2024 ICoPESA Speakers


Prof. Pierluigi Mancarella,
The University of Melbourne, Australia, and The University of Manchester, UK

IEEE Fellow, IEEE Power and Energy Society Distinguished Lecturer

Speech Title: Flexibility from the Grid Edge: Distributed Energy Resources and Multi-Energy Systems

Pierluigi Mancarella is the Chair Professor of Electrical Power Systems at The University of Melbourne, Australia, and Professor of Smart Energy Systems at The University of Manchester, UK. He received his MSc (2002) and PhD (2006) degrees from the Politecnico di Torino, Italy, worked as a post-doc at Imperial College London, UK, and has held visiting positions in the US (NREL), France (Ecole Centrale de Lille), Chile (University of Chile), and China (Tsinghua University). Pierluigi’s research interests include techno-economic modelling of low-carbon grids, multi-energy systems, energy system planning under uncertainty, and reliability and resilience of future networks. He has been involved in/led more than 80 research projects worldwide and actively engaged with energy policy in the UK, Europe and Australia, and is author of several books and of over 400 research publications and reports. Pierluigi is a Fellow of the IEEE; an IEEE Power and Energy Society Distinguished Lecturer; a Senior Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Power Systems and of the Oxford Open Energy journal; an Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Energy Markets, Policy and Regulation; the Convenor of the Cigre C6/C2.34 Working Group on “Flexibility provision from distributed energy resources”; and the inaugural Chair of the Working Group on Energy of the IEEE European Public Policy Initiative. He was awarded the 2017 veski Innovation Fellowship by the Victorian Government for his “FlexCity” project on multi-energy urban virtual power plants, and an international Newton Prize 2018 for his UK-Chile Newton-Picarte project on power system resilience.



Prof. Hoay Beng GOOI,
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

IEEE Life Fellow

Speech Title: Digitalizing Energy – Trends, Needs and Challenges

H. B. GOOI received his PhD (1983) from The Ohio State University. He was Assistant Professor with Lafayette College, Easton (1983-85) and Senior Engineer with Empros (now Siemens), Minneapolis (1985-91), where he was responsible for the design, testing and coordination of domestic and international energy management system projects. In 1991, he joined School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore as Senior Lecturer. Since 1999, he has been an Associate Professor. He was Deputy Head of Power Engineering Division (2008–14), Chairman of Sub-Committee for Fundamentals of Engineering Examination (Electrical), Professional Engineers Board Singapore (2015-21), Chairman of Life Member Affinity Group (LMAG), IEEE Singapore Section (2021-22) and Co-Director, SP Group - NTU Joint Lab (2020-23). He is a Life Fellow of IEEE, and a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania, and Singapore. He is a member of Energy Technical Committee, Institution of Engineers Singapore. He taught Energy Management System courses for dispatchers, engineers, managers and directors at Power System Control Centre in Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia. During 2016-21, he served as Editor of IEEE Transactions on Power Systems and Editor of IEEE Power Engineering Letters. In July 2021, he won Outstanding Associate Editor Award, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems. His current research interests include microgrid energy management systems, renewable energy sources, electricity market and peer-to-peer energy trading.



Prof. Guan-Jun Zhang
Xi'an Jiaotong University, China

Distinguished Young Scholar of NSFC

Guan-Jun Zhang was born in Weifang, Shandong, China in 1970. He received B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University (XJTU), Xi’an, China, in 1991, 1994 and 2001, respectively. He is currently a leading-scholar professor at School of Electrical Engineering, XJTU, China, and the director of Center for Advanced High Voltage and Plasma Technology. His main interests cover high voltage insulation and discharge characteristics, fault diagnosis and condition maintenance for power equipment, discharge plasmas and multi-disciplinary applications, etc. He has been visiting researcher at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan), visiting scientist at Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton University (USA), JSPS fellow at Saitama University (Japan), and visiting professor at University of Southampton (UK). He has published 300 papers and held 30+ patents. Prof. Zhang received Distinguished Young Scholar of NSFC, IEEE ISDEIV Chatterton Young Investigator, Fok Ying Tong Research Award for University Young Teachers, and National Top 100 Excellent Doctoral Dissertation Award of China, etc.

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