We are pleased to present our confirmed list of Keynote Speakers for ISIE 2017. Please click on the names below to view their biographies and the abstracts of their planned presentations.
Francesco Profumo graduated in Electrical Engineering from the Politecnico di Torino, Italy, in 1977.
Since 1984 he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering of the Politecnico di Torino, where he is now Professor of Electrical Machines and Drives. His fields of interest are power electronics conversion, EMI, integrated electronic/electromechanical design, high response speed servo drives, new electrical machines structures, power conditioning systems. He has been the Dean of the Engineering Faculty (2003-2005) and the Rector of the Politecnico di Torino (2005-2011). In 2011 he has been appointed as President of CNR (National Research Council) and at the end of the same year, Minister of Education, University and Research in Italy (2011-2013).
He is now the President of the IREN S.p.A. (since 2013), the President of Inwit S.p.A., the President of the Business School ESCP-Europe and the President of the Business School SAFM.
The presentation will take an overall look at the global move to Digital age, demonstrating that the overall trend/movement towards integration and holistic system approach in modern engineering includes Digital as an essential element. More specifically, the talk focusses on the current and future impact of digitisation on the power and energy industry. Real-life scenarios of informatisation of the utilities industry (‘Multiutility’) and the evolution of the Smart City concept are explored in the modern context of internet of things and cloud computing. The future trends of Smart Meters and their penetration as key ‘system component’ in such applications are highlighted. The consequent changes in system management are explored through case studies. Key themes such as Security, Smart Homes, Infrastructure/System Architecture and the concept of Ecosystem are tackled in this context.
Dr. Andrei Dinu received the B.Eng. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering from Transilvania University of Brasov (Romania) in 1995 and 1996 respectively. He received a PhD degree in electrical engineering from De Montfort University in Leicester (UK) in 2000 based on research in the applications of artificial neural networks to induction motor control. Dr. Dinu was a lecturer in control systems and digital electronics at De Montfort University between 2000 and 2003 and he joined the industrial sector in 2004. He is currently senior chief engineer for control systems with UTC Aerospace Systems where he coordinates the design and certification of electronic equipment for civil aircraft.
The presentation will open with a historical view of the increasing role of electrical and electronic equipment on modern aeroplanes, touching on concepts such “More Electric Aircraft” and “All Electric Aircraft”. General design drivers such as weight, volume, cost and reliability will be discussed in some detail before diving into the fascinating effects of cosmic radiation on the reliability of modern digital devices (even at sea level!). The suitability of established technical solutions such as radiation hardening, Dual Modular Redundancy (DMR) and Triple Modular Redundancy (TMR) will be discussed highlighting the difference between radiation tolerance and radiation immunity. The applicability of such solutions to the particular requirements of motor drive systems will be judged in more detail based on three crucial criteria: cost, reliability and certifiability. The particular challenges of airworthiness certification will receive special attention because any technical solution needs to be thoroughly tested and therefore it needs to be testable. This is because in aerospace you are always “guilty before proven innocent”!
Dr. Domenico Vicinanza is a Senior Lecturer in Electronics at the Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, where he is also the director of the Sound And Game Engineering (SAGE) research group. He received his PhD in physics working at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN, Geneva) and he is a professional music composer and orchestrator. He is also a product manager for GÉANT, the European Network for Research and Education. He worked for seven years as a Researcher at University of Salerno and Roma Tre and as a Scientific Associate at CERN, where he was involved in the research and development for particle physics detectors at the Large Hardon Collider (LHC) in Geneva. He has an active collaboration with CERN working on using sound engineering for physics data analysis and with NASA, working on satellites and space probes data processing.
Dr. Genevieve Williams is a Senior Lecturer in Sports Biomechanics at Anglia Ruskin University where she is also the co-director of the Cambridge Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences (CCSES) research group. She gained her PhD in Biomechanics and Motor Control from Cardiff Metropolitan University. She then worked at University of Massachusetts in the Department of Kinesiology on how whole body movement coordination changes during learning. She then worked at The Penn State University exploring methods of quantifying coordination of whole body motor skills. Dr Williams' interests are in understanding movements from a Dynamical Systems theory perspective, health research including ADHD, knee health, healthy gait, and on analysis of data using sonification.
In this talk, the presenters will be demonstrating how sound engineering, digital signal processing and spectral analysis are increasingly being used in science and engineering as novel and powerful data exploration tools. In particular, the talk will show how the combination of smart sensors and the audification of scientific data is progressively being used as a way to provide qualitative and quantitative tools to investigate relationships and symmetries, highlighting patterns and detecting anomalies in physics, engineering and life sciences. Dr Vicinanza and Dr Williams will take the audience for a journey through the many ways of listening to scientific data, employing advanced techniques to process sound signals: from hearing the differences between stem cells, to analysing data from NASA satellites, and from innovative ways of offering physical therapies to novel diagnostic techniques in health science and rehabilitation. The presentation will be followed by live demonstrations, showing interactive sonification in action.