Our Speakers

Day 1 - Power Generation

Prof. Jovica Milanovic

Approaches to modelling, operation and control of net-zero power systems

Hour: 9:00 – 9:45 (GMT -4)

Topic: Approaches to modelling, operation and control of net-zero power systems.

Jovica V Milanović received Dipl.Ing. and M.Sc. degrees from the University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, Ph.D. degree from the University of Newcastle, Australia, and D.Sc. degree from The University of Manchester, UK. Prior to joining The University of Manchester, UK, in 1998, he worked with “Energoproject”, Engineering and Consulting Co. and the University of Belgrade in Yugoslavia, and the Universities of Newcastle and Tasmania in Australia.

Currently, he is a Professor of Electrical Power Engineering and  Deputy Head  of Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering  at The University of Manchester, UK, and Visiting Professor at the University of Novi Sad and the University of Belgrade, Serbia. He was chairman of 5 international conferences, editor or member of editorial/technical boards of 70+ international journals and conferences, research project assessor or panel member for numerous international government research funding councils, member of 9 (convenor of 3) past or current IEEE/CIGRE/CIRED WG and consultant or member of advisory boards for several international companies. Professor Milanovic  participated in or lead numerous research projects with total  value of more than £80 million,  published  about  600 research papers and reports, gave about 30 key-note speeches at international conferences and presented about 150 courses/tutorials and lectures to industry and academia around the world.

Professor Milanovic is a Chartered Engineer in the UK, Foreign member of the Serbian Academy of Engineering Sciences, Fellow of the IET, Fellow of the IEEE, Distinguished IEEE PES Lecturer, member of the IEEE PES Industry Technical Support Leadership Committee, member of the IEEE PES Long Range Planning Committtee, member of IEEE Fellows Committee and  Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Power Systems. He was a member of  the  IEEE PES Governing Board as Regional Representative for Europe, Middle East and Africa for six years,  member and vice-chair of IEEE PES Fellows Evaluation Committee and member and Chair of the IEEE Herman Halperin Transmission and Distribution Award Committee.

Dr. Kiruba Haran

High power density electrical machines for electrified aircraft

Hour: 10:00 – 10:45 (GMT -4)

Topic: High power density electrical machines for electrified aircraft.

Kiruba Haran is the Grainger Endowed Director’s Chair in Electric Machinery and Electromechanics in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He moved to Illinois after spending 13 years at GE Research in Niskayuna, NY. At GE, he led the research group working on advanced electrical machines for all of GE’s industrial businesses. At Illinois, Kiruba’s research has focused on high specific power cryogenic and non-cryo machines for electrified transportation and renewable energy applications. In 2022, Kiruba was named the Director of the NSF Engineering Research Center for Power Optimization for Electro-Thermal Systems (POETS), which aims to increase the electric power density available in tightly constrained mobile environments through multi-disciplinary co-design. Kiruba holds more than 40 issued patents and has published over a hundred peer reviewed journal and conferences papers. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, and an Associate Fellow of AIAA. He obtained his PhD in Electric Power Engineering from RPI in Troy, NY in 2000.

Prof. Nikos Hatziargyriou

Participation of Local Energy Communities in Energy Markets

Hour: 11:15 – 12:00 (GMT -4)

Topic: Participation of Local Energy Communities in Energy Markets

Nikos D. Hatziargyriou is with the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), since 1984, professor in Power Systems, since 1995, and Professor Emeritus, since February 2022. He is Part-time Professor at the University of Vaasa, Finland. He has over 10 year industrial experience as Chairman and CEO of the Hellenic Distribution Network Operator (HEDNO) and as executive Vice-Chair and Deputy CEO of the Public Power Corporation (PPC), responsible for the Transmission and Distribution Divisions.  He was chair and vice-chair of the EU Technology and Innovation Platform on Smart Networks for Energy Transition (ETIP-SNET). He is honorary member of CIGRE and past Chair of CIGRE SC C6 “Distribution Systems and Distributed Generation”. He is Life Fellow Member of IEEE, past Chair of the Power System Dynamic Performance Committee (PSDPC) and past Editor in Chief (EiC) of the IEEE Trans on Power Systems, currently EiC at Large for PES Transactions. He is the 2017 recipient of the IEEE/PES Prabha S. Kundur Power System Dynamics and Control Award and the 2023 recipient of the IEEE Herman Halperin Electric Transmission and Distribution Award. He has participated in more than 60 RD&D projects funded by the EU Commission, electric utilities and industry for fundamental research and practical applications. He is author of the book “Microgrids: Architectures and Control” and of more than 300 journal publications and 600 conference proceedings papers.  He is included in the 2016, 2017 and 2019 Thomson Reuters lists of the top 1% most cited researchers and he is 2020 Globe Energy Prize laureate.

Dr. Ricardo Cunha Perez

Stochastic co-optimization of renewable-driven reserves, storage and flexibility in power system planning and operation

Hour: 14:00 – 14:45 (GMT -4)

Topic: Stochastic co-optimization of renewable-driven reserves, storage and flexibility in power system planning and operation

Ricardo Cunha Perez has a B.Sc. Degree in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis in Power Systems from Itajuba Federal University and earned his Master’s Degree (M.SC.) in the fields of Electrical Engineering and Optimization by the Rio de Janeiro Federal University. Mr. Perez has been working for PSR since2009 as a member of the generation & transmission consulting group; responsible for many studies, including the development of a model for 0 power transmission expansion planning used by the WECC in US. Mr. Perez works with the following models: (i) OPTGEN (for optimizing the expansion of
generation systems and regional interconnections), (ii) NETPLAN (for optimizing the transmission system expansion) and (ili) the dispatch model SDDP
used in more than 60 countries.

Prof. Edson da Costa Bortoni

Renewable Power Generation and Storage Systems

Hour: 15:00 – 15:45 (GMT -4)

Topic: Renewable Power Generation and Storage Systems

Edson Da Costa Bortoni (Senior Member, IEEE) was born in Maringá, Brazil. He received the bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Federal University of Itajubá (UNIFEl); Itajubá, Brazil, in 1990, the M.Sc. degree in energy systems planning from the University of Campinas; Campinas, Brazil, in 1993, the D.Sc. degree in power systems from the Polytechnic School University of São Paulo (USP), São Paulo, Brazil, in 1998, and the Habilitation degree from USP, in 2012. He is currently a Profesor at UNIFEI and its present rector. He is also the Head of the EXCEN, the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Generation Excellence Center. His research interests include electrical machines design and modeling, sensors, power generation, smart grids, and energy systems development. He is a Fellow Member of International Hydropower Association and the International Society of Automation. He is a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE, the Secretary of the EMC, an Assistant Editor and Subject Editor of IET GTD, and an Assistant Editor of the Flow Measurement and Instrumentation and the IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion.

Prof. Joydeep Mitra

Use of Energy Storage for Reliability Improvement of Renewable Generation

Hour: 16:15 – 17:00 (GMT -4)

Topic: Use of Energy Storage for Reliability Improvement of Renewable Generation

IEEE-PES Distinguished Lecturer; Chair, IEEE-PES Fellow Evaluation Committee (2022–present); Chair, IEEE-PES Outstanding Young Engineer Award Committee (2021–present); Chair, IEEE-PES Technical Co-sponsoring Steering Committee (2014–18); Chair, IEEE-PES Analytic Methods for Power Systems Committee (2015–16); Chair, IEEE-PES Research Subcommittee (2015–17); Chair, IEEE-PES Reliability, Risk and Probability Applications Subcommittee (2009–11); Chair, IEEE-PES Student Meetings Subcommittee (2005–07); Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications (2019–present); Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems and Power Engineering Letters (2016–21); Associate Editor, International Transactions on Electrical Energy Systems (2017–19); Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid and Power Engineering Letters (2010–15); Associate Editor, Journal of Renewable Energy (2012–17); Associate Director, Electric Utility Management Program, New Mexico State University (2003–08); Other: Organized and Chaired two Conferences; Technical Committee Program Chair at three major IEEE-PES Conferences; Delivered 78 invited talks, including 14 keynote and 19 panel presentations.

Dr. Gonzalo Casaravilla

Expansion of Generation and Integration of Mercosur Electrical Systems

Hour: 17:15 – 18:00 (GMT -4)

Topic: Expansion of Generation and Integration of Mercosur Electrical Systems

He received the degree of Electrical Engineering in 1990 from the University of the Republic UDELAR, the degree of Master in Electrical Engineering in 2000 and the degree of Doctor in Electrical Engineering in 2003. Since 1986 he has been a professor at the Institute of Electrical Engineering of the University of the Republic, Uruguay, currently being a Full Professor. From 2004 to 2007 he was Head of the Power Department of the Institute of Electrical Engineering and from 2007 to 2010 he served as Director of the Institute. Throughout his academic and professional activity, he has participated in 80 published technical papers. From 1988 to 2001 he worked professionally in the field of power electronics converter manufacturing and industrial automation. From May 2010 to March 2020, he held the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Administration of Power Plants and Transmissions (UTE) of Uruguay. Currently, his Research and Development area refers to the themes of the Electric Energy Group (GEE): Optimum Planning and Operation of Electric Energy Systems.

Solely sponsored by IEEE PES and organized by IEEE PES Bolivia Chapter