ACPEE Speakers

ACPEE 2024 Keynote Speakers


Prof. Saifur Rahman
(Keynote Speaker)
2023 IEEE President and CEO
Virginia Tech Advanced Research Institute, USA

Keynote Lecture: IoT Sensor Integration in Smart Buildings for Climate Sustainability


Abstract: Internet of Things (IoT) deployments offer a much higher value proposition if these can function in the context of smart buildings. Such advanced information and communication technology (ICT) applications in commercial buildings, schools, libraries, shopping centers, etc. offer low cost but highly effective monitoring and control opportunities. Sensors deployed in key locations can monitor the building environment in real-time, collect information for intelligent decision making, and facilitate various services. An IoT sensor platform has been developed that provides a unified communication platform which can integrate information from disparate sources and provide one control hierarchy. It is a powerful, low-cost, open-architecture software platform that can monitor and control major electrical loads (e.g., HVAC, lighting and plug loads), as well as solar PV systems, energy storage units and other IoT sensors in commercial buildings. This platform leverages machine learning algorithms to draw insights from a deployed building’s historical operating data and occupant preferences to save energy (kWh) while increasing occupant comfort. Such energy savings contribute to climate sustainability through the reduction of carbon emissions.


Biography: 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 2023 IEEE President & CEO. He was the president of the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) for 2018 and 2019. He was the founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE Electrification Magazine and the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. He has published over 160 journal papers and has made over six hundred conference and invited presentations. 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, energy internet, blockchain, IoT sensor integration, etc. in over 30 countries. He is the founder of BEM Controls, LLC, a Virginia (USA)-based software company providing building energy management solutions. 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, blockchain and sensor integration projects for Duke Energy, Tokyo Electric Power Company, the US National Science Foundation, the US Department of Defense, the US Department of Energy and the State of Virginia. He has a PhD in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech. (Read More)




Prof. Chi-yung CHUNG
(Keynote Speaker)
IEEE Fellow
President-elect of IEEE PES 2024-2025
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China

Keynote Lecture: Advanced Prediction Techniques Applied to Smart Grids With High Penetration of Renewables


Abstract:In 2015, countries around the world reached the Paris Agreement and began reducing emissions as soon as possible to deal with the increasingly prominent issue of climate change and achieve the goal of carbon neutrality. Many countries, including China and the USA, have proposed national strategies to strengthen power grids to facilitate major government initiatives, such as increasing the penetration of renewable energy and electrifying transportation and other industrial and commercial sectors. At the same time, power system industry is shifting towards a new digital era to better manage risks in volatile energy commodities, increase customer engagement, and enhance efficiency through grid optimization. Data analytics plays a vital role in this transformation and, therefore, different measurement architectures have been used and implemented to facilitate the data capturing process and supervisory control at the generation, transmission, and distribution levels. Based on the massive measurement data, advanced prediction techniques driven by artificial intelligence will bring revolutionary changes to the power industry. This speech will briefly introduce advanced prediction techniques and review the recent results on some smart grid challenges addressed by novel prediction techniques.


Biography: Prof. C.Y. Chung is the Head of Department, Chair Professor of Power Systems Engineering, and Founding Director of Research Centre for Grid Modernisation in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HKPolyU), Hong Kong, China. Before re-joining the department, Prof. Chung was the NSERC/SaskPower Senior Industrial Research Chair in Smart Grid Technologies, and the SaskPower Chair in Power Systems Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. He was a prominent leader for advancing academic activities and applied research in power systems engineering development in the province. He led a research team, supported by SaskPower and NSERC of Canada, to conduct cutting-edge and long-term smart grid research for SaskPower and address critical technical issues associated with smart grid technologies and their applications to real power systems.
     Prof. Chung has been very active in professional societies. He is the 2014-2015 IEEE PES President-Elect. He was the Member-at-Large (Smart Grid) and Member-at-Large (Global Outreach) of IEEE PES Governing Board, the IEEE PES Region 10 North Chapter Representative, and a member of IEEE PES Fellow Evaluation Committee. He has been a Senior Editor of “IEEE Transactions on Power Systems”, a Consulting Editor of “IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy”, a Vice Editor-in-Chief of “Journal of Modern Power Systems and Clean Energy”, and a Subject Editor of “IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution”. (Read More)




Prof. Zhao Yang Dong
(Keynote Speaker)
IEEE Fellow
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Keynote Lecture: TBA


Abstract: TBA


Biography: Prof Dong is a Professor at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His previous roles include SHARP professor and Director of UNSW Digital Grid Futures Institute at the University of New South Wales, and Director of Australian Research Council Research Hub for Integrated Energy Storage Solutions. He also worked as Ausgrid Chair Professor and Director of the Ausgrid Centre for Intelligent Electricity Networks providing R&D support for the AUD500m Smart Grid, Smart City national demonstration project of Australia. His research interests include power system planning and stability, smart grid and smart cities, renewable energy systems, electricity market, and computational methods for power engineering applications. He has served/is serving as an editor for a number of IEEE Transactions and IET journals.




Prof. Dean Sharafi
(Keynote Speaker)
Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)

Keynote Lecture: Towards net zero energy systems - what are the challenges of power systems in high renewable energy penetration?


Abstract: As the world moves towards a net-zero energy future using high levels of renewable energy, power systems face several challenges. These challenges include: Integration of variable renewable energy sources: Renewable energy sources such as wind and solar are inherently variable, which can create challenges for power system operators. Grid infrastructure and planning: A transition to a net-zero energy system requires significant investment in grid infrastructure to accommodate the increased capacity of renewable energy sources. System reliability and resilience: The reliability and resilience of the power system are crucial for ensuring uninterrupted power supply to users. The integration of high levels of renewable energy sources requires new approaches to grid management, to maintain system stability. Overall, the challenges of power systems in high renewable energy penetration are significant, but they can be overcome through careful planning, investment, and collaboration between industry, government, and other stakeholders. A successful transition to a net-zero energy system requires a holistic approach that considers all aspects of the power system, including energy generation, storage, and distribution, as well as policy and regulatory frameworks.


Biography: Dean Sharafi is heading up the System Design and Transformation Group of the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO). Dean holds a degree in Applied Physics, a degree in Electrical Engineering and a degree in Business Management. He has around 30 years of experience in power system engineering which includes Power System Protection, High Voltage Systems, Asset Management and Power System and Electricity Market Operation. He is a member of Australian Institute of Management, Cigre, Engineers Australia, senior member and distingushed lectrure of the IEEE. Dean has been actively involved with IEEE Power and Energy Society initiatives and Cigre Working Groups over the last decade and has served as a member of the Governing Board of the IEEE PES from 2017 to 2022. Dean has published many papers on power system protection, condition monitoring, asset management and power system operations. He lectured for a decade as a Sessional Academic on Power System Earthing at Curtin University in Western Australia.



Prof. Frede Blaabjerg
(Keynote Speaker)
Aalborg University, Denmark

Keynote Lecture: Power Electronics Technology - Quo Vadis


Abstract: The world is becoming more and more electrified combined with that the consumption is steadily increasing – at the same time there is a large transition of power generation from fossil fuel to renewable energy based which all together challenges the modern power system but also gives many opportunities. We see also now big steps being taken to electrify the transportation – both better environment as well as higher efficiency are driving factors. One of the most important technologies to move this forward is the power electronics technology which has been emerging for decades and still challenges are seen in the technology and the applications it is used. This presentation will be a little forward looking (Quo Vadis) in some exciting research areas in order further to improve the technology and the systems it is used in. Following main topics will be discussed

     • The evolution of power devices

     • Renewable Generation

     • Reliability in power electronics

     • Power Electronic based Power System stability

     At last some discussions about other hot topics will be given.


Biography: 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 at AAU Energy. From 2017 he became a Villum Investigator. He is honoris causa at University Politehnica Timisoara (UPT), Romania in 2017 and Tallinn Technical University (TTU), Estonia in 2018.
      His current research interests include power electronics and its applications such as in wind turbines, PV systems, reliability, Power-2-X, power quality 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 eight monographs and editor of fourteen books in power electronics and its applications.
      He has received 38 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, the Villum Kann Rasmussen Research Award 2014, the Global Energy Prize in 2019 and the 2020 IEEE Edison Medal. 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 served as a President of IEEE Power Electronics Society. He has been Vice-President of the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences. He is nominated in 2014-2021 by Thomson Reuters to be between the most 250 cited researchers in Engineering in the world.



Prof. Yi Zhang
(Keynote Speaker)
IEEE Fellow
RTDS Technologies Inc., Canada

Keynote Lecture: Modelling of Energy Storage System on Real Time Digital Simulator


Abstract: The global transition towards renewable energy sources is reshaping the power landscape, posing significant challenges to power systems characterized by newfound uncertainties and operational intricacies. Issues like low inertia and wide frequency band oscillations have emerged as critical concerns for power system operators. In this context, energy storage stands out as a promising solution. To fully appreciate the potential of energy storage in addressing power system challenges, a comprehensive understanding of its behavior under diverse and extreme conditions is essential. This presentation delves into the modeling and analysis of the impact of energy storage on power systems using real-time simulation technology. It will cover various energy storage system models, offering insights into their dynamics and applications. Through simulation results, stability analyses will be demonstrated, providing valuable insights into the effectiveness of energy storage in addressing grid stability concerns. Moreover, attendees will gain an understanding of grid-forming control strategies for energy storage systems, highlighting their pivotal role in enhancing grid resilience in the era of renewable energy integration.


Biography: Dr. Yi Zhang joined RTDS Technologies Inc. in 2000, where he now serves as Vice-President R&D and Chief Technology Officer (CTO). He has over 32 years of experiences working in power system simulation and analysis. His expertise includes Real Time EMT Simulation, Voltage Stability and HVDC, etc. As a principal member of the RTDS development team, he developed many simulation models on RTDS Real Time Simulator in the past 23 years. At present, Dr. Zhang leads the research and development activities in RTDS Technologies. He also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Manitoba Canada and Hunan University China, and an editor of IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery. Dr. Zhang is a Fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering and a registered professional engineer in the province of Manitoba.



Prof. Jinjun Liu
(Keynote Speaker)
IEEE Fellow
Xi’an Jiaotong University, China

Keynote Lecture: Techniques and Advanced Control Enabling Fully Autonomous Microgrids Incorporating DERs


Abstract: Microgrid will be one of the major forms incorporating distributed energy resources for future power systems. The control and operation of a microgrid has to ensure the system voltage to be within a nominal magnitude/frequency range and adequate output power sharing among all these energy sources, and at the same time to guarantee fast and smooth transfer of the microgrid operation between islanded mode and grid-connected mode. This is very often required to be realized through fully autonomous control where each source converter or the transfer switch is controlled by its own without getting or sensing any information remotely or from others so that a higher reliability and an easy-to-implement plug-and-play feature could be achieved. The requirement for a fully autonomous grid-organizing framework has been well fulfilled and has made a significant benefit for today’s power systems, but will be a really critical challenge for future’s more electronic power systems with microgrid being a possible form. The state-of-art autonomous control of DER interfacing converters for the coordination of bus voltage and power sharing in steady-state will be presented and summarized in this talk. A whole-new concept device, Flexible Transfer Converter (FTC), is proposed to enable the fully-autonomous control of a microgrid for the transferring between two different operation modes. Through the FTC, the interfacing power of the micro-grid with the large grid can also be continuously adjusted, soft transfer can be achieved, and the speed and smoothness of the transfer can be dramatically improved.


Biography: Jinjun Liu received the B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University (XJTU), Xi’an, China, in 1992 and 1997, respectively.
      He then joined the XJTU Electrical Engineering School as a faculty. From late 1999 to early 2002, he was with the Center for Power Electronics Systems, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, USA, as a Visiting Scholar. In late 2002, he was promoted to a Full Professor and then the Head of the Power Electronics and Renewable Energy Center at XJTU. He is currently a XJTU Distinguished Professor of Power Electronics. His research interests include modeling, control, and design methods for power converters and electronified power systems, power quality control and utility applications of power electronics, and micro-grids for sustainable energy and distributed generation.
   Dr. Liu received for many times governmental awards at national level or provincial/ministerial level for scientific research/teaching achievements. He also received the 2006 Delta Scholar Award, the 2014 Chang Jiang Scholar Award, the 2014 Outstanding Sci-Tech Worker of the Nation Award, the 2016 State Council Special Subsidy Award, the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics 2016 and 2021 Prize Paper Awards, the Nomination Award for the Grand Prize of 2020 Bao Steel Outstanding Teacher Award, and the 2022 Fok Ying Tung Education and Teaching Award. He served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS since 2006, 2015-2019 Executive Vice President and 2020-2021 Vice President of IEEE PELS, and was elevated IEEE Fellow in 2018. He was the Vice President for International Affairs, China Power Supply Society (CPSS) from 2013 to 2021, and since 2016, the inaugural Editor-in-Chief of CPSS Transactions on Power Electronics and Applications. He was elected the President of CPSS in Nov. 2021. Since 2013, he has been serving as the Vice Chair of the Chinese National Steering Committee for College Electric Power Engineering Programs.



Prof. Sorin OLARU
(Keynote Speaker)
Laboratory of Signals and Systems (CNRS)
University Paris-Saclay, France

Keynote Lecture: Predictive control for congestion management and decision-making on meshed electrical grids with high-power batteries


Abstract: Power generation has been undergoing a radical change due to the expansion of renewable energies. The part of the generation which can be characterized as intermittent and scarce is increasing in importance and is creating new overload constraints on electrical grids called congestions. In this context, batteries are gaining growing attention for their potential in congestion management. This talk will deal with the conception of new control algorithms relying on batteries aside the classical renewable curtailment to solve congestions on the meshed electrical grids. The control is based on two levels. The upper level relates to planification and the lower level is dedicated to real-time congestion management. The lower level is developed using Model Predictive Control and provides a framework to take into account delays on control actions. The upper level covers the batteries trajectories planning, supports the lower level and defines batteries capacity used for real-time congestion management and the residual capacities of these batteries. This level can thus be used to define a multi-service framework for batteries.


Biography: Sorin Olaru graduated in electrical engineering from the University “Politehnica” Bucharest (UPB) in 2001 where he also obtained the M.Sc. in 2002, being awarded the EU’s Archimedes Prize. He obtained the PhD from the University Paris XI in Orsay, France in 2005, and the PhD Cum Laude from UPB in 2010. Since 2012 he is Habilitated Professor of Control Engineering at CentraleSupélec, within the University Paris-Saclay. Currently he is leading the RTE Chair on “The Digital Transformation of Electricity Networks” and is a senior member of IEEE. His research interests encompass the optimization-based control design, set-theoretic characterization of constrained dynamical systems and the resilience of networked control systems. He was the chair of the IFAC Workshop on Control Applications of Optimization held jointly with the International Conference on Discrete Equations and Applications in 2022. He will be the general chair of the Power Systems Computation Conference to be held in 2024 in Paris-Saclay.

ACPEE Past Speakers

Dr. Jessica Bian

President of IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES), USA


Prof. Joe H. Chow

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA


Dean Sharafi

Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), Australia


Prof. Zhaoyang Dong

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


Prof. Zhengtao Ding

The University of Manchester, UK


Prof. Hideo Ishii

Waseda University, Japan


Prof. Hongjie Jia

Tianjin University, China


Prof. Wenpeng Luan

Tianjin University, China


Prof. Qi Huang

University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, China


Prof. Tek-Tjing Lie

Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand


Prof. Qing-Long Han

Swinburne University of Technology, Australia


Prof. Liangzhong Yao

Wuhan University, China


Prof. Hsiao-Dong Chiang

Cornell University, USA


Prof. Mladen Kezunovic

Texas A&M University, USA


Prof. San Shing Choi

Queensland University of Technology, Australia


Prof. Chi Yung Chung

University of Saskatchewan, Canada


Prof. King Jet Tseng

Singapore Institute of Technology, Singapore


Prof. Yi Zhang

RTDS Technologies Inc., Canada


Prof. Yongning Chi

China Electric Power Research Institute, China


Prof. Seiji Hashimoto

Gunma University, Japan


Prof. Guojie Li

Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China


Assoc.Prof. Ioannis Lestas

University of Cambridge, UK


Prof. Yi Ding

Zhejiang University, China


Dr. Daming Zhang

University of New South Wales, Australia


Prof. Keyou Wang

Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China


Prof. Jumpei Baba

University of Tokyo, Japan


Prof. Juan Yu

Chongqing University, China


Prof. Ryuichi Yokoyam

Waseda University, Japan


Dr. Nopbhorn Leeprechanon

Thammasat University, Thailand


Prof. Zhe Chen

Aalborg University, Denmark


Dr. Bo Zhao

State Grid Zhejiang Electric Power Company, China


Prof. Zhifang Yang

Chongqing University, China


Dr. Lijie Ding

State Grid Sichuan Electric Power Research Institute, China


Chairman Ian Porter

Sustainable Energy Now Inc., Australia


Prof. Chong Kok-Keong

University Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia


Dr. Can Wan

Zhejiang University, China


Dr. Sheng Chen

Hohai University, China


Dr. Yaser Qudaih

Higher Colleges of Technology(HCT), Dubai, UAE