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Speaker I

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

Research Areas: Power System Operations and Planning, Power System Economics and Electricity Markets, Distributed Renewable Generation, Demand Response and Smart Grid

Biography: João P. S. Catalão is an IEEE Fellow. He received the M.Sc. degree from the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Lisbon, Portugal, in 2003, and 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, a 5.2-million-euro project involving 11 industry partners. He has authored or coauthored more than 500 journal publications and 400 conference proceedings papers, with an h-index of 90 and more than 30,000 citations (according to Google Scholar), having supervised more than 120 post-docs, Ph.D. and M.Sc. students, and other students with project grants. He was the General Chair and General Co-Chair of SEST 2019 and SEST 2020, respectively, after being the inaugural Technical Chair and co-founder of SEST 2018. He is a Senior Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems. Furthermore, he is an Associate Editor of nine other IEEE Transactions/Journals. He was an IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) Fellows Committee Member in 2022 and 2023. He was recognized as one of the Outstanding Associate Editors 2020 of the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, and one of the Outstanding Associate Editors 2021 of the IEEE Transactions on Power Systems. He has multiple Highly Cited Papers in Web of Science. He has won 5 Best Paper Awards at IEEE Conferences. Furthermore, he was the recipient of the 2017-2022 (for the sixth consecutive year) FEUP Scientific Recognition Diplomas. His research interests include power system operations and planning, power system economics and electricity markets, distributed renewable generation, demand response, smart grid, and multi-energy carriers.

Speech Title: Industrial Implementation of Power System Forecasting, Scheduling and Planning Tools

Abstract: A large share of renewable energy sources installed capacity is taking place in insular electricity grids. However, the increasing renewables penetration in the generation mix of insular power systems presents a big challenge in the efficient grid management, mainly due to the limited predictability and the high variability of renewables, in conjunction with the relevant small size of most of these networks. This Keynote Lecture addresses the effects of large-scale integration of renewables on the operation of insular power systems, presenting efficient solutions and tools towards the development of a sustainable and smart grid. Different insular electricity grids across Europe will be highlighted. Special focus will be given to the challenges and benefits associated with the industrial implementation of power system forecasting, scheduling and planning tools.

Speaker II

Prof. Dr. Fatih Onur Hocaoğlu
Afyon Kocatepe University, Turkey

Research Areas: Electrical Energy and Power Systems, Renewable Energy Systems, Signal Processing, High Voltage

Biography: Fatih Onur Hocaoğlu was born in Afyonkarahisar, Turkey, in 1979. He received the B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Pamukkale University, Denizli in 2002 and Anadolu (Eskisehir Technical) University, Eskişehir in 2008, respectively. He is currently a full Professor at Afyon Kocatepe University. He is currently the director of Electrical Engineering Department, Solar and Wind Energy Research and Application Center and ÇAY Vocational High School at Afyon Kocatepe University. His current research interests are in electric power systems and renewable energy systems, emphasizing signal processing applications on renewable data, innovative approach development on energy forecasting, optimization of renewable energy systems, simulation, analysis and control of smart grids, power systems of electrical cars and low carbon emission handling system design. He has published more than 200 technical papers and conducted several research activities. He holds 2 patents and 1 Design at national patent institution of Turkey. He is listed among 2% of “the World's Most Influential Scientists” as a result of the survey carried out by Stanford University in 22 scientific disciplines and 176 sub disciplines in 2022.

Speech Title: Intelligent and innovative systems for renewable data prediction and a close look to a novel tool

Abstract: Renewable energy systems get more attraction with the need for clean and sustainable energy. Usage of such sources has increased significantly in recent years due to the wars and the increasing need of electricity for new technologies such as electrical cars. However, power fluctuations due to stochastically behavior of the sources are among the main challenges in using such systems. Therefore, it is of vital importance to develop accurate models to predict possible energy generation from such sources in a period of time at any region. Traditional approaches handle the data as one dimensional time series data. However, using different models it is possible to process the data in a different point of view. However each data has its own characteristic feature and in case the feature has been detected, it is possible to improve the accuracy of prediction model. In this speech, it is aimed to give these insights to the listeners by presenting a different perspective of view to wind and solar radiation data. Novel published models on this perspective will be introduced. Hidden internal features of the data and the way of how it is possible to make this internal feature available, will be discussed. Finally, an open access tool developed by the team of speaker to forecast any renewable data will be introduced at the end of the speech.

Speaker III

Prof. Murat Fahrioglu
Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Research Areas: interconnecting the power systems of neighboring countries to enhance renewable energy use

Biography: Dr. Murat Fahrioglu obtained the BS (Hon) degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University, in 1993, the MS degree (1994) and the PhD degree (1999) from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He is currently a Professor at Middle East Technical University - Northern Cyprus Campus in the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. His main research is electric power systems and more specifically in the design of demand management contracts between electric utilities and their customers to avoid forced outages. He is also working on renewable energy integration into power systems and assessment of solar and wind energy resources. His most recent research is about interconnecting the power systems of neighboring countries to enhance renewable energy use.