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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.

Speaker II

Prof. Dr. Hulusi Bulent ERTAN
Atilim University, Turkey

Research Areas: Electrical Machines, Smart Grids, Electric Vehicles, Electrical Drive Systems, Power Electronics, Renewable Energy

Biography: H. Bulent Ertan (M’02) received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical and Electronics Engineering in 1971 and 1973 respectively from the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Leeds, the UK in 1977.
He directed many industry-supported projects since 1977. He led the Intelligent Energy Conversion Group at TUBITAK (Turkish Scientific and Technological Research Council) Information Technologies and Electronics Research Institute (BILTEN) in Ankara Turkey, between 1999-2006. He was an executive committee member of the Center for Wind Energy, METU and also director of the Electromechanics laboratory between 2011-2017. Prof. Ertan was chairman of the Mustafa Parlar Education and Research Foundation in 2000 and he was a member of the executive board of this foundation until 2016.
He has published more than 150 journal and conference papers so far. He is co-editor of two books entitled “Modern Electrical Derives”, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Netherlands, 2000 (NATO ASI series) and” Transformers: Analysis Design and Measurement” (CRC Press, 2013). Prof. Ertan is the holder of 5 national and international patents. He received the IEE Overseas Premium award in 1993 and an IEEE award in 2014, for his contributions to the IEEE standard “Trial-use guide for testing permanent magnet machines”.
Professor Ertan is the founder of the Aegean International Conference on Electrical Machines and Power Electronics (ACEMP). Prof. Ertan is a member of the Turkish Chamber of Electrical Engineers and member of IET (UK) and a senior member of IEEE. He is currently the Mechatronics Engineering Department chair at Atilim University.