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Speaker I

Prof. Hossam Gaber
University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), Canada

Title: Flywheel-Based Energy Storage Platform for Resilient Energy and Transportation Infrastructures

Abstract: This talk will present research designs and control strategies and systems for flywheel-based energy storage platform. The talk will cover resiliency considerations and applications on energy and transportation infrastructures. In addition, the talk will discuss advances in interconnected micro energy grids with energy storage systems for transportation electrification, including e-Bus and railway networks. The talk will demonstrate modeling, control, and optimization techniques and their use for improved performance in terms of cost, environmental impacts, and energy supply and generation performance.

Biography: Dr. Gabbar is a full Professor in the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in the Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science, and cross appointed in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, where he has established both the Energy Safety and Control Lab (ESCL) and Advanced Plasma Engineering Lab. He is the recipient of the Senior Research Excellence Aware for 2016, UOIT. He is leading national and international research in the areas of smart energy grids, safety and control systems, advanced plasma systems and their applications on nuclear, clean energy and production systems. He is leading research in Canada with international recognition in energy safety and control for nuclear and energy production facilities. Dr. Gabbar obtained his B.Sc. degree in 1988 with first class of honor from the Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University (Egypt). In 2001, he obtained his Ph.D. degree from Okayama University (Japan) in the area of Safety Engineering. From 2001 till 2004, he joined Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan), as a research associate in the area of process systems engineering. From 2004 till 2008, he joined Okayama University (Japan) as a tenured Associate Professor, in the Division of Industrial Innovation Sciences. From 2007 till 2008, he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto, in the Mechanical Engineering Department.

Dr. Gabbar has been successful in attracting national and international funds from a number of organizations including, Qatar National Research Foundation, NSERC, OCE, MaRS, and other industrial collaboration, including NSERC Discovery Grant on Resilient Interconnected Micro Energy Grids, and Regional Planning of Gas-Power Grids for Energy and Transportation Infrastructures with different fuel options in Ontario, Canada. His research have been widely recognized and reflected to his publications in patents, books, chapters, and journal and conference papers.

He has more than 210 publications, including patents, books / chapters, journal and conference papers. He been invited and participated in world-known conferences and delivered plenary talks on number of scientific events and through invitations to international universities, including: Alexandria University-Egypt, Helwan University-Egypt, Qatar University-Qatar, PI-UAE, Mayor of Nanjing-China, Tsinghua University-China, China University of Petroleum-China, UTM-Malaysia, Oil & Gas Industry-UAE / Kuwait, University of New Mexico-USA, Durham Strategic Energy Alliance (DSEA)-Canada, R&D Priorities to Integrate Natural Gas and Electricity infrastructure to Maintain Flexible-Canada, Canada Mission to China, Energy Hearing Committee in the House of Commons in Ottawa-Canada, and Canadian Workshop on Fusion Energy-Canada.

He has supervised and hosted undergraduate, graduate, postdocs, visiting researchers and scholars from different countries including: Japan, India, Qatar, Egypt, Mexico, Malaysia, China, Brazil, Chili, UAE, and Colombia.

Dr. Gabbar has been active in developing and conducting educational and training courses and workshops for undergraduate, graduate students as well as for professionals from industry in the areas of energy safety and control engineering for nuclear, energy, and oil & gas facilities, including shutdown systems, safety design, safety verification, intelligent control and protection systems, integrity management, risk management, disaster management, and resilient energy infrastructures.

Dr. Gabbar has been active in leading national and international scientific and community events and activities, including: Nuclear Safety Standards within CSA – Canadian Standard Association, IEEE Annual Conference on Smart Energy Grid Engineering (SEGE), IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society (NPSS) Symposium on Real Time Measurement, Instrumentation, and Control (RTMIC), IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society Symposium on Plasma and Nuclear Systems (SPANS), and other international events. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Process Systems Engineering (IJPSE), and member of IEEE Smart Grid Committees.

Speaker II

Prof. Dennis Leung
The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Biography: Prof. Dennis Y.C. Leung received his BEng (1982) and PhD (1988) from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Hong Kong.  He had worked with the Hongkong Electric Co., Ltd. for five years heading the air pollution section of the company before joining the University of Hong Kong in 1993. Professor Leung is now a full professor and associate head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering specializing in environmental pollution control and renewable & clean energy development. He has published more than 400 articles in this area including 240+ peer reviewed top SCI journal papers.  He was invited to publish more than 20 review articles in leading energy and environment related journals.  His current h-index is 56 and total citations are more than 13000. He is one of the top 1% highly cited scientists in the world in energy field since 2010 (Essential Science Indicators) and named as a Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate Analytics in 2017.  Prof. Leung has delivered more than 50 keynote and invited speeches in many conferences as well as public lectures. 

Prof. Leung is a chartered engineer, a fellow of the IMechE and Energy Institute. He is also the Past Chairman of the Institute of Energy (HK Branch), and served as an editorial board member of a number of journals including and Applied Energy and Journal of Power & Energy. He is the Specialty Chief Editor of the Frontiers in Environmental Science since 2014. He currently serves as a board member of the Hong Kong Institution of Science, chairman and member of a few committees of the HKSAR government and appeal board panel related to sustainable energy and environment, as well as an external examiner of the IVE Engineering Programme. Professor Leung received numerous awards including the Outstanding Earth Champion Hong Kong award in recognizing his contributions in protecting the environment.

Speaker III

Yukihiro Shimatani
Kyushu University, Japan

Biography: with English coming soon.

Speaker II

Prof. Frank Gunzer
German University in Cairo, Egypt

Biography: 2017 Prof., Faculty of Information Engineering and Technology, German University in Cairo, Egypt
2014 Co-founder of the Center for Computational Engineering, German University in Cairo, Egypt
2011 Head of Electronics Engineering Department, German University in Cairo, Egypt
2010 Assoc. Prof., Faculty of Information Engineering and Technology, German University in Cairo, Egypt
2009 Guest Scientist in the research unit of Draeger, Luebeck, Germany (begin of a cooperation including regular research stays for research and development of pulsed ion mobility spectrometry as a tool for environmental monitoring)

Honorary Award:
2013/2017 Scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in the framework of the international scientific exchange program (WAP)
2004 Familie-Schindler-Foerderpreis Award for the doctoral thesis, Christian-Albrecht-University, Kiel, Germany


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