Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speaker I

Prof. Nikos Hatziargyriou
National Technical University of Athens, Greece

Biodata: Nikolaos Hatziargyriou received the Diploma in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from National Technical University of Athens in 1976 and the MSC and PhD degrees from UMIST, Manchester, UK in 1979 and 1982, respectively. Since 1984 he is with the Power Division of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of NTUA and since 1995 he is full professor in Power Systems. Since April 2015 he is Chairman and CEO of the Hellenic Distribution Network Operator (DEDDIE). From February 2007 to September 2012, he was Deputy CEO of the Public Power Corporation (PPC) of Greece, responsible for Transmission and Distribution Networks, island DNO and the Center of Testing, Research and Prototyping. He is Fellow Member of IEEE, past Chair of the Power System Dynamic Performance Committee, Honorary member of CIGRE and past Chair of CIGRE SC C6 “Distribution Systems and Distributed Generation”. He is co-chair of the EU Technology and Innovation Platform on Smart Networks for Energy Transition. He is member of the Energy Committee of the Athens Academy of Science. He has participated in more than 60 R&DD Projects funded by the EC and the industry and has coordinated among others, "CARE", "MORE CARE", "MERGE", “Microgrids” and “More Microgrids”. He is Editor in Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Power Systems and member of the Editorial Board of IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Development and the IEEE Power and Energy magazine. He is author of the book “Microgrids: Architectures and Control” and of more than 200 journal publications and 500 conference proceedings papers. He is included in the 2016 Thomson Reuters' list of the top 1% most cited researchers. H-index 78. Getting more:


Keynote Speaker II

Prof. Atsuo Kawamura
Yokohama National University, Japan

Speech Title: Future Trend of 99.9% Class Efficiency DC-AC Power Conversion and Its Applications
Abstract: With the advent of wide band-gap semiconductor devices, power conversion with high conversion efficiency has become possible; however, since the output of DC-AC power conversion (inverter) is AC, it is more difficult to achieve ultra-high efficiency compared to DC-DC conversion.
First, the current status of published literature on high efficiency inverters will be presented, followed by the latest results of the authors' group's pursuit of a 99.9% class efficiency HEECS inverter. With higher efficiency comes the need to ensure the accuracy of the measurements. The authors proposed a loss measurement method called the VTASLM method, which uses only electrical measuring instruments, and measured a conversion efficiency of 99.828% and its measurement accuracy of 0.006%. Furthermore, the measured results of the loss breakdown are presented, a policy on how to achieve higher efficiency is presented, and the future trend of achieving the highest efficiency is discussed. Finally, future applications using high efficiency power converters will be presented.

Biodata: Atsuo Kawamura received the B.S.E.E., M.S.E.E., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, in 1976, 1978, and 1981, respectively. In 1981 he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Missouri-Columbia as a Postdoctoral Fellow, and was an Assistant Professor there from 1983 through 1986. He joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Yokohama National University in 1986 as an associate professor, and became a professor in 1996. He was a dean of College of Engineering between 2013 and 2015. He has served to completion 31 Ph.D and 117 Master’s students. He holds 7 patents and has published more than 110 journal papers, 250 international conference papers, 500 domestic conference papers and 5 books. His interests are mainly in power electronics, digital control, electric vehicles, robotics, and traction control. He received the IEEE IAS Transaction Prize Paper Award in 1988, and the Prize Paper Award of IEE of Japan in 1996, and the IEEE Industrial Electronics Transactions best paper award in 2001 and 2002. Dr. Kawamura became a Fellow of the IEEE in 2002 with the citation, "For Contributions to Real-Time Digital Feedback Control of PWM Inverters.” He was the conference chairperson of the IEEE/IAS and IEEJ/IAS joint Power Conversion Conference (PCC-Yokohama) in 1993. He was an associate editor of IEEE Power Electronics Transactions from1995 to 2000. He was the program chairman of the 2009 Robotics Society of Japan Annual Meeting, and also the general chairman of International Power Electronics Conference (IPEC2010). He served as president of the Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan/ Industry Application Society (IEEJ/IAS) from 2012-2013. Dr. Kawamura is a fellow of the IEE of Japan, and a member of Robotics Society of Japan.

Keynote Speaker III

Prof. Soteris Kalogirou
Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus

Biodata: Soteris Kalogirou is at the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Sciences and Engineering of the Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol, Cyprus. He is currently the Dean of the School of Engineering and Technology. In 2011 he received from the University of Glamorgan the title of D.Sc. He is a Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences and Founding Member of the Cyprus Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts.
For more than 35 years, he is actively involved in research in the area of solar energy and particularly in flat plate and concentrating collectors, solar water heating, solar steam generating systems, desalination and absorption cooling.
He has a large number of publications as books, book chapters, international scientific journals and refereed conference proceedings. He is Editor-in-Chief of Renewable Energy and Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Energy, and Editorial Board Member of another seventeen journals. He is the editor of the book Artificial Intelligence in Energy and Renewable Energy Systems, published by Nova Science Inc., co-editor of the book Soft Computing in Green and Renewable Energy Systems, published by Springer, editor of the book McEvoy’s Handbook of Photovoltaics, published by Academic Press of Elsevier and author of the books Solar Energy Engineering: Processes and Systems, and Thermal Solar Desalination: Methods and Systems, published by Academic Press of Elsevier.
He has been a member of World Renewable Energy Network (WREN) since 1992 and is a member of the American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Institute of Refrigeration (IoR) and International Solar Energy Society (ISES).

Keynote Speaker IV

Prof. Yiming Zhang
Fuzhou University, China

Speech Title: Wireless Power Transfer for Electric Vehicles

Biodata: Dr. Yiming Zhang is a full professor with Fuzhou University. He received the bachelor's and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from Tsinghua University. He has authored 1 book from Springer, authored or co-authored more than 70 technical papers in journals and conference proceedings. His research interests include wireless power transfer for electric vehicles and mobile phones, and resonant converters. He is the recipient of the National Youth Talent Program and the First-Prize Outstanding Doctoral Dissertations of Tsinghua University. He was recognized as an Outstanding Reviewer for IEEE TPEL and TIE.