Keynote Speech 1
Date: Monday 4 June 2018
Time: 9:00am - 9:45 pm
Title: Wireless bioelectronics

Prof. Ada S.Y. Poon

Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, USA

Prof. Poon received her B.Eng degree from the EEE department at the University of Hong Kong and her Ph.D. degree from the EECS department at the University of California at Berkeley in 2004. Upon graduation, she spent one year at Intel as a senior research scientist. Then, she joined her advisor’s startup company, SiBeam Inc., architecting Gigabit wireless transceivers leveraging millimeter-wave and MIMO technologies. After two years in industries, she returned to academic and joined the faculty of the ECE department at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Since then, she has changed her research direction from wireless communications to integrated biomedical systems. In 2008, she moved back to California and joined the faculty of the Department of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. She is a Terman Fellow at Stanford University. She received the Okawa Foundation Research Grant in 2010 and NSF CAREER Award in 2013. She is a Chan Zuckerberg Biohub investigator.

Keynote Speech 2
Date: Tuesday 5 June 2018
Time: 9:00am - 9:45 pm
Title: The past, present and future trends of Qi

Dr. Xun Liu

Chief Technology Officer, ConvenientPower Systems

Dr Xun Liu received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 2001 and 2003, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree from the City University of Hong Kong in 2007. He joined ConvenientPower (HK) Ltd in Hong Kong in 2007. From December 2008, he also serves as Vice-Chair of Specification Work Group in the Wireless Power Consortium which published ‘Qi’, the global wireless power standard in August 2010. The world first Qi-compliant product which was certified in September 2010 was designed and produced by ConvenientPower (HK) Ltd which is now a part of ConvenientPower Systems. Into Qi standard, he introduced many world first Qi compliant and compatible technology platforms, like resonant ‘TxR2’, ‘TxR3’, ‘WoWz’ and the world’s first simultaneous charging of five Qi mobile phones ‘WoW5’.Dr Liu received 2009 IEEE Power Electronics Society Transaction Prize Paper Award, and is the inventor of 25 granted patents in US, China and Europe. He published over 30 papers in IEEE journals and conferences. Now he is a senior member of IEEE.

Dr. Toine Staring

Senior Scientist, Philips Research

Dr. Toine Staring received his M.S and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands, in 1988 and 1992, respectively.
He joined Philips Research in 1990 as a Research Scientist where he has been involved in studies of single-electron effects in GaAs/AlGaAsnanostructuresm, multi-wavelength semiconductor lasers, copy protection systems for optical discs, and wireless power transfer systems.  From 2008 he has been active as the lead technical editor and architect of the Wireless Power Consortium’s Qi Specification.  From 2013 he has taken up the same role in the WPC’s development of a cordless kitchen specification.  Moreover, he has served as specifications editor for the Zhaga and MD-SIG consortia between 2010 and 2016. In his career, he has been awarded over 40 patents and published several papers in journals and conferences.

Keynote Speech 3
Date: Wednesday 6 June 2018
Time: 9:00am - 9:45 pm
Title: Pushing Beyond the Charging Pad: Exploring large-scale, 3D volume wireless charging using near-field magnetic coupling

Dr. Alanson Sample

Disney Research

Alanson Sample is the Executive Lab Director of Disney Research in Los Angeles and leads the Wireless Systems group. His research focuses on enabling new guest experiences and sensing systems by applying novel approaches to electromagnetics, RF and analog circuits, and embedded systems. Prior to joining Disney, he was a Research Scientist at Intel Labs in Hillsboro, OR working on energy harvesting for wearable and Internet of Things applications. He also held a postdoctoral research position in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. There, he developed methods of wirelessly powering implanted heart pumps, known as LVADs.

Alanson received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 2011 from the University of Washington. Throughout his graduate studies, he worked full-time at Intel Research Seattle where he published s everal articles and patents on the use of magnetically coupled resonance for wireless power delivery, as well as RFID and ambient RF energy harvesting. Alanson was one of the key contributors to the Wireless Identification and Sensing Platform, which was open-sourced as part of Intel’s WISP Challenge. His research interests lie broadly in the areas of wireless communication, embedded systems, interactive sensors, and Human Computer Interaction.

Panel Discussion 1
Date: Wednesday June 6, 2018
Time: 2:00pm - 3:45pm
Title: Difference in Power Transfer Mechanism From Near Field to Far Field

Prof. Patrick Hu

Professor, University of Auckland

Prof. Patrick Hu graduated from Xian JiaoTong University, China, with BE and ME degrees in 1985 and 1988 respectively. He received his Ph.D from the University of Auckland in 2001. Patrick is a leading researcher in wireless power technologies. He holds more than 50 patents in wireless/contactless power transfer and microcomputer control technologies, published more than 200 peer reviewed journal and conference papers with over 4000 citations, authored the first monograph on wireless inductive power transfer technology, and contributed 4 book chapters on inductive power transfer modeling/control as well as electrical machines. He has been awarded the Univ of Auckland VC’s Funded Research and Commercialization Medal in April 2017. Patrick is a full professor and the Deputy Head (Research) of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He is also the Head of Research of PowerbyProxi Ltd, as well as guest professor of ChongQing Univ and TaiYuan Univ of Technology, China.

Dr. Daniel Kuerschner


Dr. Daniel Kuerschner received Diploma and Ph.D degrees in electrical engineering from the Otto-von-Guericke-University of Magdeburg in 2005 and 2009, respectively. He worked in the field of wireless power transfer at the Institut f. Automation und Kommunikation (Magdeburg) from 2004-2011 and at Paul Vahle GmbH (Kamen) from 2011-2013. There, he was responsible for the design and the development of power electronics, passive components and the overall system for a wide range of applications, from milliwatt up to 100 kW power transfer. In 2013, he joined Qualcomm Halo (Munich) and is responsible for simulation, design and EMC/EMF of wireless electric vehicle charging (WEVC) systems. Daniel Kuerschner has more than 14 years of experience with inductive power transfer technology, particularly with power electronics, magnetics, electromagnetic compatibility and simulation methods. In these fields he has published more than 30 scientific papers and he gave more than 40 lectures at workshops, seminars and conferences. For more than 10 years he is member of several scientific and industrial panels and standardization bodies, such as IEEE, SAE, CISPR and German VDE, ZVEI and DKE.

Prof. Charles R. Sullivan

Professor, Thayer School of Engg at Dartmouth

Prof. Charles R. Sullivan received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University, New Jersey, in 1987, and his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1996. He was with Lutron Electronics, Coopersburg, Pennyslvania, designing electronic ballasts from 1987 to 1990. He is currently a professor at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire. His primary research interest is the modeling, optimization, and fabrication of passive components for power electronics applications. He has received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award and two IEEE Power Electronic Society Prize Paper Awards. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Prof. Naoki Shinohara

Professor, Kyoto University

Prof. Naoki Shinohara received the B.E. degree in electronic engineering, the M.E. and Ph.D (Eng.) degrees in electrical engineering from Kyoto University, Japan, in 1991, 1993 and 1996, respectively. He was an associate professor in Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere, Kyoto University by recognizing the Radio Science Center for Space and Atmosphere since 2004. From 2010, he has been a professor in Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere, Kyoto University. He has been engaged in research on Solar Power Station/Satellite and Microwave Power Transmission system. He is IEEE MTT-S Distinguish Microwave Lecturer, IEEE MTT-S Technical Committee 26 (Wireless Power Transfer and Conversion) vice chair, IEEE MTT-S Kansai Chapter TPC member, IEEE Wireless Power Transfer Conference advisory committee member, URSI commission D vice chair, international journal of Wireless Power Transfer (Cambridge Press) executive editor, technical committee on IEICE Wireless Power Transfer, communications society member, Japan Society of Electromagnetic Wave Energy Applications president, Space Solar Power Systems Society board member, Wireless Power Transfer Consortium for Practical Applications (WiPoT) chair, and Wireless Power Management Consortium (WPMc) chair.

Prof. Nuno Borges Carvalho

Professor, University of Aveiro

Nuno Borges Carvalho was born in Luanda, Angola, in 1972. He received the Diploma and Doctoral degrees in electronics and telecommunications engineering from the University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal, in 1995 and 2000, respectively. He is currently a Full Professor and a Senior Research Scientist with the Institute of Telecommunications, University of Aveiro and an IEEE Fellow. He coauthored Intermodulation in Microwave and Wireless Circuits (Artech House, 2003), Microwave and Wireless Measurement Techniques (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and White Space Communication Technologies (Cambridge University Press, 2014). He has been a reviewer and author of over 200 papers in magazines and conferences. He is associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, IEEE Microwave Magazine, IET Microwaves, Antennas and Propagation and Cambridge Wireless Power Transfer Journal. He is a Distinguished Microwave Lecturer for the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society.

Panel Discussion 2
Date: Wednesday June 6, 2018
Time: 4:15pm ‐ 6:00 pm
Title: Ultimate Limitations of Wireless Power Transfer for Mobile Devices

Dr. Don Tan

Distinguished Engineer, Northrop Grumman, NASA

Dr. Don Tan is Fellow / Distinguished Engineer NGAS. He earned his Ph.D. from Caltech and is an IEEE fellow. He is an authority in power management technology within Northrop Grumman, NASA, the Air Force, government communities and the space power industry. He served as President of IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS), 2013 ‐ 2014 and is the founding Editor‐in‐Chief for IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics (IEEE JESTPE). His recent recognition includes IEEE PELS Owen, Jr., Distinguished Service Award in 2017, NGAS Distinguished Engineer in 2011, CIE USA Asian American Engineer of the Year Award in 2010, AIAA Space System Award in 2008, JANNAF Outstanding Achievement Award in Spacecraft Propulsion in 2007, and NGST Distinguished Patent Award in 2002. His technology has been licensed to a major telecom company.

Mr. Will Ettes

Standardization Architect, Philips

Mr. Will Ettes was born in the Netherlands and received his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering in 1987 from the University of Applied Sciences in Leeuwarden. Since then he is a researcher at Philips Drachten in the north of the Netherlands, working on various topics in the field of Power Electronics, Control Dynamics & Communication systems, in the application areas Domestic Appliances and Personal Care. Since 1993 he is the lecturer Power Electronics at the University of Applied Sciences in Leeuwarden. Presently, he works as a standardization architect for Philips in the Netherlands, in the area of Wireless Power Transfer.

Dr. Alireza Safaee

Power System Architect, Apple Inc.

Dr. Alireza Safaee received B.Sc. in electrical engineering from Isfahan University of Technology, M.Sc. degree in physics from Sharif University of Technology, the Ph.D. degree in engineering from University of Quebec, and the second Ph.D. degree in power electronics from Queen’s University, Canada, in 1997, 1999, 2009, and 2015, respectively. From 1997 to 2005, he was a design engineer and manager at Manabe Taghzyeh Electronic Inc., developing several chargers, inverters,stabilizers, and UPS systems for telecommunication sites and power plants. From 2011 to June 2014, he was with Bombardier Transportation improving high power wireless power transfer systems for trams, buses and cars. From 2014 to 2017 he was with OSRAM Sylvania researching new fronts of power electronics for lighting, IoT and automotive applications. He is now a power system architect at Apple Inc. His research interests include power electronics, magnetic design, resonant, and softswitching converters, and their control methods toward applications in wireless power transfer, automotive, aviation and renewable energy systems.

Prof. Ron Hui

Chair Professor, The University of Hong Kong

Prof. Ron Hui received the B.Sc. (Eng. Hons.) from the University of Birmingham in 1984, and the D.I.C. and Ph.D. degrees from Imperial College London, London, U.K., in 1987. Since 2011, he has been a Chair Professor with the University of Hong Kong. He has been a Part‐Time Chair Professor with Imperial College London since 2010. He has published over 300 technical papers, including over 220 refereed journal publications and book chapters. Over 60 of his patents have been adopted by industry. Dr. Hui has been an Associate Editor of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS since 1997 and the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS since 2007. He is an Editor of the IEEE JOURNAL OF EMERGING AND SELECTED TOPICS OF POWER ELECTRONICS. He was appointed twice as an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer by the IEEE Power Electronics Society in 2004 and 2006. In 2010, he was a recipient of the IEEE Rudolf Chope Research and Development Award from the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, the IET Achievement Medal (The Crompton Medal), and the 2015 IEEE Technical Field Award (IEEE William E. Newell Power Electronics Award). He is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and the Royal Academy of Engineering, U.K.

Prof. Paul Mitcheson

Professor, Imperial College London

Prof. Paul Mitcheson received the M.Eng. degree in electrical and electronic engineering and the Ph.D. degree in micro‐power motion based energy harvesting for wireless sensor networks from the Imperial College London, London, U.K., in 2001 and 2005, respectively. He is currently a Professor in Electrical Energy Conversion with the Control and Power Research Group, Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department, Imperial College London. His research interests include energy harvesting, power electronics, and wireless power transfer to provide power to applications in circumstances where batteries and cables are not suitable. His research has been supported by the European Commission, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, and several companies. Prof. Mitcheson is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is on the executive committee of the UK Power Electronics Centre.