Keynote 1- Technology Entrepreneurship and Internet of Things

Prof. Vehbi Cagri Gungor, Abdullah Gul University (AGU), Turkey

Abstract: In today’s highly competitive environment, success rates for start-ups are very low due to intense and technology-based competition. In such an environment, it is very hard to be successful without necessary skills and capabilities to establish and run a start-up. To this end, new discoveries, new technologies, competition, and globalization compel both entrepreneurs and existing firms to foster innovation. The main aim of this talk is to explain the power of the start-up economy and the key elements for a successful start-up. Furthermore, recent trends in Internet of Things (IoT) will be covered. Finally, interesting IoT applications, that will shape our future, will be described.


Prof. Vehbi Cagri Gungor received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from ODTÜ, Ankara, Turkey, in 2001 and 2003, respectively. He received his Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the Broadband and Wireless Networking Laboratory, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA, in 2007. Currently, he is a Full Professor and Chair of Computer Engineering Department, Abdullah Gul University (AGU), Kayseri, Turkey. He is also the founder of Akademi ARGE, a start-up company focusing on mobile comunications and artificial intelligence. His current research interests are in next-generation wireless networks, wireless ad hoc and sensor networks, smart grid communications, artificial intelligence, data mining, and underwater networks. Dr. Gungor has authored more than 100 papers in refereed journals and international conference proceedings, and has been serving as an editor in prestigious journals, such as IEEE Transaction on Industrial Electronics Ad Hoc Networks (Elsevier). He is also the recipient of the ODTÜ Prof. Mustafa Parlar Research Award in 2019, TUBITAK Young Scientist Award in 2017, BAGEP Young Scientist Award in 2016, Science Heroes Young Scientist Award in 2015, Turkish Academy of Sciences Distinguished Young Scientist Award in 2013, the IEEE Trans. on Industrial Informatics Best Paper Award in 2012, the European Union FP7 Marie Curie IRG Award in 2009.

Keynote 2- Recent and Future Research on Microgrid Clusters

A/Professor Farhad Shahnia, Murdoch University, Australia

Abstract: Electricity systems around the world are experiencing a radical transition as the consequence of replacing fossil fuels, used for electricity production, by sustainable and cleaner energies. The growing penetration of renewable energies requires smarter techniques capable of handling the uncertainties of these intermittent sources. Along with this change, traditionally centralised power systems are also converting into distributed self-sufficient systems, often referred to as microgrids, that can operate independently. This talk will focus on remote area microgrids as a hot research topic in Australia and Southeast Asia that have hundreds of remote and off-grid towns and communities, and islands. It is expected that remote area microgrids will strongly benefit these remote locations in the forthcoming years. This talk will briefly introduce the progress of research in this field around the world and Australia, and will also discuss some of the technical challenges associated with interconnection of neighbouring microgrids as a key step to improve their survivability in the course of unexpected imbalances between the demand and the available generation from intermittent renewable resources.


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 Senior Member of IEEE, Engineers Australia, the Electric Energy Society of Australia and 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 an Associate Editor of seven journals including IEEE Transaction on Sustainable Energy and IET Renewable Power Generation, and has served 35+ conferences in various roles such as General, Technical, Publication, Publicity, Award, Sponsorship, and Special Session Chairs.

Farhad is currently the Chair of the Western Australian IES and a member of IES Technical Committees of Smart Grid and Energy Storage.


Keynote 3- Living Microgrids – Energy flowing from inside out

Prof. Josep M. Guerrero,  Aalborg University, Denmark

AbstractThis talk is about the microgrid concept, so how can we produce, store and consume energy locally and the relationship with our life philosophies concern that to change outside world, we need to change from inside out. The talk give some examples of how these technologies are impacting our daily lives with solar PV in our rooftops, electrical vehicles in our garages and home energy storage systems. The way we are also conceiving energy generation outside, in the big grid, is now taking many ideas from the microgrid concept, and more than ever, grid forming concepts are starting to be proposed in large PV and windfarms – some examples of projects will be explained. The same way, many examples and technologies for smart homes will be shown, integrating the microgrid technology in our daily lives all together IoT electronic devices, wearables and e-health systems, including smart devices to practice mindfulness.


Prof. 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 Center 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 microgrid technologies applied to offshore wind and 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 50,000 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.”

Keynote 4- The Future DC Grids Include Wireless Energy

Prof. Stanimir Valtchev, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal

AbstractThe “Classical” electrical AC grids have intrinsically little energy storage and flexibility, i.e. no fast response capability, little automation and, worst of all, the topology is not flexible. The gas system, or H2 system (?), is powerful but the final product is the electrical energy. Since the 20th century the AC system had to fight the appeared renewable energy production. It was discovered that it is unavoidably necessitated, to substitute the fossil fuels. It was made clear also, that the renewable energy sources turned everything more complicated and difficult to synchronize the biggest consumers with the smallest individual producers of energy. The energy storage is now a must, and the renewable energy sources have one useful characteristic in general: they are mostly DC, or easily transferable into a DC power source. A Low Voltage (LV) DC grid is capable by its nature to be a Smart Grid, easily distributing energy between “prosumers”. The voltage of the LVDC is allowed to be 1500 V and the efficiency of the DC-DC converters is high. The DC-DC conversion in almost all its versions applies the magnetic field as a power link. That “magnetic coupling” can be made stronger or weaker. The magnetic link in most of the power converters is strong, almost 100%, with low leakage flux. Considering the magnetic coupling of our DC-DC converters, the wireless energy transfer is also magnetically linked, in all its versions. The difference between the “normal” and the wireless DC-DC converter is only the percentage of the magnetic coupling. The magnetic field connections of the renewable energy sources into the micro-, or larger DC grid, will be more reliable and less dangerous for the human beings and the animals. The separate blocks can be easily connected even by unqualified workers and clients. The connections may be all magnetic and standardized to use as high as possible the magnetic field and not the wired contacts. The EV is one of the examples of already applied wireless energy (some examples). In case of the EV to Grid way of operation, the wireless is a much better solution too, as it will avoid the wired connection and will make an easier and more seamless energy storage.


Prof. Stanimir VALTCHEV was born in Bulgaria 1951, received M.Sc. from TU Sofia, awarded as the best of the year 1974, received PhD from IST in Lisbon. He worked on semiconductor technology, medical equipment, and then as a researcher in industrial electronics (laser supplies and high-frequency power converters). In the 1980s worked in the Robotics Laboratory of TU Sofia (also being Assistant Director of the Centre of Robotics). During 1987 and in 1991-1992 he worked in the Laboratory for Power Electronics of TU Delft in the Netherlands, as Assistant Professor. Since 1988 was Assistant Professor in TU Sofia and taught several courses on Power Supply Equipment and Power Transistor Converters to graduate and post-graduate students. He was the Deputy Dean of TU Sofia, responsible for the international students in 1990-1994. After 1980 he worked on high-frequency resonant power converters and published in numerous conferences and journals (IEEE Meritorious Paper Award, 1997). In 1994 being invited to Portugal to lead a project of a new soft-transition power converter, stayed and taught various subjects in different universities and has consulted various institutions in Portugal and in the Netherlands. He is currently Auxiliary Professor in UNL and Invited full professor in BFU, Bulgaria. His research includes power converters (also resonant and multilevel), energy harvesting, wireless energy transfer, electric vehicles, energy management and storage, bio energy-harvesting, and biosensors.


1- Power Line Carrier Communications in Transmission and Distribution Power Grids: New Stage in Evolution

by Anton Merkulov, Almaty Institute of Power Engineering and Telecommunications, Kazakhstan


    • Power line carrier communications in telecommunication networks of power grid companies
    • 100 years history of PLC in high voltage transmission power grids. Outdated technology or inherent part of electrical grid infrastructure?
    • High voltage PLC – total recall. Types and parameters of HV PLC channels
    • High voltage power line as transmission medium. Modelling of power lines in WinTrakt software
    • From classical to digital substation. How to integrate HV PLC in future infrastructure of HV digital substation? New stage in evolution – wideband digital PLC with packet switching
    • New challenge – there are too many of them. Problem of HV PLC spectrum utilization and overload
    • PLC modems for medium voltage power grids. Types and technologies
    • Conceptual issues of PLC modems applications for MV segment. Coupling to MV power lines
    • Low bit rate narrow band PLC, short haul broadband PLC. Take a different course – wideband HV PLC approach for MV networks
    • MV wideband modems interoperability and data routing issues

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Anton G. Merkulov studied Telecommunication Technologies in Almaty University of Power Engineering and Telecommunications, graduated with Dipl.-Ing. Degree in 2007. In 2015 he completed his PhD in Telecommunications in Ufa State Aviation Technical University with presentation of Thesis «Improvement of Convergent High Voltage Digital Power Line Carrier Networks with transition from Frame Relay to IP Technologies».

He began his carrier in Siemens Kazakhstan branch office since 2007 as a commissioning engineer of high voltage power line carrier communications. Since 2017 he is the Head of Smart Communications business unit. In period from 2007-2020 he was involved in more than 150 telecommunication projects for power utilities throughout the world. Since 2015 he is the Head of PLC laboratory in Almaty University of Power Engineering and Telecommunications. Main research interests are power line carrier for high voltage and medium voltage electrical grids, application of PLC modems for industrial tools, MPLS-TP and IP-MPLS technologies for electrical companies. Anton Merkulov is a senior member of the IEEE and member of the CIGRE D2 workgroup. He published two books and more than 30 papers about High Voltage Power Line Carrier Communications.

2- Z-Source Inverter Trends in Electrical Vehicles

by Ahmet Aksoz, Graduate School of Natural & Applied Sciences, Cumhuriyet University, Turkey

Abstract: The Z-source inverter (ZSI) is an emerging topology for power electronics DC-AC converters it can utilize the shoot-through state to boost the input voltage, which improves the inverter reliability and enlarges its application field, In comparison with other power electronics converters, it provides an attractive single-stage DC-AC conversion with buck-boost capability with reduced cost, reduced volume and higher efficiency due to a lower component number. For emerging power generation technologies, such as fuel cells, photovoltaic arrays and wind turbines, and new power electronic applications, such as electric and hybrid vehicles, the ZSI is a very promising and competitive topology.


Dr. Ahmet Aksöz obtained his PhD degree in 2018 from Gazi University. He is an assistant professor in Sivas Cumhuriyet University. He has one patent and more than 40 publications. His research interest includes power electronics, electrical machines, electric vehicles, modelling techniques and control systems, battery management systems (BMS), optimization techniques, smart grid and renewable energy.