• International Conference on

    Electrical Engineering Research and Practice, Sydney, Australia
    iCEERP, 24-28 Nov, 2019

Keynote Speakers

Power System Planning: The Art of Raising a Phoenix

Abstract: Power systems have been in existence over 130 years and served the society well, along the way, making it an essential service, often provided by monopoly service providers. Its technical form has evolved over the years, mainly addressing the need to interconnect and stably operate large synchronous generating units which are often geographically dispersed and located away from the load centres. Power Systems are also supported by necessary and well-established planning practices, operational procedures, and governing rules.
However, the norms and ethos of this well-developed system are now being challenged by the new technological developments. Different forms of energy sources and energy uses are being created, moving us away from the familiar form of the power system that has served our societies well over a century. No doubt, the future state of the power system, when we reach there would be a happy place to live and enjoy. However, the transition will be difficult, and paths are not well charted. This keynote presentation will explore how well we can manage the transition, balancing the cost of transition, the robustness of the power supply, and the potential environmental impacts.

Short Biography: Dr Nalin Pahalawaththa graduated with a first class honours degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Moratuwa. He obtained postgraduate degrees PhD from University of Calgary, Canada, in 1990 and MBA from Massey University, New Zealand, in 2003.
Nalin is currently the Senior Technical Director - Power Systems at GHD Pty Ltd. From 2012-2016, in the capacity of manager, power system analysis at TransGrid, Nalin was responsible for the operational, medium, and long term planning of the NSW high voltage transmission network. Before joining TransGrid in 2012, Nalin held senior planning roles with the Australian Energy Market Operator and Transpower New Zealand Ltd. From 1990-2000 he was an associate professor at the University of Auckland and was the leader of the power systems research group.
Nalin is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia, and he has been an active member of several professional organisations and industry working groups. In 2012, Nalin received the Cigre Technical Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to HVDC and Power Electronics. He recently convened the Cigre Working Group on Connection of Wind Farms to Weak AC Networks. He has authored more than 100 technical publications.

Emerging Trends in Communications: 5G and Beyond

Abstract: The explosive growth in mobile data traffic has resulted in unprecedented energy consumption. The development of green technology and reduction in power consumption by the communication devices are the major requirements of 5G systems identified by the industries and academia. The need of the time is to develop a self-sustainable communication system with energy harvesting (EH) techniques to support novel concepts such as IoT (Internet of Things) and 5th generation (5G) wireless networks, without sacrificing desirable Quality of Service (QoS). By 2022, there will be more than 40 billion connected IoT devices. Is the Radio Frequency (RF) spectrum capable enough to meet the demands? VLC integrated with IoT devices can provide a potential solution for RF spectrum crunch, infrastructural requirements, energy efficiency, dysfunctional RF signals in some scenarios and data security. The complementary qualities and deficiency of RF and VLC make them perfect technologies to hybridize to create a pervasive physical network where connections are simpler, more powerful, affordable, global and available to all. A two-tier heterogeneous network consisting of RF microcell tier and VLC atto-cells incorporating EH can be a potential solution.

 Nikhil Sharma

Dr Nikhil Sharma

Nikhil Sharma received the Bachelor of Technology and Master of Technology degrees in electronics and communication engineering from Maharishi Dayanand University, India and National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra, India in 2011 and 2013, respectively. He received his PhD degree from University of Delhi, India in 2016. Currently, he is working as an Assistant Professor at ECE department at the LNM Institute of Information Technology, Jaipur, India. His current research interests include different aspects of wireless communication, cooperative communication, 5G communication technologies, free-space optical communication, visible light communication, Energy harvesting in wireless communication, Under-water optical wireless communications. He is the recipient of Core Research Grant (2019-21) from SERB, the Government of India.

Towards a Low-Power, Minimally-Invasive Nerve Regeneration Implant

Abstract: In this speech she will explore current advances and the future directions of nerve regeneration implants. She will discuss the challenges of developing implants which can be chronically implanted for long-term nerve regeneration and stimulation. She will also discuss the need for developing such implants to be low-power and minimally invasive. She will compare solutions proposed in the literature as well as develop some criteria which are believed to maximize the success of future implant development.

 Tara Julia Hamilton

Associate Professor Tara Julia Hamilton
School of Engineering, Macquarie University, Australia

Tara Julia Hamilton (S'97-M'00) received the B.E. degree (Hons. I) in Electrical Engineering and the B.Com. degree from the University of Sydney, Australia, in 2001, the M.Sc. degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of New South Wales, Australia, in 2003, and the PhD degree from the University of Sydney in 2009. She is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Engineering at Macquarie University, Australia. Tara has authored over 100 journal papers, conference papers, book chapters, and patents in integrated circuit design, neuromorphic systems, and biomedical engineering. Tara has worked extensively with industry and pursues industrially-relevant research.