Keynote Speakers

Frede Blaabjerg

Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University
Aalborg, Denmark

Prof. Frede Blaabjerg (Fellow, IEEE) From 2017, he became a Villum Investigator. He has published more than 600 journal articles in the fields of power electronics and its applications. His current research interests include power electronics and its applications such as in wind turbines, PV systems, reliability, harmonics and adjustable speed drives.He has received 31 IEEE Prize Paper Awards, the Global Energy Prize, in 2019. He received an honoris causa at University Politehnica Timisoara (UPT), Romania, and Tallinn Technical University (TTU), Estonia. From 2019 to 2020, he serves as the President for the IEEE Power Electronics Society. He is the Vice President of the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences too. He is nominated in 2014–2018 by Thomson Reuters to be between the most 250 cited researchers in Engineering in the world.


Title: Wind Power – A technology enabled by power electronics


Abstract: The steady growth of the installed wind power, will reach 600 GW capacity in 2019, together with the up-scaling of the single wind turbine power capability – 12 MW’s are announced by manufacturers, has pushed the research and development of power converters towards full scale power conversion, lower cost pr kW, higher power density and need for a higher reliability. Substantial efforts are carried out to comply with the more stringent grid codes, especially grid faults ride-through and reactive power injection, which challenges the power converter topologies, because the need for crowbar protection and/or power converter over-rating has been seen in the past in the case of a doubly-fed induction generator. The presentation will first give a technology overview. Next power converter technologies are reviewed with focus on single/multi-cell power converter topologies. Further – case studies on the Low Voltage Ride Through demand to power converter are presented including a discussion on reliability. Finally, discussions about topologies for wind farms will be provided where they need to be operating like large power plants like a large synchronous generator.

Mariusz Malinowski

Institute of Control and Industrial Electronics, Warsaw University of Technology
Warsaw, Poland

Prof. Mariusz Malinowski is has coauthored more than 130 technical papers and six books. He holds two implemented patents. His current research interests include the control and the modulation of grid-side converters, multilevel converters, smart grids, and power-generation systems based on renewable energies. Prof. Malinowski has received a number of prizes from different institutions including the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, David Irwin Early Career Award, Bimal Bose Energy Systems Award, and the Polish Ministry of Science Award.

Title: Fault tolerant smart transformer in distributed energy systems – opportunities and challenges

Abstract: The fast development of distributed generation systems (DGS), including increasing number of the renewable energy sources (RES) demand the change of classical grid into smart grids (SG) integrating all new distributed elements e.g. active loads/sources/energy storages. Currently used conventional transformer cannot fulfil all requirements of SG and therefore new solution is demanded due to the nature of extremely different types of energy sources, loads and frequent voltage disturbances occurring in DGS. The proposed modern solution is the application of multifunctional power electronics fault tolerant Smart Transformer (ST) that is able to not only meet main requirements of SG, but also respond to the future challenges, defined by the constant progress of technology in all new fields (e.g. electromobility, energy store systems etc.).


Vadim Utkin

The Ohio State University
Ohio, USA
Professor Vadim I. Utkin received the D.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Institute of Control Sciences, Moscow, Russia, in 1964 and 1971, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, and Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain, in 1978 and 2011, respectively.,He is currently a Professor with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA. He has been active in the field of Control Systems Engineering for almost 40 years. He has held visiting positions at universities in USA, U.K., Japan, Italy, Spain, and Germany. He is considered one of the originators of the concepts of variable structure systems and sliding mode control. His current research interests include the control of infinite-dimensional plants, including flexible manipulators, sliding modes in discrete time systems and microprocessor implementation of sliding mode control, control of energy conversion systems, electric drives, robotics, and automotive applications.
Title: Sliding mode control of induction motors and power converters

Viktor Bondarenko

State Research Center of the Russian Federation –
Concern CSRI Elektropribor, JSC
Viktor Bondarenko more than 15 years testing, designing and operating unique testing equipment in Concern CSRI Elektropribor.
Since 2018, he has been leading the team that implements the project to create the first native stereotactic robotic complex for high-precision neurosurgical interventions. This project is created with the RAN Bekhterev Federal State Institute of Human Brain.
He has acknowledgement by the Committee on Industrial Policy and Innovation of St. Petersburg. He is a winner of presidential grands for his significant contribution and outstanding achievements in creating breakthrough technologies in 2014 and 2018.
Title: Development of a 6-axis Robotic Manipulator for Stereotactic Surgery
Abstract: The robotic manipulator can be used for the surgical treatment of deep-located brain tumors, for the intracerebral implantation of electrodes for brain stimulation in patients with Parkinson Disease, for the treatment of epilepsy, etc. The results of a phantom testing of the manipulator in the neurosurgery operation room using the surgical optical navigation system showed that it is possible to use this manipulator for all types of stereotactic surgery interventions on the brain.

Valentin Khomyak

Krylov State Research Centre
 Title: Состояние и перспективы развития электропривода гребных электрических установок (in Russian)

Valentin Tomasov

ITMO University, Research and Development Center “Precision Electromechanics” –

Title: Прецизионные электропривода для высокоточных оптических измерений. Проблемы и решения (in Russian)