Keynote Speeches and Plenary Speeches

Prof. Josep M. Guerrero
IEEE Fellow

Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark

Josep M. Guerrero (S’01-M’04-SM’08-FM’15) received the B.S. degree in telecommunications engineering, the M.S. degree in electronics engineering, and the Ph.D. degree in power electronics from the Technical University of Catalonia, Barcelona, in 1997, 2000 and 2003, respectively. Since 2011, he has been a Full Professor with the Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark, where he is responsible for the Microgrid Research Program ( From 2014 he is chair Professor in Shandong University; from 2015 he is a distinguished guest Professor in Hunan University; and from 2016 he is a visiting professor fellow at Aston University, UK, and a guest Professor at the Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications. From 2019, he became a Villum Investigator by The Villum Fonden, which supports the Centre for Research on Microgrids (CROM) at Aalborg University, being Prof. Guerrero the founder and Director of the same centre.
His research interests is oriented to different microgrid aspects, including power electronics, distributed energy-storage systems, hierarchical and cooperative control, energy management systems, smart metering and the internet of things for AC/DC microgrid clusters and islanded minigrids. Specially focused on maritime microgrids for electrical ships, vessels, ferries and seaports. Prof. Guerrero is an Associate Editor for a number of IEEE TRANSACTIONS. He has published more than 500 journal papers in the fields of microgrids and renewable energy systems, which are cited more than 40,000 times. He received the best paper award of the IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion for the period 2014-2015, and the best paper prize of IEEE-PES in 2015. As well, he received the best paper award of the Journal of Power Electronics in 2016. During six consecutive years, from 2014 to 2019, he was awarded by Clarivate Analytics (former Thomson Reuters) as Highly Cited Researcher. In 2015 he was elevated as IEEE Fellow for his contributions on “distributed power systems and microgrids.”

Neuroscience Inspiration for Biological and Electrical Space Microgrids

Abstract: This talk will begin by introducing the control of microgrids, the parallelisms with the human brain and the research for possible sources of inspiration in the last frontiers of neuroscience. Then, control in electric power systems of satellites and space platforms will be presented, showing approaches that are extended from terrestrial microgrids and explaining the differences and challenges when it comes to apply them out in space. Further, multi-microgrid systems will be discussed for moon craters in future lunar manmade bases. Finally, the extension from the hierarchical control of microgrids to bioastronautics in the control of closed ecological systems to support with oxygen, water, and food to the astronauts and thus creating new ecosystems for the moon and future mars bases.


Prof. Murat Fahrioglu
Middle East Technical University, Northern Cyprus Campus, Turkey

Dr. Murat Fahrioglu obtained the BS (Hon) degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University, in 1993, the MS degree (1994) and the PhD degree (1999) from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He is currently an Assoc. Professor at Middle East Technical University - Northern Cyprus Campus in the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. His main research is electric power systems and more specifically in the design of demand management contracts between electric utilities and their customers to avoid forced outages. He is also working on renewable energy integration into power systems and assessment of solar and wind energy resources. His most recent research is about interconnecting the power systems of neighboring countries to enhance renewable energy use.

Sustainable Energy, Smart Grids and Demand Side Management

Abstract: Traditional power system grids become more efficient when operated as smart grids. Most countries have been working on forming micro grids within their power grids and using smart grid technologies to improve the efficiency of the system and help them integrate sustainable energy options into existing electrical networks. Demand side management, if used correctly, can also be an effective tool in power systems. This presentation will talk about how smart grids can help with sustainability and how electrical interconnection between countries can help build a “green” future.


Prof. Billur Barshan
Bilkent University, Turkey

Billur Barshan received the B.S. degrees in electrical engineering and in physics from Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey, and the M.S., M.Phil, and Ph.D. degrees all in electrical engineering from Yale University, New Haven, CT, U.S.A.After working as a post-doctoral researcher in the Robotics Research Group, University of Oxford, Oxford, U.K., she joined the Faculty of Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, where she is currently a Professor with the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. Dr. Barshan received the TÜBİTAK Young Scientist Award (1998), METU Mustafa Parlar Foundation Research Award (1999), and two best paper awards. She served on the Management Committee of the COST-IC0903 Action MOVE between 2010 and 2013.

Wearable Sensor Technology: Current Issues and Some Application Areas

Abstract: Wearable sensor systems have received considerable attention recently. The talk begins by presenting the various advantages and disadvantages of smart environments and wearable sensing systems. Then, we focus on wearable motion sensors and state the pertinent problems in this area. We give an overview of the related research efforts at Bilkent University, Intelligent Sensing Research Group. This includes our work on activity recognition, position/orientation invariance of wearables, pedestrian localization, detection/classification/localization of falls, and automatic evaluation of physical therapy sessions for tele-rehabilitation. The talk concludes by providing some future research directions.