A/Professor Farhad Shahnia, Murdoch University,  Australia
Chair of IEEE Western Australia Section, Senior Member of IEEE, Fellow member of Engineers Australia,
Member of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education

A/Professor Farhad Shahnia received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, in 2012. He is currently an A/Professor at Murdoch University. Before that, he was a Lecturer at Curtin University (2012-15), a research scholar at QUT (2008-11), and an R&D engineer at the Eastern Azarbayjan Electric Power Distribution Company, Iran (2005-08). He is currently a Fellow member of Engineers Australia, Senior Member of IEEE, and member of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education.
Farhad’s research falls under Distribution networks, Microgrid and Smart grid concepts. He has authored one book and 11 book chapters and 200+ peer-reviewed scholarly articles in international conferences and journals, as well as being an editor of 6 books.
Farhad has won 5 Best Paper Awards in various conferences and has also received the IET Premium Award for the Best Paper published in the IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution journal in 2015. One of his articles was listed under the top-25 most cited articles in the Electric Power System Research Journal in 2015 while one of his 2015 journal articles has been listed under the top-5 most read articles of the Australian Journal of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. He was the recipient of the Postgraduate Research Supervisor Award from Curtin University in 2015 and the Australia-China Young Scientist Exchange Award from the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering in 2016.
Farhad is currently a Subject Editor, Deputy Subject Editor, and Associate Editor of several journals including IEEE Access, IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution, IET Renewable Power Generation, IET Smart Grid, IET Energy Conversion and Economics, and International Transaction on Electrical Energy Systems and has served 35+ conferences in various roles such as General, Technical, Publication, Publicity, Award, Sponsorship, and Special Session Chairs.
Farhad has led the IEEE Western Australia Section as the 2020-2021 Chair, and was the 2019 Founding Chair of the IEEE Western Australia Industrial Electronics Society (IES) Chapter. He is currently the 2021-2022 Secretary of the IES’s Technical Committees on Smart Grids.

Speech Title: “Recent and Future Research on Microgrid Clusters”
Abstract: Electricity systems around the world are experiencing a radical transition as the consequence of replacing fossil fuels, used for electricity production, by sustainable and cleaner energies. The growing penetration of renewable energies requires smarter techniques capable of handling the uncertainties of these intermittent sources. Along with this change, traditionally centralised power systems are also converting into distributed self-sufficient systems, often referred to as microgrids, that can operate independently. This talk will focus on remote area microgrids as a hot research topic in Australia and Southeast Asia that have hundreds of remote and off-grid towns and communities, and islands. It is expected that remote area microgrids will strongly benefit these remote locations in the forthcoming years. This talk will briefly introduce the progress of research in this field around the world and Australia, and will also discuss some of the technical challenges associated with interconnection of neighbouring microgrids as a key step to improve their survivability in the course of unexpected imbalances between the demand and the available generation from intermittent renewable resources.


A/Professor Md. Hasanuzaman, University of Malaya, Malaysia
Associate Editor of the Alexandria Engineering Journal, Elsevier;
Associate Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Renewable Energy Resources

Dr. Md. Hasanuzaman is currently working as Associate Professor at the Higher Institution Centre of Excellence (HICoE), UM Power Energy Dedicated Advanced Centre (UMPEDAC), University of Malaya, Malaysia (QS World Ranking 65 and Asia University Ranking 8 for 2022). He was listed among the World's Top 2% Scientists for the year 2021 & 2020. He was Program Coordinator (Master of Renewable Energy, September 2012 to September 2020), Double Degree Programme with Master of Energy Science, Kyoto University, Japan. He is an Associate Editor of the Alexandria Engineering Journal, Elsevier; Associate Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Renewable Energy Resources; and has been a Guest Editor for Renewable Energy, Elsevier. He is an editor and author of the book Energy for Sustainable Development published by Elsevier. His research interests include thermal engineering, renewable energy, energy and buildings, energy policy, transport and electric vehicles. He has also authored and co-authored more than 100 research papers and 50 conference proceedings. Dr. Hasan has more than 4300 citations with an h-index of 34 in the Scopus index and 6200 citations with an h-index of 40 in the google scholar index. Dr. Hasan has supervised and supervising more than 50 postgraduate students. He has secured and managed more than 7 million Ringgit national and international research grants as a PI & co-PI. He received a University of Malaya Excellence Award 2012 for his outstanding achievement in PhD.

Speech Title: “Renewable Energy to Mitigate the Challenges in Energy and Environment”
Abstract: To be added




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