PLENARY SPEAKERS

ICREN2020 conference will gather high-profile Renewable Energy experts to deliver plenary speeches:

 

Prof. Alberto Borghetti

Prof. Alberto Borghetti

Department of Electrical, Electronic, and Information Engineering, University of Bologna

Alberto Borghetti was born in Cesena Italy on May 29, 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 is now a Professor of Electrical Power Systems. His research and teaching activities are in the areas of power system analysis, power system restoration after blackout, electromagnetic transients, optimal generation scheduling, and distribution system operation. He is the author or coauthor of over 150 scientific papers published in peer-reviewed journals or presented at international conferences. He has served as Technical Program Committee chairperson of the 2010 30th Int. Conf. on Lightning Protection, chair of the 2016 Bologna CIGRE Colloquium on Lightning and Power systems, and special reporter for CIGRE 2018. IEEE Fellow (class 2015) for contributions to modeling of power distribution systems under transients conditions, he received the ICLP Scientific Committee Award in 2016 and the 2018 CIGRE Technical Council Award for Study Committee C4. From 2010 to 2017 he served as an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid. Currently he is serving as an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, Associate Editor of MPCE and, since the beginning of 2019, as Editor-in-Chief of Electrical Engineering – Archiv fur Elektrotechnik.

Speech Title: Renewable energy communities: planning and scheduling

 

Prof. Zhe Chen

Prof. Zhe Chen

Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University

Dr Chen received M.Phil. degree in Power Electronics from Staffordshire University, England, Ph.D. degree in Power and Control, from University of Durham, England. Dr Chen has been a full Professor with the Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark since 2002.

He is the Danish Principle Investigator for Wind Energy of Sino-Danish Centre for Education and Research (SDC), the leader of Wind Power System Research program at the Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University.

Professor Chen’s main current research interests are wind energy,power electronics, modern power system and energy systems. He has led many international and national research projects and has supervised many PhD, Postdoctoral research and visiting scholars. Dr Chen is a panel member for many research project evaluations, including European Research Council and other European national research funding organizations. He has served as an international evaluation expert for many research funding organisations, including Belgian, Canada, Finland, Italy, Ireland, Netherland and UK, etc. He has more than 700 technical publications. Google Scholar citation over 21000(H-index 66).

Dr Chen is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, a Subject Editor (wind turbine control) of IET Renewable Power Generation, an Associate Editor of IET Smart Grid, and a member of editor boards of many international journals, a Fellow of IET, a Chartered Engineer in the U.K., and a Fellow of IEEE, a member of European Academy of Sciences and Arts.

Speech Title: Modern Power Systems based on Power Electronic Interfaced Renewable Energy Sources

 

Dr. Marialaura Di Somma

Dr. Marialaura Di Somma

Italian national agency for new technologies energy and sustainable economic development, ENEA, Italy

Marialaura Di Somma received the MSc Degree (cum laude) in Mechanical Engineering for Energy and Environment and the Ph. D degree in Mechanical Systems Engineering from the University of Naples Federico II in Italy, in 2012 and 2016, respectively. In 2014, she has been Visiting Research Assistant at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Connecticut (CT, USA). Since December 2014, she is Research Engineer of the Smart Grid and Energy Networks Laboratory | Energy Technologies Department of the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA). Her main research interests include: design and operation optimization of distributed energy resources (DER) in the context of local energy communities through multi-objective approach, bidding strategies of DER aggregators for participation to the various market options, demand response, multi-carrier energy systems modeling and optimization, and power systems design and control. Since 2016, she is member of the Steering Committee and General Assembly of the European Energy Research Alliance – Joint Programme on Smart Grids, whereas since 2017, she is member of Mission Innovation – Innovation Challenge 1 on Smart Grids. She is scientific coordinator of a number of National and European projects on energy communities and smart grid topics, by also acting as Vice Project Coordinator and Work Package Leader. She has supervised several MSc theses, and international fellowship programmes. She also acts as guest editor for special issues associated to international scientific journals. She has been plenary speaker in several scientific conferences, chair in international conferences and member of scientific committees. She is author of many scientific papers published in international journals and proceedings of international conferences, most of them awarded as highly-cited papers.

Speech Title: Fostering DER integration in the electricity markets through aggregators and local energy communities

 

Prof. Yi Ding

Prof. Yi Ding

College of Electrical Engineering, Zhejiang University, China

Yi Ding is a Professor in the College of Electrical Engineering, Zhejiang University (ZJU), also a scholar of Thousand Talent Program for Young Outstanding Scientists of China. Before he joined in ZJU, he was an Associate Professor (permeant position) in Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Denmark. He also held academic positions in University of Alberta, Canada and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He was also a Consultant as Energy Economist for Asian Development Bank in 2010.  Prof. Yi Ding was a task leader of the EU FP7 project “EcoGrid EU” – A Prototype for European Smart Grids for designing a real-time market for integrating distributed energy resources and small end-consumers for future power systems. Since he joined in ZJU, he has been the PI and Co-PI of four National Science Foundation of China projects and two National Key R&D Programs focusing on the smart grid and energy market. He is also a member of the Power Market Management Committee of Zhejiang Province, China. His research focuses on Smart Grids, Electricity market, Reliability evaluation, Demand response. He is author of four books and of more than 100 SCI journal publications in these topics.

Speech Title: Coming soon

 

Prof. Mohammad Dolatabadi

Prof. Mohammad Dolatabadi

Valie Asr University, Iran

Mohammad Dolatabadi was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1979. He received the Ph.D. degree in Mathematics from Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran, in 2010. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics, University of Vali-e-Asr, Rafsanjan. His research interest is mainly Operations Research. 

Speech Title: Graph Theory Based Approach for Minimum Break-point Set Determination in Electric Power Systems

 

Prof. Nikos Hatziargyriou

Prof. Nikos Hatziargyriou

University of Athens, Greece

Nikos D. Hatziargyriou is since 1984 a faculty member and since 1995, full professor in Power Systems at the Electrical and Computer Engineering School of the National Technical University of Athens. He is Director of the Postgraduate Programme of “Energy Production and Management”. He is Director of the Energy Systems Laboratory and founder of the “SmartRue” research unit. From April 2015 to September 2019 he was Chairman and until June 2018, CEO of the Hellenic Distribution Network Operator (HEDNO). From February 2007 until September 2012 he was executive Vice-Chair and Deputy CEO of the Public Power Corporation (PPC), responsible for the Transmission and Distribution Divisions. He is Fellow Member of IEEE, past Chair of the Power System Dynamic Performance Committee (PSDPC) and currently Editor in Chief of the IEEE Trans on Power Systems. He is honorary member of CIGRE and past Chair of CIGRE SC C6 “Distribution Systems and Distributed Generation”. He was chair and currently vice-chair of the EU Technology and Innovation Platform on Smart Networks for Energy Transition (ETIP-SNET) and former chair of the European Technology Platform on SmartGrids. He is member of the Energy Committee of the Athens Academy of Science. He has participated in more than 60 RD&D projects funded by the EU Commission, electric utilities and manufacturers for both fundamental research and practical applications. He is author of the book “Microgrids: Architectures and Control” and of more than 200 journal publications and 500 conference proceedings papers. In 2017 he received the IEEE PES Prabha S. Kundur Power System Dynamics and Control Award for “contributions in the dynamic performance and control of power systems with dispersed energy resources”. He is included in the 2016, 2017 and 2019 Thomson Reuters lists of the top 1% most cited researchers.

Speech Title: Coming soon

 

Prof. Antonio Moreno Muñoz

Prof. Antonio Moreno Muñoz

University of Córdoba, Spain

Antonio Moreno-Munoz is Professor at the Department of Electronics and Computer Engineering, Universidad de Córdoba, Spain where he is the Chair of the Industrial Electronics and Instrumentation R&D Group. He received his Ph.D. and M.Sc. degrees from UNED, Spain in 1998 and 1992, respectively. From 1981 to 1992 he was with RENFE, the Spanish National Railways Company. Since 1992 he has been with the University of Cordoba, where he has been the director of its department, and academic director of the Master in Distributed Renewable Energies.

His research focuses on Smart Cities, Smart Grids, Power Quality, Internet of energy. He has participated in 20 projects and/or R&D contracts, including the management of 9 of them, and has more than 130 publications in these topics.

He is currently Member of European Technology & Innovation Platforms (ETIP) Smart Networks for Energy Transition (SNET) WG4. A senior member of the “Technical Committee on Smart Grids IEEE” of the “Industrial Electronics Society”. Member of the CIGRÉ/CIRED JWG-C4.24 committee “Power Quality and EMC Issues associated with future electricity networks”. He has been a member of the IEC/CENELEC TC-77/SC-77A/WG-9 committee. He has been a member of the ISO International Organization for Standardization AEN/CTN-208/SC-77-210.

He is an evaluator of R&D&I projects for the Estonian Research Council, the Fund for Scientific and Technological Research (FONCYT) of the National Agency for the Promotion of Science and Technology in Argentina and the Directorate General of Research, Development, and Innovation of the Ministry of Science, Innovation, and Universities of Spain. He is also an evaluator for European Quality Assurance (EQA) and DNV-GL.

Springer Science editorial consultant. Associate editor in Electronics and Energies journals MDPI-AG. Editor in Intelligent Industrial Systems Journal, (Springer Science), Journal of Energy, Hindawi, Editor in The Scientific World Journal Hindawi, Review Editor, Frontiers in Energy Research, Energy Systems and Policy. In addition to the guest editor and a regular reviewer of several IEEE, IET, MDPI and Elsevier journals.

Speech Title: IoT-based submetering for demand-side management applications 

 

Prof. Peter Palensky

Prof. Peter Palensky

TU Delft, Netherland

Peter Palensky received a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Vienna University of Technology (Austria) in 2001 and is now Professor for intelligent electric power grids at TU Delft, and Principal Investigator at the Amsterdam Metropolitan Solutions (AMS) Institute (both Netherlands). He also serves as Scientific Director of TU Delft’s PowerWeb institute. Before that he was Principal Scientist for Complex Energy Systems at the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) / Energy Department, Austria, Head of Business Unit “Sustainable Building Technologies” atthe AIT, CTO of Envidatec Corp., Hamburg (Germany), associate Professor at the University of Pretoria (South Africa), University Assistant at the Vienna University of Technology (Austria), and researcher at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (California). He is active in international committees such as IEEE, CIGRE, or ISO, and is Editor in Chief of the IEEE Magazine on Industrial Electronics. His main research field is intelligent and integrated energy systems, and especially modeling and simulation of hybrid power systems.

Speech Title: Modeling and Simulation of Cyber-Physical Power Systems

 

Prof. Vincenzo Piuri

Prof. Vincenzo Piuri

University of Milan, Italy

Vincenzo Piuri has received his Ph.D. in computer engineering at Politecnico di Milano, Italy (1989). He is Full Professor in computer engineering at the Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy (since 2000). He has been Associate Professor at Politecnico di Milano, Italy and Visiting Professor at the University of Texas at Austin and at George Mason University, USA. 

His main research interests are: artificial intelligence, computational intelligence, intelligent systems, machine learning, pattern analysis and recognition, signal and image processing, biometrics, intelligent measurement systems, industrial applications, digital processing architectures, fault tolerance, dependability, and cloud computing infrastructures. Original results have been published in more than 400 papers in international journals, proceedings of international conferences, books, and book chapters.

He is Fellow of the IEEE, Distinguished Scientist of ACM, and Senior Member of INNS. He has been IEEE Vice President for Technical Activities (2015), IEEE Director, President of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society, Vice President for Education of the IEEE Biometrics Council, Vice President for Publications of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society and the IEEE Systems Council, and Vice President for Membership of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society. 

He is Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Systems Journal (2013-19), and Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing and IEEE Access, and has been Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Computers, the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and the IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement. 

He received the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society Technical Award (2002). He is Honorary Professor at: Obuda University, Hungary; Guangdong University of Petrochemical Technology, China; Northeastern University, China; Muroran Institute of Technology, Japan; and the Amity University, India

Speech Title: Artificial Intelligence models for Solar Energy Applications

 

Prof. Miadreza Shafiekhah

Prof. Miadreza Shafiekhah

University of Vaasa, Finland

Prof. Dr. Miadreza Shafiekhah received his first postdoc from the University of Beira Interior (UBI), Portugal in 2015, and his second postdoc from the University of Salerno, Italy in 2016, both in Energy Demand Response. He was an invited assistant professor at the UBI and INESC TEC, Porto, Portugal. Currently, he is a tenure-track professor at the University of Vaasa, Finland. He has been involved in various national, international and EU projects as coordinator, PI and work package leader. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of “International Journal of Renewable Energy Technology”, the Editor of “IEEE Open Access Journal of Power and Energy”, and “IET Renewable Power Generation”. He has been the editor and guest editor of more than 12 special issues in various high level journals. He is also in the Steering Committee of International Conference on Smart Energy Systems and Technologies (SEST), and the General Chair of SEST’21 in Vaasa, Finland. He is also the volume editor of the Elsevier book entitled “Blockchain-based Smart Grids” and the Springer book “Flexible Resources for Smart Cities”. He is an IEEE Senior Member and the author of more than 300 journal articles, conference papers and book chapters.

Speech Title: User-Driven Electricity Market

 

Prof. Catalina Spataru

Prof. Catalina Spataru

UCL, UK

Prof Dr Catalina Spataru ‘ expertise is the in the field of global energy and resources, from theoretical investigations to implementation research and practice to support policy makers and sustainability agenda.

She is the Founder and the Head of the UCL Islands Laboratory, a unique initiative that support sustainable solutions for island nations worldwide.

She has an impressive portfolio of more than 30 research and consultancy projects, on energy and resource use worldwide (Europe, Africa, Asia, South America, Canada) funded by EPSRC, British Council, Innovate UK, EC, industry. Topics include whole energy systems modelling, assessment of high renewable energy integration and interconnections , disaster risk reduction and resilience due to climate change, resource nexus, new business models to support green energy., low carbon energy transition, circular economy.

She published more than 100 papers in high impact journals including Nature Energy and Nature Sustainability, wrote two books Whole Energy Systems Dynamics and Transitioning island nations into sustainable energy hubs and co-edited few others (e.g. Routledge Handbook of the Resource Nexus). She delivered talks and lectures worldwide, engaged with media; and regularly act as expert review panel for research council in UK, France, Germany, Brazil, etc and examiner for Phd students (in UK, Sweden, Finland, etc).

Speech Title: Coming soon

 

Prof. Zita Vale

Prof. Zita Vale

Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto, Portugal

Zita Vale is full professor at the Polytechnic Institute of Porto and the director of the Research Group on Intelligent Engineering and Computing for Advanced Innovation and Development (GECAD). She received her diploma in Electrical Engineering in 1986 and her PhD in 1993, both from University of Porto. Zita Vale works in the area of Power and Energy Systems, with special interest in the application of Artificial Intelligence techniques. She has been involved in more than 50 funded projects related to the development and use of Knowledge-Based systems, Multi-Agent systems, Genetic Algorithms, Neural networks, Particle Swarm Intelligence, Constraint Logic Programming and Data Mining. The main application fields of these projects comprise:

– Smart Grids, accommodating an intensive use of Renewable Energy Sources, Distributed Energy Resources (DER) and Distributed Generation (DG). She addresses the management of energy resources, the impact of DER on electrical networks, the negotiation of DER in electricity markets, demand response, storage, energy management in buildings, and electrical vehicles, including the ones with gridable capability (V2G);

– Electricity markets, addressing contracts, prices and tariffs, decision-support for market participants, aggregation, ancillary services, and wholesale and local market simulation;

– Control Center applications, namely intelligent alarm processing, intelligent interfaces and intelligent tutors. She published over 800 works, including more than 100 papers in international scientific journals, and more than 500 papers in international scientific conferences. 

Speech Title: From the vision to the implementation of sustainable energy solutions: technology, business and people

 

Prof. Fei Wang

Prof. Fei Wang

North China Electric Power University, China

Fei Wang (M’09-SM’17) received the B.S. degree from Hebei University, Baoding, China in 1993, the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from North China Electric Power University (NCEPU), Baoding, China, in 2005 and 2013, respectively. He is currently a Professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering, NCEPU and the State Key Laboratory of Alternate Electrical Power System with Renewable Energy Sources, Baoding and Beijing, China. He is the Director of Smart Energy Network Integrated Operation Research Center (SENIOR) and the leader of “Double First-Class” research team project at NCEPU. He was a Visiting Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, USA, from 2016 to 2017. He was a Researcher with the Department of Electrical Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, from 2014 to 2016. Prof. Wang is an Editor of IET Renewable Power Generation (IET-RPG), IEEE Open Access Journal of Power and Energy (OAJPE) and Protection and Control of Modern Power Systems (PCMP). He is an IEEE Senior Member and the Expert Member of IEC SC8A/WG2. He was the Guest Editor for the Special Issue on “Demand Side Management and Market Design for Renewable Energy Support and Integration” of IET Renewable Power Generation. He supervised more than 50 Post-docs, Ph.D. and M.Sc. students. He has authored or coauthored more than 180 publications, including 80 journal papers. His research interests include renewable energy power, electricity price and electricity load forecasting; demand response and electricity market; smart grid; microgrid; and integrated energy system. He was the recipient of the 2018 Technical Invention First Award of Hebei Province, the 2018 Patent Award of Hebei Province, the 2014 Natural Sciences Academic Innovation Achievement Award of Hebei Province, the 2018 China Electric Power Science and Technology Progress Award, and the 2014 Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award of NCEPU. He was the General Chair of the 2017 International Seminar of Renewable Energy Power Forecasting and Absorption Technology and 2018 International Seminar of Integrated Energy and Smart Microgrid Technology.

Speech Title: Coming soon

 

Prof. Dario Zaninelli

Prof. Dario Zaninelli

Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Professor Dario ZANINELLI was born in Romano di Lombardia, Italy in 1959. In 1984 he graduated with honours (“lode”) in electrical engineering from the Politecnico di Milano. In 1989 he became Doctor of Science in Electrical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano, after a
period as “visiting scholar” at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, MA, USA. In 1990 he started the academic career as lecturer, after winning a national academic competition, in the field of study of power systems within the Department of Electrical Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Italy. In 2002 he was appointed full professor in electrical engineering teaching graduate and undergraduate classes on electrical systems for energy processes, electric system for transportation, electrical safety, network automation and protection systems, tools for network simulation at Politecnico di Milano, Italy.

From 2006 until 2010 he was President of the Course Engineering Studies for Transportation and Logistics. Since 2011 he his Vice Rector of Politecnico di Milano where he chairs the Piacenza Campus of Politecnico di Milano.

Dario ZANINELLI was (2016-2018) member of the National Board of Trustees for the Associate and Full Professorship in the field of the Electrical Energy Engineering. At the present he is President of GUSEE, the Italian Group of professors and researchers in the field of Electric Power Systems.

He has been also invited to the U.S. National Science Foundation in 1990; as visiting professor at the University of Texas at Austin in 1994 and 2002, as professor at the University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest in 2007.

Dario ZANINELLI is author or co-author of over 250 scientific papers in ISI reviewed journals or presented at international conferences organized by IEEE, CIGRE, IET, CIRED etc., and member of committee of IEEE awards, to which we should add many keynote speeches in Italian and International Conferences for engineers and architects. He has performed as principal researcher and co-researcher in more than 50 research contracts and grants sponsored by the local industries, Ministry of Research (Italy), CESI, ENEL, ENI; Italian Railway Companies, holding also a patent. He is single author of book “Electrical systems for High Speed Railway”, in 2010 (in Italian) and co-author of “Electrical Railway Transportation Systems”, IEEE Wiley, published in March 2018.

In recognition for his significant achievements, Professor Dario ZANINELLI was elevated in June 2nd 2007 by the President of the Italian Republic to “Grande Ufficiale al merito” “for his contribution to the Italian engineering sector in realizing the High Speed Railway”.

In 18th October 2017 the University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest awarded Dario ZANINELLI the title of Doctor Honoris Causa.

Speech Title: New technologies in electric systems for transportation for a better future