Keynote, IEEE PES DLP and Tutorial


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Dr. Priyantha Wijayatunga

Director, South Asia Energy Division, Asian Development Bank

Speaker Biography

Priyantha D C Wijayatunga holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Moratuwa Sri Lanka and a Doctorate in Power Economics from Imperial College London where he was a Beit Scientific Research Fellow. He joined the Asian Development Bank in 2008 and he is currently the Director, South Asia Energy Division. He has contributed extensively in energy sector policy and regulatory activities over 25 years and has co-authored over 75 publications. He was the founder Director General of the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka and a key contributor to the Sri Lanka Electricity Act 2009 and Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority Act 2007. He was a lead author of the Sri Lanka Energy Policies and Strategies. He was also a Professor of Electrical Engineering and the Chairman of South Asia Forum for Infrastructure Regulation. He is a Member of Institute of Engineering Technology (IET), London, a Chartered Electrical Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka. Also he is a Senior Member of the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), US.


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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, Division of Engineering and Construction Management, 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).