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Keynote Speaker

 


Prof. Hartmut Hinz
Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, 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.

 

 

Prof. Zhijun Peng
University of Bedfordshire, UK

Professor Peng started his professorship in the University of Bedfordshire, UK in June 2017. Prior to his new role, he has been a Reader in Sustainable Energy Technology in the School of Engineering and Technology, University of Hertfordshire since 2013. As the leader of the Sustainable Energy Technology Research Group in University of Hertfordshire, his is responsible for research activities on sustainable energy technology development and application vehicle powertrains and vehicle energy efficiency technology with an emphasis on experimental investigation, though he also conducts some numerical simulations including CFD modelling. Prof Peng was a lecturer since 2004 and then as a senior lecturer since 2007 in the School of Engineering and Design, University of Sussex. He acquired his industry experience as a senior powertrain development engineer at the Dunton Technical Centre of Ford Motor Company between May 2003 and September 2004.