Plenary Sessions

Plenary Session Programme (updated 27 October 2018 and subject to change)

Plenary Session A : 31 October 2018
Venue: Peony Room 4411, Level 4, Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands

Date Time Name of speaker Topic
31  October 10.45am Dr Tomy Sebastian
President, IEEE Industry Applications Society and IEEE Fellow
Electrification of Automotive Systems
  11.15am Professor Alan Mantooth
President, IEEE Power Electronics Society, IEEE Fellow and Distinguished Professor, The Twenty-First Century Research Leadership Chair in Engineering, University of Arkansas, USA
Emerging Trends in Silicon Carbide Power Electronics
  11.45am Mr Frank Lambert
President-Elect, IEEE Power & Energy Society and Associate Director, NEETRAC National Electric Energy Testing, Research, & Applications Center, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
DISRUPTING THE CURRENT FLOW OF THINGS: Developing innovative transmission power flow control solutions through collaboration
  12.15pm Professor Josep Guerrero
Professor in Microgrid, Aalborg University, Denmark and IEEE Fellow
Blue Microgrids – Green Microgrid technologies going to the Sea
  12.45pm Lunch  

Plenary Session B : 1 November 2018
Venue: Roselle Room 4610-4710, Level 4, Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands

Date Time Name of speaker Topic
1  November 9.00am Prof Nouredine Hadjsaid
Grenoble INP, the Institute of Engineering of Univ. Grenoble Alpes, France, and Director of G2Elab
Energy transition and Smartgrids
9.30am Prof AbuBakr S Bahaj
Professor of Sustainable Energy, Head, Energy and Climate Change Division,
University of Southampton, UK
Modular and Sustainable Energy Systems for Electricity Access in Rural Communities
10.00am Mr P.K. Pujari
Chairman, Central Electricity Regulatory Commission
Evolving Market dynamics in the context of RE penetration
  10.30am Coffee & Tea Break


Abstract and Biography of Plenary Speakers 


Plenary Session: 31 October 2018
Dr Tomy Sebastian
President, IEEE Industry Applications Society
IEEE Fellow
Director of Motor Drive Systems, Halla Mechatronics
Topic: Electrification of Automotive Systems

Abstract:  Automobile segment is going through significant technology changes for the last decade. The focus was in improving fuel economy and comfort. Conventional hydraulic based systems are being replaced with electromechanical systems in the automobiles. Advances in Motors, power electronics and motor & system controls helped to fuel this transformation. Next generation vehicles will see further development in the direction of advanced comfort and safety features. These days the Autonomous vehicle is “the talk of the day”. The main objective of these systems is to improve the comfort and safety of the passengers. The presentation will discuss the impact of the electrification on vehicle control in the automotive systems.

Biography: Tomy Sebastian received the B.Sc. (Eng.) degree from Regional Engineering College Calicut (presently National Institute of Technology, Calicut), India, the M.S. degree from Indian Institute of Technology Madras, MA.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Toronto, Canada. From 1979 to 1980, he was with the R & D Center of KELTRON, Trivandrum, India. From 1987 to 1992, he was with the Research and Applied Technology Division of Black and Decker Corporation, Towson, MD. From 1992 to 2013 and with the Delphi Saginaw Steering Systems and Nexteer Automotive in Saginaw, Michigan, where his last responsibility was as the Chief Scientist at the Innovation Center. Currently he is the Director of Motor Drive Systems at Halla Mechatronics. He also taught several courses on Power Electronics, Motor Drives and Advances Motor Design at University of Toronto, Canada, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, and The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio at various times. Dr. Sebastian has done extensive research in the area of permanent magnet motor design and control issues and applications in steering systems. He has published over 50 technical articles and holds 31 US patents. In 2003 he was elected as a Fellow of IEEE. During 2008-2009, he served as a distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Industry Applications Society. He was inducted in to the Delphi Innovation Hall of Fame in 2006. He is the recipient of the 2010 IEEE Industry Applications Society outstanding achievement award. He was the General Chair for the First IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (IEEE ECCE 2009) held in San Jose, CA. He also served as Co- General Chair of the IEEE Power Electronics, Drives and Energy Systems (PEDES 2012) in Bengaluru, India. He is currently the President of the IEEE Industry Applications Society.

Professor Josep Guerrero
Professor in Microgrid, Aalborg University, Denmark
IEEE Fellow
Topic: Blue Microgrids – Green Microgrid technologies going to the Sea

Abstract:  This keynote will present different maritime applications in which the use of microgrids can help on make that more sustainable and efficient: electric/hybrid yachts, ships, ferries and vessels, seaport connections and cranes. AC, DC and hybrid shipboard microgrids will be presented in connection to the last trends in the industry, including topologies, control and management. Integration of energy storage like fuelcells, batteries and flywheels will be presented in real examples to improve the effect of Dynamic Positioning (DP) systems, which will be as well introduced. Retrofitting projects of old ships to hybrid/full electrical propelled ones will be illustrated. Finally shipboard microgrid power quality issues/standards and synchronization to the onshore connection will be shown in real ships.

Biography:  Josep M. Guerrero (S’01-M’04-SM’08-FM’15) 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, in 1997, 2000 and 2003, respectively. Since 2011, he has been a Full Professor with the Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark, where he is responsible for the Microgrid Research Program ( From 2014 he is chair Professor in Shandong University; from 2015 he is a distinguished guest Professor in Hunan University; and from 2016 he is a visiting professor fellow at Aston University, UK, and a guest Professor at the Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications.

His research interests is oriented to different microgrid aspects, including power electronics, distributed energy-storage systems, hierarchical and cooperative control, energy management systems, smart metering and the internet of things for AC/DC microgrid clusters and islanded minigrids; recently specially focused on maritime microgrids for electrical ships, vessels, ferries and seaports. Prof. Guerrero is an Associate Editor for a number of IEEE TRANSACTIONS. He has published more than 450 journal papers in the fields of microgrids and renewable energy systems, which are cited more than 30,000 times. He received the best paper award of the IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion for the period 2014-2015, and the best paper prize of IEEE-PES in 2015. As well, he received the best paper award of the Journal of Power Electronics in 2016. In 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 he was awarded by Thomson Reuters as Highly Cited Researcher. In 2015 he was elevated as IEEE Fellow for his contributions on “distributed power systems and microgrids.”

Professor Alan Mantooth
Distinguished Professor, The Twenty-First Century Research Leadership Chair in Engineering, University of Arkansas, USA
IEEE Fellow
President, IEEE Power Electronics Society
Topic: Emerging Trends in Silicon Carbide Power Electronics

Abstract: Economy and performance are benefits that come with high power density power electronics, just as in the case of VLSI electronics. High density power electronics require the heterogeneous integration of disparate technologies including power semiconductor devices, driver, protection and control circuitry, passives and voltage isolation techniques into single modules. Such integration activity was central to the Google Little Box Challenge competition conducted a few years ago. One of the keys to advancing power electronic integration has been the commercial reality of wide bandgap power semiconductor devices made from silicon carbide and gallium nitride. The ability to design and manufacture wide bandgap integrated circuits as drivers, controllers, and protection circuitry allows them to be packaged in close proximity to the power device die to minimize parasitics that would adversely impact system performance. These impacts include excessive ringing, noise generation, power loss, and, potentially, self-destruction. This talk will describe emerging trends in silicon carbide analog and mixed-signal IC design for power electronic applications. Advanced 3D packaging techniques driven by multi-objective optimization techniques will also be described.

Biography:  Alan Mantooth (S’83 – M’90 – SM’97 – F’09) received the B.S. (summa cum laude) and M. S. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Arkansas in 1985 and 1986, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1990. He joined Analogy in 1990 where he focused on semiconductor device modeling and the research and development of HDL-based modeling tools and techniques. Besides modeling, his interests include analog and mixed-signal IC design and power electronics. In 1996, Dr. Mantooth was named Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Analogy and elevated to Principal Engineer (now owned by Synopsys).
In 1998, he joined the faculty of the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, as an Associate Professor. He has received numerous teaching, service, and research awards since returning to the UA. He was also selected to the Georgia Tech Council of Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni in 2002, and the Arkansas Academy of Electrical Engineers in 2006. Dr. Mantooth was promoted to his present rank of Distinguished Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department in 2011. In 2003, he co-founded Lynguent, an EDA company focused on modeling and simulation tools; and in 2012 he co-founded Ozark Integrated Circuits, a fabless semiconductor company wide bandgap IC design. From 2002-2015, he advised and served on the board of directors of Arkansas Power Electronics International, now owned by Cree.

Dr. Mantooth currently serves as Executive Director for the NSF Research Center on GRid-connected Advanced Power Electronic Systems (GRAPES), the DoE Cybersecurity Center on Secure, Evolvable Energy Delivery Systems (SEEDS), and as Deputy Director for the NSF Engineering Research Center for Power Optimization of Electro-Thermal Systems (POETS). Since its inception in 2005 he has served as the Executive Director of the National Center for Reliable Electric Power Transportation (NCREPT) and overseen its research and building program, which includes a 12,500 ft2, 6 MVA/15 kV test facility. Dr. Mantooth has published over 300 refereed articles and three books on modeling, design automation, power and analog circuit design and electronic packaging. He holds patents on software architecture, algorithms for modeling tools, and has others pending. He is co-author of three books and has served on many technical program committees for IEEE conferences. He is an IEEE Fellow, has served on the IEEE PELS Advisory Committee since 2004 and is currently serving as PELS President through 2018.

Mr Frank C. Lambert
President-Elect, IEEE Power & Energy Society
Associate Director, NEETRAC National Electric Energy Testing, Research, & Applications Center, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Topic: DISRUPTING THE CURRENT FLOW OF THINGS: Developing innovative transmission power flow control solutions through collaboration

Abstract:  The evolution of the energy landscape is accelerating across the world. Rapidly changing generation patterns, less predictable future demand, and increasing scrutiny and emphasis on the costs of electric service create a challenging environment for transmission businesses. Additionally, it is becoming more difficult in most jurisdictions to plan and build greenfield transmission infrastructure, and where such new lines are permitted, their implementation takes many years – well beyond the pace required to manage the transition. Transmission companies are being forced to innovate, to integrate new technologies and to think more critically and strategically about their investments.

The National Electric Energy Testing Research and Applications Center (NEETRAC), located at Georgia Tech, USA, partners with both established electric utilities and new technology solutions providers to collaboratively address these issues in the transition to a clean, reliable, affordable, and ultimately more dynamic grid. In the transmission industry, Smart Wires is one such partner that has worked closely with NEETRAC to bring its innovative modular power flow control solutions to electric utilities across the globe.

Smart Wires’ modular power flow technology provides operational and investment flexibility. The technology can be used to control power flows in real time by adjusting as required the series impedance of a given transmission line. The modular approach allows the solution to be scaled over time as well as redeployed to a different location as needs evolve. This approach to controlling power flow enables maximum capability to be obtained from the existing network, while potentially deferring and optimizing the timing of future major capital network investment. NEETRAC continues to play a key role in establishing requirements for and hosting critical laboratory tests of Smart Wires technology, ensuring a solution that meets the specifications of the electric utility industry.

Biography:  Mr. Lambert is a Principal Research Engineer at Georgia Tech’s Center for Distributed Energy (CDE) and the National Electric Energy Testing Research and Applications Center (NEETRAC). He is responsible for interfacing with members to develop and conduct research projects dealing with transmission and distribution issues. Mr. Lambert previously worked at Georgia Power Company for 22 years in transmission / distribution system design, construction, operation, maintenance and automation. He is serving as the 2018-2019 President Elect of the IEEE Power and Energy Society. Mr. Lambert holds a bachelors and M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Plenary Session: 1 November 2018
Prof Nouredine Hadjsaid
Grenoble INP, the Institute of Engineering of Univ. Grenoble Alpes, France, and Director of G2Elab
Topic: Energy transition and Smartgrids

Abstract:  The energy transition opens up new challenges for research on energy, particularly in the electrical field. Key factors such as energy carbon footprint, digital energy, energy efficiency targets, and new uses such as the electric vehicle place not only the electrical vector at the center of the energy transition but also highlight the need for multidisciplinary research. It is well known that often innovation is generated from research at the crossroad between disciplines.

In this context, the power grid is a vital infrastructure for facilitating energy transition. It has played a key role in the electrification of modern society and expected to play an even central role for integrating large-scale renewable energy sources, electrical vehicles, enabling active participation of end users, and achieving energy efficiency while keeping the grid fundamentals with respect to economy, security and quality of supply. As such, this transition requires an even smarter grid able to achieving the assigned goals without overinvesting on existing assets.

Smartgrids technologies are seen as enablers for achieving major energy transition objectives.
The extent of technologies to be developed for reaching these objectives encompasses several areas that include generating and storage technologies, information and communication technologies, new monitoring and control devices, smart equipment for fault management, advanced forecasting tools, for example.

The presentation will address the advent of Smartgrids, solutions being developed to meet the increasing complexity of the whole electrical system and the opportunities offered for the energy transition. It will cover both up to date research and development in the field of Smartgrids and industrial applications including some examples on large-scale pilot projects for Smartgrids

Biography: Dr. Nouredine Hadjsaid received his PhD and the “Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches” degrees from Grenoble Institute of Technology in 1992 and 1998 respectively. He is presently a full professor at Grenoble INP, engineering institute of Univ. Grenoble Alpes, where he conducts research at G2ELAB. His main expertise is in the area of “Smartgrids”.

He has directed the common academia-industry research & innovation center between EDF, Schneider Electric and G2Elab on distribution and Smartgrids from 2001 to 2013. He is presently the Director of G2ELAB research laboratory, the Director of an ENEDIS chair of excellence on “Smartgrids” and the Chairman of Scientific Council of Think SmartGrids, the French industrial branch. At the international level, he is the French representative at International Energy Agency for ISGAN-SIRFN Annex, the vice-chair of IEEE IGETCC (Intelligent Grid and Emerging Technologies Coordination Committee) and the Treasurer of IEEE Power Energy Society. He was the General Chair of IEEE PowerTech’2013 held in Grenoble-France and IEEE SG4SC (SmartGrids for SmartCities) held in Paris in 2016.

Dr. Hadjsaid has published more 260 scientific papers in international conferences and referred journals, has author/co-authored and directed 7 books about power systems and Smartgrids.

Professor AbuBakr S Bahaj
Professor of Sustainable Energy, Head, Energy and Climate Change Division,
University of Southampton, UK
Topic: Modular and Sustainable Energy Systems for Electricity Access in Rural Communities

Abstract: To be advised

Biography:  Professor AbuBakr Bahaj (FICE, FIET, FRSA, MInstP, CPhys) leads the 55-strong Energy and Climate Change Division and the Sustainable Energy Research Group at the University of Southampton, where he completed his PhD, progressing from a researcher to a Personal Chair in Sustainable Energy. For more than 25 years, Professor Bahaj has pioneered sustainable energy research and established the energy theme within the University. His major research programmes can be found at These include Cities, Energy and Infrastructure, Data and Modelling, Energy and Behaviour, Energy and Buildings, Energy for Development, Environmental Impacts, Microgeneration Technologies and Renewable Energy (Solar Photovoltaics, Offshore Wind and Marine Energy). Professor Bahaj’s work has resulted in over 300 articles, published in academic refereed journals and conference series of international standing. He founded the International Journal of Marine Energy (IJOME) for which he is the Editor-in-Chief. Prof Bahaj also holds visiting professorships at the Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology (XUAT), Xi’an, China, (2017 – ), the Ångström Laboratory and Engineering University of Uppsala, Sweden (2011-15) and the King Salaman ben Abdulaziz Visiting Chair for Energy Research, at King Abdulaziz University (KAU), Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (2014 – ). He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (FICE), Institution of Engineering Technologies (FIET) and the Royal Academy of Arts (FRSA).In 2012, Prof Bahaj was appointed Chief Scientific Advisor to Southampton City Council—believed to be the first such appointment in the UK and in 2014; he was named by the UK’s Science Council as one of the UK’s 100 leading practicing scientists.
Mr P.K. Pujari
Central Electricity Regulatory Commission, New Delhi, India
Topic:  Evolving Market dynamics in the context of RE penetration

Abstract: Over the past decade, renewable energy generation technologies have shown growth trajectory, thanks to a number of drivers which have accelerated the growth.
Primarily, RE generation has a very low marginal cost, which cause change in the behaviour of wholesale electricity market and prices. Besides, RE being intermittent in nature, its large scale penetration impacts power system operation, which necessitates rethink on power procurement planning, generation scheduling and dispatch.
Therefore, focus shifts to managing variability, keeping reserves, flexing thermal generation and creating a market design that facilitates variability of RE. In this backdrop, the market design should necessarily address the three main domains of power markets—adequacy (capacity), energy and reserves/ ancillary services.
Firstly, it is required to ensure adequate investment in capacity to meet future demand to ensure existence of a reliable system. Secondly, as variable RE impacts frequency and magnitude, system is required to ensure availability of fast ramping and frequent on-off cycling. Also that possibility of forecasting errors necessitate intra-day energy markets. Thirdly, in order to maintain system balance, availability of reserves and ancillary services are to be ensured.
The Regulators and policy makers need to ensure seamless integration of RE and evolve appropriate market design to meet several competing objectives.

Biography:  P. K. Pujari has a Post Graduate in Economics, and is a member of the premier civil service of India. He has handled assignments in various departments/ministries in provincial as well as Central Government, power, commercial taxes, finance and industries. He was Secretary, Ministry of Power, Government of India for more than two years before being appointed Chairman of the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission in February 2018.