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Program and Speakers

We are pleased to announce our Keynote and Invited Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Robert Pilawa Bild

Robert Pilawa

Capacitor-Based Power Converters for High Power Density and Efficiency - the Theoretical Promises and Practical Challenges

Robert Pilawa Bild

Capacitor-Based Power Converters for High Power Density and Efficiency - the Theoretical Promises and Practical Challenges

Robert Pilawa-Podgurski is currently an Associate Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Department at the University of California, Berkeley. Previously, he was an Associate Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He received his BS, MEng, and PhD degrees from MIT. He performs research in the area of power electronics, with a focus on high power density and high efficiency converter architectures. Dr. Pilawa-Podgurski received the the Google Faculty Research Award in 2013, and the 2014 IEEE PELS Richard M. Bass Outstanding Young Power Electronics Engineer Award. Among his numerous other awards and recognitions, he is most proud of his teaching awards, including the  2017 UIUC ECE Ronald W. Pratt Faculty Outstanding Teaching Award and the 2018 IEEE Education Society Mac E. Van Valkenburg Award given for outstanding contributions to teaching unusually early in ones career. Since 2014, he serves as Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, and for IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics. He is co-author of nine IEEE prize papers.

Professor Volker Pickert - picture

Professor Volker Pickert

Present and Future of Fault Tolerant Drives applied to Transport Applications

Professor Volker Pickert - picture

Present and Future of Fault Tolerant Drives applied to Transport Applications

Professor Volker Pickert is the leader of the Electrical Power Group at Newcastle University. He has 25 years of industrial and academic experience in power electronics and electric drives. He is regularly invited as keynote speaker and advises various governments on energy and transport related issues. He has led over 50 funded projects, supervised over 40 PhD students and manages a team of 100 researchers. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the IET Power Electronics journal. In April 2019 he has become the Director of UK’s EPSRC Doctoral Training Centre in Power Electronics for Sustainable Electric Propulsion. This Centre will train over 50 PhD students over the next five years

Invited Speakers

Huai Wang

Huai Wang

Reliability of capacitors and magnetic components in power electronics applications

Huai Wang

Reliability of capacitors and magnetic components in power electronics applications

Huai Wang is currently an Associate Professor with the Center of Reliable Power Electronics (CORPE), Aalborg University, Denmark, and the Vice Leader of the Efficient and Reliable Power Electronics Research Program. His research addresses the fundamental challenges in modelling and validation of power electronic component failure mechanisms, and application issues in system-level predictability, condition monitoring, circuit architecture, and robustness design. He is a speaker of 20+ tutorials at leading power electronics conferences, and 50+ invited speeches and keynotes.

Prof. Wang received his PhD degree from the City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China, in 2012.  He was a short-term visiting scientist with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, and ETH Zurich, Switzerland, in 2013 and 2014, respectively. He was with the ABB Corporate Research Center, Baden, Switzerland, in 2009. He received the IEEE PELS Richard M. Bass Outstanding Young Power Electronics Engineer Award, in 2016, for the contribution to the reliability of power electronic conversion systems.  He serves as the Chair of IEEE PELS/IAS/IE Chapter in Denmark. 

Prof. Katsuaki Suganuma

Professor Katsuaki Suganuma

WBG power semiconductor packaging with advanced interconnection technologies

Katsuaki Suganuma, ISIR, Osaka University, Japan

Prof. Katsuaki Suganuma

WBG power semiconductor packaging with advanced interconnection technologies

Katsuaki Suganuma, ISIR, Osaka University, Japan

He received the degree of Dr. Engineer from Tohoku University in 1982. He became a research assistant of ISIR (Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research), Osaka University in 1982, an associate professor of National Defense Academy in 1986, and a professor of ISIR of Osaka University in 1996. He was the director of Nanotechnology Center in 2007-2009, the deputy director of ISIR in 2010-2012, and is the director of ISIR from 2018. He has worked on lead-free soldering, conductive adhesive, power electronics packaging and printed electronics. He published about 400 journal papers, 160 reviews and many books on packaging technology such as “Wide Bandgap Power Semiconductor Packaging” in English. He received several awards such as Fularth Pacific Award (1995) and Minister Prize of Economic, Trade and Industry (2012). He has carried out several national projects on packaging technology is currently in charge of Printed electronics standardization IEC TC119 Japan committee (JEITA), Standardization of Thermal Property Evaluation of WBG Power Devices/JFCA, and of the WGB system integration consortium.