ICSEE 2021 Keynote Speakers
Prof. George Gross, IEEE Fellow, University of Illinois, USA
George Gross is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Grainger College of Engineering. His research and teaching activities are in power system analysis, economics and operations, renewable, demand response and energy storage resource integration, utility regulatory policy and industry restructuring. He was formerly with the Pacific Gas and Electric Company, where, Dr. Gross founded the company's Management Science Department and held other key management, technical and policy positions. During 1992-93, Dr. Gross was at the Electric Research Power Institute to develop research directions on open access transmission. George Gross is a co-founder of POWERWORLD and served on its Board of Directors from 1996 – 2001. A Fellow of IEEE, Dr. Gross received the Franz Edelman Management Science Achievement Award by the Institute of Management Science. Dr. Gross has consulted on electricity issues with utilities, government organizations and research institutions in North America, Europe, South America, Australia and Asia. He has lectured widely and has given numerous invited presentations at leading universities and research institutions throughout the world. He served as the Lead Facilitator of the Illinois Commerce Commission NextGrid Study on grid modernization in Illinois from August 2017 to January 2019. He also directs the annually offered Transmission Business School,one of the longest running professional training events in the electric power industry. George Gross earned his undergraduate degree at McGill University in Montreal and completed his graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley.
Prof. Bikash Pal, IEEE Fellow, Imperial College London, UK
Bikash Pal is Professor of Power Systems at Imperial College London. He is research active in power system stability, control and computation. His research is sponsored by EPSRC, National Grid, GE, ABB, UK Power Networks. He is currently leading a six-university UK-China research consortium (2020-2023) in Sustainable Energy Networks. In the past he led an eight-university UK-India research consortium (2013-2017) on Smart Grid and Storage and a six-university UK-China research consortium (2014-2017) in Smart Grid and Control . His research group has received 2016 President Award for Outstanding Research. He is consultant to United Nations, GE, ALSTOM, National Grid, UK Power Networks . He has graduated 20 PhDs and published about 120 technical papers in IEEE Transactions and IET journals. He has co-authored four books and two award winning IEEE Task Force/Working Group reports.
As Vice President of Publication, Power and Energy Society (PES), of IEEE he sets and delivers plan to sustain the growth in quality, impact and annual revenue (currently about $5M) and also offers leadership as Governing Board member for the growth of the society. As IEEE Periodical committee member he was part of team that approves new periodicals and reviews the performance of the current periodicals. He chaired an IEEE Working Group in state estimation for power distribution applications. Since 2008 , as an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer he has been offering special lectures and tutorials in power system control and computation . He was Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. He is Series Editor of Elesevier series on Sustainable Energies and Fellow of IEEE for his contribution to power system stability and control. He was Otto Monstead Internatonal Professor at Denmark Technical University (DTU) in 2019, and Mercator Professor at University of Duisburg-Essen in 2011 invited respectively by the Ottomonstead Foundation and German Research Foundation (DFG). He holds a Visiting Professorship at Tsinghua University, China.
Prof. Massimo Alioto, IEEE Fellow, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Speech Title: Enabling Always-On Sensor Nodes Entirely Powered by Sustainable Energy Sources – Making Our World Smarter and Greener (Click for abstract)
Massimo Alioto is with the ECE Department of the National University of Singapore, where he leads the Green IC group, the Integrated Circuits and Embedded Systems area and the FD-FAbrICS industry-sponsored lab on FD-SOI intelligent&connected systems. Previously, he held positions at the University of Siena, Intel Labs – CRL, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, University of California - Berkeley, EPFL - Lausanne.
He is author of 300+ publications on journals and conference proceedings, and four books with Springer, including the popular “Enabling the Internet of Things – from Integrated Circuits to Integrated Systems”, which is the first book published in the area of integrated system design for the edge of the Internet of Things. His primary research interests include ultra-low power circuits and systems, self-powered integrated systems, near-threshold circuits for green computing, widely energy-scalable integrated systems, circuits for machine intelligence, hardware security, and emerging technologies.
He is the Editor in Chief of the IEEE Transactions on VLSI Systems, and was Deputy Editor in Chief of the IEEE Journal on Emerging and Selected Topics in Circuits and Systems. Prof. Alioto is a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society, after serving as Distinguished Lecturer for the Circuits&Systems Society. He served as Guest Editor of numerous journal special issues, Technical Program Chair of several IEEE conferences (ISCAS 2023, SOCC, PRIME, ICECS, VARI, NEWCAS, ICM), and TPC member (ISSCC, ASSCC). Prof. Alioto is an IEEE Fellow.
Prof. Tony Wood (ATSE Fellow), Grattan Institute, Australia
Tony has been Director of the Energy Program since 2011 after 14 years working at Origin Energy in senior executive roles. From 2009 to 2014 he was also Program Director of Clean Energy Projects at the Clinton Foundation, advising governments in the Asia-Pacific region on effective deployment of large-scale, low-emission energy technologies. In 2008, he was seconded to provide an industry perspective to the first Garnaut climate change review.
In January 2018, Tony was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his significant service to conservation and the environment, particularly in the areas of energy policy, climate change and sustainability. In October 2019, Tony was elected as a Fellow to the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.
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