Caius Vinicius Sampaio Malagoli

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Graduated from Guaratinguetá Faculty of Engineering (UNESP) and master in Electrical Engineering from the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo (USP), Malagoli holds a postgraduate degree in Energy Management from Mackenzie University, in Finance from IBMEC-SP and in Business Management by the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV). With 27 years of experience, Malagoli has been with CPFL Energia since 2002, having held various leadership positions, including areas such as Electrical Systems Planning, Regulation, Asset Management and Engineering. In 2016, he took over the Engineering Directorate and is at the forefront of Innovation projects, insertion of new technologies and smart grids.


David Elizondo

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David Elizondo is the Director of International Business of Quanta Technology. He has a broad range of experience in electric power transmission and distribution, which includes more than 19 years of extensive experience in power system analysis, simulations, and application of new technologies for electric power systems. In 2008-2009, Dr. Elizondo participated in a seminal project for the California Utilities Commission in USA for applied research in large scale energy storage. Results of that report were used to apply for US DOE funds for the design and installation of 8 MW/32 MWhr Battery Energy Storage facility in California, in 2013, nearby a large wind generation plant. In 2016-2017, Dr. Elizondo was directing a USTDA funded project that developed the technical, economic and financial viability of applying large scale battery energy storage solutions in Colombia, Mexico and Brazil. This project analyzed more than 16 large energy storage applications around the world and identified at least 9 potential projects in Colombia, Mexico and Brazil. As part of the project, Dr. Elizondo has met with planning, operations, and regulations officials in Mexico, Colombia and Brazil to disseminate the best practices and promote the technology benefits.


Djalma Falcão

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Djalma Falcão obtained his B.Sc. in 1971 from the Federal University of Paraná, Brazil, the M.Sc. in 1973 from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the Ph.D. in 1981 from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), UK. Since 1974, he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering of COPPE, the Graduate School of Engineering of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, where he is currently a Full Professor. From 1991 to 1993 he was on sabbatical leave at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences of the University of California at Berkeley. His general research interest is in the area of computer methods for power system simulation, optimization, and control, and the application of high performance computing and intelligent systems techniques to power system problems. Prof. Falcão is an IEEE Fellow.


Edison Ribeiro da Silva

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Edison Ribeiro da Silva received the B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Federal Technological University of Paraná, Brazil, in 1999, and MBA in Business Management from FAE Business School in 2010. He joined Copel Distribution S.A. in 1993, having worked in the management of several processes. He has an extensive experience in energy distribution, including more than 28 years in power distribution, such as system operation and maintenance, power metering, billing, collection and regulation. Currently, he works in the Smart Grid Area, conducting special automation and AMI projects.


Jairo Quirós-Tortós

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Jairo Quirós-Tortós received the B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Costa Rica in 2008, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering (focused on Power Systems) from The University of Manchester, UK, in 2014. He worked as Post-doctoral Research Associate at The University of Manchester from 2014 to 2016 and his work focused on network integration of electric vehicles. Currently, he is Associate Professor at the University of Costa Rica, where he is the Head of the Department of Energy Systems and the Coordinator of the Electric Power & Energy Research Laboratory (EPERLab). His current research interests include network integration of distributed energy resources (amongst others). Dr. Quirós-Tortós has over 65 journals and conferences published in the top journals and most relevant conferences in the world, 1 patent and over 20 technical reports to industry. Dr. Quirós-Tortós is Senior Member of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers) and currently serves as IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Regional Conference Liaison in Latin America

Lina Bertling Tjernberg

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Dr. Lina Bertling Tjernberg is Professor in Power Grid Technology at KTH – the Royal Institute of Technology. She is the Director of the Energy Platform at KTH. Her research aims to develop models for electric power solutions for the future sustainable energy system. Areas of special expertise are in applied reliability theory and maintenance management. Dr. Bertling Tjernberg has previously been Professor at Chalmers University of Technology in Sustainable Power System and the Head of the Power System Group, and with the Swedish National Grid as Director of the Research and Development. Dr. Bertling Tjernberg is a Senior Member of IEEE, the Chair of the Swedish PE/PEL Chapter, and is a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE PES. She has served in the Governing Board of IEEE PES, as an Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid Technologies, and chaired the first IEEE ISGT Europe Conference. She is an expert for the EU commission within Energy, ICT and Security. She is appointed by the Swedish Government as a member of the advisory council of the Energy Markets Inspectorate, and is a member of the National Strategic Council for Wind Power, and of the Scientific Board of the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency. She has published over 100 papers and several book chapters. She is an author of CRC Press with a book on “Infrastructure Asset Management with Power System Examples,” April 2018.

Luis Ochoa

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Luis (Nando) Ochoa is Professor of Smart Grids and Power Systems at The University of Melbourne, Australia, and part-time Professor of Smart Grids at The University of Manchester, United Kingdom. His expertise in network integration of low carbon technologies and his extensive portfolio of industrial and academic projects have led to 140+ publications, 60+ technical reports, and one patent filed by Psymetrix Ltd. Prof. Ochoa is an IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer and is also an Editorial Board Member of the IEEE Power and Energy Magazine. Prof. Ochoa is an IEEE Senior Member since 2012. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from UNI (Peru), and a Research MSc and a PhD in Electrical Power Engineering, both from UNESP Ilha Solteira (Brazil).

Martin Wolter

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Prof. Martin Wolter is the head of Institute of Electric Power Systems at the Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany. Prior to that, he was responsible for the system operation concept development of the German TSO 50Hertz Transmission GmbH. He holds a diploma, Dr.-Ing. and postdoctoral degree from the Leibniz University, Hannover, Germany. His research interests are efficient modeling of the electric power system, transmission and distribution system planning and operation, power system automation by artificial intelligence and asset management. He has published more than 100 papers and 3 books. Prof. Martin is member of VDE ETG, senior member of IEEE PES, board member of the IEEE PES German chapter and member of the German federal government advisory boards on System Security and on Smart Grid/Smart Meter.

Vladimiro Miranda

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Vladimiro Miranda was born in Porto, Portugal. He graduated in Electrical Engineering in 1977 and received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from FEUP, the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, Portugal, in 1982. He joined FEUP in 1981 and joined INESC in 1985, a top R&D institute in Portugal where he came to be coordinator of the area of Power Systems during the 90’s. Prof. Miranda is an IEEE Fellow and member of the IEEE Distinguished Lecturer Program. He was a member of the Board of directors of INESC TEC Portugal an R&D private non-profit organization recognized by the Ministry of Science and with the University of Porto as the main associate for 18 years until June 2018. He has been responsible for many research projects at international level, in the European Union, United States and Brazil, and has authored or co-authored over 200 publications, especially in areas related with Power Systems and the application of Computational Intelligence to Power Systems. He is the recipient in 2013 of the IEEE Power Engineering Society Ramakumar family Renewable Energy Excellence Award.


Hugo F. Perez

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Hugo F. Perez is a reliability professional with over 18 years of experiencein regulatory matters and Bulk Electric Systems maintenance, planning and operations. Hugo has in depth knowledge of the electric regulatory compliance construct in North America, with a background that includes direct involvement in regulatory processes with entities across the United States, Canada and Mexico.

As a Senior Engineer at NERC, at NERC he has been responsible for performing compliance evaluations, investigations and certifications, identifying gaps in reliability standards, handling complaints and reviewing system events with a compliance perspective.

Prior to joining NERC, Hugo worked as a Senior Engineer in Transmission Planning with Southern Company, where he conducted transmission planning studies and created expansion plans for the state of Georgia. As a support engineer with System Operations at Georgia Power, he provided guidance to power system coordinators by addressing and resolving technical issues, gaining expertise in emergency operating procedures and event analysis (including Blackstart, Underfrequency, Undervoltage, System Emergency, etc.).

At Georgia Power, he gained experience in installing, troubleshooting and commissioning substation equipment at several voltage levels (transmission and distribution) as a substation Test Engineer. Hugo`s expertise included SCADA, protective schemes and relay applications, switching procedures and substation integration and automation.

Hugo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Enginnering from the National University of Colombia (Bogota, Colombia) and a certificate in Power Systems from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is registered as a Professional Engineer in the state of Georgia and is a NERC certified System Operator – Reliability.