Special Sessions

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List of Special Sessions open for submission  

SS1. Electronics Systems for Aerospace applications
The More Electrical Aircraft concept is the current trend for the aerospace industry. It implies the reduction and replacement of traditional non-propulsive power by electrical power. For that purpose, the use of power electronics and drives for the aircraft electrical network improvement is one of the key challenges to face in the years coming. Power electronics is necessary due to the technical requirements of reliability, efficiency, weight and volume, availability, modularity, integration, cost and maintenance.

SS2. Digital Control in Power Converters and Drives
The digital control of power converters and drives has become an essential part to achieve successful results in several fields in electrical engineering. In effect, the growing development of powerful microprocessors has opened new research areas, where novel digital techniques can be proposed to control power converters and drives. This special session is aimed to present the most recent research and to interchange experiences in the field of digital control of power electronics and electrical drives.

SS3.  Wireless Sensor Networks for Embedded Applications
The aim of this special session is to address the current and the new developments of wireless sensor networks in the context of industrial automation. Wireless sensor networks have been adopted recently in many industrial applications in order to not only monitor but also control the manufacturing process due to the processing capabilities of the sensor nodes. Currently, there are a large number of researches going on and this motivates us to organize this special session to provide researchers the opportunity of gathering and sharing their latest knowledge with other researchers and scientific communities within the ICIT2015.

SS4. Predictive control for power converters and drives
Predictive control is a very powerful and attractive alternative to control power electronics converters and drives due to the advances in modern microprocessors. The use of predictive control offers a number of advantages: very intuitive approach, no need of linear controllers and modulators, easy inclusion of nonlinearities and restrictions, etc. Interest on this topic in the last years has been recognized by the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics in publication of a special section dedicated to Predictive Control of Power Electronics and Drives, that was published in December 2008 and June 2009. The Industrial Electronics Magazine also dedicate a special number to predictive control for power converters in January 2014. Besides, this topic has promote the organization of several special sessions in international conferences like ICIT,09, IECON’10, ISIE’12, IECON’12 and IECON’13. The aim of this special session is to attract all researchers in this field to a fruitful interchange of experiences.

SS5. New Trends in Electrical Protection
The electric protection systems play an important role in the operation safety of the electrical installations. Their main purpose is to detect and clear the occurred faults rapidly and isolate only the faulted part of the system. However, due to the complex topology of the modern interconnected power systems, the electrical protection developments have recently received considerable research interest.

This proposed session is concerned with new developments and applications in the electrical protection field

SS6.  Supply Chain Optimization
Supply chains can be considered as a network of organization, which creates value for final customer. Management of this complex networks focuses on coordination of independent dispersed members of these networks.

This special session focuses on on the problem of supply chain networks coordination with new approaches and methods based on operations research, artificial intelligence and advanced computing techniques for design of production systems, supply and inventory management, production planning and scheduling, transportation, logistics, healthcare, military and simulation in supply flow optimisation.

SS7. Ubiquitous and Pervasive Industries
Ubiquitous and pervasive computing are concepts that emerged with the third wave of computing. Ubiquity refers embedded computing technologies in everyday things so they can store and communicate information, becoming an invisible part of our environment. The ubiquitous environment is extended to be pervasive when the communicating objects include intrinsic intelligence makes them able to localize and engage a communication with other objects. These systems aim to enhance and facilitate human activities occurring anywhere and everywhere:  acquire information about the user and his environment, understand and respond interactively to his needs.

SS8.  Interoperability of Smart Grids Systems
Smart grids have been very hot topics recently since renewable energy, electrical vehicles, distributed energy system and information and communication technologies took part in the grid system to provide clean, secure, efficient, and sustainable and environment friendly energy to consumers and the industry.

However, integration of different loads and energy sources to the grid system requires certain technologies to be used for smooth connection. This special session aims to highlight the importance of interoperability of smart grids.

SS9. Wave and tidal electrical energy production
Wave, tidal and ocean energy technologies are increasing their potential as commercial power sources. Together with the first installation experiments, the technology is growing rapidly and has huge potential for generating electrical power both as grid connected and islanded operation. Several approaches have been investigated without reaching a well assessed technology. Aim of the session is encourage the debate and the research on this field involving technological, forecasting and economic aspects of the production of energy from wave and tide.

SS10. Modeling and Model-Based Control Design of Switch-Mode Converters
Modeling of switch-mode power converters is an essential step for a proper design of feedback controllers for voltage or current regulation. The performance of the control system is deeply related to the accuracy of the mathematical model representing the converter. This special session is focusing on modeling techniques applied to switch-mode converters for simulation or control design purpose.

SS11.  Advanced Power Electronics for Power Quality Improvement in Distributed Generation Systems
The integration of nonlinear devices (motor drives, renewable energy generators) into the grid reduces its power quality, performance and reliability. Various power electronics converters for harmonic compensation were recently introduced. Great efforts are continuously deployed on the structural and control levels to achieve optimized cost- effective solutions for power quality enhancement. This session is intended to give an insight on the latest studies concerning the design and development of power electronics converters dedicated to power quality improvement in modern power systems.

SS12. Advanced Power Devices for Renewable Energy
Renewable energy (wind, wave, tidal, solar, and full cell, etc.) is increasingly considered as an important component in the future energy systems. Due to the intermittent in nature, it is very different from power generators, system management, coordination to integration compared with the traditional power generation technology. This special session focuses on technologies in the latest development of advanced power devices in renewable energy systems including renewable energy harvesting, power conditioning, integration of renewable energy systems and energy storage technology.

SS13. Emerging Technologies for Electric Vehicles
In a world where environment protection and energy conservation are growing concerns, the development of electric vehicles (EV) and hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) has taken on an accelerated pace. Traditional technologies for electric vehicles cannot satisfy the stringent requirements for vehicular propulsion, power generation, power management and battery charging. Thanks to the academics and industrials, recently, the new emerging technologies are proposed and developed for improving those shortcomings. This special session aims at showcasing the latest technologies of electric machines, power management and power electronics in the area of EVs, EV auxiliaries and integration of EV subsystems.

SS14.  FACTS and HVDC applications
Flexible Alternating Current Transmission System (FACTS) and High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) are power electronics based static semiconductor controlled power systems. These static power modules provide enhanced controllability, increased security of the network, and flexibility in power transmission. Moreover the reliability and power transfer capability with reduced power delivery costs. Apart, play vital role on transient with wide range of voltage stability, power oscillation damping and optimal power flow. Further, these devices have its own merit to flow active and reactive power in a controlled manner with coupled or decoupled in meshed power systems. The upgrade and substantial replacement of power infrastructure by renewable energy systems (wind, photovoltaic, fuel, tidal, wave energy etc.) became mandatory over all corner of the world. Hence the need of modern FACTs (UPFC, UPQC, STATCOM, DSTATCOM, SSSC, SVC, DVR, etc.,) and HVDC (Bi-polar, Mono-polar, multi-terminal) plays a crucial role future demands set by increasing industrialization by the developed and developing countries.

SS15. Resilient and Stable Grid: How to Mitigate the Intermittency of Distributed and Renewable Generation
The objective of this session is to discuss the methods for the planning, design and operation, control and optimization of electrical power systems with large or increasing share of renewable and distributed generation, storage, transmission and demand, to enhance security, stability, and resiliency of the energy delivery.

SS16. Power Conversion, Control and Management for Renewable Energy
Renewable energy is increasingly expected to play the vital role in near future to facilitate the sustainable development of our living planet. However, the utilization of renewable energies significantly depends on various technologies, especially for the power conversion system. As the widely-used component in various industrial applications, the power conversion system is facing with unprecedentedly technical challenges due to the natural characteristics of renewable energies. Accordingly, this special session focuses on the conversion, control and management technologies for renewable energy systems, including the grid integration of renewable energies, energy storage, energy management, power conversion, wireless power transfer, smart grid, and so on.

SS17. Grid-connected Photovoltaic Systems
Grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) energy is the fastest growing, and one of the most  promising renewable energy sources in the world. They are the main reasons of new  technology development and cost reduction of PV technologies. Power electronics and industrial electronics play a key role as enabling technology for an efficient PV system control and interface to transfer the generated power to the grid. However, several  challenges and opportunities remain to be addressed in terms of control and modulation of PV systems.

The aim of this special session is to concentrate all related contributions on grid-connected PV converters topologies and control systems, to provide a fertile environment for presentation and discussion of emerging technology, while promoting academic and industrial interaction and cooperation.

SS18. Integration of Photovoltaic Distributed Energy Resources into Smart Grids
Nowadays the presence of distributed generation in the Distribution Grid, as well as the need of improving its efficiency and management, requires new devices with new control and monitoring capabilities, for establishing what is named Smart Grids. This Special Session is launched with the aim to joint researchers to discuss subjects related with how to integrate Photovoltaic Distributed Energy Resources, as one of the most promising Renewable Energy, in existing grids or even new micro grids, following the principles to develop the new generation of electric grid and system.

SS19. Service-oriented and Agent-based Approaches in Industrial Automation
The growing complexity of modern industrial systems, composed from many heterogeneous subsystems, requires new methods for development, simulation, and control. Service-oriented and agent-based approaches offer distributed intelligent management and control functions with communication, co-operation, and synchronization capabilities. This special session focuses on the application of these techniques in practice, involving various industrial domains such as industrial automation, power distribution networks/smart grids, logistics, smart homes/buildings, and the integration of engineering tools and processes.

SS20. Multilevel Converters: Topologies, Control, Modulation and Applications
Currently, multilevel converters have become a mature and attractive solution mainly for medium voltage – high power applications. The effort of the researchers and industry has leaded to a rapid development of different multilevel converter topologies, modulation techniques and control strategies. Among the recent multilevel converters, the Modular Multilevel Converter is a hot topic in the industry and the academia. In addition, other interesting research topics such as the fault tolerant operation, reduction of power losses, optimized control strategies and new applications are also important.

SS21. Robotics in agricultural industry
Agricultural robotics is aimed at improving the agriculture productivity using robotized service units, being able to interact with the environment and to acquire valuable biological information. In this scenario, robots provide of a powerful tool that can be used for both primary and secondary agricultural tasks (such as harvesting and seeding, or grove monitoring and herbicide management, respectively). Robotic service units applied to agricultural processes should be able to improve the productivity in the farm and to decrease the dependence to human labor force. This special session focuses on raising key scientific questions that need to be addressed in the context of robotics and sensors applied to agricultural environments and to agricultural processes: the modeling of groves, the interaction with field workers, new mechatronics developments, design of autonomous machinery and its corresponding pros and cons, machinery maneuvering and control, the use of new sensors, fruit maturity inspection, energy management, among others.

SS22. Smart Green Systems, Technologies and Approaches
Energy and its efficient use is a hot topic, becoming more and more important. Many systems, technologies, and approaches are being proposed for making a smart use or green use of energy. These technologies and approaches are being applied to different areas: computing and ICT in general, buildings, cities, etc. On the one hand, green computing is nowadays one of the major challenges for most IT organizations that involve medium and large scale ICT infrastructures like grids, clouds, supercomputers, and clusters. On the other hand, science and technology are being applied in assessing, monitoring, and optimising the environmental performance of existing buildings and cities. Furthermore, smart technologies for renewable energy will also have an important role. The goal of this special session is therefore to bring together researchers in the fields of smart green systems, technologies and approaches, hence establishing a forum for discussing challenges, new ideas, results, applications, and future directions

SS23. Industrial Technology for Network-based Control Systems
Network-based Control Systems (NBCS) can be described by a collection of spatially distributed sensing, controlling and actuation components, which exchange control and feedback signals using information packages over digital communication links. The design, study and application of such systems present challenging and fundamental problems underlying the theoretical foundations for the integration of several disciplines going from Automatic Control to Communications and Real-Time Computing. Distributed Network-Based Control Systems allow us to do distributed control and computing, tele-robotics, cost-effective factory automation, among many other critical applications.

SS24. Robotics and its applications for manufacturing and service
Improving productivity, reducing energy consumption and expanding its application area have been pursued by the robotic industry and academia. Recent robotic research and development have been focused on advanced material utilization, new robot structure design and optimization, and new applications for specific production processes.

SS25. Fault Diagnosis Methods in Electric Drives
Induction motors from a fraction of kW up to several MWs constitute the driving force of the industry due their low cost, simple construction and robustness. However, no matter how robust the induction motors are, they can still suffer from electrical and mechanical faults that can lead to failures and production shutdowns. Therefore, it is of paramount importance to detect a fault as precisely as possible and as early as possible before culminating to a failure. Due to the fact that the Motor Current Signature Analysis (MCSA)methods, the predominant approaches for fault diagnosis, break down when dealing with non-stationary conditions or very low loading conditions, there is a constant need for new tools and novel approaches that can cope with non-stationary conditions.

SS26. Lifelong learning technological enhancements in engineering and industrial technologies
Nowadays, an engineer’s knowledge quickly becomes obsolete. For some areas of expertise, it becomes obsolete in less time than it takes to get an undergraduate degree. Technology is entering headlong into the future in a rhythm that takes one breath away. Electronics, personal computers, the Internet, advanced materials, are deeply changing the world as we know it and, in most cases, for the better.

SS27. Mobile Manipulators for Manufacturing
The use of mobile manipulators is one of the key elements for future robotic technologies.
Despite the broad interest that these robotic platforms and the related scientific challenges  generate in the service robotics community, their biggest potentials, technologically as well as financially, can probably be found within manufacturing. The manufacturing sector is nowadays the largest robot user. It has in-depth knowledge of the advantages and limitations of the traditional robotics systems, and therefore offers application scenarios par excellence to the mobile manipulators research community. Among many other sector the aeronautics, automotive industry, shipbuilding or the clean energy are include excellent and challenging examples of the high potential applications for this robotics sector. The objective of this workshop is to open a discussion forum that allows experts and potential end-users in mobile manipulation to cross share recent developments, challenges and future research trends with the potential end-users of this technology. On one hand we will have end-users involved in mobile manipulators projects in manufacturing application scenarios such as logistics for the automotive industry, large scale manufacturing operations for shipyards, large scale manufacturing for the aeronautics sector among others. Topics of interest include: Challenges on mobile manipulators for industrial applications, Localization and Navigation, Arm navigation and path planning, Human robot interaction and cooperation, manipulation and Object recognition and localization.

SS28. Microsystems and Microfluidics Applications
Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) and Microfluidics are multidisciplinary research areas that are rapidly growing. They are widely used in a number of industrial sectors including biological, medical, automotive, communications, and energy. The rapid developments in microfabrication technologies, microsensors, microactuators and integration methods open new possibilities in industrial applications of MEMS and microfluidic devices.
The aim of this special session is to provide an opportunity to share best practices in the design, fabrication, testing, integration and applications of these microdevices. It will generate networking opportunities between researchers who have interests in MEMS technologies and Microfluidics applications

SS29. Local Positioning and Activity Monitoring in Manufacturing Environments
Manufacturing environments can take advantage of the developments in the area of local positioning systems in smart spaces, especially for workflow optimization and to guarantee the safety of workers at all times. Despite the advances in different technologies (such as radiofrequency, acoustic and ultrasonic signals, infrared systems and artificial vision), nowadays there is still no readily available positioning solution which can be used seamlessly in manufacturing facilities. Current positioning strategies range from the deployment of ad hoc sensor networks, which is not feasible in some environments, to the use of signals of opportunity as available, such as sounds, luminosity peaks or RF signals.
Safety of workers in factories can be also enhanced by combining the information about their localization with cognitive activity recognition, provided by wearable systems such as inertial motion units or biometric sensors. In this way, risky situations can be detected and proactively prevented in the working environment.

SS30. Advanced Power Converters for Energy Storage Systems
Energy storage systems can be used to enhance the performance of renewable energy sources, electric transportation, power system stability, etc. The aim of this Special Session is to present the most recent research in the field of energy storage systems, showing advances in design, power electronics interface, control, and practical implementation

SS31. Atmospheric effects of radiation in electronic devices and systems
Radiation effects on electronic devices and systems have been a very important concern when extreme environments are considered, like space, nuclear reactors or large particle accelerators. The shrinking of the integration technologies is driving commercial silicon to the point that there is certain sensitivity to the residual concentration of ionizing particles at sea level. The energy necessary to provoke single event effects in industrial electronics has reduced with this technology shrinking, which means that special efforts must be taken to ensure radiation tolerance for all critical applications, even those operating at sea level.

The special session will focus in general radiation effects at atmospheric heights, measurements of radiation, experiences, mitigation strategies and in general all those issues related to radiation effects in atmospheric levels and other industrial facilities that need radiation tolerant electronic systems.

SS32. List of Special Sessions open for submission
Nonlinear and Nonsmooth Dynamics in Electrical and Electromechanical Systems In the past two decades, many researchers have applied nonlinear tools in different electrical research areas such as power electronics circuits, power systems, electrical machines and comunications. The behavior of such nonlinear systems is complex due to different kind of the involved nonlinearities. For instance, in DC – DC converters, multiple switches are employed to achieve the desired conversion which result in an oscillatory output. The current and voltage ripple are required to be kept within strict predefined limits, especially in high performance. Unfortunately, traditional methods in studying, designing and therefore operating these devices fall short in this requirement if a wide operating region is required. The main reason behind this behaviour is the nonlinearity that forces the system to undergo bifurcation behavior and to exhibit complex nonlinear operating regimes. This is the case of many other electrical and electromechanical systems. The scope of Special Session is on all topics related to nonlinear dynamics and its applications in electrical systems such as, nonlinear oscillators, communication systems, power systems, power electronics, machines, renewable energy sources and electrical circuits and electromechanical systemes used for energy harvesting applications such us MEMs and NEMs. We invite papers that study nonlinear behaviour problems in these systems and propose solutions that guarantee the satisfactory operation.

The ICIT 2015 organizing team invites professionals in the area of Industrial Electronics to propose special sessions to be held on ICIT 2015 in Seville, Spain.

Special sessions provide the opportunity to focus in detail on particular emerging topics, which are not reflected in the list of conference tracks or represent a specific working fields where researchers would like to meet and discuss advances.

Proposal content
If you intend to propose and organize a special session, please provide us with a proposal using the template , and including the following information
  • Title of the Special Session
  • Brief description of the area of concern (approx. 100 words), with special focus on why we should believe this is an interesting and significant topic?
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Organization of special sessions

Once approved, it is the duty of the organizers to publicize the Special Session among researchers and practitioners in the field and attract a sufficient number of papers.

Papers submitted to special sessions will undergo the same review process as regular papers. The special session chairs of the respective special session are responsible for organizing the review process, assuring at least three reviews per paper. This includes selection of reviewers from their peers.

Before starting the review process,SS organizers must explicitly declare papers which present a conflict of interest for them. A conflict of interest arises where the judgement of a paper quality can be influenced by the organizers being authors or knowing some of the authors. To ensure independent reviews, this conflict must be marked as such in the submission system and the SS chairs notified so that they can arrange the review process.

A minimum of 5 accepted papers with authors from at least 3 independent institutions is required for each session. If a session has too few papers, accepted papers will be allocated to regular sessions wherever possible. In case of indication of weakly organized special sessions, the conference organizers will support the organizers with advice but reserve measures including cancellation of the respective special session.

Organizers of a successful Special Session will get a free registration for every 5 papers submitted to the Special Session and finally included in the program for their own use when attending the conference.

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