Keynote Speakers ((Ongoing invitation))
Prof. Youmin Zhang
IEEE Fellow, CSME Fellow,AIAA Senior Member,ASME Member,CASI Member,AUVSI/USC Member
Concordia University, Canada
Dr. Youmin Zhang is a tenured full professor in the Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Aeronautical Engineering and the Concordia Institute of Aeronautical Design and Innovation, Concordia University, Canada. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Institution of Mechanical Engineers (CSME),a Fellow of the Institute Of Electrical And Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a Senior Member of AIAA. Professor Zhang Youmin has been engaged in the research and development of control theory and engineering applications for a long time. Specializing in fault detection and diagnosis, fault tolerance control, perception and obstacle avoidance, aircraft navigation, guidance and control, multi-agent/multi-moving body (air, ground, water and wind) fault tolerance collaborative control and combined with remote sensing measurement technology for forest fire prevention and forest resource management, power line patrol and monitoring, environmental monitoring, and search and rescue and other fields of research and application development. Since 1992, he has published more than 500 journal and conference papers and 4 books, and has been cited 12,791 times on Google Scholar with an impact factor of 52 (h-index) and 205 (i10-index). Professor Zhang Youmin was the founding Editor of the international journal "Instrumentation, Automation and Systems" and currently serves as honorary Editor and senior editor of the international journal "Intelligent Robot Systems" (editor-at-large). And the editor and editorial board of the three international magazines related to unmanned systems recently published, including "Unmanned Systems", "International Intelligent Unmanned Systems Journal", "Unmanned Systems Technology" and other international magazines.
Prof. Akshay Kumar RATHORE
Singapore Institute of Technology, Singapore
Akshay Kumar Rathore (IEEE Fellow) is an expert in power electronics and control of electrical motor drives. He received the Gold Medal for securing the highest academic standing in his Master’s degree among all electrical engineering specializations at Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) Varanasi, India. He had two subsequent postdoctoral research appointments with the University of Wuppertal, Germany (2008-2009), and the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA (2009-2010). From November 2010 to February 2016, he served as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore. From March 2016-Dec 2021, he served as an Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada where he was listed in the Provost Circle of Distinction in 2021. He served as Graduate Program Director and Chair of Graduate Awards during 2020-21. His research is mainly focused on the analysis and design of novel current-fed converters (topologies and modulation), soft-switching design and modulation schemes for the dc/dc converters, pulsating DC link (electrolytic capacitorless) inverters, and control of multilevel inverters. He supervised 11 PhD theses and 14 MASc (research) theses. Dr. Rathore is a recipient of the 2013 IEEE IAS Andrew W. Smith Outstanding Young Member Achievement Award, 2014 Isao Takahashi Power Electronics Award, 2017 IEEE IES David Irwin Early Career Award, 2019 IEEE IES Publications Service Recognition Award, 2020 IEEE IAS Outstanding Area Chair Award, 2020 IEEE Bimal Bose Award for Industrial Electronics Applications in Energy Systems and 2021 Nagamori Award. He published about 285 research papers in international journals and conferences, including 96 IEEE TRANSACTIONS. He is currently serving as a co-Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, the Awards Department Chair of the IEEE Industry Applications Society, AdCom Member-at-Large and Fellow Evaluation Committee member of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society. He is serving as the Chair of IEEE IAS Renewable and Sustainable Energy Conversion Systems Committee. He led and chaired the IEEE IAS Industrial Automation and Control Committee (2018-19) and IEEE IAS Technical Committee on Transportation Electrification (2016-17). He served as a member of IEEE IES Publications Committee (2016-2021) and IEEE IAS Andrew W Smith Outstanding Young Member Achievement Award Committee (2014-2019). He served as the Chair of IEEE IAS Montreal Chapter from 2017-2021 and received the best Chapter award in 2017 from IEEE Montreal Section for its activities. He served as the Paper Review Chair (eq. to co-EIC) of IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications (2016-17 and 2020-21), Editor-in-Chief of IEEE IES Technology News (ITeN) (2016-18), Associate Editor of various journals, i.e., IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics (2014-19), IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications (2013-present), IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification (2014-19), IEEE Journal of Emerging Selected Topic in Power Electronics (2013-19), IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology (2016-19), IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy (2014-2021) and IET Power Electronics (2015-19). He edited 5 special issues on the topics of electric transportation, EV charging, marine systems, more electric aircraft, machine learning in power electronics, and renewable energy conversion in different IEEE Transactions as a guest associate editor and as guest-EIC of 2 special issues. He served as the distinguished lecturer (2017-18) and prominent lecturer (2019-21) of the IEEE IAS society.