Title: Importance of Reversible Hydro for Smart Grid
Presently, IEEE Life Senior Member holding the positions of Chair of Power & Energy Society, Chair of Technology Management Council, Secretary-Treasurer of Robotics & Automation Society of IEEE Madras Chapters. Immediate past Secretary General of Indian Concrete Institute. More than 54 years of professional experience in Water Resources Development, primarily for generation of Hydro power. Passed B.E.(Civil) from Madras University in First Class during 1959. Post Graduate in Structural Engineering from Madurai University during 1974 in First Class with Distinction. Served the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB) for more than 38 years and retired as Chief Engineer/Civil Designs during 1997. Was in charge of the prestigious Kundah Hydro Electric Project under Colombo Plan. Held key positions in the Hydro Electric side of the complex Parambikulam-Aliyar Project involving inter-state and inter-basin transfer of river waters. Was involved in almost all the 29 Hydro Power Stations of TNEB (capacities 0.35 MW to100 MW) including the unique 400 MW Kadamparai Reversible Turbine Project. Investigated, formulated & held key positions in several other Power Projects of Hydro, Thermal and Gas. Was Vice Chairman of the State Dam Safety Committee. Was member of International Commission on Large Dams and drafted Specifications. Was a member of the Indian Delegation to participate in the International Hydro Power Conference/China, 1995 and visited the mighty 22,400 MW Three Gorges Project. Has been a Visitor and Consultant to International Power Projects. Author of more than 200 technical papers presented at several National & International Conferences and Technical Events on Hydro Power, Hydrology, Transmission Lines, Construction Management, Planning, Environment, Technical Audit and Pre stressed Concrete. Tackled some unique and challenging works of Repair and Rehabilitation in Power Projects. Expert-Advisor to Govt. of Tamil Nadu. Consultant for Nepal Hydro Power Project (L&T), for Restructuring of TNEB and on Construction Management. Author of Indian Standards Specification on Fire Safety in Hydro Projects. Fellow in the Instn. of Engineers, Indian Instn. of Technical Arbitrators, Indian Concrete Institute, Institutes of Valuers, Bridge Engineers, Consulting Civil Engineers, Indian Water Works Assn., Life Senior Member in the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (USA), Member in Institutes of Rock Mechanics & Tunneling Technology, Public Administration, Quality & Reliability, Information Centre on Fiber Reinforced Concrete & American Biographical Institute. Chartered & Professional Engineer and Govt. Registered Valuer. Has visited Canada, USA, UK, all West European countries, China, Bangla Desh, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia to present Technical Papers in International Conferences, on Study Tour and Private visit. Presented a paper at IEEE PESGM 2011 Detroit on ‘A Proposal for meeting the Power Demands of Electric Vehicle Transportation in India’. Was inducted as a member in the IEEE Renewable Technology Sub-Committee during this meet. Chaired and led the Panel ‘Linkage between Energy and Water’ at PESGM2013 at Vancouver and was involved in the various Committee Meetings including the Working Group on Photo Voltaic.
Title: Sustainable Energy Generation: Is this Practical in the Short Term
Speaker: Saifur Rahman
Dr. Saifur Rahman is the Joseph R. Loring professor of electrical and computer engineering and the founding director of the Advanced Research Institute at Virginia Tech. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, and a distinguished lecturer of the Power & Energy Society. He is the chair of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advisory Committee on International Science and Engineering. He holds a BS degree in electrical engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. He received an MS in electrical sciences from State University of New York at Stony Brook and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech. Saifur Rahman directs the Center for Energy and the Global Environment and the Consortium for Intelligent Grid Research, Analysis and Education from Virginia Tech. He served for three years as a program director in the Engineering Directorate at NSF. He was a research scientist at the Tokyo Electric Power Company, Japan for one year. He has also worked as an electrical engineer with Progress Energy in North Carolina and the Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York. He has consulted for the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the United Nations Development Program and the US Agency for International Development. He has served as the chair of the IEEE Publications Board, the Lifelong Learning Committee, Periodicals Committee and the Products and Services Committee. He is currently serving as the vice president for Publications for the IEEE Power & Energy Society, and a member of the IEEE-USA Energy Policy Committee. His research interests include: Power System Planning, Power System Reliability, Power System Quality, Large Scale Power System Operation and Control Renewable Energy and Distributed Generation Resources (RE& DGE), Smart Grid System, and many others.
Title: AI techniques for Smart Grids
Speaker: Wilfried Elmenrich
Wilfried Elmenreich studied computer science at the Vienna University of Technology where he received his master’s degree in 1998. He became a research and teaching assistant at the Institute of Computer Engineering at Vienna University of Technology in 1999. He received his doctoral degree on the topic of time-triggered sensor fusion in 2002 with distinction. From 1999 to 2007 he was the chief developer of the time-triggered fieldbus protocol TTP/A and the Smart Transducer Interface standard. In 2003, he started the international Workshop on Intelligent Solutions in Embedded Systems (WISES), which has since taken place annually. In 2004, he organized the Second IEEE International Conference on Computational Cybernetics (ICCC) in Vienna. Elmenreich was a visiting researcher at the Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee in 2005 and at the CISTER/IPP-Hurray Research Unit at the Polytechnic Institute of Porto in 2007. By the end of 2007, he moved to the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt to become a senior researcher at the Institute of Networked and Embedded Systems. Working in the area of cooperative relaying, he published two patents together with Helmut Adam and Christian Bettstetter. One result of the work on self-organizing systems yielded an open-source research tool named FREVO. In 2008, he received Habilitation in the area of Computer Engineering from Vienna University of Technology. In Winter term 2012-2013 he was professor of complex systems engineering at the University of Passau. Since April 2013, he holds a professorship for Smart Grids at Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt. His research projects affiliate him also with the Lakeside Labs research cluster in Klagenfurt. Wilfried Elmenreich is a member of the senat of the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Senior Member of IEEE and counselor of Klagenfurt’s IEEE student branch. In 2012, he organized the international Advent Programming Contest. Wilfried was editor of 4 books and published over 100 papers in the field of networked and embedded systems. His Erdös Number is 3. He maintains the research blogs “Self-Organizing Networked Systems”, “The Smart Grid”and “Networking Embedded Systems”.
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