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Activities 2003-2013


2013 Seminars and initiatives
Scientific session "Envision and innovation", 05 Jul 2013 09:15

"Solar Photovoltaic Energy:   Generation Technology of the Future", 08 Jul 2013 10:30

2012 Seminars and initiatives
1. Tutorial on Integration of Secondary Substation Real-Time Information, 09 Sep 2012 14:00

2. Tutorial on Frequency Control and Inertia Response Schemes for the Future Power Networks, 09 Sep 2012 14:00

3. Special Session on IEEE Standards-Related Activities and Trends in Smart Grid, 11 Sep 2012 16:30

2011 Seminars and initiatives
Alternative Energy: Global Perspectives and Power Quality Impacts by Mark Halpin, 09 Nov 2011 15:00

Smarter Grid for Sustainable and Affordable Energy Future by Wanda Reder, 17 Nov 2011 16:00

2010 Seminars and initiatives
Technical seminars:

1. On March 16th, 2010, Prof. Costas Vournas (Fellow IEEE, Professor in the Electrical Energy Systems Laboratory of the School of Electrical and Computer  Engineering of National Technical University of Athens, Greece), gave the technical seminar “Voltage Security Assessment and Protection against Voltage Collapse” at University of Bologna.

2. On December 13th, 2010, Prof. Akihiro Ametani (Fellow IET, IEEE, Power System Analysis Laboratory, Doshisha University - Kyotanabe Campus, Japan), gave the technical seminar “Power Cable Modelling” at University of Bologna.

The seminars were attended by about 40 people (Ph. D. students from Italian Universities and engineers from Industries), and were followed by interesting discussions.

Patronage of Workshop and Conferences:

1. International Workshop on “Il futuro del silicio nel fotovoltaico”, October 28th, 2010, Sala Conferenze Luigi Stringa, Povo di Trento, Italy.

2. Internationa ConferenceMy Transfo 2010”, November 23-24, 2010,  Politecnico di Torino, Italy.

2009 Seminars and initiatives
1. On May 6th 2009, in Turin, Prof. Bikash Pal (Imperial College, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, London), gave the technical seminar “LINEAR MATRIX INEQUALITY (LMI) APPROACH TO DAMPING CONTROL DESIGN EMPLOYING FACTS DEVICES”, in the framework of IEEE Distinguished Lecturer Program. The seminar was attended by about 40 people (Ph.D. students from Italian Universities and engineers from Industries), and was followed by interesting discussions.

2. On September 25th 2009, in Bologna, Prof. Mohammad Shahidehpour (Illinois Institute of Technology, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Chicago), gave the technical seminar “IMPACT OF RENEWABLE ENERGY ON RESTRUCTURED ELECTRIC POWER SYSTEMS”, in the framework of IEEE Distinguished Lecturer Program. The seminar was attended by about 35 people (Ph.D. students from Italian Universities and engineers from Industries), and was followed by interesting discussions.

3. On September 28th 2009, a round table on “Electric Networks of the Future” was organized by IEEE-PES Italian Chapter during the National Conference AEIT 2009 held in Catania, Italy. The chairman of the round table was C.A. Nucci from Università di Bologna and the panelists where Chen-Ching Liu (National University of Ireland, Dublin), Prof. Mohammad Shahidehpour (Illinois Institute of Technology), Hans B. (Teddy) Püttgen (Professeur de l’Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) and Eugenio Di Marino (Enel Infrastrutture e Reti). The round table was attended by about 100 people (Professors and Ph.D. students from Italian Universities and engineers from Industries), and was followed by interesting discussions.

4. On December 11th 2009, in Milan, Dr. M. Samotyj (Technical Executive - Power Delivery and Utilization Sector, EPRI” gave the technical seminar ”OUTAGE AND PQ COST TO US INDUSTRIAL AND DIGITAL ECONOMY SECTORS (2002-2003)” during the event organized by the Milan Polytechinic on “Power Quality Costs”. During the event, prof. A. Testa delivered the prize “Best Thesis Award in Power Engineering for year 2008” to M. S. Pasquadibisceglie (XVIII Ciclo, Politecnico di Milano) for his PhD thesis on "Monte Carlo methods in a deregulated market: transit limits and bilateral contracts”. The seminar was attended by about 25 people (Ph.D. students from Italian Universities and engineers from Industries), and was followed by interesting discussions.

2008 Seminars
1. On September 1st, 2008, Dr. Graeme M. Burt (Institute for Energy & Environment, University of Strathcly, England), gave the technical seminar “Distribution power systems in perspective: getting smart”.

2. On September 1st, 2008, Dr. Sandro M. Tenconi  (Manager of the Electronics Dept., Ansaldo Ricerche SpA, Italy), gave the technical seminar “Recent developments of power electronic interfaces for distributed generation”.

3. On September 1st, 2008, Prof. Alfredo Testa, Fellow IEEE and Professor of Electrical Power Systems at the Second University of Naples, Italy, gave the technical  seminar “Power Quality Issues of Active Distribution Networks”.

All of the three speeches were given during a tutorial on "Philosophies and technologies for future distribution networks" run within the framework of the Italian School of Doctorate on Power Systems “Bruno Delfino” in association with the UPEC2008 Conference hosted by the University of Padova, Italy, from 1 to 4 September, 2008. The seminars were attended by about 40 people (Ph. D. students from Italian Universities and engineers from Industries), and were followed by interesting discussions.


2007 Seminar
Technical Meeting
Title: Power System Analysis Techniques and Tools: Past, Present and Future
Presenter: Dr. Claudio Canizares, Fellow IEEE and Professor at Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of The University of Waterloo, CANADA (September 29, 2007)

- Title: An Overview of Computer Simulation Methods for Electromagnetic Transients in Power Systems
Presenter: Prof. Hermann W. Dommel, Fellow IEEE and Professor at The University of British Columbia, Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering,Vancouver, CANADA   (October 26, 2007)



2005 Technical Meeting
- Title: Electric power engineering research: Where do we go from here?
Presenter: Prof. Dr. Hans B. Puttgen, President, IEEE Power Engineering Society
Tuesday, October 25
, 2005  (time: 11:00-12:30 - 'Aula di Consiglio' - Faculty of Engineering, University of Bologna, viale Risorgimento 2, Bologna) 
About the Speaker: Hans B. (Teddy) Pűttgen is Georgia Power Professor and Vice Chair for External Affairs in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Pűttgen is the Director and Management Board Chair of the National Electric Energy Test, Research and Application Center, NEETRAC. Launched in 1996, NEETRAC is a membership driven organization focusing on research and test projects in the field of electric power delivery systems and apparatus. It presently has 29 members among major US electric utilities and equipment manufacturers. The NEETRAC annual budget is five million dollars, entirely funded by industry – the staff comprises some 30 full-time engineering and technical staff. Faculty and students from the Georgia Institute of Technology are also actively engaged in several NEETRAC projects. Teddy Pűttgen serves as Président of Georgia Tech Lorraine, the European campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology located in Metz, France. Georgia Tech Lorraine is incorporated as a not-for-profit organization under French law. At Georgia Tech Lorraine, the Georgia Institute of Technology offers graduate degree granting education programs in engineering and computer science. Double degree programs are also offered at Georgia Tech Lorraine in close collaboration with premier French and European institutions. Undergraduate programs in engineering, management as well as social sciences and humanities are also offered. A joint research laboratory has been created with the French CNRS: GTL CNRS Telecom. Teddy Pűttgen serves as President of the Power Engineering Society of IEEE. He has also served as Vice President for Meetings and Vice President for University and Industry Relations of the Power Engineering Society as well as Chair for the Atlanta Chapter. He is a recipient of the IEEE third millennium medal. He graduated from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne with the Ingénieur Diplômé degree in Electrical Engineering. He holds graduate degrees in Business Administration and Management from the University of Lausanne. His PhD, in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis in electric power, is from the University of Florida. He is a past recipient of the IEEE Award for Outstanding Faculty Advisor and of the ASEE DOW Outstanding Young Faculty award. He is a member of the Sigma Xi, Phi Kappa Phi, Tau Pi Beta and Eta Kappa Nu honor societies.
(presentation available
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IEEE PES St. Petersburg PowerTech 2005
St Petersburg, Russia, June 27-30, 2005 (
https://www.sei.irk.ru/PowerTech2005). Chaiman of the St. Petersburg IEEE PowerTech is Prof. Nikolai Voropai.


2004 Seminar
Technical Meeting
Title: Locating Faults in Power Systems: An Approach based on the Wavelet Transform of Travelling Waves
Presenter: Prof. Dr. Ali ABUR, IEEE Fellow, Department of Electrical Engineering, Texas A&M University – USA
- Tuesday, November 2, 2004 (time: 16-18, Faculty of Engineering, University of Bologna, viale Risorgimento 2, Bologna)
About the Topic: This seminar is concerned about fast and accurate location of power system faults. Fault location can be carried out fairly accurately provided that synchronized signals are available from the terminal buses of the faulted line. However, such measurements are not always available, especially at the lower voltage distribution systems, where the system configuration is essentially radial and measurements are typically taken at a single location at the beginning of the feeder. In such cases, most of the conventional methods fail to provide a solution due to the existence of multiple possible locations corresponding to the measured signals at the root of the feeder. In this presentation, an alternative approach will be described. The essential idea is to monitor the travelling waves initiated by the fault and use the information about network topology to infer the location of the fault. This is accomplished by identifying the arrival times of the travelling waves via the application of the discrete time wavelet transform to the modal components of the fault signals. Examples involving meshed, radial and T-connected power system topologies are given to demonstrate the proposed method. The method is shown to be insensitive to the existence of series capacitors, mutually coupled lines and the unknown value of the fault impedance.
(presentation available

VI Bulk Power System Dynamics and Control Symposium
Cortina D'Ampezzo, Italy, August 22-27, 2004
Full details, including author information, registration and location are available on the symposium website:

Workshop AEIT-IEEE-PES sul Blackout
La Federazione AEIT e la Power Engineering Society dell'IEEE organizzano congiuntamente il workshop "Blackout americano e italiano: cause e rimedi" che si terrà Lunedi, 10 maggio 2004 presso la Residenza di Ripetta di Roma. Obiettivo dell'evento confrontare i provvedimenti che si stanno predisponendo per ridurre la probabilità di tali evenienze. Per Informazioni: AEIT - Ufficio Centrale, tel. 02 77790218,215, fax 02 798817, email: iandolo@aei.it, notaro@aei.it

IEEE Distinguished Lecturer Program (DLP)
Technical Meeting
Title: Sustainable Electric Power Systems in the 21st Century: Requirements, Challenges and the Role of New Technologies
Presenter: Prabha Kundur, Ph.D., FIEEE; FCAE - President & CEO - Powertech Labs Inc., Surrey, B.C., CANADA
Two dates and locations for the same lecture:
- Tuesday, March 9, 2004 (time: 11:00-13:00, Faculty of Engineering, University of Genova, Room Sala Conferenze, ground floor at DIE - Dipartimento di Ingegneria Elettrica, via Opera Pia 11a - Genova)
- Friday, March 12, 2004 (time: 11:00-13:00 - Faculty of Engineering, University of Bologna, Aula Magna, viale Risorgimento 2, Bologna)
About the Topic: Sustainability of electric power systems requires balancing the business across three areas: economic, social and environmental. This will have a profound impact on how power systems will be planned, built and operated in the future. In the evolving electricity supply industry environment, the challenges are to produce, transmit, and use energy in an environmentally friendly manner, to reduce costs by improving operating efficiency and business practices, and enhance the reliability and quality of power supply. In particular, there will be a greater need to address power system security issues and develop measures to prevent the occurrence of widespread blackouts. Research and development of new technologies will play a major role in shaping the future directions of power systems in this regard. This presentation will describe these changes affecting the electric power industry and identify new technologies that will influence the changes.
About the Speaker: Dr. Prabha Kundur holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto and has over 30 years of experience in the electric power industry. He is currently the President and CEO of Powertech Labs Inc., the research and technology subsidiary of BC Hydro. Prior to joining Powertech in 1993, he worked at Ontario Hydro for over 20 years and was involved in the planning, design and operation of power systems. He has served as Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto since 1979 and at the University of British Columbia since 1994. He is the author of the book Power System Stability and Control (McGraw-Hill, 1994). He has performed extensive international consulting and has delivered technical courses for utilities and universities around the world. He has a long record of service and leadership in the IEEE PES. He has chaired numerous committees and working groups of the PES, and was elected as a Fellow of the IEEE in 1985. He is currently the Chair of the IEEE Power System Dynamic Performance Committee. He is also active in CIGRE, and is currently the Chair of the CIGRE Study Committee C4 on System Technical Performance. He is the recipient of the 1997 IEEE Nikola Tesla Award and the 1999 CIGRE Technical Committee Award. Dr. Kundur has received a numerous other honors recently. In 2003 he was inducted as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineers and was also awarded Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Politechnica of Bucharest, Romania. The University of Waterloo is awarding him Doctor of Engineering, Honoris Causa at its Spring Convocation in June 2004.
(presentation available
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Power Electronics for transportation systems (in Italian)
Co-sponsored by AEI and CIFI
University of Bologna, Italy
March 20, 2003

Organization: Massimo Iandolo - Segreteria Organizzativa AEI
phone: 02 77790218/215

IEEE PES Bologna PowerTech 2003
University of Bologna, Italy
June 23-26, 2003


The second IEEE Power Tech Conference of the XXI century was held in Bologna –Italy from 23 to 26 of June 2003. The event is sponsored by the IEEE Power Engineering Society and will be organized by the Power Systems Unit of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Bologna, the Italian AEI, technical co- sponsors, and the local PES Chapter of IEEE.

Preferential subjects: • Restructuring of the electricity industry and transnational networks; • Planning and operation of power systems under market conditions; • System services in deregulated markets; • Integration of dispersed generation in the networks; • Power system dynamics; • EMC/ Power quality; • Lightning and electromagnetic transients; • Security assessment and risk analysis; • Diagnostics and reliability; • Power system protection; • Power system insulation; • Power electronics; • Renewable energy sources and storage devices; • Power system instrumentation, measurements and automation; • Power systems communication.

Web site: https://www.powertech03.unibo.it/

Report on 2003 IEEE Bologna PowerTech

The Presentations at the Opening Session, the report on the Best Student Paper Award results, as well as picture and clip galleries are now available at the web site https://www.powertech03.unibo.it.
Comments on the event:

- https://services3.ieee.org/organizations/pes/public/2003/sep/pestop.html). 

- search for: "Bologna Power Tech" at


A conference permanent Steering Committee has been set up, chaired by C.A. Nucci. The IEEE 2005 Power Tech Conference will be held in S. Petersburg June 27-30, 2005 (https://www.sei.irk.ru/PowerTech2005).

The R8 General Chapter Chairs meeting for 2003,
organized by Patrick Bornard (RTE, France) who is the Region 8 Representative for the Power Engineering Society, has been held in occasion of the IEEE Bologna Power Tech, on Sunday June 22nd