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This page gives an overview of conferences and workshops organized or sponsored by the IPCSD.   Please check with each specific event website for more details, or the IAS website for a comprehensive list of events. Conference papers, like all IAS publications, are available for free to IAS members, electronically, on IEEE Xplore (join IAS – Only $20/year, $10 for students). The following is a high-level list of events the IPCSD Department is involved with.  If you are interested in helping organizing one or another of these events, launch your own, or are looking for IAS sponsorship, contact the Conference Steering Committee Chair.

Any paper actually presented at a conference sponsored or technically co-sponsored by IAS can be submitted for publication in the IAS transactions (or other journals co-sponsored by IAS).  Contact the transaction editor for more details.

ECCE 2019:  Energy Conversion Conference and Exposition

A conference generally held in September or early October, in North America, with now over 1,500 participants.  ECCE is the pivotal international conference and exposition event on electrical and electromechanical energy conversion field.  It features hundreds of industry-driven and application-oriented technical sessions, a growing exhibit, and tutorials from experts and practitioners in the field of electrical energy conversion, from electric machines to power electronics, and applications. Preparations are underway for ECCE 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA,  Sept. 29 – Oct. 3.

Some tutorials presented at past ECCEs are on line on  ECCE tutorials. 


APEC:   Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition  (see trailer)

This event is general held in the late winter, February or March, with typically over 5,000 attendees.   APEC has a long-standing tradition of addressing issues of immediate and long-term interest to the practicing power electronics engineer.   Preparations for the next edition, in Anaheim, California, USA (March 17-21, 2019) are underway.  APEC features the best power electronics exposition, includes professional development courses taught by world-class experts, presentations of peer-selected technical papers covering a wide range of topics, and time to network  and enjoy the company of fellow power electronics professionals.

Parts of past APEC programs are on line on, in particular keynote speeches in their entirety:  2018,  2017,  2015, or earlier years


IEMDCInternational Electric Machines and Drives Conference

IEMDC is held ever other year and brings together machine and drive specialists from the four IEEE societies working in this field (IAS, PES, IES, and PELS).   The next edition is coming soon, in San Diego, CA, May 11-15, 2019.


ICEMSInternational Conference on Electrical Machines and Systems

An event covering electric machines, drives, and applications, typically held in late Summer or Fall in Asia.  It is organized in turn by a sister engineering organization from China (CES), Korea (KIEE), or Japan (IEEJ/IAS), as well as others on occasion.  This event is comparable to ECCE with more of a focus on machines, and always held in Asia.  It is scheduled for Harbin, China from the 11th to 14th of August, 2019.


ICEMInternational Conference on Electrical Machines logo ICEM2

A conference dating back to 1974, organized every other year in Europe by local engineering organizations, typically in September, with a special focus on electrical machines.  The 2018 edition in Alexandroupoli, Greece, was a great success.   The next event is scheduled for August 23rd-26th in Gothenburg, Sweden.


ITEC:  International Transportation Electrification Conference (North AmericaAsia-PacificIndia, and Europe)

ITEC is a series of events focused on all aspects of transportation electrification, from accessory motors to battery charging, from ships to bicycles, aerospace to hybrid and electric vehicles.  It includes a number of conferences across the globe: ITEC in North America (typically in June;  was in Long Beach, CA, USA, last June and will be in Novi (near Detroit), Michigan, June 19-21, 2019); ITEC Asia-Pacific, on Jeju Island, Korea, May 8-10, 2019, with the theme:  “New Paradigm Shift, Sustainable E-Mobility”;  in Europe, in collaboration with the well-established Electrical Systems for Aircraft, Railway, Ship Propulsion and Road Vehicles conference (ESARS), ESARS-ITEC, (organized in 2018 by the University of Nottingham, UK); and, co-organized with SAE India, ITEC-India, set for Bangalore, Sept. 12-13, 2019.

Part of the 2014 ITEC program is available on at:  link, specifically the keynote speeches in their entirety.



PowerAfrica is co-sponsored by IAS and PES, and addresses all aspects of power systems, including machines and drives.  The 2018 event was hosted by Tshwane University of Technology in River Club, Cape Town, South Africa, in June, 2018.  The 2019 event will take place in August in Abuja, Nigeria (August 20-23).


SDEMPED:  International Symposium on Diagnostics for Electric Machines, Power Electronics and Driveslogo-sdemped

This focused and highly successful symposium is the go-to place for individuals interested in diagnostics for machines, power electronics and drives.  It is now co-sponsored by IAS, PELS, and IES.  The 2019 event is scheduled for Toulouse, France, “the pink city”, August 27-30.


LDIALinear Drives for Industry Applications

The aims of the symposium are to bring together researchers from both academia and industry, and to share research findings and discuss future developments in linear drive technologies. Started in Tokyo in 1995, LDIA is now established as a regular biennial event. The research topics include trends and new developments of linear drives, electromagnetic linear motors, non-electromagnetic linear motors, direct drive motors and actuators, control methods for linear drives, levitation technologies, subsystems for linear drives, applications of linear drives and levitation technologies, analysis of electromagnetic field and force, materials and other related topics and new technologies.  LDIA 2017 took place in Osaka, Japan, sponsored by IEE Japan.  The next event will take place in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, July 1-3, 2019 (LDIA 2019).


SLED:   Symposium on Sensorless Control for Electrical Drives

The symposium focuses on various methods sensorless control techniques for electric drives.  This symposium, first started in Europe, has expanded to North America (2012), Asia (Japan, 2014), and the Pacific (Fidji, 2016).  The next event (and 10th edition) is scheduled for September 9-10, 2019, in Torino, Italy.