IEEE Green Energy and Smart Systems Conference
Long Beach, CA


Electric Vehicle Charging System and Infrastructure

Speaker: Ching-Yen Chung

The concept of the Electric Vehicle (EV) can be traced back more than 100 years ago. Inevitably, the EV will become mainstream transportation soon as governments around the world have issued gas car bans over the coming years or decades. When it comes to EVs, the charging issue is one of the common reasons the consumers feel uncomfortable, which is getting relieved with the EV charging stations becoming commonplace. The modern EV charging technology involves the lower level, covering the charging protocols, power electronics, and battery management, and the higher level—so-called Smart Charging System. Today’s talk first comes with a brief history of EVs, then comes the charging technologies on EV and EV charging stations. Last but not least, the Smart Charging System will be addressed.

Speaker Bio:

Ching-Yen Chung: Dr. Ching-Yen Chung received his Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2014, specializing in Smart Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Infrastructure. He worked as a Postdoctoral Scholar/Staff Researcher in Smart Grid Energy Research Center (SMERC) at UCLA from 2014 to 2020. Meanwhile, he cofounded MOEV Inc, a Smart EV charging solution company, with his advisor and served in the Hardware Lead role. In 2020, Dr. Chung joined the EV Industry when it became more prospective and promising as governments had issued gas car bans over the coming years or decades. He played various roles as Mechanical Engineer at Atlis Motor Vehicles, Control Systems Engineer at INDI EV, and Charging System Engineer at Canoo. His pioneering work at UCLA, allowing an EV charger to charge multiple EVs simultaneously, successfully solved the problems of the lack of infrastructure investment and underutilization of the chargers. His industrial experiences covered the charging protocols, power electronics, and battery management on EVs and EV charging stations. There are three patents in data analysis/predictions on energy management and EV charging attributed under Dr. Chung’s name.

The Climate Resilient Grid

Speaker: Erik Takayesu

Climate change is already impacting the electric system in various ways. In California, we are in the driest period in the last 1200 years, leading to more significant wildfires. As we look forward into the future, grid and community resiliency will be further impacted by increasing temperatures, sea level rise, droughts, wildfires, and more precipitation that requires future adaption and mitigation strategies. This presentation will cover what SCE has been doing in recent years to mitigate the impact of wildfires, and as we look into the future, will discuss the grid technology and architectural changes needed to modernize and build a more resilient system while enabling decarbonization.

Speaker Bio:

Erik Takayesu, PE

Senior Vice President, Asset Strategy & Planning

Southern California Edison

Erik Takayesu is senior vice president of the Asset Strategy & Planning at Southern California Edison. He leads the company’s business and asset management strategy, electric system planning, technology demonstration and development, and wildfire safety. Since joining SCE in 1991, he led a number of organizations responsible for grid operations, the construction and maintenance of some of SCE’s largest projects, grid modernization, and distributed resource integration to enable the clean energy transition for the 21st century.  

Takayesu serves on the boards of directors for several organizations, including the College of Engineering for California State University, Long Beach and Pomona, the North American Transmission Forum, the Western Energy Institute and Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics. He’s also on the Executive Advisory Council to the IEEE Power and Engineering Society.

Takayesu earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at California State University, Long Beach, and a master’s degree in organizational leadership at Gonzaga University. He is also a licensed professional engineer in the state of California.