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Sergio Aurtenechea, (S'04-M'07) received the B.Eng. degree in Electronics Engineering from the EUITI of Eibar, Eibar, Spain, in 2000, and the M.Eng. and Ph.D degree in Automatic and Electronics Engineering from the University of Mondragon, Mondragon, Spain, in 2003 and 2007 respectively. From 2000 to 2001, he worked for FAGOR AUTOMATION in Mondragon, Spain, where he was technical engineer on product and quality engineering. From 2001 to 2007, he worked for the University of Mondragon where he joined activities of teaching and research at the Department of Electronics. Since 2007, he is a research engineer in the Renewable Energy Systems area in INGETEAM TECHNOLOGY, Zamudio, Spain. His main research activities are focused on the analysis, design and control of high power converters, especially when they are employed to renewable energy applications. He is member of IEEE Industrial Electronics Society.

Jan T. Bialasiewicz, is an Associate Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department of the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center, Denver, Colorado. He also holds a position of Professor at the Polish-Japanese Institute of Information Technology, Warsaw, Poland. He graduated with M.S. degree from the Warsaw University of Technology, Poland and earned his Ph.D. and D.Sc. degrees at the Silesian University of Technology, Poland. In 2001, the President of the Republic of Poland awarded him a Scientific Title of Professor of Technical Sciences. In 1997, he was a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Electronics, Warsaw University of Technology, Warsaw, Poland. In 2005, he was a Visiting Professor at the Catalonia University of Technology, Terrassa, Spain. In 2005, he was a Visiting Professor at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia. For over 10 years, he has been consulting for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s National Wind Technology Center (NREL), Golden, Colorado and has been involved in numerous projects in the area of renewable energy systems. He has developed the Renewable Energy Power System Modular Simulator (RPM-SIM), available on the NREL’s website. His research interests include renewable energy systems, control theory, modeling and identification of dynamic systems and theory and applications of wavelets. He served as a Guest Editor of a Special Section on Renewable Energy and Distributed Generation Systems in the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics. Dr. Bialasiewicz has organized several Special Sessions at the IECON and ISIE conferences. He is the author of two books and numerous research publications. Dr. Bialasiewicz is a Senior Member of IEEE, an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics and Professional Engineer registered in Colorado.

Alain Bouscayrol, received M.S. degree from Université Paul Sabatier (Toulouse, France) in 1989 and Ph.D. degree from INP Toulouse (France), in 1995, both in electrical engineering. From 1996 to 2005, he was assistant Professor in Electrical Engineering at the L2EP Lille (Laboratory of Electrical Engineering of Lille) of the University of Sciences and Technologies of Lille, France). He has been engaged as Professor at the University of Sciences and Technologies of Lille in 2005. His main research activities are concerning modeling and control of multi-physic systems for energy conversion with applications to renewable energy systems and hybrid electric vehicle. From 1998- to 2004, he managed the "Multi-machine Multi-converter Systems" nation project of CNRS (French national institute of research). Since 2005, he has managed MEGEVH, a French national network on Hybrid Electric Vehicle. He is a member of IEEE Power Electronics, Industrial Electronics, Industry Applications, Control Technology and Vehicular Technologies Societies.

Emilio José Bueno, received the B.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering, the M.D. in Electronics Engineering and Ph.D. degree in Power Electronics from the Alcalá University (Spain) in 1995, 1999 and 2003, respectively. From 1995 to 2000, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electronics of the Alcalá University. From 2000 to 2002, he worked as power electronics project manager in the company SEDECAL (Spain) developing a 150KW resonant converter for X-Ray machines. Nowadays, he is again joined the Department of Electronics of the Alcalá University, where he is currently an Associate Professor teaching power electronics and supervising Ph.D. students. Since 2005, he has been member for the Electronic Engineering Applied to Renewable Energies Research Group of the Alcalá University. He has participated in 4 research project dealing with power electronics applied to renewable energies integration and power quality improvement. His research areas include design and control of power converters used in renewable energy systems, distributed generation, and digital control implementation based on DSP and FPGA. He is member of IEEE Societies: IES, PELS and PES.

Carlo Cecati, (M'90-SM'03-F’06) received the Electrical Engineering degree from the University of L'Aquila, L'Aquila, Italy, in 1983. In the same year he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering of the same university, where currently he is a Full Professor. His main research interests cover several aspects related to power electronics and electrical drives including control techniques, fault diagnosis, microprocessor applications and industrial networks. He authored about 80 technical papers. Prof. Cecati is an active member of several IEEE societies. Since 1999, he has been an AdCom member of the IEEE-Industrial Electronics Society; he has been a Publication Co-Chair, Special Session Co-Chair and Track Co-Chair in many IEEE-IES conferences and a General Co-Chair of IEEE-ISIE 2002 and IEEE-ISIE2004. He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics.

Lars Helle, Research Engineer, Vestas Wind Systems R&D. June. 1998, M.Sc EE (Power electronics and Drives), Mach 2007, Ph.D., Aalborg University: -“ Modeling and Comparison of Power Converters for Doubly Fed Induction Generators in Wind Turbines”. Aug. 2002 - present:: Research Engineer, Vestas Wind Systems R&D, Jan. 1999 - Mar. 2002:Ph.D Student at at Aalborg University, Institute of energy technology. Jul. 1998 – Jan. 1999: Research assistant at Aalborg University, Institute of energy technology.

Daniel Hissel, (M’03 - SM’04) obtained an electrical engineering degree from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Ingénieurs Electriciens de Grenoble in 1994. Then, he obtained a PhD from the Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse in 1998 and the Habilitation Degree from the University of Franche-Comté in 2004. From 1999 to 2000, he worked for ALSTOM Transport in Tarbes (France) where he was system engineer on electrical and fuel cell buses projects. From 2000 to 2006, he has been an Associate Professor at the Laboratory of Electrical Engineering and Systems (L2ES). Since 2006, he is a Full Professor at the University of Franche-Comté and Head of the Fuel Cell Systems Research Team of the L2ES. His main research activities are concerning fuel cell systems dedicated to automotive applications, modelling, non linear control and energy optimization of these systems and fuel cell system diagnosis.

Josep Guerrero, received the B.S. degree in telecommunications engineering, the M.S. degree in electronics engineering, and the Ph.D. degree in power electronics from the Technical University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain, in 1997, 2000, and 2003, respectively. From 1998 to 2004, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Automatic Control Systems and Computer Engineering, Technical University of Catalonia. In 2004, he became a Senior Lecturer at the same university, where he teaches courses on digital signal processing, control theory, and microprocessors. Since 2004, he has been responsible for the Sustainable Distributed Generation and Renewable Energy Research Group, Escola Industrial de Barcelona. His research interests include DSP/FPGAbased control, uninterruptible power systems, inverters for photovoltaic applications, and wind energy conversion in microgrids. Dr. Guerrero is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics. He is a Guest Editor of the Special Issue of the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics "Power Electronics for Wind Energy" and the Special Section of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) Systems."

Milutin Jovanovic, (M’99–SM’05) received the Dipl.Eng. and M.E.E. degrees from the University of Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro, in 1987 and 1991, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Newcastle, Australia, in 1997, all in electrical engineering. He is currently a Reader (Associate Professor) in Power Engineering in the School of Computing, Engineering and Information Sciences, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. He has published more than 100 papers in eminent journals and conference proceedings, and has been a visiting professor at Newcastle University, Australia in 2001 and 2007. He is a member of most IEEE technical societies in the subject areas, IAS and IES electric machines committees, and IAS electric drives committee. He has participated in many international steering/publication committee and session chairing activities of which the most recent include successful special session organizations on various renewable energy topics at EPE-PEMC 2006, IECON 2006 and IEMDC 2007. His main research interests are control of electrical machines/drives and doubly fed generators for variable speed wind power applications.

Mehrdad Kazerani, is an associate professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. He received his undergraduate degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Shiraz University, Iran, his M.Eng. degree in Electrical Engineering from Concordia University, Canada, and his PhD in Electrical Engineering from McGill University, Canada, in 1980, 1990 and 1995, respectively. Between 1982 and 1987, he was with the Iranian Ministry of Energy. His current research interests include photovoltaic grid-connected inverters, fuel cell power conversion systems for residential and automotive applications, microturbine-based distributed generation systems, and wind energy conversion systems. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, a member of SAE, and a professional engineer in the province of Ontario. He is a member of IEEE Power Electronics, Industrial Electronics, Industry Applications, Power Engineering and Vehicular Technologies Societies.

Adel Nasiri, received the B.S.E. in 1996 and the M.S.E. in 1998 in the Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran and in 2004 he received the Ph.D. from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, IL. At present he is working as an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Adel Nasiri is a member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Electric Power Components and Systems. He is also a member of Scientific and Editorial Board, International Journal of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles (IJEHV) and of the Advisory Board, Milwaukee Regional Science and Engineering Fair (MRSEF). Adel Nasiri is a senior member of IEEE and a chair person of the joint chapter on Industrial Electronics/Industry Applications Societies (IES/IAS), Milwaukee Section. He is a member of IES, PELS, VTS and associate editor of International Journal of Power Electronics.

Alberto Pigazo, (M’05) received the MSc and PhD degrees in Physics (Electronics) from the University of Cantabria, Spain, in 2000 and 2004 respectively. Since October 2000, he has been teaching courses of electronics, power electronics and digital signal processing at the Dept. of Electronics and Computers of the same university. He has been a visiting researcher and professor at the Polytechnic of Bari, Italy. His research interests include active power filters, grid interface of PV DG systems, multilevel modulation techniques and DSP techniques applied to the measurement of the electrical power quality. He is currently involved in the Spanish researching project ENE2007-63979/ALT “Islanding detection algorithms for low-voltage grid-connected inverters in photovoltaic distributed generation systems according to the EU standards” (IDAPhoS). Alberto Pigazo is member of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society and has been contributing as an author and reviewer in IEEE conferences and journals.

José Rodríguez, (M’81–SM’94) received the Engineer degree in electrical engineering from the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María (UTFSM), Valparaíso, Chile, in 1977, and the Dr.-Ing. Degree in electrical engineering from the University Erlangen–Nuremberg, Erlangen, Germany, in 1985. Since 1977, he has been a Professor with the UTFSM, where, from 2001 to 2004, he was appointed as the Director of the Electronics Engineering Department, from 2004 to 2005, he served as Vice Rector of academic affairs, and since 2005, he has been the Rector. During his sabbatical leave in 1996, he was responsible for the Mining Division, Siemens Corporation, Chile. He has extensive consultino experience in the mining industry, particularly in the application of large drives like cycloconverter-fed synchronous motors for SAG mills, high-power conveyors, controlled ac drives for shovels, and power-quality issues. His main research interests include multilevel inverters, new converter topologies, and adjustable-speed drives. He has directed over 40 R&D projects in the field of industrial electronics, has coauthored over 50 journal and 130 conference papers, and has contributed one book chapter. His research group was recognized as one of the two centers of excellence in engineering in Chile in the years 2005 and 2006. Prof. Rodríguez has been an active Associate Editor of the IEEE Power Electronics and Industrial Electronics Societies since 2002. He has served as Guest Editor of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS for four issues [Special Sections on: Matrix Converters (2002),Multilevel Inverters (2002), Modern Rectifiers (2005), and High-Power Drives (2007)].

Pedro Rodriguez, received the MSc and PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), Spain in 1994 and 2004, respectively. In 1990, he joined the Electrical Engineering Department, at the UPC, where he is currently an associate professor teaching power electronics and circuit analysis as well as supervising PhD students. Since 1998, he focused his interest on Power Electronics applied to Power Quality Conditioning and Distributed Energy Systems Integration. Currently, he is leading the Renewable Electrcial Energy Systems (REES) research group at the UPC. He stayed as a researcher in the Center for Power Electronics Systems (CPES) at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA, and in the Institute of Energy Technology (IET) at Aalborg University, Denmark, respectively in 2005 and 2006. He has participated in 6 research project dealing with power electronics applied to renewable energies integration and power quality improvement. He has 3 patents about active filtering and authored more than 50 technical papers published in international journals and conferences. Pedro Rodriguez has organized special sessions about power electronics for renewable energies in different international conferences and currently is the general chairman of the IEEE IES Student Forum.

Giovanni Spagnuolo, was born in Salerno, Italy, in 1967. Since January 2004, he is Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at the same University. Since 1998, he is IEEE Member. Since January 2007 he is Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics. He serves as reviewer for many international journals and conferences. He was member of the Review Committee for the 14th track "Power electronics" at the IEEE 2007 International Symposium on Circuits and Systems. He was co-chair of the Special Session "Renewable Energy Sources" at the 2006 IEEE Industrial Electronics Conference (Paris, November 2006). He was Track Chair of the Special Session "Power Electronics for Photovoltaics" at the 2007 International Symposium on Industrial Electronics (Vigo, June 2007). He is Guest Editor of the Special Section of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics entitled "Photovoltaic power processing systems". He is author of about 100 papers published in international journals and included in proceedings of international conferences. He is the coordinator of many research programs funded by the Italian Ministry for Scientific Research and he is the coordinator, for the activities of the Department of Information and Electrical Engineering of the University of Salerno, of the international project financed by the European Union Leonardo da Vinci I/05/B/F/PP-154181 "Energy Conversion Systems and their Environmental Impact". He conducts research activities with many industries, such as Ansaldo Breda and Magnetek, and he is co-author of three international patents on photovoltaic power processing systems.

Adrian Timbus, is a Diplomaed Engineer from the Technical University of Cluj, Romania. He has a Master of Science in Automation of Electric Drives with Energetic Performances from the Technical University of Cluj (2001). In 2003 he received the master of Science in Power Electronics and Drives from the Institute of Energy Technology at Aalborg University, Denmark. In 2007 Adrian Timbus received the PhD degree from the Institute of Energy Technology at Aalborg University. At the present moment he is working as a scientist at Corporate Research, ABB Switzerland Ltd.

Remus Teodorescu, received the Dipl.Ing. degree in electrical engineering from Polytechnical University of Bucharest, Romania in 1989, and PhD. Degree in power electronics from University of Galati, Romania, in 1994. In 1998, he joined Aalborg University, Institute of Energy Technology, power electronics section where he currently works as a full professor teaching power electronics courses for master students and supervising PhD students. He has more than 100 papers published, 1 book and 3 patents. He is the co-recipient of the Technical Committee Prize Paper Awards at IEEE IAS Annual Meeting 1998, and Third-ABB Prize Paper Award at IEEE Optim 2002. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, Associate Editor for IEEE Power Electronics Letters and chair of IEEE Danish joint IES/PELS/IAS chapter. His areas of interests are: design and control of grid power converters for wind power systems amd photovoltaics systems , storage systems, distributed generation. Remus Teodorescu is the founder and coordinator of the Green Power Laboratory at Aalborg University focusing on the development and testing of grid converters for renewable energy systems and the coordinator of Vestas Power Program.

Mummadi Veerachary, (SM'04) was born in Survail, India, in 1968. He received the Bachelor degree in 1992, Master of Technology in 1994, and the Dr.Eng Degree from the University of the Ryukyus, Japan, in 2002. Since July 2002, he has been with the Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India, where he is currently an Associate Professor. His main fields of interest are: power electronics and it's applications for optimal utilization of renewable energy sources such photovoltaic systems, design of maximum power point trackers and intelligent controllers for PV, modeling and simulation of large power electronic systems, design of power supplies for spacecraft systems, control theory application to power electronic/ power supplies. He is author of about 80 papers, published in international journals and international conference proceedings.He is one of the Guest Editors of the Special Section of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics entitled "Photovoltaic power processing systems".
Dr. Veerachary was the recipient of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society Travel Grant Award for the year 2001, Best Paper Award at the International Conference on Electrical Engineering, Japan, and Best Researcher Award for the year 2002 from the President of the University of the Ryukyus. He is an Editorial Member of IET Journal on Power Electronics, U.K; Journal of Power Electronics, The Korean Institute of Power Electronics. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society. He is currently serving as one of the Associate Editor, IEEE Industrial Electronics, Aerospace and Electronic Systems. He is listed in Who's Who in Science and Engineering 2003.

Massimo Vitelli, was born in Caserta (Italy) in 1967. Since 2006, he is full professor of Electrotechnics in the Faculty of Engineering of the Second University of Naples. Since 2003 he is an Associate Editor for the international journal: IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics. He is a reviewer for the following international journals: IEEE Transactions on Electromagnetic Compatibility, IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems 1: Fundamental Theory and Applications, IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics. Power Electronics Technical Committees: IEEE-ISCAS. He is a member of the College of the Professors of the Faculty of Engineering of the Second University of Naples for the P.H.D. degree in Electric Energy Conversion. He has been engaged, in cooperation with researchers of the University of Salerno and University of Naples Federico II, in a number of scientific national projects financed by the Italian Ministry of University and of Scientific and Technological Research (MURST) and by the National Science Foundation (CNR). He has also been engaged in a number of research contracts based on Industry-University partnership involving C.R.I.S., ANSALDO trasporti Spa, Magnetek Spa. His main research interests concern: MPPT techniques in photovoltaic applications; power electronics circuits for renewable sources; methods for analysis and design of switching converters (modelling, time-domain and frequency-domain analysis, calculation of steady-state solutions; tolerance analysis by means of interval arithmetics, affine arithmetics and genetic algorithms; tolerance design; optimization). His research interests also include electromagnetic compatibility, electromagnetic characterization of new insulating and semi-conducting materials for electrical applications. He has published about 120 journal articles in international refereed journals and technical papers in conference proceedings. He is co-author of a patent on a single-stage photovoltaic inverter (Patent SA2005A/000014, 13/07/2005 - PCT No. PCT/IT2005/000747) and of a patent on a system for producing electric power from renewable sources and a control method thereof (Patent PCT/IT2005/000757, 22/12/2005)

Kyo-Beum Lee, (S’02-M’04) received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Ajou University, Suwon, Korea, in 1997 and 1999, respectively. He received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Korea University, Seoul, Korea in 2003.
From 2003 to 2006, he was with the Institute of Energy Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark. In 2006, he joined the Division of Electronics & Information Engineering, Chonbuk National University,
Jeonju, Korea. From 2007, he is currently an assistant professor in the School of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the Ajou University, Suwon, Korea. He has received two IEEE prize paper awards.His research interests include electric machine drives and wind power generations. He is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics and a member of IEEE Power Electronics, Industrial Electronics, Industry Applications, and Power Engineering. He has published more than 60 papers in international journals and conference proceedings.

Sudipta Chakraborty, (S’02–M’07) received the B.E. degree in electricalengineering from Bengal Engineering College (now Bengal Engineeringand Science University), Shibpur, India, in 2001 and the Ph.D. degreein engineering systems, electrical specialty, from Colorado School ofMines, Golden, in 2007. After his Ph.D., Dr. Chakraborty has joined the National RenewableEnergy Laboratory, a national laboratory of the U.S. department ofenergy, and is currently working as a research engineer on severalpower electronics related projects. His research interests includeintegration and testing of distributed generation into utility gridusing high power electronics systems; power converter controlalgorithms for renewable applications; hybrid vehicle grid integrationtesting, microgrid control, intelligent fuzzy-neural controls; andeconomic optimization techniques. Dr. Chakraborty is a member of theIEEE Industrial Electronics Society and Power Electronics Society.

Kodjo Agbossou, (M'1998, SM’2001) received his B.S. (1987), M.S. (1989)and Ph.D. (1992) degrees in Electronic Measurements from theUniversité de Nancy I, France. He was a post-doctoral researcher(1993-1994) at the Electrical Engineering Department of the Universitédu Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR), and was Lecturer (1997-1998) at thesame department. He also was Project Manager and Research Professional(1994-1998) in the Ultrasonic and Sensor Laboratory. From 1998 he hasbeen associate professor and since 2004 he is Full Professor in theElectrical and Computer Engineering Department of UQTR. He is now ahead of the department. He was the Director of Graduate Studies inElectrical Engineering. His present research activities are in thearea of renewable energy, integration of hydrogen production, storageand electrical energy generation system, control and measurements. Heis a member of Hydrogen Research Institute and Research group “GREI”of UQTR. He is member of IEEE Societies: Power & Energy Society,Industry Applications Societies, Communications Society, andIndustrial Electronics Society Technical Committee on Renewable EnergySystems. He is the author of more than 100 publications and has 3patents. Pr. Agbossou is also a former Chair of IEEE Section SaintMaurice, QC, Canada. He is a Professional Engineer and joined theOrdre des Ingénieurs du Québec in 1998.

Friedrich Wilhelm Fuchs, (M ’96, SM ’01) received the Dipl.-Ing. Degree in 1975 and the Ph. D. degree in 1982, both from the RWTH University of Technology Aachen, Germany. Since 1975 he carried out research work at the University in Aachen on AC automotive drives. Between 1982 and 1991 he was group manager power electronics and electrical drives in a medium sized company. In 1991 he joined AEG, Berlin, converter division, today named Converteam. There he was Managing Director for research, design and development of drive products, drive systems and high power supplies from 5 kVA to 50 MVA. In 1996 he joined the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, Germany, as a full Professor and head of the Institute for Power Electronics and Electrical Drives. Research interests are power semiconductor application, converters and their control and variable speed drives. There is special focus on renewable energy, on nonlinear control as well as on diagnosis and fault tolerant drives. His institute is member of CEwind competence centre of wind energy Schleswig-Holstein as well as competence centre for power electronics Schleswig-Holstein. Dr. Fuchs has authored or coauthored more than 100 papers. He is member of VDE, EPE and IEEE as well as convenor (DKE, IEC) for standardization of power electronics.

Xinbo Ruan, (M’97-SM’02) was born in Hubei Province, China, in 1970. Hereceived the B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering fromNanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA), Nanjing,China, in 1991 and 1996, respectively.In 1996, he joined the faculty of electrical engineering teaching andresearch division, NUAA, and he became a Professor in 2002 at thecollege of automation engineering, NUAA, where he has been engaged inteaching and research in the field of power electronics. From Augustto October 2007, he was a Research Fellow in the Department ofElectronics and Information Engineering, Hong Kong PolytechnicUniversity, Hong Kong, China. Since March 2008, he joined the collegeof electrical and electronics engineering, Huazhong University ofScience and Technology, China. His main research interests includesoft-switching dc/dc converters, soft-switching inverters, powerfactor correction converters, modeling the converters, powerelectronics system integration and renewable energy generation system.He has published over 100 technical papers in journals and conferencesand also published three books. Dr. Ruan was awarded the Delta Scholarby the Delta Environment and Education Fund in 2003, and was awardedthe Special Appointed Professor of the Chang Jiang Scholars Program,by the Ministry of Education, China. He is Guest Professor of BeijingJiaotong University, China, and Hefei University of Technology, China.He is a Senior Member of the IEEE Power Electronics Society.

Professor Chang, Prof Chang is a Professor in IT and Director of the Research Institute for Digital Ecosystems and Business Intelligence (DEBI Institute). She is also a Director for the Research Centre of Frontier Technologies for E-Enterprises at Curtin Business School. She has been awarded the Vice Chancellor's Outstanding Performance Award for 2005 and the Dean's Best Researcher of Year Award for 2005 and 2004. She has co-authored 3 books and has published over 400 scientific papers as book chapters, in international journals and at refereed conferences as well as numerous invited Keynote papers and Tutorials. These also include several ACM and IEEE Transactions papers which are the top journals in the field. She is currently holding 6 ARC large Discovery and Linkage grants and a Tier 1 Centre of Excellence grant and obtained cash from ARC, industry partners as well as Research Centre of Excellence funds of over $5 million for 2002-2011. All her research and development work has been in the areas of IT Applications for Business. She has supervised or co-supervised 14 PhD graduates to completion in the last 6 years. Her first PhD student Dr Rahayu has achieved Best Thesis Award in 2001 by Australian Computer Science Society.

Professor Chang has an extensive background, knowledge and skills in Academia, commerce and industry. Over the last 17 years, she has worked in 4 different universities in Australia namely Curtin, Newcastle, La Trobe and Swinburne Universities. She has also delivered an on-line course for the Hong Kong Cyber University on Web Advertising and Publishing. She has been a CIO for Seapower Resources International, incorporating 40 warehouses in Asia, a multi-national logistics operator in Hong Kong and coordinate e-Logistics and e-Warehouse projects for 2 years and few years as a Senior Software Engineer for Philips Public Communication Limited on the Cable TV projects, Animal Research Institute on Farming project and Australian Airlines in an Exchange and Interest Rate monitor system. Professor Chang has a PhD and research Master in IT and Software Engineering from La Trobe University, Australia.

Chemmangot V. Nayar, received the B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Kerala, India in 1969, the Master of Technology degree in electronics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 1976, and the PhD degree in electrical engineering specialising in wind electrical power generation from the University of Western Australia in 1985. Prior to joining the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia, in 1986, he held academic and industry appointments in India, Singapore and Australia. Professor Nayar holds a personal chair in Electrical Engineering and is the Managing Director of Regen Power Pty Ltd - a Curtin University spin-off company based in Western Australia. Professor Nayar has been involved in the development of products specific to the wind and solar energy markets for over two decades. He has authored or co-authored more than 70 refereed journal articles, several book chapters and over 100 conference presentations. He is a chartered professional engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia, a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institute of Electrical Engineers (UK) and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (USA).

Qian Zhao-ming, was born in Yangzhou of JiangSu Province of China in 1939.9, he was graduated in radio engineering from Electrical Engineering Department of Zhejiang University, China in 1961. Since then he has been doing teaching and research work on electronics, electronic measurements, photovoltaics, power devices, and EMC design etc. in Zhejiang University of China. As a visiting scholar he was doing research in Interuniversity Microelectronics Center (IMEC), Leuven, Belgium from 1984.11 to 1989.6, and returned to China after receiving his Ph.D. in applied science from Catholic Univ. of Leuven and IMEC in 1989. He was promoted as a full professor in the Electrical Engineering Department of Zhejiang University in 1992, a doctorate supervisor in 1993. Since then he has been the director of the Power Electronics Research Institute until 2000. He has been serving as the deputy director of National Engineering Research Center for Applied Power Electronics at Zhejiang University, the deputy director of Scientific Committee of National Key Laboratory of Power Electronics at Zhejiang University, and the Standing Council Member of the China Electrotechnics Sociaty. He has served as scientific/technical program committee member and chairperson for many international conferences: such as Chairs for the International Conferences on Power Electronics and Motion Control (IPEMC) in 1994, 1997, 2000, 2004 and 2006; International Steering Committee members for the International Power Electronics & Motion Control Conference (PEMC) from 1996 to 2008, and for the European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications (EPE) from 1999 to 2007 respectively. And he also serves as reviewers for IEEE APEC, IEEE PESC and several IEEE Transactions too. He did research on Hydrogenated Amorphous Silicon by Homogeneous Chemical Vapour Deposition and its devices during his staying in Belgium. His main professional interests include power device and its applications, power conversions (including high frequency switching power supplies, high power converters, and ballasts etc.), EMC in power electronic systems, and power electronic system integration etc. He has published one textbook on the fundamentals of EMC design and EMI suppression for power electronic systems, and more than 350 papers in Journals and in proceedings of important International conferences, which include 22 IEEE transaction papers, 20 non-IEEE international journal papers, 141 IEEE/APEC, PESC, INTELEC, and IAS conference papers. He holds 28 patens. He received the Science and Technology Development Awards from the China Education Commission in 1999 and 2003 respectively. He was also received the Excellent Education Awards from the China Education Commission in 1993, Excellent Supervisor Awards by Zhejiang University in 1996 and 1998, and Excellent Education Achievement Awards by Zhejiang Education Department in 2000 respectively, and several other Excellent Paper Awards as well.

Kodjo Agbossou, (M'1998, SM’2001) received his B.S. (1987), M.S. (1989)and Ph.D. (1992) degrees in Electronic Measurements from theUniversité de Nancy I, France. He was a post-doctoral researcher(1993-1994) at the Electrical Engineering Department of the Universitédu Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR), and was Lecturer (1997-1998) at thesame department. He also was Project Manager and Research Professional(1994-1998) in the Ultrasonic and Sensor Laboratory. From 1998 he hasbeen associate professor and since 2004 he is Full Professor in theElectrical and Computer Engineering Department of UQTR. He is now ahead of the department. He was the Director of Graduate Studies inElectrical Engineering. His present research activities are in thearea of renewable energy, integration of hydrogen production, storageand electrical energy generation system, control and measurements. Heis a member of Hydrogen Research Institute and Research group “GREI”of UQTR. He is member of IEEE Societies: Power & Energy Society,Industry Applications Societies, Communications Society, andIndustrial Electronics Society Technical Committee on Renewable EnergySystems. He is the author of more than 100 publications and has 3patents. Pr. Agbossou is also a former Chair of IEEE Section SaintMaurice, QC, Canada. He is a Professional Engineer and joined theOrdre des Ingénieurs du Québec in 1998.

Junming Zhang, was born in Zhejiang, China, in 1975. He received the M.S. degree and Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, in 2000 and 2004 respectively. In 2004, he becomes a faculty of College of Electrical Engineering, Zhejiang University as a lecture. He was promoted as an associate professor of the College of Electrical Engineering in Zhejiang University in 2006. He is currently the vice dean of Department of Applied Electronics at College of Electrical Engineering in Zhejiang University. His research interests include power electronics and its industrial applications, power electronics system integrations, high efficiency conversion technology, renewable energy its application etc. He has published more than 40 journal and conference papers. Also, he is the holder of 1 China patent and 1 US patent. He is also the reviewer of the IEEE APEC conference and the reviewer of the Transactions of China Electro technical Society He received the second level Science and Technology Development Awards from the China Education Commission in 2003. Also, his Ph.D thesis was nominated as one of the hundred-excellent-thesis in China in 2006.

Bin Wu, (S’89–M’92–SM’99-F’2008) received the M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Toronto, Canada, in 1989 and 1993, respectively. After being with Rockwell Automation Canada as a Senior Engineer, he joined Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, where he is currently a Professor and NSERC/Rockwell Industrial Research Chair in Power Electronics and Electric Drives. Dr. Wu has published more than 170 technical papers, authored a Wiley-IEEE Press book, and holds 20 issued and pending patents in the area of power conversion, advanced controls, adjustable-speed drives and renewable energy systems. Dr. Wu is the recipient of various awards, including the Gold Medal of the Governor General of Canada, the Premier’s Research Excellence Award, Ryerson Sarwan Sahota Distinguished Scholar Award, Ryerson Research Chair Award and the NSERC Synergy Award for Innovation. He is the founder of Laboratory for Electric Drive Applications and Research (LEDAR) at Ryerson University. He is a Fellow of Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) and Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE), and Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics and IEEE Canadian Review.

Pierluigi Siano, received the M.Sc. degree in Electronic Engineering and the Ph.D. in Information and Electrical Engineering both from the University of Salerno, Italy, in 2001 and 2006, respectively. Since 2001 he has been performing research activities in the field of electrical power systems. Since 2005 he has been Assistant Professor at the DIIIE of the University of Salerno. From 2006 to 2007 he was scientific coordinator of the research project: "Integration of New and Renewable Energy into Urban Electrical Networks" supported by the British-Italian partnership programme for young researchers (2005-2006). His teaching activities are on the areas of power systems, technology and economics of energy, automation of power systems and power plants and power electronics. His research activities are centered on integration of renewable distributed generation into electricity networks and Smart Grids and on the application of soft computing methodologies to analysis and planning of power systems. In these fields he has published around 60 technical papers including 20 journal papers, 3 international book chapters and 40 conference papers. He is currently on editorial board of "International Journal on Power System Optimization". He performed referee activities for many international journals. He also served as reviewer and session chairman for many international conferences. He has been Special Sessions Co-Chair of IEEE-ISIE2010 and is Co-Chair of the Special Session on Methods and Systems for Smart Grids Optimisation of IEEE-ISIE2010. He has been Guest Editor of the Special Section of IEEE Transaction on Industrial Electronics on “Methods and Systems for Smart Grids Optimizaion”.

Giovanni Petrone, was born in Salerno in 1975. In 2001 he received the "Laurea" Degree (with honours) in Electronic Engineering from the University of Salerno, Italy, and the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Napoli "Federico II", Italy, in 2004. Since March 2001 he collaborates with the Electrical Engineering Department of the University of Salerno. Since 2005 he joined to the same Department as Assistant Professor where he teaches Electrotechnics and Power Electronic Circuits for Renewable Energy Sources. His main research interests are in the analysis and design of switching converters for low power applications, tolerance analysis of electronic circuits, non-linear control techniques. As concerns the research activities in the field of the renewable energy sources his studies have been oriented to the development of DC/DC switching converters for photovoltaic and fuel cell applications, stability analysis of the MPPT control techniques, inverters for photovoltaic ac modules. He has been the local coordinator of Italian scientific research project (PRIN 2006), entitled: “Optimization of power stage and control techniques of switching converters for photovoltaic maximum power point tracking (MPPT) in automotive applications.” He is the responsible of regional research project entitled “High efficiency grid-connected inverters for renewable sources using innovative control techniques and robust design methodologies”. He is co-author of several scientific papers published in international journals and in the proceedings of international symposia. He is also co-author of five patents in the field of power converter for renewable source applications. He is reviewer, within his area of expertise, for the following international journals: IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, IEEE Transactions on Industry Application, IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, International Journal on Progress in Photovoltaic: Research and Applications. He has served as a reviewer for the following international IEEE Conferences: International Symposium on Circuits and Systems, European Power Electronics Conference and Power Electronics Specialist Conference. He also served as reviewer for the Slovak Research and Development Agency in the years 2006-2007. He has been Co-Chair for the Special Session “Power Electronics for Photovoltaic”, ISIE07. He has been Special Section Guest Editor for IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics: Special Section on “Photovoltaic Power Processing Systems” (2008), and Special Section on “Efficient and reliable Photovoltaic Systems” (2009).