Keynote Speakers


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Keynote speakers of ICEEE 2021



Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rüdiger Dillmann (IEEE Fellow & IROS Fellow)
Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT), Germany

Director of the Humanoids and Intelligence Systems Lab at KIT


Rüdiger Dillmann received his Ph. D. from University of Karlsruhe in 1980.
Since 1987 he has been Professor of the Department of Computer Science and  is Director of the Research Lab. Humanoids and Intelligence Systems  at KIT.  2002 he became director of an innovation lab. at the Research Center for Information Science (FZI), Karlsruhe. 2009 hee founded the  Institute of Anthropomatics  and Robotics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.   
His research interest is in the areas of humanoid robotics and neurorobotics with special emphasis on intelligent, autonomous and interactive robot behaviour generated with the help of  machine learning methods and programming by demonstration (PbD). Other research interests include machine vision for mobile systems, man-machine interaction, computer supported intervention in surgery and related simulation techniques.
He is author/co-author of more than 900 scientific publications, conference papers, several books and book contributions.
He was Coordinator of the German Collaborative Research Center ”Humanoid Robots”, SFB 588 and several European IPs. He is Editor of  the journal ”Robotics and Autonomous Systems”, Elsevier, and Editor in Chief

of the book series COSMOS, Springer. He is IEEE Fellow and IROS Fellow.

Title: Down to Earth, Closing the Loop from Human Behavior to AI-Supported Cooperative Robots 

For evaluating todays achievments in the field of robotics cooperating and acting close with humans is too early. AI is claimed to be the key-technogy for further progress. Looking back in history there have been long periods of technical argony and ignorance interupted by short periods of technical challenges and breaktroughs. The industrial revolution started 150 years ago and changed the world, the automobil celebrated allready its 125 th birthday and changed significantly our life-style. Robotics had also its 50 th anniversary together with computer science and computer engineering. The latter produced  unforeseen technical progress changing economy, research and our dayly societal life.  Robotics and AI is claimed worldwide to be a key technology for industry, healthcare, society and even in privat environment showing in various domains a strong growing potential. Natural and man made desasters in the last years and at least the Corona pandemy demonstrated the need for robust robot technology where robots and humans cooperate in a team, even in contaminated human unfriendly environment. Robots having  cognitive capabilities necessary for sharing their working space and activity with humans is still in an early stage. Research focusing on understanding human behaviour, multimodal human – machine interaction and robots learning from humans yields to  modelling of cognitive processes complementary to that of humans. Designing robots cooperating closely with humans requires a deep understanding of human behaviour, its skills and intention and at least its social behaviour. Engineering adequate robot systems capable to deal with uncertainties and to learn from experience yields to the design of AI-methods being either model driven or event driven controls or both. In this talk an overview on recent challenges on AI methods for robot controls is given reflecting key contributions, todays status and trends.  The role of AI in the system design process and the supporting tools and frameworks are to be discussed.



Prof. Alberto Borghetti, IEEE Fellow
University of Bologna, Italy


Alberto Borghetti has been working with the power system group of the University of Bologna since 1992, where is now a Professor of Electrical Power Systems. His research and teaching activities are in the areas of power system analysis, power system restoration after blackout, electromagnetic transients, lightning protection, optimal generation scheduling, and distribution system operation. He is the author or coauthor of over 150 scientific papers published in peer-reviewed journals or presented at international conferences. IEEE Fellow (class 2015) for contributions to modeling of power distribution systems under transient conditions, he received the ICLP Scientific Committee Award in 2016 and the 2018 CIGRE Technical Council Award for Study Committee C4. From 2010 to 2017 he served as an editor of IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid. Currently he is a member of the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Power Systems and of the Journal of Modern Power Systems and Clean Energy. Since the beginning of 2019, he serves as editor in chief of Electrical Engineering – Archiv fur Elektrotechnik.

Speech Title: Lightning Protection of A Multi‐Circuit HV‐MV Overhead Line

Abstract: We focus on the calculation of the lightning performance of a distribution line by using a Monte Carlo procedure, considering both direct and indirect strikes. To reduce the computational effort, the stratified sampling technique is adopted. This presentation shows the application to the lightning protection of a multi‐circuit HV‐MV overhead line, i.e., a line configuration in which a HV line and a MV line share the same poles. We have quantified the extent to which the lightning performance of the MV line depends on the line withstand voltage, the grounding resistance, and the number of surge arresters. In case of distribution transformers connected at some MV posts of the distribution line, the neutral conductor of the various customers can experience very high induced voltages respect to the undisturbed grounding. This represents an important aspect that should be considered in areas with high ground flash density.




Prof.Dr. Robert Balog
Texas A&M University, USA


Robert S. Balog received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ, USA in 1996, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, USA, in 2002 and 2006, respectively. He joined Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA, in 2009 where he is currently a tenured full Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Director of the Renewable Energy and Advanced Power Electronics Research Laboratory (, and co-director of the National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center on Next Generation Photovoltaics. He also holds a joint faculty appointment with Texas A&M University at Qatar where he is currently in-residence. Prior to joining A&M, from 1996 to 1999 he was an Engineer with Lutron Electronics, Coopersburg, PA, USA where he developed lighting controls and systems. From 2005 to 2006, he was a Research Consultant with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Engineering Research and Development Center, Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, Champaign, IL, USA where he was involved in researching concepts for military microgrids. From 2006 to 2009, he was a Senior Engineer at SolarBridge Technologies, Champaign, IL, USA where he was a co-inventor and lead the technical development team for a module-integrated microinverter he developed while a graduate student at the University of Illinois. As a non-equity technology founder, he invented the original technologies, directed the initial engineering team, and was part of the executive team that secured the $6 million Round A funding from a Tier I venture capital firm. His current research interests include power electronic converters and balance-of-systems technologies for solar photovoltaic energy, microinverters for ac photovoltaic modules, arc fault detection for dc and photovoltaic systems, highly reliable electrical power and energy systems including dc microgrids, and power electronics at the grid edge including reactive power and harmonic power compensation in distribution systems.

Dr. Balog is a Registered Professional Engineer in the states of Illinois and Texas. He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) where he is currently serving as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Power Electronics Society (PELS) and co-Chair of the Mentorship Committee. He has previously served as an elected Member-at-Large of the Administrative Committee, chair of the Membership committee, and inagural chair of the Graduates of the Last Decade committee (now called Young Professionals). He was the Technical Program Chair for the 2016 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition which is internationally recognized as one of the two flagship conference on power electronics. He received the inaugural IEEE Joseph J. Suozzi INTELEC Fellowship in 2001 for his work on power electronics in telecommunications systems. Has been a member of Eta Kappa Nu, Sigma Xi, National Society of Professional Engineers, American Solar Energy Society, and Solar Electric Power Association. He was recognized as an external member of the Hungarian Academy of Science in 2011 and was the recipient of the 2011 Rutgers College of Engineering Distinguished Engineer Award. Dr. Balog is an inventor on 20 issued U.S. patents and received a 2017 Texas A&M System Technology Commercialization Patent Award. He has published nearly 200 peer-reviewed conference and journal papers, is co-author of the book “Microgrids and other Local Area Power and Energy Systems” published by Cambridge University Press in 2016 and has written multiple book chapters. His h-index is 41 and has been cited over 6,600 times in the scientific literature.


Speech Title: A SmartPV Roof Tile and Non-Planar Photovoltaic Systems

Abstract: With the latest advances in photovoltaic material science technology, solar cells can now be curved, conformal coated, and even painted onto arbitrary surface geometries. This facilitates a paradigm shift from the traditional, building-applied, rigid planar modules to non-planar, structurally-integrated photovoltaic systems. PV arrays on curved surfaces enable new concepts for PV applications but also present new challenges for balance-of-system components, electrical interconnections, and power conditioning electronics. Non-uniform insolation across the PV surface complicates maximum power point tracking, which is well-known for planar PV but more complicated when the non-planar morphology inherently introduce the partial shading and thermal variations. Yet, these non-planar surfaces offer opportunities to increase energy harvest and shape the time-of-day generation profile, all while creating an architecturally appealing – even invisible – energy system. This talk will include results from a recent collaboration between Texas A&M University and the Middle East Technical University to develop a smart solar roof tile in the form-factor of the traditional terracotta roof tile.