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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)


Speech Title: Robust Volt-Var Control in Power Distribution

Abstract: Electrical generation, transmission and distribution systems all over the world have entered a period of significant renewal and technological change. There have been phenomenal changes/deployments in technology of generation driven by the worldwide emphasis on energy from wind and solar as a sustainable solution to our energy need. Increasingly energy demand from heating and transportation are being met by electricity. These changes have significantly influenced the planning, design, operation and control of the power distribution system. Accommodating uncertainties in renewable generation and demand forecast in a cost-effective manner is now a very complex optimization problem. This talk will share our recent research efforts Volt/VAr control (VVC) strategy in distribution systems to address the uncertainties. Efficient chance constrained conic optimisation technique accelerated through scenario reduction approach will be discussed to demonstrate the significant reduction of voltage violations when compared with the deterministic cases while not relaxing the conservativeness of the final solutions. It will also touch upon treatment of certain types of load characteristic in the proposed solution framework. Future research challenges and opportunities will be highlighted.

Biography: Bikash Pal is a Professor of Power Systems at Imperial College London (ICL). He is research active in power system stability, control, and estimation. Currently is leading a six university UK-China research consortium on Resilient Operation of Sustainable Energy Systems (ROSES) as part of EPSRC-NSFC Programme on Sustainable Energy Supply. He led UK-China research consortium project on Power network stability with grid scale storage (2014-2017): He also led an eight- university UK-India research consortium project (2013-2017) on smart grid stability and control. His research is conducted in strategic partnership with ABB, GE Grid Solutions, UK, and National Grid, UK. UK Power Networks. GE commissioned sequel of projects with him to analyse and solve wind farm HVDC grid interaction problems (2013-2019). Prof Pal was the chief technical consultant for a panel of experts appointed by the UNFCCC CDM (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Clean Development Mechanism). He has offered trainings in Chile, Qatar, UAE, Malaysia and India in power system protections, stability and control topics. He has developed and validated a prize winning 68-bus power system model, which now forms a part of IEEE Benchmark Systems as a standard for researchers to validate their innovations in stability analysis and control design. He was the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy (2012-2017) and Editor-in-Chief of IET Generation, Transmission and Distribution (2005-2012). He is Vice President, PES Publications (2019-). In 2016, his research team won the President’s outstanding research team award at Imperial College London (ICL). He is Fellow of IEEE for his contribution to power system stability and control. He is an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer in Power distribution system estimation and control. He was). He has published about 100 papers in IEEE Transactions and IET journals and authored four books in power system modelling, dynamics, estimations and control. Two of his papers in power system stability and control topics have received annual best journal paper award. He was Otto Monstead Professor at Denmark Technical University (DTU) (2019) and Mercator Professor sponsored by German Research Foundation (DFG) at University of Duisburg-Essen in 2011. He worked as faculty at IIT Kanpur, India. 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: Cybersecurity Defense Against False Data Injection Attack (FDIA) using Market Price Signals

Abstract: Traditional cyberattack strategies on electricity markets only consider bypassing bad data detections. However, our analysis shows that experienced market operators can detect abnormal locational marginal price (LMP) signals under the traditional false data injection attack (FDIA) model during real-time operations, because such attack model ignores the characteristics of the LMP itself and leads to price spikes that can be an easy-to-detect signal of abnormality. Thus, a detection approach based on the concept of critical load level (CLL) is proposed to help operators identify risky periods when operators would be prone to overlooking abnormal LMPs. This gives a new defense line for market operators to detect FDIA. Next, a new LMP-disguising attack strategy is proposed to bypass the LMP-based detection algorithm. Finally, a comprehensive cyber-vulnerability assessment is proposed to identify four risk targets of cyberattacks to enhance the defense strategy of market operators. Test results from two IEEE test systems as well as the WECC and synthetic ERCOT systems are presented to demonstrate the proposed research results in the CURENT Large-scale Testbed (LTB) platform.

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 for the CURENT LTB project and the IEEE PES Technical Committee Prize Paper award in 2019. 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 a Fellow of IEEE.

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

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 Speech addresses the effects of large-scale integration of renewables on the planning and operation of insular power systems, presenting efficient solutions and tools towards the development of a sustainable and smart grid. Different insular electricity grids in five countries across Europe will be highlighted.

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.