Keynote Speakers 2022

Prof. Yonghui Li

ARC Future Fellow, IEEE Fellow

School of Electrical and Information Engineering

The University of Sydney


Biography: Yonghui Li is a Fellow of IEEE. He is a Professor and Director of Wireless Engineering Laboratory, in School of Electrical and Information Engineering, the University of Sydney. He is the recipient of the prestigious Australian Research Council (ARC) Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship in 2008 and ARC Future Fellowship in 2012. His current research interests are in the area of wireless communications, Internet of Things, Wireless networks, 5G and wireless AI. He participated in $500million Australian national Smart Grid Smart City project, the world first large-scale demonstration project. He has published more than 200 papers in IEEE journals. Several of his journal papers have been included in ESI highly cited papers. According to google scholar, his research works have been cited more than 12000 times. His now an editor for IEEE Transactions on Communications, and IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology.  He also served as a guest editor for several special issues of IEEE journals, such as IEEE JSAC special issue on Millimeter Wave Communications, IEEE Communications Magazine on Wireless AI, IEEE Access. He received the best paper awards from IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) 2014, IEEE PIMRC 2017 and IEEE Wireless Days Conferences (WD) 2014.

Dr. Ehab El-Saadany

Professor & Director of APEC

EECS Department, Khalifa University,UAE

ECE Department, University of Waterloo, Canada


Biography: IEEE Fellow for his contributions in distributed generation planning, operation and control. Professor in EECS Department at Khalifa University and Adjunct Professor at the ECE Department, University of Waterloo, Canada. Director of the Advanced Power and Energy Center (APEC). Received his BSc and MSc from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt in 1986 and 1990, and his PhD from the University of Waterloo in 1998. Was with ECE at Waterloo between 2000 and 2019, where he was the Director of the Power MEng program between 2010 and 2015. An Internationally recognized expert in the area of sustainable energy integration and smart distribution systems. His main research focus is on Distribution System Operation and Control, smart/micro grids, renewable integration, power quality, protection systems and cyber-physical security of power grids. Author of 420+ international journals and conferences and 3US patents. Graduated 29 PhD and 22 MASc students. Raised over $13M in research funds from different federal, provincial and industrial entities internationally and nationally. Two-time recipient of Canada Research Chair Award in Energy systems (2009-2014) and Smart Distribution Systems (2014-2018). Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid and Power Systems. Member of MBR Academy of Scientist and the Chair of the Engineering Advisory Board for MBRAS. 

Prof.Farhad Shahnia

2020-2021 Chair | IEEE Western Australia Section

Discipline of Engineering and Energy,Murdoch University, Australia

Biography: A/Professor Farhad Shahnia received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, in 2012. He is currently an A/Professor at Murdoch University. Before that, he was a Lecturer at Curtin University (2012-15), a research scholar at QUT (2008-11), and an R&D engineer at the Eastern Azarbayjan Electric Power Distribution Company, Iran (2005-08). He is currently a Fellow member of Engineers Australia, Senior Member of IEEE, and member of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education.

Farhad’s research falls under Distribution networks, Microgrid and Smart grid concepts. He has authored one book and 11 book chapters and 100+ peer-reviewed scholarly articles in international conferences and journals, as well as being an editor of 6 books.

Farhad has won 5 Best Paper Awards in various conferences and has also received the IET Premium Award for the Best Paper published in the IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution journal in 2015. One of his articles was listed under the top-25 most cited articles in the Electric Power System Research Journal in 2015 while one of his 2015 journal articles has been listed under the top-5 most read articles of the Australian Journal of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. He was the recipient of the Postgraduate Research Supervisor Award from Curtin University in 2015 and the Australia-China Young Scientist Exchange Award from the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering in 2016.

Farhad is currently a Subject Editor, Deputy Subject Editor, and Associate Editor of several journals including IEEE Access, IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution, IET Renewable Power Generation, IET Smart Grid, IET Energy Conversion and Economics, and International Transaction on Electrical Energy Systems and has served 35+ conferences in various roles such as General, Technical, Publication, Publicity, Award, Sponsorship, and Special Session Chairs.

Farhad is currently the Chair of the IEEE Western Australia Section and a member of IEEE’s Industrial Electronics Society (IES)’s Technical Committees of Smart Grid and Energy Storage.

Talk Title: “Recent and Future Research on Microgrid Clusters”

Abstract: Electricity systems around the world are experiencing a radical transition as the consequence of replacing fossil fuels, used for electricity production, by sustainable and cleaner energies. The growing penetration of renewable energies requires smarter techniques capable of handling the uncertainties of these intermittent sources. Along with this change, traditionally centralised power systems are also converting into distributed self-sufficient systems, often referred to as microgrids, that can operate independently. This talk will focus on remote area microgrids as a hot research topic in Australia and Southeast Asia that have hundreds of remote and off-grid towns and communities, and islands. It is expected that remote area microgrids will strongly benefit these remote locations in the forthcoming years. This talk will briefly introduce the progress of research in this field around the world and Australia, and will also discuss some of the technical challenges associated with interconnection of neighbouring microgrids as a key step to improve their survivability in the course of unexpected imbalances between the demand and the available generation from intermittent renewable resources.