Keynote Speakers


Prof. Javier Contreras Sanz, IEEE Fellow, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

Bios: Javier Contreras received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain, in 1989, the M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, in 1992, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1997. Since 1998 he has been with the University of Castilla – La Mancha (UCLM), Ciudad Real, Spain, where he is currently Full Professor. Dr. Contreras has also been a visiting scholar at the University of Hong Kong and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has been a consultant for several electricity companies in Spain and has participated as principal investigator in national, European and international research projects. In particular, he was part of a European project devoted to the introduction of renewable generation in smart distribution grids. He has also been part of the evaluation committee of international research projects in the European Commission, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Cyprus and Colombia.

Dr. Contreras is an active member of IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) as part of the Electricity Market Economics and the System Economics Subcommittees, among others. He reviews papers for many international conferences and journals, such as IEEE Transactions on Power SystemsEnergy PolicyEnergy Economics, and others. He is or has been editor of IEEE Transactions on Smart GridIEEE Transactions on Sustainable EnergyIEEE Power Engineering LettersIET Renewable Power Generation, and the Journal of Energy Engineering-ASCE (2012-2018) and has been Guest Editor of IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid Special Issue on “Real-Time Demand Response”, IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy Special Issue on “Reserve and Flexibility for Handling Variability and Uncertainty of Renewable Generation”, IEEE Transactions on Special Topics on Signal Processing Special Issue on “Signal and Information Processing for Critical Infrastructures” and IET Renewable Power Generation Special Issue on “Demand Side Management and Market Design for Renewable Energy Support and Integration”. He is Fellow of IEEE.(More Information......)

Prof. Om P. Malik, IEEE Fellow, University of Calgary, Canada

Bios: Dr. Malik graduated in electrical engineering in 1952 and obtained a Master’s degree in electrical machine design in 1962. He received a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of London and a D.I.C. from the Imperial College of Science and Technology, London in 1965.  Dr. Malik worked in electric utilities in India from 1952 to 1961 and spent one year, 1959-60, as a Confederation of British Industries Senior Scholar with manufacturing companies in the U.K. He taught at the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, from 1966-68 and joined the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, in 1968. He was acting Dean of the Faculty of Engineering in 1981, Associate dean (Academic) from July 1979 to December 1990, and Associate Dean (Student Affairs) from July 1995 to December 1998. At present he is Professor Emeritus, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Calgary.

Dr. Malik is a Life Fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of Can. Academy of Eng., IET, EIC, Engineers Canada and World Innovation Foundation. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the Provinces of Alberta and Ontario. Among other awards, he has received the APEGGA Heritage Foundation Research Excellence Award, APEGGA Volunteer Service Award, IEEE Canada General A.G.L. McNaughton Medal, IEEE Western Canada Council Merit Award, IEEE Centennial Medal, IEEE Millennium Medal, IEEE PES Electric Machinery Committee and Technical Council Distinguished Service Awards, Eng. Inst. of Canada CPR Engineering Medal, Faculty of Eng. Univ. of Calgary Distinguished Lifetime Leadership Award, Dept. of Elec. and Comp. Eng. Research Excellence Award, and been admitted to the Order of the University of Calgary. He is past-chair of the IEEE PES Electric Machinery Committee, 2011-2012 Chair of the IEEE PES Energy Development and Power Generation Committee and is also a member of the IEEE PES Technical Council. He was a member of the IEEE MGA Board and IEEE Board of Directors as Director, IEEE Region 7 (Canada), President IEEE (Canada) for 2010-2011 and President, Engineering Institute of Canada for 2014-2016. (More Information......)