Keynote Speakers

The conference begins Friday, October 28, 2022 in the morning with a tutorial program. Plenary speakers and technical sessions will be featured on October 29-30. The technical program continues on October 31, 2022, concluding mid-afternoon. Schedule and featured speakers will be updated on this site as information becomes available.

Title: Technologies and Challenges for Electrification of Aircraft Propulsion Systems  

Presenter: Prof. Pat Wheeler, University of Nottingham, UK and University of Nottingham-Ningbo
 
Abstract: The presentation will focus on the electrical system, including the drivetrain and interfaces to energy storage/generation elements, needed for the electrification of future aircraft propulsion systems.  This will include the roadmaps and technologies that need to be developed over the coming decades as well as examples from existing research and development projects.  Both hybrid and fully electric propulsion systems will be considered as well as the power electronic converters, motors/generators, gear boxes, electrical systems and thermal management.

Speaker:Prof Pat Wheeler received his BEng [Hons] degree in 1990 from the University of Bristol, UK.  He received his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering for his work on matrix converters from the University of Bristol, UK in 1994.  In 1993 he moved to the University of Nottingham and worked as a research assistant in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.  In 1996 he became a Lecturer in the Power Electronics, Machines and Control Group at the University of Nottingham, UK.  Since January 2008 he has been a Full Professor in the same research group. He was Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Nottingham from 2015 to 2018.  He is currently the Head of the Power Electronics, Machines and Control Research Group, Global Director of the University of Nottingham’s Institute of Aerosapce Technology and was the Li Dak Sum Chair Professor in Electrical and Aerospace Engineering.  He is a member of the IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) AdCom and is currently IEEE PELS Vice-President for Technical Operations.  He has published over 750 academic publications in leading international conferences and journals.

 

Title: Electric Vehicle On-Board Solar Generation: Motivation, Benefits, and Challenges

Presenter: Prof. Jennifer Bauman, McMaster University, Canada
 
Abstract: This presentation will discuss the fundamental motivations for vehicle on-board solar generation, and present a review of recent commercial developments in this area. Results of a system-level modeling study will be presented to summarize the potential benefits of large-scale vehicle solar integration to drivers, the electric grid, and the environment. Several potential power electronic architectures will also be considered, as developing high efficiency and low cost power electronics is crucial for practical implementation of on-board solar generation in commercial vehicles.

Speaker:Dr. Jennifer Bauman received the B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada, in 2004 and 2008, respectively. From 2009 to 2016, she was the Director of Research at CrossChasm Technologies, where she led the modeling team on a wide variety of automotive projects. In 2016, she joined McMaster University (Hamilton, Canada) as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr. Bauman is a registered Professional Engineer and an Associate Editor for the IEEE Open Journal of Power Electronics. Her current research interests include power electronic converters for electrified powertrains, vehicle design, modeling, and control, and EV interactions with the smart grid.

 

Title: The Levitation System and the Linear Traction System of the 160 km/h Maglev Train

Presenter:Dr. Laisheng Tong, CRRC


Abstract: By the end of 2021, CRRCZELC developed the 160 km/h maglev train, and successfully passed the running test. We are going to introduce the background and developing history of the maglev train in the world, then introduce the 160km/h maglev train, including the basic technical parameters, the levitation system with the levitation electromagnet, and the traction system with the linear Induction motor.

The levitation system mainly includes the levitation controller, the levitation sensor, and the levitation electromagnet. In order to ensure stability of the levitation system when the train speed rises from 100km/h to 160km/h, we have taken a series of optimization measures, including the levitation controller redundancy improvement and integrated transformation technology, the multi-probe levitation sensor technology, the levitation electromagnet levitation ability improvement, and the "end eddy current effect" compensation technology.

Compared with traditional rail transportation, the 160km/h maglev train particularly adopted the linear induction motor traction system. Allowing the train is not in contact with the ground, the short stator of the linear induction motor that installed under the vehicle directly provides the linear kinetic energy. Combined with the operation data and research results of the 100km/h maglev train in Changsha and Fenghuang, the traction capacity of the 160km/h maglev train has been increased by 30%, benefit from the using of the improved type domestic linear motor

Speaker:Dr. Laisheng Tong received his Ph.D. degree with a major in Electric Power System and Automation from the Southwest Jiaotong University, China in 2006. From 2006 to 2009, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Zhejiang University, China. From 2009 to 2010, he worked as a senior engineer in the technology center of the CSR Corp. Since April 2010, he has been the director of the Maglev System Research Institute of the CRRC ZELC and achieved the academic level of the professor-level senior engineer.

Dr. Tong is the chief technical expert of CRRC and the adjunct professor of Tongji University, now focusing on the research and development of maglev vehicles. He undertook the design and development work of the "Thirteenth Five-Year" National Key R&D Program, "The Key Technology Research of Medium-speed Maglev Transportation System", China Hunan Provincial Science and Technology Major Project "The Development and Demonstration of 160km/h Fast Maglev Train", and several major scientific research projects, including the first domestic commercial demonstration line of medium and low-speed maglev — Changsha Maglev Express Line. Dr. Tong has published 66 papers in leading international conferences and journals, applied for over 188 patents, and participated in drafting 10 standards.

 

Title: Challenges in Solid State Transformer Design for Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructures

Presenter:  Dr. Cheng Luo, Eaton Research Labs

Abstract: This presentation will discuss the challenges in Solid State Transformer (SST) in the application of electric vehicle charging infrastructures (EVCI). EVCI system configurations, MV SST topologies, MV insulation consideration, high frequency transformer design, system controls and communications, system energy management systems (EMS), codes and standards requirements will be presented.

Speaker:Dr. Cheng Luo received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in 2003 and 2006 from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, respectively. He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering for his work in active energy harvesting from the Pennsylvania State University, USA in 2010. He worked with General Electric Company from 2010-2015 where he was leading the design and development of grid-connected solar inverters. He joined Eaton Corporation in 2015 and is currently the head of Eaton Research Labs (China) of Eaton Corporation. His current research interests include Wide band-gap power electronics, solid-state circuit protection, and solid-state transformer. He has published over 10 academic publications in leading international conferences and journals and served as the reviewers for a number of IEEE transactions.

 

 

Title: Industry Status and Frontier Technical Challenges of Vehiclular e-Powertrains
Presenter: Prof. William Cai, Harbin University of Science and Technology
Abstract: Based on the “Double Carbon Strategy”, the plan and the current situation of China's clean electric energy, the carbon emissions and toxic gas emissions are compared between the internal compusion engine vehicles and electric vehicles; The current situation of the electric drive industry for new energy vehicles is described, and the development trends of high system voltage, high motor speed, high controller frequency, high powertrain efficiency and high power density are explored; The cutting-edge technologies of electric powertrains, such as high-speed rare earth permanent magnet drive motor, electronic converters based on SiC devices and high-speed transmission etc.,  are introduced; The demands and challenges for various sub assemblies, motor parts / power electronic components and materials and other industrial chains etc., are described. The  contents,  related to the new  energy vechicle e-powertain in the《Green Paper on Technological Innovation in Key Areas of China's Manufacturing Industry》, are briefed.

Speaker:William Cai received his Ph.D. in ECE from Clarkson University, NY, USA, and his B.S. and M.S. from Harbin Electric Institute of Technology(HEIT).  Currently, he is the Professor of Harbin University of Science and Technology(HUST), Harbin, China, and chief scientist of the State Education Ministry Engineering Research Center of Automotive Electronic Drive Control and System Integration. He is the adjunct professor of Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing Jiaotong University, Southeast China UnIversity etc., and the Foreign Academician of the Russian Academy of Engineering.

He has worked in academic field for 17 years and industry for over 20 years, including 14 years in Europe and USA and more than 20 years in China. He has served as the Director/Chief Engineer of Hybrid Powertrain Technology in Remy International, visiting professor of University of Wisconsin in Madison, USA, and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland, Professor and Director of Electric Machine Department in HEIT. He was the inventor of Hairpin Motor Windings , which helped Remy International be listed in NASDAQ; He is the Founder of Jing-Jin Electric (stock # 688280), and the company is the leading tier one supplier for electric machines, power electronics converters and e-powertrains for vehicle electrfication.

Prof. Cai is the Director of China EV100 Association, the Fellow of China Electrotechnical Society, and a Deputy group leader of new energy vehicles of 《Green Paper on Technological Innovation in Key Areas of China's Manufacturing Industry》by the Chinese Academy of Engineering.

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