Saifur Rahman

IEEE Life Fellow

President of the IEEE Power and Energy Society

Founding Director of the Advanced Research Institute

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Professor Saifur Rahman is the founding director of the Advanced Research Institute at Virginia Tech, USA where he is the Joseph R. Loring professor of electrical and computer engineering. He also directs the Center for Energy and the Global Environment He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and an IEEE Millennium Medal winner. He is the president-elect of the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) for 2016 and 2017, and will be the president for 2018 and 2019. He was the founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE Electrification Magazine and the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. In 2006 he served on the IEEE Board of Directors as the vice president for publications. He is a distinguished lecturer for the IEEE Power & Energy Society and has lectured on renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart grid, electric power system operation and planning, etc. in over 30 countries. He served as the chair of the US National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering from 2010 to 2013. He has conducted several energy efficiency related projects for Duke Energy, Tokyo Electric Power Company, the US Department of Defense, the State of Virginia and the US Department of Energy.

Frede Blaabjerg

IEEE Fellow

President of IEEE Power Electronics Society

Distinguished Lecturer for IEEE Power Electronics Society

Vice President of Danish Academy of Technical Sciences Aalborg University

Frede Blaabjerg (S’86–M’88–SM’97–F’03) was with ABB-Scandia, Randers, Denmark, from 1987 to 1988. From 1988 to 1992, he got the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering at Aalborg University in 1995. He became an Assistant Professor in 1992, an Associate Professor in 1996, and a Full Professor of power electronics and drives in 1998. From 2017 he became a Villum Investigator. He is honoris causa at University Politehnica Timisoara (UPT), Romania and Tallinn Technical University (TTU) in Estonia.
His current research interests include power electronics and its applications such as in wind turbines, PV systems, reliability, harmonics and adjustable speed drives. He has published more than 600 journal papers in the fields of power electronics and its applications. He is the co-author of four monographs and editor of ten books in power electronics and its applications.
He has received 30 IEEE Prize Paper Awards, the IEEE PELS Distinguished Service Award in 2009, the EPE-PEMC Council Award in 2010, the IEEE William E. Newell Power Electronics Award 2014 and the Villum Kann Rasmussen Research Award 2014. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS from 2006 to 2012. He has been Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Power Electronics Society from 2005 to 2007 and for the IEEE Industry Applications Society from 2010 to 2011 as well as 2017 to 2018. In 2019-2020 he serves a President of IEEE Power Electronics Society. He is Vice-President of the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences too.
He is nominated in 2014-2018 by Thomson Reuters to be between the most 250 cited researchers in Engineering in the world.

Wei-Jen Lee

IEEE Fellow

Vice-President of IEEE Industry Application Society

IEEE IAS Distinguished Lecturer

Director and Professor Energy Systems Research Center

The University of Texas at Arlington

Wei-Jen Lee  received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Texas, Arlington, in 1978, 1980, and 1985, respectively, all in Electrical Engineering. He is currently a professor of the Electrical Engineering Department and the director of the Energy Systems Research Center. Prof. Lee has been involved in research on arc flash and electrical safety, utility deregulation, renewable energy, smart grid, microgrid, load forecasting, power quality, distribution automation and demand side management, power systems analysis, online real time equipment diagnostic and prognostic system, and microcomputer based instrumentation for power systems monitoring, measurement, control, and protection. Since 2008 he has also served as the project manager for the IEEE/NFPA Arc Flash Research Project. Prof. Lee is a Fellow of IEEE and registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.

Lang Tong

IEEE Fellow

IEEE SPS Distinguished Lecturer

2018 Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Alternative Energy

Cornell University

Lang Tong joined Cornell University in 1998 where he is now the Irwin and Joan Jacobs Professor in Engineering and the Cornell site director of the Power Systems Engineering Research Center (PSERC).  His current research focuses on optimization, machine learning, and market operations of smart grid and future energy systems. A Fellow of IEEE, a distinguished lecturer of the IEEE Signal Processing Society, and the 2018 Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Alternative Energy,  Professor Tong has made contributions in multiple technical fields in electrical engineering, including signal processing, communications, networking, and power systems, for which he received best paper awards from the IEEE Signal Processing, Communications, and Power and Energy societies, and his students received seven student paper awards.

Jianhui Wang

Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid

IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer

Southern Methodist University

Dr. Jianhui Wang is an Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering at Southern Methodist University. Dr. Wang is the Principal Investigator for a multitude of energy-related research projects focused on smart grid, microgrids, power system operation and control, renewable integration, grid resilience and cybersecurity. He has also held visiting positions in Europe, Australia and Hong Kong including a VELUX Visiting Professorship at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). He has been invited to give tutorials and keynote speeches at major conferences including IEEE ISGT, IEEE SmartGridComm, IEEE SEGE, IEEE HPSC and IGEC-XI.
Dr. Wang is the secretary of the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Power System Operations, Planning & Economics committee. Before being promoted and elected to this position, he was the chair of the IEEE PES Power System Operation Methods Subcommittee for six years. He is also the recipient of the IEEE Chicago Section 2012 Outstanding Young Engineer Award.
Dr. Wang has authored and/or co-authored more than 300 journal and conference publications, which have been cited for more than 10,000 times by his peers. He is an associate editor of Journal of Energy Engineering, an editorial board member of Applied Energy and IEEE Power and Energy Magazine. He served as guest editor for a special issue of the IEEE Power and Energy Magazine on Electrification of Transportation, which won an APEX Grand Award. Dr. Wang also served as the editor of Artech House Publishers’ Power Engineering Book Series, and as the Technical Program Chair of the 2012 IEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies conference.
Dr. Wang is the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid and an IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer. He is also a guest editor of a Proceedings of the IEEE special issue on power grid resilience. He is the recipient of the IEEE PES Power System Operation Committee Prize Paper Award in 2015.

Tapan Saha

IEEE Fellow

IEEE Power & Energy Society Distinguished Lecturer

Director of Australasian Transformer Innovation Centre

University of Queensland

Tapan Saha received his PhD from the University of Queensland (UQ), Brisbane, Australia in 1994. Previously, Tapan obtained a B. SC in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka in 1982 and a Master of Technology in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi in 1985. He has been with the University of Queensland since 1996, where he has been a Professor of Electrical Engineering since 2005. Currently he is an Adjunct Professor of Xi’an Jiao Tong University in China. Previously he worked in James Cook University of North Queensland, Townsville for two and a half years and in BUET for three and a half years. Currently he is the Leader of the Power & Energy Systems Research Group, Director of Australasian Transformer Innovation Centre & Leader of UQ Solar. He is a Fellow of IEEE and a Fellow and CPEng of Institution of Engineers Australia. He is an IEEE Power & Energy Society Distinguished Lecturer. Tapan has successfully supervised 40 PhD students as the principal supervisor. He has received extensive funding from Australian competitive agencies, state and federal governments and electricity industry. He has published more than 500 papers in IEEE, IET & Elsevier Journals and peer reviewed conferences.

Speech Title: Challenges and opportunities of Solar PV integrations to national grids

Abstract: Many countries are promoting renewable energy generations to address climate change and to reduce carbon emissions. Among them, solar photovoltaic (PV) is making significant proliferations in both distribution and transmission networks. Solar PV generation is variable and hence they bring many challenges for network and overall energy management. At the University of Queensland, our research team has been involved in a number of solar PV projects, which are progressing towards addressing some of the major challenges the electricity industry is currently facing. This keynote speech will present some key outcomes from our research projects to address the challenges and opportunities from PV integrations.

Zhe Chen

IEEE Fellow

Leader of Wind Power Research Program

Aalborg University

Zhe Chen received the B.Eng. and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Northeast China Institute of Electric Power Engineering, China, in 1982, 1986 respectively, the Ph.D. degree in Power and Control, from University of Durham, England, in 1997.
Dr Chen has been a Professor with the Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark since 2002. He is the Danish Principle Investigator for Wind Energy of Sino-Danish Centre for Education and Research (SDC). The leader of Wind Power System Research program at the Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University.
Professor Chen’s main current research interests are wind energy and modern energy systems. He has led and participated many international and national research projects. He is a Fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of IET (London, U.K.) and a Chartered Engineer in the U.K.

Hongbin Sun


ChangJiang Scholar Chair Professor

Tsinghua University

Hongbin Sun received his double B.S. degrees from Tsinghua University in 1992, the Ph. D from Dept. of E.E., Tsinghua University in 1996. From 2007.9 to 2008.9, he was a visiting professor with School of EECS at the Washington State University in Pullman. He is currently a ChangJiang Scholar Chair professor of Electrical Engineering, Director of Energy Management and Control Research Center, Deputy Dean of Academic Affair Office, Tsinghua University. He also is the Director of Lab of Smart Grid and Renewable Energy, Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute (TBSI). He is IEEE Fellow and IET Fellow, Vice Chair of Energy Committee of World Federal Engineering Organization (WFEO), Chair of IEEE PES Technical Committee on Energy Internet, Deputy Chair of CSEE Technical Committee on Energy Internet, and Chair of IEEE PES Working Group on Smart Grid Voltage Control. He also serves as deputy EIC of CSEE JPES, editor of the IEEE TPWRS and IEEE PEL, associate editor of IET RPG, and member of the Editorial Board of Applied Energy and several Chinese journals. He is the founding Chair of IEEE Conference on Energy Internet and Energy System Integration (EI2). His research interests include Energy Management System, System-wide Automatic Voltage Control, Energy Internet and Energy System Integration. He was awarded the second-class prize of China National Technology Innovation Award for his contribution on development of new generation of energy management system. He has published more than 400 peer-reviewed papers and 4 books. He has been authorized more than 10 US Patents of Invention and 100 Chinese Patents of Invention.

Pierluigi Mancarella

Chair Professor

IEEE Power and Energy Society Distinguished Lecturer

University of Melbourne

Pierluigi Mancarella is Chair Professor of Electrical Power Systems at the University of Melbourne, Australia, and part-time Professor of Smart Energy Systems at the University of Manchester, UK.
Pierluigi obtained the PhD degree in Electrical Energy Systems from the Politecnico di Torino, Italy, has been a Research Associate at Imperial College London, UK, and has held visiting research positions at Sintef/NTNU in Norway and NREL in Colorado, as well as visiting professorships at Ecole Centralede Lille in France and the Universidad de Chile.
Pierluigi has been involved in or led, in the last 10 years, some 50 research projects and consultancy and professional activities in the UK, Europe, Australia, and internationally, in the area of techno-economics of smart grid technologies and distributed energy systems, risk and resilience assessment of future networks, integrated multi-energy systems modelling, and energy infrastructure investment under uncertainty.
Pierluigi is author/editor of four books, several book chapters, and over 200 research papers. He is an Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, the IEEE Systems Journal, and the International Journal of Electrical Power and Energy Systems, as well as Guest Editor of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A.
Pierluigi is an IEEE Power and Energy Society Distinguished Lecturer, the past Chair of the Energy Working Group of the IEEE European Public Policy Initiative, and led the Melbourne Energy Institute’s work “Power system security assessment of the future National Electricity Market” commissioned by the Finkel Review.