Keynote Speakers

Keynote — Secure and Reliable Communications in the Era of Satellite Mega-Constellations

Gunes Karabulut Kurt , Polytechnique Montréal, Canada

Abstract: Emerging low-Earth orbit satellite mega-constellations have a high potential to address global connectivity problems in rural areas and densely populated metropolitan centers. The designs of these networks will be challenging as they introduce new constraints in terms of their integration to exiting terrestrial networks and the high-speeds of satellites, around 27,000 km/hr. In addition to the reliable design of these communication networks towards 6G, the security of inter-satellite links of these emerging mega-constellations will be another issue that needs to be addressed in a comprehensive manner. This talk aims to describe the emerging satellite networks and highlight the design challenges in terms of secure and reliable communications. The potential security threats in the physical layer will be described with a conceptual framework, considering the cyber-physical nature of the satellite systems. A learning-driven detection scheme will be discussed as a remedy.


Gunes Karabulut Kurt is currently an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal, Montréal, QC, Canada.  She received the B.S. degree with high honors in electronics and electrical engineering from the Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, in 2000 and the M.A.Sc. and the Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Ottawa, ON, Canada, in 2002 and 2006, respectively. From 2000 to 2005, she was a Research Assistant at the University of Ottawa. Between 2005 and 2006, Gunes was with TenXc Wireless, Canada. From 2006 to 2008, she was with Edgewater Computer Systems Inc., Canada. From 2008 to 2010, she was with Turkcell Research and Development Applied Research and Technology, Istanbul. Gunes has been with Istanbul Technical University since 2010, where she is currently on a leave of absence. She is a Marie Curie Fellow and has received the Turkish Academy of Sciences Outstanding Young Scientist (TUBA-GEBIP) Award in 2019. She is an Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton University. She is also currently serving as an Associate Technical Editor (ATE) of the IEEE Communications Magazine and a member of the IEEE WCNC Steering Board.

Keynote — Frequency Control and Security in Modern Power Systems: Challenges and Opportunities

Hassan Haes Alhelou, University College Dublin, Ireland

Abstract: For decades, power system frequency was controlled safely and reliably due to the high inertia and damping values that come from both conventional generation and demand sides. With the increase of concerns regarding environmental changes and energy security risks, the share of renewable energy sources and power electronics has been highly increased which affects both stability and security of power systems frequency. On the other hand, frequency control and protection are moving to be based on wide-area measurement infrastructures instead of local measurement which brings new challenges called the negative impacts of locally measured frequencies. This keynote speech focuses on frequency control and security in modern power systems by highlighting the challenges and finally suggesting the proper solutions.


Dr. H.H. Alhelou is with the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University College Dublin (UCD), Dublin 4, Ireland. He received the B.S. degree (Hons.) from Tishreen University, Lattakia, Syria, and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees (Hons.) from Isfahan University of Technology (IUT), Isfahan, Iran, all in electrical power engineering. He is a faculty member with the Department of Electrical Power Engineering, Tishreen University, Syria. He is the author of more than 130 publications in high prestigious journals. He has participated in more than 15 industrial projects. H.H. Alhelou was included in the 2018 and 2019 Publons’s list of the top 1% best reviewer and researchers in the field of engineering and cross-field. He was the recipient of the Outstanding Reviewer Award from Energy Conversion and Management journal in 2016, ISA Transactions journal in 2018, Applied Energy journal in 2019, 2020 outstanding researcher from the higher education and research ministry, and many other awards. His research interests include power systems, power system dynamics, power system operation and control, dynamic state estimation, frequency control, smart grids, micro-grids, demand response, load shedding, and power system reliability and protection.

Keynote — AI-enabled Energy Trading for Microgrids and Transactive Energy Systems

Melike Erol-Kantarci, University of Ottawa, Canada

Abstract: Renewable energy resources are underutilized worldwide, regardless of geography or economy. This is partly due to the challenge of integrating a large number of small-scale, distributed renewable energy generators to the utility power grid; and partly due to the intermittency and cost of such resources. The current practice for installing small generators is to invest for capacity that only meets the average demand of the consumers with rigid contracts, simply because in general, there is no stake in surplus energy from prosumers. In this talk, we introduce novel AI-based tools that will allow a peer-to-peer energy trading platform consisting of microgrids to become a part of the future transactive energy systems. Energy trading among microgrid communities promises to make use of the renewable energy more efficiently and strengthen the resilience of the power grid during disasters and attacks. In this talk, we present our Bayesian learning and correlated deep q-learning based techniques that address uncertainty and improve energy trading decisions in transactive energy systems.


Prof. Melike Erol-Kantarci is Canada Research Chair in AI-enabled Next-Generation Wireless Networks and Associate Professor at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Ottawa. She is the founding director of the Networked Systems and Communications Research (NETCORE) laboratory. She is a Faculty Affiliate at the Vector Institute, Toronto, and the Institute for Science, Society and Policy at University of Ottawa. She has over 150 peer-reviewed publications which have been cited over 5500 times and she has an h-index of 39. She has received numerous awards and recognitions. Recently, she received the 2020 Distinguished Service Award of the IEEE ComSoc Technical Committee on Green Communications and Computing and she was named as N2Women Stars in Computer Networking and Communications in 2019. Dr. Erol-Kantarci has delivered 50+ keynotes, tutorials and panels around the globe and has acted as the general chair and technical program chair for many international conferences and workshops. Her main research interests are AI-enabled wireless networks, 5G and 6G wireless communications, smart grid and Internet of things. She is an IEEE ComSoc Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE Senior member and ACM Senior Member.

Keynote — title to be announced soon

Muhammad H Rashid, Florida Polytechnic University, USA



Prof. Muhammad Rashid  is employed by the Florida Polytechnic University as a Professor and Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Previously he worked for the University of West Florida, Pensacola, Florida as a professor of electrical and computer engineering and is currently. He was also employed by the University of Florida as Professor and Director of UF/UWF Joint Program. Rashid received B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Birmingham in UK. Previously, he worked as Professor of Electrical Engineering and the Chair of the Engineering Department at Indiana University- Purdue University at Fort Wayne. Also, he worked as Visiting Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Connecticut, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada), Professor of Electrical Engineering at Purdue University Calumet, and Visiting Professor of Electrical Engineering at King Fahd university of Petroleum and Minerals (Saudi Arabia), as a design and development engineer with Brush Electrical Machines Ltd. (England, UK), a Research Engineer with Lucas Group Research Centre (England, UK), a Lecturer and Head of Control Engineering Department at the Higher Institute of Electronics (in Libya & Malta).

Dr. Rashid is actively involved in teaching, researching, and lecturing in electronics, power electronics, and professional ethics. He has published 22 books listed in the US Library of Congress and more than 160 technical papers. His books are adopted as textbooks all over the world. His book, Power electronics has translations in Spanish, Portuguese, Indonesian, Korean, Italian, Chinese, Persian, and Indian edition. His book, Microelectronics has translations in Spanish in Mexico and in Spain, Italian, and Chinese.

Dr. Rashid has worked as a regular employee or consultant in Canada, Korea, United Kingdom, Singapore, Malta, Libya, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Dr. Rashid has traveled to almost all States in USA and many countries to lecture and present papers (Japan, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, India, Pakistan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Libya, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Malta, Italy, Greece, United Kingdom, Brazil, and Mexico). He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET, UK) and a Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE, USA). He was elected as an IEEE Fellow with the citation “Leadership in power electronics education and contributions to the analysis and design methodologies of solid-state power converters.” Dr. Rashid is the recipient of the 1991 Outstanding Engineer Award from The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He received the 2002 IEEE Educational Activity Award (EAB) Meritorious Achievement Award in Continuing Education with the following citation “for contributions to the design and delivery of continuing education in power electronics and computer-aided-simulation“. He is the recipient of the 2008 IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award with citation: For his distinguished leadership and dedication to quality undergraduate electrical engineering education, motivating students and publication of outstanding textbooks. He is also the recipient of the IEEE 2013 Industry Applications Society Outstanding Achievement Award.

Dr. Rashid is a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Education Society and a Regional Speaker (previously Distinguished Lecture) for the IEEE Industrial Applications Society. He also authored a book on “The Process of Outcome-Based Education – Implementation, Assessment and Evaluations”.2012 UiTM Press, Malaysia.

Keynote — Trends and Challenges in Electrification of Transportation Propulsion Systems

Pat Wheeler, University of Nottingham, UK

Abstract: This plenary presentation will consider the roadmaps for transportation electrification across a variety of platforms and the technological developments which are going to be needed to make these visions possible.  These developments and technology challenges will include the electrical drivetrain design and the applications of motor design and power converter topology choices as well as the impact of emerging technology advances including cooling techniques, integration, system optimisation and wide-bandgap semiconductors. Transport platforms discussed will include the requirements for examples in automotive (cars), motorcycle and aeroplane applications


Prof. Pat Wheeler received his BEng [Hons] degree in 1990 from the University of Bristol, UK.  He received his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering for his work on Matrix Converters from the University of Bristol, UK in 1994.  In 1993 he moved to the University of Nottingham and worked as a research assistant in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.  In 1996 he became a Lecturer in the Power Electronics, Machines and Control Group at the University of Nottingham, UK.  Since January 2008 he has been a Full Professor in the same research group.  

He was Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Nottingham from 2015 to 2018.  He is currently the Head of the Power Electronics, Machines and Control Research Group, Global Director of the University of Nottingham’s Institute of Aerosapce Technology and was the Li Dak Sum Chair Professor in Electrical and Aerospace Engineering.  He is a member of the IEEE PELs AdCom and is currently IEEE PELS Vice-President for Technical Operations.  He has published over 750 academic publications in leading international conferences and journals.

Keynote — Assessing the Scalability and Privacy Issues of an Extreme-Scale Distributed Parallel Optimization for Energy Communities with P2P Energy Exchanges and Flexibility Services

Pierluigi Siano, University of Salerno, Italy

Abstract: Energy communities, consisting of interactive prosumers, are reaching a dominant interest in many countries in the last years. Prosumers, by participating in energy communities, can achieve economic benefits, by maximizing the exploitation of locally produced renewable energy and by providing ancillary services to the system operators. Considering the large scale number of prosumers in an energy community and the requirement to carry out both day-ahead and real-time optimizations, new real-time and distributed optimization methods are necessary to cope with the issue of scalability while preserving the privacy of prosumers.

In this keynote, a new extreme-scale and real-time distributed parallel optimization is proposed to manage a large scale energy community with Peer to Peer (P2P) energy exchanges. The proposed optimization is highly scalable and privacy-preserving. Simulation tests, carried out on a large energy community consisting of thousands of prosumers, demonstrated the effectiveness of the innovative optimization method both in terms of scalability of the method and privacy protection for the prosumers.


Prof. Pierluigi Siano Pierluigi Siano (M’09–SM’14) received the M.Sc. degree in electronic engineering and the Ph.D. degree in information and electrical engineering from the University of Salerno, Salerno, Italy, in 2001 and 2006, respectively.
He is a Professor and Scientific Director of the Smart Grids and Smart Cities Laboratory with the Department of Management & Innovation Systems, University of Salerno.
His research activities are centered on demand response, on energy management, on the integration of distributed energy resources in smart grids, on electricity markets and on planning and management of power systems.
In these research fields he has co-authored more than 550 articles including more than 300 international journal papers that received in Scopus more than 11000 citations with an H-index equal to 51.
In 2019 and 2020 he received the award as Highly cited Researcher by ISI Web of Science Group. He has been the Chair of the IES TC on Smart Grids.
He is Editor for the Power & Energy Society Section of IEEE Access, IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER SYSTEMS, IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INDUSTRIAL INFORMATICS, IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS, IEEE Systems, Open Journal of the IEEE IES, IET Smart Grid and IET Renewable Power Generation.

Keynote — Power System Integration of Gridable and Green Transportation Systems: An Operational Point-of View

Ozan Erdinc, Yildiz Technical University, Turkey

Abstract: The transportation sector is responsible for more than one third of the global fossil fuel utilization and accordingly plays a vital role in greenhouse gas emissions. Regarding the recent increase in the awareness for a cleaner and sustainable supply of energy for this sector, the electrification of transportation has become a topic of wide interest both for the academy and the industry especially in the last two decades. Even though this electrification process may hinder vital drawbacks from the environmental point-of-view, the acceptance of these gridable and sustainable transportation system in the power system may pose different challenges especially with the possible growing number of such applications. Therefore, different scales of such transportation solutions should also be well-studied from power system perspective and this special issue awaits papers in this manner to propose different concepts in this manner.

In this keynote speech, an operational point-of-view for the power system integration of different scales of gridable and green transportation systems will be presented considering also the availability of integrated multiple transportation system solutions.


Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ozan Erdinc was born in Istanbul on May 12, 1985. He is married with 2 children. He received the B.Sc., M. Sc., and Ph.D. degrees from Department of Electrical Engineering, Yildiz Technical University in 2007, 2009, and 2013, respectively. During his graduate studies, he was in the private sector in different positions including manager roles. In May 2013, he became a Postdoctoral Fellow in Portugal, under an EU-FP7 funded Project Later, he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering, Yildiz Technical University as a faculty member in January 2015. He obtained the title of Associate Professor in April 2016 and still persuades his role in the same department with this title.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ozan Erdinç conducts research studies on renewable energy systems, smart grids, electric vehicles and different optimization problems in electric power systems. He gives consultancy to different leading distribution system operators about the grid integration of electric vehicles and renewable energy based distributed generation systems. Besides, he persuades the industrial consultant role to different companies on different areas including effective bidding strategies to energy markets, production and demand forecasting, energy management system design for different applications. Additionally, he worked as PI or researcher in several projects supported by different funds.

Dr. Erdinç has 59 articles in international indexed and 5 articles in national indexed journals, 2 international and 1 national books, 4 international book chapters, and 50 publications in international and national conference proceedings. His research outcomes have been published in different leading international journals including IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid and IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics. He serves as an Editorial Board member for different important journals such as IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, IEEE Power Engineering Letters, IEEE Open Access Journal of Power and Energy, IEEE Access, IEEE Systems Journal, IET Renewable Power Generation, IET Generation, Transmission&Distribution, and IET Smart Grid. He had the roles of General Chair, Technical Chair and Scientific Committee Member roles in different famous scientific events. His scientific outcomes received a citation of more than 4500 according to Google Scholar (h-index: 32) and more than 2500 according to Web of Science (h-index: 26). He received the prestigious Postdoctoral Research Grant Award (which is globally open to application).from FCT (the equivalence of TUBITAK in Portugal) in 2015.

He persuades different managerial roles in Yildiz Technical University as the Head of Alternative Energy Based Electric Systems Division at the Department of Electrical Engineering, the Director of Energy Application and Research Center, and Head of IT Department. He was elected as the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) Turkey Chapter Chair in 2019 and still continues in the same role.

Keynote — to be announced soon

Tutorial Speakers

Tutorial — title to be announced soon​

Amer Al-Hinai, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman



Amer Al-Hinai obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree from the West Virginia University, USA in 2000 and 2005. Dr. Al-Hinai is an Associate Professor in the department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Postgraduate Studies & Research (DVC-PSR) at Sultan Qaboos University, Oman. He was a Visiting Professor at the Masdar Insitutre (MI) of Science and Technology, UAE from 2012 to 2016. He was the founding Director of the Sustainable Energy Research Center (SERC) at SQU from 2017-2021. He is a senior member of IEEE since 2011, Chairman of the IEEE – Oman Section 2014-2018, and holding a Consultant grade as classified by Oman Society of Engineers. He served as a Member and the Chairman of the Authority for Electricity Regulation, Oman during 2011 – 2017. He received many awards, including: Recognition by SQU during the University Day (2013 & 2014) for research & international award, Best Paper Award, UAE (2015), one of the pioneers in the Engineering Practice in the Gulf, Bahrain (2011), SQU Distinguished Researcher Award (2020). He secured many internal and external research grants, notably from the Masdar Institute (MI), The Research Council (TRC), Oman, His Majesty’s Trust Fund (HMTF) for Strategic Research, British Petroleum (BP), Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), etc..  His research interest spans diverse energy related areas such as energy production, renewable energy resources, power systems, energy efficiency, management and conversion. He was Invited Speaker on various aspects of Renewable Energy in Oman, UAE and Switzerland. He is credited with 93 journal papers and conference proceedings with 1125 citations, h-index 19 and i-10 index 27. Dr. Al-Hinai is Editor of the International Journal of Renewable Energy Technology.

Tutorial — Digital Twin technology applied to testing of power system protection relays

Andrea Bonetti, Senior Specialist, Megger Sweden AB, Sweden

Virtual reality has been around for more than two decades. What started as a feature of computer games has become the norm in many industries, delivering benefits that include reduced costs, increased reliability, and better efficiency. In the power industry, early adopters of virtual reality are not only enjoying these benefits; they are also finding that it helps them continue carrying out a whole range of tasks despite the travel bans and social distancing imposed by the ongoing pandemic.

Virtual testing of protection relays raises many questions. How closely does a virtual relay match a real relay? How closely does the virtual relay test instrument match the physical test instrument? And how much of real-life relay testing is mirrored in virtual testing? Is “Digital Twin” a buzz word?

This tutorial describes how the digital twin technology allows to perform virtual testing of power system protection relays, by using the interaction between a digital twin of a relay test set and the digital twin of a protection device  with these topics:

– insight into this technology
– advantages in activities such as, pre-commissioning (virtual commissioning), training, algorithm development
– opportunities for the academic world
– final considerations about the future development of the concept.


Andrea Bonetti graduated as electrotechnical engineer at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, in 1993, after having studied the first two years of engineering at Universitá di Trento, Italy.

1993 to 1997: ABB Italy as protection engineer,

1997 : 2008: HV relay protection specialist at HV relay protection manufacturer ABB Grid Automation Products in Västerås, Sweden, for relay post-fault analysis, relay settings, commissioning support and training for distance protection , line differential protection, with IEC 61850 and conventional applications.

2008 to 2013: Megger in Stockholm, as product manager and technical specialist for relay test equipment, dealing with the development of IEC 61850 test set and tools, test algorithms for distance protection and transformer differential protection relays.

2013 to 2018: STRI AB (Sweden), as Technical Manager of Substation Automation Dept. and consultant in Relay Protection and IEC 61850 Applications: procurement specification for TSOs, IEC 61850 specification and attendance for FAT/SAT, IEC 61850 troubleshooting in operative substations, trainings, IEC 61850 top down specification and engineering process, development of IEC 61850 test equipment and tools.

From April 2018: Megger in Stockholm, as senior specialist in relay protection and IEC 61850 applications. Andrea holds a patent in the area of IEC 61850 testing tools and algorithms.

IEC Committees:

– IEC TC 95/MT 4 since 2006. Measuring relays and protection equipment – Functional standards

Andrea has been sub-group leader for the development of the distance protection standard IEC 60255-121 and has received the IEC 1906 Award in 2013.

– IEC TC 95/WG 2. Protection functions with Digital Input / Output.

– IEC TC JWG 17. Documentation of communication in power utility automation

Since 2008 Andrea is a guest lecturer at KTH (Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm) for IEC 61850 for Substation Automation applications.

Tutorial — Novel Actuators for Tackling the Challenges of Energy Transformation

Arda Tuysuz, ABB Corporate Research Center in Ladenburg, Germany

Both medium- and low-voltage grids today undergo a significant change, challenged by the ever-increasing shares of converter-connected energy sources and loads, changing load profiles of the industry and modern compensation systems. The switching technology must therefore tackle the challenges brought by this change, providing means for safe, reliable, and efficient switching at all voltage and current levels.

This talk will discuss both numerical and experimental methods to develop next generation of reliable and efficient circuit breakers. Focus will be on electromagnetically actuated circuit breakers, as they are particularly well suited to meet the requirements of more frequent, synchronous, and adaptive switching. The development of those breakers requires a deep understanding of phenomena stemming from the domains of mechanics, electromagnetics, and control. Therefore, a particular topic of interest is simulation methods that allow for the analysis of all those coupled phenomena in an efficient way.

Beyond electromagnetic drives for switching technology, the talk will also give examples of novel actuators utilizing smart materials and discuss the potentials and challenges of the industrial use of such actuators.


Arda TÜYSÜZ received his B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from Istanbul Technical University, Turkey, in 2006; his M.Sc. degree in electrical power engineering from RWTH Aachen University, Germany, in 2009; and his Ph.D. degree in electrical drives from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland, in 2015. Between 2015 and 2017, he worked as a post-doctoral researcher with the Power Electronic Systems Laboratory of ETH Zurich. He is currently with the ABB Corporate Research Center in Ladenburg, Germany. His research focus is on novel electrical drive and sensing topologies for various industrial applications.

Tutorial — Offshore Windfarm Technologies and Configurations

Gokhan Onal, Lean Power Solutions, Turkey

Offshore windfarms are the rising solution for the harvesting wind energy. Since the beginning of 2000s, the offshore wind energy has been installed progressively. Especially, new power transmission topologies have enabled the installation of offshore wind farms. There are several different offshore wind farm configurations depending on the geographical and technical conditions. The wind turbine technologies have been developed significantly as well. The hardware and software functionalities ensure to install more efficient wind farms.

This tutorial will illustrate the offshore wind turbine technologies and offshore wind farm configurations. PSCAD/EMTDC simulation tools will be used in order to present the selected offshore wind farm configurations.


Gökhan ÖNAL received his M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the RWTH University, Germany in 2010. He worked at Siemens AG on the development of HVDC&FACTS systems till 2016. Then, he has co-founded Lean Power Solutions and he has been providing solutions to manufacturers, network operators and consulting companies. He has been involved in the development of several wind turbine, HVDC, STATCOM and similar technologies. Currently, he is the managing director of lean power solutions and lpschain.


Tutorial — Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces for 6G Systems: Opportunities, Challenges, and Future Directions

Lina Mohjazi, School of Engineering, University of Glasgow, UK

Recent advances in programmable metasurfaces, also dubbed as software-defined metasurfaces (SDMs) or reconfigurable intelligent surfaces (RISs), are envisioned to offer a paradigm shift from uncontrollable to fully tunable and customizable wireless propagation environments, enabling a plethora of new applications and technological trends. Therefore, in view of this cutting-edge technological concept, in this talk, I will introduce the RIS architecture and electromagnetic waves manipulation functionalities. I will then detail some of the recent advancements that have been made towards realizing these programmable functionalities in wireless communication applications. I will shed light on their potential applications and associated challenges. The talk will discuss how artificial intelligence (AI) can address various constraints introduced by real-time deployment of RISs, particularly in terms of latency, storage, energy efficiency, and computation.


Lina Mohjazi received the B.Sc. (Honors) degree from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) University, Al-Ain, UAE, in 2008 (Full Scholarship), the M.Sc. degree from Khalifa University (KU), Abu Dhabi, UAE, in 2012 (Full Scholarship), and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Surrey, Guildford, U.K., in 2018, all in electrical and electronic engineering. She is currently an Assistant Professor in wireless communications at the James Watt School of Engineering, University of Glasgow, UK. From 2015 to 2020 she was with Khalifa University (KU) as a Lecturer. From 2018 to 2020 she was a Research Associate at the KU Center for Cyber-Physical Systems (C2PS), KU, UAE. From 2019 to 2020 she was a Visiting Research Associate with the Communications, Sensing and Imaging (CSI) group at the School of Engineering, University of Glasgow, UK. She has authored and co-authored around 20 research papers in international high-impact journals and highly-rated conferences.

Dr. Mohjazi is a Senior Member of the IEEE and an active reviewer for more than 20 top-notch and multidisciplinary IEEE journals and conferences. She is currently an Associate Editor for the IEEE Open Journal of the Communications Society and an Area Editor for Physical Communication (Elsevier). Dr. Mohjazi has served as a member of the Technical Program Committee and as a Session Chair for several IEEE flagship conferences. She actively participates in organizing IEEE conferences and workshops.

Dr. Mohjazi is endorsed as a UK Exceptional Talent by the Royal Academy of Engineering, UK. She is also the recipient of multiple teaching awards.

Tutorial — Ensuring Secure and Reliable Protection Schemes Using Real Time Digital Simulation

Paul Forsyth, RTDS Technologies Inc. Canada

Today’s modern protection devices and schemes are very powerful and complex.  They include numerous protection functions with many settings for just one protection function. More recently they involve advance communication protocols such as IEC 61850, C37.118, etc. and require GPS time synchronization.  On top of that, our power networks are changing and becoming more complex with the integration of power electronic schemes (e.g. HVDC and FACTS) as well as converter connected renewable generation, lowering system inertia and short circuit capacity.  In order to tackle these challenges, more utilities, consultant and manufacturers are turning to the RTDS Simulator to investigate and prove the security and reliability of protection devices and schemes.  The presentation will summarize the capabilities of the RTDS Simulator for testing protection devices and schemes.


Paul Forsyth received his B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Manitoba, Canada in 1988. After graduating he worked for several years in the area of reactive power compensation and HVDC at ABB Power Systems in Switzerland. He also spent two years at Haefely in both Germany and Switzerland performing system studies and later as part of the network component sales group.  Since 1995, Mr. Forsyth has been employed by RTDS Technologies and over the years he has been involved in many facets of the product and company development and direction.  He currently holds the title of VP – Marketing & Sales. Mr. Forsyth is a Senior Member of the IEEE and active member of Cigre.