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Om Parkash Malik

Professor, University of Calgary, Canada.

Research Interests: Adaptive and Artificial-Intelligence-Based Controllers for Application in Electric Power Systems, Parameter Estimation of Electric Machines, Failure Modelling of Power Transformers, Power System Protection, Particularly Digital and Artificial-Intelligence-Based Protection Schemes, Generation of Electric Power from Wind and Other Renewable Resources.

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Professor Om P. Malik has done pioneering work in the development of controllers for application in electric power systems and wind power generation over the past over 50 years. After extensive testing, the adaptive controllers developed by his group are now employed on large generating units. His other interests include digital protection, control of renewable power generation and micro-grids, and AI applications in power system control. He has published over 800 papers including over 410 papers in international Journals and is the coauthor of four books: (1) Electric Distribution Systems, (2) Power System Stability, (3) Power Grids with Renewable Energy, (4) Power System Stability and Control. Professor Malik graduated in 1952 from Delhi Polytechnic. After working for nine years in electric utilities in India, he obtained a Master Degree from Roorkee University in 1962, a Ph.D. from London University and a DIC from the Imperial College, London in 1965. He was teaching and doing research in Canada from 1966 to 1997 and continues to do research as Professor Emeritus at the University of Calgary. Over 100, including 54 Ph.D., students have graduated under his supervision. Professor Malik is a Life Fellow of IEEE, and a Fellow of IET, the Engineering Institute of Canada, Canadian Academy of Engineering, Engineers Canada and World Innovation Foundation. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the Provinces of Alberta and Ontario, Canada, and has received many awards. He was Director, IEEE Region 7 and President, IEEE Canada during 2010-11 and President, Engineering Institute of Canada, 2014-2016.

Hossam Gaber

Professor, Ontario Tech University, Canada.

Research Interests: Resilient Smart Energy Grids and Micro Energy Grids Planning, Control, and Protection, Advanced Plasma Generation and Application on Fusion Energy, Advanced Safety and Control Systems for Nuclear Power Plants, Safety Engineering, Fault Diagnosis & Real Time Simulation, Risk-Based Energy Conservation, Smart Green Buildings, Process Systems Engineering of Energy and Nuclear Facilities, and Oil & Gas Production Plants.

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Dr. Gabbar is a full Professor in the Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science, and cross appointed in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, at Ontario Tech University (UOIT), where he has established the Energy Safety and Control Lab (ESCL), Smart Energy Systems Lab, and Advanced Plasma Engineering Lab. He is the recipient of the Senior Research Excellence Aware for 2016, UOIT. He is recognized among the top 2% of worldwide scientists with high citation in the area of energy. He is a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE NPSS. He is leading national and international research in the areas of smart energy grids, energy safety and control systems, and waste to energy using advanced plasma technologies. Dr. Gabbar obtained his B.Sc. degree in 1988 with first class of honor from the Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University (Egypt). In 2001, he obtained his Ph.D. degree from Okayama University (Japan). From 2001 till 2004, he joined Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan), as a research associate. From 2004 till 2008, he joined Okayama University (Japan) as an Associate Professor, in the Division of Industrial Innovation Sciences. From 2007 till 2008, he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto. He also worked as process control, safety, and automation specialist in energy and oil & gas industries. Dr. Gabbar has more than 230 publications, including patents, books / chapters, journal, and conference papers.

Akhtar Kalam

Professor, Victoria University, Australia.

Research Interests: Power System Analysis, Communication, Control, Protection, Renewable Energy, Smart grid, IEC61850 Implementation and Cogeneration Systems.

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Akhtar Kalam is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and the Head of External Engagement in the College of Engineering and Science at Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia. He is the former Discipline Group Leader – Engineering in the College of Engineering and Science from 2016-2018. He has been Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Health, Engineering & Science at Victoria University for 7 years since 1999. He has wide experience in educational institutions and industry across four continents. He has conducted research, provided consultancy and has over five hundred publications primarily on power system protection and independent power generation. In 2016, he was the recipient of the John Madsen Medal, Engineers Australia. - The John Madsen Medal is awarded for the best paper written by a current member of Engineers Australia and published in The Australian Journal of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. The paper "Generation modelling of residential rooftop photovoltaic systems and its applications in practical electricity distribution networks” was jointly authored by P.K.C. Wong, R.A. Barr and A. Kalam. Again in 2019, he received the John Madsen Medal, Engineers Australia. High professional qualifications in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, (FIET, CEng, FAIE, FIEAust, CPEng, PEV, NER, APEC Engineer, IntPE(Aus), MCIGRE, Life Senior Member of IEEE); Editor in Chief of EA’s Australian Journal of Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Deputy Chair of the Engineering Institute of Technology’s Academic Board; and a Chair of the Academic Board for Texila College Australia.

Farhad Shahnia

Professor, Murdoch University, Australia.

Research Interests: Electricity Distribution Networks, Application of Power Electronics in Distribution Networks; Microgrid & Smart Grid, Power Quality.

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Professor Farhad Shahnia received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, in 2012. He is currently an A/Professor at Murdoch University. Before that, he was a Lecturer at Curtin University (2012-15), a research scholar at QUT (2008-11), and an R&D engineer at the Eastern Azarbayjan Electric Power Distribution Company, Iran (2005-08). He is currently a Fellow member of Engineers Australia, Senior Member of IEEE, and member of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education. Farhad’s research falls under Distribution networks, Microgrid and Smart grid concepts. He has authored one book and 11 book chapters and 100+ peer-reviewed scholarly articles in international conferences and journals, as well as being an editor of 6 books. Farhad has won 5 Best Paper Awards in various conferences and has also received the IET Premium Award for the Best Paper published in the IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution journal in 2015. One of his articles was listed under the top-25 most cited articles in the Electric Power System Research Journal in 2015 while one of his 2015 journal articles has been listed under the top-5 most read articles of the Australian Journal of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. He was the recipient of the Postgraduate Research Supervisor Award from Curtin University in 2015 and the Australia-China Young Scientist Exchange Award from the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering in 2016. Farhad is currently a Subject Editor, Deputy Subject Editor, and Associate Editor of several journals including IEEE Access, IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution, IET Renewable Power Generation, IET Smart Grid, IET Energy Conversion and Economics, and International Transaction on Electrical Energy Systems and has served 35+ conferences in various roles such as General, Technical, Program, Publication, Publicity, Award, Sponsorship, and Special Session Chairs.

Tek Tjing Lie

Professor, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand.

Research Interests: Power System Planning, Operation and Control, Deregulated Electric Power Markets, Energy Management, Renewable Energy, and Smart Grids.

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Professor Tek Tjing Lie received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Oklahoma State University, USA in 1986.  He also received his Master of Science and Ph. D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University, USA in 1988 and 1992 respectively. Professor Lie is the Deputy Head of School of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. His research interests include power system control and operation, AI application to power systems, deregulated power systems, smart grids and renewable energy systems. He has authored/co-authored more than 270 journal and international conference papers. Prof Lie has served as Guest Editor of Energies and Electric Power Systems Research Journals.  He also serves as Associate Editor of Modern Power System and Clean Energy and Energies journals respectively.  He is the Chair of the IEEE New Zealand North Section and serves as organizing committee member of several international conferences.

Philip W. T. Pong

Associate Professor, New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA.

Research Interests: The Development and Application of Advanced Sensing Techniques Based on Electromagnetic Sensors in Smart grid and Smart City.

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Philip W. T. Pong received a B.Eng. from the University of Hong Kong (HKU) with 1st class honours. Then he obtained a PhD in engineering at the University of Cambridge. He was a postdoctoral researcher at the Magnetic Materials Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for three years. Currently he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). His research interest focuses on the fault detection, predictive maintenance, and anomaly detection of power grid. He is the Founding Director of the Green Technology Research and Training Laboratory, leading the research and education activities of offshore wind energy at NJIT. Philip Pong is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET), a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (FInstP), a Fellow of the Energy Institute (FEI), a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (FIMMM), a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (FHKIE), a Fellow of the NANOSMAT Society (FNS), a chartered physicist (CPhys), a chartered engineer (CEng), a chartered energy engineer, a registered professional engineer (R.P.E. in Electrical, Electronics, Energy), and a Senior Member of IEEE (SMIEEE). He serves on the editorial boards for several IEEE and SCI journals.

Sadegh Vaez-Zadeh

Professor, University of Tehran, Iran.

Research Interests: Advanced Rotary and Linear Electric Machines and Drives, Wireless Power Transfer, Renewable Energy Integration and Energy Policy.

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Sadegh Vaez-Zadeh received the B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 1985, and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada, in 1993 and 1997, respectively. In 1997, he joined the University of Tehran, Tehran, as an Assistant Professor and became an Associate Professor, in 2001, and a Full Professor, in 2005. Prior to this, he was with several research and educational institutions in different positions. He was the Head of the Power Department, University of Tehran, where he is currently the Director of the Advanced Motion Systems Research Laboratory, which he founded, in 1998. He has coauthored more than 200 research papers. He holds a U.S. patent. He is the author of the book Control of Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors, (Oxford University Press, 2018); with its Chinese translation published, in 2022. His research interests include advanced rotary and linear electric machines and drives, wireless power transfer, renewable energy integration, and energy policy. He is a member of the Energy Internet Coordinating Committee, Motor Subcommittee, and the Power System Stability Control Subcommittee of the IEEE Power and Energy Society. He received several domestic and international awards for his contributions to the fields. He is an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy and IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion. He is a Subject Editor of IET Renewable Power Generation. He has been active in IEEE-sponsored conferences, as the General Chair, a keynote speaker, and a member of technical and steering committees.

Fushuan Wen

Professor, Zhejiang University, China.

Research Interests: Smart Grids and Electric Vehicles, Power Economics and Electricity Markets, Power System Investment, Planning and Operation Optimization, Power System Alarm Processing, Fault Diagnosis and System Restoration.

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Fushuan Wen (SM'17) received the B.E. and M.E. degrees from Tianjin University, Tianjin, China, in 1985 and 1988, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, in 1991, all in electrical engineering. He joined the faculty of Zhejiang University in 1991, and has been a Full Professor and the Director of the Institute of Power Economics and Information since 1997, and the Director of Zhejiang University-Insigma Joint Research Center for Smart Grids since 2010. He was a university distinguished Professor, the Deputy Dean of the School of Electrical Engineering and the Director of the Institute of Power Economics and Electricity Markets in South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China, from 2005 to 2009. From May 2014 to May 2017, he was a Professor with Universiti Teknologi Brunei, Brunei. His research interests lie in power industry restructuring, power system alarm processing, fault diagnosis and restoration strategies, as well as smart grids and electric vehicles. Prof. Wen is an Editor of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER SYSTEMS and the IEEE POWER ENGINEERING LETTERS, a subject editor on power system economics of the IET Generation, Transmission and Distribution, the Journal of Energy Engineering (ASCE), and the Journal of Modern Power Systems and Clean Energy (Springer).