Distinguished Keynote Speakers

Frede Blaabjerg (S’86–M’88–SM’97–F’03) was with ABB-Scandia, Randers, Denmark, from 1987 to 1988. From 1988 to 1992, he got the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering at Aalborg University in 1995. He became an Assistant Professor in 1992, an Associate Professor in 1996, and a Full Professor of power electronics and drives in 1998. From 2017 he became a Villum Investigator. He has published more than 600 journal papers in the fields of power electronics and its applications. He has received 31 IEEE Prize Paper Awards, the IEEE PELS Distinguished Service Award in 2009, the EPE-PEMC Council Award in 2010, the IEEE William E. Newell Power Electronics Award 2014, the Villum Kann Rasmussen Research Award 2014 and the Global Energy Prize in 2019. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS from 2006 to 2012. He has been Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Power Electronics Society from 2005 to 2007 and for the IEEE Industry Applications Society from 2010 to 2011 as well as 2017 to 2018. In 2019-2020 he serves a President of IEEE Power Electronics Society. He is Vice-President of the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences. He is nominated in 2014-2018 by Thomson Reuters to be between the most 250 cited researchers in Engineering in the world.

Keynote Speech Abstract: To Be Announced

Thomas J. Overbye is a TEES Eminent Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University (TAMU). Prior to joining TAMU in January 2017 he was the Fox Family Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He received his BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was employed with Madison Gas and Electric Company from 1983 to 1991. Dr. Overbye is the original developer of PowerWorld Simulator and a co-founder of PowerWorld Corporation. He is also the recipient of the Alexander Schwarzkopf Prize for Technological Innovation, a University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering Distinguished Achievement Award, the IEEE Power and Energy Society Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award and is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering.

Keynote Speech Abstract: To Be Announced

Georges Zissis, PhD, SMIEE, President IEEE Industrial Application Society for the period 2019-20. Born in Athens in 1964, has graduated in 1986 from Physics department of University of Crete in general physics. He got his MSc and PhD in Plasma Science in 1987 and 1990 from Toulouse 3 University (France). He is today full Professor in Toulouse 3 University (France). His primary area of work is in the field of Light Sources Science and Technology. He is especially interested in the physics of electrical discharges used as light sources; system and metrology issues for solid-state lighting systems; normalization and quality issues for light sources; impact of lighting to energy, environment, quality of life, health and security; interaction between light source and associated power supply; illumination and lighting. He is director of “Light & Matter” research group of LAPLACE that enrols 20 researchers. He won in December 2006 the 1st Award of the International Electrotechnical Committee (IEC) Centenary Challenge for his work on normalization for urban lighting systems (in conjunction with IEEE, IET and the Observer). In 2009, he won the Energy Globe Award for France and he got the Fresnel Medal from the French Illuminating Engineering Society. In 2011 has been awarded the title of Professor Honoris Causa of Saint Petersburg State University (Russian Federation) and he is President of the Power Electronics, Electronics, Optoelectronics and System section of the French National Council of Universities for the period 2014-19.

Keynote Speech: Light beyond Lighting, frontiers in Lighting Technologies: The human-centric intelligent lighting challenge

Abstract: Since the human race emerged it has been known that fire and heated objects emit light that can be used for lighting purposes; artificial lighting has been discovered. Since of 19th-century end, artificial lighting has been the subject of a continuous and fascinating evolution; 20th century scientists and development engineers worldwide created such a wide range of lighting solutions for every lighting application.

Today, the importance and application of these “legacy” lighting technologies is decreasing. During the last decade, Solid-State Lighting (LEDs, O-LEDs, solid-state lasers) challenges conventional technologies. In particular, LED has turned into a game changer beating the conventional technologies in all aspects. It is therefore anticipated that in short term, all of electric lighting will be based on SSLs. Should SSL revolution proceed to the projected conclusion, replacing all legacy technologies, there will be a further major change in the lighting market.

Artificial light production absorbs 15% of the world’s electricity annual production. Therefore, past century’s research and development focused on single energy efficacy enhancement. Consequently, we knowingly were not serving society as effectively as we could. Industry has coined a new term “human-centric lighting” to draw renewed attention to its primary effort to be successful in meeting society’s needs. Furthermore, we are witnessing a transition from the conventional “analogue” lighting technologies to “digital” lighting. Intelligent lighting will become the backbone for smart homes and smart cities. This way, lighting will become the heart of the “Internet of Things”.

Anil Pahwa (F’03) received the B.E. (honors) degree in electrical engineering from BITS-Pilani, India, in 1975, the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from University of Maine, Orono, in 1979, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, in 1983. Since 1983, he has been with Kansas State University, Manhattan, where presently he is University Distinguished Professor and holds the Logan-Fetterhoof Chair in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. The National Academy selected him as a Jefferson Science Fellow in 2014 to serve as a Senior Science Advisor in the U.S. State Department for one year. He worked in the East Asian and Pacific Affairs Bureau on international policies to facilitate higher deployment of renewable energy. His research interests include distribution automation, distribution planning, renewable energy integration into power systems, and intelligent computational methods for distribution system applications.

Keynote Speech Abstract: To Be Announced