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The 4th International Conference on

Emerging Trends in Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering
Keynote Speakers









Professor Dejan Vukobratovic

Dr Dejan Vukobratovic received a PhD degree in electrical engineering from the University of Novi Sad, Serbia, in 2008, where he is now a Full Professor from 2019. During 2009 and 2010, he was Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. He published about 40 journal and 80 conference papers mainly in top-tier IEEE journals and conference venues. He received the best paper award at IEEE MMSP 2010 and his PhD student received the best student paper award at IEEE SmartGridComm 2017. His research interests are in the broad area of information and coding theory, wireless communications, distributed signal and information processing in Smart Grids, and massive machine-type communications in mobile cellular networks. He is IEEE Senior Member and served as a TPC Chair at IEEE VTC Spring 2020 (Antwerp, Belgium), General Chair of BalkanCom 2021 (Novi Sad, Serbia), Symposium Chair at IEEE SmartGridComm 2021 (Aachen, Germany), and will serve as a TPC Chair at IEEE SmartGridComm 2022 (Singapore), and Symposium Chair at IEEE International Communication Conference 2023 (Rome, Italy).       



Keynote Speech – 5G Cellular Network for Massive IoT and Large-Scale Information Processing in Smart Grids


Abstract: 5G network is a powerful platform for massive information acquisition and processing. As such, it is ideally suited to provide support for future Smart Grids. 5G services, especially massive machine-type communications (mMTC) and ultra-reliable and low-latency communications (URLLC) are well aligned with different Smart Grid use cases. In addition, edge, fog and cloud computing paradigm embedded in 5G core network is ideal for Smart Grid operations and management, including fundamental operations such as power system state estimation. In this talk, divided into two parts, we first consider 5G radio access network support for mMTC/URLLC, and provide its usability in various Smart Grids. In the second part, we discuss advanced distribued methods for state estimation in Smart Grids, and how they are aligned with 5G core network computing architecture. Finally, we conclude by pointing out to a recent 3GPP effort of bringing 5G and Smart Grids closer together.




Professor Vladan Pantovic

Professor of IT and Project Management at the Faculty of Information Technology and Engineering, Union University– Nikola Tesla. Doctor in Technical Sciences (PhD Information Systems and Management), University of Belgrade, Faculty of Organizational Sciences, M.Sc.E.E. (Postgraduate degree, Magister) Computer Engineering and Information Technology & B.Sc.E.E. (5-year degree, Dipl. Ing.), Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Electrical Engineering.

Experienced electrical & computer engineer, covering various complex business roles, from project management to top executive, in banking, ICT, financial & public services, engineering, consulting, as well as in research and development projects. Certified PMP (Project Management Professional), CISM (Certified Information Security Manager), CGEIT (Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT), CDPSE (Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer), CCM (Certified Continuity Manager) and ISMS LA (Information Security Management Systems Lead Auditor). International expert with more than 35 years of experience as an executive director, project leader, in different field assignments including organizing project teams, results monitoring, reporting, occupying various complex business roles in an international environment, from multidisciplinary innovation project management to being a top executive in engineering, banking, education, information technology, financial & public services, consulting, R&D, corporate development, audit (Quality Austria). Participation in different types of projects, including EU-funded. PMI, ISACA, IAPP & ABPMP Member, ACM & IEEE Senior Member, Chairman of the IEEE Education Society Chapter Serbia & Montenegro, Member of the Board of Directors of PMI Serbia Chapter, Member of the Institute for Standardization of Serbia (Committees for ISO 27000 & ISO 20000 standards).



Keynote Speech – Emerging Trends in Project Management in Engineering


Abstract: In many mature organizational contexts, such as leading global companies in the Engineering industry, the application of Project Management (PM) standards and practices has been claimed to be essential to gain both a) improved processes and increased competitiveness of organizations, and b) adaptation to major shifts in economic paradigms. To help understand the major challenges, global trends and key stakeholders’ perceptions towards organizational agility in the Engineering industry, this paper illustrates and analyzes a research program based on: Standard Project Management frameworks for understanding critical success factors of the project environment; Managing uncertainty; Strategic benefit execution; Analysis of the success factors and failures causes in engineering projects; and Major challenges of adopting agile methods in engineering projects worldwide. The author has focused on organizational behavior by asking executives and program managers the following questions: Why should we think holistically about knowledge management, organizational development and change management in Engineering? What is the added value of the digital approach to engineering projects today? Finally, the paper will provide a brief literature review of digital enablers in the global engineering industry. The major finding is that many organizations have issues in the maturity of Leadership and Governance processes’ deployment enabling project execution through agile teams. A foundational approach is proposed in regards to behavioral and performance barriers that should be addressed by the Digital Transformation Program supported by the cultural shift and a mature Enterprise IT Architecture Management (EAM) in order to build integrated Teams using Project oriented data domains/platforms and to allow successful transformation support of Engineering organizations into their Digital future.

Keywords: Project management, ICT, Organizational transformation, Enterprise Architecture Management, Digital Transformation

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Professor Maryline Chetto

Maryline Chetto is currently a full professor in computer engineering with Nantes Université, France and researcher with CNRS. She received the degree of Docteur de 3ème cycle in control engineering and the degree of Habilitée à Diriger des Recherches in Computer Science from the University of Nantes, France, in 1984 and 1993, respectively. From 1984 to 1985, she held the position of Assistant professor of Computer Science at the University of Rennes, while her research was with the Institut de Recherche en Informatique et Systèmes Aléatoires (IRISA), Rennes. In 1986, she returned to Nantes and has been from 2002 a full professor with the University of Nantes. She is conducting her research at Laboratoire des Sciences du Numérique de Nantes (LS2N, UMR CNRS n° 6004) in the Real Time System group. Her research has been focused on development and formal validation of solutions regarding Scheduling, Fault-tolerance and Dynamic Power Management in real time embedded applications. Her current research is specifically targeting real-time scheduling issues in energy neutral devices. She has more than 150 papers published in international journals and conferences. She was the editor of the books Real-time Systems Scheduling (Elsevier, 2014) with volume 1 Fundamentals and Volume 2 Focusses. She was the co-author of the book Energy Autonomy of real-time systems (Elsevier, 2016). She has been general co-chair of the 2020 IEEE International Conference on Green Computing and Communications (GreenCom-2020). Since 2011, she was elected member of the French National Council for Universities.

Keynote Speech -- Power Management and Real-time Computing Issues in Energy Harvesting Systems of the IoT

Abstract - With the emergence of the Internet-of-Things, wireless sensor networks are now frequently used in applications such as medicine, environment, transportation and agriculture. Low-power sensors will be deployed in different areas and possibly unattainable placesto collect and process data in real time. Such systems should be designed to function perpetually without any human intervention to charge or replace batteries because either costly or impractical. As a consequence, energy harvesting technology has been an area of rapid development during the last decade. Energy harvesting is a technology that allows to capture unused ambient energy. It is converted into electrical energy which is used immediately or later through a storage unit for powering small devices such as sensors which, in addition to energy limitations, have to cope with real-time constraints. Energy neutrality is the central requirement of autonomous real-time computing systems that should consume no more energy than harvested. Unfortunately, most of environmental energy sources are fluctuating and not controllable. It means that a stable power supply cannot be relied upon that makes challenging the issue of compliance with hard real-time constraints. Specific power management and scheduling solutions have to be conceived in order to prevent energy starvation and guarantee real-time responsiveness. Task scheduling should take into account not only the timing parameters of the deadline constrained tasks such as worst-case execution times but also energy consumptions, profile of the energy source and capacity of the energy storage unit. This keynote addresses this topic by reporting the art as well as our findings in real-time scheduling and processor activity management for energy harvesting devices.

Ms. Mreedula Mungra

Ms. Mreedula Mungra is currently working as the Chief Executive Officer of the Mauritius Renewable Energy Agency (MARENA) and is a Board Director at the Central Electricity Board. She holds a B.Eng with First Class Honours in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and a MSc in Systems Engineering and Engineering Management (Renewable Systems) from the South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences, Germany.  She is a Registered Professional Electrical Engineer of Mauritius (RPEM) and an Associate Member of the Energy Institute (AMEI). Prior to joining MARENA, she worked as Research Scientist at the Fraunhofer Application Center for Inorganic Phosphors Research in Soest, Germany. She also carried out research on the optimization of the baseline manufacturing processes of PERC solar cells at the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS), funded by A*STAR Singapore. Her recent research activities include optical modelling and enhancement of the characterization processes of experimental light structuring components in photovoltaic (PV) modules as well as novel PV devices, at the University of New South Wales, Australia in cooperation with SERIS. Her additional interests include the development of policies and regulatory framework for the advancement of the deployment of Renewable Energy projects and sustainability practices in Mauritius.

Keynote Speech -- Energy Transition, Policies and Circular Economy Perspective in the Renewable Energy Sector in Mauritius

With aim of achieving 60% of renewable energy (RE) integration and a complete coal phase out by 2030, the RE Roadmap was updated in 2022. In this context, we provide an insight of the energy market in Mauritius, the regulatory framework and an institutional map of the electricity sector. The policies and schemes implemented to foster a sustainable energy transition in Mauritius is also presented. Additionally, the importance of circular economy, particularly in the RE sector is discussed. The recycling of end-of-life photovoltaic (PV) panels is a growing concern which needs to be addressed and the potential of recycling of PV panels as an industry is described. 

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