Speakers have an important role in spreading state of the art about the recent trends and technological developments. Several opportunities are offered by the IEEE to speakers for discussion of their work through distinguished lectures in various conferences and events across the globe. IICPE 2018 brings to the forefront eminent speakers from academia, research organizations, and industry to share their experiences and technological developments with us.

Prof. Joachim Holtz

Title : Predictive Control – When to use and when not?  

BIOGRAPHY : Joachim Holtz graduated in 1967 and received the Ph.D. degree in 1969 from the Technical University Braunschweig, Germany. In 1969 he became Associate Professor and, in 1971, Full Professor and Head of the Control Engineering Laboratory, Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, India. He joined the Siemens Research Laboratories in Erlangen, Germany, in 1972. From 1976 to 1998, he was Professor and Head of the Electrical Machines and Drives Laboratory, Wuppertal University, Germany. He is presently Professor Emeritus and a Consultant. Dr. Holtz is the coauthor of four books and holds 32 patents. He has published 12 invited journal papers and 2 invited papers in the Proceedings of the IEEE. He has earned 16 Prize Paper Awards. Dr. Holtz is the recipient of the IEEE Lamme Gold Medal, the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society Dr. Eugene Mittelmann Achievement Award, the IEEE Industrial Applications Society Outstanding Achievement Award, the IEEE Power Electronics Society William E. Newell Field Award, the IEEE Third Millennium Medal, and the Anthony J. Hornfeck Service Award. He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE, Past Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Tran¬sactions on Indu¬strial Electronics, Member, IES Advisory Board, and Chair, IES Fellow Committee.


Prof. Ambrish Chandra

Title : Hybrid Renewable Energy Standalone Systems  

BIOGRAPHY : Ambrish Chandra FIEEE 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 300 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 12000, h-index 46, i10-index 1302. 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 Lecturer and has given lectures in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, in Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, and Xi’an, University of Toronto, many cities in India, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Egypt and keynote speeches in many international conferences. He is Chair of subcommittee on ‘Power Quality’ of IEEE IES. He is the Guest Editor for special issue of journal Energies on ‘Power Quality in Microgrids Based on Distributed Generators’. 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. Kaushik Rajashekara

Title : Power Electronics for More Electric and Hybrid Electric Aircrafts  

BIOGRAPHY : Dr. Kaushik Rajashekara is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Houston. Prior to that, he was a distinguished professor in University of Texas at Dallas for 4 years, Chief Technologist for Electrical Systems in Rolls-Royce for 6 years, and Chief Scientist in Delphi/General Motors for 17 years. He received his PhD from Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, India. His research interests are in the area of power electronics, drives, transportation electrification, renewable energy, and energy management of microgrid systems. He has published more than 160 papers. He is the holder of 35 U.S. and 10 foreign patents. Dr. Rajashekara is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering and Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. He is a recipient of the IEEE Richard Harold Kaufmann award for outstanding contributions to the advancement of electrical systems in transportation; IEEE Industry Applications Society Outstanding Achievement Award, and EEE IAS Gerald Kliman award for contributions to the advancement of power conversion technologies through innovations and their applications to industry. He is a Distinguished Alumnus of Indian Institute of Science, Fellow of IEEE, and a Fellow of SAE International.


Prof. Hemanshu R. Pota

Title : Flexible Grid with Inverter-Interfaced Generators  

BIOGRAPHY : Hemanshu R. Pota received B.E. from Sardar Vallabhbhai Regional College of Engineering and Technology, Surat, India, in 1979, M.E. from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, in 1981, and the Ph.D. from the University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia, in 1985; all in Electrical Engineering. He is currently an associate professor at the University of New South Wales, Canberra, Australia. He has held visiting appointments at the Columbia University, New York City, NY; University of California, Los Angeles; the University of Delaware; Iowa State University; Kansas State University; Old Dominion University; the University of California, San Diego; and Centre for AI and Robotics, Bangalore. His main areas of interest are power system dynamics and control of mechanical system. He has published more than 140 journal papers, over 280 international conference papers, one research monograph and one book. He has attracted over $2M in externally reviewed research grants. He is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology; and Editor-in-Chief - Technology and Economics of Smart Grids and Sustainable Energy, a Springer journal.


Prof. K. Gopakumar

BIOGRAPHY : He received his B.E. (Electrical Engineering) degree from Indian Institute of Science in 1980. Later on, he did his M. Sc. (Engg.) (E.E.) in 1984, and Ph.D. (E.E.) in 1994 respectively, both from the Indian Institute of Science. Dr. Gopakumar is currently a Professor at the Department of Electronic Systems Engineering (formerly CEDT- Centre for Electronics Design and Technology (CEDT), at Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, India. He received IETE (India)- B.K Bose award for contributions to the area of power electronics and drives for high power applications, and IISc Alumni award for Excellence in Research in Engineering-2016. During 1984-1987, Dr. K. Gopakumar served at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Satellite Centre, Bangalore, India where he was involved in the design and development of SROSS-1 (Stretched Rohini Satellite Series-1) main power supply systems (switched mode power supply systems) for the controls and payloads. He has been working at CEDT, IISc, Bangalore, India since 1987 while holding several different titles including Scientific Officer, Senior Scientific Officer, Assistant Professor, and Associate Professor. He has been working as Professor since 2007 and has several reputed publications to his credit. Dr. Gopakumar is a Fellow IEEE, Fellow IETE (India), Fellow Indian National Academy of Engineers (FNAE), Co Editor-in-Chief IEEE Transactions On Industrial Electronics, Distinguished Lecturer IEEE Industrial Electronics Society & Chair professor ABB (2016-2018).


Prof. Chandan Chakraborty

Title : Brushless and Permanent Magnet Less Generators: An alternative to Traditional Generators  

BIOGRAPHY : Chandan Chakraborty received B.E and M.E degrees in Electrical Engineering from Jadavpur University in 1987 and 1989 respectively and Ph.D degrees from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur and Mie University, Japan in 1997 and 2000 respectively. Presently, he is a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. His research interest includes power converters, motor drives, electric vehicles and renewable energy. Dr. Chakraborty was awarded the JSPS Fellowship to work at the University of Tokyo during 2000-2002. He has received the Bimal Bose award in power electronics in 2006 from the IETE (India). He has regularly contributed to IES conferences such as IECON, ISIE and ICIT as technical program chair/track chair. He is an ADCOM member of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society. He is one of the Co-EICs of IEEE Transactions of Industrial Electronics, an Associate Editor of IEEE Industrial Electronics Magazine and an Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. He is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of IE Technology News (ITeN), a web-only publication for IEEE Industrial Electronics Society. He is a Fellow of IEEE and Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE).