Keynote Speeches and Plenary Speeches

Prof. Mohamed Benbouzid
University of Brest, France
IEEE Fellow

Mohamed BENBOUZID completed his Ph.D. in electrical at the National Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble, Grenoble, France, in 1994. He further earned his Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches degree from the University of Amiens, Amiens, France, in 2000.
Following the completion of his Ph.D., Dr. Benbouzid joined the University of Amiens, where he held the position of Associate Professor in electrical engineering. Since September 2004, he has been affiliated with the University of Brest, Brest, France, where he currently serves as a Full Professor in electrical engineering. Additionally, he holds the distinguished positions of a Distinguished Professor at the Shanghai Maritime University in Shanghai, China. Prof. Benbouzid primary research interests and expertise include control of electric machines, variable-speed drives for traction, propulsion, and renewable energy applications, and fault diagnosis of electric machines.
Prof. Benbouzid is an IEEE Fellow and a Fellow of the IET. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal on Energy Conversion and the Applied Sciences (MDPI) Section on Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering. He is a Subject Editor for the IET Renewable Power Generation.

Speech title "Biofouling in tidal stream turbines: Methods, solutions, and challenges in detection and extent estimation"

Abstract-Durability of tidal stream turbines in a marine environment presents a significant challenge, largely due to the potential impact of biofouling. The accumulation of organisms like algae, mussels, and barnacles can affect the turbine shape and roughness, reducing its efficiency. While anti-corrosive materials can be used to minimize corrosion, the management of biofouling is much more complex. Although biofouling on ship hulls has been extensively researched, limited studies have been conducted on its effects on tidal stream turbines. Consequently, it is essential to develop a specific biofouling management and monitoring strategy that includes regular assessments and adjustments to maintain the desired level of biofouling control and ensure optimal turbine performance. Essentially, the strategy should aim to identify when the effects of fouling become significant enough to warrant removal and prevent degradation of tidal stream turbine performance over time.
In this context, this keynote proposes an overview of biofouling and its impact on tidal stream turbines, current techniques for detecting and estimating biofouling, recent developments, and challenges in the field, as well as several promising prospects for biofouling detection and estimation.



Prof. Philip W. T. Pong
New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, United States
IEEE Senior Member

Philip W. T. Pong received a B.Eng. from the University of Hong Kong (HKU) in 2002 with 1st class honours. Then he studied for a PhD in engineering at the University of Cambridge (2002-2005). He was a postdoctoral researcher at the Magnetic Materials Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for three years. His research interest currently focuses on the development and application of advanced sensing techniques based on electromagnetic sensors in smart grid and nanotechnology. Philip Pong is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET), a Fellow of the Energy Institute (FEI), a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (FIMMM), a Fellow of the NANOSMAT Society (FNS), a chartered physicist (CPhys), a chartered electrical engineer (CEng), a chartered energy engineer, a registered professional engineer (R.P.E. in Electrical, Electronics, Energy), a Senior Member of IEEE (SMIEEE) and a corporate member of HKIE (MHKIE in Electrical Division and Electronics Division). He serves on the editorial boards for several IEEE and SCI journals.



Prof. Victor Levi
University of Manchester, Manchester, U.K.
IEEE Senior Member

Victor Levi received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Yugoslavia, in 1986 and 1991, respectively. From 1982 to 2001, he was with University of Novi Sad, Novi Sad, Yugoslavia, where he became a Full Professor in 2001. He was with the University of Manchester, Manchester, U.K. from 2001 to 2003, and then with United Utilities and Electricity North West, from 2003 to 2013. In 2013, he rejoined the University of Manchester. Victor has both long-term industrial experience working for the UK distribution companies and long-term university experience. Dr Levi has published two books on power system planning and application of computational methods in power engineering and 80+ papers in the leading international journals and conference proceedings. He is a Senior Member of IEEE.

Speech title "Network Topology Optimization for the Transient Stability of Modern Power Systems"

Abstract-The transient stability is still a modern topic even after more than 50 years of computer-aided research. The presentation investigates network switching that is used to optimize transient stability performance following faults. Traditional solutions to transient stability improvement are generation rescheduling and potentially load curtailment, whist network switching was rarely investigated.
A general, dynamic optimization model is proposed to solve the optimization of transient stability via network switching. The objective is to minimize the cost of generation (re)scheduling and load curtailment, whilst algebraic SCOPF and differential transient stability constraints in conjunction with inequalities form the constraint part of the model. The model is reformulated as the algebraic network robustness problem and solved without numerically solving differential equations. Several study cases support the application of the proposed model. Quantitative analysis of renewable energy sources (RES) is also done.



Prof. Dr. Murat Fahrioglu
Middle East Technical University, Northern Cyprus Campus, Turkey
IEEE Member

Dr. Murat Fahrioglu obtained the BS (Hon) degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University, in 1993, the MS degree (1994) and the PhD degree (1999) from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He is currently an Assoc. Professor at Middle East Technical University - Northern Cyprus Campus in the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. His main research is electric power systems and more specifically in the design of demand management contracts between electric utilities and their customers to avoid forced outages. He is also working on renewable energy integration into power systems and assessment of solar and wind energy resources. His most recent research is about interconnecting the power systems of neighboring countries to enhance renewable energy use.