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The South African Institute of Electrical Engineers are hosting a Smart Grid Conference on 23rd to 25thFebruary 2016, at the Eskom Academy of Learning in Midrand Johannesburg. The Conference will provide a platform for industry to discuss cutting edge innovations in smart grid and it's associated technologies; including addressing how the current electricity network can be converted into a smart grid. It is strongly believed that the adoption of smart grid technology within Sub Saharan Africa will provide immense benefit to the delivery of electrical energy in this Region.
The Conference will include keynote addresses, plenary presentations and panel discussions, as well as paper presentations in two simultaneous tracks.
An impressive list of international experts in the area of smart grids have been lined up for the Conference, and include the following:
Professor Massoud Amin
Professor Amin is regarded as the “father of smart grids”, and leads a number of extensive projects in smart grid research. Since 2003 he has served as Director of the Technological Leadership Institute at the University of Minnesota, and occupies the Honeywell/H.W. Sweatt Chair in Technology Leadership at the same University. He is also Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Prior to joining the University of Minnesota in 2003, Professor Amin held senior positions within the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in Palo Alto. It was during this period that he conceived and articulated the vision of a smart self-healing grid. This is where the use of computer, communication, sensing and control technologies operate in parallel with an electric power grid to enhance reliability, increase resilience and reduce the cost of energy to consumers.
In addition to his technical leadership activities, Professor Amin maintains an active research program and has made significant contributions in predictive system identification methods, coupled with analytical and multi-domain modelling, fast simulation optimization and testing methodologies. All of these he applies to complex and large dynamical systems. Since 2003, he has given four briefings at the White House and nine Congressional briefings on smart grids. He has also served on numerous occasions as the USA delegation representative to several world engineering and scientific congresses. He is regularly interviewed by the media including the New York Times, CNN, BBC, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal to name a few.One of Professor Amin’s key area of interest is how to revitalize ageing grids and he has delivered a number of talks in this regard, including a TED presentation.
Professor Amin currently serves as Chairman of the IEEE Smart Grid Committee and also serves on the IEEE Control Systems Technical Committee on Smart Grids. He is the founding chairman of the IEEE Smart Grid Newsletter.
Mr Kurt E. Yeager
Mr. Yeager, who has over 30 years of experience in the energy industry, was previously President and Chief Executive Officer of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Currently Mr. Yeager is Vice Chairman of the Galvin Electricity Initiative, which is a non-profit organization that he co-founded with Robert Galvin, after retiring from the EPRI. Mr. Yeager is also Vice Chairman of the Galvin Electricity Initiatives Perfect Power Institute which is focused on transforming the reliability and value of the USA’s electricity services.
Mr. Yeager has authored over 200 technical papers and publications on energy and environmental topics, including a book entitled Perfect Power which he co-authored with Robert Galvin. He was also a convening lead author for the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) “Global Energy Assessment” report to the United Nations and World Bank.
Mr Lee Stogner
Mr. Stogner is the President of the Vincula Group, a consultancy in the USA that specializes in the Internet of Things. He has over 30 years of design, consulting, project management and business development experience across a range of industries, including companies such as Digital Equipment, Fluor Corporation and Rockwell international.
Today Mr. Stogner is active in promoting the development of the Internet of Things through his participation in the IEEE Smart Grid Initiative, the IEEE Transportation Electrification Committee and as a member of the IEEE Internet of Things Initiative.
Professor Qing-Guo Wang
Professor Qing-Guo Wang: Distinguished Professor of the Institute of Intelligent Systems (IIS), Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Johannesburg. His research interests include modeling estimation, prediction, control, optimization and automation of complex systems. He has published some 400 technical papers and authored or co-authored six books, and co-holds five patents both in the USA and Singapore.