2017 edition lecturers


Tobias Geyer (ABB Corporate Research, Switzerland)


Tobias Geyer (M’08-SM’10) received the Dipl.-Ing. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, in 2000 and 2005, respectively. From 2006 to 2008, he was with the High Power Electronics Group of GE’s Global Research Centre, Munich, Germany, where he focused on control and modulation schemes for large electrical drives. Subsequently, he spent three years at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand, where he developed model predictive control schemes for medium-voltage drives. In 2012, he joined ABB’s Corporate Research Centre, Baden-Dättwil, Switzerland, where he is currently a Senior Principal Scientist for power conversion control. He is also a lecturer at ETH Zurich.

His research interests include model predictive control, medium-voltage drives and utility-scale power converters. He has authored and co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, 25 patent applications and the Wiley book “Model predictive control of high power converters and industrial drives”.

Tobias was a recipient of the 2014 Third Best Paper Award of the Transactions on Industry Applications. He also received two Prize Paper Awards at conferences. From 2011 until 2014 he served as an Associate Editor of the Industrial Drives Committee for the Transactions on Industry Applications. Since 2013 he has been serving as an Associate Editor for the Transactions on Power Electronics.

Title of the lecture: Model Predictive Control of Medium-Voltage Power Electronic Systems


Model predictive control (MPC) has emerged as a promising alternative to the traditionally used field-oriented control and direct torque control methods. Today, with several pilot installations running in the field, MPC for medium-voltage power electronics is at the brink of commercialization. After a review of the traditional control methods, this lecture will discuss in detail the main emerging MPC methods. This includes direct MPC with reference tracking (a.k.a. finite control set MPC), MPC based on optimized pulse patterns and indirect MPC with carrier-based pulse width modulation. Several case studies will be discussed and some experimental results will be shown for a large LCI compressor drive, a grid-connected modular multilevel converter and two medium-voltage drives based on voltage source inverters. MPC excels at achieving robust and very fast control during transients while keeping the converter voltages and currents within their safe limits and operating the converter (thanks to the use of optimized pulse patterns) at very low switching losses and low current distortions.



Frede Blaabjerg (Aalborg University, Denmark)


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 was a Ph.D. Student with Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark. He became an Assistant Professor in 1992, an Associate Professor in 1996, and a Full Professor of power electronics and drives in 1998. 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 300 journal papers in the fields of power electronics and its applications.

He has received 17 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.

He is nominated in 2014, 2015 and 2016 by Thomson Reuters to be between the most 250 cited researchers in Engineering in the world.


Title of the lecture: Design for reliability in power electronics


In recent years, the automotive and aerospace industries have brought stringent reliability constraints on power electronic converters because of safety requirements. Today customers of many power electronic products expect up to 20 years of lifetime and they also want to have a “failure free period” and all with focus on the financials. The renewable energy sectors are also following the same trend, and more and more efforts are being devoted to improving power electronic converters to account for reliability with cost-effective and sustainable solutions. 
The objective of this tutorial is to introduce the recent progress in the reliability aspect study of power electronic converters for renewable energy applications. It will cover the following contents: the motivations for highly reliable electric energy conversion in renewable energy systems; the reliability requirements of typical renewable energy systems and its implication on the power electronic converters; failure mechanisms and lifetime models of key power electronic components (e.g., power semiconductor switches, capacitors, and fans); long-term mission profiles in Photovoltaic (PV) and wind power applications and the component level stress analysis; reliability analysis methods, tools, and improvement strategies of power electronic converters for renewable energy systems. A few case studies on PV and wind power based renewable energy systems will be discussed throughout the tutorial


Jürgen Biela (ETH Zurich)


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Jürgen Biela (S’ 04–M’ 06-SM’16) received the Diploma (Hons.) degree from Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Nuremberg, Germany, in 1999, and the Ph.D. degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, in 2006.He joined the Research Department, Siemens A&D, Erlangen, Germany, in 2000, where he has been involved in inverters with very high switching frequencies, SiC components, and EMC. In 2002, he joined the Power Electronic Systems Laboratory, ETH Zurich, focusing on optimised electromagnetically integrated resonant converters. From 2006 to 2007, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Power Electronic Systems Laboratory, and a Guest Researcher with the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan. From 2007 to 2010, he was a Senior Research Associate with the Power Electronic Systems Laboratory. Since 2010, he has been an Associate Professor of high-power electronic systems with ETH Zurich. His current research interests include the design, modelling, and optimisation of PFC, dc–dc and multilevel converters with an emphasis on passive components, the design of pulsed-power systems, and power electronic systems for future energy distribution.


Title of the lecture: Design, modelling and optimisation of magnetic components for power electronic converters


Magnet components are key components of power electronic converter systems, which significantly influence power density, efficiency, weight and costs. Therefore, modelling and also optimising these magnetic components is an important contributor to a successful design of a power electronic converter.

In the lecture, first models for the core and the winding losses including high frequency losses are presented. For removing the heat of the magnetic devices different cooling methods and the design of the cooling are discussed. Besides the losses and the cooling, also the isolation design of transformers is an important aspect during the design process of isolated converter systems. There, the electric field distribution and the control of this distribution is crucial. In the lecture relatively simple numerical models for calculating the field, which could be used in optimisation procedures, are presented. In addition, basics of acoustic noise emission of magnetic devices are discussed.

Besides the theoretical background and the analytical equations/numerical models also different examples for magnetic devices are presented, which visualise the presented concepts and which might stimulate ideas for your research challenges.

Rajib Datta (GE Global Research Center)

datta2Rajib Datta received the B.E. degree from Jadavpur University, Calcutta, in 1992, M.Tech. degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, in 1994, and Ph.D. degree from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, in 2000. From 2000 to 2002, he was a Research Scientist at ABB Corporate Research in Heidelberg, Germany. Since 2002, he has been with GE Global Research (GRC), Schenectady, NY, USA in various positions, including manager of the Power Electronics lab between 2008 and 2012. Presently he is a Senior Principal Engineer and Technology Leader for SiC applications working towards commercializing GE’s SiC MOSFET technology. He also taught power electronics at Arizona State University for one year in 2013. Dr. Datta has led several technology development programs within GE with global teams in the area of medium voltage and high power conversion. His research interests include multilevel converters for motor drives and renewable application, converter controls and application of wide band-gap power devices. He has 23 patents in power conversion and authored more than 20 publications in international conferences and journals.


Title of the lecture: Application of SiC in High Power Conversion Systems


Emerging silicon carbide (SiC) power devices are expected to be widely used in power electronics applications wherein improved efficiency, power density and/or higher temperature operation are required. Applications include renewables, aviation systems, data centers, automotive, power supplies for medical equipment, solid-state transformers etc. Utility solar inverters achieving 99% weighted efficiency using SiC MOSFETs at MW scale, are being productized and fielded. However, power converter design with a fast switching SiC device is challenging. The objective of this tutorial is to present the state-of-the-art in SiC technology from module to system design. Topics will include characterization and performance of high power modules, design of reliable gate driver, low-impedance packaging, thermal management, and design for EMI robustness. Few example designs with SiC, such as solar inverter, UPS and solid-state transformer will be highlighted. Finally, future trend in SiC based converter design at medium voltage will be presented.


Alfred Rufer (EPFL – Lausanne) – keynote


Alfred Rufer is honorary professor in power electronics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology EPFL, Lausanne Switzerland. He has been leading the Industrial Electronics Lab (LEI-EPFL) from 1997 to 2016.

Beneath many research projects in Power electronic circuits and applications, he has initialized several activities in energy storage systems and components, from the design and modeling of supercapacitor based power assistance systems to multiphysics modeling of complex storage devices as Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries or CAES, Compressed Air Energy Storage. Alfred Rufer has authored or co-authored more than 250 scientific papers in international conferences and journals. He has supervised over 30 PhD students.

Prof. Rufer is a Fellow of the IEEE and has received many IEEE Transactions or Conference Prize Paper Awards. In addition, Alfred Rufer is a honorary board member of the PCIM conference where he served as a General Conference Director.

Title of the keynote: Efficient Energy Storage – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly


Energy storage devices and facilities are expected to play an important role in the context of power generation and distribution systems of the future, and will be based on an intensive use of power electronic conversion circuits. The application domains of storage start from high volume portable apparatus as mobile  phones and computers, where the stored amount of energy is limited to around several hundreds of Wh, to the much larger capacities needed for example for the day-to-night shift in photovoltaics, for stabilization of the load profiles or for covering power peaks. For extreme capacities related to seasonal storage, the technical and economic limitations of classical storage means impose to develope other solutions, as the example of hydrogen storage. For the proper design and characterization of storage devces, new tools have been proposed, where not only the energy and power densities are represented, but also the interdependency of these parameters, or the real performances of the devices in terms of recoverable energy amount versus the initial state of charge. The MRR (Modified Ragone Representation) will be discussed and illustrated through examples.

Bert Witkamp  (AVERE Europe) – keynote

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Bert Witkamp is Secretary General of AVERE, The European Association for Electromobility. AVERE is the European Association for Electromobility with members in 12 countries and indirectly representing around 600 companies, research institutes and local administrations. He is also Board Member of the Belgium Electromobility Association ASBE.

Bert is member of the EU Commission Sustainable Transport Forum as electromobility and electric vehicle expert. He is also Project Coordinator of the EU Commission project “European Alternative Fuel Observatory”, the EU reference point for information about alternative fuel vehicles, charging / refuelling infrastructures and supportive legislation in Europe. www.eafo.eu

He is representing AVERE as partner in the IEA Implementation Agreement for Electric & Hybrid Vehicles. He is also independent observer in the Clean Energy Ministerial “Electric Vehicles Initiative”. Bert is working closely together with industry, academia and other non-profit organisations promoting electromobility. He has worked for 25 years in multinational companies supplying the automotive sector where he has held senior executive positions in supply chain, manufacturing and general management. As CEO he has run businesses in wind energy, biomass, solar energy, sustainable housing and sustainable waste management.

Title of the keynote: Electric Vehicle deployment: the transition to mass deployment in the coming decade


Electric Vehicles deployment has reached the 2 million for passenger cars total globally and sales last year alone exceeded 600,000. COP21 has defined the ambitious target of 2C as maximum temperature increase with a 1.5C target to strive for. This requires a virtual decarbonization of road traffic by 2050 at fleet level. Administrations in leading countries or regions like Norway, California, the UK, the Netherlands and others are now setting target dates by which 100% ZEV cars for new registrations become compulsory. The technology developments to tackle the main hurdles for EV deployment, cost of the batteries, charging time and range, are going much faster than predicted by industry insiders and experts. We will see in the next decade the “perfect storm” which will create the conditions for a rapid transition to zero emission road transport.


  Andreas Falk (SMA Solar Technology AG)

2015 Andreas FalkDipl.-Ing. Andreas Falk – Born 1963 April 13th in Witten Germany

Study of electrical engineering at Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Employed at SMA Solar Technology AG since 1988 in various functions (mainly in development of solar and railway inverters) As system architect in Business Unit Utility he define new products and system solutions for large scale solar plants.


Title of the lecture: Solar Inverters Technologies and Grid Interconnection of PV systems


1. Short introduction of SMA company

2. Content first session

Overview about the most common three phase solar inverter technologies  Central inverter connected to MV-grid o Potential solar generator regarding ground o Comparison of different topologies  Three phase inverters connected to LV-grid o Potential solar generator regarding ground o Comparison of different topologies

3. Content second session

PID (Potential induced degradation) and drawbacks to inverter technologies  Grounded generator  Isolated generator  Potential shift of the generator via float controller  Indirect grounding via the LV-grid connection

4. Content third session

Grid interconnection requirements and their backgrounds  Active power control o Frequency support o Active power Reserve o Frequency ride through  Reactive power control o Voltage control o P/Q-Diagram  Dynamic grid support (response of the power plant during a voltage dip) o High voltage ride through (HVRT) o Low voltage ride through (LVRT)  Grid support with battery inverters in island grids


Dr. Wolfgang Weydanz (Robert Bosch GmbH)


Dr. Wolfgang Weydanz

Physicist, age 50, two children

Expert in the field of rechargeable batteries and storage technologies with 25 years experience, emphasis on lithium-ion batteries

Studied physics in Erlangen, Germany; M.SC. in Vancouver, Canada; Ph.D. from Ulm University, Germany

Working experience with battery companies: GAIA Akkumulatorenwerke (scientist, 3 years); Sanyo Component Europe (R&D manager, 6 years); ReVolt Technology Ltd (director Systems & Application, 2 years); Siemens Corporate Technology (key expert electrical energy storage, 7 years); Robert Bosch GmbH, Bamberg (senior battery expert, since 2015)

book on multiple battery technologies and applications published, 10 scientific publications, 35+ patents filed, total: 50+ declarations of invention

Special expertise in lithium-ion battery technology. Emphasis on materials for lithium-ion battery systems

Expert know how for different lithium-ion as well as NiMH battery production technologies

Development expertise for rechargeable metal-air battery systems

Advanced knowledge on energy storage technologies like lead acid and redox flow systems as well as thermal and mechanical storage

Detailed understanding of battery system, pack and module configuration and battery management systems

Profound knowledge of safety features and devices, safe module and pack technologies as well as safety testing and certification of systems

Advanced overview on fuel cell and solar cell technologies including understanding of complete systems

Very broad international contact base in the battery industry and academic field, expert overview of suppliers and markets


Title of the lecture: Large energy storage systems: technologies, stationary and mobility applications


Alex Ruderman  (Nazarbayev University)

Alexander RudermanAlex Ruderman  was born in Leningrad, USSR, in 1957. He received his M.Sc. degree with Honors from Leningrad Electrical Engineering Institute (1980) and Ph.D. degree from Leningrad Polytechnic Institute (1987). In 1995-2003, Alex worked for Intel Corporation Microprocessor Development Center (Haifa, Israel) as a research scientist investigating into microprocessors thermal stabilization, fast static timing calculations, power delivery and power minimization related issues. In 2006, he joined Elmo Motion Control, Petach Tikva, Israel, the makers of compact intelligent servo drives, as Chief Scientist (Elmo drives are allegedly used by NASA in Mars Curiosity mission). Since 2013, Alex is Associate Professor at Nazarbayev University School of Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department. He is a Co-Director of Power Electronics Research Laboratory (PERL) and a Head of Natural Balancing Research Group (NATBAG). Alex is a regular reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics and Power Electronics and a program / advisory / scientific committee member for several international Power Electronics Conferences. His major research focus is on simple time domain methods applied to analysis of multilevel inverters – he authored more than 50 conference and journal papers on the subject. Alex was a member of IEEE Power Electronics Technical Committee (PETC) (2010-2013) and since 2013 is Associate Editor for the IET Journal of Power Electronics.

Title of the lecture: Time Domain Analysis of Voltage and Current Quality (THD) in Multilevel Inverters


Power converter integral voltage and current quality (Total Harmonic Distortion – THD) analysis is historically carried out in frequency domain. This is probably due to THD frequency domain definition. Such an analysis is quite burdensome because it requires individual harmonic magnitudes Fourier calculations. Only a limited harmonic count can be taken into consideration and a THD underestimation error is often neglected. For the suggested approach, voltage and current THD are analysed in time domain accounting for all switching harmonics. This analysis is based on Parseval theorem (Rayleigh energy equality) and requires calculation of voltage and current waveform mean squares. The approach originates to the 1980s work of Prof. H.W. van der Broeck. Current waveforms are obtained in pure inductive load (frequencyWeighted voltage THD) approximation. For PWM inverters, the analysis is carried out under a realistic asymptotic assumption – large apparent switching-to-fundamental frequencies ratio (practically, larger than 20-25). For voltage THD, closed-form formulas and smooth approximations are obtained for single- and three-phase arbitrarily multilevel inverters; for current THD – for single-phase multilevel inverters with inductance dominated RL-load and in the presence of LCL-filter (grid connected case included). For low frequency fundamental (synchronized) modulation, minimal THD problems are formulated in time domain as constrained optimization ones. Obtained analytical THD expressions are quite compact and existing efficient solvers can find a solution in almost negligible processor time. This approach also allows a generalized combined minimal THD and Selected Harmonic Elimination (SHE) problem formulation that some degrees of freedom are spent on SHE while the rest – on THD minimization. Optimal switching angles and respective minimal THD values are obtained for single-phase multilevel inverters with a staircase modulation (including non-uniform / variable levels); three-phase cascade H-bridge inverters with staircase modulation; 2-level single- and three-phase inverters with different amount of switching (from minimal up). The presentation is self-explanatory intended for an entry / intermediate level audience.

Radu Bojoi  (Politecnico di Torino, Italy)

bojoiDr. Radu Bojoi (SM’10) is an Associate Professor in electrical machines, drives and power electronics in the Department of Energy of Politecnico di Torino (Italy). He has published more than 100 papers in international conference proceedings and technical journals. His scientific interests include the electrical drives advanced control. He is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications. He is responsible of several research projects with industry for direct technology transfer to new products, such as advanced motor control, self-commissioning and sensorless control in home appliances and industrial applications, control solutions for aircraft generation systems, active power filters and grid-connected generation power converters.


Title of the lecture: Advanced testing of AC synchronous machines with inverter supply


The concern for energy saving has drawn the attention of industry on more efficient electrical motors in the industrial applications, transportation, power generation and home appliances. Due to their high torque density, the Permanent Magnet (PM) machines have gained an important attention from the design and control point of view. The magnet-less AC synchronous machines are also a valid solution in applications requiring high reliability or for cost reasons due to the absence of the magnets.

A new machine design must be properly tested to check if the electrical machine fulfills the requirements of the application since the nameplate data and the rated parameters are not enough to evaluate the machine performance. Therefore, the machine should be properly characterized and the machine parameters must be identified. The IEEE standard 1812 IEEE Trial-Use Guide for Testing Permanent Magnet Machines provides the general testing methods of PM synchronous machines without providing in detail all possible tests that can per performed.

The tutorial is addressed to industry research and development centers and academia. The tutorial presents advanced testing methods of AC synchronous machines under PWM inverter supply using a high-speed, data recorder that represents “all-in-one” high precision measuring tool, including electrical quantities (voltage, current) measurement, mechanical (torque, speed, position) quantities and motor temperature. The proposed approach allows reducing notably the testing time and the results of the tests completely characterizes the machine in terms of efficiency, losses, flux linkage maps, inductance maps, and Maximum Torque Per Ampere (MTPA) and Maximum Torque Per Volt (MTPV) profiles. The flux linkage maps take into account the saturation and cross-saturation effects. If the synchronous machine uses magnets, the flux maps can be obtained under controlled thermal conditions for both cold and hot motor to investigate the temperature influence. The flux linkage maps can be inversed to obtain accurate flux-to-current models to generate accurate simulation dynamic models. The inductance maps are directly calculated from the flux maps and represent a convenient way to evaluate the machine operation with encoderless control for specified current limitations.

The tutorial contains testing results for different Machines under Test (MUTs), including Surface Mount (SM) PM machines, Internal Permanent Magnet (IPM) machines and Synchronous Reluctance (SynchRel) machines.

The topics that will be covered by the tutorial are the following:

  • Precise power measurement under PWM inverter supply
    • Active and reactive power measurement in presence of harmonics.
    • Accurate measurement of fundamental voltage and current components for inverter supply.
  • Torque and speed measurement issues of electrical machines
  • Torque, efficiency and loss mapping of synchronous AC machines
    • Testing configurations and description of needed


  • Design of experiment – Motor under Test (MUT) controller setup and data recorder
  • Elaboration of the test
  • Flux linkage maps identification of synchronous AC machines
    • Brief theoretical background regarding the flux linkage maps defined in rotor (d,q) frame, with focus on saturation and cross-saturation effects in AC
    • Description of the testing
    • Identification of flux maps for cold
    • Identification of flux maps for hot machines under controlled thermal
    • Elaboration of the testing
  • Elaboration of flux linkage maps
    • Maximum Torque per Ampere (MTPA) trajectory in (d,q) current and flux
    • Maximum Torque per Volt (MTPV) trajectory in (d,q) current and flux
    • Inductance
    • Evaluation of the machine operation with encoderless

Vijay Anantham Ganesan  (Siemens AG, Germany)

Ganesan_TurboVijay Anantham Ganesan (Siemens AG) is working as a medium voltage drive system consultant at Siemens Industry Sector in Nuremberg, Germany from 2010. He received his M.Sc. degree in electrical power engineering from RWTH Aachen University, Germany in 2005.

From 2005 to 2010, he was a research assistant at Leibniz University Hannover, Germany.



Title of the lecture: Industrial application of Medium Voltage (MV) drives and the key system challenges: harmonics and interharmonics at the drive input and output


– Introduction to Variable speed drive (VSD) industrial applications

– Topologies available in market

– Drive selection – DFE, AFE, LCI …

– Line side harmonics and interharmonics

– Pulsation torque due to the output side harmonics and interharmonics

– Trends in industry



2016 Edition – Leo Lorenz






Prof. Dr. Leo Lorenz received the Dipl. Ing. Degree from TU-Berlin and the Dr.-Ing. Degree from the University of Munich, Germany in 1976 and 1984 respectively. From 1976 til 1980 he was with AEG, R&D – center for Power Electronics- in Berlin. In 1984 he joined Siemens Semiconductor Division which became Infineon Technologies AG in 1999.

Since this time he has been working on Power Semiconductor & Power IC ́s in different functions an responsibilities. The major research field of Prof. Lorenz includes power semiconductor technologies and their application in all industrial segments, consumer and computing electronics as well as green lighting.

In his current position, as a senior principal he is responsible for system engineering of all automotive and industrial technologies and for the time being located in Shanghai. He published over 300 technical papers and has many patents in these fields.

In 2001 he was nominated to become Professor for System Integration at the University of Ilmenau (Germany). He is the president of the ECPE (European Center of Power Electronics), an IEEE Fellow, a member of German Academy of Science and received several best paper and innovation awards.

2016 Edition – Konrad Woronowicz






Konrad Woronowicz is a Fellow Expert (the highest engineering designation) at Bombardier Transportation. He defines and co-ordinates R&D efforts in special emerging transport technologies. He has been with Bombardier for over 19 years developing the next generation of transportation linear drives, contactless power transfer technologies and permanent magnet motor drives. He has authored and co-authored numerous patents and papers in an area of Wireless Power Transfer, Electromagnetic Design, Linear Motion and Power Converters. He received his doctoral degree in the area of adaptive motor control from The West Pomeranian University of Technology. In addition to electric drives and wireless power transfer, he conducts research in areas such as electromagnetic design, EMC and high output resonant converters.

He has participated in a number of transportation projects such as: Augsburg Primove Tram; New York JFK AirTrain; Braunschweig Primove Bus; Vancouver SkyTrain; Kuala Lumpur LRT II; Ankara Metro; New York Metro; Las Vegas Monorail; Sao Paulo Monorail; Beijing ART; Seoul LIM System; The King Abdullah Financial District Transit System; Riyadh Metro among others. He is a member of IEEE, SAE and PEO (Professional Engineers Ontario) and a member of the Maglev International Steering Committee and Linear Induction Motor IEC Standard.


 2016 Edition – Jae Seung Lee






Jae Seung Lee received the M.S. and Ph.D in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of California Davis in 2004 and 2005 respectively. He is currently a Principal Scientist in Toyota Research Institute of North America of Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. From 2004 to 2006, he was employed at Meggitt Safety System in Simi Valley, California. During this period, he was a Senior Product Engineer with microwave components for military and commercial aircraft application. The Silicon Dioxide high signal integrity communication cable harness that engineered by his team was launched in New Horizon mission to Pluto in January, 2006. He was a technical lead in high power vacuum tube business development. He also served as a reviewer for IEEE Transactions of Electron Device. From 2006 to 2007, he became a Senior RF Engineer in Advanced Energy Industries Inc. in Fort Collins, Colorado where he developed an advanced sensing system for extremely stable 3~5kW RF power source. This sensing part reduces noise in analog to digital interface in the system. He was also a part of class-E RF power amplifier development. Since 2007, he has been with Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In 2008 he built a non-destructive millimeter wave material characterization apparatus and established a millimeter wave laboratory in Toyota Technical Center. In 2010 he demonstrated for the first time in the world a flat millimeter wave gradient index lens on PCB for automotive radar application based on Metamaterial theory. He also demonstrated 77GHz tunable Metamaterial in Silicon for the first time in the world. He first introduced phased array technology for future automotive safety radar by demonstrating fully electronically steering beam at 77GHz. He recently led and completed ARPA-E awarded project of SiC high power battery charger for PHEVs. His team focused on high frequency magnetic components and prototype charger integration with battery for vehicle demonstration. He is also a lead investigator on DOE VTP awarded project on wireless charging technology for EVs and PHEVs energy transfer. The current technical exploration continues on the field of on-board energy management and distributed energy systems. Over the last a few years in Toyota, he organized and served as panelist in several international workshops and conferences for advanced sensors and power electronics. He received two ‘R&D 100 Awards’ of 2014, and he is an author or coauthor of 37 technical papers, 17 patents issued and 8 patents pending.

2016 Edition – Masanori Ishigaki







Masanori Ishigaki received the M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Tokyo Institute of technology in 2007. He is currently a Senior Principal Engineer in Toyota Research Institute of North America of Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

From 2007 to 2014, he was employed at Toyota Central R&D inc., in Aichi, Japan. During this period, he was a Researcher with power electronics for automotive application. He was a technical lead in high power vehicle electronics, especially for 1kW – 100kW DC system. He covers the technical area from semiconductor device structures to system level control, and batteries and its utilization as system level.

Since 2014, he has been with Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is now working as the bridge of worldwide power electronics researches for Toyota. He also served as a reviewer of IEEJ Transaction of Industrial Application. He received IPEC paper presentation award 2010, APEC outstanding presentation Award 2012, and 4 of technical award from IEEJ. He is an author or coauthor of 14 technical papers, more than 50 patents issued or pending.



2016 Edition – Marc Hiller






Prof. Marc Hiller, born 1974, studied Electrical Engineering at the Technical University Darmstadt from 1993 to 1998. After one year working in the Siemens R&D department for high power railway traction converters he joined the University of Federal Armed Forces in Munich, Germany where he obtained his Dr.-Ing degree.

From 2005 to 2015 he was working as R&D engineer, project manager and group leader in the Siemens R&D department for Industrial Low and Medium Voltage drives. His main focus was on the development and market introduction of the first modular multilevel converter based industrial MV drive system. In 2009 Mr. Hiller was named “Siemens Inventor of the Year”.

In May 2015 he has been appointed Professor for Power Electronic Systems at the Electrotechnical Institute (ETI) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). His main research focus is on power electronics and control for drive and grid applications.



2016 Edition – Uwe Scheuermann






Prof. Dr. Uwe Scheuermann has been active in the field of power electronic for 25 years. He worked for Semikron in the development and qualification of power modules and is currently responsible for reliability of components. He is a member of several program committees of international conferences, has published more than 70 papers in the field of power electronics and is co-author of the text book “Semiconductor Power Devices”. Since 2006, he serves as a lecturer at FAU Erlangen/Nuremberg, where he became an honorary professor in the field of electrical engineering in 2014.



2016 Edition – Hans Tischmacher






Dr. Hans Tischmacher received the Dipl.-Eng. degree in electrical drives from the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany, in 1994.

He is currently with Siemens AG, Industry Sector, Drive Technologies Division, Large Drives, Nuremberg, Germany. He has 20 years experience in the development and testing of electric motors and power electronic converters. He holds several patents in this field. His scientific interests include electric drive systems, power electronics, electrical machines, especially the effects of the power electronic converters on electrical machines, e.g. bearing currents, noise emission, insulation stress etc.

2016 Edition – Nicola Bianchi


Prof. Nicola Bianchi received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Padova, Padua, Italy, in 1991 and 1995, respectively. In 1998, he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Padova, as an Assistant Professor. Since 2005, he has been an Associate Professor of electrical
machines, converters, and drives. His activity is conducted in the Electric Drive Laboratory, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Padova.
His teaching activity deals with the design methods of electrical machines, where he introduced the finite-element analysis of machines. He is the author or coauthor of
several scientific papers and international books on electrical machines and drives. He is recipient of five awards for best conference and journal papers. His research activity is in the field of design of electrical machines, particularly for drive applications, in which he is responsible for various projects for local and foreign industries.
He is an IEEE Fellow member and a member of the Electric Machines Committee and the Electrical Drives Committee of the IEEE Industry Applications Society. He served as
technical program chair for IEEE ECCE 2014 and is Associate Editor od IEEE Trans on IA and IET-EPA proceedings.


2016 Edition – Gabriela Hug

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Prof. Gabriela Hug received the M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland, in 2004 and the Ph.D. degree from the same institution in 2008. In 2007, she also received a degree in higher education teaching from ETH Zurich. After her PhD, she worked in the Special Studies Group of Hydro One in Toronto, Canada and from 2009 – 2015 she was an Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, USA. Currently, she is an Associate Professor at the Power Systems Laboratory at ETH Zurich. She has received a number of awards including the IEEE PES Outstanding Young Engineer Award (2013), the National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2013) and the CMU CIT George Tallman Ladd Award (2014). Her research is dedicated to control and optimization of electric power systems.

 2016 Edition – Ion Boldea

Prof. Ion Boldea received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Polytechnic University of Timisoara, Timisoara, Romania, in 1967 and 1973, respectively.

He is currently a Full Professor with the Polytechnic University of Timisoara. For the past 15 years, he has been consulting, lecturing, giving keynote addresses, and holding intensive courses in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He has authored or coauthored extensively (more than 100 publications in the U.S. and the U.K.) on linear and rotary electric machines, magnetic levitation vehicles, and their control via power electronics. He also coauthored 15 books in the U.S. and the U.K.

Prof. Boldea is an Associate Editor of Electric Power Components and Systems. He was the Founder and has been the Director since 2001 of the Internet-only International Journal of Electrical Engineering. He is a member of the Industrial Drives Committee and the Electric Machines Committee of the IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS). He has been the Chairman of the OPTIM International Conferences (IEEE–IAS sponsored) since 1996.

 2016 Edition – Carlo Alberto Nucci and Alberto Borghetti  

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Prof. Carlo Alberto Nucci is full professor and head of the Power Systems Laboratory of the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering ‘Guglielmo Marconi’ of the University of Bologna. He is author or co-author of over 300 scientific papers published on peer-reviewed journals or on proceedings of international conferences, of six book chapters edited by IEE, IET (two), Kluwer, Rumanian Academy of Science and WIT press and of a couple of IEEE Standards and some CIGRE technical brochures. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and of the IET, CIGRE honorary member and has received some best paper/technical international awards, including the CIGRE Technical Committee Award and the ICLP Golde Award. From January 2006 to September 2012 he has served as Chairman of Cigré Study Committee C4 ‘System Technical Performance’. Since January 2010 he is serving as Editor in Chief of the Electric Power Systems Research journal, Elsevier. Prof. Nucci is doctor honoris causa of the University Politehnica of Bucharest and corresponding member of the Bologna Science Academy. He has served as president of the Italian Group of University Professors of Electrical Power Systems (GUSEE) from 2012 to 2015. He is an advisor of the Global Resource Management Program of Doshisha University, Kyoto, supported by the Japanese Ministry of Education and Science. He is the coordinator of the Working Group ‘Smart City’ of the University of Bologna, has been serving as member of the EU Smart City Stakeholder Platform since 2013, and since 2014 is representing PES in the IEEE Smart City Initiatives Program.







Prof. Alberto Borghetti was born in Cesena, Italy, in 1967. He graduated (with honors) in electrical engineering from the University of Bologna, Italy, in 1992. Since then he has been working with the power system group of the same University, where he was appointed Researcher in 1994 and Associate Professor in 2004. His research and teaching activities are in the areas of power system analysis, with particular reference to voltage collapse, power system restoration after black-out, electromagnetic transients, optimal generation scheduling and distribution system operation. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (class 2015) for contributions to modeling of power distribution systems under transient conditions. He serves as an Editor of IEEE Trans. on Smart Grid and in the editorial board of Electric Power System Research.



2016 Edition – Fainan Hassan





Dr Fainan Hassan is an IEEE Senior member since June 2013. She has obtained her PhD from Chalmers University of Technology, Energy and Environment Dept., Sweden, in 2007. She is a hands-on Research and Development (R&D) power electronics/systems engineer for 18 years. She is a contributing member of the CIGRE (the International Council on Large Electrical Systems) joint working group B4 B5.59 on protection for DC grids. She has co-authored a Wiley/IEEE-press book on the “Integration of Distributed Generation in the Distribution System”; published in July 2011. In the book she has explored various innovative network solutions for energy management in electricity networks. She has designed industrial systems for renewables and EVs integration with many publications including patents, journal papers and over 30 peer-reviewed conference papers,  in addition to her contributions to the field of power flow control in high voltage direct current systems with three published patents.

Fainan worked in Alstom Grid for five years before joining Smarter Grid Solutions as a Principal Analyst in 2015. She is also a founder of Open Energy Port (OeP), a start up with a focus on R&D and services for transmission and distribution networks.

2016 Edition – Silvio Colombi

Silvio Colombi obtained a MSc Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1983 and a PhD in Control Engineering in 1997 from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). As assistant then 1rst assistant at the Industrial Electronics Laboratory (LEI) of the EPFL, he has worked on and led numerous industrial and research projects. He has worked at JET (Joint European Torus) in Abingdon (UK) on teleoperation problems in 1990 as Associated Staff and in 1993/1994 as TeleMan Fellow. At JET, he developed advanced force reflecting manipulators and controls for teleoperators. He has negotiated and carried out several European projects and many consultations for the industry. In 1994, he is scientific associate at the LEI and leads the mechatronics group. In 1996, he is lecturer of mechatronics at the EPFL and works as a part time independent consultant for the SMH Automobile in Bienne. At SMH, he developed the control of the 4 wheel traction system of the hybrid Swatchmobile car. In 1998, he joins IMV Invertomatic Technology in Riazzino as responsible for the development of new technologies. At IMV he has led the design of the new DSP based FLEX electronics for single/parallel UPSs and he developed the required control algorithms. When GE bought IMV in 2001, he becomes Manager of Advanced Development. In 2003 he is named UPS Technology Leader and in 2012 Consulting Engineer UPS and Critical Power Systems. He is the author of 40 industrial patents and more than 50 publications dealing with modelling, simulation, control, mechatronics, industrial and power electronics. He has lectured several international tutorials. He is Senior member of the IEEE, member of the Steering Committee of European Power Electronics Association and member of the Advisory Board of Power Conversion and Intelligent Motion.


2015 Edition – L. Schindele


– 1999: University of Karlsruhe: Electrical Engineering; Power Electronics and electrical drives

2000-2005: Employee of the Institute of Electrical Engineering (ETI) University of Karlsruhe (today: KIT)

Dissertation: Use of power electronic for diagnostics and to optimize the operation management for PEM fuel cell systems

2006: Expert for Power Electronics in the corporate research division of Robert Bosch GmbH Gerlingen Schillerhöhe

  • Topics: Integrated Power electronics, new Semiconductors
  • 2008: Senior Project Manager: Photovoltaic Inverter with SiC semiconductor
  • 2010: Chief Expert for Power Electronic in the division Automotive Electronic

Department: Engineering Product Innovation Power Electronics

  • Responsible for the expert organization Power Electronics @ Automotive Electronics
  • Predevelopment and Innovation studies
  • Installation of a Robert Bosch Center of competence for Passive Components
  • Key account for the Robert Bosch center of Power- and Microelectronics

University of Stuttgart (3 Institutes) Reutlingen University (3 Professors)

2015 Edition – Richard Zhang

Richard Zhang (S’95-M’99) received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 1989 and 1993, respectively and earned his Ph.D. degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1998.

Richard Zhang is an Executive in General Electric company. Currently he leads the GE Power Conversion product platform organization in China since mid-2014. He had been the Global Technology Leader with GE Power Conversion based in Paris and was responsible for global new product development in power electronics, rotating machines, and control automation for three years from 2011 to 2014. Before that, he had been with GE Oil & Gas as the Global Electrification Leader for three years in Shanghai, China, leading development of high power drives for Oil & Gas applications. He had been with GE Global Research Center in Niskayuna, New York for ten years from 1998 to 2008, during which he had been the lab manager of Electronic Power Conversion Lab since 2001. While at GE Global Research Center, Richard led power electronics research in GE, serving all GE industrial businesses such as Oil & Gas, Energy, Aviation, Healthcare, Transportation, and Enterprise Solution, as well as for government agencies such as DARPA, Office of Naval Research, Army Research Lab, Air Force Research Lab and Department of Energy. The advanced power electronics research programs ranged from systems, circuits, and controls to packaging and SiC switches.

Richard won a Best Paper Award for publication on IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics and one IAS prize paper award. He has published over 35 conference and journal papers, and is an inventor for over 30 issued patents and pending patent applications. He served as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, and an IEEE PELS Adcom member. He is also currently serving as the Chairman of Industry Advisory Board for Center for Power Electronics Systems, and Chairman of Board of Directors for Powerex

2015 Edition – Alexandre Oudalov

Alexandre Oudalov received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering in 2003 from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. He joined ABB Switzerland Ltd., Corporate Research Center in 2004 where he is currently a Senior Principal Scientist in the Power Systems group. His research interests include T&D grid automation, integration and management of DER, and control and protection of microgrids.

2015 Edition – Aldo Boglietti

Aldo Boglietti (M’04, SM’06, F’12) was born in Rome, Italy. He received the Laurea degree in Electrical Engineering from the Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy in 1981. He started his research work with the Department of Electrical Engineering of the Politecnico di Torino as Researcher in Electrical Machines in 1984. He was Associated Professor in Electrical Machines in 1992 and now he is Full Professor in the same University since November 2000. He was head of the Electrical Engineering Department of the Politecnico of Torino from 2003 to 2011. He is past Chair of the Electrical Machines Committee of the IEEE Industry Applications Society and the Past Chair of the Electrical Machines Technical Committee of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society. He is IEEE Fellow and Associated Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics and reviewer of many IEEE Transactions and other international journals. Prof. Boglietti is author of more than 130 papers in the field of energetic problem in electrical machines and drives, high efficiency industrial motors, magnetic material and their applications in electrical machines, electrical machines and drives models, thermal problems in electrical machines.

2015 Edition – Mircea Popescu

Mircea Popescu (M’98 – SM’04 – F’15) is the Engineering Director of Motor Design, Ltd., a software and consultancy company headquartered in the UK and with offices in the US, and has more than thirty years of engineering experience. Earlier in his career, he was with Helsinki University of Technology (now Aalto University) in Finland and with the SPEED Lab at University of Glasgow, UK. Dr. Popescu published more than one hundred papers and his publications have received three IEEE best paper awards. His consultancy contributions for industry are incorporated in many state-of-the-art products. Current major projects include electrical machines and drives for hybrid/electrical vehicles, and formula-e racing cars. An IEEE Fellow, Dr. Popescu is the Chair of the IEEE Industry Application Society (IAS) Electrical Machines Committee and a Distinguished Lecturer for IEEE IAS Region 8.

2015 Edition – Giorgio Giannuzzi

2015 Edition – Roberto Zaottini

Roberto Zaottini gained a degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’, in 1999. Before this, in 1997 he worked in EDP-Consultant in collaboration with AUTOSTRADE. In 2000 he worked for the telecommunications company, INFOTEL, in association with ERICSSON. Since 2001 he has been working at Italian TSO (TERNA), as expert in static and dynamic studies, defense plans/systems, restoration strategies. He contributed to the implementation of new restoration strategies between different TSO (total path over 1000 km up to a large power plants and use of shunt reactors) through coordination of all relevant actors and electromagnetic and electromechanical simulations.

Until 2005 he was a member of a UCTE Expert Group on Power System Stability. From 2010 he is a member of a ENTSO-E System Protection and Dynamics Group (SPD). In 2013 (SPD Expert Group) it has been produced an ENTSOE report “Dispersed Generation impact on CE Region security”. He is the Italian member of CIGRE’ Working Group “System Restoration Procedures and Practices”

2015 Edition – Philip Ladoux

Philippe Ladoux is Professor at the “Institut National Polytechnique” of Toulouse, France, he teaches Power Electronics and from 2001 to 2009, he was Manager of the Static Converters Research Group at LAPLACE (Energy Conversion and Plasma Laboratory). His research interests are High Power Converters. He is now involved in research programs on power electronics for railway traction.

2015 Edition – Alfredo Contin

Alfredo Contin is Associated Professor at the Department of Engineering and Architecture of the University of Trieste (Italy) and teaches the courses of Electric Machines Theory and Materials and Technologies in the same University. His interests are diagnostics of insulation systems of electric machines and HV apparatus, partial discharge analysis and application of artificial intelligent techniques in electrical insulation. He published up to 130 papers. He cooperates with several universities, utilities and manufacturing enterprises mainly in design and testing of HV insulation systems.

2015 Edition – Mario Marchese

Mario Marchese (S’94–M’97–SM’04) was born in Genoa, Italy in 1967. He got his “Laurea” degree cum laude at the University of Genoa, Italy in 1992, and his Ph.D. (Italian “Dottorato di Ricerca”) degree in “Telecommunications” at the University of Genoa in 1997.

From 1999 to 2004, he worked with the Italian Consortium of Telecommunications (CNIT), by the University of Genoa Research Unit, where he was Head of Research. Since February 2005 he has been Associate Professor at the University of Genoa.

He was the Chair of the IEEE Satellite and Space Communications Technical Committee from 2006 to 2008.

He is the author of the book “Quality of Service over Heterogeneous Networks”, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, 2007, and author/co-author of more than 250 scientific works, including international magazines, international conferences and book chapters.

He is Winner of the IEEE ComSoc Award “2008 Satellite Communications Distinguished Service Award” in “recognition of significant professional standing and contributions in the field of satellite communications technology”.

His main research activity concerns: Satellite and Radio Networks, Quality of Service over Heterogeneous Networks, Emulation and Simulation of Telecommunication Networks, DTN Networks, Energy Aware Signal Processing for Mobile Devices, and Context Aware Systems.

2015 Edition -Milan Prodanovic

Milan Prodanovic received his B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from University of Belgrade, Serbia and Imperial College, London, UK respectively. After being employed by GVS engineering company (Serbia) developing power electronic circuits and control algorithms for UPS systems, he moved to Imperial College where he was engaged in a number of academic and industrial projects ranging from integration of distributed generation and control of large scale power converters for microgrids application to decentralised and real-time algorithms for power network control. In 2010 Milan moved to Institute IMDEA Energy and took charge of its Electrical Systems Unit. His research interests lie in control and design of power electronic systems, real-time control of distribution power networks, energy efficiency in industrial applications and active management of microgrids and energy systems.

The exact title of the lecture is: ”Active Energy Management Strategies for Smart Buildings” and the short abstract is provided here:

A holistic approach in sizing and energy management of Smart Buildings will be addressed. The principal objective is to achieve an increased level of energy system flexibility by using adequate sizing of on-site generation and storage systems and by identifying possible dispatchable loads. The role of the user, its interaction with the building and its impact on the energy system will be described in detail. The concepts of energy balance, optimal scheduling and proactive real-time energy management schemes will be introduced and their performance discussed. Finally, the feasibility studies and techno-economic analyses will be provided and a complex relation between the energy provider, distribution system operator and building energy management system explained. Some practical project results and findings from the research activities will be used to demonstrate the presented concepts.

2015 Edition – Hervé Caron

Dipl.-Ing. Hervé Caron, is with the Department of fixed installations for traction power supply at the French National Railways Company SNCF. He is currently working on research and development of innovative solutions in energy conversion for traction power in collaboration with LAPLACE.

2015 Edition – Paola Verde

Paola Verde received the degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Naples,Italy, in 1988. Currently she theaches the course “Analysis and Quality ofElectrical Systems” for the students of the Science degree (5 years) inElectrical Engineering .She has teached several courses on Electrical Systems of first level ( Bachelor ) andgraduate ( Master’s degree ) for both students of Industrial Engineering and Electricaland Telecommunications Engineering and Civil Engineering and Environment andTerritory and Engineering Management at University of Cassino and South Lazio.She has given seminars and short courses for doctoral students in various Italianuniversities He has given tutorials in international conferences .He has held training courses for engineers, technicians and security personnel onissues of standardsenvironmental impact assessment, safety at work, safety atconstruction sites .She is the Scientific Responsible the Unit of University of Cassino and South of the National Group of ElectricalSystems; the Quality Manager of the Science degree (5 years) in Electrical Engineering at University of Cassino andSouth Lazio.She was Director of the Department of Industrial Engineering (2009 – 2010), Chairman of the Programme in ElectricalEngineering ( 2002-2009).She is included in the list of permanent Expert of the Ministry of University and Scientific Research for the Nationalprojects COFINIncluded in the list of experts for the evaluation of research projects in the electricity sector system by the NationalAuthority for Electricity and Gas (AEEG) with resolution n.214/07 in the respect of the article 11 of the Decree of theMinister of Productive Activities ( 2006 to present ) .Included in the list of external evaluators of the University of Padua.Member of the Joint Working Group ( JWG ) CIGRE’ – CIRED C4.107 ” Economics of Power Quality .”Coordinator of the section ” Overview of methodologies for assessment of economic impact – end user perspective” ofthe JWG (Joint Working Group) C4.107 CIGRE – CIRED ( Conseil International des Grands Réseaux Electriques -Congrès International des Réseaux Electriques de Distribution).Coordinator of the section ” Methodology for collecting economic power quality data” of the CIGRE – CIRED JWGC4.107 .Member of the National Committee TC 4.1 ” Heritage Management road ” World Road Association PIARC / PIARC forthe years 2012-2015 .Coordinator of the Working Group ” ” Balancing the technical requirements and environmental management of theroad network ” within the Committee of PIARC / PIARC TC 4.1Component of the International Steering Committee dell’UPEC ( Universities Power Engineering Conference) .Scientific manager of the agreement between ANAS SpA and University of Cassino for the issues in the field ofenergy efficiency and performance of electrical systems at the service of the road network.Quality Manager of the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from University of Cassino;Member of the Working Group ANNEX XIX Advanced Fuel Cells Stationary Fuel Cells International Energy Agency(IEA ) (from 2003 to 2009).Component of the Commission’s self-assessment for the project ” CampusLike .”Member of the Technical ProgramCommittee for the Twelfth IEEE International Conference on Harmonics and Quality of Power . Member of theMasters program ” Management of electricity – Energy, liberalization and regional contexts ” offered by the Faculty ofEngineering of the University of Cassino. Co -chair of the International Conference UPEC 2008 held in Padua inSeptember 2008. Referee of the Power Engineering Society of the IEEE , the IET, Elsevier , of Electrical Power andEnergy. Associate Editor for the International Journal of Power and Energy Systems . Member of the Editorial boardof the international journal ISRN Power Engineering .

2015 Edition – Silvio Colombi

Silvio Colombi obtained a MSc Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1983 and a PhD in Control Engineering in 1997 from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). As assistant then 1rst assistant at the Industrial Electronics Laboratory (LEI) of the EPFL, he has worked on and led numerous industrial and research projects. He has worked at JET (Joint European Torus) in Abingdon (UK) on teleoperation problems in 1990 as Associated Staff and in 1993/1994 as TeleMan Fellow. At JET, he developed advanced force reflecting manipulators and controls for teleoperators. He has negotiated and carried out several European projects and many consultations for the industry. In 1994, he is scientific associate at the LEI and leads the mechatronics group. In 1996, he is lecturer of mechatronics at the EPFL and works as a part time independent consultant for the SMH Automobile in Bienne. At SMH, he developed the control of the 4 wheel traction system of the hybrid Swatchmobile car. In 1998, he joins IMV Invertomatic Technology in Riazzino as responsible for the development of new technologies. At IMV he has led the design of the new DSP based FLEX electronics for single/parallel UPSs and he developed the required control algorithms. When GE bought IMV in 2001, he becomes Manager of Advanced Development. In 2003 he is named UPS Technology Leader and in 2012 Consulting Engineer UPS and Critical Power Systems. He is the author of 40 industrial patents and more than 50 publications dealing with modelling, simulation, control, mechatronics, industrial and power electronics. He has lectured several international tutorials. He is Senior member of the IEEE, member of the Steering Committee of European Power Electronics Association and member of the Advisory Board of Power Conversion and Intelligent Motion.

2014 Edition – Laurent Guise

Laurent Guise, graduated from the Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité (ESE SUPELEC Engineering school) in 1981 has been working for Schneider Electric in Electrical network protection, monitoring and control system for more than 20 years. Within Schneider-Electric, Laurent Guise is awarded as Senior expert in Smart Grids and IEC 61850. He is leading, at Corporate level, the definition, the co-ordination and implementation of the Smart Grids standardisation policy. He also leads the offer creation process for some Schneider Electric new innovative offering. L. Guise is an active expert of IEC TC 57 committee especially in the area of the leading IEC 61850 standard. He also participates to the IEC Smart Grid Strategic Group SG3, and is leading the task force in charge of updating the IEC Smart Grid roadmap. At European level within the CEN-CENELEC-ETSI Smart Grid Co-ordination Group, he is also acting as the convenor of the “Smart Grid – set of standards” group, in charge of delivering one of the packages expected from the M/490 mandate issued by the European Commission.

2014 Edition – Pierre Bornard

Pierre Bornard is Deputy CEO of RTE and currently Chairperson of the Board of ENTSO-E

Pierre Bornard is Chairman of the Board of Powernext and Vice-Chairman of Epex Spot, the Paris based gas and power exchanges. He is also a board member of CASC.EU, the Luxemburg based ‘auction office’ company owned by 12 European TSOs.

Pierre was awarded a Fellowship of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

2014 Edition – Paola Petroni

Paola Petroni is a vice president at ENEL, Rome. ENEL is the principal electricity operator in Italy with the leading position in the generation, distribution and sale of electricity.

Responsible for the research and development of new technologies, she has directed the implementation of the information technology system for the “Enel smart meter project”, one of the most innovative applications in the energy sector. In Italy, more than 32 millions of meters have been replaced and now they are remotely controlled and read.

Prior to joining Enel, Ms Petroni was responsible for the development of the ICT System for the Energy Exchange in Italy.

Involved with energy management, automation and control systems for over 30 years, she is responsible for the “Smart Grid” research and development and for the electro-mobility infrastructure development in Enel.

As Project Coordinator, she led the European Project ADDRESS (FP7), focused on the Active Demand, and she chairs the Energy@Home association, aimed to foster energy efficiency applications, leveraging on Enel smart meters.

2014 Edition – H. Akagi

Hirofumi Akagi was born in Okayama, Japan, in 1951. He received the B. S. degree from the Nagoya Institute of Technology, Nagoya, Japan, in 1974, and the M. S. and Ph. D. degrees from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan, in 1976 and 1979, respectively, all in electrical engineering. In 1979, he joined the Nagaoka University of Technology, Nagaoka, Japan, as an Assistant and then Associate Professor in the department of electrical engineering.

In 1987, he was a Visiting Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT, Cambridge, for ten months. From 1991 to 1999, he was a Professor in the department of electrical engineering at Okayama University, Okayama, Japan. From March to August of 1996, he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and then MIT. Since January 2000, he has been a Professor in the department of electrical and electronic engineering at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. He is currently serving as the chair of the department.

His research interests include power conversion systems, motor drives, active and passive EMI filters, high-frequency resonant inverters for induction heating and corona discharge treatment processes, and utility applications of power electronics such as active filters, self-commutated BTB (back-to-back) systems, and FACTS (flexible ac transmission systems) devices. He has authored and coauthored more than 100 IEEE Transactions papers and two invited papers published in Proceedings of the IEEE in 2001 and 2004, as well as many IEEE conference papers. The total citation index for all his papers in Google Scholar is more than 20,000 times. He has made presentations many times as a keynote or invited speaker internationally.

He received six IEEE Transactions Prize Paper Awards and 11 IEEE Industry Applications Society Committee Prize Paper Awards. He is the recipient of the 2001 IEEE Power Electronics Society William E. Newell Award, the 2004 IEEE Industry Applications Society Outstanding Achievement Award, the 2008 IEEE Richard H. Kaufmann Technical Field Award, and the 2012 IEEE Power & Energy Society Nari Hingorani Custom Power Award. He was elected as an IEEE Fellow in 1996 and as IEEE PELS and IAS Distinguished Lecturers from Jan. 1998 to Dec. 1999. Dr. Akagi served as the President of the IEEE Power Electronics Society from Jan. 2007 to Dec. 2008 for two years.

2014 Edition – Marion Perrin

Marion Perrin is a Senior researcher in electrical storage, with 15 years experience in particular in renewable energies storage applications. Following 4 years with ZSW in Germany she gets a PhD from the university of Nancy, France, related to the Improvement of lead acid batteries via mechanical compression. She enters CEA, the French nuclear authority, in 2002 where she starts building up and leading European programmes dealing in particular with storage for stand alone PV systems, moving rapidly towards grid connected systems with the development of distributed generation. After a 2 years adventure with the Conergy, acting as an electrical storage expert in the department for power electronics, she is now leading a 40 people business unit at CEA, dealing with the intelligence for storage technology management in order to size, select technology and optimise cost of ownership of storage in stand alone, electric vehicle and grid connected applications.

2014 Edition – N. Hadjsaid

Nouredine Hadjsaid received PhD and the “Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches” degrees from the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble in 1992 and 1998 respectively.

He is presently a full professor at Grenoble Institute of Technology (Grenoble INP) where he teaches at ENSE3 (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l’Energie, Eau et Environnement) and conducts research at G2ELAB (Grenoble Electrical Engineering Laboratory). He is also an invited professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Virginia Tech – USA).

His main research interests are in the area of “smartgrids” including distributed generation and distribution power grids, information and communication technologies in power systems, ancillary services and planning under deregulation, for example.

Dr Hadjsaid has directed between 2001 to 2013 a common academia-industry research center between EDF, Schneider Electric and Grenoble INP (IDEA: Inventer la Distribution Electric de l’Avenir) on smartgrids and particularly on the future electrical distribution systems in presence of distributed generation.

Presently Dr. Hadjsaid is a responsible of an ERDF industrial chair of excellence on “Smartgrids”. He is also a Program co-animator « power grid management » at the competitiveness cluster « TENERRDIS” and a French representative SIRFN-ISGAN on Smartgrids for the International Energy Agency.

Dr. Hadjsaid has published more 200 scientific papers in international conferences and journals, has author/co-authored and directed 7 books about electric networks and has participated as an author in three international books

2014 Edition – B. Fahimi

Babak Fahimi received PhD in electrical engineering from Texas A&M in 1999. He received the Richard M. Bass Young Power Electronics Investigator Award from the IEEE Power Electronics Society in 2003, an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award in 2004, the Ralph-Teetor Educational Award from SAE in 2008, a Fulbright scholarship in 2010 and a German academic exchange international fellowship for 1993 to 1995. He holds three patents and has nine pending. He is an associate professor of electrical engineering at UT Arlington, where he founded the research and educational program on renewable energy systems and vehicular technology. He is the co-author of more than 180 scientific articles, he is a senior member of IEEE, and he is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers.

2014 Edition – Josep M. Guerrero

Josep M. Guerrero (S’01–M’04–SM’08) received the B.S. degree in telecommunications engineering, the M.S. degree in electronics engineering, and the Ph.D. degree in power electronics from the Technical University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain, in 1997, 2000, and 2003, respectively. He is a Professor at the Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark. Prior to that, he was an Associate Professor at the Department of Automatic Control Systems and Computer Engineering, Technical University of Catalonia, Spain, where he taught courses on digital signal processing, field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), microprocessors, and renewable energy. Since 2004, he has been responsible for the Renewable Energy Laboratory, Escola Industrial de Barcelona. He has been a Visiting Professor at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, and Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark. His research interests include power electronics converters for distributed generation and distributed energy storage systems, control and management of microgrids and islanded minigrids, and photovoltaic and wind power plants control.

Dr. Guerrero is an Associate Editor for the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS and IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS. He has been a Guest Editor of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS Special Issue of Power Electrics for Wind Energy Conversion, and the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS Special Sections: Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) systems, Renewable Energy Systems, Industrial Applications and Implementation Issues of the Kalman Filter, and DG and Microgrids. He is the Chair of the Renewable Energy Systems Technical Committee of IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IES). He was an elected IEEE IES Adcom member.

2014 Edition – C.D. Vournas

Costas D. Vournas received the Diploma of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in 1975, the M.Sc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada in 1978, and the NTUA Doctor of Engineering degree in 1986. He is currently Professor in the Electrical Energy Systems Laboratory of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of NTUA. He has published more than 100 papers in International Journals and Conferences and has co-authored the book “Voltage Stability of Electric Power Systems”. His research interests are in the area of power system dynamics, stability, and control and include voltage stability and security analysis, wind generator integration in power systems, as well as the effect of deregulation on power system operation and control. He is member of CIGRE and the Technical Chamber of Greece and a Fellow of IEEE since 2005.

2014 Edition – D. Casadei and A. Tani

Domenico Casadei received the Master Degree (with honors) in electrical engineering from the University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy, in 1974. He joined the Department of Electrical, Electronic, and Information Engineering, University of Bologna, in 1975. From 1975 to 1985 he was a Research Assistant, and from 1985 to 2000 Associate Professor. Since 2001 he is full Professor of Electrical Drives at the University of Bologna. His scientific work is related to electrical machines and drives, and power electronics. His current research interests include vector control of induction machines, multi-phase machines, linear actuators, control of power converters, multi-level converters, renewable energy systems, and diagnosis of electrical machines. He has published more than 200 papers in technical journals and conference proceedings. He served as Head of the Electrical Engineering Department of the University of Bologna from 2004 to 2010. Currently, he is the Director of the PhD School of Electrical Engineering at the University of Bologna, Director of ”LEMAD” Laboratory of Electrical Machines and Drives, University of Bologna, and President of CMAEL Association that groups Italian Professors in Power Electronics, Electrical machines and Drives. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, Member of the IEEE Power Electronics Society and Member of the European Power Electronics Society.


Angelo Tani was born in Faenza, Italy, in 1963. He received the M.Sc. (Hons.) degree in electrical engineering from the University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy, in 1988. In 1990, he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering, and currently, he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical, Electronic, and Information Engineering, University of Bologna. His scientific work is related to electrical machines, motor drives, and power electronics. He has authored more than 100 papers published in technical journals and conference proceedings. His research interests include multiphase motor drives, ac/ac matrix converters, and field-weakening strategies for induction motor drives.

2013 Edition – T.A. Meynard

T.A. Meynard graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Electrotechnique, d’Electronique, d’Hydraulique de Toulouse in 1985, became a Doctor of the Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse, France, in 1988 and was then an invited researcher at the Université du Québec à Trois Rivières, Canada, in 1989. He joined the Laboratoire d’Electrotechnique et d’Electronique Industrielle as a full-time researcher in 1990 and was Head of the Static Converter Group at the LEEI from 1994 to 2001. He is now part-time consultant with Cirtem on a regular basis, Directeur de Recherches CNRS at the LAPLACE, and associate director of the national program 3DPHI (3-Dimensional Power Hybrid Integration).

His research interests were initially related to series multicell converters and he is co-inventor of several topologies transferred to Alstom and ABB with main applications in the field of industrial drives (0.5-10MW, 1-10kV). Since 2000 he focused on parallel multicell converters for high performance applications and integration for power electronics, typically for onboard applications (1-50kW; 28-600V).

(Laboratoire Plasma et Conversion d’Energie, UMR CNRS n° 5213, B.P. 7122, 2, rue Camichel, 31071 Toulouse Cedex 7 FRANCE).

2013 Edition – Michael Weinhold

As Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Michael Weinhold is heading the Technology and Innovation staff department of the Siemens Energy Sector since February 2008.

Born on February 2, 1964, in Rüsselsheim, Germany, Mr. Weinhold completed his studies at the

Ruhr-University Bochum in 1993 with a Dr. Ing. degree in Electrical Engineering.

He began his professional career that same year at Siemens Power Transmission and Distribution (PTD). After holding several management-level positions in the Network Planning Department, he joined the High Voltage Division as technical director for Static Var Compensator (SVC) technology.

In 2004, he was named head of the Technology and Innovation Department at PTD.

From 2004 until 2008 Mr. Weinhold was serving as German Speaker for the IEC SC 22F standardization committee “Power Electronics in Transmission and Distribution Systems”. In 1997 Mr. Weinhold was named “Siemens Inventor of the Year” and in 2008 Mr. Weinhold was promoted to the status of “Siemens TOP Innovator”.

2013 Edition – Alfredo Vagati

Alfredo Vagati received his Laurea degree in Electrical Engineering from Politecnico di Torino (Technical University of Turin, Italy), in 1970. After a few years work in industry ( Olivetti, Italy ) as a research staff, he joined the Politecnico di Torino, in 1975, as an Assistant Professor. From 1982 to 1990, he was an Associate Professor of Electrical Drives, at the same University. In 1990, he became a Full Professor of electrical machines and drives at the University of Cagliari, Italy. In 1991, he rejoined the Politecnico di Torino in the same capacity. From 1995 to 2003 he was the Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering of Politecnico di Torino, where he is currently member of the Academic Senate.
Alfredo Vagati has authored and co-authored up to one hundred technical papers, two tutorial courses and two patents. His scientific activity has concerned the field of power electronics, electrical machines and electrical drives. A main focus has been put on high-performance ac drives, for both industrial and commercial-residential applications. He has been involved in several industrial projects in the field of ac drives, as both a designer and a scientific reference. His most important activity concerns the design and control of a family of newly developed high-performance synchronous reluctance motors and permanent-magnet assisted synchronous reluctance ( IPM ) motors. For his work in this field. Alfredo Vagati was awarded with the Fellow grade by the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). Alfredo Vagati has been responsible, throughout the years, of several countrywide and European research projects, in the field of design and control of synchronous-machine based drives for different applications, including home appliances and the automotive world.
Alfredo Vagati is a member of the Electrical Machines Committee and the Electrical Drives Committee
of the Industry Application Society (IAS) of IEEE. He is also a permanent member of the Advisory Board of the Power Conversion and Intelligent Motion (PCIM), International Conference and Exhibition.

2013 Edition – Ion Boldea

Professor Ion G. Boldea is a Full Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University Politechnica of Timisoara, Romania. He spent about 5 years as Visiting Professor of Electrical Engineering in Kentucky and Oregon, USA since 1973 when he was a Senior Fullbright Scholar for 10 months. He was also a Visiting Professor in UK at UMIST and Glasgow University. He is a full member of the Romanian Academy of Technical Sciences and a full member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts of Salzburg, Austria. Professor Boldea is a Life Fellow of IEEE, Associate Editor of the EPCS Journal, Director and Founder of the International Journal of Electrical Engineering www.jee.ro and was General Chairman of the International Conference OPTIM in between 1996 and 2010.

2013 Edition – Lennart Harnefors

Lennart Harnefors (S’93–M’97–SM’07) was born in 1968 in Eskilstuna, Sweden. He received the M.Sc., Licentiate, and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden, and the Docent (D.Sc.) degree in industrial automation from Lund University, Lund, Sweden, in 1993, 1995, 1997, and 2000, respectively. From 1994 to 2005, he was with Malardalen University, Vasters, Sweden, where he, in 2001, was appointed Professor of electrical engineering. Between 2001 and 2005, he was, in addition, a part-time Visiting Professor of electrical drives with Chalmers University of Technology, Goteborg, Sweden. Since 2005, he has been with ABB, currently as a Principal Scientist at Corporate Research, Vasters, Sweden. He is also part-time with KTH, Stockholm, Sweden as an Adjunct Professor of power electronics. His research interests include analysis and control of power electronic systems, particularly grid-connected converters and ac drives.

Prof. Harnefors was the recipient of the 2000 ABB Gunnar Engstrom Energy Award and the 2002 IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics Best Paper Award. He is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, a member of the Editorial Board of IET Electric Power Applications, and a member of the Executive Council and the International Scientific Committee of the European Power Electronics and Drives Association (EPE).

More than 12 years of R&D in Power Electronics, Motor Drives and Electrical Measurements in Sweden (ABB Corporate Research), Italy (Ansaldo – General Electric), USA (Univ. Wisconsin – Madison, Germany (Siemens Transportation), UK (University of Bath).

Recipient of two IEEE Industry Application Society conference paper awards.

2013 Edition – Yun Wei (Ryan) Li

Dr. Yun Wei (Ryan) Li is currently an Assistant Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Alberta, Canada. Dr. Li received the Bachelor degree in electrical engineering from Tianjin University, China, and the Ph.D. degree from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. In 2005, Dr. Li was a Visiting Scholar with the Aalborg University, Denmark, where he was engaged in the medium voltage dynamic voltage restorer (DVR) system. From 2006 to 2007, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Ryerson University, Canada, involved in the high power converter and electric drives. In 2007, he also worked at Rockwell Automation Canada and was responsible for the development of power factor compensation strategies for induction motor drives. His research interests include control and PWM for power converters in distributed generation, microgrid, renewable energy, electric motor drives, and custom power devices. He has published around 35 IEEE Transaction papers in these areas.

Dr. Li is a senior member of IEEE, a Professional Engineer with Alberta Canada. He serves as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics and a Guest Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics Special Session on “Distributed Generation and Microgrids”.

2013 Edition – Patrick Panciatici

Patrick Panciatici graduated in Electrical Engineering from the French Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité (Supélec) in 1984. He joined EDF R&D in 1985 as research engineer developing new methods for load forecast then he managed the EUROSTAG (time domain simulator) Project and CSVC (Coordinated Secondary Voltage Control) project. He joined RTE (www.rte-france.com), the French Transmission System Operator in 2003, participating in the creation of the department internal R&D department “Methods and Support”. He was the head of a team which develops real time and operational planning tools for RTE, and ensures operational support on the use of these tools from 2003 to 2011. He is now scientific advisor in R&D-I department of RTE. Member of CIGRE, IEEE and SEE. Member of the “R&D plan” ENTSO-E (www.entso-e.org) Working Group. RTE’s representative in PSERC . He is involved in several European Projects (PEGASE, OPTIMATE, TWENTIES, iTesla, e-HIGHWAY2050).

2013 Edition – Lars Nordström

Lars Nordström is Professor in Information Systems for Power System Management at the department of Industrial Information & Control Systems. He received his Master in Electrical Engineering in 1996 and his Ph.D. in 2006 both from KTH – The Royal Institute of Technology. In 2010 he was awarded the degree of Docent by the same university. Lars Nordström’s research interests are methods and tools for analysis and design of reliable, interoperable, secure and high-performing ICT systems for operation, control an optimization of power systems. He is a member of the IEEE, CIRED and Cigre serving as national representative for Cigre SC D2 “Information Systems and Telecommunication”. Lars Nordström is also active in a number of standardization activities including the IEC Strategic Group on Smartgrids as well as chairman of IEC TC57’s Swedish mirror group.

2013 Edition – Göran Andersson

Göran Andersson obtained his M.S. (1975) and Ph.D. (1980) degrees from the University of Lund, Sweden. In 1980 he joined ASEA’s, now ABB’s, HVDC division in Ludvika, Sweden, and in 1986 he was appointed full professor in electric power systems at KTH (Royal Institute of Technology), Stockholm, Sweden. Since 2000 he is full professor in electric power systems at ETH Zürich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), where he also heads the powers systems laboratory. His research interests include power systems dynamics and control, and future energy systems.

Göran Andersson is a fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. He is Editor-in-Chief of IET Proceedings Generation, Transmission and Distribution, recipient of the IEEE PES Outstanding Power Educator Award 2007 and of the George Montefiore International Award 2010.

2012 Edition – Ernst-Karl Behr

Dr. Ernst-Karl Behr is currently Director Engineering for Innovation and Technology of Bombardier Transportation business segment Propulsion and Controls, with headquarter in Zurich, Switzerland. Bombardier Transportation is the world’s largest railway equipment and systems supplier. Dr Behr obtained the PhD degree from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany and the EMBA from the University of St Gallen, Switzerland. He worked as scientific staff member at the Institute of Electrical Machines, Berlin on power electronics and in many industrial projects for Schindler Elevator and Bombardier Transportation on controls, power electronics and electrical drives. His major interest in his profession is to foster a value based approach of combining technology and business models for successful innovation.

2012 Edition – Andreas Steimel

Andreas Steimel, born 1947, studied Electrical Engineering at the Technical University Darmstadt from 1967 to 1972 and obtained the degree of Dr.-Ing. from the same university in 1977. From 1977 to 1990 he was first with the Central Electronic Development Division and later with the Traction Division of Brown Boveri & Cie. (later Asea Brown Boveri) in Mannheim, being responsible for traction converters and power systems of main-line locomotives.

In May 1990 he has been appointed Professor for Electrical Power Engineering at the Ruhr-University Bochum and since 1994 he has been Head of the Chair for Electric Power Engineering and Power Electronics. His main research interests are in power electronics and AC drive control, with the focus on traction applications and Power Quality. He supervised 16 PhDs up to now.

Prof. Steimel is Senior Member of IEEE, member of VDE and was Chairman of Section A2 “Railways and Vehicles with Electric Drives” in the Energy Technology Group (ETG) of VDE from 1998-2006. He is Member of the Board of Editors of the scientific journals ETEP and Elektrische Bahnen and was Deputy Speaker of the Special Group Electrical Engineering (408) of the German research Council (DFG). He authored and coauthored over 30 journal papers and book contributions, 125 conference papers and is author of the book “ Electric Traction – Motion Power and Energy Supply”, Oldenbourg Munich.-

2012 Edition – Volker Staudt

Name: Dr. Staudt, Volker

Affiliation: Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Institute for Electrical Power Engineering and Power Electronics (EELE)

Function: Senior researcher, senior lecturer, extraordinary professor

Academic grade: Habilitation, extraordinary professor

Main fields of research:

Theory and Control of Inverter-Fed Machines, Control of Grid-Connected Inverters, Power Definitions, Power Quality, Analysis of Signals in Power Electronics

Contact Information: +49 (0) 234/32-23962; staudt@eele.rub.de

OfficeAdress: Ruhr-Universität Bochum, EELE, ID 1/259, 44780 Bochum, Germany

Born in Bochum, NRW, Germany in 1962

Diploma in 1987 with honors

Dr.-Ing. degree in 1993 excellent

Habilitation in 2000

Extraordinary Professor in 2009

1988-1993 research assistant with “Institute for Generation and Application of Electrical Energy” at the University of Bochum (Prof. Depenbrock)

1993-1999 research associate at the above institute

Since 1999 Senior researcher at the Institute for Electrical Power Engineering and Power Electronics (Prof. Steimel)

Since 2000 privat-docent and senior lecturer at the above institute.

Since 2009 extraordinary Professor of the University of Bochum, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology

Member of the german association of electrical engineers, VDE

Member (’93) and Senior Member (’04) of the IEEE

Experience: 24 years of research (including cooperation with industry) and teaching at the University of Bochum
Active in several standardization committees

Associate Editor to IEEE PELS Transactions

2012 Edition – Chris Mi

Dr. Chris Mi is Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Director of DTE Power Electronics Laboratory at the University of Michigan, Dearborn, Michigan, USA. He is also the Chief Technical Officer of 1Power Solutions, Inc. from 2008 to 2010. Dr. Mi a leading expert in electric and hybrid vehicles, and has conducted extensive research in EV/HEV space with more than 100 publications and 30 invited talks.

Dr. Mi is the recipient of the 2009 Distinguished Research Award of the University of Michigan-Dearborn, 2007 SAE Environmental Excellence in Transportation (E2T) Award for “Innovative Education and Training Program in Electric, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Vehicles,” the 2005 Distinguished Teaching Award of the University of Michigan-Dearborn, IEEE Region 4 Outstanding Engineer Award, and IEEE Southeastern Michigan Section Outstanding Professional Award. He is also the recipient of the National Innovation Award (国家发明奖二等奖) and the Government Special Allowance Award (政府特殊津贴) given by the China Central Government. In December 2007, Dr. Mi became a member of the Eta Kappa Nu, the Electrical and Computer Engineering Honor Society, for being “a leader in education and an example of good moral character.”

Dr. Mi holds a BS and an MS degree from Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an, China, and a Ph.D degree from the University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada. Dr. Mi worked with General Electric Company prior joining the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Dr. Mi is the associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology (2009-2011), associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics – Letters; editorial board of IET Transactions on Electrical Systems in Transportation, Associate Editor of Journal of Circuits, Systems, and Computers (2007-2009); the editorial board member of International Journal of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles (2006-2009); a guest editor of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, Special Issue on Vehicle Power and Propulsion (2009-2010); Associate Editor of International Journal of Power Electronics, and Senior Editor of IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine. Dr. Mi served as the Vice Chair (2006 to 2007) and Chair (2008) of the IEEE Southeastern Michigan Section. He was the General Chair of the Fifth IEEE International Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference to be held in Dearborn, Michigan, September 7-11, 2009. Dr. Mi served on the review panel for the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy.

2012 Edition – Nikos Hatziargyriou

Professor Nikos Hatziargyriou is deputy CEO of PPC, responsible for Transmission and Distribution Networks, island DNO and the Center of Testing, Research and Prototyping. e He From 1984 he is with the Power Division of the School of Electrical Engineering of NTUA, where he is full professor, since 1995. He is chair of SCC6 of CIGRE, Fellow Member of IEEE, Chair of the Power System Dynamic Performance Committee, member of the BoD of EURELECTRIC and was member of the EU Advisory Council of the Technology Platform on SmartGrids. He is coordinator of the EU MERGE project, he has participated in more than 60 R&DD Projects, he is author of more than 250 scientific publications.

2012 Edition – João A. Peças Lopes

João A. Peças Lopes is Full Professor at the Faculty of Engineering of Porto University, where he teaches in the graduation and post-graduation areas. He is presently member of board of the Direction of INESC Porto. He is also the Director of the Sustainable Energy Systems PhD program at FEUP. Prof. Peças Lopes was responsible by INESC Porto activities in several EU financed research projects, namely the project – Microgrids and More-Microgrids. He supervised several consulting projects related with the impact analysis of the connection of wind parks in the electrical grids of Madeira, Azores, Sal, S. Vicente and S. Tiago, in the Republic of Cabo Verde and Portugal. He was also responsible for the definition of technical rules for the integration of wind power in Brazil. He coordinates the participation of INESC Porto in the InovGrid project, involving the development of a SmartMetering system for EDP. He is the Technical coordinator of the EU FP7 research project MERGE – Mobile Energy Resources for Grids of Electricity, where the impacts in power systems from large scale deployment of Electric Vehicles are addressed. He is the convener of the CIGRE WG C6.20 on Integration of electric vehicles in electric power systems.

2011 Edition: Alexander E. Emanuel

Alexander Eigeles Emanuel was born in Bucharest, Romania in 1937. He completed his engineering education at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, where he earned B.Sc., M.Sc. and D.Sc. in 1963, 1965 and 1969, respectively.

In 1969 he started working for High Voltage Engineering, Westborough, MA, as senior R&D Engineer, designing and testing high voltage equipment. He participated in the design of 765 kV, 100 Mvar shunt reactances and SF6 equipment. In 1974 he joined Worcester Polytechnic Institutefaculty, teaching graduate and undergraduate classes on Power Electronics, Energy Conversion, Power Systems and Power Quality. He received the Board of Trustees Award for utstanding Teacher in 1982, for Outstanding Researcher in 1986, for Outstanding Advising in 2001 and the Chairman Exemplary Faculty Prize in 2008. He held the George Ira Alden Professorship from 1988 till 1991 and the Weston Hadden Professorship of Electrical and Computer Engineering from 1996 till 1999.

Professor Emanuel is the author and co-author of more than 200 publications. He has been the recipient of eight IEEE prize paper awards. His field of interest is Electric Power uality, mainly studies of voltage and current waveform distortion effects on electrical equipment as well as apparent power resolution in systems with nonlinear or unbalanced loads. He chairs a few IEEE working groups dealing with standards and power quality guidelines. He is the founder of the International Conference on Harmonics and Quality of Power. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Massachusetts and a Life Fellow of the IEEE. Dr.Emanuel devoted time exposing false energy saving devices. For this activity he was the 1998 recipient of the R.H. Lee Award given by the IEEE Industry Application Society, Industrial and Commercial Power Systems Department. The Power Quality Assurance Journal bestowed on him the 1999 John Mungenast International Power Qualuity Award.

He authored the book titled “Power Definitions and the Mechanism of Power Flow,” Wiley 2010

2011 Edition: Ioan D. Landau

Ioan Doré LANDAU is Emeritus Research Director at C.N.R.S.(National Centre for Scientific Research) since September 2003 and continues to collaborate with the Laboratoire d’Automatique de Grenoble (CNRS/INPG) of the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble.His research interests encompass theory and applications in system identification, adaptive control, robust digital control and nonlinear systems. He has authored and co-authored over 200 papers on these subjects. He is the author of the books : Adaptive Control – The Model Reference Appoach ( Dekker 1979) translated also in chinese, System Identification and Control Design(Hermès 1993 ,Prentice Hall 1990 ). and co-author (with M. Tomizuka) of the book Adaptive Control – Theory and Practice (in Japanese -Ohm 1981) as well as co-author (with R. Lozano and M. M’Saad) of the book Adaptive Control (Springer Verlag 1997). He edited and co-edited several books in french on the above topics including a series on «Mathematical Tools for Control, System Analysis and Signal Processing and Models » and one on « Adaptive Control ». He holds also several patents and was at the origin of several software packages in control developped by ADAPTECH. He advised 30 PhD students. He delivered a number of Plenary Talks at International Conferences including American Control Conference in Seattle in 95. He was the key note speaker at the European Control Conference in Bruxelles in 1997.Dr. Landau received the Rufus Oldenburger Medal 2000 from the American Society of Mechanical Engineering which recognizes significant contributions to the field of automatic control for his pioneering contributions in adaptive control and system identification.He is “Doctor Honoris Causa” of the Université Catholique de Louvain-la- Neuve (2003). He was a R.Springer Professor at University of .California. Berkeley, Dept.of Mechanical Engineering in 1992. He received the price Monpetit from the French Academy of Science in 1991, the “Best Review Paper Award (1981-84)”for his paper on adaptive control published in ASME Journal of Dynamical Systems Measurement and Control, the C.N.R.S. Silver Medal in 1982 and the Great Gold Medal at the Invention Exibition Vienna in 1968 for his patent on the variable frequency control of asynchronous motors. He was an IEEE-CSS “Distinguished Lecturer” for 2001-2003.He received the degree of Docteur-es-Sciences Physiques from the University of Grenoble. Before joining the C.N.R.S. in 1976 as research director, he was an Associate Professor at the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble from 1973 to 1976, a Senior Post-doctoral Research Associate at NASA – Ames Research Center in 1971-72 and a research engineer at ALSTHOM in 1969-71 and 72-73.At C.N.R.S. he was the Director of co-ordinated research programs: ” Mathematical Tools and Models for Control, System Analysis and Signal Processing ” from 1979 to 1982, ” Adaptive Systems in Control and Signal Processing ” from 1984 to 1988 and ” Automatique ” from 1988 to 1996. He was also Director of the Laboratoire d’Automatique de Grenoble from 1987 to 1990.Dr. Landau was the General Chairman of the first European Control Conference organised in Grenoble in 1991. He was one of the founders and the first President of the European Community Control Association (ECCA) from 1991 to 1993 (now EUCA) and he was Editor in Chief of the European Journal of Control (a publication of the European Union Control Association) from 1994 to end 2002.In June 1998 the CNRS organized an international colloquium in his honor “Perspectives in Control – Theory and Applications”. The proceedings of the colloqium (D. Normand-Cyrot, ed.) have been published by Springer Verlag.

2010 Edition: Bimal K. Bose

Dr. Bimal K. Bose (Life Fellow, IEEE) held the Condra Chair of Excellence (Endowed Chair) in Power Electronics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville since 1987, where he was responsible for teaching and research program in power electronics and motor drives. Concurrently, he served as Distinguished Scientist (1989-2000) and Chief Scientist (1987-1989) of EPRI-Power Electronics Applications Center, Knoxville,TN. Prior to this, he was a Research Engineer in the General Electric Corporate R & D Center (now GE Global Research Center), Schenectady, NY, for 11 years (1976-1987), an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, for five years (1971-1976), and a faculty member at Bengal Engineering and Science University for 11 years (1960-1971). He is specialized in power electronics and motor drives, specially including power converters, PWM techniques, microcomputer/DSP control, electric/hybrid vehicle drives, renewable energy systems, and artificial intelligence (expert system, fuzzy logic and neural network) applications in power electronics and motor drives. He has been a power electronics consultant for a large number of industries. He holds Honorary Professorships in Shanghai University (1991), China University of Mining and Technology (1995), X’ian Mining University (1998) (also Honorary Director of Elec. Engg. Inst.), Huazhong University of Science and Technology (2002), and Honorary Adviser of Beijing Power Electronics R & D Center (1990). He has authored more than 200 papers and holds 21 U.S. patents. He has authored/edited seven books in power electronics: Power Electronics and Motor Drives – Advances and Trends (Academic Press, 2006), Modern Power Electronics and AC Drives (Prentice-Hall, 2002), Power Electronics and AC Drives (Prentice-Hall, 1986), Power Electronics and Variable Frequency Drives (Wiley/IEEE Press, 1997), Modern Power Electronics (IEEE Press, 1992), Microcomputer Control of Power Electronics and Drives (IEEE Press, 1997), and Adjustable Speed AC Drive Systems (IEEE Press, 1981). He has given advanced tutorials, keynote addresses and invited seminars extensively throughout the world, particularly in the IEEE sponsored programs and conferences. He received B.E. degree in 1956, M.S. degree in 1960, and Ph.D. degree in 1966.

Dr. Bose has served the IEEE in various capacities, including Vice-Chair of the IEEE Medals Council, Member of the IEEE Fellow Committee, Member of Lamme Medal Committee ,Chairman of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IES) Power Electronics Council, Associate Editor of the IEEE Trans. on Industrial Electronics, IEEE-IECON Power Electronics Chairman, Chairman of the IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) Industrial Power Converter Committee, IAS member of the Neural Network Council, Member of IEEE-USA Energy Policy Committee, etc. He has been a Member of the Editorial Board of the Proceedings of the IEEE since 1995 and the Journal of Intelligent and Fuzzy Systems since 2001. He was the Guest Editor of the Proceedings of the IEEE “Special Issue on Power Electronics and Motion Control” (August 1994) and IE Trans. Special Section on “Neural Network Applications in Power Electronics and Motor Drives”. He has served as a Distinguished Lecturer of both the IAS and IES, and is now Vice-Chair of the IAS Distinguished Lecturer Program.

He is a recipient of a number of honors/awards that include:

  • IEEE Power Electronics Society William W. Newell Award (2005) “for Outstanding Achievements in the Interdisciplinary Field of Power Electronics” 
  • IEEE Millennium Medal (2000) “for Outstanding Contributions in Power Electronics” 
  • IEEE Meritorious Achievement Award in Continuing Education (1997) “for Exemplary and Sustained Contributions to Continuing Education”
  • IEEE Lamme Gold Medal (1996) “for Contributions in Power Electronics and Drives”
  • IEEE Industrial Electronics Society Dr. Eugene Mittelmann Award (1994) “in Recognition of Outstanding Contributions to Research and Development in the Field of Power Electronics and Life Time Achievement in the Area of Motor Drives”
  • IEEE Region 3 Outstanding Engineer Award (1994) “for Outstanding Achievements in Power Electronics and Drives Technology “
  • IEEE Industry Applications Society Outstanding Achievement Award (1993) “for Outstanding Contributions in the Applications of Electricity to Industry”
  • IEEE Life Fellow (1996) (Fellow in 1989) “for Contributions in Power Electronics and Drives Technology”
  • Bengal Engineering and Science University Distinguished Alumnus Award (2006) “for Outstanding Contribution to the Profession and the Alma Mater”
  • GE Silver Patent Medal (1986)
  • GE Publications Award (1985)
  • Calcutta University Mouat Gold Medal (1970) “for Research Contribution in Magnetic Amplifiers and Industrial Electronics


2010 Edition: SMA – Andreas Falk

Andreas Falk graduated as diploma engineer in Electrical Engineering at the Ruhr University Bochum. In 1989, he joined SMA Regelsysteme in Niestetal (today: SMA Solar Technology AG) as the first power electronics engineer working in the field of auxiliary power supply systems for railways.

In 1990 he developed the first mass produced PV inverter.

During his work in the railway department, he was involved in the design of numerous lightweight multi-voltage converters with medium frequency transformers.

In Cooperation ALSTOM /SMA, he developed an 1.5 MW medium frequency inverter for direct operation at the 15 kV overhead line.

Since 2006, Andreas Falk has been responsible for the technology development of the PV inverters especially in the range of 100 to 1250 kVA and off-grid inverters for the energy supply of rural areas.

He holds several patents regarding power electronic topologies and solar applications.

Before 2010: some of past lecturers

Alfred Rufer

Alfred Rufer (1951) received the M.S. degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1976. In 1978, he joined ABB where he was involved in the fields of power electronics and control, such as high-power variable-frequency converters for drives. In 1993, he became an Assistant Professor at EPFL. Since 1996, he has been a full Professor and Head of the Industrial Electronics Laboratory, EPFL. He has authored or coauthored several publications on power electronics and applications, and he holds several patents. In Alfred Rufer’s lab, the actual research activities focus on one hand on power converters, where several solutions and applications of multilevel converters have been studied, especially in the field of asymmetric or hybrid topologies. Another important field initiated by Alfred Rufer is dedicated to supercapacitive energy storage, where many applications have been studied or are currently underway. Other new developments have recently been presented, as the example of a low aging, easy to recycle, hybrid energy storage device based on compressed air is proposed. In 2006, Alfred Rufer was elected to the IEEE Fellow grade.

Eric Monmasson

Eric Monmasson (M’97, SM’06) received the Ing. and Ph.D. degrees from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Ingénieurs d’Electrotechnique d’Electronique d’Informatique et d’Hydraulique de Toulouse (ENSEEIHT), Toulouse , France , in 1989 and 1993, respectively. He is currently a Professor and Head of the Institut Universitaire Professionnalisé de Génie Electrique et d’Informatique Industrielle (IUP GEII), Cergy-Pontoise University (UCP), Cergy-Pontoise, France. His current research interests, in the Laboratoire Systèmes et Applications des Technologies de l’Information et de l’Energie (SATIE, UMR CNRS 8029), are the advanced control of electrical motors and generators and the use of FPGAs for industrial control systems. Prof. Monmasson is the chair of the IEEE IES technical committee on Electronic Systems on Chip. He is a member of the steering committee of the European Power Electronics Association and of the n°1 Technical Committee of the IMACS. He is also a referee for IEEE Transactions, IET Proceedings, RIGE and an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics.He is the author or co-author of 4 chapter books and more than 100 scientific papers.

Urs Meyer

Prof. Urs Meyer – ETH, Institute for Manufacturing Automation

Frede Blaabjerg

Frede Blaabjerg received the M.Sc.E.E. degree from Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark, in 1987, and the Ph.D. degree from the Institute of Energy Technology, Aalborg University, in 1995. From 1987 to 1988, he was with ABB-Scandia, Randers. He is currently with Aalborg University, where he became an Assistant Professor in 1992, an Associate Professor in 1996, a Full Professor of power electronics and drives in 1998, and the Dean of Faculty of Engineering and Science in 2006. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Power Electronics and Danish journal Elteknik. His current research interests include power electronics, static power converters, ac drives, switched reluctance drives, modeling and characterization of power semiconductor devices and simulation, wind turbines, and green power inverters. He has authored or coauthored more than 300 papers including the book Control in Power Electronics (Academic Press, 2002).

Dr. Blaabjerg has held a number of Chairman positions in research policy and research funding bodies in Denmark. He is an Associate Editor of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INDUSTRY APPLICATIONS and the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS. In 2006, he became the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS. He received the 1995 Angelos Award for his contribution in modulation technique and control of electric drives, and theAnnual Teacher Prize at Aalborg University in 1995. In 1998, he received the Outstanding Young Power Electronics Engineer Award from the IEEE Power Electronics Society. He had received five IEEE Prize Paper Awards during the last six years. He received the C.Y. O’Connor Fellowship 2002 from Perth, Australia, the Statoil-Prize in 2003 for his contributions in power electronics, and the Grundfos Prize in 2004 for his contributions in power electronics and drives.

Mario Pacas

Joachim Holtz