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Finite Element Modeling of Large Diameter Steel Pipes and the Real World | Himan Hojjat Jalali, University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) | January 03, 2021

Webinar Title:

Finite Element Modeling of Large Diameter Steel Pipes and the Real World


Large-diameter water pipes are integral parts of today’s modern cities and their continuous performance is essential to the resiliency of infrastructure. The increase in water demand due to increasing population in growing cities makes the use of large-diameter pipes and fittings inevitable. However, there are still gaps of knowledge about the behavior and design of large diameter pipes that are not covered by current guidelines and manuals. This presentation will give insight to recent achievements by UTA to address some common issues related to soil-pipe interaction and large-diameter fittings. A well-accepted robust three-dimensional nonlinear finite element (FE) model of large diameter buried steel pipes with the ability to simulate backfill layer placement, compaction effects, consideration of soil-soil and soil-pipe interaction, and its effects on pipe stresses and deflections are presented.

📆 Date: January 03, 2021

🕚 Time: 10:30 CET

✔ Language: English

Organizing unit: Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

Coordinator: Dr. Arman Mamazizi



Himan Hojat Jalali, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at the Civil Engineering Department of the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). He has a Ph.D. in Structural and Earthquake Engineering from Sharif University of Technology with a focus on the behavior of buried steel pipes subjected to differential ground movement caused by reverse faulting. At UTA he has taught fundamental undergraduate and graduate courses such as Mechanics of Material, Statics, Finite Element Analysis, Advanced Mechanics of Materials, and Structural Dynamics. His current research work includes design and analysis of buried infrastructure, service life estimation of buried infrastructure, and structural control. He is a committee member in UESI/ASCE TC on Seismic Design of Buried Water & Wastewater Pipelines, and also is a volunteer member of AWWA Engineering Modeling Applications Committee. He has given several invited presentations at international conferences and published his peer-reviewed research findings in top ranking journals and conferences.

Interactive kinetic façade: Improving visual comfort based on dynamic daylight and occupant's positions by 2D and 3D shape changes | Morteza Hosseini, Eindhoven University of Technology | December 17, 2020

Webinar Title:

Interactive kinetic façade: Improving visual comfort based on dynamic daylight and occupant's positions by 2D and 3D shape changes


Applying active occupant engagement into a responsive façade concept leads us to a transition from the façade regulatory function to the interactive phase. The Interactive facade has the capacity for hierarchically filtering daylight and real-time control and preventing daylight discomfort. Literature referred to the responsive modular elements which can be adapted to dynamic daylight by continuously changing façade configurations. Parametric decentralized façade’s apertures interact with sun radiation based on the relationship between the external environment, interior space, and occupant position as well. The kinetic interactive façade can be transformed based on dynamic daylight and occupant position (functional scenario-based) to meet visual comfort. Also, daylight parametric simulation investigates visual comfort performance provided by the kinetic façade forms through climate-based daylight metrics. The simulation results prove the high performance of the kinetic interactive facades for improving visual comfort regarding the base case. In particular, the three-dimensional shape changes façade provides more visual comfort improvement than the two-dimensional shape changes one regarding Useful Daylight Illuminance, Exceed Useful Daylight Illuminance, and Daylight Glare Probability metrics. Also, the results refer to multifunctional aspects of the three-dimensional shape changes façade, as an advanced interactive daylighting system, which has a capability to control solar radiation in the facade ambient environment for preventing thermal discomfort as well.

Keywords: Kinetic façade, Interactive component, Visual comfort, Dynamic daylight and occupant's positions

📆 Date: December 17, 2020

🕚 Time: 14:30 CET

✔ Language: English

Organizing unit: Department of Architecture and Energy, Faculty of Art & Architecture

Coordinator: Dr. Salah Vaisi



Seyed Morteza Hosseini was born in 1987 in Bojnurd the capital city of North Khorasan province, Iran. He graduated from Shomal University with a B.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering in 2010. His research interest during the final years of his undergraduate studies was focused on the structural design. Following his B.Sc. degree, he continued his education at Sariyan Institute of Higher Education and obtained his M.Sc. degree in Architectural Engineering in 2015 with his Master thesis titled “Residential tower design with an emphasis on the connection between structure and architecture”. In his M.Sc. studies, his main focus was on architecture harmony with the climate and building performance and energy modeling. Following a brief period in 2017 where he worked as a researcher at Eindhoven University of Technology   (TU/e), he started as a Ph.D. candidate in the same university in 2018 with the thesis “Development a morphological approach for interactive kinetic façade design to improve multiple occupants’ visual comfort simultaneously”. Seyed Morteza Hosseini (co-)authored 6 ISI journal papers, and 1 conference paper and he is a reviewer for several international and high reputational journals and conferences. Also, he is a technical committee member of the second International Conference on Civil Architecture & Energy Science (CAES 2020), which took place on March 20-22, 2020 in Changchun, China. Morteza has an outstanding ability to develop interdisciplinary research in the field of architecture, daylighting, and energy through parametric thinking and, and his research focuses on developing buildings’ multifunctional components and interactive kinetic facades.

Participatory Teaching Methods in Online Learning Environments | Omid Noroozi, Wageningen University | December 14, 2020

Webinar Title:

Participatory Teaching Methods in Online Learning Environments


In this participatory workshop, the following topics will be discussed:

  • What kind of graduates do we need?
  • How to adopt our education for qualified graduates?
  • Do we need replacement or transformation of education?
  • Participatory teaching methods
  • How to make our education fun and exciting yet rich?
  • How to summarize key points in a form of evaluation?
  • Questions and answers

📆 Date: December 14, 2020

🕚 Time: 19:00 IRST, 16:30 CET

✔ Language: English

Organizing Unit:  Department of Agronomy and Plant Breeding, Faculty of Agriculture

Coordinator: Dr. Mohammad Majdi



Major achievements of Dr. Noroozi are:

  • Nominee for the teacher of the year (2018-now)
  • Education innovator of the NL institutes
  • More than 20 keynotes in international conferences
  • Editorial board member of several top ISI journals
  • More than 60 top ISI publications with high citation
  • Accomplishing 30 international projects (5 million Euro)
  • Organizing more than 100 international workshops
  • Member of international scientific organization

An Overview Of Traditional And Modern Methods Of Construction | Kurannen Baaki, Liverpool John Moores University | December 10, 2020

Webinar Title:

An Overview Of Traditional And Modern Methods Of Construction


With the recognition of the significant negative impact of the global construction industry on the environment and the demand for housing still a major issue, there is more recognition for the need for greenhouse gas emissions reduction and also ways to provide adequate housing. In the UK, the government is targeting zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Currently the construction industry is responsible for about 47% of total energy consumed in the UK and about 45% of total carbon emissions. It is also suggested that, at the current rate, it will take the UK, for instance, 15 years to close the housing deficit gap, which affects over 8 million in the UK. If we take all of these into consideration, we can understand the significant role the construction industry has to play in curbing our negative impact on the environment while constructing more homes and buildings. Therefore, in this session, you will be introduced to various construction technologies and methods and also modern methods of construction, particularly, the UK context, thus giving you the perspective of the construction industry, methods, and technologies in other parts of the world.

Keywords: Construction technology, Greenhouse gas emission, Sustainable design

📆 Date: December 10, 2020

🕚 Time: 14:30 CET

✔ Language: English

Organizing unit: Department of Architecture and Energy, Faculty of Art & Architecture

Coordinator: Dr. Saleh Mohammadi



Kurannen Baaki is currently a senior lecturer in the School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment, Liverpool John Moores University where he primarily teaches building technology, procurement and contracts and dilapidations. He has a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Estate Management from Kaduna Polytechnic, Kaduna – Nigeria, a Master of Facilities and Maintenance Management (MFMM) degree from the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, and a PhD in Asset and Facilities Management also from the University of Malaya. Previously, he worked for 3 years in estate surveying and valuation, and property management in Nigeria. Kurannen has research expertise in sustainable facilities management (waste management), strategic facilities management, building refurbishment, and has authored several publications in reputable journals and presented papers at various international conferences. Kurannen is a Graduate Member of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers and an Ordinary Member of the Malaysian Association of Facility Management.

Quantum Optics: electromagnetic waves to photons | Ebrahim Karimi, University of Ottawa | November 24, 2020

Webinar Title:  Quantum Optics: electromagnetic waves to photons


Nearly 160 years ago, James Clerk Maxwell ingeniously showed that electric and magnetic fields are interconnected, and light, the electromagnetic waves, propagates with a constant speed in vacuum. Although various experiments have confirmed that light behaves like a wave upon propagation, classical electrodynamics was incapable of describing several phenomena, e.g., ultraviolet catastrophe, Campton, and photoelectric effects. Note that the latter, within some extends, can be described by classical electrodynamics. In an attempt to describe these effects, quantum theory was initiated by several ingenious scientists. The quantum mechanics formalism was developed in the 1920s to describe the atomic and subatomic world, and since then, the quantum theory remained the most successful theory developed by humankind. Although very few people disagree or question the correctness of quantum formalism as a mathematical model, its foundational aspects still confound physicists even after a century since its inception. Issues such as the nature of the wavefunction and its collapse (in the Copenhagen interpretation), its probabilistic nature (existence of realism), as well as entanglement (non-locality), still inspire debates among physicists and thus pleading a new formalism or proper interpretations. I will review several seminal quantum experiments (mainly quantum photonics) pedagogically. Philosophical questions on the nature of wavefunction, hidden variables theory, entanglement, and spooky action at a distance will be the subject of my talk. Finally, the use of single-photon and entangled photons in quantum illumination will be discussed.

📆 Date: November 24th, 2020

🕚 Time: 17:00 IRST, 14:30 CET

Language: English

Ebrahim Karimi, University of Ottawa

Professor Ebrahim Karimi was born in Saghez, Kurdistan-Iran. He received his B.Sc. degree in Physics with an emphasis in mathematics from the University of Kerman in 2001, and M.Sc. from IASBS in 2003, and Ph.D. degree from the University of Naples “Federico II” in 2009. He holds Canada Research Chair in Structured Light at the University of Ottawa. His research focuses on structured quantum waves and their applications in quantum communication, quantum simulation, quantum sensing, and materials science. He has published over 140 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals – including ScienceNatureNature PhysicsNature MaterialsNature PhotonicsNature CommunicationsScience Advances, and Physical Review Letters – and is co-inventor on three patents. His contributions notably include studies pertaining to the relationship between the quantum spatial properties of photons and electrons and their internal properties. He is a member Royal Society of Canada (the College of new scholars), and the Global Young Academy (GYA), a Fellow of The Optical Society (OSA), Visiting Fellow of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL), Fellow of the National Research Council Canada-uOttawa Joint Centre for Extreme Photonics (JCEP), and adjunct professor in IASBS-Iran. He received the Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science Early Researcher Award in 2018, the University of Ottawa Early Career Researcher of the Year Award in 2019, and the CAP Herzberg Medal in 2020. Professor Karimi is also an Associate Editor of Optics Express and New Journal of Physics. Applications of structured quantum waves (massive and massless particles) in modern science and technology are the main subject of his research team, the Structured Quantum Optics (SQO) group.



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Oxidative stress in neurodegenerative diseases | Dr. Kambiz Hassanzadeh, European Brain Research Institute | November 22, 2020

Webinar Title: Oxidative stress in neurodegenerative diseases


 Neurodegenerative diseases are a diverse group of disorders that are characterized by progressive degeneration of the structure and function of the central or peripheral nervous system. The most common of these disorders include Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Huntington’s disease, Motor neuron disease and Prion Disease.

These disorders are the conditions that result in degeneration or death of the nerve cells which causes problems with mental function (called dementia's) or movement. Neurodegenerative diseases affect millions of people worldwide and it can be severe or life-threatening. Current medications for neurodegenerative disease just can control and relief symptoms of the disease, but they are unable to either prevent progression of the disease or maintain their controlling ability as a long‐term medication.

Recent years have been witnessed a considerable number of studies on the role of oxidative stress in neurodegenerative disease. To find suitable adjuvant and/or alternative treatments, researchers have investigated antioxidative and anti‐inflammatory approaches, since emerging evidence consider oxidative stress and neuroinflammation as leading causes of the development of neurodegeneration. The goal of this lecture is to give an overview on the role of oxidative stress in neurodegenerative disease: current knowledge and future therapeutic strategies.

Date of Holding: Sunday 11/22/2020

Time: 12:00 A.M.

Webinar Presentation Language: Persian

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Speaker :Dr. Kambiz Hassanzadeh

University / Institute

1European Brain Research Institute (EBRI) Rita Levi Montalcini Foundation, Rome, Italy.

2Cellular and Molecular Research Center, Research Institute for Health Development, Kurdistan University of Medical Sciences, Sanandaj, Ian

Speaker Biography

Dr. Kambiz Hassanzadeh was born in 1980 in Sanandaj. He studied guidance and high school at Imam Mohammad Ghazali high school in Sanandaj and in 1998 was accepted in the field of pharmacy at Tabriz University of Medical Science. Soon after graduation, he was accepted as a PhD student in the field of pharmacology. Before graduation he got a visiting research fellowship at department of neuroscience of Karolinska Institute in Sweden. He started his academic position in 2010 at Kurdistan University of Medical Sciences as an assistant professor and then as an associate professor from 2015 till now. In 2019 he joined the professor Feligioni’s group as a researcher for a period of time. His research area has been focused on the neuropharmacology field, and he has published more than 70 papers in the field. As his publications illustrate, he started his research journey on pain management during his PhD thesis. He has studied different mechanisms related to the neuroinflammation and its relevance to pain pathophysiology and management.

Since 2015, Dr. Hassanzadeh has focused on cellular and molecular mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases. He is working in this field with research on oxidative stress pathways and their contribution in neurodegeneration as a promising target of therapy. Now his research focuses on post translational modification (PTM) and its importance on Tau and α-Synuclein proteins aggregation as pathophysiological hallmarks of neurodegenerative diseases, especially Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and Parkinson’s disease.


2010: Scholarship as research at Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden

2010-2015: Assistance Professor of Pharmacology at Kurdistan University of Medical Sciences

2015-present: Associate Professor of Pharmacology at Kurdistan University of Medical Sciences

2011-2016: Head of Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Kurdistan university of Medical Science, Sanandaj, Iran

2015-present: Head of cellular and molecular research Center, Kurdistan university of Medical Science, Sanandaj, Iran

2018- present: Editor in chief of Scientific Journal of Kurdistan University of Medical Sciences

2019- present: Researcher at European Brain Research Institute (EBRI), Rome, Italy

Organizing unit : Faculty of Science

Department :Department of Biological Science

Coordinator : Dr. Shamseddin Ahmadi

Seismic Strengthening of Concrete Structures Using FRP Composites | Mohammad Jalalpour | November 22, 2020

Webinar Title: Seismic Strengthening of Concrete Structures Using FRP Composites


Existing reinforced concrete (RC) structures that do not conform to current seismic detailing requirements carry the risk of nonductile failure modes that can lead to a catastrophic failure of structures.  The behavior of such nonductile structures can be greatly improved by FRP systems to improve the plastic hinges, shear strength and diaphragm elements and connections to minimize the potential collapse risk.

Nonlinear analysis has been widely used to evaluate and retrofit existing RC structures.  Studies have been performed in the past to construct simplified nonlinear behaviors of FRP strengthened structures.  However, there is no unified method to construct backbone curves for FRP confined columns or strengthened shear walls and diaphragms.

This presentation presents the results for dynamic full-scale tests performed of RC structural elements retrofitted with V-Wrap FRP systems. The results of these tests clearly demonstrate the significant improvement of the lateral displacement and energy dissipation capacities of the retrofitted elements.

The presentation also presents a proposed methodology used to construct backbone curves that were utilized to predict the theoretical seismic performance of the retrofitted concrete elements. The proposed methodology follows the principles of the backbone curve development approach in ASCE/SEI 41 by employing sectional analysis to define key points on the nonlinear response curves of the structural elements.

📆 Date: November 22th, 2020

🕚 Time: 10:00 IRST

Language: English


Mohammad Jalalpour

Mohammad Jalalpour, PhD, PE, SE is a Senior Structural Engineer with STRUCTURAL TECHNOLOGIES. He is an accomplished Structural Engineer and Researcher with extensive experience in seismic design and retrofit of structures using conventional techniques as well as fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) systems.  He specializes in Displacement-Based Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit of Structures. Dr. Jalalpour's recent work focuses on the development of cost-effective solutions for seismic retrofit of non-ductile concrete structures and diaphragms.  He is actively involved in various ACI committees such as ACI 369, ACI 374, ACI 440, and ACI 562. He often shares his knowledge with the industry through technical presentations.

Research Funding Agencies in Germany | Kaveh Mollazadeh, University of Kurdistan | November 19, 2020

Webinar Title: Research Funding Agencies in Germany


The aim of this workshop is to get acquainted with the funding agencies in Germany in order to receive research grants (research projects, scholarships, fellowships, short-term research stays, research awards, etc.). The limitation of financial resources for conducting scientific researches, the specialization of science, and the tendency to conduct research at the frontier of knowledge have caused some developed countries to provide adequate funds for the development of international scientific cooperation. Germany is one of the leading countries in the European Union in supporting researchers from all over the world to conduct joint research with their researchers. Governmental institutions and organizations, universities and research centers, private industries and companies, international institutions and organizations, NGOs, and charities are the major agencies for supporting research. Due to the frequency of funding agencies, many challenges such as insufficient knowledge of the existence of such agencies and their areas of activity, as well as unfamiliarity with the application process, lead most of applications to be unsuccessful. Therefore, holding training workshops in introducing these supporting agencies can be very useful for faculty members, Ph.D. students, and postdoctoral researchers to help them in reaching their research goals.

📆 Date: November 19th, 2020

🕚 Time: 16:00-18:30 IRST

Language: Persian


Kaveh Mollazadeh

Kaveh Mollazadeh, University of Kurdistan

Kaveh Mollazade is with the Department of Biosystems Engineering, University of Kurdistan, Sanandaj, Iran. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering of Agricultural Machinery from the University of Tehran in 2013 and has already published more than 35 scientific papers in prestigious international journals. In addition to conducting national research projects and supervising/advising of the thesis of PhD students from various Iranian universities, he has already been involved in two international research projects with the cooperation of researchers from Germany. Recently, the Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) Foundation awarded him a research fellowship for conducting a research project at the University of Würzburg, Germany. As a graduate of the proposal writing course at the University of Cologne, he has valuable experience in writing the research proposal as well as selecting suitable funding agencies to receive international research grants.

The target group consists of faculty members, Ph.D. students, and postdoctoral researchers from all over the country.

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Microgrids Concepts and Control | Nikos Hatziargyriou, National Technical University of Athens | October 20, 2020

Webinar tilte: Microgrids Concepts and Control

Microgrids Concepts and Control

Microgrids, as novel paradigms of active Distribution Networks, have been gaining increasing interest and constitute an active area of research in the last 20 years. Currently, they are considered as key components in power system decentralization, providing viable solutions for rural electrification, enhancing resilience and supporting local energy communities. Their main characteristic is the coordinated control of the interconnected distributed energy resources (DER), which can be realized by various methods, ranging from decentralized, communication-free approaches to centralized ones, where decisions are taken at a central point. This webinar provides an overview of basic Microgrids definitions and historical developments and briefly presents their key benefits from a technical, economic and environmental point of view. It describes the various hierarchical levels and focuses on the technical control solutions proposed for the levels of their organizational hierarchy.

About the Presenter:

Prof. Nikos Hatziargyriou

National Technical University of Athens

Nikos D. Hatziargyriou is a professor in Power Systems at the National Technical University of Athens. He has over 10 years of industrial experience as Chairman and CEO of the Hellenic Distribution Network Operator and as executive Vice-Chair of the Public Power Corporation. He was chair and currently vice-chair of the EU Technology and Innovation Platform on Smart Networks for Energy Transition (ETIP-SNET) representing E.DSO. He is an honorary member of CIGRE and past Chair of CIGRE SC C6 “Distribution Systems and Distributed Generation”. He is Life Fellow Member of IEEE, past Chair of the Power System Dynamic Performance Committee (PSDPC), and currently Editor in Chief of the IEEE Trans on Power Systems. He has participated in more than 60 RD&D projects funded by the EU Commission, electric utilities, and manufacturers for both fundamental research and practical applications. He is the author of the book “Microgrids: Architectures and Control” and of more than 250 journal publications and 500 conference proceedings papers. He is included in 2016, 2017, and 2019 Thomson Reuters lists of the top 1% most cited researchers.

Smart Grids for Smart Cities | Carlo Alberto Nucci, University of Bologna | September 15, 2020

Webinar title: Smart Grids for Smart Cities

Smart Grids for Smart Cities

Smart Grids are nowadays considered as one of the major enablers for the implementation of the Smart City paradigm. This webinar is aimed at providing evidence of the above concept. After a brief introductory part in which the definitions of Smart Grid and of Smart City will be critically reviewed, particular attention will be given to the recent developments of Local Energy Communities and to the technical challenges posed by the management of Micro Grids in islanding transitions. Indeed, Smart districts, smart buildings/homes, and micro-grids (MGs) have still unexploited potential in terms of achieving an overall more flexible energy demand, which represents an opportunity in the sector of energy.

About the Presenter:

Prof. Carlo Alberto Nucci

University of Bologna


Carlo Alberto Nucci graduated with honors in electrical engineering from the University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy, in 1982. He is a Full Professor and Head of the Power Systems Laboratory of the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering “Guglielmo Marconi”, University of Bologna. He is an author or co-author of over 370 scientific papers published in peer-reviewed journals or in proceedings of international conferences. Prof. Nucci is a Fellow of the IEEE and of the International Council on Large Electric Systems (CIGRE), of which he is also an Honorary member, and has received some best paper/technical international awards, including the CIGRE Technical Committee Award and the ICLP Golde Award. From January 2006 to September 2012, he served as Chairman of the CIGRE Study Committee C4 System Technical Performance. He has served as IEEE PES Region 8 Rep in 2009 and 2010. Since January 2010, he has served as Editor-in-Chief of the Electric Power Systems Research Journal (Elsevier). He has served as the President of the Italian Group of the University Professors of Electrical Power Systems (GUSEE) from 2012 to 2015. He is presently serving Representative in the Horizon Europe Mission Board Sub-group “Climate-neutral and Smart cities”, and as a member of the Technical Scientific Committee of the Regional Energy Plan of Emilia Romagna Region, Italy. Prof. Nucci is Doctor Honoris Causa of the University Politehnica of Bucharest and a member of the Academy of Science of the Institute of Bologna. He is also serving as vice-chair of the International Conference on Lightning Protection, ICLP.

Perspectives on 5G and IoT connectivity | Petar Popovski, Aalborg University, Denmark | September 9, 2020

Webinar tilte: Perspectives on 5G and IoT connectivity: Ultra-reliability, massiveness and distributed ledgers

Perspectives on 5G and IoT connectivity: Ultra-reliability, massiveness and distributed ledgers

The future wireless landscape, often associated with 5G, envisions three types of connectivity: enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB), Ultra-Reliable Low-Latency Communication (URLLC), and massive Machine Type Communication (MTC). The latter two are seen as two generic types that support the Internet of Things (IoT) communication, putting forward new types of requirements and research challenges, such as protocols that operate with short packets, techniques to achieve and assess extremely high reliability, tradeoffs between massiveness and high-reliability, etc. This set of challenges is further enriched by the advent of distributed ledger technology (DLT), blockchain, and smart contracts that allow autonomous interaction among IoT devices. The consensus protocols that set the basis for blockchain systems are critically reliant on communication, but they change the traffic pattern that has been envisioned for pre-blockchain IoT communication systems. This talk will shed light on the way this connectivity will transform various vertical sectors (energy, industrial production, or similar), provide a perspective on the communication engineering challenges related to the emerging systems for IoT connectivity, and elaborate on the fundamental tradeoffs and outline methods and architectures to solve them.

About the Presenter:

Prof. Petar Popovski
Aalborg University, Denmark

Petar Popovski is a Professor Aalborg University, where he heads the section on Connectivity. He received his Dipl.-Ing and M. Sc. degrees in communication engineering from the University of Sts. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje and the Ph.D. degree from Aalborg University in 2005. He is a Fellow of the IEEE. He received an ERC Consolidator Grant (2015), the Danish Elite Researcher award (2016), IEEE Fred W. Ellersick Prize (2016), IEEE Stephen O. Rice prize (2018), and Technical Achievement Award from the IEEE Technical Committee on Smart Grid Communications (2019). He is currently a Member at Large at the Board of Governors in the IEEE Communication Society. Prof. Popovski is a Steering Committee Member of IEEE SmartGridComm and IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON GREEN COMMUNICATIONS AND NETWORKING. He previously served as a Steering Committee Member of the IEEE INTERNET OF THINGS JOURNAL. He is currently an Area Editor of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS. Prof. Popovski was the General Chair for IEEE SmartGridComm 2018 and IEEE Communication Theory Workshop 2019. His research interests are in the area of wireless communication and communication theory. His book “Wireless Connectivity: An Intuitive and Fundamental Guide” will be published by Wiley in April 2020.

Online Science and Engineering Education in the Time of COVID-19 | Dr. Denis GILLET | June 9, 2020

Webinar Title:
Online Science and Engineering Education in the Time of COVID-19


In this talk, the speaker will share the experience gained during the COVID-19 pandemic in delivering all the classes online at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). The issues related to social and digital divide when moving to online education, as well as to the meaning of exams in such a framework will also be discussed. The role of EPFL in supporting digitalization and online education in other Swiss schools will also be presented.

📆 Date: June 09, 2020

🕚 Time: 15:30 CET

✔ Language: English


Dr. Denis Gillet received the Ph.D. degree in Information Systems from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) in 1995. While doing his PhD, he was appointed in 1992 as Research Fellow at the Information Systems Laboratory at Stanford University in the USA. He is currently a faculty member (MER) at the EPFL School of Engineering, where he leads the REACT research group carrying out research activities on digital education and interaction systems. Dr. Gillet was Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies (TLT). He is affiliated at EPFL with the Transportation Center, the Center for Intelligent Systems, and the Center for Learning Sciences. Denis Gillet was the Deputy Coordinator of the H2020 Next-Lab European Innovation Action Project (H2020) and is the Technical Coordinator of the H2020 Go-Ga Innovation Action aiming at promoting STEM education at schools with online labs. Denis Gillet is collaborating with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) for promotion blended learning and digital skills in executive training for policy makers, government officials and practitioners. He is the father of the social media platform supporting digital education and knowledge sharing, as well as the co-founder of the Swiss EdTech Collider.

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Power Electronics Technology-Quo Vadis | Frede Blaabjerg, Aalborg University, Denmark | May 26, 2020

Webinar title: Power Electronics Technology-Quo Vadis

Power Electronics Technology – Quo Vadis

The world is becoming more and more electrified combined with that the consumption is steadily increasing – at the same time there is a large transition of power generation from fossil fuel to renewable energy-based which all together challenges the modern power system but also gives many opportunities. We see also now big steps being taken to electrify the transportation – both a better environment as well as higher efficiency are driving factors. One of the most important technologies to move this forward is the power electronics technology which has been emerging for decades and still challenges are seen in the technology and the applications it is used. This presentation will be a little forward-looking (Quo Vadis) in some exciting research areas in order further to improve the technology and the systems it is used in. The following main topics will be discussed

  • The evolution of power devices
  • Renewable Generation
  • Reliability in power electronics
  • Power Electronic based Power System stability

At last, some discussions about other hot topics will be given.

About the Presenter:

Prof. Frede Blaabjerg

Professor in Power Electronics, Villum Investigator, Aalborg University, Denmark


Frede Blaabjerg (S’86–M’88–SM’97–F’03) was with ABB-Scandia, Randers, Denmark, from 1987 to 1988. From 1988 to 1992, he got the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering at Aalborg University in 1995. He became an Assistant Professor in 1992, an Associate Professor in 1996, and a Full Professor of power electronics and drives in 1998. From 2017 he became a Villum Investigator. He is honoris causa at University Politehnica Timisoara (UPT), Romania, and Tallinn Technical University (TTU) in Estonia. His current research interests include power electronics and its applications such as in wind turbines, PV systems, reliability, harmonics, and adjustable speed drives. He has published more than 600 journal papers in the fields of power electronics and its applications. He is the co-author of four monographs and editor of ten books in power electronics and its applications. He has received 32 IEEE Prize Paper Awards, the IEEE PELS Distinguished Service Award in 2009, the EPE-PEMC Council Award in 2010, the IEEE William E. Newell Power Electronics Award 2014, the Villum Kann Rasmussen Research Award 2014, the Global Energy Prize in 2019 and the 2020 IEEE Edison Medal. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS from 2006 to 2012. He has been a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Power Electronics Society from 2005 to 2007 and for the IEEE Industry Applications Society from 2010 to 2011 as well as 2017 to 2018. In 2019-2020 he serves a President of the IEEE Power Electronics Society. He is Vice-President of the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences too. He is nominated in 2014-2019 by Thomson Reuters to be between the most 250 cited researchers in Engineering in the world.

Control, design and cyber-security challenges for DC Microgrids | Tomislav Dragičević, Technical University of Denmark | April 20, 2020

Webinar title: Control, design and cyber-security challenges for DC Microgrids

With the rapid development of power electronics technology to encompass reduced environmental impact, there is a clear tendency to establish high voltage (HV) and low voltage power distribution systems using DC technology – thereby giving rise to a DC microgrid concept. Today, we can find DC microgrids in many areas, from power distribution systems to rural electrification and electrified transportation.
This webinar will address the control and design challenges of DC microgrids. In light of this, practical implementation of the control layers and operational details of several types of DC microgrids with stability assessment techniques will be presented. Also, a number of study cases involving innovative techniques for power architecture design and coordination strategies will be discussed in the first part of the webinar. In line with this, the second part of the webinar will extend the control liabilities discussed in the first part by investigating a new concern, i.e., cybersecurity in DC microgrids and its critical vulnerabilities concerning system instability/shutdown. Further, strategies to detect and mitigate variant cyber-attacks generally injected into the sensors and communication in DC microgrids based transportation systems will be elaborated.
The webinar will also present the view of the instructor on the promising research directions in this area, including a Q&A session.


About the Presenter:

Prof. Tomislav Dragičević

Technical University of Denmark


mislav Dragičević (S’09-M’13-SM’17) received the M.Sc. and the industrial Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Zagreb, Croatia, in 2009 and 2013, respectively. From 2013 until 2016 he has been a Postdoctoral researcher at Aalborg University, Denmark. From 2016 until 2020 he was an Associate Professor at Aalborg University, Denmark. From 2020 he is a Professor at the Technical University of Denmark. He made a guest professor stay at Nottingham University, UK during spring/summer of 2018. His research interest is the application of advanced control, optimization and artificial intelligence inspired techniques to provide innovative and effective solutions to emerging challenges in design, control, and cyber-security of power electronics intensive electrical distributions systems and microgrids. He has authored and co-authored more than 200 technical publications (more than 100 of them are published in international journals, mostly in IEEE), 8 book chapters, and a book in the field. He serves as an Associate Editor in the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS, in IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS, in IEEE Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics, and in IEEE Industrial Electronics Magazine. Dr. Dragičević is a recipient of the Končar prize for the best industrial Ph.D. thesis in Croatia, a Robert Mayer Energy Conservation award, and he is a winner of an Alexander von Humboldt fellowship for experienced researchers.