Keynote Lectures

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

Andrea Bonetti, Megger Sweden AB – Sweden


This keynote for GPECOM 2024 builds upon the groundbreaking revelations made at GPECOM 2021, where a revolutionary approach to the interaction between a digital twin relay and a digital twin test set was introduced. The presentation unveiled an innovative “open loop test method” that demonstrated the remarkable capabilities of digital twins, showcasing features such as “virtual relay testing,” “virtual technical support,” and “relay protection training.”

In the described method, the digital twin test equipment simulates real-world power system scenarios, preparing the test for the digital twin relay. Virtual injection of test quantities into the digital twin relay creates a genuine testing environment, and retrieving test results involves querying the relay’s front Human-Machine Interface, event recorder, or disturbance recorder. This contrasts with traditional methods, where data is directly queried from the relay under test. The new approach streamlines the process by allowing the digital twin relay test set to declare results, generate comprehensive test reports, and facilitate future test repetition and comparison: the so called “closed loop test method”, where the protection digital twin relay and digital twin test set interact bidirectionally. This innovation required significant research and development efforts to seamlessly enable two-way interaction between the digital twin relay and the digital twin test set. 

Despite being in its early stages, this groundbreaking technique holds great promise, especially for less experienced testing engineers who can now practically replicate their traditional workflows in the virtual realm. A crucial aspect is the preservation of classical roles in closed-loop testing, where the relay test set provides the test method, test signals and test results, and the protection relay responds as if directly connected to the electrical system it aims to protect.
The keynote promises a deep dive into the technical intricacies of this pioneering approach, coupled with an online demonstration that unveils the seamless synergy of these elements. As an attendee, you are invited to explore the future of relay testing and witness firsthand the exciting possibilities that this innovative methodology brings to the industry. Join us in shaping the future of technology at GPECOM 2024!


Andrea Bonetti is a senior specialist in power system protection and IEC 61850 applications based in Sweden. With a master’s degree in electrotechnical engineering from Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, he has over 30 years of experience in the field. Andrea has worked as an HV power system protection specialist at HV relay protection manufacturer Hitachi Energy Grid Automation Products (former ABB) in Västerås, Sweden for 18 years, and at Megger in Stockholm for 9 years as a product manager and technical specialist for relay test equipment and IEC 61850 test set and tools. He has also worked as a consultant in power system protection and IEC 61850 applications for 5 years. Andrea holds a patent in the area of IEC 61850 testing tools and algorithms.
Andrea is the chair of the TC 95, active member of the IEC TC 95/MT 4 and TC 95/WG 2 committees for standardization of protection functions and IEC 61850 application for protection. He has received the IEC 1906 Award in 2013 and is a guest lecturer at KTH (Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm) for IEC 61850 for Substation Automation applications since 2008.
Andrea is a teacher for IEC 61850 for protection and control applications for the private Swedish University Lernia (Yrkeshögskola) since 2021, and also at STF for Reläskydd III – Idriftagning av reläskydd (commissioning of protection relays) from April 2024. 

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Keynote — to be announced

Muhammad H Rashid, Florida Polytechnic University, USA




Prof. Muhammad Rashid (Fellow IET (UK), Life Fellow IEEE) 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 — Resilient Operation of Power Systems under Disaster Conditions: Insights and Suggestions

Ozan Erdinc, Yildiz Technical University, Turkiye 


In an era where climatic extremes and unforeseen disasters pose increasingly frequent challenges to our critical infrastructure, the resilience of power systems has never been more vital. This keynote speech will discuss the multifaceted issue of maintaining and operating resilient power systems under the duress of disaster conditions, offering both insights and actionable suggestions.

The presentation will commence with an examination of recent historical instances where power systems faced significant threats from disasters. This retrospective analysis will provide a foundational understanding of the types of stresses these systems encounter, highlighting the need for resilience in both design and operation. Subsequently, the current state of power system resilience, assessing the preparedness of existing infrastructure to withstand and recover from disruptive events, will be discussed. Afterwards, regarding the insights gained from the introductory analyses, some applicable suggestions and preliminary results will be assessed. Furthermore, the presentation will discuss the importance of collaborative approaches involving stakeholders at all levels, from policymakers to local communities, in ensuring the effective implementation of resilience strategies.

This keynote aims not only to inform but also to inspire action towards building power systems capable of withstanding the unforeseen challenges of tomorrow, ensuring a stable and secure energy future. 


Prof. Dr. Ozan Erdinç (SMIEEE) received BSc, MSc, and PhD degrees from Yildiz Technical University (YTU), Turkey, in 2007, 2009, and 2012, respectively. Until May 2013, he worked in the industry for several years, holding various positions in the areas of electrical installations and renewable energy investments. In June 2013, he became a Postdoctoral Fellow in Portugal, under the EU-FP7 funded SINGULAR Project. Later, he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering at YTU, where I obtained the title of Associate Professor in April 2016. In September 2021, he was appointed as a Full Professor at the same university. He have also served as the Director of Energy Application and Research Center of YTU, and the Head of Alternative Energy Based Electric Systems Division at the Department of Electrical Engineering (YTU). Besides, he also served as the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) Turkey Chapter Chair between 2019 and 2023.

Currently, Prof. Erdinç is the Head of IT Department of YTU, Board Member of YTU Clean Energy Technologies Institute, and a Board Member at the Electrical Installation Engineers Association of Turkey. He is the Sole Editor of the book entitled “Optimization in Renewable Energy Systems” (Butterworth-Heinemann Press, 2017) and the Co-Editor of the book entitled “Pathways to a Smarter Power System” (Academic Press, 2019). He has over 150 international publications with an h-index of 30 according to WoS and 40 according to Google Scholar. He has supervised 4 PhD and 10 MSc theses and currently supervise over 10 graduate theses in the Electric Power System area. He has been the PI and Main consultant of 20 projects with different industrial partners, with project budgets reaching 3 million Dollars individually, and over 6 million Dollars in total.

Prof. Erdinç has served as the Honorary Chair, General Co-Chair, Technical Chair, and Technical Program Committee Member in several IEEE Sponsored or IEEE Co-sponsored conferences. He has given numerous keynote speeches and invited lectures in different international and national organizations, including IEEE sponsored/co-sponsored conferences. He was the recipient of the Turkish Science Academy Distinguished Young Scientist Award (TUBA GEBIP) in 2020, the IEEE Turkey Research Encouragement Award in 2021, and The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Türkiye (TUBITAK) Researh Encouragement Award in 2023. He is a Senior Member of IEEE. He served as an Editorial Board Member for IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, and still an Editorial Board Member for IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, IEEE  Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems, IEEE Power Engineering Letters, IEEE Open Access Journal of Power&Energy, IEEE Access, IEEE Systems Journal, IET Smart Grid, IET Renewable Power Generation, IET Generation, Transmission&Distribution and Turkish Journal of Electrical Engineering&Computer Sciences.

Keynote — What 6G can Support and its Enabling Technologies

Qammer Abbasi, University of Glasgow, UK


Future wireless networks are expected be more than allowing people, mobile devices, and objects to communicate with each other. The sixth generation (6G) of mobile networks are envisioned to include high data rate applications and ultra-massive, connected things. This also includes bio and nano-internet of things (IoT) tele-operated driving, unmanned mobility, haptic communications, unmanned aerial vehicles, and many more. Given the size of nano-sensors, THz frequency is proposed to do various sensing activities at this scale. However, it will be ideal to use the same radio frequency for communications as well. Furthermore, THz is also proposed as an enabler of extremely high data rate applications in 6G communications. The talk will be focused on Terahertz antenna  design and  new technology, which is referred to as Reconfigurable Intelligent Surfaces (RISs) which will be enabler for future 6G communication in addition to joint communication and sensing feature of 6G with examples in healthcare.


Qammer H. Abbasi (SMIEEE, MIET, FRET, FRSA, FEAI, Industrial Fellow RAE, FIET), Professor of Applied Electromagnetics & Sensing with the James Watt School (JWS) of Engineering, Theme lead for Connecting People priority  at JWS  and deputy theme lead for Quantum technologies in the University’s flagship Advance Research Centre  at University of Glasgow, UK. He has  grant portfolio of £10M+ and contributed to more than 500+ leading international technical journal (including nature portfolio) and peer reviewed conference papers, 11 books and received several recognitions for his research including UK exceptional talent endorsement by Royal Academy of Engineering, Sensor 2021 Young Scientist Award, University level Teaching excellence award  in addition to coverage by various media houses including Analog IC tips, Microwaves & RF newsletters, Vertical news, Pakistan Dawn news, BBC news, Scotland TV, Fiercewireless and many other media houses. Prof. Abbasi is an IEEE senior member and is chair of IEEE AP/MTT UK, Ireland and Scotland joint chapter. He is an Associate editor for IEEE Journal of Electromagnetics, RF, and Microwaves in Medicine and Biology, IEEE Sensors, IEEE Internet of Things, IEEE open access Antenna and Propagation, IEEE Journal Of Biomedical & Health Informatics and scientific reports. He is a committee member for IEEE APS Young professional, Sub-committee chair for IEEE YP Ambassador program,  IEEE 1906.1.1 standard on nano communication, IEEE APS/SC WG P145, IET Antenna & Propagation and healthcare network. He is Fellow of Royal Society of Arts, Fellow of  European Alliance of innovation and industrial Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering.

Keynote — Synchronized Waveforms – A Frontier of Data-Based Power System and Apparatus Monitoring, Protection, and Control

Wilsun Xu, University of Alberta, Canada 


Voltage and current waveforms are the most authentic and granular sources of information on the behavior of power systems. In recent years, it has become possible to synchronize waveform data measured from different locations of a power system. This development has enabled large-scale coordinated analyses of multiple waveforms over a wide area, which could unleash a set of new concepts, strategies, and tools for monitoring, protecting, and controlling power systems and apparatuses. 

This keynote speech will present the state-of-the-art developments in the measurements and applications of synchronized waveform data, including monitoring devices, data characteristics, use cases, and comparisons with synchrophasor data. The speech will also share five strategies to discover and develop synchronized waveform-based applications over multiple application areas, from power system stability monitoring to apparatus condition assessment.


Dr. Wilsun Xu received Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia, Canada, in 1989. He worked in BC Hydro, Vancouver, Canada, for seven years before joining the University of Alberta, Canada, in 1996 as a faculty member. Dr. Xu has been conducting power quality research, education, and consulting for over 30 years. He was elevated to IEEE fellow for contributions to power system harmonics research in 2005 and was awarded the Power Quality Industrial Research Chair of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada in 2008. His professional services include Editor-in-Chief for IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery (2014-2019) and Editor-in-Chief at Large for the five IEEE Transactions published by the IEEE Power & Energy Society (2019-2021). In recent years, Dr. Xu pioneered the research on power disturbance data analytics, a field that uses power quality data to support equipment and system condition monitoring. These activities have helped to establish the Power Quality Data Analytics Working Group of the IEEE Power & Energy Society in 2014.