Keynote Speeches and Plenary Speeches

Prof. Mohamed Benbouzid
University of Brest, France
IEEE Fellow

Mohamed Benbouzid received the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the National Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble, Grenoble, France, in 1994, and the Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches degree from the University of Amiens, Amiens, France, in 2000.
After receiving the Ph.D. degree, he joined the University of Amiens, Amiens, France where he was an Associate Professor of electrical engineering. Since September 2004, he has been with the University of Brest, Brest, France, where he is a Full Professor of electrical engineering. Prof. Benbouzid is also a Distinguished Professor and a 1000 Talent Expert at the Shanghai Maritime University, Shanghai, China. His main research interests and experience include analysis, design, and 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. He is also 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.



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.



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.