ICRED2019 Keynote Speakers



Prof. Tony C.Y. Chung Fellow of IEEE

University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Dr C.Y. Chung is a Professor, the NSERC/SaskPower Senior Industrial Research Chair in Smart Grid Technologies, and the SaskPower Chair in Power Systems Engineering in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada. He is a prominent leader for advancing academic activities and applied research in power systems engineering development in the province of Saskatchewan. He is now leading a research team, supported by SaskPower and NSERC of Canada, to conduct cutting-edge and long-term smart grid research for SaskPower and address critical technical issues associated with smart grid technologies and their applications to real power systems. He is a Fellow of IEEE and IET. He is also an IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer and a member of IEEE PES Fellow Evaluation Committee.
Dr Chung received the B.Eng. degree (with First Class Honors) and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China, in 1995 and 1999, respectively. His research interests include smart grid, renewable energy, power system stability/control, planning and operation, applications of advanced optimization methods, power markets and electric vehicle charging. His research work has not only generated 3 US patents, 2 book chapters and over 130 international journal papers, mostly in well-respected IEEE transactions and IET journals, but has also resulted in successful transference of two new commercial software packages developed for power system analysis. Software package “Small Signal Analysis Tool (SSAT)” developed by him is now being used by over 80 power companies and nearly 90 universities worldwide. He has provided consultancy services to both government agencies and well-known private companies.
Dr Chung was the Member-at-Large (Smart Grid) and Member-at-Large (Global Outreach) of IEEE PES Governing Board and also the IEEE PES Region 10 North Chapter Representative. He was the Past Chairman of the IEEE Hong Kong Section, IEEE Hong Kong Joint Chapter of PES/IAS/PELS/IES and IET Hong Kong PES. He was the General Chair of IEEE EPEC2017 and IEEE PES APPEEC2014, Co-Chair of IEEE TENCON2015, IEEE PES APPEEC2013 and IEEE ICHQP2012, Vice-Chairman of IET APSCOM 2015 and IET APSCOM2012, Technical Chairman of IET APSCOM2009, and Honorary Secretary of IEEE DRPT2004 and IEEE IAS 2005 Annual Meeting.
Dr Chung is currently an Editor of “IEEE Transactions on Power Systems”, “IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy”, and “IEEE Power Engineering Letters”, a Subject Editor of “IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution”, and an Editorial Board Member of “Journal of Modern Power Systems and Clean Energy”, and “CSEE Journal of Power and Energy Systems”.

Title of Speech: Efficient Uncertainty Modeling for Optimal Planning and Operation of Modern Power Systems 

Abstract: Power systems with high penetration of intermittent renewable energy resources (RES) must cope with significant uncertainties originated from RES and electricity load prediction error in both transmission and distribution sectors. These uncertainties might adversely affect stability, reliability, security, and optimal operation of the system and lead to wind power curtailment and load shedding events in the system as big challenges. Also, dependence structure (DS) modeling of all uncertainty sources, as an essential task, is another challenge for uncertainty handling in optimal planning and energy and reserve scheduling of power systems containing numerous geographically diverse and correlated RES. Particularly, this is a critical problem in microgrids where the size, the location, and the coordination of distributed generation, energy storage systems, and demand response loads are of high importance for optimal distribution expansion planning goal. This presentation will report the latest research on i) efficient modeling and incorporation of RES uncertainty, ii) advanced artificial intelligence-based prediction approaches such as deep learning, and iii) advanced statistical DS modeling as canonical vine (C-Vine) copula, which can significantly mitigate these challenges specially in high dimensional cases. 



Prof. Hassan Bevrani
University of Kurdistan, Iran

Hassan Bevrani received PhD degree in electrical engineering from Osaka University in 2004. He is a full professor, the Program Leader of Micro/Smart Grids Research Center (SMGRC), and Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Kurdistan. Over years, he has worked with Osaka University (Japan), Kumamoto University (Japan), Queensland University of Technology (Australia), Kyushu Institute of Technology (Japan), Centrale Lille (France), and Technical University of Berlin (Germany). He is the author of 5 international books (including Robust power system frequency control, Springer, 2009; Intelligent automatic generation control, CRC Press, 2011; Power system monitoring and control, IEEE-Wiley, 2014; and Microgrid dynamics and control, Wiley, 2017), 15 book chapters, and more than 300 journal/conference papers. Prof. Bevrani is a senior member of IEEE and he was the gust editor of two volumes of Elsevier Energy Procedia (100 and 147). His current research interests include Smart grid operation and control, power system stability, Microgrid dynamics and control, and Intelligent/robust control applications in power electric industry. More information is available in http://smgrc.uok.ac.ir/.

Title of Speech: Power Grids Frequency Control: An Updated Review and New Concerns

Abstract: Frequency control is one of the most important control problems in interconnected power grids design and operation. Several control loops are operating to maintain the system frequency at its set-point. Each one has its particular specification and relies on a given amount of power reserve that is kept available to cope with power deviations. The majority of supply-demand balancing is achieved by controlling the output of dispatchable generating units.
Today, power grid frequency control regains research interest due to the coming challenges of increasing renewable energy penetration, changing structure and emerging new distributed generators (DGs), storage systems, controllable loads and power electronics technologies. Recent advances in control, communication and computing technologies accelerate this process. The frequency control in a modern power grid should perform complex multi-objective regulation optimization problems characterized by a high degree of diversification in management policies, and widely distribution in demand and supply sources.
Wide-area measurement systems, integration of DGs/Microgrids, controllable loads (demand response) and performing virtual inertia provide new concerns and opportunities to handle the frequency control in new power grids. This speech addresses an updated review on most important frequency control challenges, modern relevant control possibilities, important achievements, and new research directions.
This speech addresses an updated review on most important frequency control challenges, modern relevant control possibilities, important achievements, and new research directions. The speech is supplemented with the relevant research works and experiences of the speaker in several countries (Japan, Australia, Iran, France, and Germany) over the last two decades.  


Prof. Toshihisa FUNABASHI
University of the Ryukyus, JAPAN

Toshihisa FUNABASHI received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Nagoya University, Aichi, Japan, in 1975. He received the Doctor degree in electrical engineering from Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan, in 2000. In 1975, he joined Meidensha Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, where he had been engaged in research on power system analysis and also distributed generation applications in power systems. From April 2014, he was a professor of IMaSS, Nagoya University, Aichi, Japan. Since April 2018, he is a visiting professor of University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan. His current interest are operation and control of power systems with renewable energy sources, and optimization of generation, transmission, and distribution systems considering large integration of renewable energy sources and power electricity markets. He has published over 100 journal papers and over 150 international conference papers in these technical areas. Prof. Funabashi is a Chartered Engineer in the U.K, a member of IET, a senior member of IEEE and a senior member of IEE Japan. Academic press has published his book titled “Integration of Distributed Energy Resources in Power Systems, -Implementation, Operation and Control-” on March, 2016.

Title of Speech: History of Okinawa's electricity and railway business  

Abstract: This speech gives an overview of the early history of Okinawa's electricity and railway business. Okinawa has a history different from the mainland Japan due to its geographical conditions. It also has a unique history of electricity and railways, which is closely related to war and the rule of the United States. I hope that this talk will serve as a reference when considering how to operate the electric and railway businesses that can contribute to the well-being of the residents. Monorail (Okinawa city monorail line) in Naha city which opened in 2003 was the only orbital public transportation system in Okinawa Prefecture, but light western railroads, trams and horse-drawn railroads were existed on the main island of Okinawa before the war. In addition, industrial railways for the purpose of transporting sugarcane etc. existed in various places including Minami-Daito island. This paper briefly reviews Okinawa's railway history. 



Plenary Speakers


Prof. Takeyoshi Kato
IMaSS, Nagoya University, Japan

Takeyoshi Kato was born in Nagoya, Japan in 1968. He received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees all in Electrical Engineering from Nagoya University, Japan in 1991, 1993, and 1996, respectively. He became an assistant professor of Center for Integrated Research in Science and Engineering in 1996, an assistant professor in 2000 and an associate professor in 2005 of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and a professor of Institute of Materials and Systems for Sustainability (former Ecotopia Science Institute) in 2015, Nagoya University. From Oct/2001 to Sep/2002, he was a researcher at International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria.
His research interests include modeling/forecasting of electricity demand/renewable power output, control and planning of electric power system, integration of renewable energy with urban design, etc. Dr. Kato is a member of IEEE, IEE of Japan, Japan Society of Energy and Resources, Japan Solar Energy Society.

Title of Speech: System Integration of Variable Renewable Energy – Challenges according to penetration levels 

Abstract: Variable renewable energy (VRE) such as wind power generation and photovoltaic power generation is a renewable energy source that is non-dispatchable due to its fluctuating nature as opposed to a controllable renewable energy source such as dammed hydroelectricity or biomass. Thanks to supportive policy and dramatic falls in technology cost, the capacity of VRE has grown very rapidly in many countries. However, high penetration of VRE brings some challenges to maintain cost-effectiveness and reliability of the power system. Challenges would be different according to the penetration levels. In early stage, the increase in capacity is the most important. However, as the capacity increases, the needs of power system flexibility, which is the ability of the power system to respond to uncertainty and variability in the supply-demand balance, increases. Flexibility is needed in in the timescale of minutes to hours, for example providing power from other sources when the wind drops. Dispatchable power plants and the transmission grid are two main flexible resources, while demand side options and new storage technologies are likely to grow in importance in the medium-term. Challenges are also affected by the electrification level by countries. This talk briefly introduces the challenges to integration of VRE according to penetration level and electrification level. 




Prof. Kien Wen Sun
National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan

Kien Wen Sun was born in Taipei, Taiwan. He holds a PhD from the Department of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University in New Jersey, United States. From 1995-2000, he was on the faculty of the Electronic Engineering at Feng Chia University, Taiwan. He jointed the faculty of Department of Physics as a professor at National Dong Hwa University, Hualien, Taiwan, from 2000-2005. Since year 2005, he became a professor of Department of Applied Chemistry at National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan. During his sabbatical in 2012, he was a visiting professor at Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of University of Waterloo, Canada. Dr. Sun was appointed as the Department Chair of Applied Chemistry at NCTU from 2012-2014. He is also currently a Joint Appointment Professor at Department of Elecronics Engineering and the Director of the Center of Nano Science and Technology at National Chiao Tung University. His research interests include femtosecond laser and laser spectroscopy in III-V compound semiconductors, spintronics, nanoimprint, nanolithography, nanoelectronics, solar cells, biochip and biosensing technology. He has published more than 60 journal papers in above research fields. He has served as reviewers and editorial board members for numerous international journals. He is now an associate editor of Journal of Nanoscience Letters.

Title of Speech: Organic/Inorganic Hybrid Perovskite Thin Films for Light Emitting and Display Applications 

Abstract: Lead halide perovskites have first been discovered in 1978. About thirty years later Miyasaka et al. [1] were the first to report the use of these materials as light absorbers in solar cells. In a short time frame, these materials have exhibited unprecedented development and have sparked a frenzy of global research activity, resulting in an unprecedented solar cell efficiency exceeding 24.2%. In 2018 an average of almost 10 research papers on perovskite solar cells was published on a daily basis. As direct bandgap semiconductors, lead halide perovskites also show wide-band tunable emissions with high quantum yield, which is important for numerous practical applications, particularly for the “green gap” region of conventional semiconductors such as III-V compound semiconductors. In recent years, light emitting devices based on lead halide perovskites displayed tunable color over a wide range, from NIR (775 nm) to near-UV (410 nm). Focusing on the remaining challenges and adopting research approaches to the right direction, it is only a matter of time to obtain efficiency levels comparable to inorganic LEDs.
This presentation aims to provide a general overview of perovskite light emitting diodes, their structures, material properties, and performance, followed by a quick summary of the perovskite light emitting diode research activities in my group.  



Assoc. Prof. Mansour Majid
Ecole Nationale d’Architecture, Morocco

Mansour Majid is currently Associate Professor at the National School of Architecture, Planning and Design in Morocco. He received his PhD in Environment from Paris VII-Denis Diderot University in 1998 and an Associate Degree (Habilitation to Direct Research) from the University IbnouTofail, Kénitra, Morocco in 2014. He has worked as visiting professor at the University of Montreal. He is co-founder of Remote Sensing program Radarsat1.
His main research interests include Energy Efficiency in Buildings and Sustainable Urbanism.
He has participated in several international programs and served as project coordinator of the research network MENASHDA, Sustainable Habitat Middle Eastern North Africa Sustainable Habitat Development Association.
He also served as visiting professor at the University of TU-Berlin Germany from 2009 to 2011 and worked as an international expert for PNUD, GIZ, TU Berlin, etc.
He has contributor to several journals and published several book chapters.

Title of Speech: Vernacular and Modern Moroccan housing 

Abstract: This study presents the view on energy-efficiency and renewable energies used in Moroccan buildings. The aim is to show the showcase of best practices that reflect relevant solutions related to energy-efficiency and bioclimatic architecture. The Technical innovative aspects of this study are the contextualization of energy issues in buildings used in the specific Moroccan environment.