Keynote Speakers_2024

Fellow of IEEE

Prof. Carlo Alberto Nucci, University of Bologna, Italy

Bio: Carlo Alberto Nucci is a Full Professor and Scientific Responsible of the Power Systems Laboratory at the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering “Guglielmo
Marconi”, University of Bologna. His research interests include lightning interaction with power systems, restoration processes after blackouts, power systems dynamics, smart grids, smart cities and renewable energy communities. He has received some best paper/technical international awards. Prof. Nucci is also a Fellow of CIGRE, and of the Chinese Society of Electrical Engineering, CSEE. He has served as Chairman of the International Steering Committee of the IEEE PES PowerTech (2002-2007, as Region 8 Representative per la “IEEE PES Region 8 (Europe, Middle East and Africa)” and member of IEEE PES Governing
Board (2009-2010), as Chair of the Technical Program Committee of the IEEE Smart Grids World Forum, 2012, as Member of the IEEE-PES Fellow Committee (2014-2018) and of the IEEE Fellow Committee (2022, 2023). Prof. Nucci has also served as Editor-in-Chief of the EPSR journal, Elsevier (2010-2021). He is presently serving as the Italian Representative in the Horizon Europe Mission “Climate-Neutral and Smart cities”. He is also serving as Chair of the International Conference on Lightning Protection, ICLP, and as co-chair of the International Conference on Power Systems Transients, IPST. Prof. Nucci is Doctor Honoris Causa of the University Politehnica of Bucharest, a member of the Academy of Science of the Institute of Bologna and a member of the Istituto Lombardo - Science Academy of Milan. He is also distinguished invited Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing (2023-2026).

Speech: Climate Neutral and Smart Cities in the framework of the energy transition: the role of Renewable Energy Communities

Abstract: The significance of smart cities in advancing climate neutrality is expected to markedly increase in the coming years. Globally, urban areas are responsible for over 70% of CO2 emissions and exceed 65% of total energy consumption. Cities function as experimental grounds for decarbonization strategies, covering energy, transportation, buildings, industry, and agriculture. Their dense infrastructure and usage offer considerable potential for integrating various sectors towards achieving a comprehensive smart grid paradigm. The EU Mission on Climate Neutral and Smart City aims to fuse climate neutrality with the Smart City model, and this seminar outlines key aspects of this Mission. The growing electrification of different sectors, driven by the increasing adoption of renewable energy sources, underscores the rising importance of the electricity system, particularly the smart grid, in this context. However, the utilization of renewable sources still faces limitations, presenting a challenge that demands significant and coordinated efforts, as discussed in this presentation. No single ‘miracle solution’ exists for accomplishing the energy transition, this is another aspect that will be covered in this presentation. The final segment of this keynote explores Renewable Energy Communities (REC), as detailed in the RED II and IEM European directives. These communities, comprised of citizens' associations, commercial entities, or companies, concentrate on producing and distributing electricity from renewable sources. They have the potential to make non-negligible contributions to the energy transition in numerous countries and act as the core for smart districts capable of evolving into Positive Energy Districts. The importance of smart Energy Management Systems to suitably coordinate the energy flows in an energy community is also discussed and illustrated by examples.

Fellow of IEEE

Prof. Mariusz Malinowski, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
Bio: Mariusz Malinowski received the Ph.D. degree with honors in Electrical Engineering from the Warsaw University of Technology (WUT) in 2001. He then attained a habilitation in 2012 and professorship in 2019..
Mariusz Malinowski has been granted the following awards and distinguishments: the Siemens Prize for his PhD thesis in 2002, a Polish Minister of Science and Higher Education award for his contribution to the book Control in Power Electronic in 2003, the Siemens Prize for research achievements in 2007, the Polish Minister of Science and Higher Education awards for research achievements in 2008, the Prime Minister of Poland award for habilitation in 2013,  the first prize of the Prime Minister of Poland for his research team in 2017. Moreover, he received the prestigious international IEEE IES David Irwin Early Career Award for “Outstanding research and development of modulation and control for industrial electronics converters” in 2011 (Melbourne, Australia), IEEE IES David Bimal Bose Award for Industrial Electronics Applications in Energy Systems for „Contributions in control of industrial electronics converters applications in energy systems in 2015 (Yokohama, Japan), IEEE IES Anthony J. Hornfeck Service Award for “Outstanding and Meritorious Service to the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society” in 2021 and Power Electronics and Motion Control Istvan Nagy Award “for his outstanding contribution to control in power electronics and for continuous support of PEMC conferences” in 2022.
Mariusz Malinowski has published almost 200 journal and conference papers. He is the author of six patents (two implemented by industry) and co-author of six books.  He has participated in over 20 research and industrial projects (12 in a leader role) and he has been a reviewer and PhD commission member for numerous PhD theses in Germany, Spain, Denmark, Australia, India, Switzerland, Italy and Poland.
Mariusz  Malinowski public service include activity in IEEE, where he was Chair of IEEE Poland Section. Mariusz Malinowski is currently President in IEEE Industrial Electronics Society and he has in IEEE highest Fellow status. Moreover Mariusz Malinowski is Vice Reactor for Research at WUT, Member of Polish Academy od Science and Member of Polish Council of Research Ecellence.
Mariusz Malinowski participated in the development of technologies which received many prizes e.g. three times the recognition in the competition Polish Product of the Future organized by the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP), the Grand Prix of TECHNICON, the Gold Medal of Automaticon, the Grand Prix Exhibition of Innovations in Geneva (Gold Medal), the Exhibition in Brussels “Eureco” (Bronze Medal), International Exhibition of Inventions in Warsaw (Silver Medal) and special prize of Polish Ministry of Economy “eCO2 Innovation” for development of ecological innovative product.
Mariusz Malinowski was visiting scholar and professor in following institutions: Aalborg University (Denmark), University of Nevada (Reno, USA), Technical University of Berlin (Germany), Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Marıa  (Valparaıso, Chile), University of Cergy-Pontoise (France), ENSEEIHT - Laplace, Toulouse (France) and ETH Zurich (Switzerland). He also cooperate with industry e.g. ABB Corporate Research Center (Poland), PSE Operator (Poland), TWERD (Poland), TRUMPF Huettinger (Poland),  Wave Dragon (Dania), Danfoss Drives (Dania) and Vestas (Dania).

Speech: Power electronics and hybrid transformers in distributed energy system - opportunities and challenges

Abstract: The fast development of distributed generation systems (DGS), including an increasing number of renewable energy sources (RES), demands the change of classical grids into smart grids (SG), integrating all new distributed elements, e.g., active loads/sources/energy storages. Currently used conventional transformers cannot fulfill all SG requirements. Therefore, a new solution is needed due to the highly different types of energy sources and loads and the frequent voltage disturbances occurring in DGS. The proposed modern solutions are the applications of multifunctional power electronics, fault-tolerant power electronics, and hybrid transformers that are able not only to meet the main requirements of SG but also respond to the future challenges defined by the constant progress of technology in all new fields (e.g., electromobility, energy store systems, etc.). 

Fellow of IEEE

Prof. Alain BOUSCAYROL, Université de Lille, France

Alain BOUSCAYROL received Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse, France, in 1995. From 1996 to 2005, he was Associate Professor at University of Lille, France, where he has been Professor since 2005. From 2004 to 2019, he has managed the national network on Energy Management of Hybrid Electric Vehicles (MEGEVH) France. Since 2015, he has been coordinator of the CUMIN (Campus of University with Mobility based on Innovation and carbon Neutrality) interdisciplinary programme of University of Lille ( ). Since 2018, he has been co-director of the international research lab e-CAMPUS on sustainable mobility (France / Canada). From 2018 to 2022, he was coordinator of PANDA a European H2020 project on simulation and testing of electrified vehicles ( ).
His research interests at the L2EP (Laboratory of Electrical Engineering) include graphical descriptions (Energetic Macroscopic Representation,, etc.) for control of electric drives, wind energy conversion systems, railway traction systems, electric or hybrid electric vehicles and hardware-in-the-loop simulation. His collaborative works with industry on electrified vehicles include PSA Peugeot Citroen, Nexter Systems, Renault TR, Siemens Mobility, Siemens Software, SNCF and Valeo. From 2014 to 2019, he was nominated Chair of the Vehicle Power Propulsion technical committee by IEEE Vehicular Technology Society. From 2014 to 2018 he was appointed Associate Editor of IEEE trans. on Vehicular Technology. Since 2016, has been elected Distinguished Lecturer by IEEE VTS. Since 2019, he has been appointed general chair of the steering committee of IEEE VPPC (Vehicle Power Propulsion Conference).


Abstract: The transport sector is nowaday the only sector in Europe with an increase of the green houses gases (GHG). Electrification of transportation systems is thus a the key challenge to face the global warning. Since 2010, the University of Lille regularly estimates its green houses gases, and the communiting (home-university travels) are responsible of more than 50% of the total GHG of its 85,000 users (students and staff). To significanclty cut the GHG of the daily mobility, the University of Lille has developped an interdisiciplinary programme, CUMIN (Campus of University with Mobility based on Innovation and carbon Neutrality), with the aims to develop its campus “Cité Scientifique” as a demonstrator for electro-mobility. CUMIN is composed on several projects on different aspects of electromobility: energy consumption, economical models of vehicles and infrastructures, driver’s habits and request, charging points with renewable energy, acceptability, public policies, etc. The CUMIN programme is composed of 3 research groups in Science & Technologies and 3 research groups in Social & Human Sciences. CUMIN has international collaborations with Canada (Univ. Trois Rivières), USA (Rochester Inst. Tech), and Belgium(Univ. Ghent) on some projects. An international associated laboratory has been developed between the University of Lille and the University of Trois-Rivières to extend the experience of Lille on a campus in North America. The keynote lecture will first introduce the context of the CUMIN programme. Several projects will then be presented such as EVE (Electric Vehicle, Estimation of mobility for an ecocampus), REMUS (Recovery of Energy from Metros in University based on Sustainability of an eco-campus), TESS (Technical-Economical Study of Sustainable campuses) or SARA (Social Acceptance of electric vehicles in Restricted Areas).



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