Keynote Speakers for ICREC 2018

IEEE Fellow, Prof. Joe Dong, The University of New South Wales, Australia

Speech title: From Smart Grid, Microgrid to Energy Internet

Abstract: Smart grid technologies have introduced intelligence into the distribution networks beyond distribution substations. The key elements of a smart grid generally composed of the electricity network and the information and telecommunications network. It can be regarded as a cyber physical system. Microgrid, either independent utility grid or grid connected, provides an effective approach for electricity supply utilizing distributed generations and the existing electricity network infrastructures. Together with the electrical energy, primary energy such as gas also plays an essential role for end users in a general energy system. An energy internet covers both primary (e.g. gas) and secondary (electricity) energy systems, supported with various distributed generation technologies and next generation ICT technologies. It also provides platform for trading between the end users and the market, as well as peer to peer trading among the prosumers. The presentation will outline the advances from smart grid, microgrid toward energy internet for a sustainable, reliable and affordable energy supply industry.


Biography: Professor Z.Y. Dong obtained Ph.D. from the University of Sydney in 1999. He is a Professor at the University of NSW, Sydney, Australia. He is previously Professor and Head of School of Electrical and Information Engineering at the University of Sydney, and Ausgrid Chair and Director of Centre for Intelligent Electricity Networks, the University of Newcastle. He also worked with Transend Networks (TASNetworks). His research interest includes microgrid/smart grid, power system planning and stability, renewable energy grid connection, and electricity market. He is Fellow of the IEEE and an editor of a number of IEEE transactions.



Prof. Tyrone Fernando, University of Western Australia, Australia

Biography: Tyrone Fernando, senior member of IEEE, obtained his bachelor of engineering with honors and the degree of doctor of philosophy from the University of Melbourne in 1990 and 1996 respectively. In 1996 he joined the School of Electrical Electronic and Computer Engineering (EECE), University of Western Australia, where he is currently a Professor. He was the Associate Head of EECE in 2008 and Deputy Head of EECE in 2009 and 2010. His research interests are in power systems, renewable energy and state estimation. He has served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine and also as Guest Editor for the journal of Optimal Control Applications and Methods. He is currently an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems–II and also IEEE Access.


IEEE Fellow, Prof. Udaya K. Madawala, The University of Auckland, New Zealand


Udaya K. Madawala graduated with a B.Sc. (Electrical Engineering) (Hons) degree from The University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 1987, and received his PhD (Power Electronics) from The University of Auckland, New Zealand in 1993 as a Commonwealth Doctoral Scholar.  At the completion of his PhD, he was employed by Fisher & Paykel Ltd, New Zealand, as a Research and Development Engineer to develop new technologies for motor drives.  In 1997, he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Auckland as a Research Fellow.  At present, as a Full Professor, he focuses on a number of power electronics projects related to wireless grid integration of EVs for V2G applications and renewable energy. 


Udaya is a Fellow of the IEEE and a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Power Electronics Society, and has over 30 years of both industry and research experience in the fields of power electronics and energy. He has served both the IEEE Power Electronics and Industrial Electronics Societies in numerous roles, relating to conferences, technical committees and chapter activities. Currently, Udaya is an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics and IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, and a member of the Sustainable Energy Systems Technical Committee and the Oceania Liaison Chair of Membership Development Committee of the IEEE Power Electronics Society.  He was the General Chair of the 2nd IEEE Southern Power Electronics Conference (SPEC), held in New Zealand in 2016, and is also a member of the SPEC Steering Committee. Udaya has over 250 IEEE journal and international conference publications, and holds a number of patents related to wireless power transfer and power converters. He is a keynote, plenary and tutorial speaker, and offers his service to industry as a consultant.




Prof. Dylan Lu, University of Technology Sydney, Australia


Dylan Dah-Chuan Lu received his B.E. and Ph.D. degrees from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, in 1999 and 2004 respectively.


In 2003, he joined PowereLab Ltd. as a Senior Design Engineer and worked on industrial switching power supply projects. He was a faculty member with The University of Sydney from 2006 to 2016. Since July 2016, he has been an Associate Professor at the School of Electrical, Mechanical and Mechatronic Systems, University of Technology Sydney, Australia. His current research interests include power electronics for renewable sources, energy storage systems and microgrids. He is a senior member of IEEE and a member of Engineers Australia.


He was the recipient of the Best Paper Award in the category of Emerging Power Electronic Technique at the IEEE PEDS 2015. He presently serves as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II and the IET Renewable Power Generation.


Plenary Speakers for ICREC 2018

Prof. S. M. Muyeen, Curtin University, Australia

Bio: Dr. S. M. Muyeen received his B.Sc. Eng. Degree from Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (RUET), Bangladesh formerly known as Rajshahi Institute of Technology, in 2000 and M. Eng. and Ph.D. Degrees from Kitami Institute of Technology, Japan, in 2005 and 2008, respectively, all in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. At the present, he is working as an Associate Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Curtin University, Perth, Australia. His research interests are power system stability and control, electrical machine, FACTS, energy storage system (ESS), Renewable Energy, HVDC system, and Smart Grid. Dr. Muyeen has developed two research laboratories at the Petroleum Institute and the Petroleum Institute Research Center (PIRC), Abu Dhabi, UAE. He has been a Keynote Speaker and an Invited Speaker at many international conferences, workshops, and universities. He has published over 150 articles in different journals and international conferences. He has also published six books as an author or editor. He is serving as Editor or Associate Editor for 5 International Journals including IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, IEEE Power Engineering Letters, IET Renewable Power Generation. Dr. Muyeen is the Senior Member of IEEE and Fellow of Engineers Australia (FIEAust).



Prof. Zhen Li, Beijing Institute of Technology, China

Zhen Li is Associate Professor in School of Automation, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, China. He received the B. Eng. and M. Eng. degrees in measurement science and control technology from Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China, in 2006 and 2008, respectively. In 2012, he received Ph.D. degree from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong SAR, China. He was a Research Assistant/Associate in Applied Nonlinear Circuits and System Research Group, in the Department of Electronic and Information Engineering at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, from October 2011 to September 2012 and December 2013 to January 2014. He currently serves as technical committee member of the IFAC Technical Committee on Power and Energy Systems (TC6.3), Electrical Automation Professional Committee for Chinese Association of Automation, China Information Association for Traditional Chinese Medicine and Pharmacy Council, IEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Asia Conference (ISGT Asia 2016), and International Conference on Sustainable Energy Engineering (ICSEE2017/2018). He also serves as International Program Committee of 2019 IFAC Workshop on Control of Smart Grid and Renewable Energy Systems (CSGRES 2019). His main research interests include the stability analysis of power electronics interfaced DERs, advanced control of power converters and its application for DERs, and dynamic state estimation for complex power system, and information fusion for unmanned system.


Previous Keynote Speakers

Prof. Hao Gong, National University of Singapore, Singapore 

Speech title: Supercapacitors with high energy density


Abstract: Supercapacitors have attracted great attention as potential energy storage devices. Comparing with batteries, supercapacitors can much more quickly be charged. However,their energy densities are much smaller. This talk will focus on the fabrication and properties of some supercapacitors with high energy densities. Such supercapacitors are composed of metal oxides and carbon based electrodes. A small prototype can light up bulb and run a small fan.


Bio: Dr. Hao GONG is a Full Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at National University of Singapore. He is also the coordinator of the transmission electron microscopy laboratory at Department of Materials Science and Engineering. His research interests include transparent oxide conductors and semiconductors (n-type and p-type), energy storage materials and devices (mainly supercapacitors), energy harvest materials and devices (mainly solar cells), gas sensors, functional thin film and nano-materials, materials characterization (mainly on transmission electron microscopy and electron diffraction).

Dr. Gong received his B.S. degree in Physics at Yunnan University in 1982. He passed his M.S. courses in Yunnan University, carried out his M.S. thesis research work at Glasgow University, UK, and received M.S. degree of Electron and Ion Physics at Yunnan University in 1987. He then did his PhD at Materials Laboratory at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, and obtained PhD degree there in 1992. He joined National University of Singapore in 1992, and is currently full professor at Department of Materials Science and Engineering. He has published about 200 refereed papers in major international journals and a few US patents. He has delivered several invited talks at international conferences. He has been chairman or committee member of several international conferences, and editor of special issues of some journal.



Prof. Hee-Je Kim, Pusan National University, Korea

Speech title: Recent Solar Energy and ESS (Super-capacitor/Li Polymer Battery Applications for Various Applications

Abstract: Around the world, many governments have strived to increase the share of renewable green energy in their power productions. The main interest has mainly been energy security, increasing prices of carbon based energy sources and minimizing global warming. Concerning the second, global shipping is a major contributor to GHG (global greenhouse gas) emissions, bring responsible for approximately 3% of global CO2 emissions.


The IMO (international maritime organization) is now working to start GHG regulations for global shipping, and is under pressure, e.g. from EU and UNFCCC (United Nations framework convention on climate change), to apply regulations that will have a substantial impact on emissions.


In addition, we introduce the second application of stand-alone PV system. The solar power generation and ESS will be very important in the isolated island and distant place without electrical power supply. So we demonstrate a cold storehouse for fresh fruits with a proto-type stand-alone PV system with ESS as the next generation solar power application.  


Furthermore, we have been developed the eco-friendly power supply for various applications based on our own developing the new ESS (super-capacitor/Li polymer battery).