Distinguished professors from both academia and industry will be invited to give speeches.

Keynote Speaker I

Prof. em. Dr. Christoph Ruland, University of Siegen, Germany
Chair for Data Communications Systems and proxy Chair for Communications Engineering & Security

Karl Christoph Ruland studied mathematics, computer science and physics. He received a Diploma and Dr.-degree in mathematics at the University of Bonn, Germany. After 6 years in the industry as developer and manager for network products with AEG Telefunken he became professor for Data Communications at the University for Applied Sciences, Aachen, Germany, in 1982, and a full professor at the University of Siegen, Germany, in 1992. He founded KryptoKom, company for cryptographic information security and communication technology in 1988. His research focus is the integration of cryptography based security into communications systems, preferably real-time and industrial oriented systems e.g. Smart Grids, Smart Manufacturing. He is a member of international standardization groups (ISO/IEC) for security, station control and AI. He supervised more than 40 Dr.-students and 250 diploma students. Actual research topics include AI in industrial control, process control over 5G and security for data spaces.

Speech Title: Quo Vadis Smart Grid Security?

Smart Grids are much more than interconnected meters, components on different hierarchy levels and their communication protocols. Many other aspects and technologies are integrated, e.g. sensorics, wireless communication, AI, life cycle management. The speech will cover the status and actual extensions of station control security and introduce security aspects of phases of the life cycle of components like calibration, enrollment, risk oriented access control (ABAC) to block inside attackers, rsp. intruders, who overcame the intrusion detection systems. The ambivalence between security and safety will be discussed. International standards and recommendations will be referenced, which are important and helpful, but often unknown.

Keynote Speaker II

Prof. Saikat Chakrabarti, University of New Brunswick, Canada
Emera Research Chair in Smart Grid Technologies
Director of the Emera and NB Power Research Centre for Smart Grid Technologies
Fellow (INAE, India), Fellow (IE, India)

Dr. Saikat Chakrabarti is working as Professor and Emera Research Chair in Smart Grid Technologies and the Director of the Emera and NB Power Research Centre for Smart Grid Technologies, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of New Brunswick. He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers (India). His research interests are in the areas of power system state estimation, power system dynamics and stability, smart grid, and microgrid.

Speech Title: Recent Trends in Operation, Control, and Protection of Microgrids

Distribution systems and microgrids are the most happening places in modern power systems. The talk will highlight some of the challenges in operation, control, and protection of modern microgrids and discuss possible solutions to those challenges. Some of the emerging technological trends, including large-scale penetration of converter interfaced generation and the associated control and protection issues, demand response, and networked operation of microgrids will also be discussed. A few real-life examples of microgrid setups will also be briefly discussed.

Keynote Speaker III

Prof. David Blekhman, California State University, USA
Technical Director for Hydrogen Research and Fueling Facility