Keynote Speaker:
Prof Milos Manic,
IEEE Fellow, CCI Fellow, Senior NAI
President, IEEE Industrial Electronics Society
Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University
Director, VCU Cybersecurity Center (CSeC),
About the Speaker:

Dr. Manic is a Professor with Computer Science Department at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has over 20 years of academic and industrial experience. His previous positions include tenured positions with University of Idaho, director of the Computer Science Program at Idaho Falls, University of Nis, Serbia, and a Fellow of the Brain Korea 21 Program. He has completed over 30 research efforts in the area of data mining and machine learning applied to energy optimization, resilient control, and human-machine interaction. Dr. Manic has given over 30 invited talks around the world, authored over 180 refereed articles in international journals, books, and conferences, holds several U.S. patents and has won 2018 R&D 100 Award. Dr. Manic is an IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IES) Officer and is a member of various standing and technical committees and boards of this Society. He is also involved in various capacities in Technical Committees on Education, Industrial Informatics, Factory Automation, Smart Grids, Standards, and Web and Information Committee, and is a co-founder and past chair of Technical Committee on Resilience and Security in Industry, and a general chair of IEEE IECON 2018, IEEE HSI 2019.

Keynote Speaker:
Prof. Andy Knight
President, IEEE Industry Applications Society
Professor and Head, Department of Electrical and Software Engineering,
Schulich School of Engineering,
University of Calgary
About the Speaker:

Andy Knight is a Professor and Head of Electrical and Software Engineering at the University of Calgary. His research program focuses on the challenges of integrating renewable energy sources into electrical systems, energy efficiency, and electrical energy conversion.

Dr. Knight was awarded the PhD from the University of Cambridge and was a Professor at the University of Alberta prior to joining Calgary. He is a Professional Engineer registered in the Province of Alberta, Senior Member of IEEE and is a recipient of prize paper awards from IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) and IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS).

He is currently the President of IEEE Industry Applications Society, a member of the Steering Committee for IEEE Electrification Magazine, and has previously held various roles with IEEE including Chairing the Steering Committees the for IEEE Energy Conversion Congress & Exposition and the IEEE International Electric Machines and Drives Conference, as a member of the Steering Committees for IEEE Journal on Selected and Emerging Topics in Power Electronics, IEEE Open Journal on Industry Applications, and Chair of IEEE Smart Grid R&D Committee.

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Kaushik Rajashekara, Fellow IEEE
Distinguished Professor of Engineering
Member National Academy of Engineering
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
University of Houston
About the Speaker:

Kaushik Rajashekara( IEEE Fellow ) is presently a Distinguished Professor in the Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Houston. Prior to this, he was a Distinguished Professor in University of Texas at Dallas, Chief Technologist in Rolls-Royce Corporation, and Chief Scientist in Delphi, a division of General Motors. In General Motors, he worked on developing propulsion and power electronics systems for electric, hybrid, and fuel cell vehicle systems. In Rolls-Royce Corporation, his focus was on electric systems for electric and hybrid aircraft systems. He has authored/coauthored over 300 papers in international journals and conferences, has 37 US and 15 foreign patents, and has written one book. He has given over 200 invited presentations in international conferences and universities. He has received a number of awards including the 2022 Global Energy Prize and 2021 IEEE Medal on Environment & Safety Technologies. He was elected as a Member of the US National Academy of Engineering in 2012, Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors in 2015, a Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering in 2013, a Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering in 2021. His research interests include power/energy conversion, transportation electrification, renewable energy, microgrid systems, and Subsea electrification.

Keynote Speaker:
Fei “Fred” Wang
Fellow IEEE
Professor and Condra Chair of Excellence in Power Electronics,
CURENT Technical Director
University of Tennessee – Knoxville
About the Speaker:

Fei (Fred) Wang received the B.S. degree from Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, China, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, in 1982, 1985, and 1990, respectively, all in electrical engineering.

Dr. Wang was a Research Scientist in the Electric Power Lab, University of Southern California, from 1990 to 1992. He joined the GE Power Systems Engineering Department, Schenectady, NY, as an Application Engineer in 1992. From 1994 to 2000, he was a Senior Product Development Engineer with GE Industrial Systems, Salem, VA. During 2000 to 2001, he was the Manager of Electronic & Photonic Systems Technology Lab, GE Global Research Center, Schenectady, NY and Shanghai, China. In 2001, he joined the Center for Power Electronics Systems (CPES) at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA as a Research Associate Professor and became an Associate Professor in 2004. From 2003 to 2009, he also served as the CPES Technical Director. Since 2009, he has been with The University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Lab, Knoxville, TN as a Professor and the Condra Chair of Excellence in Power Electronics. He is a founding member and the Technical Director of the multi-university NSF/DOE Engineering Research Center for Ultra-wide-area Resilient Electric Energy Transmission Networks (CURENT) led by The University of Tennessee. His research interests include power electronics and power systems. Dr. Wang is a fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Inventors.

Keynote Speaker:
Prof. Pat Wheeler
Faculty Director of Global Engagement,
Head of Power Electronics, Machines and Control Research Group
University of Nottingham, UK

Patrick Wheeler (Fellow, IEEE) received the B.Eng. (Hons.) and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering for his work on matrix converters from the University of Bristol, Bristol, U.K., in 1990 and 1994, respectively., In 1993, he moved to the University of Nottingham, Nottingham, U.K., and was a Research Assistant with the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. In 1996, he became a Lecturer with Power Electronics, Machines and Control Group, University of Nottingham. Since January 2008, he has been a Full Professor with the same research group. He was the Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Nottingham, from 2015 to 2018. He is currently the Head of Power Electronics, Machines and Control Group, Global Director of the Institute for Aerospace Technology, University of Nottingham, and was the Li Dak Sum Chair Professor of Electrical and Aerospace Engineering. He has authored or co-authored more than 750 academic publications in leading international conferences and journals.

Keynote Speaker:
Biplab Sikdar
Professor, Head of Department
Area Director (Communications & Networks) National University of Singapore

Biplab Sikdar is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the National University of Singapore. He currently serves as the Head of Department for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and leads the $54 million Cisco-NUS corporate research laboratory. He received the B. Tech. degree in electronics and communication engineering from NERIST, North Eastern Hill University, Shillong, India, in 1996, the M.Tech. degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, in 1998, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA, in 2001. He was an Assistant Professor from 2001-2007 and Associate Professor from 2007-2013 in the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute from 2001 to 2013. He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award, the Tan Chin Tuan fellowship from NTU Singapore, the Japan Society for Promotion of Science fellowship, and the Leiv Eiriksson fellowship from the Research Council of Norway. His research interests include IoT and cyber-physical system security, network security, and network performance evaluation. Dr. Sikdar is a member of Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi, and IEEE Distinguished Lecturer and ACM Distinguished Speaker. He has served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, IEEE Internet of Things Journal, and IEEE Open Journal of Vehicular Technology.

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Sairaj Dhople
Robert and Sydney Anderson Professor,
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Minnesota

Sairaj Dhople received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2007, 2009, and 2012. He is currently Robert & Sydney Anderson Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Minnesota. His research interests include modeling, analysis, and control of power electronics and power systems with a focus on renewable integration. Dr. Dhople was the recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2015 and the Outstanding Young Engineer Award from the IEEE Power and Energy Society in 2019. He has also received the 2021 IEEE Power and Energy Society Prize Paper Award and the 2022 IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics (Second Place) Prize Paper Award.