Professor Om P. Malik has done pioneering work in the development of controllers for application in electric power systems and wind power generation over the past 45 years. After extensive testing, the adaptive controllers developed by his group are now employed on large generating units. His other interests include digital protection, control of renewable power generation and micro-grids, and AI applications in power system control.
He has published over 700 papers including over 360 papers in international Journals and is the coauthor of two books.
Professor Malik graduated in 1952 from Delhi Polytechnic. After working for nine years in electric utilities in India, he obtained a Master’s Degree from Roorkee University in 1962, a Ph.D. from London University and a DIC from the Imperial College, London in 1965.
He was teaching and doing research in Canada from 1966 to 1997 and continues to do research as Professor Emeritus at the University of Calgary. Over 100, including 45 Ph.D., students have graduated under his supervision.
Professor Malik is a Life Fellow of IEEE, and a Fellow of IET, the Engineering Institute of Canada, Canadian Academy of Engineering, Engineers Canada and World Innovation Foundation. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the Provinces of Alberta and Ontario, Canada, and has received many awards. He was Director, IEEE Region 7 and President, IEEE Canada during 2010-11 and President, Engineering Institute of Canada, 2014-2016.
Title of Speech: Adaptive and AI Control
A panacea in one aspect in the march to a smarter grid
Abstract: Power systems engineers have always been on the forefront of exploring and utilizing any new enabling technology, as it became available, to improve the operation of power systems, i.e. making it smarter. Even though the term ‘Smart Grid’ has become ubiquitous very recently, its definition is flexible.
Meaning and understanding of Smart grid is usually multifaceted to variable audiences. Although it is difficult to identify exactly what it is or understand its potential advantages and concerns, one generic description is given as;
“A smart grid is a digitally enabled electric grid that gathers, distributes and acts on information about the behavior of all components in order to improve the efficiency, reliability and sustainability of electricity services.”
Developments in digital technology have made it feasible to develop and implement improved controllers based on modern more sophisticated techniques. The strength of this approach will be illustrated by the application of adaptive and artificial intelligence control to improve the power system stability by enhanced damping of oscillations in the power system. Basic theory and effectiveness of the proposed approach will be illustrated by simulation studies and experimental results of on-line real-time studies on physical power systems. It will be shown how the use of modern control techniques can improve the power system reliability by automatically tracking the system state thus making the system smarter.
Prof Dr Ab Halim Abu Bakar received his B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southampton, United Kingdom in 1976, M.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Technology, Malaysia in 1996 and 2003 respectively. He spent 30 years of industrial experience with Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) before joining University of Malaya. Prof Dr Halim is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Malaysia, Member of IEEE, Cigre, Chartered Engineer (UK) and P.Eng (Malaysia). Currently he is a professor with the UM Power Dedicated Advanced Centre (UMPEDAC), University of Malaya, Malaysia. He is an established academician and a practical engineer. He has to-date published 76 ISI and 127 Scopus papers in various journals and 47 papers in proceedings internationally. He has successfully supervised to completion 11 PhD, 3 master by research (M.Eng.Sc), 1 master of philosophy (M.Phil) and 34 Masters by course work project (M.Eng) students. He also has achieved Web of Science H-index of 13 and Scopus H-index of 19. In 2008 he won the IEEE PES Malaysian Chapter Outstanding Engineering Award. His research interests include power system protection and power system transient.
Professor A. R. Al-Ali (SM IEEE) received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering and a minor in computer science from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA, 1990; Master degree from Polytechnic Institute of New York, USA, 1986 and B.Sc.EE from Aleppo University, Syria, 1979. From 1991-2000, he worked as an associate /assistant professor in KFUPM, Saudi Arabia. Since 2000 and till now, he has been a professor of computer science and engineering at the American University of Sharjah, UAE. His research and teaching interests include: embedded systems hardware and software architectures, smart homes automations, smart grid evolutions and development, remote monitoring and controlling industrial plants utilizing Internet, GSM, and GPRS networks.
Dr. Al-Ali has more than 100 conference and journal publications including two USA and European Patents. Professor Al-Ali has been invited to deliver keynote speeches on the recent evolution and development in the smart grid in several international conferences.
Title of Speech: Cyber Physical Systems Role in Smart Cities Applications and Services
Suhana Mohd Said is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya. She obtained her M.Eng. in Engineering Science from the University of Durham, United Kingdom, in 1997. She then gained her D.Phil. from the University of Oxford, United Kingdom, in Liquid Crystal Technology in 2003. Her research interests are thermoelectrics materials and devices, electronics packaging and molecular modeling of electronic materials. She has been actively researching thermoelectrics as a renewable energy technology since 2009. She has published over 100 scientific papers, filed 5 patents, and has been invited and plenary speaker in several international conferences in the field of thermoelectrics and liquid crystals. She is also currently the President of the Malaysian Thermoelectrics Society.