Plenary Speakers

Meet the ICASS 2018 plenary speakers

PLENARY SPEAKER 1: Professor Patrice WIRA Haute-Alsace University, Mulhouse, FRANCE

PLENARY SPEAKER 1: Professor Patrice WIRA

Haute-Alsace University, Mulhouse, FRANCE


Presentation title:

How machine learning approaches tenfold the optimization of power systems and energy performance


Abstract: The basic design of Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs) makes really sense with the arrival of the big data since ANNs are able to learn from data and don’t require an expert to provide rules. Today ANNs are part of a broader category called “machine learning” techniques which includes other mathematical and statistical techniques. Machine learning techniques look at large bodies of data for being able to extract statistics, estimate, approximate, interpolate, classify, predict and control.

ANNs are used to stream the data from specific applications and will automatically build individual models. With lot of different metrics and without knowing which will be important all the modeling is automated. Furthermore, ANNs do not need to know what they are looking for and can adapt their model and continuously learn as data changes.

Machine learning techniques can successfully address many problems in smart grids and smart buildings. Endless possibilities can be considered and applications are electrical devices identification and detection, power systems diagnosis and control, non-intrusive load characterization, water use identification and detection, resource management, …

Biography: Prof. Patrice Wira obtained the Ph.D. degree in 2002 in automatic control and signal processing from the University of Haute Alsace, Mulhouse, France. He received the French habilitation to supervise research activities in 2009 from the UHA. He is IEEE Member since 2004 and IEEE Senior Member since 2013. Since 2011 he is a Full Professor. Now, he is also a deputy director of the IRIMAS institute (Institut de Recherche en Informatique, Mathématiques, Automatique et Signal). His current research interests are artificial neural networks for modeling and control, signal processing, intelligent control, control of electrical systems, active filtering, current harmonic compensation, power quality, and energy management.  He has guided several projects in the areas of computational intelligence and smart systems. He is author of over 100 papers published in international journals, conferences and books.

PLENARY SPEAKER 2: Professor Nacer Kouider M'SIRDI Aix Marseille University & Polytehnique de Marseille, Marseille, FRANCE

PLENARY SPEAKER 2: Professor Nacer Kouider M'SIRDI

Aix Marseille University & Polytehnique de Marseille, Marseille, FRANCE


Presentation title:

Vehicle Platooning: an Overview on modelling and Control Approaches

Abstract: This note presents an overview of the modeling and control strategies of a fleet of road vehicles then, it presents a contribution in the control and observation of the state of the system. We will then propose an appropriate model with bilateral couplings for fleets of road vehicles, for a large number of vehicles.

The preferred modeling approach is that of robotics considering the geometric representation, the kinematic and the dynamic models. This representation is simplified because the control of a fleet is at a level higher than that of the local commands (at the level of the DDLs of the system) and that of the loops local or embedded.

This model is more complete to describe a motion and allows to better describe the behavior of the vehicles and especially to better control their movements and the trajectories tracking.

The control problem is then studied and several strategies are considered (local, global and mixed). The application of nonlinear robust control approaches gives the fleet a better controlled and more robust behavior against uncertainties.

Biography: Mr. N.K. M'Sirdi is professor at Polytech Marseille and Aix Marseille University (AMU). He got the Phd in Electronics at ENSERG-INPG (1983) and the Doctorat d'Etat in adaptive signal processing at the ENSIEG-INPG, in 1988 (LAG). He was assistant professor, in University of Paris 6 in 1987 and Professor at University of Versailles in 1993. From 2005 up to now, he is a research member of the LIS (UMR CNRS 7020). In 2009 he has created the VSAS research project on Variable Structure Automatic Systems (SASV), for research in Automatic control and optimization of VSS Systems with commutations.

PLENARY SPEAKER 3: Professor Youcef REMRAM Houari Boumediene University (USTHB), ALGERIA


Houari Boumediene University (USTHB), ALGERIA


Presentation title:

Opportunities for smart instrumentation in agriculture engineering

Abstract: Instrumentation engineering can offer lot of help in agriculture. Automating the process of agricultural crops can become successful business than just job depending on luck. In Algeria the basic and most important problem in agriculture is the dependence on rains and the climate. To get more out of smart instrumentation, the applications need to be concentrated on basic problems like the energy, irrigation and climate control. To accomplish these goals, PLC, microcontroller, sensors, mobile phone with internet are used to create the control environmental situation for particular vegetables. In this talk I shall present some projects dealing with the development a sensor network to control in real time crops conditions to improve yields and reduce human error and the monitoring of climate parameters in green houses.

Biography: Mr. Youcef Remram is currently Professor of electronic instrumentation at the University of Science and Technology Houari Boumediene (USTHB), Algiers. He earned his Mphil of physics at Bath University in UK, in 1987, and his PhD in electronic instrumentation from USTHB in 2010. His research interests lie in the area of ultrasound in bone, acoustics and electronic instrumentation. In recent years, he conducted a National Research Project (PNR) in climate control in green houses where he has been awarded the best national project team. He developed many projects in precision agriculture especially in climate control, irrigation and fertilizers control. He is a co-inventor on several patent applications in precision agriculture.


PLENARY SPEAKER 4: Professor Abdellah KOUZOU Dejlfa University, ALGERIA

PLENARY SPEAKER 4: Professor Abdellah KOUZOU

Dejlfa University, ALGERIA


Presentation title:

The Transition to Smart Grid and the Challenges of Renewable Energy Integration with Conventional Energy Sources

Abstract: Nowadays the idea of transition from the conventional power system to smart grid power system is becoming of great interest for the researchers, the designers, the industrial partners, the societies, the power system owner, the electrical energy producer and the governments. Where, the main objective of this transition is to provide within the existing power system structure, a new improved power system that can ensure the security, the safety, the privacy, the accuracy of the used technologies, the self controlling, the friendly environment interaction, the energy efficiency, the sharing of energy information for all connected consumers and a bi-directional power transfer. On the other side, the smart grid power system will allow ensuring a precise interaction among the energy producer, transporter and consumer at all levels. Indeed, it is expected from such smart grid power system based on the integration of new advanced technologies to play an essential part in the energy transition towards a power system network based on high energy efficiency and integration and management of renewable energy sources beside the conventional energy sources. However, the key stone of this transition is not linked properly to the change of the basic structure of the actual power system or its design, but it will be based on the integration of other major factors  of several domains high technologies, especially the smart meters, smart sensors, the smart control systems and another important domain concerned by the bi-sides communication technologies. One among these major factors is the integration of information and communication technologies (ICT) in the power system which can serve many functions in a variety of contexts. Another key stone in future smart grid power system is the integration of renewable energy sources which will have an important impact  on the operation, the control, the bidirectional transfer of energy, the energy transfer flexibility and the protection of the whole power network system. As a result the future smart grid power systems will achieve the two main features:

  1. Smart grid gives the infrastructure which will enable the technical integration of a large number of distributed energy resources based on advanced technologies.
  2. Smart grid allows to built an infrastructure which will enable to give the birth to a new flexible market mechanisms and roles for all part partners in smart grid based on advances technologies.

In this presentation the overall idea of the smart grid power system is discussed from point of view of the presenter focusing mainly on the general research perspectives for the transition of the actual power system to smart grid and an overview on the next generation of the smart grid power system and their integration based on some future perspectives, especially the principle of the used technologies such as smart information and communication, smart metering, smart sensing, smart energy monitoring  etc.  Where, the main aim is to give an idea to the practical researchers to go ahead for different parts of research that are giving a promising ways to obtain significant results, experimental achievement, industrial implementation and more theoretical basis. In the same time some examples will be presented concerning the situation of the smart grid already applied in some countries, and the situation of some special countries for the eventual future application of the idea of smart grid based on the real actual situation of the power system structure, on the available energy sources, on the existing technologies and on the financial opportunities.

Biography: Mr Kouzou Abdellah (IEEE Senior member & IACSIT Senior member, IFAC, IAENG & IISRO member, IEEE-HKN Alumni Member) was born in Djelfa, Algeria in 1964. He is a collaborator researcher at Texas A&M University at Qatar. He was the president of the Scientific Council of the faculty of Sciences and Technology from 2014 to 2017. He has participated in several research projects and has led several research projects. He is the founder of the Power Electronics and Power Quality research group at the Applied Automation and Industrial Diagnostic Laboratory, University of Djelfa in Algeria. He is the supervisor of many PhD Students in Algeria. He is a member of the Smart Grid Center at Qatar SGC-Q . He is a member of many editorial boards for several scientific journals and a member of the scientific and steering committees in several national and international conferences. He is the coordinator of the Algerian IEEE Power Electronics Chapter and the chair of the sub-committee on FACTs and HVDC under the international committee PETC/IEEE-IES. He was a plenary and an invited keynote speaker and session chair in several national and international conferences and experts in several national and international scientific activities and project evaluations.

He has published more than 220 papers, his main research interests include Active Power Filtering techniques, Power Quality issues, Power Electronics Devices, Application of Power electronics in Renewable Energies and Application of meta-heuristics optimization algorithms, Smart Grid and Smart Buildings, reliability and diagnostics in power electronics converters and in other industrial applications.

PLENARY SPEAKER 5: Professor Mondher CHAOUI National School Engineering of Sfax, TUNISIA


National School Engineering of Sfax, TUNISIA


Presentation title:

Together for Enabler of the Smart City Development


The concept of smart city is getting more and more relevant for both academics and policy makers. Despite this, there is still confusion about what a smart city is, as several similar terms are often used interchangeably.

The smart city needs an economic battlefield or vanishing point of serious efforts to improve our cities, an opportunity, a creativity and an entrepreneurship

  • A Smart City is the integration of technology into a strategic approach to sustainability, citizen well-being, and economic development.
  • A digital and connected city of innovation that empowers its stakeholders through smart technologies and infrastructure
  • A city of innovation through smart technologies which empowers its stakeholders
  • A city that uses smart technology to promote green economy and sustainable living

Biography: Mondher Chaoui was born in Sfax, Tunisia. He received the Dipl. Eng. in Electrical Engineering, the DEA, the thesis degrees in electronics and the HDR from the Sfax National School of Engineering in 1994, 1998 and 2006, 2012 respectively.

In 2003 he joined the Sfax University for teaching. Actually, he is a Professor in the Higher Institute of Industrial Management of Sfax. His current research interests are in the Medical Electronic, communication systems for Medical Telemetry, Modelling of electrical and mathematical systems, Communication Network for Smart Grid.