Industry Day

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Talk Title: Microgrids for power supply to remote and isolated areas

Abstract :

In sparsely populated and spatially large regions, electrical supply is a difficult problem, given the lack of any means of connection to the grid supply system. Such isolated systems, as they exist today in Australia, are primarily based on diesel generation and are becoming less economically viable and are limited in their coverage. Recent developments in renewable generation with the increasing use of distributed wind and solar PV systems, and their increasingly competitive costing, mean that such systems are now much more viable and economic for remote area supply. Thus the use of microgrid system for supply, based on the integration of more widely-spread renewable generation is an increasingly attractive option for remote areas. The technology behind the operation of such microgrids is, however, more complex and involves a synthesis of a number of modern technology aspects, including sophisticated power electronics with inverters and converters, inverter based transformers, reactive power control, low loss transmission and demand response control of a high order. In addition, the large area coverage of the remote grid makes fault identification and location and load control important aspects. All of these facets have to be integrated together so that the microgrid can function adequately and efficiently. Consequently the control and operation of a modern remote area microgrid is a prime example of the application of the “Internet of Things” to achieve its objective of reliable and effective supply.

The 3.5 hour workshop program will include the following presentations:

Prof John Fletcher (Energy Systems, UNSW):     

Distributed renewable power generation integration in microgrids and electrical supply, distribution and communication aspects.    (1.5 hour)

Craig Harrison (CEO,IS Systems):

The development and operation of renewable energy microgrids: case studies of installation in Australia and Oceania.    (1 hour)

TharmakulasingamSirojan (Researcher, UNSW):                       

Artificial intelligence techniques for data analysis using smart sensors to obtain real-time details of grid condition and consumer energy use inmicrogridsystems  (1/2 hour)

Shibo Lu (Researcher, UNSW)

Use of signal processing techniques to provide feature extraction of disturbances in microgrid to detect and identify arcing faults in photovoltaic systems and microgrids. (1/2 hour)


Talk Title:Impact of the Internet of Things in Industry 4.0

Soumya Kanti Datta

Research engineer in EURECOM, France.

Abstract :

The fourth industrial revolution or Industry 4.0 signifies the current trend of smart automation and Machine-to-Machine data exchange in manufacturing technologies. It includes Cyber Physical Systems (CPS), the Internet of Things (IoT), Cloud Computing, Automation and other next-generation technologies. Together, these technologies can achieve the design principles of Industry 4.0 – Interoperability, Information Transparency, Automation and Decentralized Decision Making. This presentation will explore how IoT impacts the design principles to realize a Smart Factory of future.


Soumya Kanti Datta is a research engineer in EURECOM, France since 2012 and has been working on French national, EIT Digital and EU H2020 research projects. His research focuses on innovation, standardization and development of next-generation technologies in Internet of Things, Mobile Applications, and Industry 4.0. He has published 70+ research papers and articles in top ACM and IEEE Conferences, Magazines and Journals. His research papers have been cited more than 1000 times in peer reviewed conference and Journal papers. Soumya is a member of IEEE, IEEE Communications Society and IEEE Consumer Electronics (CE) Society. He leads the activities of IEEE CE Society Future Directions Team on IoT and is an Associate Editor in IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine. He has also served several IEEE Conferences and Workshops in many capacities. He has also received the “Best Student Paper Award” at IEEE ISCE 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Soumya has delivered Keynote speeches and tutorials in manyIEEE international conferences and workshops.He is also actively involved in W3C Web of Things Working Group and contributing to their standard development activities. He obtained an M.Sc. in Communications and Computer Security from Telecom ParisTech, France.


Talk Title: Breaking wireless security systems.

William McCann


The purpose of this workshop is to provide participants with a series of hands on activities involving the compromise of a few consumer grade physical security systems. Within the IOT and consumer technology space, the sole dependency on physical security, obfuscation or inaccessibility of code or interfaces in readily exploitable products whose core functions can be negated or used for a contrary purpose. This workshop will take its participants through two such devices, and will demonstrate how a failure in understanding security concepts or the threat actors these systems face resulted in the systems providing a false sense of security.


William McCann is an independent information security consultant who specialises in penetration testing. He is a former Army Officer, having spent 13 years in the Corp of Signals specialising in Electronic Warfare and Cyber Security. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family and cheering on the Canberra Raiders in the NRL.

Talk Title: IEC 61499 and the Internet of Things

Dr John Ypsilantis

Principal Consultant

Company: Heuristics Australia Pty Ltd


Most control engineers will be familiar with IEC61131-1 or IEC61131-3, which is generally accepted as the fundamental standard for the programming of PLC and RTU/PLC equipment. IEC61131 defines a rich set of programming primitives, which in turn facilitates effective and intuitive programming of analog and switching control logic. IEC61499 is a complementary set of standards to IEC61131. IEC61499 addresses the programming of  finely distributed control logic, and defines a framework for programming potentially large numbers of small controllers, such as groups of IoT/IIoT devices. This seminar introduces IEC61499 by way of an open source development and runtime environment (4DIAC). The basics of the programming framework will be presented, in the context of Internet of Things.


John Ypsilantis (M’1985, SM’2016) received his BSc degree (1984) in Pure Mathematics and Computer Science, his BE (Electrical) (1986) degree with First Class Honours and his PhD degree (1993) all from the University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia. He is Managing Director and Principal Consultant at Heuristics Australia Pty Ltd, an electrical engineering and ICT consultancy based in Sydney, Australia which provides design and consultancy services to large public and private utilities in Australia and overseas. Dr Ypsilantis has served as Secretary/Treasurer for the NSW chapter of the IEEE Power Engineering Society (2012) and has served as Secretary for the NSW Section of the IEEE in Australia (2013 and  2014) and Treasurer (2015, 2016 and 2017). Dr Ypsilantis’ specialisations include industrial internet-of-things and NextGen SCADA, automatic control and communications systems and SCADA  for gas, water, transport and electricity utilities, data communications and network security for utilities and the application of machine learning and intelligent systems to utility operations