Keynote Lectures

Keynote — Online monitoring of the smart grid: Distributed system of sensors and devices

Andrea Bonetti, Megger Sweden AB – Sweden

David Eckert, Megger Grid Performance Solutions division, Megger Germany


The upcoming keynote is a must-attend event for anyone interested in the future of our electrical system. With smart grid technology revolutionizing the way we generate and distribute power, it’s crucial to understand the impact of communication services and digitalization on its performance. With numerical technology, we can analyze vast amounts of data to optimize power system performance and develop innovative predictive maintenance procedures. Distribution System Operators (DSOs) play a critical role in this transformation, tasked with ensuring the reliability and efficiency of the grid. This requires innovative solutions to improve grid reliability, such as investing in the reliability of overhead lines. The keynote will reveal how smart sensors and communication infrastructure can help DSOs achieve greater reliability at a lower cost, delivering maximum return. This keynote is not just about today’s solutions, but tomorrow’s possibilities. With recent advances in sensor and communication technology, the power industry is ripe for innovation. From power utilities to suppliers and educational institutions, the stage is set for new and exciting solutions that will shape the future of our electrical system. Don’t miss this opportunity to be inspired and gain a competitive edge.


Mr. Andrea Bonetti is a senior specialist in power system protection and IEC 61850 applications with a Master of Science in Electrotechnical Engineering from Sapienza University of Rome. He has over 18 years of experience in the field, including time spent as a high voltage power system protection specialist at Hitachi Energy Grid Automation Products and as a product manager and technical specialist for relay test equipment at Megger in Stockholm. He is an active  member of the IEC TC 95/MT 4 and TC 95/WG 2 committees and holds a patent in the area of IEC 61850 testing tools. Andrea is also a guest lecturer at KTH (Royal Institute of Technology) in Stockholm and a teacher for IEC 61850 for protection and control applications at the Swedish University Lernia (Yrkeshögskola). He received the IEC 1906 Award in 2013 and is currently a teacher at STF Ingenjörsutbildning.


Mr. David Eckert is Technical Sales Manager for Africa and Europe for Megger’s Grid Performance Solutions division. David has served in several technical and sales roles including Application Engineer for power system protection testing, Regional Sales Manager for substation testing instruments (transformer, circuit breaker, relay, battery), and Sales Manager of solutions for insulation condition monitoring and diagnostics. Prior to Megger, David served in roles as Plant Electrical Reliability Engineer and Business Analyst in the industrial production sector.

Keynote — The Strategies of Application of Communications Along Phase Conductors of High Voltage Power Transmission Lines for Future Power Grids

Anton Merkulov, Smart Grid Division, Siemens


The development of an appropriate theoretical basis and technology to enable the transmission of various information signals along phase conductors of high-voltage overhead power transmission lines was began in the 1930s. In the absence of alternative variants for transmitting control signals between high voltage substations, especially teleprotection, phase conductors ware the most suitable way to solve the problem. Today we know these technologies as high voltage power line carrier. Despite being almost a century old, this type of telecommunications is still widely used in the electrical industry. In countries with historically developed electricity power transmission networks, large numbers of substations and large territories, the number of HV PLC channels can be in the thousands.

Curiously enough, the technology is so old that many young telecommunications professionals working in the power sector do not know that this type of communication exists at all or have little understanding of it. Despite of large number of HV PLC terminals in operation. And a result is deficit of operating specialists, academia specialists and the relevant training literature.

This paper deals with the main industry problems related to the application of HV PLC channels, such as the lack of frequency resource for establishing new communication channels, the orientation of HV PLC application depending on high voltage class of line, the problem of cable junctions. It presents ways of solving these problems by using the latest achievements in HV PLC technology, showing strategies for the application of telecommunications along phase conductors of power transmission lines depending on the characteristics of the communication networks of electric utilities. The importance of using HV PLC channels as emergency telecommunications is shown. Finally, the task of development of new program for operating specialists training and research areas is considered.


Anton G. Merkulov , PhD, Member CIGRE WGD2.44, Senior Member IEEE.  He 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. 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 head of Smart Communications business unit and technical expert in telecommunications. He has more than 15 years of work experience in telecommunications for power transmission companies with focus to high voltage PLC, and is the author of two books and more than 30 papers about high voltage PLC.


Keynote — Resilience and Mixed Criticality: Concepts, Applications, and Research Challenges in the Era of Digital Twins and Metaverses

Aydin Sezgin, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany 


The future sixth generation (6G) of communication systems is envisioned to provide numerous applications in safety-critical contexts, e.g., driverless traffic, industrial control systems, and smart cities, which require outstanding performance, yet providing a high level of safety towards operating staff, environment, and machinery, thus requiring high reliability, fault tolerance, and autonomy. Hereby, resilience combines detection, decision-making, adaption to, and recovery from unforeseeable or malicious events in an autonomous manner. Enabling the consideration of functionalities with different criticalities, mixed criticality allows prioritizing safety-relevant over uncritical functions. 

Consolidating these mechanisms and preserving functional safety requirements under limited resources is a major challenge of 6G communication systems. Specifically, the synchronization of digital twins, e.g, synchronizing the physical and cyber twin of an autonomous real-time decision-making system, and bridging the physical and the digital world via the metaverse pose promising use-cases for resilience and mixed-criticality. Recent advances in these domains include highly autonomous rate-splitting-enabled physical layer resource management algorithms, the inclusion of intelligent reflecting surfaces (IRS), and the consideration of data significance, freshness, and relevance perspectives. This talk seeks to convey the vision of mixed criticality-aware resilience as a crucial factor towards reliable and performant 6G-empowered use-cases, such as digital twins and metaverses, as well as identifying potentials and future research directions.


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Aydin Sezgin received the Dipl.Ing. (M.S.) degree in communications engineering from Technische Fachhochschule Berlin (TFH), Berlin, in 2000, and the Dr. Ing. (Ph.D.) degree in electrical engineering from TU Berlin, in 2005. From 2001 to 2006, he was with the Heinrich-Hertz-Institut, Berlin. From 2006 to 2008, he held a postdoctoral position, and was also a lecturer with the Information Systems Laboratory, Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA. From 2008 to 2009, he held a postdoctoral position with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California, Irvine, CA, USA. From 2009 to 2011, he was the Head of the Emmy-Noether- Research Group on Wireless Networks, Ulm University. In 2011, he joined TU Darmstadt, Germany, as a professor. He is currently a professor of information systems and sciences with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany.

He is interested in signal processing, communication, and information theory, with a focus on wireless networks. He has published several book chapters, more than 50 journals and 170 conference papers on these topics. He has coauthored a book on multi-way communications. Aydin is a winner of the ITG-Sponsorship Award, in 2006. He was a first recipient of the prestigious Emmy-Noether Grant by the German Research Foundation in communication engineering, in 2009. He has coauthored papers that received the Best Poster Award at the IEEE Communication Theory Workshop, in 2011, the Best Paper Award at ICCSPA, in 2015, and the Best Paper Award at ICC, in 2019. He has served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, from 2009 to 2014.

Keynote — PEV Parking Lots for the Sustainable Energy Supply of Smart Cities

Aydogan Ozdemir,Istanbul Technical University, Turkiye


Electric Vehicles, EVs, have continued their steady development over the years with advancements in battery life, energy efficiency, and travel distances. In the next decade, a fast-charging infrastructure will potentially be needed in large cities to properly support EVs penetration in the market. The proliferation of plug-in electric vehicles has led to increased public charging infrastructure in cities worldwide. Grid-connected parking lot spaces are the most common charging option due to their technological readiness and convenience of adoption. Since the batteries aggregated by parking lots can be regarded as virtual energy storage, grid-connected parking lots are expected to provide many benefits to the urban distribution grid. This presentation is devoted to a comprehensive methodological framework to evaluate the potential benefits of utilizing grid-connected parking lot infrastructures to promote the sustainability of energy supply in future power distribution grids.


Prof. Dr. Aydogan Ozdemir was born in Artvin, Turkey, in January 1957. He received the B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey, in 1980, 1982, and 199y. He is currently a full Professor at Istanbul Technical University. His current research interests are in electric power systems and high-voltage engineering, emphasizing asset management, reliability analysis and intelligent method applications in power system modeling, simulation, analysis and control, smart grids, and building automation systems. He has published more than 150 technical papers and conducted several research activities. He is a Member of the National Chamber of Turkish Electrical Engineering and a Senior Member of IEEE PES.

Keynote — Advancements in Electric Vehicle Technology - Electric Machines and Power Electronics

Bulent Sarlioglu, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA


In this presentation, Prof. Sarlioglu will present the latest advancements related to electric vehicle technology with a specific interest in electric machines and power electronics. Topics for electric motors will include examples of permanent magnet and non-permanent magnet traction machines and thermal management. For power electronics, topics will consist of wide bandgap-based power electronics such as silicon carbide and gallium nitride and their application for voltage and current source inverters. The latest technological developments and research will be reviewed. Finally, the electric vehicle charging aspect and its impact on grid connection will also be addressed.


Bulent Sarlioglu (Fellow, IEEE) received the B.S. degree from Istanbul Technical University, İstanbul, Turkey, in 1990, the master’s degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, USA, in 1992, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, USA, in 1999, all in electrical engineering. Since 2011, he has been a Professor with the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Madison, WI, USA and the Associate Director with the Wisconsin Electric Machines and Power Electronics Consortium, Madison, WI, USA. From 2000 to 2011, he was with Honeywell International Inc.’s Aerospace Division, Torrance, CA, USA, most recently as a Staff Systems Engineer. He is the inventor or the coinventor of 20 U.S. patents and many international patents. He has authored and coauthored more than 200 technical papers in conference proceedings and journals. His research interests include electrical machines, drives, and power electronics.,Dr. Sarlioglu was elected as a 2021 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. He was a recipient of the Honeywell’s Outstanding Engineer Award in 2011, the NSF CAREER Award in 2016, the 4th Grand Nagamori Award from Nagamori Foundation, Japan in 2018, and the IEEE PES Cyril Veinott.

Keynote — What will it take for wireless communications to conquer the sky?

Giovanni Geraci, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain


UAVs, or drones, could drive extraordinary societal transformations. Imagine a future where autonomous delivery drones, flying taxis, and air ambulances soar through the skies, taking mobility to new heights and redefining how we commute and where we live and work. In this talk, we will discuss how wireless networks could help make the fly-and-connect dream come true by shifting the current ground-focus paradigm and providing ultra-reliable 3D aerial connectivity.


Giovanni Geraci is an Assistant Professor and the Head of Telecommunications at Univ. Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. He was previously with Nokia Bell Labs, holds a dozen patents on wireless technologies, and is a co-Editor of the book “UAV Communications for 5G and Beyond”. Giovanni has been serving as Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE ComSoc and VTS and he received the IEEE ComSoc EMEA Outstanding Young Researcher Award as well as Best Paper Awards at IEEE PIMRC’19 and IEEE Globecom’22.