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    Dr. Akshay Kumar Rathore


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Dr. Akshay Kumar Rathore received the M.Tech. degree in electrical machines and drives from the Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi, India, in 2003, and the Ph.D. degree in power electronics from the University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada, in 2008.,He had two subsequent postdoctoral research appointments with the University of Wuppertal, Germany, and the University of Illinois, Chicago, IL, USA. From November 2010 to February 2016, he was an Assistant Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore. He is currently an Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada. He has authored or coauthored more than 200 research papers in international journals and conferences, including 72 IEEE transactions. His research interests include current-fed converters and multilevel inverters.,Dr. Rathore was the recipient of the 2013 IEEE IAS Andrew W. Smith Outstanding Young Member Achievement Award, 2014 Isao Takahashi Power Electronics Award, and 2017 IEEE IES Early Career Award. He is a Distinguished Lecturer and Executive Board Member-at-Large of IEEE Industry Applications Society. He is an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification, IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, and IEEE Journal of Emerging Selected Topics in Power Electronics. He is a Paper Review Chair for the IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications for Industrial Automation and Control.


    Prof. Frede Blaabjerg


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Prof. Frede Blaabjerg (S’86–M’88–SM’97–F’03) was with ABB-Scandia, Randers, Denmark, from 1987 to 1988. From 1988 to 1992, he got the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering at Aalborg University in 1995. He became an Assistant Professor in 1992, an Associate Professor in 1996, and a Full Professor of power electronics and drives in 1998. From 2017 he became a Villum Investigator. He is honoris causa at University Politehnica Timisoara (UPT), Romania and Tallinn Technical University (TTU) in Estonia. His current research interests include power electronics and its applications such as in wind turbines, PV systems, reliability, harmonics and adjustable speed drives. He has published more than 600 journal papers in the fields of power electronics and its applications. He is the co-author of four monographs and editor of ten books in power electronics and its applications. He has received 28 IEEE Prize Paper Awards, the IEEE PELS Distinguished Service Award in 2009, the EPE-PEMC Council Award in 2010, the IEEE William E. Newell Power Electronics Award 2014 and the Villum Kann Rasmussen Research Award 2014. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS from 2006 to 2012. He has been Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Power Electronics Society from 2005 to 2007 and for the IEEE Industry Applications Society from 2010 to 2011 as well as 2017 to 2018. In 2018 he is President Elect of IEEE Power Electronics Society. He is nominated in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 by Thomson Reuters to be between the most 250 cited researchers in Engineering in the world.


    Prof. B.G. Fernandes


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Prof. B.G. Fernandes is a Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), The National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI) and senior member IEEE. He is an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics. He is currently providing services as professor in Department of Electrical Engineering at IIT Bombay, India. He is the author and coauthor of 272 publications in international journals and conferences. Dr. B.G. Fernandes contributions have acclaimed recognition from honourable subject experts around the world. Dr. B.G. Fernandes academic career is decorated with several reputed awards and funding. His research interests are in Inverter topologies for VAR compensation, Power electronic interfaces for non-conventional energy sources, Permanent magnet machines for wind power generation and Switched reluctance machines for electric vehicle application. He holds bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathakal, India, 1984, masters degree from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India, 1989 and Ph.D degree from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India, 1993


    Mr. Chandrasekhar V


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Mr. Chandrasekhar V is an Associate Director, Power Electronics Group in C DAC, Thiruvananthapuram. He handled several projects in industrial and actively associated with different societies and academics. He is the author and coauthor of reputed Journals and proceedings. His area of interest is Switch-mode power conversion, WBG devices based SMPC, Power factor correctors, Soft switching converters, Battery chargers, Energy storage and retrieval systems for EV/HEV, Hybrid Energy Storage Systems(HESS), Digital controller for AC drives, Converters for Fuel cell power plants and other renewable energy sources and Automotive power electronics. Currently he is pursuing Ph.D at National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, master’s degree from College of Engineering Guindy, Anna University , Chennai and Bachelor Degree at Coimbatore Institute of Tech, Coimbatore Chennai.


    Dr. Jeevanand Seshadrinath


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Dr. Jeevanand Seshadrinath (S’07–M’10) received the Ph.D. degree in intelligent condition monitoring of induction machines from the Electrical Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, New Delhi, India, in 2013. From 2015 to 2016, he was a Research Fellow with the Rolls Royce@NTU Corporate Lab, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Roorkee, Roorkee, India. His current research focuses on topics related to diagnosis and prognosis of electrical machines, using both model-based and data-driven approaches. He also works on application areas of advanced signal processing and computational intelligence techniques for solving problems in electrical systems, particularly related to electrical machines and drives. Dr. Seshadrinath is an active member of the IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS). He was previously an ExeCom member of the IEEE (PES-IAS and PELS-IES) Chapters of the IEEE Delhi Section.