Keynote, IEEE PES DLP and Tutorial


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Prof. Nandini Gupta

Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Kanpur, India

Nano-dielectrics as novel insulation for Power Apparatus and Systems

Reliable operation of power apparatus and systems depends largely on insulation integrity and insulation design. With increased demand for compact and efficient apparatus, the insulation system is highly stressed electrically and often subjected to various failure mechanisms. In the recent past, there has been considerable research in the development and application of nanodielectrics as novel insulating materials for various applications in power delivery and energy storage.

Nanodielectrics are polymer composites with in which nano-sized organic and inorganic fillers are incorporated into bulk polymers conventionally used in insulation. Despite the accepted use of micro-sized fillers, nano-sized fillers have attracted considerable attention because addition of minuscule quantities of fillers are seen to significantly affect the composite properties. This is attributed to the large interfacial region in nanocomposites, possibly with properties very different from either the bulk polymer or the filler materials.

In this talk, I shall present an overview of the advances made in the area of nanodielectrics. Nanodielectrics have largely been seen to have improved electrical, thermal and mechanical properties and there is increasing body of literature signifying potential. However, the development of dielectrics with tailored properties have continued to be elusive, primarily due to lack of understanding of the nature of the interface. In this context I shall talk about some of the challenges and future directions of research in nanodielectrics.

Speaker Biography

Dr. Nandini Gupta is currently a Professor at the Department of Electrical engineering, Indian institute of Technology, Kanpur, India. Before joining IITK in 2002, she has worked at The Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands, and the University of Windsor, Canada. She obtained her Phd from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Her areas of research interest are nanodielectrics, functionally graded materials, partial discharges and other aspects of high voltage engineering and insulation. She has published about 50 papers in international journals and conferences, and supervised several post graduate and doctoral theses in the area of dielectrics and insulation. She has been an active volunteer with IEEE.


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Prof Mohd Zainal Abidin Ab Kadir

Institute of Power Engineering (IPE), Universiti Tenaga Nasional, Malaysia

Speaker Biography

Mohd Zainal Abidin Ab Kadir received his B.Eng. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and Ph.D. degree in High Voltage Engineering from the University of Manchester, U.K. Currently, he is a Strategic Hire Professor at the Institute of Power Engineering (IPE), Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) and a Professor at the Faculty of Engineering, Universiti Putra Malaysia. He is the Founding Director at the Centre for Electromagnetic and Lightning Protection Research (CELP), UPM which is regarded as the World Leader in Lightning Safety by the lightning community. He is also an IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Distinguished Lecturer in the field of lightning and high voltage engineering. To date he has authored and co-authored over 300 journal and conference papers. He has supervised 17 PhD and 35 MSc students and currently 26 PhD and 10 MSc are on their way. Professor Zainal is a Professional Engineer (PEng) and a Chartered Engineer (CEng), as well as a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Currently, he is the Chairman of the National Mirror Committee of IEC TC 81 (Lightning Protection). Apart from that, he is the Local Convener of MNC-CIGRE C4 on System Technical Performance, Past Chair of IEEE Power & Energy Society Malaysia and a Member for various Working Groups. He is also an Advisory Board Member of the National Lightning Safety Institute (NLSI) USA, Research Advisor for the African Centre for Lightning and Electromagnetic (ACLE) and Advisor to many other government agencies such as Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) and the Energy Commission of Malaysia. His research interests include high voltage engineering, lightning protection, electromagnetic compatibility and power system transients.


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Dr. Ranjith Liyanapathirana

Senior Lecturer, School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics, Western Sydney University, Australia.

Tutorial on “Wireless Power Transmission”

In this tutorial, an overview of the effective techniques for wireless power transmission (WPT) currently being utilised will be presented. Short-, medium- and long-range WPT technologies based on inductive coupling and radio-frequency (RF) principles (near-field and far-field) will be outlined. With the recent release of wirelessly rechargeable iPhone® and Samsung mobile phones, it is expected that the use of Qi standard rechargeable platforms in the consumer electronics market will rapidly expand. After describing the historical development of WPT technologies and techniques, we will focus on recent advances in WPT for implantable medical applications and structural health monitoring (SHM) applications.

Speaker Biography

Ranjith Liyanapathirana received his BSc (Eng.) (Hons) degree in Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering from University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 1981 and his MEng and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, Canada in 1987 and 1995, respectively. He was an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering at the University of Moratuwa (1981-1983); a Telecommunications Engineer with Saudi Telecom in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (1983 to 1984); a teaching assistant in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Memorial University of Newfoundland (1985-1993); an Associate Lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Western Australia (1994-1995); and a Research Fellow in the CRC for Broadband Telecommunications and Networking in Perth, Australia (1996-1998). In 1998, he joined the University of Western Sydney as a lecturer in the School of Mechatronic, Computer and Electrical Engineering, and is currently a Senior Lecturer in the UWS School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics. His areas of research interest are information theory and coding, mobile communication, biomedical engineering and structural health monitoring. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a Senior Member of the Australian Computer Society (ACS).