Member eNewsletter - August 2021

The IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IES) invites nominations for the position of Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Transactions on Mechatronics (TMECH), for a three-year term starting January 2023.

Nominations should be sent to IES Vice-President for Publications, Thilo Sauter,, no later than 20 September 2021.

Self-nomination is permitted.

Criteria for Nominees:

  • Demonstrated competence in the topical areas of TMECH;
  • Demonstrated very high scientific reputation (very good publication records);
  • Demonstrated editorial experience in TMECH as Technical Editor, Senior Editor and/or experience as member of the management committee;
  • Be a member of IES;
  • Preferably experience as author in TMECH/AIM;
  • Other needed qualifications include: leadership experience, high ethical standards, management skills, and a vision to elevate the journal to a new level of excellence.

Requirements for Nominations:

  • A brief IEEE-style biography (up to 250 words) of the nominee;
  • A complete CV and list-of-publications of the nominee;
  • A brief statement from the nominator on nominee’s qualification and how the nominee meets the criteria listed above;
  • A statement (up to 500 words) from the nominee on his/her vision for the journal.

Outstanding Paper Award for the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics

  • He Chen, Ning Sun, “Nonlinear Control of Underactuated Systems Subject to Both Actuated and Unactuated State Constraints with Experimental Verification”, vol. 67, no. 9, pp. 7702-7714, Sept. 2020.
  • Jose O. Gonzalez, Ruizhu Wu, Saeed Jahdi, Olayiwola Alatise, “Performance and Reliability Review of 650 V and 900 V Silicon and SiC Devices: MOSFETs, Cascode JFETs and IGBTs”, vol. 67, No. 9, pp.7375-7385, Sept. 2020.
  • Cong Xiong, Haiping Xu, Tao Guan, Peng Zhou, “A Constant Switching Frequency Multiple-Vector-Based Model Predictive Current Control of Five-Phase PMSM with Nonsinusoidal Back EMF”, vol. 67, no. 3, pp. 1695-1707, March 2020.

Outstanding Paper Award for the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics

  • Ruonan Liu, Boyuan Yang, Alexander G. Hauptmann, “Simultaneous Bearing Fault Recognition and Remaining Useful Life Prediction Using Joint-Loss Convolutional Neural Network”, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 87-96, Jan. 2020.
  • Shuiguang Deng, Zhengzhe Xiang, Peng Zhao, Javid Taheri, Honghao Gao, Jianwei Yin, Albert Y. Zomaya, “Dynamical Resource Allocation in Edge for Trustable Internet-of-Things Systems: A Reinforcement Learning Method”, vol. 16, no. 9, pp. 6103-6113, Sept. 2020.

Best Paper Award for the IEEE Industrial Electronics Magazine

  • Marco Liserre, Giampaolo Buticchi, Jose Ignacio Leon, Abraham M. Alcaide, Vivek Raveendran, Youngjong Ko, Markus Andresen, Vito G. Monopoli, Leopoldo Franquelo, ”Power Routing - A New Paradigm for Maintenance Scheduling“, pp. 33-45, Sept. 2020.
  • Tuyen V. Vu, Bang L.H. Nguyen, Zheyuan Cheng, Mo-Yuen Chow, Bin Zhang, ”Cyber-Physical Microgrids – Toward Future Resilient Communities”, pp.4-17, Sept. 2020.

Best Conference Paper Award

  • Sergio Toledo, Magno Ayala, Edgar Maqueda, Marco Rivera, Tomislav Dragicevic, Pat Wheeler, Raul Gregor, Alfredo Renault, “Active and Reactive Control Based on Predictive Voltage Control in A Six-Phase Generation System Using Modular Matrix Converter”, pp. 1059-1065.

Student Best Paper Award

  • Vincenzo Madonna (student), Luca Lusuardi (student), for the paper by Vincenzo Madonna, Paolo Giangrande, Luca Lusuardi, Andrea Cavallini, Chris Gerada, and Michale Galea, “Thermal Overload and Insulation Aging of Short Duty Cycle, Aerospace Motors,” IEEE Trans. on Industrial Electronics, vol. 67, no.4, pp. 2618- 2629, April 2020.

With the rapid advances of Internet-of-Things (IoT) and big-data technologies, there have been increasing interests in the development and implementation of advanced artificial intelligence methods to address reliability and prognostic challenges in various industrial systems. This special section deals with AI methods for reliability assessment, condition monitoring and fault diagnosis and many other AI related topics.

Submit your work to this special section, organized by: Prof. Robin G. Qiu, Prof. Yan-Fu Li, Dr. Zhaojun Steven Li, Prof. Enrico Zio


Recent advances in power semiconductor devices, soft magnetic materials and controllers have led to the development of high power density efficient power electronic converters with high-frequency magnetic links. This special section will serve to collect recent advancements in energy conversion with high-frequency magnetic linked power converters with the emphasis on the new design, optimization, switching, and control methods and new protection and condition monitoring techniques.

Submit your work to this special section, organized by: Dr. Rabiul Islam, Dr. Mohd Hasan Ali, Dr. Wensheng Song, Dr. Nishad Mendis.


In our June eNewsletter, you heard about the IES humanitarian initiative for a campus located in San Matias municipality of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. A project aiming to improve the health and education by introducing off-grid solar powered lighting, charging station, and cooking fans.

In this message from John P. Nelson, President of IEEE Smart Village, you will discover behind the scenes how our IEEE IES heroes finally achieved this project despite numerous obstacles!


The IEEE-IES encompasses a wide range of R&D areas that are fundamentally related to Power Electronics, from Power Generation, Transmission, to the End User, and is well positioned to tackle large scale R&D issues in Power Electronics of cross-disciplinary nature that require an integrated multidisciplinary approach. Therefore, the IEEE IES Technical Committee on Power Electronics brings together expertise of IES members to address technical challenges from a system viewpoint for the advancement of Power Electronics technology.

People are welcome to get involved in our activities and join our technical committee to perform studies.


Standards benefit organizations in quality, lead time, supply chain management and costs. Standards TC recommends Standards of Engineering Practices to be followed in Fields of Interest of IES, coordinates and facilitates standards across the technical activities of IES, assists other TCs and IES members that generate and develop IEEE standards in its Field of Interest. Recent work includes developing standards in emerging areas of industrial sensors and systems, industrial communications, industrial agents, industrial power and energy systems, industrial wireless technologies, multi-access edge computing, and digital transformation. It also establishes Centers of Expertise providing interoperability and compliance services for industry and users, and holds InterOp Plugfests at IES conferences.


Fault diagnosis and remaining useful life (RUL) prediction are always two major issues in modern industrial systems, which are usually regarded as two separated tasks to make the problem easier but ignore the fact that there is certain information of these two tasks that can be shared to improve the performance. In this paper, to capture common features between different relative problems, a joint-loss convolutional neural network (JL-CNN) architecture is proposed in this paper. Results show that the proposed method has great advantage compared with SVM and CNN. It can be applied for the intercrossed applications.


Z packed U-cell (ZPUC) converter topology is presented in this paper as a new type of multilevel converter topology that can be operated in a single phase as well as in three-phase configurations while using a single DC source. A full topology sequence of operation and performance analysis of ZPUC based on the 5-L inverter is investigated and experimentally validated on a 3 kVA prototype. The obtained results illustrate the good dynamic performance of the proposed topology and the implemented integrated switching pattern voltage balancing.



By Massimiliano Pirani (Marche Polytechnic University, Ancona, Italy) - 15 June 2021

This webinar aims at discussing most promising technologies and architectures for an explainable and extended artificial intelligence that should be at the core of the future digital transformation, in proper control of the abuses and misuses that might generate new forms of societal alienation and divide.


By Thomas I. Strasser and Filip Pröstl Andrén (AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Vienna, Austria) - 29 June 2021

This webinar discusses and summarizes the main needs and requirements as well as the status quo in research and development related to the engineering and validation of cyber-physical energy systems. Also, validation examples and short demos are presented. Finally, research trends and necessary future activities are outlined.

Check previously recorded webinars on IES Resource Center
Toronto (Canada) - Fully Virtual | 13-16 October 2021
Contributing authors and editors to this issue:
ITeN editorial board, Thilo Sauter, Hiromasa Haneda, Chandan Chakraborty, John P. Nelson, Morgan Kiani, Roberto Oboe, Sertac Bayhan, Allen Chen, Ruonan Liu, Leopoldo Franquelo, Saeed Arazm.

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