Keynote Speakers-REPE2019

Prof. Zhizhang (David) Chen, FIEEE, FCAE, FEIC, Dalhousie University, Canada; Fuzhou University, China

Zhizhang David Chen received the B. Eng. degree in Radio Engineering from Fuzhou University, China, the Master’s degree in Radio Engineering from Southeast University, China, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Ottawa, Canada. He was a NSERC post-doctoral fellow with McGill University, Montreal, Canada. He is a University Research Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, currently with Fuzhou University, China, on leave from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, where he had also served as the Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has been an adjunct or visiting professor with the University of Nottingham of UK, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Xiamen University and the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. He has authored and co-authored over 360 journal and conference papers and has been the Guest Editors for IEEE Microwave Magazine, IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, IEEE Journal IEEE Journal of Electromagnetics, RF and Microwaves in Medicine and Biology and an associate editor of the IEEE Journal on Multiscale and Multiphysics Computational Techniques. He is the Chair of Wireless Communications Committee, (incoming) Vice Chair of Wireless Energy Transfer and Conversion Committee and Member of Microwave Field Committee of IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society. His current research interests are in wireless power harvesting and transfer, time-domain electromagnetic modelling techniques, wireless sensing and detection. He is the Fellow of the IEEE, the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Engineering Institute of Canada.

Prof. Ambrish Chandra, FIEEE, University of Quebec, Canada

Ambrish Chandra is a full professor of Electrical Engineering at École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), Montréal since 1999. His educational background includes B.E. degree from the University of Roorkee (presently IITR), India, M. Tech. from IIT Delhi, and Ph.D. from University of Calgary, in 1977, 1980, and 1987, respectively. Before joining as an Associate Professor at ÉTS in 1994, he worked as a faculty at IITR. From 2012-15, he was director of multidisciplinary graduate program on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency at ÉTS.

The primary focus of his work is related to the advancement of new theory & control algorithms for power electronic converters for power quality improvement in distribution systems & integration of renewable energy sources. He has published more than 325 research articles in these areas. The key differentiator of his work is in its simplicity and practicality of new solutions and has had significant impact, which is now extensively used in the industry. He was instrumental in writing six review articles on power quality, which have become de-facto standards world-wide with total Google citations more than 12800, h-index 46, i10-index 144. He is coauthor of John Wiley book ‘Power Quality – Problems and Mitigation Techniques’.

Dr. Chandra is Fellow of many organizations, such as, FIEEE, FCAE, FEIC, FIET (UK), FIE (India), FIETE (India) and registered as a Professional Engineer in Quebec. He is IEEE PES/IAS Distinguished/Prominent Lecturer and has given lectures in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, in Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, and Xi’an, University of Toronto, many cities in India and UK, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Nepal, Bhutan, Ireland, Panama City, Ecuador, Lebanon and keynote speeches in many international conferences.  He is Chair of subcommittee on ‘Power Quality’ of IEEE IES. He was the Guest Editor for special issue of journal Energies on ‘Power Quality in Microgrids Based on Distributed Generators’ 2018. He received IEEE Montréal Best Technical Chapter Award – for PES in 2012, 2014, 2017, ‘Outstanding Contribution’ as Chair of IEEE Montréal Section’s PES Chapter, 2010. He is the recipient of highest Canadian award on electrical power engineering 2018 ‘IEEE Canada P. Ziogas Electric Power Award’.

Prof. Dr. Hossam Gaber, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada

Dr. Gabbar is a full Professor in the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in the Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science, and cross appointed in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, where he has established both 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 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 a tenured 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 been successful in attracting national and international funds from a number of organizations. He leads successful projects in the areas of Resilient Interconnected Micro Energy Grids, Energy Conservation in Infrastructures, Regional Planning of Gas-Power Grids for Energy and Transportation Infrastructures with different fuel options in Ontario, Canada, and internationally. His research have been widely recognized and reflected to his publications in patents, books, chapters, and journal and conference papers. He has supervised and hosted undergraduate, graduate, postdocs, visiting researchers and scholars from different countries including: Japan, KSA, India, Qatar, Egypt, Mexico, Malaysia, China, Brazil, Chili, UAE, and Colombia. He has more than 210 publications, including patents, books / chapters, journal and conference papers. He has been invited and participated in world-known conferences and delivered plenary talks on number of scientific events and through invitations to international universities. Dr. Gabbar has been active in leading national and international scientific and community events and activities, including: CSA – Canadian Standard Association, IEEE Annual Conference on Smart Energy Grid Engineering (SEGE), Smart Energy Systems and Technologies (SEST), IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society (NPSS) Symposium on Real Time Measurement, Instrumentation, and Control (RTMIC), IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society Symposium on Plasma and Nuclear Systems (SPANS), and other international events. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Process Systems Engineering (IJPSE), and member of IEEE Smart Grid Committees.


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