Plenary Speakers

Plenary Speakers
Ossama Hassanein, PhD
Chairman, Rising Tide Fund

Ossama has co-managed over $1 billion of international technology funds in diverse leadership roles including EVP of Berkeley International in San Francisco, Chairman of Technocom Ventures in Paris, President of Newbridge Networks Holding in Canada, Senior managing Director of Newbury Ventures, and Chairman of the Rising Tide Fund in Silicon Valley. In the eighties, Ossama had the opportunity to co-lead the mezzanine financing of 80+ Silicon Valley based IT companies that became spectacular successes, including: Adaptec, Cirrus Logic, Atmel, PMC-Sierra, LSI Logic, Linear Technologies, and Oracle. Their combined market value today exceeds $200 billion. In the last 25 years, Ossama was chairman or co-founder of seven cutting-edge startups in the U.S., UK, France and Switzerland including ACC in Santa Barbara (routers, acquired by Ericsson), Algety in Lannion (soliton transmission, acquired by Corvis), HighDeal in Caen (rating engines, acquired by SAP), HighWave in Bretagne (fiber optic amplifiers, Listed on Euronext), NetCentrex in paris (VolP, acquired by Comverse), nCipher in Cambridge (encryption, listed on LSE), and Zong in Menlo Park (acquired by eBay). Currently, Ossama serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Bank of the West in San Francisco. On the social entrepreneurship side, he is a charter member of the C100, a Silicon-Valley based association dedicated to mentoring and angel financing Canadian entrepreneurs. Ossama also served on the Board of Directors of the nonprofit Relief International, a nonprofit, focusing his efforts on social entrepreneurship and development of women in the Middle East. He was chairman o f the board of TechWadi and the Egyptian American Society in Silicon Valley and vice-chairman of the Board of PSD, an NGO focused on providing one laptop per child for up to 130,000 Palestinian children in need of education. On the academic side, Ossama served on the Board of Advisors of Harvard University Center for Middle Eastern Studies and of UCSF Department of Ophthalmology, School of Medicine in San Francisco. He was appointed as the Willard Brown Distinguished Professor at the American University in Cairo School of Business, where he remains a member of the Board of Advisors. Ossama lectured on Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University and the University of San Diego, and on international business at UC Berkeley and Santa Clara University. He was also a guest speaker on entrepreneurship in diverse venues including the White House, the State Department, MIT, Harvard University, and the Commonwealth Club.


Title: March Towards the Future: Coming Trends in Sustainability
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace & prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. Since the 1970s, fossil fuels commanded 60-70% share of the global power generation mix. This 50-year dominance is coming to an end. Cheap renewable energy and batteries will reshape the electricity system, shifting us from two-thirds fossil fuels in 2017, to two-thirds renewable energy in 2050. We see $548 billion being invested in battery capacity by 2050. The arrival of cheap battery storage will mean that it becomes increasingly possible to finesse the delivery of electricity from wind and solar, so that these technologies can help meet demand even when the wind isn셳 blowing and the sun isn셳 shining. The result will be renewables eating up more and more of the existing market for coal, gas and nuclear.

Yacov A. Shamash, Ph.D
Professor, Stony Brook University, USA

Dr. Yacov A. Shamash is a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Stony Brook University where he was the founder of the New York State Center for Excellence in Wireless and in Information Technology, and the New Your State Center for Excellence in Advanced Energy Research and Technology (AERTC). He has previously served as the Vice President for Economic Development, the Dean of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Dean of the Harriman School for Management and Policy. Prior to joining Stony Brook University, Dr. Shamash developed and directed the National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for the Design of Analog/Digital Integrated Circuits and also served as Chairman of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Washington State University. He serves on the Board of Directors of Comtech Telecommunications Corp., KeyTronic Corp., and Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. Dr, Shamash is a Fellow of the IEEE and holds a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College of Sciences and Technology in London, England.


Title: Research Initiatives for the Integration of Renewables into the Smart Grid
This conference addresses what is a very nice problem to have: at the same time that the growth of renewables poses the task of integrating this clean but intermittent energy resource smoothly into the electric power grid, the capacity of the grid is also being challenged by the growth of EV demand. As we recently experienced with Hurricane Isaias where I live in New York, the resilience of the grid is a critical issue in the aftermath of natural disasters.

As we all know, an important solution to this problem is energy storage, specifically batteries. It provides a critical charging resource deployable in a variety of scales and a diversity of private and public settings, from utility scale grids to cities to workplaces and commercial venues to communities and neighborhoods to individual EV drivers garages. More broadly, storage can flatten out the highs and lows that inevitably result from resource intermittency.

My intent in this talk is to report on some of Stony Brook University셲 many accomplishments in addressing renewables integration into the grid and its key role in EVs contribution to a carbon-free future.

Through the New York State-designated Center of Excellence in Advanced Energy Research and Technology (AEC), we are making extraordinary contributions across the spectrum of renewables, efficiency and conservation, in the era of the Smart Grid. The AEC is the home of exceptional faculty researchers, pioneering startup companies and a US Department of Energy (DOE) EFRC Energy Frontier Research Center whose mission is conduct transformative science that results in fundamental energy innovation. The AEC hosts the DOE National Center for Off-Shore Wind a $40M investment in this potentially very large source of renewable energy as well as an industry/university sponsored Institute for Gas Technology and Innovation, and a New York State Center for Advanced Technology in Integrated Electric Energy Systems.

The multi-faceted problem of integrating renewable energy sources into the grid requires the talents of multidisciplinary faculty researchers working with industry both the utilities and the manufacturers of their equipment and systems and supported by national, regional and local government entities. Examples of several different kinds of University/Government/Industry partnerships that have been developed and implemented in the AEC will be discussed.

For Stony Brook셲 Energy Frontier Center, the application of fundamental science means studying the functioning of electrochemical energy storage systems by looking beyond the macro property of heat as a product of inefficient operation to actual ion and electron behavior. Current areas of study include LI-ion batteries, with their familiar supply chain, cost, raw material availability, and safety issues, and a potential lower cost alternative, Zinc anode batteries with a non-flammable aqueous electrolyte.

One of the AEC셲 startup companies has developed patent-pending innovations in fluid dynamics, electrolyte molarity and battery design to increase the power and energy density of vanadium flow batteries, reducing the power cost by 50%, increasing battery capacity by 25% and achieving a혻 20-year operating life.

I very much hope to arrive at a future conference in person in an EV powered by a Stony Brook battery.

My very best wishes for an excellent conference experience.

Ryuichi Yokoyama, Ph.D
Emeritus Professor, Waseda University, Japan

Ryuichi Yokoyama received the degrees of B.S., M.S., and Ph.D in electrical engineering from Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan in 1968, 1970, and 1974, respectively. After working in Mitsubishi Research Institute, from 1978 through 2007, he was a professor in the Faculty of Technology of Tokyo Metropolitan University. Since 2007, he had been a professor of the Graduate School of Environment and Energy Engineering in Waseda University. His fields of interests include planning, operation, control and optimization of large-scale environment and energy systems, and economic analysis and risk management of deregulated power markets.
Now, he is a Professor Emeritus of Waseda University, a Life Fellow of IEEE, a Senior Life Member of IEE of Japan, a member of CIGRE. He is also Chairmen of Standardization Commissions of Electric Apparatus in METI Japan. He is a President of Consortium of Power System Technology of Japan and CEO of the Energy and Environment Technology Research Institute.


Title: Resilient and Expandable Distribution Network for Smart Community in Asian Countries and Islands
A paradigm shift has been taking place toward reorganizing the energy management practice in Japan and many projects started to study the 쏶mart Grid and Smart Community which utilize renewable energy from solar and wind sources.
Due to the widespread shortage of electricity occurred by the East Japan Earthquake in March of 2011, we are keenly aware of the need for households, offices, factories, and local governments to maintain their own power sources that are not completely dependent on electric power companies. In constructing such power sources, locally generated and consumed renewable energy from solar and wind sources would be mainly utilized. However, such power sources would affect the power grid through fluctuation of power output and the deterioration of power quality. Therefore, a new social infrastructure to supply electric power would be required. As a countermeasure of the problem, it would be suitable to create resilient and expandable distribution networks that are of appropriate scale for their respective regions instead of large-scale networks all at once. The network will add new clusters when needed and have them collaborate with each other where regional governments are the main entities. In this presentation, the current status and features of the government driven developments for smart grids and communities in Japan are introduced, and cluster-oriented expandable networks are discussed focusing on resiliency of the grid against natural disaster. Vital lifelines could be secured even during large-scale natural disasters, if such administrative agencies, hospitals, police stations, schools, evacuation centers, communication bases, and elderly housing facilities were completed centering on the Cluster-Oriented Expandable Network operated by regional governments. This concept is known as 쐒esiliency, and it will one day be the guideline for building the social infrastructure.

Kwang Y. Lee, Ph.D
Chair and Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Baylor University, USA

Ph.D. System Science 1971 Michigan State University
M.S. Electrical Engineering 1968 North Dakota State University
B.S. Electrical Engineering 1964 Seoul National University

Ph.D. Thesis: “Optimal Sampled-Data Control of Distributed Parameter Systems”
Advisor: Robert O. Barr

8/07-Present Baylor University Professor & Chairman
8/07-Present The Pennsylvania State University Professor Emeritus
8/92-8/07 The Pennsylvania State University Professor
8/86-8/92 The Pennsylvania State University Associate Professor
9/76-8/86 University of Houston Associate Professor
Su of 1976 Bonneville Power Administration Electrical Engineer
9/75-8/76 Oregon State University Assistant Professor
9/73-8/75 Michigan State University Assistant Professor
12/71-8/73 Michigan State University Research Associate
Su of 68, 69 Lockheed Ship Building and Construction Electrical Engineer
5/66-8/67 Han Young Industrial Co. Electrical Engineer
4/64-4/66 The Army Signal School Instructor

Artificial intelligence, computational intelligence and multi-agent systems, and their applications to power & energy systems. Control, operation, and planning of power systems with renewable energy sources. Modeling, simulation and control of fossil-fuel, hydro and nuclear power plants and renewable energy sources, distributed generation, energy storage systems, V2G & G2V electric vehicles, and micro-grid.

Fellow of IEEE Editor, IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion
Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks
Associate Editor, IFAC Journal on Control Engineering Practice
Chair of IFAC Technical Committee 6.3 on Power and Energy Systems
Chair of IFAC Workshop on Control of Smart Grid and Renewable Energy Systems (CSGRES 2019), Jeju Island, Korea, June 2019


Title: Energy Internet & Energy System Integration
Today large complex physical systems interact with a considerable and increasing number of distributed computing elements for monitoring, control and management. The elements of the physical systems are interconnected through the exchange of matter, energy or momentum while the elements of the control and management systems are interconnected through communication networks, which often impose restrictions on the information exchange. Example of systems are smart grids and power plants, water management, traffic management (for cars, airplanes or ships), smart manufacturing process with many cooperating elements (e.g., robots, machines, warehouses, conveyer belts), large processing plants with many process units, buildings with advanced distributed control, etc.

This talk is geared to power and energy systems. By better design, coordination and management of these systems, day to day life can be improved significantly by better services, lower consumption of energy and resources, and lower emissions. With rising environmental regulation, a paradigm shifts from fossil to green energy; however, without the intervention of control, this shift wouldn셳 be as effective. Power and energy system as an area divided into numerous subareas and each subarea has a different control problem. Control technology is inevitably at the heart of as many engineering and science applications as one can imagine. The talk summarizes the role of systems & control in generation, transmission, distribution, renewable energy, energy storage and energy market.