Keynote Speakers

Ilhami Colak was born in 1962 in Turkey. He received his diploma in electrical engineering from Gazi University, Turkey, in 1985. Then, he did his MSc degree in electrical engineering in the field of Speed Control of Wound Rotor Induction Machines Using Semiconductor Devices at Gazi University in 1991. After that, he received his MPhil degree from Birmingham University in England by preparing a thesis on High Frequency Resonant DC Link Inverters in 1991. He received his PhD degree from Aston University in England on Mixed Frequency Testing of Induction Machines Using Inverters in 1994. He became an Assistant Professor, an Associate Professor, and a full Professor in 1995, 1999 and 2005, respectively. He has published more than 225 papers on different subjects, including electrical machines, drive systems, machine learning, reactive power compensation, inverters, converters, artificial neural networks, distance learning, automation, renewable energy sources and smart grids. More than 86 of his papers have been cited in the SCI database of Thomson Reuters. His papers have received more than 445 citations. He has supervised 19 MSc students and 13 PhD students. He is a member of IEEE, IES, IAS, PELS and PES. He is also a member of the PEMC Council. He has organized 54 international conferences and workshops. In the last ten years, he has concentrated his studies on renewable energy and smart grids by publishing papers, journals (, and organizing international IEEE sponsored conferences ( He is also the editor-in-chief of Electric Power Components and Systems ( and International Engineering Technologies ( and one of the editors of the Journal of Power Electronics ( He has 1 international and 3 national patents. He also spent around 3 years at the European Commission Research Centre (JRC) as an expert in the field of smart grids in the Netherlands. He is currently holding the positions of vice-rector and dean of the Engineering and Architecture Faculty of Nisantasi University.

Prof. S. N. Singh (Fellow, IEEE) obtained his M. Tech. and Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, in 1989 and 1995, respectively. He was Vice Chancellor in Madan Mohan Malaviya University of Technology, Gorakhpur, India. Currently, Dr. Singh is Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India, and the Director, IIITM Gwalior, India. He also worked as Visiting Professor at Denmark Technical University, Denmark. Before joining IIT Kanpur as Associate Professor, Dr Singh worked with UP SEB as Assistant Engineer from 1988 to 1996, with IIT Rookree as Assistant Professor from 1996 to 2001 and with AIT, Bangkok, Thailand as Assistant Professor from 2001 to 2003. Dr Singh received several awards including Young Engineer Award 2000 of Indian National Academy of Engineering, Khosla Research Award of IIT Roorkee, and Young Engineer Award of CBIP New Delhi (India), 1996. Prof Singh is receipt of Humboldt Fellowship of Germany and Otto-monsted Fellowship of Denmark. His research interests include power system restructuring, FACTS, power system optimization & control, security analysis, wind power, etc. Prof Singh is a Fellow of IETE India, Fellow of IEEE, USA, and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers (India). Prof Singh has published more than 400 papers in International/national journals/conferences. He has also written two Books on Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution and “Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering” published by PHI.

Dr. Khadkikar is an IEEE Fellow (Class of 2022, “for contributions to power quality solutions”). He is a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Industry Applications Society.

He received B.E. in Electrical, Electronics and Power from the Government College of Engineering, Aurangabad, in 2000, M. Tech. from IIT Delhi in 2002 and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the ETS, Montreal, Canada, in 2008.

From December 2008 to March 2010, Dr. he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada. From April 2010 to December 2010, he was a Visiting Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA.

Currently he is a Professor of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, UAE. He joined Masdar Institute (now Khalifa University) in 2010 as an Assistant Professor. He has contributed over 65 IEEE Transactions papers. He was ranked 148 among 105,029 researchers in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in the list of world’s top 2% of career-long scientists as of November 2020 released by Stanford University.

He has been serving as Scientist Member in the Mohammed bin Rashid Academy of Scientists (MBRAS) since 2018. At Khalifa University, he has been Power Electronics Theme Lead at the Advanced Power and Energy Center (APEC), Space Power and Energy Storage Theme Lead at the Khalifa University Space Technology and Innovation Centre (KUSTIC) and Theme Lead at Virtual Research Institute (VRI) for Sustainable Energy Production, Storage, and Utilization (funded by ASPIRE).

Dr. Khadkikar is currently an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications and IET Power Electronics.

Prof. N. P. Padhy (Senior Member, IEEE) received the Ph.D. degree in power systems engineering from Anna University, Chennai, India, in 1997. He is a Professor (HAG) and 92 Batch Chair Professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee, Roorkee, India, and the Director, MNIT Jaipur, India. Earlier, he has served as a Dean of Academic Affairs, Institute, and NEEPCO Chair Professor with IIT Roorkee. He is the National Lead of many national and international projects such as DSIDES, ID-EDGe, and HEAPD. He is also part of other international projects, namely Indo-US UI-ASSIST, and Indo-U.K. ZED-I. He has authored/co-authored more than 150 research articles in reputed international journals and conference proceedings. His research interests include power system analysis, demand-side management, energy market, network pricing, ac–dc smart grid, and application of machine learning techniques in power systems. Prof. Padhy is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineers, Fellow Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers, India, Fellow Institution of Engineering and Technology, and Fellow of Institution of Engineers and India. He was the recipient of the IEEE PES Outstanding Engineers Award 2018, Boyscast Fellowship, and the Humboldt Experienced research Fellowship in the year 2005 and 2009, respectively.