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2021 Keynote Speakers

Speaker I

Prof. Bikash Pal, IEEE Fellow, Imperial College London, UK

Vice President of Publications, IEEE Power and Energy Society
Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy (2012-2017)
Editor-in-Chief of IET Generation, Transmission and Distribution (2005-2012)


Biography: Bikash Pal is Professor of Power Systems at Imperial College London. He is research active in power system stability, control and computation. His research is sponsored by EPSRC, National Grid, GE, ABB, UK Power Networks. He is currently leading a six-university UK-China research consortium (2020-2023) in Sustainable Energy Networks. In the past he led an eight-university UK-India research consortium (2013-2017) on Smart Grid and Storage and a six-university UK-China research consortium (2014-2017) in Smart Grid and Control . His research group has received 2016 President Award for Outstanding Research. He is consultant to United Nations, GE, ALSTOM, National Grid, UK Power Networks . He has graduated 20 PhDs and published about 120 technical papers in IEEE Transactions and IET journals. He has co-authored four books and two award winning IEEE Task Force/Working Group reports.

As Vice President of Publication, Power and Energy Society (PES), of IEEE he sets and delivers plan to sustain the growth in quality, impact and annual revenue (currently about $5M) and also offers leadership as Governing Board member for the growth of the society. As IEEE Periodical committee member he was part of team that approves new periodicals and reviews the performance of the current periodicals. He chaired an IEEE Working Group in state estimation for power distribution applications. Since 2008 , as an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer he has been offering special lectures and tutorials in power system control and computation . He was Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. He is Series Editor of Elesevier series on Sustainable Energies and Fellow of IEEE for his contribution to power system stability and control. He was Otto Monstead Internatonal Professor at Denmark Technical University (DTU) in 2019, and Mercator Professor at University of Duisburg-Essen in 2011 invited respectively by the Ottomonstead Foundation and German Research Foundation (DFG). He holds a Visiting Professorship at Tsinghua University, China.

Speaker II

Prof. Gianfranco Chicco, IEEE Fellow, Politecnico Di Torino, Italy

Vice-Chair of the IEEE Italy Section
Editor-in-Chief of the journal Sustainable Energy, Grids and Networks

Speech Title: Data-driven Approaches for Smart Grid Applications

Abstract: In the evolution of the electrical systems in the smart grid context, the amount of data available is increasing considerably. Data-driven solutions are emerging as alternatives to model-based approaches. New tools are being developed to handle the flow of data gathered during time from different sources. The presentation highlights various aspects referring to data-driven approaches, from consistency of the data to the challenging task of transforming data into knowledge. Specific focus is set on the nature and quality of the data, the role of data uncertainty, and the role of the expert of the domain in verifying the meaningfulness of the available data and in identifying the most effective usage of the data in the smart grid applications.

Biography: Gianfranco Chicco holds a PhD in Electrotechnics Engineering and is a Full Professor of Power and Energy Systems at Politecnico di Torino (POLITO) in Torino, Italy. He is a Fellow of the IEEE (Power and Energy Society). He received the title of “Doctor Honoris Causa” from the University Politehnica of Bucharest (Romania) and from the Technical University “Gheorghe Asachi” of Iasi (Romania) in 2017 and 2018, respectively. He is the vice-Chair of the IEEE Italy Section. He participated in the various European Projects with POLITO and the Italian Consortium ENSIEL. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Sustainable Energy, Grids and Networks, a Subject Editor of Energy, and an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, IEEE Open Access Journal of Power and Energy, IET Renewable Power Generation, and Energies. He was the Chair of the International Conferences 55th UPEC (2020), 7th IEEE PES ISGT Europe (2017) and 6th WESC (2006). His research activities include Power System Analysis, Distribution System Analysis and Optimization, Electrical Load Management, Multi-Energy System Flexibility, Data Analytics, and Power Quality. His International scientific production includes one book, 7 book chapters, over 100 journal publications, and over 150 publications in conference proceedings.

Speaker III

Prof. Fangxing Li, IEEE Fellow, The University of Tennessee, USA

Editor-In-Chief of IEEE Open Access Journal of Power and Energy
Speech Title: TBA


Biography: Professor Fangxing “Fran” Li received the B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. degrees from Southeast University, Nanjing, China, in 1994 and 1997, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree from Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA, in 2001. He had worked at ABB Consulting in Raleigh, NC as a Senior Engineer and then a Principal Engineer from 2001 to 2005. He has been a faculty member at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) since 2005. Currently, he is a James McConnell Professor in electrical engineering at UTK and the Campus Director of CURENT, an NSF/DOE Engineering Research Center headquartered at UTK. His research interests include renewable energy integration, demand response, power markets, power system control, and power system computing.

Professor Li has received numerous research awards including R&D 100 Award in 2020 and the IEEE PES Technical Committee Prize Paper award in 2018. Presently, he is serving as the Editor-In-Chief (EIC) of IEEE Open Access Journal of Power and Energy (OAJPE) and the Chair of IEEE Power System Operation, Planning and Economics (PSOPE) committee. He is an IEEE Fellow.

Speaker IV

Prof. João P. S. Catalão, IEEE Senior Member, University of Porto, Portugal

Senior Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid
Promotion and Outreach Editor of the IEEE Open Access Journal of Power And Energy

Speech Title: Singular Landmark for the Energy Transition on EU Islands

Biography: João P. S. Catalão received the Ph.D. degree and Habilitation for Full Professor ("Agregação") from the University of Beira Interior (UBI), Covilha, Portugal, in 2007 and 2013, respectively. Currently, he is a Professor at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP), Porto, Portugal. He was the Primary Coordinator of the EU-funded FP7 project SiNGULAR ("Smart and Sustainable Insular Electricity Grids Under Large-Scale Renewable Integration"), a 5.2-million-euro project involving 11 industry partners. He has authored or coauthored more than 850 publications, including 400 journal papers (125 IEEE Transactions/Journal papers), 400 conference proceedings papers (vast majority co-sponsored by IEEE), 5 books, 41 book chapters, and 14 technical reports, with an h-index of 67, an i10-index of 315, and over 17,000 citations (according to Google Scholar). He was the General Chair of SEST 2019, technically sponsored by IEEE PES and IEEE IES. He is the Senior Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, the Promotion and Outreach (Senior) Editor of the IEEE Open Access Journal of Power and Energy, an Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, an Editor of the IEEE Power Engineering Letters, an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems, an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing, an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, an Associate Editor of the IEEE Systems Journal, and an Associate Editor of IEEE Access. He is a Top Scientist in the Guide2Research Ranking, which lists only scientists having h-index equal or greater than 40. Moreover, he has won 5 Best Paper Awards at IEEE Conferences.



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