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Keynote & Plenary Speakers

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


Speech title: Flywheel-Based Hybrid Energy Storage Platform for Resilient Energy and Transportation Infrastructures (Abstract in link)


Biography: 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.


Prof. Muhammad Arfin Khan Lodhi,Texas Tech University, USA


Speech title: An Integrated Approach to Respond to Energy-Pollution Challenge (Abstract in link)


Biography: Professor M. A. K. Lodhi received his Ph. D in nuclear Physics (University of London) in 1963. He is presently research professor of physics at Texas Tech University, Lubbock TX USA. His research interests include Nuclear and Particle Physics, New and Renewable Energy Sources, Space Science in particular, advanced space power generation and distribution in simulating and modeling AMTEC Cells, modeling trapped radiation thus predicting the most needed radiation (proton) flux at and between the solar maximum and minimum activities, and the space debris modeling.

Professor M. A. K. Lodhi received more than 100 intra and- extramural grants for research and research related activities. He has more than 250 papers and 4 books published. He gave more than 200 oral presentations in regional, national, and international conferences; including 20 keynote speeches, 70 invited talks and 120 contributed presentations. He also participated in about 150 regional, national, and international conferences. Organized and chaired many conferences, Chaired various technical sessions. Among the many awards, one of the recent one is The “Symposium on 50 years of research of M. A. K. Lodhi” held to honor Dr. Lodhi’s research at Texas Tech, where the USA Flag, specially flown on the US Capitol in his name, folded, brought to the Symposium and presented to him at the Symposium.


Prof. Mingcong Deng, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan


Speech Title: Operator Based Nonlinear Control System Design and Its Application on Wireless Power Transfer System (Abstract in link)


Biography: Prof. Mingcong Deng is a Professor of Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan. He received his PhD in Systems Science from Kumamoto University, Japan, in 1997. From 1997 to 2000, he was with Kumamoto University as an Assistant Professor. From 2000 to 2001, he was with University of Exeter, UK, and then spent one year at the NTT Communication Science Laboratories. Since the end of 2002 to September of 2010, he worked at Okayama University, where he was an Assistant Professor and then an Associate Professor

Prof. Deng is a member of SICE, ISCIE, IEICE, JSME, IEEJ and the IEEE(SM). He specializes in three complementary areas: Operator based nonlinear fault detection and fault tolerant control system design; System design on thermoelectric conversion elements; Applications on smart material actuators. Prof. Deng has over 450 publications including 150 journal papers, 15 books (or chapters), in peer reviewed journals including IEEE Transactions, IEEE Press (for books) and other top tier outlets. He serves as a chief editor for International Journal of Advanced Mechatronic Systems, The Global Journal of Technology and Optimization, and associate editors of 6 international journals, including with IEEE journal. Prof. Deng is a co-chair of agricultural robotics and automation technical committee, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society; also a chair of the environmental sensing, networking, and decision making technical committee, IEEE SMC Society. He was the recipient of 2014 Meritorious Services Award of IEEE SMC Society.


Prof. Adel Sharaf, University Newbrunswick, Canada


Speech Title: New Control Strategy for Doubly Fed Wind Schemes (Abstract in link


Biography: Dr. Sharaf obtained his B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from Cairo University in 1971. He completed a M.Sc. degree in Electrical engineering in 1976 and Ph.D. degree in 1979 from the University of Manitoba, Canada and was employed by Manitoba Hydro as Special Studies Engineer, responsible for engineering and economic feasibility studies in Electrical Distribution System Planning and Expansion. Dr. Sharaf was selected as NSERC-Canada Research-Assistant Professor in 1980 at University of Manitoba. He joined the University of New Brunswick in 1981  an Assistant professor and he was promoted to Associate Professor in 1983, awarded tenure in 1986, and the full professorship in 1987. Dr. Sharaf has extensive industrial and consulting experience with Electric Utilities in Canada and Abroad. He is the President & Technical Director of both Sharaf Energy Systems Inc. & Intelligent Environmental Energy Systems, Canada Inc. of Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.

He authored and co-authored many Book chapters, Over 700 Scholarly Technical Journal, Referred Conference Papers and Engineering Reports. In power systems control, stability, protection, power quality, renewable green-energy, electro-technology and environmental devices He supervised over (51) Graduate Student (37-M.Sc &14-Ph.D.) since joining Academia in July-1981. His research interests include Smart Grid, Emerging Energy systems, Power Systems and Electrochnology, FACTS Control, Protection, HVDC Transmission, Renewable/Alternate Energy/Storage Systems, Electric Motor Drives, Harmonics and Power Quality, Protection, Industrial Electronics, Power Electronics, A.I-Soft Computing. (PSO, fuzzy logic, neutral networks, genetic algorithms applications in electrical systems), Multimedia/Internet based Learning, Computer Based Learning(CBL), Self-Based Learning (SBL),Laboratory Based Learning, Electrical Apparatus & Systems & Energy Delivery, Electrical Measurements, Energy  Efficiency, Electric Utility Grid Systems (Planning, Operation, Control & Protection and Security) and Pollution Abatement devices & Systems.