Prof. Masayuki Hikita. Kyusu Institute of Technology, Japan
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 has been a professor of the Department of Electrical Engineering, Kyushu Institute of Technology.

He was a Visiting Scientist at the High Voltage Laboratory in MIT, USA, from 1985 to 1987. Dr. Hikita has recently been interested in research on development of diagnostic techniques of 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 Japan Society of Applied Physics and the IEE of Japan.

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Prof. Guan-Jun Zhang (M’02) was born in Shandong Province, China, in October 1970. He received the B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University (XJTU), Xi’an, China, in 1991, 1994 and 2001, respectively.From July 1994, he worked as a Teacher Assistant with the State Key Laboratory of Electrical Insulation and Power Equipment and the School of Electrical Engineering at XJTU, and since June 2004, he has been a full Professor with XJTU. From October 1998 to September 1999, he was a Visiting Researcher with Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan, engaged in electroluminescence and discharge phenomena of solid insulating materials. From August 2006 to February 2007, he was a Senior Visiting Fellow with Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, US, engaged in secondary electron emission characteristic and plasma simulation. From August to October 2008, he was a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellow with Saitama University, Japan, engaged in flashover physics in vacuum. His current research interests concentrate on high voltage insulation and discharge phenomena, especially dielectric response phenomena and condition maintenance of oil-paper insulation system, surface discharge and flashover across solid insulation, low temperature plasma and biomedical applications.

He has published more than 150 journal articles and conference papers and 12 Chinese patents. He received 2003 China National Top 100 Excellent Doctoral Dissertation Award, 2004 China New Century Excellent Talents in University, 2006 China Fok Ying Tong Research Award for University Young Teachers, 2008 IEEE Chatterton Young Investigator Award of 23rd International Symposium on Discharges and Electrical Insulation in Vacuum (ISDEIV), 2011 Distinguished Young Scholar of National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), and other awards and prizes from Chinese Government.

He has served as the international advisory committee member, program committee member, secretary, section chair/co-chair for IEEE DEIS and other conferences for more than ten times, such as CMD, ISEIM, ICPADM and ACED, etc.

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Prof. Ahmed Abu Siada, Curtin University Australia received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Ain Shams University, Egypt and his PhD degree from Curtin University, Australia, all in Electrical Engineering. Currently he is an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Curtin University. His research interests include power system stability, condition monitoring, power electronics and power quality. He has published over 170 research paper, mostly in the area of condition monitoring and asset management. He is Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Electrical and Electronic Engineering, regular reviewer for various IEEE Transactions. He is vice-chair of the IEEE Computation Intelligence Society, WA Chapter.

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Dr. Nurhidajat Sisworahardjo, University of Tennessee Chattanooga, received his bachelor, master, doctorate degrees which are all in Electrical Engineering from Bandung Insitute of Technology, Illinois Institute of Technology, and the University of Alabama respectively. Before moving to the United States to pursue his graduate degrees, he was a Junior Researcher and worked in various research projects funded by the state electricity company of Indonesia in the field of load forecasting, application of geographic information systems (GIS) for power distribution systems, the effect of electric and magnetic fields from HV/EHV transmission lines to human health, and power system expansion planning by using Wien Automatic System Planning (WASP) package. He was also an instructor for the energy conservation program for commercial buildings and hotels and numerical analysis and computer applications in power systems for electrical engineers.

During graduate studies at Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Alabama, he was involved in research on computer modeling and simulation of intelligent agents for power electronics building blocks (PEBB), short-term generating unit asset valuation, and application of modern optimization techniques in power systems.
Prior to his appointment as Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, he was a Research Associate and Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of South Alabama. He conducted a study of the reliability of low power direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) system, model development of proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC), dynamic characteristics evaluation of PEMFC operation, and dynamic characteristics evaluation of low power portable fuel cell. He also taught various undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of South Alabama.

He is currently an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where he conducts research in the areas of power distribution state estimation, detection of anomalous power consumption in power distribution networks, and post-disturbance network reconfiguration. His research interest including smart grid, distributed generation, renewable/alternative energy, power systems operation, optimization, simulation, and planning. Dr. Sisworahardjo has authored 25 journal articles, conferences papers, and book chapters. These papers not only deal with his research interests but also related to engineering education.

He is also actively involve in professional society as Associate Editor of IEEE IAS Industrial Automation and Control Committee (IACC), member of Advisory Board of Indonesia Focus Conference, member of Board of Trustee Asian Society for International Relations and Public Affairs (ASIRPA), and member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Indonesia Focus (JIF).