Scientific Programme

Conference Programme

Scientific programme can be found here.

Keynote Speakers


Prof. Dr.eng. Pavol Bauer,

Head of the DC Systems & Storage Group at the ESE TU Delft
Delt University of Technology, The Netherlands

DC versus AC: Is the smart grid going to be DC?

Key factors for increasing electricity generation from renewable energy sources and reducing the cost of electrical power grid are improving energy conversion efficiency, reduction of material consumption, and intelligent system integration. DC (direct current) electrical energy systems offer higher efficiency, higher flexibility, reduction of the material consumption and lower cost when compared to the existing AC (alternating current) network. Electricity from most of the renewable energy sources, many loads, as well as storage, are inherently of DC character. The amount of devices that use and generate DC power is constantly increasing and energy losses in numerous DC-AC and AC-DC conversion steps become a significant challenge. DC versus AC connection for integration of renewable energy sources and storage (Electric Vehicles) is addressed in the presentation. Several examples of DC grids, challenges and research questions related to DC Grids and examples of systems with high efficiency are shown.

Short CV:

Pavol Bauer received his Masters in Electrical Engineering at the Technical University of Kosice (‘85), Ph.D. from Delft University of Technology (’95) and title prof. from the president of Czech Republic at the Brno University of Technology (2008). Since 1990 he is with Delft University of Technology, currently holding position of head of DC Systems, Energy Conversion and Storage group. From 2002 to 2003 he was working partially at KEMA (DNV GL, Arnhem) on different projects related to power electronics applications in power systems. P. Bauer published over 60 journal and 300 conference papers in his field (with H factor 26), he is an author or co-author of 6 books, he holds 4 international patents and organized several tutorials at the international conferences. He has worked on many projects for industry concerning wind power, power electronic applications for power systems such as Smarttrafo etc. and participated in several Leonardo da Vinci EU projects as project partner (ELINA, INETELE, E-Pragmatic) and coordinator (, SustEner). He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, former chairman of Benelux IEEE Joint Industry Applications Society, Power Electronics and Power Engineering Society chapter, member of the Power Electronics and Motion Control (EPE-PEMC) council, Member of the Executive Committee of European Power Electronics Association (EPE) and also member of international steering committee at numerous conferences.




Robotics is facing a paradigm shift. From pure industrial environment robots are soon to step over into our daily life. For this  they need to have totally new functions and motions, which means that new problems of robot control are emerging and we  have to solve them. For robots in our daily life it is not enough to execute a pre-programmed action line. They must be able to adopt themselves to changing environment, make their own decisions and in addition, they have  to socially fit into the human environment. But when can we say that a porter robot was polite? Or a police robot decided and professional? These questions might seem remote however we need to think ahead. Along with the technical development of robots we have to deal with their social integration. As we start the education of a child in childhood and not when she/he’s already grown up.

We do believe that the robot should not be human like. We have to study their possible status in society. Some people will take them family members who faithfully serve their masters. This is exactly what we expect from a robot but the dogs are also family members, we like them but not as an other people. The adequate behaviour models that can be implemented into the robot is learned from the dogs.

Short CV:

Péter Korondi received the Dipl. Eng. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Budapest, Budapest, Hungary, in 1984 and 1995, respectively. Since 1986, he has been with Budapest University of Technology and Economics (formerly the Technical University of Budapest). From April 1993 to April 1995, he worked in the laboratory of Prof. Harashima and Prof. Hashimoto at the Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo, Japan, where he continues to spend a month each year, working on a joint research. His research interests include telemanipulation and etho-robotics. Dr. Korondi is a founding member of the International PEMC Council. He is the chair of IFAC Technical Committee on Robotics. He is AdCom member of IEEE Industrial Electronics Society as the chair of Technical Committee on Control, Robotics and Mechatronics.



Prof. Ivan Petrović,

Head of the Department of Control and Computer  Engineering
University of Zagreb, Croatia

The talk will give a brief overview of recent research activities and achievements of my research group in the area of autonomous navigation of ground and aerial mobile robots. The emphasis will be given on our recently developed algorithms for real-time motion planning and control, mobile robots localization and environment model building, and moving objects detection and tracking. Several application scenarios for environment modeling and inspection will be presented, including thermal modeling of buildings, inspection of renewable energy power plants, and driver assistance system for trams.

Short CV:

Ivan Petrović is a full professor at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb. He is the head of the Autonomous Mobile Robotics group and also the Head of the Centre of Research Excellence for Advanced Cooperative Systems. During more than thirty years of research work Prof. Petrović addressed various aspects of automatic control theory and its application. In the last decade his research interest focus is set to advanced control and estimation techniques with their application in control and navigation of autonomous mobile robots and vehicles. He published more than 40 papers in scientific journals and more than 160 papers in proceedings of international conferences. Results of his research effort have been implemented in several industrial products. He has actively participated as a collaborator or principal investigator in more than thirty research and development projects. He has coordinated a major national robotics research program “Intelligent robotic systems and autonomous vehicles” and FP7 project “Centre of Research Excellence for Advanced Cooperative Systems” - ACROSS. He is an active member of national and international professional societies.
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