Prof. Soteris Kalogirou

Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol, Cyprus

Speech Title: Renewable Energy Systems: Current Staus in the World and Prospects
Prof. Soteris Kalogirou is at the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Sciences and Engineering of the Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol, Cyprus. He is currently the Vice Rector on Economics, Personnel and Development of the university. In addition to his Ph.D., he holds the title of D.Sc. He is a Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences and Founding Member of the Cyprus Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts. For more than 35 years, he is actively involved in research in the area of solar energy and particularly in flat plate and concentrating collectors, solar water heating, solar steam generating systems, desalination, photovoltaics, geothermal energy and absorption cooling. He has a large number of publications in books, book chapters, international scientific journals and refereed conference proceedings. He is Editor-in-Chief of Renewable Energy and Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Energy, and Editorial Board Member of another twenty journals. He is the editor of the book Artificial Intelligence in Energy and Renewable Energy Systems, published by Nova Science Inc., co-editor of the book Soft Computing in Green and Renewable Energy Systems, published by Springer, editor of the book McEvoy’s Handbook of Photovoltaics, published by Academic Press of Elsevier and author of the books Solar Energy Engineering: Processes and Systems, and Thermal Solar Desalination: Methods and Systems, published by Academic Press of Elsevier. He is a member of World Renewable Energy Network (WREN), American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Institute of Refrigeration (IoR) and International Solar Energy Society (ISES).

Assoc. Prof. Ir. Ts. Dr. Bernard Saw Lip Huat

Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia

Speech Title: Advances and Challenges in Developing Sustainable Energy Storage System

Dr. Bernard Saw Lip Huat is currently an associate professor and chairperson for the Centre for Sustainable Mobility Technologies in the Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), Malaysia. He received his Ph.D. degree from National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2015. Besides, he is a Chartered Engineer registered with the Engineering Council (UK), Professional Engineer registered with Board of Engineers Malaysia, Professional Technologists registered with Malaysia Board of Technologists and associate fellow of Asean Academy of Engineering and Technology. His research interests include energy storage system, computational fluid dynamic, thermal management, renewable energy and ventilation. His research is well recognized as he is listed among the top 2% of the world’s most highly cited scientists published by Stanford University. He has been invited to deliver several keynotes and invited speeches in many conferences as well as public lectures. He has co-authored more than 90 peer-reviewed papers in prestigious international journals, 5 books/book chapters, 4 patents and won more than 30 awards in the local and international competitions as well as outstanding reviewers for more than 10 international journals. He is serving as editorial member and guest editor of several international journals.

Prof. Raffaele Carli

Politecnico di Bari, Italy

Speech Title: Game-theoretical Control Frameworks for Efficient and Flexible Energy Communities
Prof. Raffaele Carli received the Laurea degree (Hons.) in electronic engineering and the Ph.D. degree in electrical and information engineering from the Polytechnic of Bari, Italy, in 2002 and 2016, respectively. From 2003 to 2004, he was a Reserve Officer with Italian Navy. From 2004 to 2012, he worked as a System and Control Engineer and the Technical Manager for a space and defense multinational company. He is currently a Senior Assistant Professor of Automatic Control at the Polytechnic of Bari. He is qualified for access to a position of associate professor in control engineering since 2021. He is the technical responsible for the Decision and Control Laboratory (coordinated by prof. Mariagrazia Dotoli) at the Department of Electric and Information Engineering (DEI) of the Polytechnic of Bari ( He is an author of over 90 printed international publications. His area of expertise is the development of decision and control techniques for the modelling, optimization, management, and control of complex and large-scale systems. His research interests include the formalization, simulation, and implementation of decentralized, distributed, and hierarchical optimization and control algorithms, to be applied on distributed systems (cooperative and noncooperative), multi-agent systems, and networked systems in smart frameworks such as for example the industry and energy fields. He was the Young Career Chair of the 2017 IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering, the Pubblication Co-chair of the 2020 IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering, and the General Co-chair of 7th International Conference on Renewable Energy and Conservation (ICREC 2022). He is the Tutorial Co-chair of the 2023 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (2023 October 1-4 - Maui, Hawaii) Finance Chair and Special Session Chair of 2024 IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (2024 August 26-30 – Bari, Italy). He is an Associate Editor of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON AUTOMATION SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING and the and the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON SYSTEMS, MAN, AND CYBERNETICS. He is a member of the conference editorial board for the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) and IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society (SMC), a member of the international program committee of over 30 international conferences, and a guest editor for special issues on international journals.
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Prof. Kwang Leong Choy

Duke Kunshan University, China

Speech Title: Advanced Materials and Eco-friendly Processes for Clean Energy Generation and Storage for a Sustainable Future

Kwang Leong Choy [D.Phil. (Oxon), DSc] is the Professor of Materials Science at Duke Kunshan University (DKU). Prior to this, she was a Professor of Materials Discovery and the founding Director of the UCL Institute for Materials Discovery at University College London (UCL). She is the recipient of the Grunfeld Medal Prize and Kroll Medal & Prize. She has been awarded the Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Mining and Minerals (FIMMM) and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC). She has authored over 300 publications, including 4 books and 20 patents, given over 150 keynote papers/invited lectures and conference session Chairman. She is leading a multidisciplinary research team and collaborating closely with material scientists, chemists, physics, bioengineering, nanobiotechnology, and engineers. Her team is conducting cutting-edge fundamental and applied research as well as technology exploitation of high performance, eco-friendly and cost-effective processing of new nanostructured materials, nanocomposites and thin films and coatings for solar cells, clean energy generation, energy storage, electrical, optoelectronics, environment, healthcare, and biomedical applications. She has secured and managed numerous multimillion pounds national and European flagship research programmes with extensive collaboration with academia and industry. She has also established a multi-million-dollar state-of-the art nanomaterials, innovative thin/thick films processing and characterisation facilities.

Prof. Dimitrios Karamanis

University of Patras, Greece

Speech Title: Rethinking Photovoltaics building integration: From sufficiency to sharing towards carbon neutral cities and emerging upgrades
Prof. Dimitrios Karamanis is a professor of Alternative Energy Sources at University of Patras. His research interest started with the development of appropriate countermeasures for the mitigation of the severe environmental consequences of the Chernobyl accident and followed by cross section measurements in the thorium fuel cycle for energy production and waste incineration. Expanded to the study of wind and solar energy systems in the last fifteen years and currently research focused on solar cooling of buildings and the integration of photovoltaics in buildings for electricity production towards carbon neutral cities. By participating in national and international research programs as a scientific coordinator and researcher, he has published more than 110 scientific papers in scientific journals, patents and book chapters with >3000 citations and h-index 35 (Scopus). Prof. Karamanis teaches courses in the subject of renewable energy sources and their applications since 2006 in Departments of the Universities of Ioannina and Patras.

Prof. Zhao Yang Dong

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Speech Title: Green Hydrogen Systems and Trading Strategies towards Zero Carbon Emission Target

Prof. Zhao Yang Dong (M’99-SM’06-F’17) is currently SPG Endowed Professor of Energy Systems, and Co-Director of SP-NTU Joint Lab at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His previous roles include SHARP Professor with the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia. He was the inaugural Director of UNSW Digital Grid Futures Institute, Director of ARC Research Hub for Integrated Energy Storage Solutions, Ausgrid Chair and Director of Ausgrid Centre for Intelligent Electricity Networks providing R&D support for the AU$500m Smart Grid, Smart City national demonstration project. His research interest includes power system planning, load modelling, smart grid, smart cities, energy market, renewable energy and its grid connection, and computational methods and their application in power system analysis. He has been serving as editor/associate editor of several IEEE transactions and IET journals. He is a Fellow of IEEE.

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