Prof. Zhe Chen
Leader of Wind Power Research Program
Aalborg University, Denmark
(Fellow of IET, Fellow of IEEE)

Bioraphy: Zhe Chen received the B.Eng. and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Northeast China Institute of Electric Power Engineering, China, in 1982, 1986 respectively, the Ph.D. degree in Power and Control, from University of Durham, England, in 1997. Dr Chen has been a Professor with the Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark since 2002. He is the Danish Principle Investigator for Wind Energy of Sino-Danish Centre for Education and Research (SDC). The leader of Wind Power System Research program at the Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University. Professor Chen’s main current research interests are wind energy and modern energy systems. He has led and participated many international and national research projects. He is a Fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of IET (London, U.K.) and a Chartered Engineer in the U.K.


Prof. Alberto Borghetti
University of Bologna, Italy
(Fellow of IEEE)

Speech Title "Modeling of renewable energy communities and neighborhood energy trading schemes"

Bioraphy: 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 (ICLP), chair of the 2016 Bologna CIGRE Colloquium on Lightning and Power systems, and as a special reporter for CIGRE 2018. IEEE Fellow (class 2015) for contributions to modeling of power distribution systems under transient 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 a member of the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Power Systems and of Journal of Modern Power Systems and Clean Energy. Since the beginning of 2019, he serves as editor in chief of Electrical Engineering – Archiv fur Elektrotechnik. 


Prof. Reiner Johannes Schütt
West Coast University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Bioraphy: Prof. Dr. Reiner Johannes Schütt is the coordinator of focus area “automation of sustainable energy systems” in the “Competence Centre Renewable Energies and Climate Protection Schleswig-Holstein” and member of the “Institute for the Transformation of Energy Systems”. Prof. Schütt received the Diploma degree in Electrical Engineering from the Universtity of Hannover in 1987. Prof. Schütt started his professional career as an R&D engineer in the department of power electronics at the University of Hannover and worked for several years as a technical director at ENERCON Nord Electronic GmbH. In 1998 he joined the West Coast University of Applied Scienes in Schleswig-Holstein as a Professor for Electrical Drives and Control with focus on applications in decentralized sustainable energy systems. He published numerous technical journals and conference proceedings especially in the field of control and automation of decentralized electrical generators. In 2010 he published the “Innovation Study Pellworm”, where he described how to build up a smart grid on a German island. Prof. Schütt is co-author of the book “Understanding Wind Power Technology”, 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.


Prof. Eduard Siemens
Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Speech Title "Energy-autarkic systems for rural areas – use of IoT for deployment of economically feasible and environment-friendly energy islands"

Bioraphy: Prof. Dr. Eduard Siemens is head of the Future Internet Lab Anhalt and manages a research group of about 15 PhD students. He is conducting research in applied sciences on the topic of Industrial IoT, M2M communications, of efficient and fast data transport and Big Data infrastructures. The main application of IoT is the use of communication technologies for raising efficiency of energy systems. In this field he has implemented several field setups of energy systems in countries of Central Asia as well as in South-East Asia.

Prof. Siemens is author of more than 80 patents and author of about 100 peer-reviewed publications. He is also chair of the International Conference of Applied Innovations in IT and takes over over reviews for several technical journals.

Besides his full professorship position at University of Applied Sciences Anhalt he is also visiting professor position at National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University. In this role he coordinates several double degree programs with Universities of South-Easts Europe, Central Asia and Russa.

He is founder of several tech start-ups in the field of energy efficiency and also in Big Data – e.g. SmartLighting, Dexor, Tixel with several technology and start-up awards.


Prof. Sofoklis Makridis
University of Patras, Greece

Bioraphy: Dr. Sofoklis Makridis is an ambitious, diligent and results-orientated University Professor in Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical and Environmental Engineering courses and highly qualified Physics Engineer combining excellent engineering and planning skills acquired during academic studies, lecturing and industry-based laboratory, supervision experience and leading academic and industrial projects. A confident, disciplined and dedicated tutor- lecturer, able to demonstrate a practical and analytical approach to resolving challenging problems and issues, even while under significant pressure. An academically talented individual who is able to understand, interpret and clearly articulate specialist, complex information to a variety of audiences. Proactive and versatile, this dynamic team player is keen to develop and seeks to make a major contribution. He is the Director of the Laboratory on Environmental Physics and Hydrogen Technology.


A/Professor Farhad Shahnia
Murdoch University, Australia

Bioraphy: A/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. Farhad is currently the Chair of the IEEE Western Australia Section and a member of IEEE’s Industrial Electronics Society (IES)’s Technical Committees of Smart Grid and Energy Storage.


A/Professor Amjad Anvari-Moghaddam
Aalborg University, Denmark

Speech Title "Green Energy Transition – Opportunities and Challenges"

Bioraphy: Amjad Anvari-Moghaddam received the Ph.D. degree (Hons.) from University of Tehran in 2015 in Power Systems Engineering. From 2015 until 2019 he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Aalborg University. Currently, he is an Associate Professor at the Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University where he is the coordinator and responsible for the Integrated Energy Systems Laboratory (IES-Lab). His research interests include planning, control and operation management of microgrids, renewable/hybrid power systems and integrated energy systems with appropriate market mechanisms. He has (co)authored more than 200 technical articles, four books and eight book chapters in the field. Dr. Anvari-Moghaddam serves as the Associate Editor of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER SYSTEMS, IEEE ACCESS, IEEE SYSTEMS JOURNAL, IEEE OPEN ACCESS JOURNAL OF POWER AND ENERGY, and IEEE POWER ENGINEERING LETTERS. He is the Vice-Chair of IEEE-PES Danish Chapter and serves as a Technical Committee Member of several IEEE PES/IES/PEL and CIGRE working groups. He was the recipient of 2020 DUO – India Fellowship Award, DANIDA Research Fellowship grant from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark in 2018, IEEE-CS Outstanding Leadership Award 2018 (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada), and the 2017 IEEE-CS Outstanding Service Award (Exeter-UK).