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Keynote Speaker


Prof. Hartmut Hinz
University of Applied Sciences, Frankfurt, Germany

H. Hinz received the diploma degree in electrical engineering from the University of Applied Sciences, Aachen and the Ruhr University, Bochum in Germany in the years 1990 and 1994 respectively. He received the Ph.D. degree from the Technical University, Darmstadt in Germany in 2000.
Between 1999 and 2009 he was with General Motors Fuel Cell Activities, most recently as project leader for the development of high voltage electrical systems for concept fuel cell. In 2009 he was appointed as a Professor for power electronics at the University of Applied Sciences, Frankfurt in Germany. Since 2011 he is the program director of the study program electrical engineering. Since 2010 he is a visiting Professor (flying faculty) at the Vietnamese-German University in Ho-Chi-Minh City, Vietnam. His research interests are in the areas power electronics, modeling and decentralized power generation.


Prof. Eng. PhD Marco Casini
SAPIENZA University of Rome, Rome, Italy

Prof. Marco Casini is a leading academic in the Green and Smart Building sector with over 20 years experience in Building Sciences.
He is an environmental engineer, PhD in Environmental Engineering and Research Fellow in Architecture Technology at Sapienza University of Rome, Department of Urban Planning, Design and Architecture Technology. Since 2002 he has been Professor of Architecture Technology and of Environmental Certification of Buildings at the Faculty of Architecture of Sapienza University where he also teaches in several Master's, PhD and Graduate schools on subjects pertaining to Energy and Environmental Sustainability for Buildings. Dr. Casini's research activities cover a wide spectrum of topics within sustainable architectural design and energy efficiency of buildings, focusing on advanced materials and nanotechnologies for smart building envelopes as well as integrated renewable energy systems. He worked as scientific coordinator on major projects including the development of "Italian regional system for the certification of environmental sustainability of buildings - Protocollo ITACA Lazio" (2014) and the preparation of the "Sustainable Energy Action Plan of Rome" within the European Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (2012). Dr. Casini's professional activity has included scientific and technical consultancy on technological, environmental and energy aspects related to the design and construction of complex building structures worldwide, as well as training on Green Building and Smart Cities strategies and policy making for Italian public authorities (Prime Minister's Cabinet, Ministry of Internal affairs, Regione Lazio).


Prof. R. J. Howlett
Bournemouth University, UK;Chair of KES International

Professor Robert Howlett has been successful in applying a range of artificial intelligence techniques to industrial problem areas, including sustainability and renewable energy, condition monitoring and diagnostic tools, and automotive control. He has considerable experience in innovation and knowledge transfer. He holds the position of Chair of KES International, an international organisation that facilitates research and knowledge transfer in areas including Intelligent Systems, Sustainability, Innovation and Knowledge Transfer. Formerly at the University of Brighton, UK, he is a Visiting Professor at Bournemouth University in the UK, and works with a number of universities on applied research projects making use of intelligent systems to solve industrial problems. His current focus is on the use of smart microgrids to achieve reduced energy costs and lower carbon emissions in areas such as housing and protected horticulture.


Speech Title "Smart Microgrids: Artificial Intelligence in a Low Carbon Energy Future"

The energy sector has for some time been in the midst of huge changes dictated by energy-efficiency and carbon-reduction targets. The changing economics of renewable energy generation and storage resources are further driving the move away from fossil fuels and towards sustainable energy. At the same time, electricity generation and distribution systems are moving from a mainly passive structure to one that is made active through digitalisation. The move away from dispatchable fossil fuel generation to mainly non-dispatchable renewable energy presents it own control and availability challenges. The combination of the increased use of renewables, distributed energy resources, artificial ntelligence and the internet of things (IoT) is driving the push to new energy infrastructure models based on Smart Microgrids. Increasingly smart grids will rely on smart control strategies, incorporating machine learning, and there is the potential for innovative energy trading mechanisms based on technologies such as intelligent agents. This talk will cover the potential for intelligent systems to contribute to carbon reduction by putting the 'smart' into smart systems based microgrids.