Plenary Speakers

Reliability of HVDC and MVDC Electrical Asset: The Challenge of Insulation Design
Professor Dr. Gian Carlo Montanari
Florida State University, USA
Gian Carlo Montanari (M’87, SM’90, F’00) is currently Research Faculty III at The Center for Advanced Power Systems (CAPS) at the Florida State University, Tallahasse (USA) and Alma Mater Professor of Bologna University, Italy. He has been Full Professor and Chair of Electrical Technology at the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering of the University of Bologna, teaching courses on Technology, Reliability and Asset Management: He has been also Research Fellow at the Texas University at Austin (USA). He has worked in the field of aging and endurance of insulating materials and systems, diagnostics of electrical systems, asset management and innovative electrical materials (magnetics, electrets, super-conductors, nano-materials). He has been engaged also in the fields of power quality and energy market, power electronics, reliability and statistics of electrical systems, and smart grid. He has been involved in IEC, CIGRE and IEEE standardization activities. He has been recognized with several awards, including the IEEE Ziu-Yeda, IEEE Thomas W. Dakin, IEEE Whitehead, IEEE Eric Forster and the IEC 1906 awards. He was founder and President of Techimp, established in 1999. He is author or co-author of more than 800 scientific papers.
High Dielectric and Energy Storage Polymer Dielectrics
Professor Dr. Shengtao Li
Xi’an Jiaotong University, China
Shengtao Li (M’96-SM’2011) received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University (XJTU), China, in 1990. He was a Lecturer, Associate Professor, and Professor of XJTU in 1990, 1993, and 1998, respectively. He was a Research Fellow at Waseda University, Japan, in 1996, and was also a Senior Visiting Scholar at University of Southampton, UK, in 2001. From 1993 to 2003, he was a deputy director of the State Key Laboratory of Electrical Insulating and Power Equipment (SKLEIPE) at XJTU. Since 2003, he has been an executive deputy director of SKLEIPE. He was awarded a Distinguished Young Scholar of China by the National Science Foundation in 2006. He gave Liu Ziyu Memorial Lecture on the 11th International Conference on the Properties and Applications of Dielectric Materials (ICPADM) in 2015. He was the chair of the 6th International Conference on Conditional Monitoring and Diagnosis (CMD) in 2016, the 1st International Conference on Electrical Materials and Power Equipment (ICEMPE) in 2017, the 12th ICPADM in 2018, the 2nd ICEMPE in 2019, the 3rd ICEMPE in 2021, ISH in 2021. His research interests include dielectrics and their application, insulating materials, and electrical insulation. He can be reached by email at
Electrical Insulation Properties of Innovative Functionally Insulating Material toward Application to Electric Power Apparatus
Professor Dr. Masayuki Hikita
Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan
Masayuki Hikita (M’97-SM’98) was born in 1953. He received the B.S., M.S. and Dr. degrees in electrical engineering from Nagoya University, Japan, in 1977, 1979, and 1982, respectively. He was an Assistant Professor, a Lecturer and an Associate Professor at Nagoya University in 1982, 1989, and 1992, respectively. Since 1996, he was a professor of the Department of Electrical Engineering, Kyushu Institute of Technology. Since April 2019 he has been an Emeritus Professor of Kyushu Institute of Technology. He was a Visiting Scientist at the High Voltage Laboratory in MIT, USA, from 1985 to 1987. He received Doctor Honoris Causa from Paul Sabatie University, France in 2018. Dr. Hikita has recently been interested in research on development of new functional insulating materials and evaluation of the high electric field characteristics, diagnostic techniques development for electric power apparatus, and insulation technology development of power electronics device and apparatus such as inverter and semiconductor power module. He is a member of the IEEE (Senior member), the IEE of Japan (Fellow) and CIGRE.
Nanocomposites: Pathways to Dielectric Success
Professor Dr. Alun S. Vaughan
University of Southampton, UK
Alun Vaughan holds a B.Sc. in Chemical Physics and a Ph.D. in Polymer Physics. After conducting postdoctoral research at the University of Reading, he moved to the Central Electricity Research Laboratories of the UK’s Central Electricity Generating Board, before returning to the University of Reading in 1989 as Lecturer in Physics. In 2000, he moved to the University of Southampton, initially, as Reader in Polymeric Materials, before being promoted to Professor of Dielectric Materials in 2007. His major research themes have included ageing processes in dielectrics, nanocomposites and the design of high-performance dielectrics for use in energy-related applications, such as novel cable designs. Prof Vaughan is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, has chaired the Dielectrics Group of the Institute of Physics, served on CIGRE working groups and was the 2016 IEEE Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society’s Eric O. Forster Memorial Lecturer. At the end of September 2020, he formally retired from the University of Southampton, to enable him to concentrate fully on his research.