Keynote 1: Smart Buildings and a Connected Smart City
Saifur Rahman, PhD
Joseph Loring Professor of electrical engineering

Virginia Tech Advanced Research Institute
Arlington, Virginia, USA

 Biography: Professor Saifur Rahman is the founding director of the Advanced Research Institute ( at Virginia Tech, USA where he is the Joseph R. Loring professor of electrical and computer engineering. He also directs the Center for Energy and the Global Environment ... (Read more) 

Abstract: A smart building has a much higher value proposition if it can function in the context of a smart city in a connected community. It can then contribute more to a community and improve the environment its occupants work in. In order to make urban living more safe, secure and environmentally sustainable, we focus on environment governance, public safety, city planning, industry facilitation, resource utilization, energy conservation, traffic control, telemedicine, homecare, interpersonal communications, social activities ... (Read more)


Keynote 2Photovoltaic and water:  submerged and floating solutions

Giuseppe M. Tina 

Giuseppe Marco TINA (D.I.E.E.I, University of Catania, Italy)

Biography:MS, Electrotechnics Engineering, 1988 University of Catania (UdC) Italy; Ph.D., Electrotechnics Engineering, 1992, UdC. Currently he is associate Professor of Electric Energy Systems at UdC. National Academic Qualification as Full Professor (2013). Electrical engineer in Agip Refineries and ST Microelectronics, Italy (1993-1996). ... (Read more) 

AbstractThe use of photovoltaic systems in a water context creates positive synergy by increasing the cost effectiveness of PV systems, satisfying local demand for energy and creating positive effects on water (e.g. by limiting evaporation and the algae bloom problem). It is usually systems installed on the mainland that are considered, but nowadays the need to further exploit PV technology requires the search for new solutions. The aim of this keynote speech is to present the main issues that can attract the interest  ... (Read more)


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