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IEEE IAS Newsletter
April 2018
In this issue
  • IAS 2018 Webinar Schedule
  • IAS 2018 Fellows
  • Overlength Page Charges
  • Call for Web-Based Tutorials
  • IAS Chapters and Membership Department (CMD) Roster
  • 4th Summer Academy on Energy
  • 2018 IEEE International Smart Cities Conference
  • 2018 IEEE IAS Annual Meeting
  • IEEE Power Electronics, Drives and Energy Systems Conference
  • 2018 IEEE/IAS - PCIC Conference
  • Offering for IAS Members
  • IAS Conference Calendar
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IEEE Industry Applications Society Publications
All subscribers can access the online version of these publications using their IEEE Account.

The current issue of IEEE Industry Applications Magazine is in the mail and is retrievable now from IEEE Xplore, the IEEE online digital library.

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Feature articles in this issue include:
  • "Coordinated Volt-Var Control: Online Voltage-Profile Estimation in Smart Distribution Networks"
  • "Reducing the dc-Link Capacitance: A Bridgeless PFC Boost Rectifier That Reduces the Second-Order Power Ripple at the dc Output"
  • "Streamlining the Tandem Hot-Metal-Strip Mill: Threading Progress Stems from the Use of Advanced Control with Virtual Rolling"
  • "Improving Multiphase Induction-Heating Systems: Several Configurations and Resonant Control Show Promise"
  • "Lower Cost Solution for Medium Voltage Heater Control: An Affordable Evolution Using Variable Voltage Transformers"

The current issue of IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications is in the mail and is retrievable now from IEEE Xplore, the IEEE online digital library.

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Feature articles in this issue include:
  • "Identifying the Requirements for Qualified, Unqualified, and Competent Persons Electrical Safety Training"
  • "Generation Scheduling Optimization of Wind-Energy Storage System Based on Wind Power Output Fluctuation Features"
  • "Improvement of Power Quality by Using Advanced Reactive Power Compensation"
  • "Intrinsically Safe Grounding Systems and Global Grounding Systems"
  • "Testing the Performance of Bus-Split Aggregation Method for Residential Loads"

Volunteer Opportunities
IAS is seeking qualified volunteers to work on publications, committees, and conferences. Please submit an inquiry by filling out a volunteer application on the IAS website.

IEEE Senior Membership
IEEE Senior membership is the highest grade for which application may be made and requires experience reflecting professional maturity. Candidates need to be an engineer, scientist, educator, technical executive, or originator in IEEE-designated fields in professional practice for at least ten years and shall have shown significant performance over a period of at least five of those years.

An application for Senior membership requires three references unless nominated by a Senior member, and in that case requires two references.

Congratulations to the elected IAS Senior members for 2017.

IAS Distinguished Lecturer Program
The IAS Distinguished Lecturer (DL) and Prominent Lecturer (PL) Program allows Chapters to invite experts to visit Chapter events and give lectures. It is a great opportunity to have direct contact with the best researchers and industrial experts in our field.

The DL and PL lecturers can be reimbursed by IAS US$1,000 and US$600 per lecture travel. The monetary support of travel invitations is limited to three lectures per year.

For more information, visit our website.

Join the IEEE Transportation Electrification Community
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IAS is a sponsoring society of the IEEE Transportation Electrification Community (TEC). The TEC coordinates broad and deep activities throughout IEEE in the growing electrification revolution across transportation domains, including advances in electric and hybrid cars, more-electric ships and aircraft, rail systems, personal transport, and the motive, storage, power grid, electronic intelligence, and control technologies that make them possible.

The Community delivers engagement through leadership opportunities, professional development, standards development, and other programming for practitioners, researchers, students, and all IEEE members interested in electric transportation.

It is free to join.

As a TEC member, you will enjoy a discount on some excellent online tutorials on machines, fuel cells, batteries, and other topics.


IEEE Industry Applications Society Newsletter
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The IAS Executive Committee and key volunteers recently met in Fort Worth, TX, USA for an all-day strategic planning session for IAS. The results of the session will be communicated to the membership in future newsletter and magazine articles

Thank you for reading this issue of the IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) Newsletter. If you have IAS-specific news to share with your IAS colleagues please send us an email for possible future publication in an upcoming newsletter.

IAS 2018 Webinar Schedule
IAS is pleased to continue to offer high-quality technical webinars to our members free of charge.

The latest in the series of free webinars is listed below. To view recordings of past webinars please visit the IAS Resource Center.

Cybersecurity and Industrial Control Systems
presented by Chet Santberg, P.E., CL Candberg & Associates
11 April 2018 at 11:00 AM EDT

IAS 2018 Fellows
IEEE Fellow is a distinction reserved for select IEEE members whose extraordinary accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest are deemed fitting of this prestigious grade elevation. The IAS Board and Membership would like to congratulate the following IAS members who have been elevated to IEEE Fellows for 2018:
  • Po-Tai Cheng-for contributions to power converters for microgrid applications-( society: IAS
  • Jung-ik Ha-for contribution to sensorless control of AC drives-( society: IAS
  • Richard Lukaszewski-for contributions to the application of power electronic devices for variable frequency drives-( society: IAS
  • Ronghai Qu-for contributions to flux modulations machines and wind generators-( society: IAS
  • V Sankaran-for leadership in power electronics and energy storage for electric vehicles-( society: IAS
  • Marcelo Valdes-for contributions to improving the safety and reliability of low voltage power systems-( society: IAS
  • Haithem Abu-rub-for contributions to power electronic converters for renewable energy applications-( society: IES
  • Ehab El-saadany-for contributions to distributed generation planning, operation and control-( society: PES
  • James Feltes-for contributions to modelling the dynamic response of power generation systems-( society: PES
  • Noriko Kawakami-for contributions to large-capacity power converters and applications-( society: PELS
  • Shengyi Liu-for application of multifunctional power conversion and power source integration to aircraft-( society: PELS
  • Hans Peter Nee-for contributions to silicon carbide power electronics and modular multilevel converters-( society: PELS
Overlength Page Charges Coming Into Effect
At its October 2017 meeting, the IAS Executive Board adopted a policy to impose an overlength charge on exceptionally long papers published in IEEE Industry Applications Magazine (M-IA) and IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications (T-IA). Here are some details on how that practice will be implemented:
  • The target maximum length of papers published in M-IA and T-IA is nine pages.
  • For exceptionally long papers, a mandatory overlength charge will be determined at the time the page proof is approved for publication, and an invoice for that amount will be sent to the corresponding author.
  • The overlength charge will be calculated at the rate of US$120 per page for pages 11 and above of the final manuscript as formatted for publication M-IA and T-IA. Note that there will be a one-page margin between the target maximum length and the length at which the overlength charge will apply.
  • This overlength policy will apply to papers published in M-IA and T-IA beginning with the January/February 2019 issues. Authors should understand that papers submitted for review in 2018 and subsequently approved for publication may not actually be published until after this overlength policy takes effect.
Call for Web-based Tutorials
The IAS Education Department is developing a tutorial program intended to provide all attendees with an opportunity to enhance the knowledge of a professional working in the field of industry applications and electrical engineering. Tutorials are available to both experienced and new to the profession engineers; they can benefit from the tutorials either by updating or renewing their knowledge base or by accelerating their learning process on new topics. The tutorials should provide value to practicing engineers by combining theory with applications and practical solutions. Topics can range from broad to narrow in scope, and can vary from introductory, intermediate or advanced in technical level. The tutorials will be arranged in one hour modules, and can accommodate an introductory to more advanced presentation in several modules up to a maximum of five modules per topic. Each module of the tutorial must have an interactive Q and A segment for self-evaluation of his/her learning by the attendee. The tutorials will be available on the IAS Resource Center. Compensation for tutorial speakers includes an honorarium of US$1000. In the case of multiple speakers for one tutorial, the honorarium may be shared among the speakers.

Success of the tutorial will be evaluated by collecting data on the number of tutorial attendees, tutorial revenues, attendee comments and other relevant information. A survey for tutorial attendees will be carried out to evaluate the attendees satisfaction with the tutorial. This information will be shared with the tutorial speaker to allow him/her to improve future versions.

Preparation of Proposals
Tutorial proposals should be submitted as a digest containing the title, abstract (no more than 500 words), outline, contact information and short bio of speaker(s) and other relevant information requested in the Tutorial Information Form, which can be downloaded on our website. The speaker bio should describe the qualifications for presenting the proposed tutorial including the work and publications that are most relevant to the proposal. All tutorial proposals will be peer reviewed by at least two experts in the matter. For this purpose, it is strongly recommended to submit a draft version of a section of the tutorial slides. Review results will be shared with the speaker to allow for further improvement of the tutorial.

Submission Procedure
  • Speaker(s) to fill up the Tutorial Information Form and submit it together with a draft of the presentation slides to the IAS Tutorial Committee Chair.
  • The tutorial proposal to be sent for peer review (1 month)
  • Speakers to record presentations with the assistance of IAS staff (1 month)
  • Presentation videos and Q and A modules to be uploaded into IAS Resource Center (1 week)
For additional information and submission, please contact the web-based tutorial committee chair, Marcos Alonso at

IAS Chapters and Membership Department (CMD) Roster
The IAS Chapters and Membership Department announces the 2018-2019 Chapter Area Chairs which cover all ten IEEE Regions. The full roster with contact information available on our website.

2018 IEEE Industrial and Commercial Power Systems Technical Conference
The 54th IEEE IAS Industrial and Commercial Power Systems Technical Conference will be held at the Marriot on the Falls, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada 7-10 May 2018.

The general scope of the conference is to provide practical information about the planning, design, construction, operation and analysis of industrial and commercial power systems.

For more information, please visit our website.

4th Summer Academy on Energy - Registration is Now Open!
The IEEE Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BUTE) Joint IAS and PES (Power and Energy Society) Student Branch Chapter is proud to announce the 4th Summer Academy on Energy (SAE^2), which will be held 12-19 August 2018. Participants can enjoy the amazing SAE atmosphere through lectures from professionals, power plant and site visits and exciting team tasks. The location is again in the heart of Middle-Europe, Budapest, Hungary. With various social events the attendees can also discover the beauty of the city.

The technical topic will be energy storage. It is recognized as a key element in modern energy supply chain and in using renewable energy sources. We try to introduce this interesting topic to the participants in many aspects. You can visit the most recent and greatest energy storage projects in Hungary and meet professionals from industry.

The Organizing Committee of SAE^2 is encouraging undergraduate, MSc and Phd students from fields engineering, IT, economics, science and management from all over the world to apply for SAE^2.

Registration for the Summer Academy is now open. To apply, please fill out this form and send us an email with the required documents at The application deadline is 20 April 2018.

For further information visit our website and follow us on Facebook!

Save the date, come and be an energenius!

2018 IEEE International Smart Cities Conference (ISC2)
The 4th annual IEEE International Smart Cities Conference is the 'flagship conference' sponsored by the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative. ISC2 2018 will bring together researchers and practitioners in a collaborative smart cities discussion, including scholars, citizens, policy makers, administrators, infrastructure operators, industry representatives, economists, sociologists and academicians. Technical exchanges within the research community will encompass panels, plenary talks, technical sessions, tutorials, and exhibitions. The conference theme is Systems Approach for Smarter Communities that address the complex interplay between our technology systems and our service delivery systems.

The IEEE ISC2 will contribute to further develop technical best practices across broad application and functional domains within the context of urban infrastructure systems, and disseminate them to the broad stakeholders.

Prospective authors are encouraged to contribute high-quality original full or short papers to this conference. All submitted papers must be unpublished and not considered elsewhere for publication. The papers should be written in English and formatted according to IEEE template. Conference content will be submitted for inclusion into IEEE Xplore as well as other abstracting and indexing databases.

All submitted manuscripts will be peer reviewed by at least three program committee members. Accepted papers with confirmed presentation will appear in the conference proceedings. The overall Best Paper and Best Student Paper Awards will be given and recognized during the conference.

2018 IEEE Industry Applications Society Annual Meeting

The 2018 IAS Annual Meeting will be held 23-27 September 2018 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, OR, USA. This year the annual meeting will be co-located with the IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE) who will celebrate its 10th anniversary.

Papers submission is now closed. The number of received papers indicates that the annual meeting will be a success.

The technical committees are now reviewing the received contributions. The acceptance/rejection notifications will be sent to the authors by 15 May and accepted authors should submit their final papers to ScholarOne by 15 July (instructions will be sent by 15 June).

The conference registration page will open 15 May. Visit our website to learn more about the conference.

IEEE Power Electronics, Drives and Energy Systems (PEDES) Call for Papers
IEEE Power Electronics, Drives and Energy Systems (PEDES) is a biennial conference that will be hosted at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madrasin Chennai in Chennai, India from 18-21 December 2018.

The conference will feature industry sessions, keynotes and special sessions. The conference is themed towards Electric Vehicles on 19 Dec, Renewable Power on 20 Dec and Industrial Drives on 21 Dec. Keynote talks, Industry sessions and Special Sessions are planned on all three days focusing on the respective theme areas. Tutorials from leading researchers/industry are planned on 18 Dec.

The conference invites submission of original papers. Submissions showing substantial developmental effort, analysis and case studies are also encouraged. For further information please view call for papers.

Important Dates:
Last Date for Submissions: 16 April 2018
Acceptance Notification: 15 July 2018
Final Full Paper Submission Due: 15 September 2018

View the full call for paper on our website.

2018 IEEE/IAS - PCIC Conference
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The Petroleum and Chemical Industry Conference (PCIC) is the premier conference for practicing electrical engineers and other professionals that deals with electrical installations in the oil and gas industry. It is highly regarded for providing top quality papers on a variety of relevant subjects aimed at the all-important electrical industry.

The 2018 PCIC Conference will be held 24-26 September 2018 in Cincinnati, OH, USA.

For further information contact: Dennis Bogh, PCIC Vice-Chair and PCIC Technical Program Chair at

Offering for IAS Members
IAS Resource Center

In an effort to increase member benefits, IAS has created the IAS Resource Center. The Resource Center houses technical information such as webinars, slides and white papers. IAS members must sign in using their IEEE account to access this information free of charge. Anyone that is not an active member of IAS will be charged a fee to access this information.

If there is information that you would like to see in the Resource Center, please send an email to

IAS Conference Calendar
We hold numerous conferences/workshops throughout the year. Please refer to the IAS Conference website for a full listing.

2018 IET 9th International Conference on Power Electronics, Machines & Drives (PEMD)
17-19 April 2018
Liverpool, United Kingdom

2018 3rd International Conference on Intelligent Green Building and Smart Grid (IGBSG)
22-25 April 2018
Yi-Lan, Taiwan

2018 IEEE Rural Electric Power Conference (REPC)
6-9 May 2018
Memphis, TN, USA

2018 IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Industry Conference (IAS/PCA)
6-10 May 2018
Nashville, TN, USA

2018 IEEE/IAS 54th Industrial and Commercial Power Systems Technical Conference (I&CPS)
7-10 May 2018
Niagara Falls, ON, Canada

2018 IEEE 30th International Symposium on Power Semiconductor Devices and ICs (ISPSD)
13-17 May 2018
Chicago, IL, USA

2018 International Power Electronics Conference (IPEC-Niigata 2018 ECCE Asia)
20-24 May 2018
Niigata, Japan

2018 IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo (ITEC)
13-15 June 2018
Long Beach, CA, USA

2018 1st International Conference on Advanced Research in Engineering Sciences (ARES)
15 June 2018
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

2018 IEEE IAS Pulp, Paper and Forest Industries Conference (PPFIC)
17-22 June 2018
Appleton, WI, USA

2018 Electrostatics Joint Conference (ESA)
18-20 June 2018
Boston, MA, USA

2018 International Symposium on Power Electronics, Electrical Drives, Automation and Motion (SPEEDAM)
20-22 June 2018
Amalfi, Italy

2018 IEEE PES/IAS PowerAfrica
28 June-2 July 2018
Capetown, South Africa

2018 IEEE 18th International Power Electronics and Motion Control Conference (PEMC)
26-30 August 2018
Budapest, Hungary

2018 XIII International Conference on Electrical Machines (ICEM)
3-6 September 2018
Alexandroupoli, Greece

2018 IEEE 9th International Symposium on Sensorless Control for Electrical Drives (SLED)
13-14 September 2018
Helsinki, Finland

2018 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE)
23-27 September 2018
Portland, OR, USA

2018 IEEE Industry Applications Society Annual Meeting (IAS)
23-27 September 2018
Portland, OR, USA

2018 IEEE Petroleum and Chemical Industry Technical Conference (PCIC)
24-26 September 2018
Cincinnati, OH USA

2018 21st International Conference on Electrical Machines and Systems (ICEMS)
7-10 October 2018
Jeju-si, Korea (South)

2018 7th International Conference on Renewable Energy Research and Applications (ICRERA)
14-17 October 2018
Paris, France

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