20th IEEE Mediterranean Eletrotechnical Conference


June 16-18, 2020, Palermo, Italy



Opening Keynote: Enrico Maria Carlini, TERNA S.p.A.

Italy: mediterranean electricity hub. An overview of Terna’s HVDC links for strengthening res integration

Graduated in Electrical Engineering with first class of honors from the faculty of ‘La Sapienza Roma’ University in 1991, Enrico Maria Carlini currently serves as Director of Dispatching and Operation at Terna Rete Italia. As a responsible for the “real-time” control of the National Electricity System, his main areas of attention today include: National Dispatching, Regional Control & Switching Centers, Market and operational planning, Remote control & operation system, System analysis, System protection, defense and dynamics, Operational resilience, etc. In the past Enrico occupied various management positions within Terna, as a Director of ‘Grid Planning and Interconnection’ between 2016 and 2018, head of the ‘Management and Engineering of the Electric System’ department since 2013 and responsible for the Regional Control Centre of Southern Italy since 2011. Alongside with his position in Terna, he plays several leading roles in the key organizations of the energy community, among which: ENTSO-E, Cigrè, SEERC, IEC, CEI, AEIT. Most notably, his latest achievements include: membership of the AEIT Presidential Council (from December 2019), Presidency of CORESO Regional Security Coordination initiative (btw. 2019 and 2020), membership of Cigrè SC C2 “Power System Operation and Control” (from 2017), President of CEI TC 8/123 “System requirements for electricity supply and infrastructure management” (from 2017), President of IEC TC99 “Insulation coordination and system engineering of high voltage electrical power installations above 1,0 kV AC and 1,5 kV DC” (btw. 2007 and 2016). Over nearly three decades of experience in the electricity sector, Enrico has published nearly 100 papers dealing with core technical concepts for the energy transition, digital transformation and the evolution of regulatory framework. Most notably, major objectives of his work cover topics related to distributed generation and RES integration; network development plan; restoration plan; HVDC links; energy storage; ancillary services market and capacity remuneration mechanisms; market coupling for the Internal Electricity Market; interoperability and coordination between TSO and DSOs; regional cooperation of TSOs, etc.

Track 1: Giorgio Sulligoi, University of Trieste, Italy

Giorgio Sulligoi (Senior Member IEEE) earned the Ph.D. (University of Padua, 2005) and the M.Sc. (University of Trieste, 2001), both in Electrical Engineering. He is the founder and Director of the grid connected & marine Electric Power Generation and Control laboratory (EPGC lab.) at the Department of Engineering and Architecture of the University of Trieste. He joined the University of Trieste as an Assistant Professor of Electric Power Generation and Control by 2007, tenured since 2010, appointed Associate Professor of Shipboard Electrical Power Systems since 2016 and elevated to Full Professor in 2019. Dr. Sulligoi has been Deputy Rector for Community Affairs and Business Relations of the University of Trieste, Italy in 2013-2019. Prior to joining University of Trieste, he worked as Deputy Manager R&D in a small private industrial company (M.A.I. Control Systems, Milan, Italy) where he has developed, tested and commissioned innovative releases of digital voltage control systems for power stations participating to primary and secondary voltage regulation, both in Italy and abroad. Dr. Sulligoi spent a semester (2003/2004) at the University College of Cork (Dept. of Engineering) as a visiting Ph.D. student. He carried out an internship (2000/2001) at the Fincantieri design center of Trieste (Merchant Ships – Electrical and Automation office). He is the author of more than 130 scientific papers in the fields of shipboard power systems, all-electric ships, generators modeling and voltage control, where he also has earned some scientific awards. He is one of the technical program chairmen of ESARS (the International Conference on Electrical Systems for Aircraft, Railway and Ship Propulsion). He has been the Scientific Manager of the MVDC Large Ship research program (funder: Regional Government of Trieste, lead partner: Fincantieri; research partners: University of Trieste, Polytechnic of Milan) and of the Naval Smart Grid research program (funder and lead partner: Italian Navy; research partners: University of Trieste, Polytechnic of Milan, University of Rome “Sapienza”), both in the field of the next generation integrated power systems for all electric ships. Dr. Sulligoi is a member of many technical/scientific committees and working groups in the field of marine electrical applications. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Italy. He is member of IEEE (PES, PELS, IAS). He is a reviewer for a number of International Conferences and Journals . He is the Vice-President of the AEIT (Italian Association of Electrical Engineers) Section of the Friuli Venezia Giulia region. In the past, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of ACEGAS-APS S.p.A., distribution system operator in Trieste/Padua (traded on Milan Stock Exchange), Italy, and a member of the Board of Directors of Sincrotrone Trieste S.c.p.A., a joint stock company of national interest managing the Synchrotron Light Source “Elettra” and the Free Electron Laser “FERMI@Elettra” research laboratories in Trieste, Italy. Presently he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Maritime Technology Cluster of the Friuli Venezia Giulia region (MARE-TC FVG), in Italy, where he served also as President of the Technical-Scientific Committee. He is also member of the Boards of Directors of CINEAS (Italian Consortium in Insurance Engineering), ENSIEL (Italian Consortium on Power Systems) and CINIGEO (Italian Consortium on Georesources).

Green ship design: marine transportation electrification and research challenges

The keynote will present main trends and reasons for transportation electrification in the marine sector. The keynote will cover the following aspects:
  • Ships power system evolution.
  • Shipboard electrical applications (Integrated Power Systems).
  • MVDC power systems on ships.
  • Integrated Electrical/Electronics ships Power Systems design (methods and tools).
  • Analysis, evaluation and re-design of different types of shipboard power systems.
  • Track 2: Johan Eker, Ericsson Research

    Johan Eker is a Principal Researcher at Ericsson Research, Sweden. He received his Ph.D. in automatic control from Lund University in 1999 and subsequently joined the Ptolemy group at UC Berkeley. Since 2013 he is an adjoint professor in Automatic Control at Lund University. His research interests range from programming language design for parallel hardware, real-time control systems, mobile communications. software design for mobile devices, adaptive resource management, IoT and cloud technology. He is the co-designer of the CAL Actor Language, which is part of the MPEG standard ISO/IEC 23001-4:2011. He holds 62 granted patents in the areas of telecom, IoT and cloud computing. He is participating in a range of program committees and research projects on topics such as real-systems, signal processing, software development, cloud technology, brain-computer interfaces, and AI. He is involved in the operation of the Ericsson Research Data Center and works with industrial cloud applications.

    A cloud on time

    The second wave of cloud service goes beyond the usual web services and includes digitalization of industrial systems. Systems that until recently have been confined to the factory floor are now being moved to the cloud. Digitalization of industry right now is mostly about data collection and rarely about closed loop control. There are several reasons for this, ranging from old habits, to security and timing concerns. Cloud services today operate on a best effort basis in general and in particular give no timing guarantees whatsoever. The timing uncertainty is inherent in the current cloud model due to a focus on compute density and resource pooling to maximize utilization, and thus minimizing cost. Until now, neither has the networks, wired or wireless, connecting the cloud service given any such guarantees. However, that is about to change. 5G URLLC will provide predictable and low latency communication, which will make cellular technology an attractive alternative for industrial applications, e.g. manufacturing and process control. In addition to the 5G standard, IEEE TSN is providing the means for predictable wired communication. Pairing these standards with predictable virtualization technologies, we have the foundation for a predictable cloud, suitable for real-time control systems.

    Track 3: Andreas Voss, Ernst-Abbe-Hochschule

    Andreas Voss (Male) is since 1997 Full Professor in Biosignal Processing and Medical Informatics at the Ernst-Abbe-Hochschule (EAH) in Jena, Germany. Before that, he worked as leader of the Biosignal Processing research group at the Max-Delbrueck-Centre for Molecular Medicine in Berlin. In 2015, he founded the Institute of Innovative Health Technologies IGHT at the EAH where he acts up to now as the director and coordinates the research between five different departments. His research interest are linear and non-linear analysis of multivariate and multiscale data and systems analysis (e.g. risk stratification in different diseases), characterizing autonomic regulation (heart diseases, schizophrenia, depression, stress...), time-frequency analyses, knowledge based interpretation of physiological and pathophysiological regulations, and electronic senses (electronic nose). Prof. Voss (h-index 37, RG score 43.54) published more than 300 papers in peer reviewed journals. He is member of scientific societies (DGBMT, European Society of Cardiology, and IEEE), organizer, co-organizer and associated editor of various national and international conferences as well as member of scientific boards of various other academic events and scientific journals. He acts as reviewer and for many international journals, conferences and grant agencies.

    Developing and application of electronic noses in health care

    In recent decades, improvements in materials, sensors, electronics and signal processing technologies have led to a rapid increase in the development and application of electronic noses (eNoses). Among the available gas sensing methods, semiconducting metal oxide gas sensors (SMOS) devices have several unique advantages, such as low cost, small size, easy measurement, durability, ease of fabrication and low detection limits (ppm level). In addition, most SMOS-based sensors are more durable and somewhat resistant to poisoning. For these reasons, they have quickly gained popularity and have become the most widely used gas sensors today. Electronic nasal systems are used among others in the food and pharmaceutical industry and also in the military. Recently eNoses have been developed for medical applications. eNoses can distinguish between different types of diseases and their severity by analyzing body odor. Especially disease-related metabolic changes, but also any kind of drug consumption can be detected on the skin surface and/or exhaled breath. We were able to show that such eNoses can be successfully used to improve the diagnosis of various diseases ranging from kidney disease to various types of carcinoma and heart disease. These and other international studies provide evidence that, after a necessary validation, a cost-effective, portable and fast working eNose system could be useful for improved diagnostics and health protection.

    Track 4: Seref Sagiroglu, Gazi University, Turkey

    Prof. Dr. Seref Sagiroglu completed his undergraduate education in 1987 at Erciyes University, Department of Electronics Engineering. He completed his doctoral studies at the University of Wales College of Cardiff (now Cardiff University, UK) in 1994. He continues his academic career as a professor in Software Engineering at Gazi University Computer Engineering Department. Prof. Sagiroglu has an outstanding academic with h-index=32 and i10-index=82; more than 3750 citation; 60 SCI/SSCI indexed articles, 100 national and international indexed articles; 200 national and international conference and symposium articles. He has also author and/or editor of more than 20 books, owns 6 patents and has completed national and international projects on security, big data, intelligent modeling and control, biometric, electromagnetic fields, etc. Sagiroglu has organised more than 50 national and international events on 5G, Big Data, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Information and Cyber Security, IPv6, etc. as chairman or co-chairman. Some of them are: International Conference on Information Security and Cryptology (www.iscturkey.org); IEEE International Conference on Computer Science and Engineering (www.ubmk.org); IEEE Big Data, Deep Learning and Fighting Cyber Terrorisms (www.ibigdelft.org); IEEE International Conference on Machine Learning and Applications (www.icmla-conferences.org); Big Data Analytics, Security and Privacy Workshop (www.bigdatacenter.gazi.edu.tr); National Cyber Terrorism Conference (www.siberteror.org); Turkey Open Data Conference (www.acikveriturkiye.org); IEEE 5G Summit-Istanbul (www.ieeesummit.org); National IPv6 Conference (www.ipv6.org). He has also been founding members of Information Security Association (www.bilgiguvenligi.org.tr); Turkish Science Research Foundation (www.tubav.org.tr), and The Foundation of the People Caring for the Future (www.gonder.org.tr). Sagiroglu has/had such duties as: President and Executive Committee Member of Information Security Association; President and Member of Turkish Science and Research Foundation; Director of Graduation School of Science and Technology at Gazi University; Head of Computer Engineering Department, Gazi University; Member of IEEE Biometric Task Force; President of IPv6 Council Turkey (www.ipv6forumtr.org); Editors of International Journal of Information Security Science (www.ijiss.org); International Journal of Information Security Engineering (in Turkish) (www.dergipark.gov.tr/ubgmd)  and CyberMag (www.cybermag.com); General Director of FutureTech (www.futuretech.com.tr); Member of Cyber Security Group of Higher Education Council of Turkey; Supervisors to Havelsan; IT Regulatory Body of Turkey (BTK) and Personal Data Protection Regulatory Body of Turkey (KVKK). Prof. Sagiroglu has delivered as invited or keynote speakers more than 500 seminars, talks, conferences at universities, schools, sectors, TV and Radio Programs, institutions and organisations in the topics of Information Security, Big and Open Data, Cyber Security and Defense, Artificial Intelligence, Computer and Software Engineering, Privacy, Biometrics, Innovation Culture Creation, IPv6, 5G, etc.

    Cyber Security and Big Data Issues for Smart Grid Systems

    Big data has potential to provide opportunities not only many fields but also power grid sectors enhancing technical, organizational, social and economic gains and contributions. The current potential of applying big data approaches for better planning, managing, designing, and securing power grid operations are very challenging tasks and needs significant efforts. This talk will cover the issues of computational complexity, data security and privacy, cost, management, planning and integration of big data into power grid systems and also focus on the key challenges of cyber security and big data issues.