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cpes conference audience CPES Conference Audience, 2019
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CPES & PEC Aim/Goal

The Center for Power Electronic Systems (CPES) Annual Conference presents the most recent advances in research produced at CPES. Technical presentations expose attendees to the variety of on-going projects, and promotes discussion between industry and academia. In addition, the conference showcases the most up-to-date hardware through a laboratory dialogue session where participants can observe the many hardware demonstrations first hand. Overall, the CPES Annual Conference has something of interest for anyone involved in power electronics and will include presentations on the following subjects:

  • Modeling and Control
  • Wide-Bandgap (WBG) Devices and their Applications
  • Semiconductor Packaging and Characterization
  • Novel Power Electronic Circuit Topologies
  • High Voltage Converters
  • Wireless Power Transfer
  • Power Electronics Components
  • EMI and Power Quality

The Power and Energy Center (PEC) researchers work to design, improve, and protect the world's power grids and equipment; understand and design distributed and alternative power systems; store electricity for later use; and develop equipment that increases function with less energy. With changing landscape in power system planning, operation and control domains, this conference serves as a platform to highlight our ongoing research to fellow peers and researchers in industries and other universities. This conference would introduce the attendees with the ongoing research at the PEC via a peer-reviewed set of technical papers and posters. Further, a live interactive demonstration on the state-of-the-art cyber-physical testbed at VT will be included. The conference would demonstrate the works pertaining to application of modern state of the art technologies in power system areas such as:

  • Cyber and physical systems security
  • Hybrid energy systems
  • Optimization
  • Machine learning applications
  • Electric transportation
  • Microgrid operation
  • Distribution system resiliency
Dushan Boroyevich Dushan Boroyevich
Chen-Ching Liu Chen-Ching Liu
Chen-Ching Liu Chongqing Kang


The 2020 Annual Conference will, for the 1st time, demonstrate the collaborative efforts between Virginia Tech (CPES and PEC) and Tsinghua University Power Systems and Power Electronics groups. To best expose all of the research initiatives to all participants, an extra day will be added to the conference.

CPES: CPES has a worldwide reputation for its research advances, its work with industry to improve the entire field, and its many talented graduates. From 1998-2008, CPES was a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center (NSF ERC). A collaboration of five universities and many industrial firms, the CPES ERC was the largest-ever collaboration of power electronics researchers. During the ERC period, CPES developed the IPEM (Integrated Power Electronics Modules), a standardized off-the-shelf module that has revolutionized power electronics.
Today, CPES is building on that foundation so that power electronics can fulfill its promise and reduce energy use while helping electronics-based systems grow in capability. CPES expertise encompasses five technology areas: (1) power conversion technologies and architectures; (2) power electronics components; (3) modeling and control; (4) EMI and power quality; (5) high density integration.The Center’s targeted applications include: (1) Power management for information and communications technology; (2) Point-of-load conversion for power supplies; (3) Vehicular power conversion systems; (4) Renewable energy systems.
CPES Website

PEC: Power and Energy Center have a long tradition in global leadership in the power systems industry, starting in 1988 when Dr. Arun Phadke (Founding Director) and Dr. James Thorp (former VT ECE Department Head) invented the Phasor Measurement Units (PMUs), leaving the immense impact in the field. Current research focus is in the design, improvement and protection of the world’s power grids.
PEC Website

Tsinghua ECE Department: Tsinghua University (Beijing, China) is a premiere university world renowned in its exceptional and research oriented electrical engineering program. Research focuses include: Power Systems and Automation, High Voltage and Insulation Techniques, Electric Machines and Electric Apparatus, Power Electronics and Electrical Drives, Theory and New Technology of Electrical Engineering. Tsinghua delegates from both the power systems and the power electronics groups will be in attendance to share their latest discoveries and advancements.
Tsinghua ECE Website

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