Keynote Speakers

Lassi Aarniovuori: Energy Efficiency of Motor Drives – Current State and Future Perspectives

Lassi Aarniovuori received M.Sc. and D.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering from Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT), Lappeenranta, Finland, in 2005 and 2010, respectively.

He is currently a Marie Curie Fellow with the School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University, UK. After graduation, Dr. Aarniovuori has worked seven years as a full time researcher in various university-industry collaboration projects in the field of electric motor drives at LUT and has held three years an Academy of Finland Research Post as Postdoctoral Researcher.

He is author of more than 30 IEEE papers.

His current research interests include the field of electric motor drives, especially wide band-gap power switches, modulation methods, simulation of electric drives, efficiency measurements, and calorimetric measurement systems.


Fernando Briz: Pushing the limits of synchronous current regulators for AC drives

Received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Oviedo, in 1990 and 1996, respectively. Currently Full Professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering, University of Oviedo, where is vice-director and coordinator of the PhD program on Energy and Process Control. He is author/co-author of >60 journal papers and >120 conference papers, mostly within IEEE in the field of electric drives and power conversion. He has been technical project manager of >50 projects, both public funding (European, national and regional) and industry funding, including project “Design of advanced control and modulation strategies for loss minimization of AC drives”, conducted at National Research Ogarev Mordovia State University and funded by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. He is recipient of nine IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) and IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE) prize paper awards and one IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications Prize Paper Award. He has been an Officer of IEEE Industry Applications Society – Industrial Drives Committee since 2011, being Chair of this Committee for the period 2017-2018. He has been Vice-chair for Industrial Drives at IEEE Energy Conversion Congress & Exposition Conferences ECCE’12 to ECCE’15 and ECCE’18. He has also served at Steering & Technical Committees of several international conferences, including ICEM, IEMDC, ICEMS and SLED. He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Industry Applications Society and Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics.
His research interests include control systems, electronic power converters and ac drives, smart grids, diagnostics of electric machines and digital signal processing.

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Loránd Szabó: Advancements in Electrical Machines Design Brought by the Modular Construction

Loránd Szabó was born in Oradea, Romania, in 1960. He received the B.Sc. and Ph.D. degree from Technical University of Cluj-Napoca (Romania) in electrical engineering in 1985 and 1995, respectively.

He joined in 1990 the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca (Romania) as a research & design engineer. Since October 1999 he is with the Department of Electrical Machines and Drives of the same university, where he was a lecturer, associate professor, and by now is full professor. He is also director of Centre of Applied Researches in Electrical Engineering and Sustainable Development (CAREESD) in the frame of the same university.

Prof. Szabó’s current research interests include linear electrical machines, variable reluctance electrical machines, fault tolerant designs, fault detection and condition monitoring of electrical machines, etc. He published more than 260 papers in these fields. He received the 2015 Premium Award for Best Paper in IET Electric Power Applications. He is member of IEEE since 2005. In 2017 he was elevated to Senior member.

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