< ICIIS 2017

Keynote Speakers


Prof. Vladimir Terzija

School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering,

 The University of Manchester, UK

“Wide Area Control and Protection”

Professor Vladimir Terzija is the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council Chair Professor in Power System Engineering with the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Manchester, Manchester, U.K., where he has been since 2006. He was born in Donji Baraci (former Yugoslavia). He received the Dipl-Ing., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia, in 1988, 1993, and 1997, respectively. From 1997 to 1999, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia. From 2000 to 2006, he was a senior specialist for switchgear and distribution automation with ABB AG Inc., Ratingen, Germany. His current research interests include smart grid application of intelligent methods to power system monitoring, control, and protection; wide-area monitoring, protection, and control; switchgear and fast transient processes; and digital signal processing applications in power systems. Prof. Terzija is currently leading a number of large scale projects funded by the UK Government, UK and international industry and European Union. The total value of these projects is more than £30m. In his research team he has currently 10 PhD students and 5 Postdoctoral Research Associates. He is currently convenor of the Cigré Working Group B5.14 “Wide Area Protection and Control Technologies” and a contributing member of several IEEE working groups. Prof Terzija has published over 300 peer-reviewed papers in international journals and in proceedings of international conferences. He held visiting professorship at the Shandong University (Jinan, China), University of Malaya (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) and University of Belgrade (Belgrade, Serbia). He also servs as a consultant to a number of industry and government agencies including National Grid, UK, Scottish Power, UK, Electricity North West, UK, EPSRC and many others.  He is Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Electrical Power and Energy Systems.  Prof. Terzija is IEEE Fellow, Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, as well as a DAAD and Taishan Scholar.


Prof. Priyantha Wijayatunga

Director, South Asia Energy Division at Asian Development Bank

" Role of High Level Technologies in Climate Change Mitigation in the Energy Sector "

Priyantha D C Wijayatunga holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Moratuwa Sri Lanka and a Doctorate in Power Economics from Imperial College London where he was a Beit Scientific Research Fellow. He joined the Asian Development Bank in 2008 and he is currently the Director, South Asia Energy Division. He has contributed extensively in energy sector policy and regulatory activities over 25 years and has co-authored over 75 publications. He was the founder Director General of the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka and a key contributor to the Sri Lanka Electricity Act 2009 and Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority Act 2007. He was a lead author of the Sri Lanka Energy Policies and Strategies. He was also a Senior Professor of Electrical Engineering and the Chairman of South Asia Forum for Infrastructure Regulation. He is a Member of Institute of Engineering Technology (IET), London, a Chartered Electrical Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka. Also he is a Senior Member of the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), US.


Prof. Matti Latva-Aho

Academy Professor, Center for Wireless Communications

University of Oulu, Finland

5G Wireless Networks


Matti Latva-aho was born in Kuivaniemi, Finland in 1968. He received the M.Sc., Lic.Tech. andDr. Tech (Hons.) degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Oulu, Finland in 1992, 1996 and 1998, respectively. From 1992 to 1993, he was a Research Engineer at Nokia Mobile Phones, Oulu, Finland. During the years 1994 - 1998 he was a Research Scientist at Telecommunication Laboratory and Centre for Wireless Communications (CWC) at the University of Oulu.Prof.Latva-aho was Director of Centre for Wireless Communications (CWC) at the University of Oulu during the years 1998-2006. He is Professor of Digital Transmission Techniques at the University of Oulu since 2000 and currently Director of CWC Radio Technologies research unit. His research interests are related tomobile broadband communication systems and currently his group focuses on 5G systems research.Prof.Latva-aho has published 300+ conference or journal papers in the field of wireless communications. He has been TPC Chairman for PIMRC’06, TPC Co-Chairman for ChinaCom’07 and General Chairman for WPMC’08, CROWNCOM’14 and will be organizer for EUCNC’17 in Oulu. He acted as the Chairman and vice-chairman of IEEE Communications Finland Chapter in 2000 – 2003. Prof.Latva-aho has received the following prizes: 2015 Nokia Foundation Award, 2003 IEE Mountbatten Premium Award, 2000 Electrical Engineering Foundation Finland (EIS) Award, 1998 Best doctoral thesis prize of technical sciences in Finland. Prof.Latva-aho is a member of Finnish Academy of Technology since 2011. He will be serving as Academy of Finland Professor during 1.1.2017 – 31.12.2021.


Prof. Gamini Dissanayake

Director (Research)/Distinguished Professor, School of Elec, Mech and Mechatronic Systems
Director, CAS - Centre for Autonomous Systems
Core Member, CAS - Centre for Autonomous Systems
BSc (Eng) (Hons) (Sri Lanka), MSc (Birm), PhD (Birm)
Member, The Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers

Gamini Dissanayake is the James N Kirby Professor of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering at University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). He has expertise in a broad range of topics in robotics including sensor fusion, localisation, mapping, SLAM and human-robot interaction. He leads the UTS node of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Systems (CAS), UTS Centre for Intelligent Mechatronic Systems (CIMS) and the UTS robotics team. He graduated in Mechanical/Production Engineering from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka in 1977. He received his M.Sc. in Machine Tool Technology and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (Robotics) from the University of Birmingham, England in 1981 and 1985 respectively.


Prof. Arumugam Nallanathan
Professor in Wireless Communication,
King’s College London, UK
“Massive Internet of Things: Opportunities and Challenges”

Arumugam Nallanathan is Professor of Wireless Communications in the Department of Informatics at Kings College London (University of London). He served as the Head of Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Natural and Mathematical Sciences at Kings College London, 2011/12. He was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore from August 2000 to December 2007. His research interests include 5G Wireless Networks, Internet of Things (IoT) and Molecular Communications. He published more than 300 technical papers in scientific journals and international conferences. He is a co-recipient of the Best Paper Award presented at the IEEE International Conference on Communications 2016 (ICC2016) and IEEE International Conference on Ultra-Wideband 2007 (ICUWB 2007). He has been selected as a Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher in 2016.

He is an Editor for IEEE Transactions on Communications and IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology. He was an Editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications (2006-2011), IEEE Wireless Communications Letters and IEEE Signal Processing Letters. He served as the Chair for the Signal Processing and Communication Electronics Technical Committee of IEEE Communications Society and Technical Program Chair and member of Technical Program Committees in numerous IEEE conferences. He received the IEEE Communications Society SPCE outstanding service award 2012 and IEEE Communications Society RCC outstanding service award 2014. He is an IEEE Fellow and IEEE Distinguished Lecturer.