Keynote & Plenary Speakers
IEEE Fellow, Prof. Ryuichi Yokoyama, Waseda University, Japan
Biography: Ryuichi Yokoyama received the degrees of B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, in 1968, 1970, and 1974 respectively. After working in Mitsubishi Research Institute, from 1978 through 2007, he was a professor in the Faculty of Technology of Tokyo Metropolitan University. Since 2007, he had been a professor of the Graduate School of Environment and Energy Engineering in Waseda University. His fields of interests include planning, operation, control and optimization of large-scale environment and energy systems, and economic analysis and risk management of deregulated power markets. Now, he is a Professor Emeritus of Waseda University, a Life Fellow of IEEE, a Senior Life Member of IEE of Japan, a member of CIGRE. He is also Chairmen of Standardization Commissions of Electric Apparatus in METI Japan. He is a President of Consortium of Power System Technology of Japan and CEO of the Energy and Environment Technology Research Institute.
IEEE Fellow, Prof. Joe Dong, The University of New South Wales, Australia
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. Muhammad Arfin Khan Lodhi, Texas Tech University, USA
Biography: Professor M. A. K. Lodhi received his Ph. D in nuclear Physics (University of London) in 1963. He is presently research professor of physics at Texas Tech University, Lubbock TX USA. His research interests include Nuclear and Particle Physics, New and Renewable Energy Sources, Space Science in particular, advanced space power generation and distribution in simulating and modeling AMTEC Cells, modeling trapped radiation thus predicting the most needed radiation (proton) flux at and between the solar maximum and minimum activities, and the space debris modeling.
Professor M. A. K. Lodhi received more than 100 intra and- extramural grants for research and research related activities. He has more than 250 papers and 4 books published. He gave more than 200 oral presentations in regional, national, and international conferences; including 20 keynote speeches, 70 invited talks and 120 contributed presentations. He also participated in about 150 regional, national, and international conferences. Organized and chaired many conferences, Chaired various technical sessions. Among the many awards, one of the recent one is The ymposium on 50 years of research of M. A. K. Lodhi held to honor Dr. Lodhi research at Texas Tech, where the USA Flag, specially flown on the US Capitol in his name, folded, brought to the Symposium and presented to him at the Symposium.
Prof. Mohan Lal Kolhe, Universitetet of Agder, Norway
Biography: Professor (Dr) Mohan Kolhe is with the Faculty of Engineering and Science as full professor in Energy Systems Engineering with focus on Smart Grid and Renewable Energy Systems. He has also received the offer of Hafslund Professorship in Smart Grid from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).
Prof. Kolhe 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 eg University College London (UK / Australia), University of Dundee (UK); University of Jyvaskyla (Finland); and Hydrogen Research Institute, QC (Canada).
Prof. Kolhe was a member of the Government of South Australia's first renewable energy board (2009-2011) and actively contributed on developing renewable energy policies for South Australia.
Prof. Kolhe's academic work range from the smart grid, grid integration of renewable energy systems, energy storage, electrical vehicles, 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.
Prof. Kolhe has been successful in winning research funding from prestigious research councils (eg EU, Norwegian Research Council, EPSRC, BBSRC, Northern Research Partnership Scotland, etc.) for his work on sustainable energy systems. He has published extensively in the area of Energy Systems Engineering. He has been invited by many international organizations for delivering expert lectures / courses / key note addresses.He also has been a member of many academic promotion committees as well as expert member of international research councils
Prof. Koki Ogura, Kyushu Sangyo University, Japan
Biography: Dr. Koki Ogura is an associate professor in Electrical Engineering at Kyushu Sangyo University, Fukuoka, Japan. He received the B.S. Eng., the M.S .Eng. and the Dr. Eng. Degrees in Electrical Engineering from Yamaguchi University, Yamaguchi, Japan in 2000, 2002 and 2005 respectively. He worked at Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd., Kobe, Japan from 2005 to 2016, where he was engaged in the development of the next-generation, battery-driven, low-floor light rail vehicle (LRV) and the advanced wayside energy storage system for electric railways in New York City Transit (NYCT), Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and Tokyo Monorail Co., Ltd., Japan. His current interests include circuit design and integration of high-frequency soft switching power converters, power electronics applications in home appliances, transportation and renewable energy systems.