Distinguished Lecturers 2022-2023
Tobias Geyer (Fellow, IEEE, 2022) received the Dipl.-Ing. degree in electrical engineering, the Ph.D. in control engineering and the Habilitation degree in power electronics from ETH Zurich in the years 2000, 2005 and 2017, respectively.
After his Ph.D., he spent three years at GE Global Research, Munich, Germany, three years at the University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand, and eight years at ABB’s Corporate Research Centre, Baden-Dättwil, Switzerland. In 2020, he joined ABB’s Medium-Voltage Drives division as R&D platform manager of the ACS6080. Working at the intersection of industry and academia he is also an extraordinary Professor at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.
He is the author of 35 patent families and the book “Model predictive control of high power converters and industrial drives” (Wiley, 2016). He teaches a regular course on model predictive control at ETH Zurich. His research interests include medium-voltage and low-voltage drives, utility-scale power converters, optimized pulse patterns and model predictive control.
Dr. Geyer received the Semikron Innovation Award and the Nagamori Award, both in 2021. He also received two Prize Paper Awards of IEEE transactions and two Prize Paper Awards at IEEE conferences. He is a former Associate Editor of the Transactions on Industry Applications (from 2011 until 2014) and the Transactions on Power Electronics (from 2013 until 2019). He was an International Program Committee Vice Chair of the IFAC conference on Nonlinear Model Predictive Control in Madison, WI, USA, in 2018. Dr. Geyer is a Distinguished Lecturer of the Power Electronics Society (from 2020 until 2023).
|Long-horizon finite control set model predictive control: theory, implementation and applications||Read Abstract|
|Model predictive control in power electronics: a critical review and recent industrial products||Read Abstract|
|Optimized pulse patterns maximizing system performance in industry||Read Abstract|
|Advanced Power Semiconductors -Applications & Control from Theory to Practice-||Read Abstract|
|Multi-Cell & Multi-Level Power Converters -A Way to Go Beyond the Limits-||Read Abstract|
|Partial Power Rated Converters-A Way to go Beyond the Limits||Read Abstract|
|Power Converters for Energy Storage Applications -Analysis and Design from Theory to Practice-||Read Abstract|
Sanjib Kumar Panda (S’86-M’91-SM’01-F’2021) received B. Eng. Degree from the South Gujarat University, India, in 1983, M.Tech. degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India, in 1987, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Cambridge, U.K., in 1991, all in electrical engineering. He was the recipient of the Cambridge-Nehru Scholarship and M. T. Mayer Graduate Scholarship during his PhD study (1987-1991). Since 1992, he has been holding a faculty position in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore and currently serving as an Associate Professor and Director of the Power & Energy Research Area. Dr. Panda has published more than 450 peer-reviewed research papers, co-authored one book and contributed to several book chapters, holds six patents and co-founder of three start-up companies. His research interests include high-performance control of motor drives and power electronic converters, condition monitoring and predictive maintenance, building energy efficiency enhancement etc. He is serving as an Associate Editor of several IEEE Transactions e.g. Power Electronics, Industry Applications, Energy Conversion, Access and IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics. He is the Chair of the IEEE PELS Technical Committee -12 (TC-12): Energy Access and Off-grid Systems.
|A Plug and Play Operational Approach for Implementation of an Autonomous-Micro-Grid System||Read Abstract|
|Single-phase inverter control techniques for interfacing renewable energy sources with micro-grid – Parallel connected inverter topologies with active and reactive power flow control along with grid current shaping||Read Abstract|
|Single-phase inverter control techniques for interfacing renewable energy sources with micro-grid: Series connected inverter topologies with active and reactive power flow control along with grid current shaping||Read Abstract|
Pedro Rodriguez is the Head of LOYOLA.Tech. He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), Spain (1994 and 2004, respectively). He was a postdoc researcher at the CPES, Virginia Tech, US, at the Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University (AAU), Denmark and at the MIT Energy Initiative (MITie), Boston, US. He was a co-supervisor of the Vestas Power Program, Denmark (2007 – 2011). He was a director of technology on Modern Power Systems at Abengoa Research (2011-2017). From 2017, he is a full professor at the Loyola University Andalucia, where he is the Head of LOYOLA.Tech, leading a research programme on Intelligent Energy Systems. He is also linked with the UPC as a part-time professor. He is in the Clarivate’s list of Highly Cited Researchers in Engineering (2015-2018). He has co-authored one Wiley-IEEE book, more than 100 papers in ISI technical journals, and around 300 papers in conference proceedings. He is the holder of 16 licensed patents. He has participated in more than 50 projects with industrial partners and several EU projects. Dr. Rodriguez is a IEEE Fellow for his contributions in the control of distributed generation. He has served as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transaction on Power Electronics, IEEE Journal on Emerging and Selected Topics on Power Electronics, IEEE Journal on Industrial Electronics and Energies. His research interests include intelligent energy systems, distributed generation, and universal energy access.
|Flexibility and Ancillary Services in Grid-connected Power Converters||Read Abstract|
|Grid-forming Power Converters||Read Abstract|
|Modelling and Stability Analysis of Electrical Networks Dominated by Grid-connected Power Converters||Read Abstract|
|Synchronization and Control of Grid-connected Power Converters||Read Abstract|
|Exploration at the Confluence of Three Major Power Electronics Branches||Download Abstract|
Dr. Jian Sun joined the faculty at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in 2002, where he is currently a Professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering. He is also Director of the state-funded Center for Future Energy Systems (CFES). His research interests are in the general area of power electronics and energy conversion, with focus on modeling, control, and different applications including renewable energy, high-voltage dc transmission and aerospace power systems. As Director of CFES, he is responsible for the strategic directions and development of the Center’s research, industry collaboration, education, and outreach programs.
Dr. Sun received his Dr.-Ing. degree from the University of Paderborn in Germany. Prior to joining RPI, he spent five years at the Advanced Technology Center of Rockwell Collins working on power electronics for aircraft power systems, and was a Post-Doc Fellow at Georgia Tech from 1996 to 1997. His other professional services to PELS included serving as Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Power Electronics Letters from 2008 to 2014, Treasurer of PELS from 2013 to 2020, and Vice President of Conferences from 2021.
Dr. Sun received the IEEE PELS Modeling and Control Technical Achievements Award in 2013 and the R. David Middlebrook Outstanding Achievement Award in 2017. He is a Fellow of IEEE.
|1-Power Electronics and Converter-Based Power Systems||Read Abstract|
|2-Small-Signal Sequence Impedance Theory and Applications||Read Abstract|
|3- Impedance Characterization and Control of Wind Turbines||Read Abstract|
|4- Impedance Characterization and Control of HVDC Converters||Read Abstract|
|Advanced Bi-directional DC-DC Converters in Battery Energy Storage Systems||Read Abstract|
|Hybrid AC/DC Microgrids: Configuration, Control and Future Development||Read Abstract|
|Power Conversion Technology for Renewable Energy Systems Integrated into Medium Voltage DC Grids||Read Abstract|
Xibo Yuan (Senior Member, IEEE) received the B.S. degree from China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou, China, and the Ph.D. degree from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 2005 and 2010, respectively, both in electrical engineering. He has been a Professor since 2017 in the Electrical Energy Management Group, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Bristol, Bristol, U.K., where he became Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader in 2011, 2015 and 2016, respectively. He also holds the UK Royal Academy of Engineering/Safran Chair in Advanced Aircraft Power Generation Systems. He is the Director of the UK Centre for Power Electronics and an executive committee member of the IET Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD) network. He is the Co-director of the Safran-Bristol University Research Centre. He has proposed converter topologies and control for various applications and has worked closely with industrial partners with technologies transferred to their products. His research areas include power electronics and motor drives, wind power generation, multilevel converters, application of wide-bandgap devices and more electric aircraft technologies. Professor Yuan is an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications and IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics. He is a Fellow of IET and received The Isao Takahashi Power Electronics Award in 2018.
|Accurate Core Loss and Winding Loss Characterisation and Prediction for High-frequency Magnetic Components||Read Abstract|
|Capacitor Voltage Control in Neutral Point Clamped (NPC) and Hybrid Multilevel Converters: Where are we now?||Read Abstract|
|Medium-Voltage High-Power Converters for 10MW+ Wind Turbines||Read Abstract|
|Opportunities, Challenges and Potential Solutions in the Application of Silicon-Carbide (SiC) Power Devices, Converters and Motor Drives||Read Abstract|
Professor Firuz Zare is a Fellow of IEEE and the Head of School of Electrical Engineering and Robotics at Queensland University of Technology in Australia. He received his PhD in Power Electronics from Queensland University of Technology in Australia in 2002.
He has over 20 years of experience in academia, industry and international standardisation committees, including eight years in two large R&D centres working on Grid Connected Inverters, Energy Conversion Systems and Power Quality Projects.
He has been very active in IEC, Danish and Australian standardisation committees and is a Task Force Leader (International Project Manager) of Active Infeed Converters to develop the first international standard IEC 61000-3-16 within the IEC standardisation SC77A.
Prof. Zare has received several awards such as an Australian Future Fellowship, John Madsen Medal, Symposium Fellowship and early career excellence research award. He has published four books, over 280 journal and conference papers, five patents and over 40 technical reports. He was awarded a technology leadership program by the Danish Innovation Council, to attend one year leadership program delivered by Harvard Business School in Boston USA in 2015.
Prof Zare is a Senior Editor of IEEE Access journal, a Guest Editor and Associate Editor of the IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics and an Editorial board member of several international journals. His main research areas are a) Power Electronics Topology, Control and Applications, b) Power Quality and Regulations and c) Pulsed Power Applications.