Prof. Z.Y. (Joe) Dong, IEEE Fellow
University of New South Wales, Australia

Professor Z.Y. Dong obtained Ph.D. from the University of Sydney, Australia. He is currently with the University of NSW, Sydney. He is Director of the University of NSW’s Digital Grid Futures Institute; and Director of Australian Research Council Research Hub for Integrated Energy Storage Solutions. His immediate role was Professor and Head of the School of Electrical and Information Engineering, The University of Sydney. He was Ausgrid Chair and Director of the Ausgrid Centre for Intelligent Electricity Networks (CIEN) providing R&D support for the $600M Smart Grid, Smart City national demonstration project. He also worked as manager for (transmission) system planning at Transend Networks (now TASNetworks), Australia. His research interest includes smart grid, power system planning, power system dynamics and stability, load modeling, renewable energy systems, and electricity market. He is an editor of a number of IEEE transactions and IET journals. He is an international Advisor for the journal of Automation of Electric Power Systems. He is Fellow of IEEE.

 

Prof. Udaya K. Madawala, IEEE Fellow
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 and, 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 the IEEE Power Electronic Society (PELS), 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 editorial, conference, technical committee and chapter activities. Currently, Udaya is an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, and a member of both the Administrative Committee and Membership Development Committee of the IEEE Power Electronics Society. He was the General Chair of the 2nd IEEE Southern Power Electronics Conference (SPEC)- 2016, held in New Zealand, and is also the Chair of SPEC Steering Committee. Udaya, who has over 300 IEEE and IET journal and conference publications, holds a number of patents related to wireless power transfer (WPT) and power converters, and is a consultant to industry.

 

Invited Speakers



Prof. Dr. Mohan Kolhe,
University of Agder, Norway

Professor (Dr) Mohan Kolhe is with the University of Agder (Norway) as full professor in electrical power engineering with focus in smart grid and renewable energy in the Faculty of Engineering and Science. He has also received the offer of full professorship in smart grid from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He has more than twenty-five years’ academic experience at international level on electrical and renewable energy systems. He is a leading renewable energy technologist and has previously held academic positions at the world's prestigious universities e.g. University College London (UK / Australia), University of Dundee (UK); University of Jyvaskyla (Finland); Hydrogen Research Institute, QC (Canada); etc.

He was also a member of the Government of South Australia’s Renewable Energy Board (2009-2011) and worked on developing renewable energy policies.

Presently he is also leading the EU FP7 Smart Grid-ICT project ‘Scalable Energy Management Infrastructure for Household’ as Technical Manager. This project is in collaboration with 12 EU partners from 4 EU countries.

His academic work ranges from the smart grid, grid integration of renewable energy systems, home energy management system, integrated renewable energy systems for hydrogen production, techno-economics of energy systems, solar and wind energy engineering, development of business models for distributed generation etc. He also did extensive teaching in renewable and electrical energy systems engineering as well as in energy economics.

He has been successful in winning competitive research funding from the prestigious research councils (e.g. EU, EPSRC, BBSRC, NRP, etc.) for his work on sustainable energy systems. He has published extensively in the energy systems engineering. He has been invited by many international organizations for delivering expert lectures / courses / key note addresses / workshops. He has also been member of many academic promotional committees.