Keynotes

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.


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.