Invited Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Remote Microgrids
Microgrids are not new to the power systems community, since these local and small grids have been widely deployed and utilized for electricity supply in remote and isolated communities such as islands and remote villages throughout the world. However, there is nowadays a rapid development and deployment of microgrids in the context of smart and resilient power networks, in good part motivated by the need to integrate distributed generation, especially if power by renewable resources such as wind and solar, to reduce operational costs and the environmental impact of these grids, particularly for diesel-depended isolated microgrids.

This presentation will provide a general overview of the research work being carried out by Prof. Canizares’ group at the University of Waterloo on remote microgrids, starting with a summary of a survey carried out by the group of remote microgrids in Canada, and a detailed description of the microgrid in one of these communities, namely, the Kasabonika Lake First Nation (KLFN) community microgrid in Northern Ontario, where a one-year measuring campaign was carried out to identify main technical issues associated with these kinds of microgrids. This will be followed by a general description of the group’s main research findings on: modeling, simulation and stability analysis of microgrids; microgrid dispatch and control, in particular Energy Management Systems (EMS) and voltage and frequency control; and optimal planning of microgrids.

claudio_canizares_4Claudio Cañizares is a Full Professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering (E&CE) Department of the University of Waterloo, where he has held various academic and administrative positions since 1993, and currently serves as the Hydro One Endowed Chair and the Associate Chair Research of the E&CE Department. He received the Electrical Engineer degree from the Escuela Politécnica Nacional (EPN) in Quito-Ecuador in 1984, where he held different teaching and administrative positions between 1983 and 1993, and his MSc (1988) and PhD (1991) degrees in Electrical Engineering are from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

His research activities focus on the study of stability, modeling, simulation, control, optimization, and computational issues in large and small girds and energy systems in the context of competitive energy markets and smart grids. In these areas, he has led or been an integral part of many large to small grants and contracts from government agencies and companies, and has collaborated with industry and university researchers in Canada and abroad, supervising/co-supervising many research fellows and graduate students.

He has authored/co-authored a large number of journal and conference papers, as well as various technical reports, book chapters, disclosures and patents, and has been invited to make multiple keynote speeches, seminars, and presentations at many institutions and conferences world-wide.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineering (IEEE), as well as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and is the recipient of the 2016 IEEE Canada Electric Power Medal and of various IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Technical Council and Committee awards and recognitions, holding several leadership positions in various IEEE-PES Technical Committees, Working Groups and Task Forces.
Internet of Nanothings and Bio-Nanothings
Internet of Things became an important research topic in the last decade where Things refer to machines and objects interconnected to extend the Internet to many application domains. While the research and deployments continue for micro-Things, there are many applications where much smaller, tiny and non-intrusive Things are needed.

Nanomaterials such as graphene or metamaterials can be used to produce these nano-scale Things whose interconnection with the Internet can lead to the new network paradigm called Internet of NanoThings (IoNT). However, there are many health-related applications where networks composed of biological nanomachines are needed. This leads us to yet another network paradigm called Internet of Bio-NanoThings (IoBNT) which can provide new opportunities for many novel healthcare applications, including fine sensing of diseases and tumors in various parts of the human body, targeted drug delivery and overall personalized health monitoring. Within this context, this talk captures the state of the art in electromagnetic and molecular communication among nanoscale devices. An in-depth view is provided from the communication and information theoretic perspective, by highlighting the major research challenges in terms of channel modeling, information encoding and protocols for nanonetworks and the Internet of NanoThings and Bio-NanoThings.

akyildiz2013octoberIan F. Akyildiz is the Ken Byers Chair Professor with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Director of the Broadband Wireless Networking Laboratory and Chair of the Telecommunications Group.

He is the Editor-in-Chief of Computer Networks (Elsevier) Journal since 2000, the founding Editor-in-Chiefs of the Ad Hoc Networks Journal (2003), Physical Communication (PHYCOM) Journal (2008), and Nano Communication Networks (NANOCOMNET) Journal (2010) all published by Elsevier. Dr. Akyildiz is an IEEE FELLOW (1996) and an ACM FELLOW (1997).

He received numerous awards from IEEE and ACM. Due to Google scholar, his papers received over 80+K citations and his h-index is 97 as of June 2016. His current research interests are in Nano-Scale Communications, 5G Cellular Systems, Software Defined Networking and Wireless Sensor Networks in Challenged Environments.
Education as the meta-problem: Opportunities for Technology R&D

The massification of education at the start of the industrial revolution created an efficient but less effective learning process compared to one-to-one tutoring. The information age has only increased the pressure on the educational system and revealed its shortcomings. However, the same technological advancement can also help the system to be not only more efficient but even more effective than before. During this talk, the impact that applied research in a large array of technological fields (from AI to IoT) could have in understanding and improving the learning process will be discussed.

Xavier Xavier Ochoa is a Principal Professor at the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (ESPOL) in Guayaquil, Ecuador. He is the coordinator of the Research Group on Teaching and Learning Technologies (TEA). He obtained his Ph.D at the University of Leuven in 2008 for his work on Learnometrics. Xavier has served in many coordination bodies in the field: the ARIADNE Foundation, the Latin American Community on Learning Objects and Technologies (LACLO), the Latin American Open Textbook Initiative (LATIn), the Global Brokered Exchange of Learning Objects (GLOBE) and the Society for Learning Analytics Research. He coordinates several international and regional projects in the field of Learning Technologies. His main research interests revolve around Multimodal Learning Analytics, Curricular Analytics and Personalized Learning. More information at:

Tutorial Sessions

Embedded application development using open software on embedded platforms ( Intel Galileo boards): Yocto Proyect case studies

AlejandroHernandezAlejandro Hernández is an Embedded Linux Software Engineer at Intel, he works at the Open Source Technology Center as a Yocto Project developer, where he designs software to improve system’s developers experience when building customized embedded Linux, and currently maintains several packages of the Poky Linux distribution.

He started being involved with the IEEE since he was chosen secretary of the student branch at his university, and has been a member ever since, he won the 1st prize on the IEEE Latin America (Region 9) Student Paper Competition in 2010.

He often gives technical presentations and workshops about the Yocto Project, lately he’s given several workshops at Intel Mexico, another one at the IEEE Smart Cities Conference 2015, presented a conference at Intel Software Day 2015, and a certification on embedded systems at the Pontifical Xavierian University in Colombia.
Visión artificial aplicada a la industria

SappaAngel D. Sappa received the Electromechanical Engineering degree from the National University of La Pampa, Argentina, and his Ph.D. degree in Industrial Engineering from Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain. In 2003, after holding research positions in France (LAAS-CNRS), the UK (UK Advanced Robotics) and Greece (ITI-CERTH), he joined the Computer Vision Center (CVC), Barcelona, Spain, where he is currently a Senior Researcher (on leave).

Since February 2015 he is a visiting professor at FIEC-ESPOL, Guayaquil, Ecuador, where he is involved in different teaching and research activities. He has actively participated in several national, regional and international research projects in a broad spectrum within the computer vision and its applications. He is the co-author of three edited books, fourteen book chapters, about forty papers in refereed journals and more than ninety papers in international conferences. He is an executive editor of ELCVIA journal and has been twice the general chair of CGIM conferences and program chair of several conferences. He has given 19 invited talks. He is the co-founder of Crowdmobile S.L. (Barcelona, Spain), a spin-off company of CVC devoted to the development of crowdsourcing solutions for the computer vision. He is a senior member of IEEE.
Estabilidad en redes eléctricas con alta penetración de energías renovables

QuinteroJaime Quintero Recibió su grado de Ph.D. en Ingeniería Eléctrica de la Universidad del Estado de Washington en el 2005. Actualmente es Profesor Titular de la Universidad Autónoma de Occidente en Cali, Colombia, y Coordinador Institucional del Programa de Doctorado en Ingeniería.

Desde el año 2010 hasta el 2013, trabajó como Investigador Científico en la Universidad del Estado de Arizona en un proyecto para el WECC, en el análisis de la seguridad del sistema interconectado del occidente de Estados Unidos, Canadá y México para el año 2022. Su trabajo de doctorado fue pionero en el desarrollo de sistemas automáticos de monitoreo para detectar oscilaciones en los sistemas de potencia, los cuales han sido implementados en varios centros de control de los Estados Unidos como TVA y Entergy. Sus artículos han sido publicados por la revista IEEE Transactions on Power Systems y por editoriales como Springer.