Distinguished Lecturers 2022-2023

Tobias Geyer portrait
Distinguished Lecturers 2022-2023
ABB Medium-Voltage Drives, Switzerland, and Stellenbosch University, South Africa

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).

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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
Petar J.  Grbović portrait
Distinguished Lecturers 2022-2023
University of Innsbruck
Dr. Petar J. Grbović received the Dipl. Ing. (B. Sc.) and the Magister (M.Sc.) degrees from the School of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade, Serbia, in 1999 and 2005, and the Doctor (Ph.D) degree from the Laboratoire ’Électrotechnique et d’Électronique de Puissance de Lille, l’Ecole Centrale de Lille, France in 2010.
From March 1999 to February 2003, he was an R/D Engineer with RDA Co, Belgrade. From November 2000 to June 2001, he was a Consulting Engineer with CESET Italy (a division of Emerson Appliance Motors Europe). From March 2003 to April 2005, he was with the R&D Department, PDL Electronics, Ltd., Napier, New Zealand. Since April 2005 until July 2010 he was working with Schneider Toshiba Inverter Europe, Pacy-Sur-Eure, France, as Power Electronics Group Expert. Since September 2010 until August 2011 he was with General Electric Global Research, Munich, Germany. Since September 2011 he is with HUAWEI Technologies, Europe Energy Competence Centre in Munich/Nuremberg, Germany, where he works as a Senior Expert in the area of power electronics and power conversion. Since 2016 he is a scientific member of Centre of Power Electronics and Drives, C-PED Lab., Roma TRE University, Italy. In Novembar 2018 he was appointed as Full (University) Professor at Innsbruck Power Electronics Laboratory (i-PEL), the Institute of Mechatronics, the University of Innsbruck, Austria.
The focus of his research is on application and control of advanced power semiconductors, power converter topologies, extreme power density & efficiency power converters, energy storage devices and applications, and control of power converters.
Dr. Grbović published over 60 IEEE conference/journal papers, 16 IEEE tutorials and a book “Ultra-capacitors in power Conversion Systems: Analysis, Modelling and Design in Theory and Practice”. He has 17 patents granted and 9 patent application pending.
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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 portrait
Distinguished Lecturers 2022-2023
National University of Singapore

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.

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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 Rodriquez portrait
Distinguished Lecturers 2022-2023
Loyola University Andalucia
Sevilla, Spain

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.

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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
Brij N.  Singh portrait
Distinguished Lecturers 2022-2023
John Deere Inc., USA
North Dakota, USA
Dr. Brij N. Singh is a Technical Fellow - Power Electronics Engineering in John Deere Inc., USA. He has earned BE degree in Electrical Engineering from Madan Mohan Malviya Technical University, Gorakhpur, ME degree from   Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, and Ph.D. degree from Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India.  
In 1996, Dr. Singh joined the École de Technology Supérieure, Université du Québec, Montreal, QC, Canada, as a Post-Doctoral Fellow. In 1999, he joined Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada as a Research Fellow. In 2000, he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, as an Assistant Professor. 
In 2007, Dr. Singh has joined John Deere Inc., USA as a power electronics staff engineer, where he has led and supported power electronics technology development projects for 644 and 944 hybrid loaders’ electrification. In 2011, he joined John Deere Advanced Technology Department and has executed R&D projects related to high-temperature power-dense high-efficiency power electronics systems including wide bandgap (WBG) power conversion technologies. 
In September 2020, Dr. Singh was named as the John Deere Region 4 Public Funding Manager with job title as R4 Manager External Relationships. As the R4 Manager External Relationships, Dr. Singh is tasked to lead John Deere Emerging Technology projects including successful execution of government and non-government funded projects in collaboration with universities, government labs, non-Deere industries. Emerging Technology projects led by Dr. Singh are likely to be applicable to John Deere Tech Stack, Production Systems, Product Lifecycle Systems, Construction and Road Building. Various projects led by Dr. Singh are destined to reduce greenhouse gas emission and carbon footprint reduction, resulting in a sustainable environment for the society.    
Dr. Singh has published over 90 research papers in various Journals including IEEE Transactions and IET Journals. He has 28 approved US patents, one trade secret, and over a dozen pending patents. 
In Tulane, Dr. Singh received four IEEE/Eta Kapa Nu teaching awards for outstanding instructions in electrical engineering. In John Deere, he has received three innovation and one collaboration awards for product and technology development works. Dr. Singh is the winner of the 2020 IEEE Power Electronics Emerging Technology Award. In Feb 2020, Dr. Singh was awarded the “Title of John Deere Fellow” for exemplary contributions to the power electronics engineering. He is a senior member of the IEEE and lives with his family in West Fargo, North Dakota, USA.
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Improved Control Algorithm for Power Quality Controlled Converters Read Abstract
Power Electronics for Precision Farming with Substantiable and Cleaner Environment Read Abstract
Wide Bandgap (WBG) Power Electronics Systems for Heavy-Duty Vehicles Read Abstract
Keyue Ma Smedley portrait
Distinguished Lecturers 2022-2023
University of California Irvine
Keyue Ma Smedley received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in EE from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, and an M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in EE from Caltech, Pasadena, CA.
Dr. Smedley was a high-power converter designer for all accelerator rings at the Superconducting Super Collider from 1990 to 1992. She is currently a Professor in the Department of EECS at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and the Director of the UCI Power Electronics Laboratory. She is also a co-founder of One-Cycle Control, Inc.  
Dr. Smedley is the inventor of the One-Cycle Control (OCC) method for high switching power conversion. In 1997, the UCI Power Electronics Laboratory demonstrated a high-fidelity OCC class-D amplifier that achieved <0.07% THD under 15% DC power ripple, resulting in a 7X reduction of size and weight. In 2003, Dr. Smedley’s team realized OCC universal 3-phase 4-quadrant controller that combines PFC, APF, inverter, VAR in one with unmatched dynamic speed to serve modern grid applications. In 2007, Dr. Smedley’s team invented the Hexagram converter, the first multilevel converter with constant power flow to each power module leading to minimum capacitor requirement and high fault tolerance for motor drive applications. In 2010, Dr. Smedley led a consortium of academic, utility, and industries to complete a one-year field demonstration of 15kV 2,000A (20,000A fault) class fault current limiter in the commercial power grid, which was the first time in the US history. In 2020, Dr. Smedley’s team demonstrated a general full-range regulation method for most resonant switched capacitor converters that opens the door for dramatically reduce or eliminate the magnetics.
Dr. Smedley’s work resulted in more than 200 technical publications, more than ten US/international patents, two start-up companies, and numerous commercial applications.  Dr. Smedley is a recipient of the UCI Innovation Award 2005. She was selected as IEEE Fellow in 2008 for her contribution in high-performance switching power conversion. Her work with One-Cycle Control, Inc. won the Department of Army Achievement Award in Pentagon in 2010.
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Exploration at the Confluence of Three Major Power Electronics Branches Download Abstract
Jian Sun portrait
Distinguished Lecturers 2022-2023
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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.

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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
Kai Sun portrait
Distinguished Lecturers 2022-2023
Associate Professor
Tsinghua University
Kai Sun (M’12-SM’16) received the B.E., M.E., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Tsinghua University, in 2000, 2002, and 2006, respectively. He joined the faculty of Electrical Engineering, Tsinghua University, in 2006, where he is currently a Tenured Associate Professor (Research Professor). From Sep 2009 to Aug 2010, he was a Visiting Scholar at Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark. From Jan to Aug 2017, he was a Visiting Professor at Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. His research interests include power electronics for renewable generation systems, microgrids, and energy internet.
Dr. Sun serves as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics, and Journal of Power Electronics. Dr. Sun served as the TPC Vice Chair of IEEE ECCE2017 and IEEE ECCE-Asia2017, the Organization Committee Chair of IEEE eGrid2019, and the Publicity Chair of IEEE ECCE2020. He also served as the General Co-Chair of 2018 International Future Energy Challenge (IFEC2018). Dr. Sun serves as PELS Asia Pacific Regional Vice Chair, PELS Beijing Chapter Chair and PELS Electronic Power Grid Systems Technical Committee (TC8) Secretary. He was a recipient of Delta Young Scholar Award in 2013, and Youth Award of China Power Supply Society (CPSS) in 2017, and IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics' Outstanding Reviewers Award in 2019.
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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 portrait
Distinguished Lecturers 2022-2023
University of Bristol
United Kingdom

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.

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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
 Firuz Zare portrait
Distinguished Lecturers 2022-2023
Queensland University of Technology

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. 

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International Harmonic Standardisations: current and voltage harmonics in distribution networks Read Abstract
Modelling and Analysis of Grid Connected Power Electronics Converters and their Interactions in Distribution Networks (2-9 kHz and 9-150 kHz) Read Abstract