Science (M. Eng.Sc) in Electrical Engineering from University of Malaya in 1999 and 2003 respectively. He received PhD degree from the University of Manchester in 2009. He is currently Professor at Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Malaya. He had held several positions; Deputy Dean Research (2013-2014), Deputy Dean Postgraduate Studies (2014-2015, 2017-2018), Deputy Dean Undergraduate Studies (2018-2019) and Head of Department (2015-2017) at the Faculty of Engineering. Dr Hazlie is actively involved in research as a principle investigator with a total amount of research grant worth more than RM 2 million. He is the author and co-author of more than 300 publications in international journals and proceedings in the area of Power Systems and Energy. Up to now, he had successfully supervised to completion 27 PhD, 7 Master (by research) and 56 Master (Mix-mode and Course Work) candidates. He also involves actively as reviewer for international journal such as IEEE transaction on Power Systems, IEEE transaction on Sustainable Energy, IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution, International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems, Applied SoftComputing, Energy Conversion & Management, and several international conferences. Besides involve with research, he is also active in the development of Malaysian Standard as a member of Working Group in Development of Malaysian's Power System Analysis and Studies (WG6) and Expert Representative in IEC for project TC 8/PT 62786. His research interest includes fault location, network reconfiguration, islanding operation, islanding detection, and renewable energy. Prof Hazlie is a Chartered Engineer with the Engineering Council UK and a Professional Engineer with the Board of Engineers Malaysia. Currently he is Chair for IEEE Power Energy Society, Malaysia Chapter.

Assoc. Prof. Philip W. T. Pong,
New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA

hilip W. T. Pong received a B.Eng. from the University of Hong Kong (HKU) in 2002 with 1st class honours. Then he studied for a PhD in engineering at the University of Cambridge (2002-2005). He was a postdoctoral researcher at the Magnetic Materials Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for three years. His research interest currently focuses on the development and application of advanced sensing techniques based on electromagnetic sensors in smart grid and smart city. Philip Pong is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET), a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (FInstP), a Fellow of the Energy Institute (FEI), a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (FIMMM), a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (FHKIE), a Fellow of the NANOSMAT Society (FNS), a chartered physicist (CPhys), a chartered engineer (CEng), a chartered energy engineer, a registered professional engineer (R.P.E. in Electrical, Electronics, Energy), and a Senior Member of IEEE (SMIEEE). He serves on the editorial boards for several IEEE and SCI journals.

Assoc. Prof. Chonghui Song,
Northeastern University, China

Song Chonghui, doctor of engineering, associate professor, doctoral supervisor. He graduated from Xi'an Jiaotong University in 1996 with a bachelor's degree in engineering, graduated from Northeastern University in 1999 with a master's degree, and graduated from Northeastern University in 2004 with a doctorate degree. From 2006 to 2008, University of Illinois at Chicago (Illinois State, USA) University of Chicago) postdoc. So far, more than 40 papers have been published in domestic and foreign academic journals or academic conferences, more than 20 papers have been indexed by SCI, and more than 40 papers have been indexed by EI. Among them, 1 long paper and 1 short paper have been published on IEEE TFS. 1 article, 1 IET PE long article. Obtained more than 10 Chinese invention patents. He has won 1 second prize of National Technological Invention Award, 1 second prize of Science and Technology Progress Award of the Ministry of Education, 1 second prize of Liaoning Provincial Technology Invention Award, 1 third prize of Liaoning Province Natural Science Award, and 1 first prize of Shenyang Science and Technology Progress Award. 1 textbook published. He presided over 4 National Natural Science Foundation, 1 Provincial Natural Science Foundation, 1 Provincial Doctoral Start-up Fund, and 1 returned overseas student from the Ministry of Education. Served as a reviewer for many academic journals such as IEEE TFS, IEEE TAC, IET PE, Chinese Science, Chinese Journal of Electrical Engineering, Chinese Journal of Automation, etc., and a letter evaluation expert for general projects of the National Natural Science Foundation of China. The main research directions are the research and development of power electronic equipment and products in new energy infrastructure equipment (inverters, rectifiers, DC/DC converters, DC/AC inverters, etc.), embedded system research and development, Internet of Things application technology, artificial intelligence control, Fuzzy control, optimization theory. He has been systematically engaged in the development of product-level power electronic converter control systems for a long time, and mainly developed special frequency conversion controllers for door cranes, medium and high-voltage high-power three-level explosion-proof frequency converters, five-level mining frequency converters, and single-phase DC-AC converters. devices, IoT cloud services, etc.

Assoc.Prof. Muhammad Junaid,
China University of Mining and Technology, China

Muhammad Junaid recieved PhD, MS & B.Eng in Electrical Engineering in 2020, 2015 & 2011 respectively. He is currently serving as Associate Professor at the School of Electrical Engineering, China University of Mining and Technology. He also had previously served as Lecturer (Power Engineering) at the Department of Electrical Engineering, SARHAD University of Science & Information Technology Pakistan. His research interest is in the Alternatives to the SF6 gas and Key technologies for Fault Current Interruption using Vacuum Interrupters, Cryogenic Dielectrics and High voltage insulation. He is an active member of IEEE (Senior level), Chinese Society of Electrical Engineering (CSEE), European Society for Applied Superconductivity (ESAS), IAENG Hong Kong, & Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC). At present, he is involved in 8 funded projects, have 2 Patents and about 35 publications to his name.

Senior Lecturer Wenlong Ming,
Cardiff University, United Kingdom

Dr Wenlong Ming (WM) has been a Senior Lecturer of Power Electronics at Cardiff University since August 2020. He was awarded a PhD degree from the University of Sheffield in March 2016 and was funded by EPSRC as an exchange scholar to visit the Centre for Power Electronics Systems (CPES) in Virginia Tech USA, for four months in 2012.
He conducts fundamental and applied research into future electronic circuits and systems. A paradigm shift of semiconductor technology from silicon to compound semiconductors (CS) brings an exciting opportunity to significantly improve efficiency, reliability and power density of such electronic circuits and systems and to enable new applications that silicon cannot support. The high-level objective of his research is to investigate how to solve research and innovation challenges behind this paradigm shift through seamless and holistic integration of control, power electronics, radio-frequency electronics, semiconductor physics and materials.

Assoc. Prof. Chen Zhang,
Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

Chen Zhang received his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2010, an M.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University in 2012, and a Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota in 2017. After one year of working as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Minnesota, Chen Zhang joined National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) as a researcher at the Center of Integrated Mobility Science. In 2023, June, Dr. Zhang becomes an associate professor in the College of Smart Energy at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. His Current research interests include renewable fuels combustion, modeling, and control of free-piston engines, and system-level analysis of the Power to X plant. Dr. Zhang was the PI or co-PI for multiple projects sponsored by US DOE, EPA, and CARB. He also obtained the President Award from NREL in 2021, the best paper award at the 2016 ASME Dynamic System and Control Conference, and the Grand Prize of the 2013 Dow Sustainability Innovation Challenge Award.

Assoc. Prof. Yao Zhao,
Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

Dr Yao Zhao joined Shanghai Jiao Tong University in July 2023 and is appointed as an Associate Professor at the College of Smart Energy. He held BEng and MEng degrees from Central South University and PhD degree in Engineering Thermophysics and Power Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He first worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Shanghai Jiao Tong University for one year (2018-2019) and then moved to the Clean Energy Processes (CEP) Laboratory of Imperial College London for further postdoctoral academic training (2019-2023). His current research interest mainly focuses on thermal energy storage and thermo-mechanical energy storage technologies, especially latent heat storage and Carnot battery, which aims to find the suitable low-cost and large-scale energy storage technologies in different contexts. So far, he has published more than twenty journal and conference academic papers and has been involved in more than ten national research projects.