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Dr. Alok Rastogi

Track #1 (Sustainable Energy)

Title: Hybridization Strategies for Renewable Energy System with Storage in Micro-grid and Automotive Applications

About the Speaker:
Dr. Alok Rastogi is an Associate Professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, State University of New York, Binghamton NY, USA. He has held other positions as Research Professor at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and Visiting Professor, University of Western Ontario, London Canada and Visiting Scientist at Waseda University, Tokyo Japan and Institute of Physical Electronics, Stuttgart Germany. He had a long professional career at the National Physical Laboratory, India in various leadership positions. He serves on the expert panel, National Science Foundation, USA, as member of editorial board of ISRN Renewable Energy Journal and as a reviewer on behalf of various international journals. His major area of research is in physical electronics and renewable energy conversion devices and systems with focus on semiconductor, hybrid and nanomaterials based photovoltaic solar cells in thin film device structures, supercapacitor electrical energy storage and fuel cell –supercapacitor hybrid systems. His other areas of research are on advanced ferroelectric polymers and oxide materials for nonvolatile memory devices and magnetic semiconductors for spintronics.

Dr. Ning Zhou

Track #2 (Data Science & Analytics)

Title: Power System State Estimation under High Uncertainty and Variation

About the Speaker:

Dr. Ning Zhou is an assistant professor with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Binghamton University. In 2005, he received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wyoming. From 2005 to 2013, Dr. Zhou worked as a power system engineer at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. His research interests include power system dynamics, state estimation, and statistical signal processing. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers. He is the lead author of the 2009 Technical Committee Prize Paper from the IEEE/PES Power System Dynamic Performance Committee.

Dr. Soongeol Kwon

Track #3 (Power Engineering)

Title: Optimal HVAC Control For Demand Response Based on Two-Stage Stochastic Program

About the Speaker:

Soongeol Kwon received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Industrial Engineering from Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea, in 2005 and 2007, respectively, and received a Ph.D. degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, in 2017. He is an assistant professor with the Department of Systems Science and Industrial Engineering, Binghamton University, SUNY, Binghamton, NY. The primary focus of his research has been on developing decision-making model using mathematical optimization to improve energy efficiency and sustainability of energy systems. In terms of application, his research interests include but are not limited to smart grid, demand-side management, renewable energy, energy storage, building energy management, energy-aware manufacturing, and data centers.

Dr. Ziang "John" Zhang

Track #3 (Power Engineering)

Title: Challenges and Opportunities of Stabilizing the Hybrid Power Grid

About the Speaker:

Ziang (John) Zhang received his B.S. degree from the Beijing Institute of Technology, the M.S. degree from Purdue University Northwest, Hammond, IN, USA, in 2009, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA, in 2013. He joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Binghamton University - SUNY, Binghamton, NY, USA, as an Assistant Professor in 2014. Dr. Zhang worked at ABB US Corporate Research Center at Raleigh, NC, USA, from 2013 to 2014. His current research interests include renewable energy integration, transient stability analysis, battery systems operation and distributed control algorithms.

Dr. Yong Wang

Track #4 (Impacts of RES)

About the Speaker:

Dr. Yong Wang received a PhD in Industrial Engineering & Operations Research from University of Illinois at Chicago. He also received a PhD in Energy & Power Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology (China). He was a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Systems Science and Industrial Engineering at Binghamton University. Dr. Wang established the Smart Energy Operations Research Laboratory (SEORL) at Binghamton University, which focuses on the design, modeling, and management of complex energy and manufacturing systems. The central research theme is to understand the working principles of these systems and make them more efficient, reliable, and sustainable by optimally integrating various resources such as time, space, people, finance, information, equipment, and materials. He has published 45 journal and conference papers in the smart energy field.

Dr. Narottam Das

Track #5 (ICT Technologies for RES)

About the Speaker:

Dr Narottam Das received his B.Sc. Eng. (Hons.) degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (CUET), Chittagong, Bangladesh: M.Sc. Eng. degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka, Bangladesh; and Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Yamagata University, Yamagata, Japan in 2000. Currently, he is working as a Senior Lecturer in Electrical Engineering at the School of Engineering and Technology (Melbourne Campus), CQUniversity Australia. Prior to join at CQUniversity, he worked as a Lecturer in Electrical Engineering at University of Southern Queensland (USQ), Toowoomba, QLD, Australia; Curtin University Sarwak Campus, Miri, Malaysia and Curtin University, Perth, WA, Australia; Edith Cowan University (Joondalup Campus), WA, Monash University (Clayton Campus), VIC, Australia, NEC Yamagata Ltd., Yamagata, Japan and Bangladesh Export Import Company, Dhaka, Bangladesh. He received NEC Yamagata Ltd., Japan award in 2001 for successful completion of the project entitled “Measurement and Evaluation for UMOS2 (Ultra-fast MOSFET2) TEG”.

Dr. Anders Malmquist

Track #6 (Electric Vehicles)

About the Speaker:

Dr. Anders Malmquist is currently at KTH Univeristy, Sweden. He is responsible for research area Polygeneration and the leader of the Polygeneration research group within the Energy Department. The research is focussed on small-scale combined energy systems utilizing various combinations renewable energy sources to produce multiple energy services like electricity, heating, chilling and water treatment. The integration of small-scale Gasification systems and Biogas Digestion systems with other renewable sources, such as Windpower and solar PV is a focus area in the research. His PhD thesis is on system design of hybrid electric trucks and buses. The technology used in such vehicles show big similarities with technology of Polygeneration systems. His current research cover control and energy buffering in small-scale Polygeneration systems for, among else, rural and/or remote areas as well as for supply of energy services in emergency situations. Another research area is Electric Roadway Systems, where the energy supply to such roads is studied and optimized.