Keynote Speakers


Prof. Dimitrios Karamanis

University of Patras, Greece

Speech title: Building Integrated Photovoltaics: From sufficiency to sharing towards carbon neutral cities

Prof. Dimitrios Karamanis is a professor of Alternative Energy Sources at University of Patras. His research interest started with the development of appropriate countermeasures for the mitigation of the severe environmental consequences of the Chernobyl accident and followed by cross section measurements in the thorium fuel cycle for energy production and waste incineration. Expanded to the study of wind and solar energy systems in the last fifteen years and currently research focused on solar cooling of buildings and the integration of photovoltaics in buildings for electricity production towards carbon neutral cities. By participating in national and international research programs as a scientific coordinator and researcher, he has published more than 110 scientific papers in scientific journals, patents and book chapters with >3000 citations and h-index 35 (Scopus). Prof. Karamanis teaches courses in the subject of renewable energy sources and their applications since 2006 in Departments of the Universities of Ioannina and Patras.


Assoc. Prof. Wenlong Ming

Cardiff University, UK

Speech title: Topology design and Control of Medium-Voltage DC Converters in Electricity Distribution Networks

Assoc. Prof. Wenlong Ming received the B.Eng. and M.Eng. Degrees in Automation from Shandong University, Jinan, China, in 2007 and 2010, respectively. He received the Ph.D. degree in Automatic Control and Systems Engineering from the University of Sheffield, Sheffield, U.K., in 2015. He is the winner of the prestigious IET Control & Automation Doctoral Dissertation Prize in 2017. He has been a Senior Lecturer of Power Electronics at Cardiff University, U.K., since August 2020 and a Senior Research Fellow funded by Compound Semiconductor Applications (CSA) Catapult, U.K., for 5 years since April 2020. He was with the Center for Power Electronics Systems (CPES), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, USA in 2012 as an academic visiting scholar. He has (co-)authored more than 70 papers published in leading journals or refereed IEEE conferences. His research interests focus on packaging, characterisation, modelling and applications of wide-bandgap power electronics.