KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

 Dr. Anuradha Annaswamy

 Department of   Mechanical Engineering
 Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. Anuradha Annaswamy is Founder and Director of the Active-Adaptive Control Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. Her research interests span adaptivecontrol theory and its applications to aerospace, automotive, and propulsion systems as well ascyber physical systems such as Smart Grids, Smart Cities, and Smart Infrastructures. Dr.Annaswamy is an author of over 100 journal publications and 250 conference publications, co-author of a graduate textbook on adaptive control, and co-editor of several cutting edge scienceand technology reports including Systems & Control for the future of humanity, research agenda: Current and future roles, impact and grand challenges (Annual Reviews in Control,2016), Smart Grid Control: Overview and Research Opportunities (Springer, 2018), and Impactof Control Technology (IoCT-report 2011 and 2013). Her current research is supported by the US Air-Force Research Laboratory, US Department of Energy, Boeing, Ford-MIT Alliance, and NSF, at an annual amount of about $1.3M (USD).
Dr. Annaswamy has received several awards including the George Axelby (1986) and Control Systems Magazine (2010) best paper awards from the IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS), the Presidential Young Investigator award from NSF (1992), the Hans Fisher Senior Fellowship from the Institute for Advanced Study at the Technische Universität München (2008), the Donald Groen Julius Prize from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (2008). Dr. Annaswamy has been elected to be a Fellow of the IEEE (2002) and IFAC (2017). She received a Distinguished Member Award and a Distinguished Lecturer Award from IEEE CSS in 2017. Dr. Annaswamy is actively involved in IEEE, IEEE CSS, and IFAC. She has served as General Chair of the American Control Conference (2008) as well as the 2 nd IFAC Conference on Cyber-Physical & Human Systems (2018). She is Deputy Editor of the Elsevier publication Annual Reviews in Control (2016-present). She has been a member of the IEEE Fellows Committee and the IEEE CSS Outreach Committee, and is the Chair of IEEE Smart Grid Meetings and Conferences. In IEEE CSS, she has served as Vice President of Conference Activities (2015-16)and Technical Activities (2017-18), and will serve as the President in 2020..

 Noel N. Schulz

 WSU School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture.
 Washington State University, USA

Noel N. Schulz is Washington State University’s First Lady and the Edmund O. Schweitzer Chair in Power Apparatus and Systems in the WSU School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture. Prior to arriving at WSU in summer of 2016, she served as Associate Dean for research and graduate programs in the College of Engineering at Kansas State University. She also directed the KSU Engineering Experimental Station and the Electrical Power Affiliates Program and was the Paslay Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. A nationally recognized expert in power systems engineering, Dr. Schulz is also dedicated to recruiting and retaining women in the field of engineering and mentoring female engineering faculty. She has initiated faculty networks for women at three universities. Dr. Schulz has more than 26 years of teaching experience at Kansas State, Michigan Technological University, Mississippi State University, University of North Dakota, and Virginia Tech. She has taught courses in power systems, energy conversion, application of computer programs to power engineering, application of intelligent systems to engineering problems, fundamentals of electrical circuits, renewable and distributed generation, and smart grid technologies. She has graduated 45 master’s students and 13 doctoral students. Dr. Schulz’s research has focused on power systems modeling and analysis, smart grid applications, microgrids, renewable energy, and shipboard power systems. The research has been funded by multiple national agencies—including the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Departments of Defense, Energy, and Homeland Security—and private power equipment companies. She has published 175 papers and two book chapters. During her career, Dr. Schulz has brought in more than $40 million in external research funding through individual and collaborative projects, including a National Science Foundation CAREER award. Dr. Schulz is the recipient of the 2016 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow, the 2014 IEEE Education Society Hewlett-Packard Harriet B. Rigas Award for outstanding contributions in advancing recruitment and retention of women in IEEE and the engineering professions, and the 2014 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Fellow.  Dr. Schulz was IEEE PES President in 2012-2013 and spent 12 years on the IEEE PES Governing Board.

 Chanan Singh

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Texas A&M University, USA

Chanan Singh is a Regents Professor and Irma Runyon Chair Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA. He served as the Department Head of Electrical and Computer Engineering Texas A&M from 1997 to 2005 and then as an Interim Head from 2012 to 2015. He also served as Program Director at the National Science Foundation of USA and a Guest Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. His research and consulting interests are in the foundational developments and applications of probabilistic methods for planning and operation of electric power grid. He has authored/co-authored around 400 technical papers and four books and has contributed to several books. He has consulted with many major corporations and given short courses nationally and internationally. Dr. Singh was elected a Fellow of the IEEE for “Contributions to Theory and Applications of Quantitative Reliability Methods in Electric Power Systems” in 1991. He is the recipient of the 1998 Outstanding Power Engineering Educator Award given by the IEEE Power Engineering Society. For his research contributions, he was awarded a D.Sc. degree by the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, in 1997. In 2008, he was recognized with the Merit Award by the PMAPS International Society for life long achievements. In 2010, he was the inaugural recipient of the IEEE-PES Roy Billinton Power System Reliability Award. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for “advancement of theory, practice, and education in electric power system reliability”.

 Tarlochan Singh Sidhu

 Dean and Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
 Ontario Tech University, CANADA

Tarlochan S. Sidhu received a B.E (Hons.) degree from Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala, India and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. He has worked for the Regional Computer Center, Chandigarh, India, Punjab State Electricity Board, India and Bell-Northern Research Ltd., Ottawa, ON, Canada. From July 1990 to June 2002, he was with the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, where he served as Professor and Graduate Chairman of the Department. From 2002-2011, he was Professor and Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada. He also held the NSERC/Hydro One Networks Senior Industrial Research Chair in Power Systems Engineering. Effective January 2012, Dr. Sidhu joined the University of Ontario Institute Of Technology, Canada as the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.He has published more than 300 papers in refereed journals and conferences, has delivered many invited talks, short courses, tutorials around the world and has regularly provided consulting to power industries in Canada and abroad. Dr. Sidhu is a well-known international expert in the area of smart grid, substation automation and protection, and micro grids. He has supervised the work to completion of 25 Ph.D., 30 Master’s and 14 post-doctoral fellows.Dr. Sidhu has provided technical leadership as Chair or Member of working groups or sub-committees for international professional organizations such as IEEE Power System Relaying Committee(PSRC) and CIGRE (France). He has been involved in development of international standards and guides in the general area of smart grid and specifically in substation automation. A number of these works have won awards from these organizations and he was given the Distinguished Service Award of IEEE PSRC in 2011. Dr. Sidhu is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Emerging Electric Power Systems published by De Gruyter(Germany). He has served as Editor, IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery (2001-2012), Member of Editorial Board, Electric Power Components and Systems (published by Taylor and Francis), Member of Editorial Board, Electric Power Systems Research (published by Elsevier) and as Member of Editorial Board, IEEE Power Engineering Letters. Dr. Sidhu is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers (India), a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology (U.K), a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (USA) and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He is also a Registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario and a Chartered Engineer in the U.K.

Gary B. Huffman

 Distribution Programs & Services , Burns & McDonnell

Gary B. Huffman – Mr. Huffman has 30 years of utility management experience and is currently the Vice Chair of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) Distribution Reliability Working Group and a member of the IEEE Distribution and Grid Modernization working groups.
In his current role Mr. Huffman serves as Burns & McDonnell Engineering’s Business Development Manager of Distribution and Grid Modernization bringing creative and expert engineering and management consulting solutions to clients Grid Modernization programs. He also supports Burns & McDonnell’s management consulting business leveraging his utility design, operations, maintenance and construction experience.Mr. Huffman’s past experience includes successfully managing the start-up of FirstEnergy’s “Energizing The Future” annual $700M Transmission investment program as Program Manager for Burns & McDonnell Engineering and as Owner’s Engineer for construction of the Devers – Palo Verde II 500kV transmission line in Southern California for SCE. Mr. Huffman has testified before the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Air Resources Board (CARB), and the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) as an expert witness on electric, gas and telecommunications utility proceedings, technical issues and regulatory rule making.Mr. Huffman holds a BS in Manufacturing Engineering from California State Polytechnic University at Pomona and a Project Management Certification from the University of California at Irvine. Mr. Huffman is a US Navy veteran and a proud father.

Alberto Borghetti

Department of Electrical, Electronic, and Information Engineering
University of Bologna, Italy

Alberto Borghetti was born in Cesena Italy on May 29, 1967. He graduated (with honors) in electrical engineering from the University of Bologna, Italy, in 1992. Since then he has been working with the power system group of the same University, where is now a Professor of Electrical Power Systems. His research and teaching activities are in the areas of power system analysis, power system restoration after blackout, electromagnetic transients, optimal generation scheduling, and distribution system operation. He is the author or coauthor of over 150 scientific papers published in peer-reviewed journals or presented at international conferences. He has served as Technical Program Committee chairperson of the 2010 30th Int. Conf. on Lightning Protection, chair of the 2016 Bologna CIGRE Colloquium on Lightning and Power systems, and special reporter for CIGRE 2018. IEEE Fellow (class 2015) for contributions to modeling of power distribution systems under transients conditions, he received the ICLP Scientific Committee Award in 2016 and the 2018 CIGRE Technical Council Award for Study Committee C4. From 2010 to 2017 he served as an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid. Currently he is serving as an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, Associate Editor of MPCE and, since the beginning of 2019, as Editor-in-Chief of Electrical Engineering – Archiv fur Elektrotechnik.

 Anurag K. Srivastava

 School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
 Washington State University, USA

Anurag K. Srivastava is an Associate Professor of Electric Power Engineering at Washington State University and the director of the Smart Grid Demonstration and Research Investigation Lab (SGDRIL) within the Energy System Innovation Center (ESIC). He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 2005. In past years, he has worked in different capacities at the PEAK RC, Réseau de transport d´électricité in France; RWTH Aachen University in Germany; Idaho National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Lab, PJM Interconnection, Schweitzer Engineering Lab (SEL), GE Grid Solutions, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Mississippi State University in USA; Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur in India; as well as at Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand. His research interest includes data driven algorithms for power system operation and control including resiliency analysis. Dr. Srivastava research efforts secured him more than $50M high impact projects resulting in development of tools installed at the utility control center supported by US Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, Siemens Corporate Research, Electric Power Research Institute, Schweitzer Engineering Lab, Power System Engineering Research Center, Office of Naval Research and several National Labs. He is a senior member of the IEEE, vice-chair of the IEEE Power & Energy Society’s (PES) PEEC committee, co-chair of the microgrid working group, secretary of power system operation SC, vice-chair of PES voltage stability working group, chair of PES synchro-phasors applications working group, past-chair of the IEEE PES career promotion subcommittee, past-chair of the IEEE PES student activities committee, and past vice-chair of the IEEE synchro-phasor conformity assessment program. He organized NSF sponsored Data analytics workshop for the power grid resiliency in 2018, Siemens sponsored data analytics in the smart grid workshop in 2017, North American Power Symposium in 2014, and IEEE sponsored workshop on Testing and validation of synchro-phasor devices and applications in 2012. Dr. Srivastava is an editor of the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, IET Generation, Transmission and Distribution and Elsevier Sustainable Computing. He is an IEEE distinguished lecturer and has delivered 30+ keynotes/ tutorial in more than 15 countries. He is author of more than 300 technical publications including a book on power system security and 3 patents.

 Mohan Kolhe

 Faculty of Engineering and Science
 University of Agder, Norway

Professor (Dr) Mohan Kolhe is with the University of Agder (Norway) as full professor in electrical power engineering with focus in smart grid and renewable energy in the Faculty of Engineering and Science. He has also received the offer of Hafslund Professorship in Smart Grid from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He has more than three decades’ academic experience at international level on electrical and renewable energy systems. He is a leading renewable energy technologist and has previously held academic positions at the world’s prestigious universities e.g. University College London (UK / Australia), University of Dundee (UK); University of Jyvaskyla (Finland); Hydrogen Research Institute, QC (Canada); etc. He was also a member of the Government of South Australia’s Renewable Energy Board (2009- 2011) and worked on developing renewable energy policies. He was also leading the EU FP7 Smart Grid-ICT project ‘Scalable Energy Management Infrastructure for Household’ as Technical Manager (2014-2017). His academic work ranges within the smart grid area considering grid integration of renewable energy systems, home energy management system, demand side management and energy efficiency, as well as power system dynamics with renewable energy systems, energy storage. He is also working on energy transitions through hydrogen as an energy carrier and demonstrated the integrated renewable energy systems for hydrogen production. He is also working on energy policies, techno-economics and business models of energy systems, and education for sustainable development. He has widespread teaching track record in renewable and electrical energy systems engineering as well as in energy economics. He has been successful in winning the competitive research funding from the prestigious research councils (e.g. Norwegian Research Council, EU, EPSRC, BBSRC, NRP, etc.) for his work on sustainable energy systems. He has published extensively in the energy systems engineering. He has been invited by many international organizations for delivering expert lectures / courses / key note addresses / workshops. He has also been member of many academic promotional committees, as well as expert member of many international research councils.

 Sheldon S. Williamson

 Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
 Ontario Tech University, CANADA

Sheldon S. Williamson (M’12)received the B.E. degree in electrical engineering (with high distinction) from the University of Mumbai, Mumbai, India, in 1999, and the M.S. and Ph.D. (Hons.) degrees in electrical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL, USA, in 2002 and 2006, respectively, with a specialization in automotive power electronics and motor drives at the Grainger Power Electronics and Motor Drives Laboratory. From 2006 to 2011, he was an Assistant Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada, where he was an Associate Professor from 2011 to 2014. He is currently a Professor with the Smart Transportation Electrification and Energy Research Group, Department of Electrical, Computer, and Software Engineering, Institute of Technology, University of Ontario, Oshawa, ON, Canada. His current research interests include advanced power electronics and motor drives for transportation electrification, electric energy storage systems, and electric propulsion. Dr. Williamson holds the prestigious NSERC Canada Research Chair position in Electric Energy Storage Systems for Transportation Electrification.