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    Power Electronics Society Day on 19/6/2019, talk “Photovoltaic Optiverter – A Novel Hybrid MLPE Technology for Residential and Small Commercial Photovoltaic Applications”
    Jun 19 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 pm

    Photovoltaic Optiverter – A Novel Hybrid MLPE Technology for Residential and Small Commercial Photovoltaic Applications

    by Dmitri Vinnikov
    Seminar room: IST, anf. EA2, North Tower, day 19/06, 10h30 to 12h00

    Abstract: In this presentation a novel approach to photovoltaic (PV) module level power electronics called OPTIVERTER (PVOPT) will be introduced and discussed. Functionally, it is a hybrid of PV power optimizer and PV microinverter with such key features as shade-tolerant (or global) maximum power point tracking (MPPT), galvanic isolation, direct AC connectivity, PV module level monitoring and safety cut-off, flexibility of installation and PV power system sizing. Explanations will be provided both from the hardware and software point of view, with the main focus on the realization of the shade-tolerant MPPT, which is a new feature of the PV microinverters. The experimental results and main challenges of the proposed approach will be analyzed and discussed.

    Bio: Research Professor Dmitri Vinnikov (IEEE M’07, SM’11) received the Dipl.Eng., M.Sc., and Dr.Sc.techn. degrees in electrical engineering from Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia, in 1999, 2001, and 2005, respectively. He is currently the Head of the Power Electronics Group, Department of Electrical Power Engineering and Mechatronics, Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia) and a Guest Researcher at the Institute of Industrial Electronics and Electrical Engineering, Riga Technical University (Latvia). He is the CTO and co-founder of Ubik Solutions LLC – Estonian start-up company dedicated to innovative & smart power electronics for renewable energy systems. Moreover, he is one of the founders and leading researchers of ZEBE – Estonian Centre of Excellence for zero energy and resource efficient smart buildings and districts. He has authored or coauthored two books, five monographs and one book chapter as well as more than 200 published papers on power converter design and development and is the holder of numerous patents and utility models in this field. His research interests include applied design of power electronic converters and control systems, renewable energy conversion systems (photovoltaic and wind), impedance-source power converters, and implementation of wide bandgap power semiconductors. D. Vinnikov is a Chair of the IES/PELS Joint Societies Chapter of the IEEE Estonia Section.

    Room: room EA2
    Bldg: North Tower
    IST, Av Rovisco Pais 1
    Lisboa, Lisboa

    Robotics Research Jam Sessions – Midsummer Session 2019
    Jun 19 @ 12:00 pm – Jun 20 @ 2:30 pm

    Robotics Research Jam Sessions

    Midsummer Session 2019

    June 19-20, 2019
    School of Engineering
    University of Pisa



    June 19 – Aula F2

    14.00 Welcome 
    Lucia Pallottino, Università di Pisa, Pisa, Italy

    14.30 Advances in Control of Human-Robot Collaboration @DIAG
    Alessandro De Luca, Sapienza Università di Roma, Roma, Italy

    15.30  From teleoperation to augmented cooperation with wearable haptics
    Domenico Prattichizzo, Università degli Studi Siena, Siena, Italy

    16.00 Haptics and Robotics: Inspiration from Mechanics at Multiple Scales
    Yon Visell, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, USA

    16.30 Coffee Break

    17.00 Soft Robot Hands for Hard World Tasks
    Mark R.Cutkosky, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA

    17.30 (Soft) wearable robotics
    Van der Kooji, University of Twente, Enschede and Delft University of Technology, Delft, the Netherlands

    18.00 Man-machine interfacing by decoding spinal motor neuron behaviour
    Dario Farina, Imperial College, London, UK


    June 20 – Aula F2

    12.00 TBC
    Alin Albu-Schäffer, DLR German Aerospace Center, Germany

    12.30 Low-impedance interfaces for intuitive physical human-robot interaction  
    Clement Gosselin, Université Laval, Québec, Canada

    13.00 Engineering Humanoid Robots that Act, Learn, Collaborate and Augment Humans
    Tamim Asfour, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany

    13.30 Lunch

    14.30 Haptic communication between humans and with robots
    Etienne Bourdet, Imperial College, London, UK

    15.00 Exoskeletons and Robotic Interfaces for Human Augmentation and Remote Telepresence
    Antonio Frisoli, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy

    15.30 Your personal MObile Collaborative robot Assistant (MOCA): From close-proximity collaboration to remote loco-manipulation control
    Arash Ajoudani, IIT, Genoa, Italy

    16.00 Autonomous Racing – Challenges and Perspectives
    Danilo Caporale, Università di Pisa, Pisa, Italy

    Room: Aula F2
    Bldg: Polo Etruria (F)
    Largo Lucio Lazzarino, 2
    Pisa, Toscana

    IT Virtualization Platforms and Backup Service @ City: Oklahoma City
    Jun 19 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

    Co-sponsored by: Pierre Tiako

    Datrium and Eagle Technologies would like to give you something to chew on! Join us for an exclusive Lunch and Learn that will provide solutions to your infrastructure challenges.

    Register now for our Steak & Storage Lunch and Learn. Enjoy great food and conversations with Datrium & Eagle Technologies and your fellow IT professionals at Mahogany Prime Steakhouse.


    We look forward to seeing you there!




    11:30 am Lunch

    12:00 pm Presentation

    Bldg: Mahogany Prime Steakhouse
    3241 W. Memorial Rd
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    Transmission & Distribution Power Systems Overview @ City: Youngstown
    Jun 19 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

    A Technical Tutorial/Workshop:

    Transmission & Distribution Power Systems Overview

    By Anthony Solic, Manager of NERC Compliance, First Energy

    Speaker(s): Anthony Solic , Manger of NERC Compliance ,

    Youngstown, Ohio

    Section Executive Meeting – June 2019
    Jun 19 @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm

    The monthly executive meeting is held on the third Wednesday of the month. 

    All members are invited to attend, please RVSP to ensure we have adequate space and food.

    There is a 30min window to mingle, eat and get settled. The meeting will start promptly at 6:00pm and last for about an hour.

    If you are a committee chair, please have your reports submitted to the chair and sectretary by noon on Tuesday.


    A light supper will be provided, please contact Joshua Fritz at (jipfritz@hotmail.com) if you have any questions. If you have dietary restrictions place place a note in your event registration.


    5:30 – 6:00 – Mingle and Meal

    6:00 – 7:30 – Meeting

    Room: MM305
    Bldg: McNally Main Building
    923 Robie Street
    Saint Mary’s University
    Halifax, Nova Scotia
    B3H 3C3

    Summer Coding Session #7
    Jun 19 @ 9:10 pm – Jun 20 @ 12:00 am

    Co-sponsored by: WIE Toronto

    We will be having our weekly programming session. Snacks and Codes will be served!
    We will continue our format of splitting off into groups for the first hour to help the new members catch up, the second hour will be preparation for IEEE Xtreme, and the 3rd hour will be dedicated to whatever interests the group that day (so bring your questions and ideas)!

    Room: 305
    Bldg: F
    Humber North Campus
    Etobicoke, Ontario
    M9W 5L7

    A Getting Started Guide to Eliminate Signal Integrity Problems in Your Designs
    Jun 19 @ 10:00 pm – Jun 20 @ 1:00 am

    Interconnects are no longer transparent. If you don’t worry about signal integrity problems at the beginning of your design and eliminate them, your project has a good chance of failing. But signal integrity is a vast, sometimes complex discipline. In this presentation, we will introduce the five most important SI principles that relate to transmission lines, reflections, ground bounce and EMI. We’ll look at how to think about the root cause of these problems and how to design them out right from the beginning.

    If you are confused about signal integrity, this is the seminar for you. This seminar will change the way you think about signals and interconnects.

    Speaker(s): Karthik Radhakrishna,


    5:00 PM – Registration and networking, –  Meet-n-Greet

    5:30 PM – Food & Beverages served

    5:45 PM –EMC-S Chapter brief business meeting  

    6:00 PM – Start of Presentation  

    Room: Showboat Banquet Room
    Bldg: Best Western PLUS Longbranch
    90 Twixt Town Rd NE
    Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    Networking—Your Most Likely Next Job Source @ City: Tampa
    Jun 19 @ 10:00 pm – 11:30 pm

    Answering ads will (probably) not get you a job! Networking (probably) will!

    Networking is rarely done well and yet may be the most important skill you can have—other than your technical knowledge. Your best contacts are rarely close friends or relatives. Casual acquaintances are often more productive sources (surprised?). Hence the value of your network.

    You need a network which will work for you. Come to this interactive seminar to learn the right way to build it.

    Speaker(s): Dr. Paul Schnitzler,

    Room: TECO Hall
    TECO Plaza, Downtown
    Tampa, Florida

    IEEE-KC EXCOM Meeting
    Jun 19 @ 10:30 pm – Jun 20 @ 12:00 am

    Co-sponsored by: Art Mejia

    IEEE Kansas City Section monthly executive committee meeting

    Room: T38
    Bldg: 9300
    Burns & McDonnell
    9300 Ward Parkway
    Kansas City, Missouri

    A Leap Into The World of Quantum Computing @ City: BURNABY
    Jun 19 @ 11:00 pm – Jun 20 @ 12:30 am

    Quantum Computing is a big concept that has been achieving widespread attention in the media and even popular fiction. Even Marvel’s Iron Man and Ant-Man have referenced it extensively. So, are you fascinated by how Quantum Computing works in real life?
    Here comes your chance! IEEE Women in Engineering will be having a Talk and Tour of our very own Quantum Computing company, D-Wave, born right here in Metro Vancouver!

    About D-Wave:
    D-Wave is the leader in the development and delivery of quantum computing systems, software, and services and is the world’s first commercial supplier of quantum computers. Our mission is to unlock the power of quantum computing for the world. We do this by delivering customer value with practical quantum applications for problems as diverse as logistics, artificial intelligence, materials sciences, drug discovery, cybersecurity, fault detection, and financial modeling. D-Wave’s systems are being used by some of the world’s most advanced organizations, including Volkswagen, DENSO, Lockheed Martin, Google, NASA Ames, USRA, USC, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. For more information, visit:www.dwavesys.com.

    4:00 PM – Registration
    4:10 PM – IEEE WIE Opening and Housekeeping rules
    4:15 PM – Talk on Quantum Computing
    4:45 PM – Facility Tour
    5:30 PM – Closing of Event

    Speaker(s): Jeremy Hilton, SVP Application and Technology, Allison Macdonald, Senior Research Scientist

    3033 BETA AVENUE
    BURNABY, British Columbia
    V5G 4M9

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