First Round of Abstract Submission Ends: Apr 30, 2024
Extended Early Bird Ends: Jan 28, 2024

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Benjamin Kroposki
National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA
Title: Integrating Massive amounts of Wind and Solar in Power Grids
Dr. Ben Kroposki is the Director of the Power Systems Engineering Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) where he leads NREL’s strategic research in the design, planning and operations of electrical power systems. He has over 30 years of experience in the design, testing, and integration of renewable and distributed power systems and has more than 150 publications in these areas with over 11,000 citations. Dr. Kroposki received his BSEE and MSEE from Virginia Tech and Ph.D. from the Colorado School of Mines. As an IEEE Fellow, Dr. Kroposki was recognized for his leadership in renewable and distributed energy systems integration. Dr. Kroposki also serves as the organizational director for the Universal interoperability for Grid-forming Inverters (UNIFI) consortium tackling the challenges with seamless integration of inverter-based resources and synchronous machines in all power systems. Dr. Kroposki is also an Adjunct Professor at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) and University of Colorado-Boulder (CU).
Dr. Marcella Franchi
Haffner Energy, France
Title: Hydrogen and Sustainable Aviation Fuel production from residual biomass or waste feedstock
Marcella Franchi joined Haffner Energy in 2021, a French company with a 30-year-old proven expertise in biomass-to-energy technology, and over 40 plants delivered to date. Marcella was a key player in the success of Haffner Energy’s IPO in February 2022. She was appointed SVP North America in May 2023 as the company’s international ambitions expanded due to the urgency of finding viable solutions for the energy transition. Haffner Energy is entering the USA market with its patented technologies in line with the IRA and Clean Hydrogen Strategy and Roadmap guidance, focusing on SAF and renewable hydrogen production from sustainable biomass and organic waste.

Marcella began her career in financial engineering at Warren & Selbert (now Accufy Inc) in London, where she stayed for 17 years. She became a successful entrepreneur, founding and running companies in real estate and rentals in the UK and Portugal. Marcella has a degree from the London School of Economics and a postgraduate qualification in Corporate Finance from the London Business School. She has lectured and consulted at university in Hong Kong and Lisbon. She is on the boards of the LBS Energy Club and Women in Green Hydrogen.
Dr. Anna Mazzi
University of Padova, Italy
Title: Circular economy and life cycle assessment to support innovation in energy engineering
She is Associate Professor at the Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Padova, and Director of the Research Group Sustainability Assessment and Management (SAM.lab) at University of Padova.

The research activity of Prof. Mazzi, documented by 44 indexed papers and more than 130 other publications (H-index 23, 1392 total citations – Scopus July 2023) is dedicated to the use of life cycle sustainability assessment to support process/product innovation for circular economy.

Master degree in Management Engineering at University of Padova (1998), Postgraduate specialization in Environmental Management and Control at University of Trento (2000) and PhD in Management Engineering at University of Padova (2005), she has focused her studies on methods and metrics to quantify sustainability performance and to support eco-innovation.

Involved in several European research projects (funding lines: SusFood, EIT Raw Materials, EIP-Agri, LIFE Environment, CIP Innovation, Interreg, Intelligent Energy Europe, EQUAL) and numerous national research projects, she is responsible for the implementation of sustainability assessment standards to support engineering innovation.

Her teaching activity at University of Padova is on Integrated Management Systems, Life Cycle Assessment and Risk Assessment.
Dr. Jo-Chen Lin
Taiwan Institute of Economic Research, Taiwan
Title: Taiwan Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Industry Outlook and International Cooperation
Dr. Hideyuki OKUMURA
Kyoto University, Japan
Title: Will update soon
Dr. Hideyuki OKUMURA is Associate professor in Graduate School of Energy Science, Kyoto University.

Member of Magneto-Science Society of Japan, Catalysis Society of Japan, Japanese Photochemistry Association, Japan Society of Applied Physics, The Japan Institute of Energy, Sigma Xi [Scientific Research Society], and serving as an editorial board member for Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing).

He holds B.S. and M.S. from Kyoto University, and Ph.D. from University of Pittsburgh. His professional experience includes visiting professorship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), research/faculty fellowships at University of Delaware and Carnegie Mellon University.

His publication includes 117 original papers, 12 international proceedings, 16 books (chapter contributions) and 13 patent applications (6 granted). He is a recipient of Service Award from National Service Fraternity (Alpha-Phi-Omega in USA), and the Letters of appreciation from the President of the United States (the White House), the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Children's Hospital. Chief Editor of Report: Establishment of COE (Center of Excellence) on Sustainable Energy System (443 pages, 21COE).
Dr. Hanshen Li
China Electric Power Planning and Engineering Institute, China
Title: Uncertainty Operation and Planning Method of Distribution Cyber-Physical System under Low-carbon Era
Dr. Hanshen Li received his B.S.E. degree in Electric Power Engineering and Automation from Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), Shanghai, China, in 2016, and the M.E. degree in Information, Production and Systems Engineering from Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan in 2017, and M.E. degree in Electrical Engineering from SJTU in 2019, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering in North China Electric Power University (NCEPU), Beijing, China in 2023. Dr. Li has been a researcher at China Electric Power Planning and Engineering Institute (EPPEI) since 2023. His research interests include planning and operation of active distribution networks, where Li has published 14 papers with over 200 total citations. He has been an editorial board of Journal of Energy Science and Technology since 2023, and also member of IEEE, IEEJ, CSEE and CES.
Prof. Pradip Sharma
University of Aberdeen, UK
Title: Empowering Energy Resilience: Smart Contracts and Privacy-Aware AI Strategies
Dr. Pradip Sharma, SMIEEE, is a highly esteemed academician and researcher known for his expertise in Cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence. Currently serving as an Associate Professor of Cybersecurity & AI at the Department of Computing Science, University of Aberdeen, UK. His academic journey is characterised by a steadfast pursuit of excellence. He holds a PhD in Secure Computing (2019), along with a Master of Technology in Computer Science (2014) and a Bachelor's in Information Technology (2009). Dr. Sharma's professional background encompasses roles such as Research Fellow and Software Engineer, reflecting a blend of academic and industry experience. Throughout his career, he has shown a strong interest in advancing research in areas such as Privacy-aware AI, Blockchain, Edge Computing, IoT Security, and Critical Infrastructure Security, earning recognition through various research projects and grants, including awards from EPSRC and Innovate UK. In addition to his research pursuits, Dr. Sharma actively engages in professional activities within the academic community. He holds editorial roles in esteemed journals and contributes to organizing conferences and workshops on cybersecurity and AI-related topics. Dr. Sharma's impact is also evident in his extensive publication record, featuring research articles in reputable journals and conferences. Dr. Sharma's academic contributions are further highlighted by his inclusion in the world's Top 2% Scientists list by Stanford University and his receipt of accolades such as the IEEE Outstanding Leadership Award and Publons Peer Review Awards. His commitment to education is evident through his teaching experiences, where he has developed and delivered courses on cybersecurity, distributed systems, and digital forensics. Dr. Sharma's dedication extends to mentoring the next generation of researchers, as demonstrated by his supervision of doctoral students and mentorship roles in academic and professional settings.