Short Abstract
During the last decade, SSLs-Solid-State Lighting based on components like LEDs, OLEDs and LDs, have challenged conventional technologies. In particular, LED has turned into a game changer beating the conventional technologies in all aspects. It is therefore anticipated that within a short time, all electric lighting will be based on SSLs. Today, SSLs are poised to replace all legacy technologies.  This is a major change in the lighting market that is considered a revolution.
Artificial light absorbs 13-14% of the world’s electricity annual production. Today, we are witnessing a transition from the conventional “analog” lighting technologies towards “digital” lighting. Smart lighting will become the backbone for smart cities and homes. Smart lighting concept leads towards the heart of the “Internet of Things”. Further, to serve society as effectively as we can, Industry has coined a new term “human-centric lighting” (HCL) to direct its primary efforts towards meeting human needs. The objective is switching to smart human-centric lighting driven by both “efficiency” and “quality of light”. But this forecast could be severely affected by the “rebound effect” described by Jevons in mid-19th century. Switching to the SSL2 concept, which consists of sustainable smart lighting systems based on solid-state lighting devices, might be one way to stop that harmful effect. Smart, human-centered lighting that incorporates light quality is driven by “appliance efficiency.” This merely suggests that the “Right Light” should be provided by next-generation lighting systems with the best levels of quality and efficiency when and where it is needed.
This keynote will highlight all the above-mentioned issues and will focus on the future of the lighting systems and their contributions to the sustainable development of smart cities.
Short Bio:
Prof. Georges ZISSIS, PhD, SMIEE, Vice-Rector Toulouse 3 University (2020-23). Born in Athens in 1964, has graduated in 1986 from Physics department of University of Crete in general physics. He got his MSc and PhD in Plasma Science in 1987 and 1990 from Toulouse 3 University (France). He is today Full Professor in Toulouse 3 University (France). His primary area of work is in the field of Light Systems Science and Technology. He is especially interested in the sustainable smart lighting systems; system and metrology issues for solid-state lighting systems; standardization and quality issues for light sources; impact of lighting to energy, environment, quality of life, health and security; illumination and lighting. He is director of “Light & Matter” research group of LAPLACE that enrols 20 researchers. He won in December 2006 the 1st Award of the International Electrotechnical Committee (IEC) Centenary Challenge for his work on mesopic vision standardization for urban lighting systems (in conjunction with IEEE, IET and the Observer). In 2009, he won the Energy Globe Award for France and he got the Fresnel Medal from the French Illuminating Engineering Society. He was President IEEE Industrial Application Society (2019-20), and President of the Power Electronics, Electronics, Optoelectronics and System section of the French National Council of Universities (2014-19). He initiated and chairs the IEEE Smart Lighting Initiative under IEEE Future Directions umbrella.

Dr. Rajan Kapur

President, IEEE SmartVillage Boulder, CO, USA

Short Abstract
Now with 15 different IEEE technology representatives on its Governing Board, IEEE Smart Village’s primary mission is to improve livelihoods in underserved communities, by growing local enterprises based on the productive use of any IEEE and other technology, often on a foundation of renewable energy. We do this by developing local self-sustaining and scalable enterprises that provide long-lasting benefits to the communities, with IEEE volunteers playing an instrumental role.
Since its inception in 2009, ISV has funded 44 enterprises totaling $5.54 million and impacted the lives of over 2 million people in Africa, China, Latin America, North America, and South Asia.  In 2022-23 YTD, ISV is committing $1.2 million to 19 new enterprises, which will start to show results in the next few years.
ISV’s secondary mission is to develop capacity to support its primary mission. We do this through education programs, conferences, mentorship, networking, digital & print media, and other activities. The secondary mission is for the benefit of all stakeholders including in-country applicants, volunteers, and ISV & IEEE staff, membership, leadership, and donors.
ISV is totally run and managed by a dedicated team of passionate volunteers, supported by a half-time IEEE administrative staff position. Volunteer work extends beyond initial technology deployment. IEEE members provide a broad range of support from pre-application to post-contract phases. This plays a critical role in nurturing the sustainability of the enterprises in communities where such capacity is seriously limited. For long-lived impact, this requires volunteer mentoring and monitoring on community engagement, business planning and operation, enterprise governance etc. Such work is generally perceived to be outside the purview of IEEE expertise, yet few humanitarian initiatives provide this level of long-term assistance.
We are expanding IEEE’s humanitarian impact by “Advancing technology for humanity”.
Short Bio:
Dr.Rajan Kapur started his career at AT&T Bell Labs. Since 1985 he has worked exclusively with start-ups, first with micro-chips in the Silicon Valley, and then micro-displays in Colorado. In 2006, he transitioned to renewable energy and founded a solar micro-inverter company that he later sold. Since then, he has run a sustainability incubator in his garage in Colorado, working with small dispersed teams on early-stage projects, with participants from the US and abroad.
In the leadership team at IEEE Smart Village, an all-volunteer humanitarian seed-fund cum incubator, he works with local entities in underserved regions around the world. They leverage productive use of IEEE technologies, education and enterprise to improve livelihoods. Current enterprises include eco-tourism in India, gem-stone cutting in Zambia, electrification to combat deforestation in Argentina, peri-urban aquaculture in Malawi and India, etc. Working with Rotary International, IEEE Smart Village has funded telehealth projects in Uganda and Kenya, and an oxygen plant at a hospital in India. Under his leadership, they have started “vocational awareness” initiatives for children to better prepare for a more electrified future.
Dr. Kapur is the holder of five issued US patents. He holds Electrical Engineering degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur; Rice University, Houston and the University of Texas at Austin.
Title: Wide area time synchronized power grid monitoring
Short Abstract
The talk will provide an overview on the effort of power grid wide-area monitoring and observations that were made possible from the grid edge synchronized data.  The critical roles of wide-area phasor measurement in situation awareness, operation, and control will be discussed. The concept of electromechanical wave propagation in power grid will be demonstrated using measurement data collected from the actual grids. Applications of time synchronized data in event location, oscillation location detection, oscillation damping control, and inertia estimation will be discussed.
The possible back up timing system using pulsar signal will be discussed.
Short Bio:
Yilu Liu received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Ohio State University, Columbus, in 1986 and 1989. She received the B.S. degree from Xian Jiaotong University, China.
Dr. Liu is currently the UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair at the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. She is also the deputy director of the DOE/NSF engineering research center CURENT ( She led the effort to create the North American power grid Frequency Monitoring Network FNET/GridEye (, Dr. Liu is an expert in large grid dynamic modeling, simulations, and monitoring.
Dr. Liu is a member of National Academy of Engineering, a member of the National Academy of inventors, a fellow of IEEE. She can be reached at
Short Abstract
Building and systems performance enhacement using latent Energy Storage : A holistic approach.
Short Bio:
EL MANKIBI Mohamed is a Research Director/Professor at ENTPE/university of Lyon (France) member of LTDS Laboratory (CNRS UMR5513). He has a PhD degree (Hybrid Ventilation Control Strategies Design and Assessment), the accreditation to direct and manage research and qualified as international expert by the French Ministry of Ecological Transition. He was the manager and Supervisor of building-related courses of ENTPE and Co-creator and Co-manager of several Master’s degrees related to “Green Building”. Highly evolved in Green and Low Impact Buildings design and optimization programs, he has two major fields of research: one is related to the dynamic simulation of thermal and aeraulic phenomena in buildings, the other is related to the been invited as professor/researcher by the University of Colorado at Boulder, Concordia University of Montreal, Hunan university and Ecole National Superieure des Mines de Rabat as well as Green Energy Park (IRESEN). He has been involved in many tasks and projects of the International Energy Agency (ECES and ECBCS programs). He has taken part in several national and European/International research projects as coordinator and partner as well as European/International projects. He has developed several original models and experimental devices and initiated and led partnerships with the building industry.