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IEEE Conference ID: 36757
IEEE Xplore Compliant ISBN No.: 978-1-5090-0035-7/IEEE Xplore Compliant Part No.: CFP1697V-ART

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Invited Speakers

Prof. J.B. Ekanayake
Professor Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering.
University of Peradeniya.
Sri Lanka.


Prof.Janaka Ekanayake joined University of Peradeniya (from 1st April 2013) as a Professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the Institute of Energy at Cardiff University, UK. Prior to joining Cardiff in 2008, he has been attached to the University of Peradeniya and was promoted to Professor in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 2003. Prof. Ekanayake is an expert on wind power generation, their connection and modern power systems. He co-authored five books published by leading publishers such as John Wiley and IET, UK. He has also published more than 130 journal and conference papers. His professional involvements include, a member of the editorial board of IEEE Transaction on Energy Conversion (2007 to date)and Journal of Wind Energy (2013 to date), Organising Vice Chairperson of the First IEEE PES conference of Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (2012), Editor in Chief of the Sixth IEEE International Conference on Industrial and Information Systems (2011), Organising Chairperson of the Second IEEE International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies (2010), General Chair of the Second International Conference on Industrial and Information Systems (2007), Council Member of the Institute of Engineers of Sri Lanka (2002-2004), Member of the Board of Directors of Ceylon Electricity Board (2000-2001) and the IEE International Student Counsellor for University of Peradeniya (1999-2004).s applied to Power System and Electric Machines.

Prof Sarah Spurgeon
Professor of Control Engineering and Head of School
University of Kent

Professor Sarah Spurgeon received B.Sc. and D.Phil. degrees from the University of York, UK, in 1985 and 1988, respectively. She has held previous academic positions at the University of Loughborough and the University of Leicester in the UK where she was appointed as Head of Department of Engineering at the University of Leicester from 2006-2008. She is currently Professor of Control Engineering and Head of the School of Engineering and Digital Arts at the University of Kent. She is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institute of Measurement and Control and the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications as well as being a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Mathematician.

Her research interests are in the area of systems modelling and analysis, robust control and estimation in which areas she has published over 300 research papers. She was awarded the Honeywell International Medal for ‘distinguished contribution as a control and measurement technologist to developing the theory of control’ in 2010 and an IEEE Millenium Medal in 2000.

Sarah Spurgeon is currently a member of the IFAC Council and has previously been an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer for the Control Systems Society. She is a past Chair of the UK Automatic Control Council and is currently President of the Institute of Measurement and Control as well as being a Board member for Engineering UK, which promotes the vital role of engineers and engineering to society in the UK. She is an independent member of the Defence Scientific Advisory Council (DSAC) which provides independent advice to the Secretary of State for Defence on matters of concern to the Ministry of Defence in the fields of Science, Engineering, Technology and Analysis (SETA) in the UK. In 2014 she was appointed as Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) by her majesty the Queen. She has recently been recognised as an international Chang Jiang Scholar by the Ministry of Education in China. Sarah Spurgeon is currently Editor of the IMA Journal of Mathematical Control and Information, a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Systems Science, a member of the Editorial Board of the IET Proceedings D and a Subject Editor for the International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control.

Keynote Lecture On discontinuous observers: from basic properties to a robust fault detection and condition monitoring tool

Professor Sarah Spurgeon, OBE, FREng

Abstract: Historically the sliding mode technique developed as a robust control method characterised by a suite of feedback control laws and a decision rule. The decision rule, termed the switching function, has as its input some measure of the current system behaviour and produces as an output the particular feedback controller which should be used at that instant in time. The concept of sliding mode observers came later. These observers have unique properties, in that the ability to generate the so-called sliding motion on the error between the measured plant output and the output of the observer ensures that a sliding mode observer produces a set of state estimates that are precisely commensurate with the actual output of the plant. It is also the case that analysis of the average value of the applied observer injection signal, the so-called equivalent injection signal, contains useful information about the mismatch between the model used to define the observer and the actual plant. These unique properties, coupled with the fact that the discontinuous injection signals which were perceived as problematic for many control applications have no disadvantages for software-based observer frameworks, have generated a groundswell of interest in sliding mode observer methods in recent years. This lecture presents an overview of the sliding mode observer paradigm.

Invited lecture:

Decentralised sliding mode control for nonlinear interconnected systems with application to a continuously stirred tank reactor

A decentralised control strategy based on sliding mode techniques is proposed for a class of nonlinear interconnected systems. Both matched uncertainties in the isolated subsystems and mismatched uncertainties associated with the interconnections are considered in the problem formulation. Under mild conditions, sliding mode controllers for each subsystem are designed in a decentralised manner by only employing local information. Conditions are determined which enable information on the interconnections to be employed within the decentralised controller design process in order to reduce conservatism. The developed results are applied to a continuously stirred-tank reactor (CSTR) system. Simulation results are presented which demonstrate the effectiveness of the approach.

Josep M. Guerrero, PhD, Full Professor
Leader of the Microgrid Research Programme
Institute of Energy Technlogy, Aalborg University
Email: joz@et.aau.dk
URL: www.microgrids.et.aau.dk

About the Speaker:

Josep M. Guerrero, since 2011, he has been a Full Professor with the Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark, where he is responsible for the Microgrid Research Programme (www.microgrids.et.aau.dk). From 2012 he is a guest Professor at the Chinese Academy of Science and the Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics; from 2014 he is chair Professor in Shandong University; and from 2015 he is a distinguished guest Professor in Hunan University.

His research interests is oriented to different microgrid aspects, including power electronics, distributed energy-storage systems, hierarchical and cooperative control, energy management systems, and optimization of microgrids and islanded minigrids; recently specially focused on maritime microgrids for electrical ships, vessels, ferries and seaports.

Prof. Guerrero is an Associate Editor for the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS, the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS, and the IEEE Industrial Electronics Magazine, and an Editor for the IEEE TRANSACTIONS on SMART GRID and IEEE TRANSACTIONS on ENERGY CONVERSION. He has been Guest Editor of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS Special Issues: Power Electronics for Wind Energy Conversion and Power Electronics for Microgrids; the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS Special Sections: Uninterruptible Power Supplies systems, Renewable Energy Systems, Distributed Generation and Microgrids, and Industrial Applications and Implementation Issues of the Kalman Filter; and the IEEE TRANSACTIONS on SMART GRID Special Issue on Smart DC Distribution Systems. He was the chair of the Renewable Energy Systems Technical Committee of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society. He received the best paper award of the IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion for the period 2014-2015. In 2014 and 2015 he was awarded by Thomson Reuters as Highly Cited Researcher, and in 2015 he was elevated as IEEE Fellow for his contributions on “distributed power systems and microgrids.”

About the Speech:

A Microgrid is an electrical distribution network consisted of distributed generators, local loads, and energy storage systems that can operate in grid-connected or islanded modes. Different technologies are combined together, such us power converters, control, communications, optimization, and so on. This way the energy can be generated and stored near to the consumption points, improving the stability and reducing the losses produced by the large power lines. The speech will cover not only AC microgrids of conventional islanded systems to support AC loads are demanded in several areas such as islands, rural and remote areas, but also DC microgrids that may conform next low-voltage distribution systems and microgrids will be based on DC, since many generators, storages and loads operate in DC, such photovoltaics, batteries, supercapacitors, LEDs, laptops, and electronic equipment. Important aspect on microgrid research will be presented like modelling, control and operation, energy storage, standard-based ICT and smart-metering, including wireless communications, power line communications, bus signaling, and so on. The application of smartmeters in microgrids will be highlighted. Energy Management Systems and Optimization: Online and offline optimization systems are required to enhance MicroGrid operation regarding energy price, power losses, and economical aspects. Advanced technologies like Multi-Agent Systems (MAS) will be presented as powerful tool for distributed energy systems. Previous experiences in Danish electrical system like the Cell Controller project used MAS technologies to balance dispersed energy generation and consumption. Power quality aspects will be introduced, such as voltage and current harmonics and unbalances that have to be taken into account in a microgrid due to the existence of nonlinear and/or single-phase loads. In such a case, the coordination between power electronics converters is needed in order to enhance system power quality in a cooperative way. Many examples of real microgrid systems will be presented, such a demosite in Shanghai, China, a Smart Home living lab in Denmark, and so on. Finally, one important application in microgrids is maritime power systems, which include seaports, all and hybrid electrical ships, ferries and vessels.


Rangaraj M. Rangayyan, PhD, PEng, FIEEE,
Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Schulich School of Engineering
Room ICT 440, University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive N.W.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4
Phone: +1 403 220 6745 Fax: +1 403 282 6855
e-mail: ranga@ucalgary.ca
Web: http://people.ucalgary.ca/~ranga/

Rangaraj M. Rangayyan is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and an Adjunct Professor of Surgery and Radiology, at the University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He received the Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Communication in 1976 from the University of Mysore at the People's Education Society College of Engineering, Mandya, Karnataka, India, and the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Karnataka, India, in 1980. His research interests are in digital signal and image processing, biomedical signal and image analysis, and computer-aided diagnosis. He has published more than 150 papers in journals and 250 papers in proceedings of conferences. He has been recognized with the 1997 and 2001 Research Excellence Awards of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the 1997 Research Award of the Faculty of Engineering, and by appointment as "University Professor" (2003-2013) at the University of Calgary. He is the author of two textbooks: "Biomedical Signal Analysis" (IEEE/ Wiley, 2002, 2015) and "Biomedical Image Analysis" (CRC, 2005). He has coauthored and coedited several other books, including "Color Image Processing with Biomedical Applications" (SPIE, 2011). He has been recognized with the 2013 IEEE Canada Outstanding Engineer Medal, the IEEE Third Millennium Medal (2000), and elected as Fellow, IEEE (2001); Fellow, Engineering Institute of Canada (2002); Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (2003); Fellow, SPIE (2003); Fellow, Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (2007); Fellow, Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society (2007); and Fellow, Canadian Academy of Engineering (2009).

Plenary talk:

Computer-aided Diagnosis of Retinopathy of Prematurity

Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Schulich School of Engineering,
(Adjunct Professor of Surgery and Radiology)
University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive N.W., Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4
e-mail: ranga@ucalgary.ca
Web: http://people.ucalgary.ca/~ranga/

The structure of the blood vessels in the retina is affected by diabetes, hypertension, arteriosclerosis, retinopathy of prematurity (RoP), and other conditions through modifications in shape, width, and tortuosity. Quantitative analysis of the architecture of the vasculature of the retina could assist in monitoring the evolution and stage of pathological processes, their effects on the visual system, and the response to treatment. Computer-aided detection, modeling, and quantitative analysis of features related to the retinal vascular architecture could assist in consistent, quantitative, and accurate assessment of pathological processes by ophthalmologists. This seminar provides details on digital image processing and pattern recognition techniques for the detection and analysis of retinal blood vessels, detection of the optic nerve head, modeling of shape for quantitative analysis of the temporal arcades, measurement of the thickness of retinal vessels, and detection of tortuous vessels. The techniques include methods for the detection of curvilinear structures, the Hough transform, Gabor filters, phase portraits, and specific algorithms for quantitative analysis of patterns of diagnostic interest. Analysis of a dataset of retinal fundus images of 19 premature infants with plus disease, a proliferative stage of RoP, and 91 premature infants without plus disease resulted in an area under the receiver operating characteristic curve of up to 0.98 using our parameter to quantify tortuosity. A graphical user interface is being developed to facilitate clinical application of the methods. The methods should assist in computer-aided diagnosis, follow up, and clinical management of premature infants possibly affected by RoP.

K. Gopakumar



K. Gopakumar received the B.E., M.Sc. (Engg.), and Ph.D. degrees from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. He was with the Indian Space Research Organization, Bangalore, India from 1984 to 1987. He currently holds the position of professor at the Department of Electronic Systems Engineering, Indian Institute of Science. Dr. Gopakumar is a Fellow of IEEE, Fellow of Institution of Electrical and Telecommunication Engineers, India and Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineers. He is currently an Associate Editor of IEEE Transaction on Industrial Electronics, a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Industrial Electronics Society(IES) and presently serves as Co- Editor-in-Chief of IEEE transactions on Industrial Electronics . His research interests include PWM converters and high power drives.


Multilevel inverter topologies with reduced DC link voltages for medium voltage drive applications.

Many interesting multilevel topologies have been reported for drive applications. But still the most popular topology is the NPC three level, especially for medium voltage drives applications. This shows that the industry is still looking for some viable alternative to this, with reduced power circuit complexity and with increased reliability for medium voltage drives applications. The present lecture will focus on some of the recent work from my lab, on multilevel inverter topologies and its PWM control, for motor drives with a single DC link, enabling multilevel back to back inverter operation for medium voltage drive applications.

Prof. N. Sriraam
Head of the Department of medical electronics
M.S Ramaiah Institute of Technology (MSRIT),
Bangalore, India.


Short Biography

Prof. N. Sriraam received his B.E. (ECE) from National Engineering College, in 1996, M. Tech. (Biomedical Engg.) from MIT, Manipal, India in 2000 and PhD in the area of bio-signal processing from Multimedia University in 2007. From Feb 2007 to October 2012, he was associated with Biomedical Department of SSN College of Engineering, Chennai as Professor and Head. Presently he is working as Professor and Head in the Department of Medical Electronics, M.S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore, India. Dr. Sriraam is a Senior Member of IEEE and IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology society, Signal Processing society, life member of Telemedicine Society of India and member of medical computer society of India. He is serving as the chairman for IEEE EMBS Bangalore (India) chapter. He has published 45 International Journals including five papers in IEEE Transactions and 53 International Conferences. He is the editor-in-chief of two Journals: International Journal of Biomedical and Clinical Engineering (IJBCE) published by IGI Global Pennsylvania, USA and International Journal of Biomedical Signal Processing (IJBSP).

Invited talk:

Wearable Physiological Monitoring System: Opportunities and Challenges: Perspective of an Indian Context


Today’s healthcare technology has been revolutionized by the development of wearable physiological monitoring systems, which are being used for home healthcare delivery. The wearable system is composed of specialized sensors, embedded into a wearable shirt for data acquisition, along with a processing unit. The processed data are sent to a monitoring station using wireless transmission. The primary advantage of such system is the real-time continuous monitoring of the signals by clinicians in the monitoring station, with the activation of alarms during critical conditions. It is essential to monitor the physiological signals continuously, so that immediate treatment can be provided during emergency conditions. Health monitoring systems become a hot topic and important research field today. Research on health monitoring were developed for many applications such as military, home care unit, hospital, sports training and emergency monitoring system. This talk highlights a design of a rural centric based system for the monitoring of physiological signals such as PPG,ECG using a Cypress Programmable system on chip( PSoC ) processor/ NI Processor . Home centric based system is the one that replaces the hospital centric procedure for any consultation. The system comprises of a wearable sensors with miniaturized chip programmed using PSoC Processor and the chip performs the detection of the movement of the subject using 2D Accelerometer, monitors the heart. The processed signals are then sensed by a wireless communication module for transmitting them to the nearby hospital. Three case studies are presented to showcase the preliminary work carried out on the design and evaluation of the physiological monitoring system

About Speaker:

Prof S. N. Singh obtained his M. Tech. and Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, in 1989 and 1995, respectively. Presently, he is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India. Before joining IIT Kanpur as Associate Professor, Dr Singh worked with UP State Electricity Board as Assistant Engineer from 8-8-1988 to 13-6-1996, with Rookree University (Now IIT Rookree) as Assistant Professor from 14-6- 1996 to 1-1-2001 and with Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand as Assistant Professor from 2-1-2001 to 4-4-2003. Dr Singh received several awards including Young Engineer Award 2000 of Indian National Academy of Engineering, Khosla Research Award of IIT Roorkee, and Young Engineer Award of CBIP New Delhi (India), 1996. Prof Singh is receipt of Humboldt Fellowship of Germany (2005, 2007) and Otto-monsted Fellowship of Denmark (2009-10). His research interests include power system restructuring, FACTS, power system optimization & control, power quality, wind power, etc. Prof Singh is a Fellow of Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE) India, a Senior Member of IEEE, USA, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology (UK) and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers (India). Prof Singh has published more than 380 papers in International/national journals/conferences. He has also written two books: Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution and Basic Electrical Engineering, published by PHI, India. Dr Singh received 2013 IEEE Educational Activities Board Meritorious Award in Continuing Education, which is very prestigious award, first time by a person of R10 region (Asia-Pacific). He was Chairman, IEEE UP Section. Presently, is presently IEEE R10 Conference and technical Seminar Coordinator.

Estimation of Grid Harmonics in the Presence of Renewable Energy Sources

Abstract: Developments in the power electronics converter technology and control methodologies have been accelerated many folds in recent years and have made possible for the renewable energy sources (RESs) interconnection to the utility grid. Penetration of RES into the electric power system is growing rapidly across the globe owing to its environment friendly and several other important characteristics. The use of power electronics devices for interconnection of RES have resulted in severe harmonics pollution. Harmonics, apart from creating problems of equipments overheating, noise and communication interference at customer end, also increase the reactive power requirement of converters, damage filter capacitances, disturb controller functioning, increase losses in cables/transformers /machines, etc., and introduce unwanted torque harmonics in the rotating machines. The estimation of harmonics has become very important for design, analysis, tariff, control and monitoring purposes. Fourier transform based harmonics analyzer are available for the measurement of harmonics spectrum, however, it suffers from many limitations. As a result, intensive research has been focused on harmonics measurement and estimation in the recent years. This presentation briefly covers some of the important techniques of power system harmonics estimation along with scope and future challenges.

Prof. V. Jagadeesh Kumar
Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering ,
Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India.


Short Biography
Prof. V. Jagadeesh Kumar was born in Madras, India, on July 21, 1956. He received the B.E. degree in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Madras, Madras, in 1978, and the M.Tech. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (I.I.T.), Madras, in 1980 and 1986, respectively. He is presently the Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering, I.I.T., Madras. He was a BOYSCAST Fellow at the King's College, London, during 1987- 88 and a DAAD Fellow at the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany, during 1997. He worked as a Visiting Scientist at the Technical University of Aachen, Germany, during 1999. He taught for a term at the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, in the summer of 1999. He holds six patents and has published more than 40 papers in international journals and presented more than 60 papers at various conferences. His teaching and research interests are in the areas of measurements, instrumentation, and signal processing.

Invited talk: Non contact displacement sensors - present trend
V. Jagadeesh Kumar, Electrical Engineering Department, IIT Madras, India

Abstract: Displacement sensing and position sensing are necessary for various applications such as assembly line testing, machine tool usage, precise positioning for silicon wafer technology, applications in automobiles and several others. A variety of sensors of different types have been developed over the years to fulfill this requirement. Displacement transducers based on (i) Hall effect sensor element, (ii) inductive sensing element, and capacitive sensor element have been developed. In addition to all the above sensors, resistive potentiometric type displacement transducers are in vogue for a variety of applications where linear or angular position sensing. Many of these sensors are of contact type. Contact type displacement sensors suffer from wear and tear and hence have limited operation life. Recent trend is to develop non contact linear and angular displacement sensors. The talk will highlight the research done and research being carried out at present at IIT Madras in developing non contact displacement sensors.


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