Georges Kaddoum

École de technologie supérieure, Université du Québec

Title: Industrial-Internet-of-Things Network-Paradigm for the Next-Generation of Smart Grids

CV: Georges Kaddoum received the Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from École Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées (ENSTA Bretagne), Brest, France, and the M.S. degree in telecommunications and signal processing(circuits, systems, and signal processing) from the Université de Bretagne Occidentale and Telecom Bretagne (ENSTB), Brest, in 2005 and the Ph.D. degree (with honors) in signal processing and telecommunications from the National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA), University of Toulouse, Toulouse, France, in 2009. He is currently an Associate Professor and Tier 2 Canada Research Chair with the École de Technologie Sup’erieure (ÉTS), Universit’e du Québec, Montréal, Canada. In 2014, he was awarded the ÉTS Research Chair in physical-layer security for wireless networks.  Since 2010, he has been a Scientific Consultant in the field of space and wireless telecommunications for several US and Canadian companies. He has published over 200+ journal and conference papers and has two pending patents. His recent research activities cover mobile communication systems, modulations, security, and space communications and navigation. Dr. Kaddoum received the Best Papers Awards at the 2014 IEEE International Conference on Wireless and Mobile Computing, Networking, Communications (WIMOB), with three coauthors, and at the 2017 IEEE International Symposium on Personal Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC), with four coauthors. Moreover, he received IEEE Transactions on Communications Exemplary Reviewer Award for the year 2015, 2017, 2019. In addition, he received the research excellence award of the Université du Québec in the year 2018. In the year 2019, he received the research excellence award from the ÉTS in recognition of his outstanding research outcomes. Prof. Kaddoum is currently serving as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, and IEEE Communications Letters.

Hrvoje Pandžić

University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing

Title: Do we need distribution-level markets?

Abstract: Fast penetration of renewable energy sources and introduction of the distributed paradigm are some of the recent key trends in the power system structure. Hence, the distribution network faces challenges such as voltage deviation and bidirectional power flows. Although there are already existing market mechanisms to deal with network problems, they are primarily focused on the transmission level. Some argue that new circumstances require adequate new distribution-level markets, whereas others claim that such markets would be difficult to integrate into the existing structure and that they might cause more problems than they would solve. This talk discusses and elaborates on the necessity of the distribution-level markets.

CV: Hrvoje Pandžić received his PhD from the University of Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (UNIZG-FER) in 2011. After graduation, he was a Post-doctoral Researcher at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2012-2014. Currently, he is a Professor and the Head of the Department of Energy and Power Systems at UNIZG-FER. He is also the Head of the Demand Response Laboratory at UNIZG-FER and the Principle Investigator in a number of international and national research projects. He published over 50 papers in Q1 journals by the JCR rankings. He received many awards for his work, such as the award Science by the Government of the Republic of Croatia, 2018, Award for the highest scientific and artistic achievements in Croatia by the Croatian Academy of Science and Arts, 2018, Award Vera Johanides by the Croatian Academy of Engineering, 2015. He is an Associate Member of the Croatian Academy of Science and Arts and an Editor for IEEE Transactions on Power Systems.