Keynote Speakers


Prof. Dennis Leung (Fellow of the IMechE and Energy Institute)
The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong


Prof. Dennis Y.C. Leung received his BEng (1982) and PhD (1988) from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Hong Kong. He had worked with the Hongkong Electric Co., Ltd. for five years heading the air pollution section of the company before joining the University of Hong Kong in 1993. Professor Leung is now a full professor and associate head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering specializing in environmental pollution control and renewable & clean energy development. He has published more than 400 articles in this area including 240+ peer reviewed top SCI journal papers. He was invited to publish more than 20 review articles in leading energy and environment related journals. His current h-index is 56 and total citations are more than 13000. He is one of the top 1% highly cited scientists in the world in energy field since 2010 (Essential Science Indicators) and named as a Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate Analytics in 2017. Prof. Leung has delivered more than 50 keynote and invited speeches in many conferences as well as public lectures.

Prof. Leung is a chartered engineer, a fellow of the IMechE and Energy Institute. He is also the Past Chairman of the Institute of Energy (HK Branch), and served as an editorial board member of a number of journals including and Applied Energy and Journal of Power & Energy. He is the Specialty Chief Editor of the Frontiers in Environmental Science since 2014. He currently serves as a board member of the Hong Kong Institution of Science, chairman and member of a few committees of the HKSAR government and appeal board panel related to sustainable energy and environment, as well as an external examiner of the IVE Engineering Programme. Professor Leung received numerous awards including the Outstanding Earth Champion Hong Kong award in recognizing his contributions in protecting the environment.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Axel Sikora

Offenburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Hahn-Schickard, Germany


Dr.-Ing. Axel Sikora holds a diploma of Electrical Engineering (M.Sc.) and a diploma of Business Administration (M.B.A), both from Aachen Technical University. He has done a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the Fraunhofer Institute of Microelectronics Circuits and Systems, Duisburg, with a thesis on SOI-technologies. After various positions in the telecommunications and semiconductor industry, he became a professor at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Loerrach in 1999. In 2011, he joined Offenburg University of Applied Sciences, where he leads the Institute of Reliable Embedded Systems and Communication Electronics (ivESK). Since 2016, he is additionally active as head of the business unit "software solutions" and deputy director of Hahn-Schickard in Villingen-Schwenningen (Germany), one of the leading state-funded research institutes for the Internet of Things.

His major interest is in the system development of efficient, energy-aware, autonomous, secure, and value-added algorithms and protocols for wired and wireless embedded communication. Dr. Sikora is author, co-author, editor and co-editor of several textbooks and more than two hundred papers in the field of embedded design and wireless and wired networking. Amongst many other duties, he serves as member of the Steering Board of Embedded World Conference (Europe's largest conference on embedded systems) and as Scientific Advisor to the annual Wireless Congress.


Prof. Hassan Bevrani

University of Kurdistan, Iran


Professor Hassan Bevrani received PhD degree in electrical engineering from Osaka University, Osaka, Japan, in 2004. From 2004 up to now, he has worked as a post-doctoral fellow, senior research fellow, visiting professor, and professor with Osaka University, Kumamoto University, Queensland University of Technology (Australia), Kyushu Institute of Technology, Ecole centrale de Lille (France), and University of Kurdistan (Iran). He is the author of 5 international books, 15 book chapters, and more than 200 journal/conference papers. His current research interests include microgrid control, smart grid operation and control, and intelligent/robust control applications in power electric industry.


Prof. Bruno François
The Ecole Centrale de Lille, France


Prof. Bruno Francois received his PhD degree in electrical engineering in 1996 from the University of Lille, France. In the 90’s, he had worked as Assistant Professor and designed control systems for various multilevel converter topologies. He is currently full professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering of Ecole Centrale de Lille and active in the member of Laboratory of Electrical Engineering (L2EP), Lille. His major interests are in the design of future electrical network architectures and advanced energy management systems for the development of renewable based generators in power systems. He is currently working on the uncertainty analysis in electrical systems. He is co-author of seven books and more than two hundred papers.