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Keynote Speakers



Prof. Chan Siew Hwa
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


Dr. Chan joined NTU as a Lecturer in 1991 after obtaining his PhD and subsequently working as a postdoctoral researcher at Imperial College London. He is now a Full Professor in the School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (MAE). He is concurrently holding 2 appointments as the Co-Director of the Energy Research Institute at NTU (ERI@N), and the Deputy Director of Maritime Institute at NTU (MI@NTU). He is also a Non-Executive Director of Maz Energy Pte Ltd, where he provides technical advices to the Board since 2004. Funded by Royal Armament Research and Development Establishment (RARDE, UK), Dr. Chan’s PhD and post-doctoral research was inclined to Heavy-Duty Internal Combustion Engines for military application. He then extended his research interest to Fuel Cell and Fuel Reforming since 1997. He is the Organizer and Program Chair of the 1st World Hydrogen Technologies Convention (WHTC), Singapore and an active promoter and advocate of Hydrogen Economy in Singapore. From April 2006 till March 2008, he held a joint appointment with A*Star as Programme Director of SERC Fuel Cell Programme. Under this appointment, he led a team of more than 100 researchers from 4 A*Star research institutes working closely with industries on fuel cells. His research has gained him a number of international recognition. In 2000, he received the prestigious George-Stephenson Award from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, UK (IMechE, UK) for his research in Automotive Engineering. This award is to memorize Sir George Stephenson (1781 – 1848), the Father of Railways, who built the first public railway line in the world using steam locomotives. In 2007, he received the Scientific Achievement Award in the field of Hydrogen Treatment of Materials and the Great Activities in the World Hydrogen Movement, awarded by International Association for Hydrogen Energy, USA (IAHE, USA). He was the only reviewer, outside of UK, invited by UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) to comment on the UK National Fuel Cells Roadmap. He is the editorial board member of “Fuel Cells – from fundamentals to systems” and also “Journal of Power Technologies”. Dr. Chan is also a member of Management Board of Energy Studies Institute as well as a member of Advisory Board of Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies. He has published 190 refereed journal papers with total citations of more than 6000 and h-index of 41. He owns a number of patents in fuel cells and hydrogen technology. He is the recipient of “World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014” Award by Thomson Reuters. His research achievements are also matched with his competency in teaching. In 2000, Dr. Chan received the Teacher-of-the-Year Award, NTU; the year he taught Thermodynamics.



Prof. Peng Wang
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


Dr Peng Wang received his B.Sc. degree from Xian Jiaotong University, China, in 1978, and M. Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, in 1995 and 1998 respectively. He has being served as committee member, deputy chair and chair of IEEE PES Singapore Chapter for more than 10 years. Currently he is an associate professor in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and honorary professor in Taiyuan University of Technology. His research areas include power system planning, operation and reliability analysis; power market analysis; renewable sources integration; AC, DC and hybrid AC/DC microgrids; and smart grid operation and control. He is PIs and Co-PIs of the over S$20m projects from different companies such as Rolls-Royce, Schneider Electric Singapore, Alstom, ST-Electronics, and different government organizations in Singapore and USA. He is also an international adviser for two largest projects with over RMBұ50m from Chinese Government. He has published over 250 papers in prestigious journals and international conferences with over 4000 citations and H index 32 and received two best paper awards in two international conferences and the outstanding power engineer award from IEEE PES. He has been invited to give talks in many universities and conferences. He is an associate editor of IEEE Trans on Smart Grid.


Prof. Christopher Chao
 The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong


Prof. Christopher Chao is a Head and Chair Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He is also Director of the Building Energy Research Center. He served as Associate Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering from July of 2009 to July of 2011 and was appointed as Acting Head from Feb to Oct of 2010. He was Associate Dean of Engineering (Research and Graduate Studies) from Sept of 2011 to June of 2014 and has been Head of Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering since July of 2014. Prof. Chao has a wide range of research interests in the areas of Built Environment, Energy and Environmental Engineering. He has published over 100 journal papers and serves as a Regional Editor of Journal of Indoor and Built Environment and is on the editorial board of a number of other International Journals including Indoor Air, and Building Simulation, etc. Prof. Chao is currently supervising over 25 research students and staff members with proven track record of external funding. He received a number of international research and best paper awards in the area of Built Environment. Prof.Chao is a fellow of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (FASME), The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE), The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (FCIBSE), The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (FHKIE) and is also a member of The Academy of Fellows of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate (FISIAQ). He has been an elected member of the Board of Directors of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ) since 2012 and was the Vice President of the Indoor Air 2014 conference. He was elected to Vice President (Policy) of ISIAQ in July of 2014. Professor Chao also serves on the Fellowship Commitee of HKIE and is a member of the Engineering Panel of the Reseach Grant Council (RGC), and a vetting member of the Innovation and Technology Fund (Foundation Industry). Prof. Chao graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a first class honors in Mechanical Engineering in 1988. He obtained his Master's and Doctoral degrees from the University of California at Berkeley, majoring in Thermosciences in 1992 and 1994 respectively.


Plenary Speaker

Prof. Magdi S. Mahmoud
King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia


Magdi S. Mahmoud received B.Sc. (Honors) degree in communications engineering, M.Sc. degree in electronic engineering and Ph.D. degree in systems engineering, all from Cairo University, Egypt, in 1968, 1972 and 1974, respectively. Currently, he is a Distinguished Professor in the Systems Engineering Department; KFUPM, Saudi Arabia.

Dr. Mahmoud is internationally recognized as an eminent researcher in the systems and control field. His activities and books in interconnected systems, networked-control systems, and renewable-energy systems have become guidelines to many researchers in North America, South-East Asia and Europe in advancing systems engineering research.
He is the principal author of thirty-six (36) books, inclusive book-chapters and the author/co-author of more than 525 peer-reviewed papers.
His research interests include the operation and control of cyperphysical systems, distributed control and filtering, smart grid and renewable energy systems. Dr. Mahmoud’s innovative research has been leading academia and research development worldwide, and will lead to new advancement in systems engineering.
He is the recipient of two national, one regional and several university prizes for outstanding research in engineering and applied mathematics. He is a fellow of the IEE, a senior member of the IEEE, the CEI (UK), and a registered consultant engineer of information engineering and systems Egypt.



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