Plenary 1:

Title: The Need for Energy Storage

Abstract: Energy storage is an attractive tool to support grid electrical supply, transmission and distribution systems. There are different methods for storing energy that has been developed so that the grid can meet everyday energy needs. These are: electrical, mechanical, electrochemical, thermal and chemical. Storage technologies are rapidly and continuously evolving. For example, with technical advances and a fall in prices, wind and solar coupled with storage are becoming cost-competitive with fossil fuel power plants. This trend will rise in the future, as renewables and storage both become more affordable in cost. In this lecture we will discuss the background of power conversion & energy storage, energy storage (ES) device, and applications of ES.

Invited Speaker: Prof. Dr. Saad Mekhilef

BIOGRAPHY: Prof. Dr. Saad Mekhilef is an IET Fellow and IEEE senior member. He is the associate editor of IEEE Transaction on Power Electronics and Journal of Power Electronics. He is a Distinguished Professor at the School of Science, Computing and Engineering Technologies, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia, and an Honorary Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Malaya. He authored and co-authored more than 400 publications in academic journals and proceedings and five books with more than 31,000 citations. He is actively involved in industrial consultancy for major corporations in power electronics projects. His research interests include power conversion techniques, control of power converters, renewable energy, and energy efficiency.

Plenary 2:

Title: Agile Antennas with dynamic radiation pattern for 5G Wireless Communication Systems

Abstract: Recently, agile antennas using frequency selective surfaces are one of the attractive research topics, which have received much interest from many research and industrial groups worldwide. Using advanced frequency selective surfaces, novel agile antennas with dynamic radiation pattern can be developed and used us an enabling technology to improve the performance of future wireless communication systems at microwave and mm-wave bands. These approaches are based on using advanced artificial periodic electromagnetic structures, including electromagnetic band gap (EBG) structures, frequency selective surfaces (FSS), and meta-surfaces. The objective is to design and implement new compact, low profile, and low-cost antenna systems with high performances in terms of radiation pattern reconfigurability, high gain and efficiency. With these features, they can be used to improve the performances of future wireless communication systems. For instance, they allow saving energy, increasing the coverage area, and reducing interference, which lead to good transmission quality. In this talk, I will first give a brief introduction on the wireless communication systems at mm-wave bands, presenting their potentials and challenges. Second, I will give an overview on frequency selective surfaces and their applications in advanced antenna designs. Third, I will present a few configurations of reconfigurable antennas using various frequency selective surfaces. To show the radiation-pattern configurability of these antennas, some examples of simulated and experimental results will be presented and discussed. Finally, concluding remarks will be given.

Invited Speaker: Prof. Ahmed Tayeb Denidni

BIOGRAPHY: Prof. Tayeb A. Denidni (IEEE Fellow), received M. Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Laval University, Quebec City, QC, Canada, in 1990 and 1994, respectively.

    From 1994 to 2000, he was a professor with the engineering department, Université du Quebec in Rimouski (UQAR), Rimouski, QC, Canada. Since August 2000, he has been with the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS), Université du Quebec, Montreal, QC, Canada. He founded RF laboratory at INRS-EM, Montreal. He has a great experience with antenna design. He served as a principal investigator on many research projects sponsored by NSERC and numerous industries. He has co-authored more than 250 journal papers, 300 conference papers, 1 book and 9 book chapters. He has acquired international recognition for its innovative and pioneering work on metamaterials, electromagnetic periodic structures and their applications, beamforming antenna systems, adaptive arrays, millimeter-wave antennas and dielectric resonator antennas. He has been elevated to the grade of IEEE fellow for his contribution to frequency selective surfaces and their applications to reconfigurable antennas.

    From 2008 to 2010, Dr. Denidni served as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Antennas Propagation. From 2005 to 2007, Dr. Denidni served as an Associate Editor for IEEE Antennas Wireless Propagation Letters. Since 2015, he has been serving as an Associate Editor for IET Electronics Letters.