Keynote & Invited Speakers

Prof. Kashem Muttaqi | University of Wollongong, Australia

Senior Professor
Fellow (FIEAust) - Institution of Engineers Australia
IEEE Fellow - The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Fellow (FIET) - Institution of Engineering and Technology
Director - Australian Power and Energy Research Institute 2020 -
Director - ARC Training Centre in Energy Technologies for Future Grids 2021 -

Professor Kashem Muttaqi is the Director of the ARC Training Centre in Energy Technologies for Future Grids, sponsored by Australian Government, and several industries and Universities in Australia. He is also the Director of the Australian Power and Energy Research Institute (APERI). He is a Senior Professor and the Discipline Leader – Electrical Engineering at the School of Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering, University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia.
He received the B.Sc. degree in electrical and electronic engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1993, the M.Eng.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 1996 and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Multimedia University, Selangor, Malaysia in 2001.
Professor Muttaqi’s research interests include electrical vehicles, energy technologies, distributed generation, solid state transformer, power converters, power electronic applications, renewable energy, solar PV, wind turbines, wave energy, smart grids, micro-grids, standalone power supply, power grids, power system planning and control.
He served as the Postgraduate Coursework Degree Coordinator at the School of Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering, University of Wollongong from 2008 to 2010, and the Cluster Head for 09 Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences (EIS) at the University of Wollongong from 2019 to 2021. He was associated with the University of Tasmania, Australia as a Research Fellow/Lecturer/Senior Lecturer from 2002 to 2007, and with the Queensland University of Technology, Australia as a Research Fellow from 2000 to 2002. Previously, he worked for Multimedia University, Malaysia as a Lecturer from 1997 to 2000. He also worked as an Electrical Executive for KTA Tenaga (Consulting Engineers) in Malaysia from 1996 to 1997. Dr. Muttaqi worked as the Deputy-Director of the Centre for Renewable Energy and Power systems (CREPS) at the University of Tasmania before he joined the University of Wollongong. In recognition of his skills in the sphere of teaching and learning, he was awarded a 'Teaching Merit Certificate' in 2004 from the University of Tasmania.
Professor Muttaqi is a Member of EEE Industry Applications Society, IEEE Power & Energy Society, IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, and IEEE Power Electronics Society. He is currently serving as the Paper Review Chair and Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, the Chair for Industrial Automation and Control Committee (IACC) of IEEE Industry Application Society (IAS), and an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy and IET Generation, Transmission & Distribution. Currently Professor Muttaqi is serving as a Deputy Editor-in-Chief for IEEE Transactions in Industry Applications.
He has more than 25 years of academic experience and authored or co-authored 500 papers in international journals and conference proceedings. He has supervised more than 26 higher degree research students to completion.
Professor Muttaqi is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia (FIEAust). He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology UK (FIET). He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), USA.
Title of Speech: Renewable and Distributed Energy Technologies for Future Grids
Abstract: Energy supply systems worldwide are experiencing transformation, with a target for a net-zero future. The pace of transformational change has been rapid and many industry sectors are finding the transition challenging. The transition to a sustainable future is seemingly evident through rapidly reducing renewable energy costs, greatly improved energy efficiencies, increasing use of smart technologies, replacing fossil-fuel powered vehicles by all-electric vehicles, and wide applications of energy storage. With this ongoing transition, there is an increasing pressure to integrate new energy technologies and systems into the existing power grid infrastructure. New technologies to address power grid stability and new ways of enhancing the capabilities of power systems are required to make transition to a more sustainable energy future. This can be achieved by increased utilization of sustainable technologies, electric vehicles and emission-free energy generating resources and their seamless integration into the present and future grids.

Prof. Hemanta Hazarika, Kyushu University, Japan

Hemanta Hazarika is currently a professor in the Graduate School of Engineering and Department of Interdisciplinary Science and Innovation, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. He obtained his Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech) degree in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras, India in 1990. He obtained his master degree in Geotechnical Engineering in 1993 from Nagoya University, Japan and Ph. D. from the same university in 1996. Currently he is also adjunct professor of IIT Madras, India.
Professor Hazarika’s research activities include disaster prevention and mitigation, soil-structure interaction, stability of soil-structures during earthquakes and tsunami, ground improvement, application of recycled waste and lightweight materials in constructions, stability of cut slopes, and landslides and their protection.
He has more than 350 technical papers in various international journals, International conferences, workshops and symposia to date. He has also authored two books on Soil Mechanics: “Soil Mechanics Fundamentals and Applications” (Published by CRC Press, USA) and its Japanese version (Published by Kyoritsu Publisher, Tokyo). In addition, Prof. Hazarika also served as the editor of six books on diverse topics: 1) “Practices and Trends in Ground Improvement Techniques”, 2) “Sustainable Geo-Technologies for Climate Change Adaptation”, 3) “Advances in Sustainable Construction and Resource Management”, 4) “Geotechnical Hazards from Large Earthquakes and Heavy Rainfall”, 5) “Earthquake Hazards and Mitigations” and 6) “Scrap tire derived geomaterials – opportunities and challenges– “.
Professor Hazarika has several years of teaching, research as well as practical and consulting experiences both in Japan and outside Japan. He is currently a foreign expert of the world’s first research center on liquefaction research called “The National Research Center for Liquefaction”, which was established in Palu, Indonesia aftermath of the devastating damage by liquefaction during the 2018 Palu Earthquake. He also successfully guided a world bank project on “Improving the Resilience of Nepal’s Strategic Roads Network” as the leader of the project.
Currently, Prof. Hazarika is the chairman of Asian Technical Committee on “Geotechnical Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change-induced Geo-disasters in Asia-Pacific Regions” of International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE).
He is also founding president of a general incorporated corporation called GLOSS (Global Society for Smart Geo-Sustainnovation), which was established in August 2021.
Title of Speech: IoT Based Early Warning System for Rainfall Induced Landslides
Abstract: Across the world, the risk of landslide disasters is increasing due to climate change and consequent frequent rainfalls. The application of an Early Warning System(EWS) is considered to be a practical approach to mitigate such natural disasters. In this lecture, a low-cost and sustainable EWS will be introduced that integrates the Internet of Things (IoT) and solar energy based operating platform for data collection, monitoring, analysis, and warning. Through the low cost and energy harvesting nature of the EWS system, it can be put into practice in both the developed and developing countries.