Keynote Speakers

Prof. (Dr.) Biplab Sikdar

Vice Dean, Faculty of Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore
National University of Singapore, Singapore
Short Bio: Dr. Biplab Sikdar is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore. Prior to joining the National University of Singapore in 2013, he was an Assistant Professor from 2001 to 2007, and an Associate Professor from 2007 to 2013 in the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York, USA. He received his B. Tech degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from North Eastern Hill University, Shillong, India, M. Tech degree in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA in 1996, 1998 and 2001, respectively. He held a Verifone Fellowship during his studies in IIT Kanpur and was awarded the Charles M. Close doctoral award at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Sikdar has held visiting professor appointments at Massachusetts... Read more

Prof. Saifur Rahman, IEEE Life Fellow

Joseph Loring Professor & Director Advanced Research Institute, Virginia Tech, USA and President IEEE PES 2018-2019
Professor of ECE, Virginia Tech, USA
Short Bio: Prof. Saifur Rahman is the founding director of the Advanced Research Institute ( at Virginia Tech, USA where he is the Joseph R. Loring professor of electrical and computer engineering. He also directs the Center for Energy and the Global Environment ( He is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and an IEEE Millennium Medal winner. He was the president of the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) for 2018 and 2019. He was the founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE Electrification Magazine and the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy. He has published over 140 journal papers and has made over four hundred conference and invited presentations. In 2006 he served on the IEEE Board of Directors as the vice president for publications. He is a distinguished lecturer for the IEEE Power & Energy Society and has lectured on renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart grid, energy internet, blockchain, IoT sensor integration, etc. in over 30 countries. He is... Read more