Keynote Speaker

Distinguished professors from both academia and industry will be invited to give speeches.

Hossam A.Gabbar
UOIT, Oshawa, Canada

Resilient Transportation Infrastructures: Planning, Control, and Performance Optimization


Abstract: This talk will discuss challenges and opportunities to achieve resilient transportation infrastructures. Planning, control, and optimization of transportation technologies and charging stations will be presented, along with hybrid fuel, and integration of renewable energy and energy storage systems, as integrated with regional gas-power grids to meet the mandate of clean transportation infrastructures. Resilient interconnected micro energy grids will be evaluated as part of transportation infrastructures with cost and performance optimization, in view of energy demand and forecasting. New business models with economic analysis will be discussed in view of recent and emerging energy and transportation technologies.

Bio: Dr. Gabbar is a full Professor in the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in the Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science, and cross appointed in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, where he has established both the Energy Safety and Control Lab (ESCL) and Advanced Plasma Engineering Lab. He is the recipient of the Senior Research Excellence Aware for 2016, UOIT. He is leading national and international research in the areas of smart energy grids, safety and control systems, advanced plasma systems and their applications on nuclear, clean energy and production systems. He is leading research in Canada with international recognition in energy safety and control for nuclear and energy production facilities. Dr. Gabbar obtained his B.Sc. degree in 1988 with first class of honor from the Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University (Egypt). In 2001, he obtained his Ph.D. degree from Okayama University (Japan) in the area of Safety Engineering. From 2001 till 2004, he joined Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan), as a research associate in the area of process systems engineering. From 2004 till 2008, he joined Okayama University (Japan) as a tenured Associate Professor, in the Division of Industrial Innovation Sciences. From 2007 till 2008, he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto, in the Mechanical Engineering Department.
He has more than 220 publications, including patents, books / chapters, journal and conference papers. He been invited and participated in world-known conferences and delivered plenary talks on number of scientific events and invitations to international universities. He has supervised and hosted undergraduate, graduate, postdocs, visiting researchers and scholars from different countries including: Japan, India, Qatar, Egypt, Mexico, Malaysia, China, Brazil, Chile, UAE, and Colombia.
He participated and led several large scale national and international projects, in Japan, China, Middle East, and Canada, related to smart energy grids, intelligent control systems and safety design and operation synthesis and optimization of energy systems, micro energy grids, and integrated gas-power grids. He developed novel solutions for risk-based smart energy grid design, protection, and control and hybrid energy supply systems. He proposed new integrated energy storage system based on flywheel and battery, and applied on power substations, transportation electrification, and urban infrastructures. Dr. Hossam Gaber has scholarly research in the area of smart energy grids, and control optimization of micro grid and transportation electrification technologies, and his recent book on Smart Energy Grid Engineering was published with national and international recognition. Dr. Gaber is regularly consulted and provide technical support for advanced energy systems in China, Middle East, Japan, and Canada, and invited to give lectures in number of national and international events in the area of smart energy grids. He is leading a research team for a funded project by Chinese government to design and deploy hybrid energy storage systems. He is the founding general chair of the annual IEEE Smart Energy Grid Engineering Conference, which is held in Canada.
Dr. Gabbar has been active in leading national and international scientific and community events and activities, including: Nuclear Safety Standards within CSA – Canadian Standard Association, IEEE Annual Conference on Smart Energy Grid Engineering (SEGE), IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society (NPSS) Symposium on Real Time Measurement, Instrumentation, and Control (RTMIC), IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society Symposium on Plasma and Nuclear Systems (SPANS), and other international events. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Process Systems Engineering (IJPSE), and member of IEEE Smart Grid Committees.