The Young Professionals & Student Activity Committee (YPS-AC) of the Industrial Electronics Society (IES) offers financial support up to 1500 USD to the IEEE IES S&YP members to attend IES conferences.

IES SYPA will be a new format of mentoring events for the student and young professional (S&YP) members of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society. This event will provide IEEE IES S&YP members with a unique opportunity to ask questions and get professional advice directly from IEEE Fellows, IES President, IES AdCom members, and experienced colleagues. We encourage all conference participants to join!

This event includes tutorials from academia and industry, 3M video session and open discussion forum.

• How to Apply

v  You MUST be IEEE member. whether Student or Graduate Student or Young Professional (YP). You are considered YP up to 15 years after your graduation.

v  You MUST be a member of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society.

v  You MUST have a paper accepted at the conference as author or co-author and be the person to present it at the conference.

v  You MUST reside outside the city in which the conference is held.

v  Your paper should be fully registered.

v  You SHOULD NOT have received the SYPA in the last 2 years.

v  In the submission system, if you toggled the correct membership (Student or YP), once the paper is accepted, the “IEEE-IES SYPA” tab will appear. Click on that and submit the required information/document/video.

v  You MUST prepare a video and send it according to the following rules:

Ø  The length MUST be 3 minutes. Even 1 second more or less is not tolerated.

Ø  Avoid using PowerPoint slides for most of the video. Only up to 30% of the video (1min) can be from the presentation slides. Be creative and generate interactive contents! Watch more videos to get ideas.

Ø  Some seconds MUST be devoted to the paper information such as title, authors, affiliations, your university, company, research team, etc.

Ø  At least the last 5 seconds MUST contain the Acknowledgment to IEEE IES for the IES-SYPA!

Ø The video MUST be shared through sharing websites like Dropbox, Google Drive, YouTube, etc. Make sure to provide the link without requiring permission to view by anyone who has the link.

Once your paper is accepted, the IEEE-IES SYPA tab will appear and you can apply for it as::

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Make sure that you have turned on the required membership options in your profile at top-right corner of the submission system. You should be IEEE and IES member and also Student or Young Professional.

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For any questions regarding the SYPA application submission issues, please contact the conference support team directly at:

• Review Process

Videos will be reviewed by the committee members in 2 rounds. All applicants will be given one chance to update their videos according to the 1st-round comments. Then, the final video will be reviewed in 2nd-round and receive an average score based on its impact, creativity, style, presentation, video quality, etc. The ones with highest scores from both paper and video reviewers will be selected as the winners for the IES-SYPA. They will receive financial support for their travel expenses and a diploma during the Gala dinner.

The winners’ videos will be uploaded on IES YouTube Channel, and you will receive an email including the link to your video on IES YouTube Channel. You should copy that link to the IES Facebook Event page of the conference and wait for the thumbnail to appear, then post it!!! Moreover, you should similarly post the link of your video to the IEEE Collabratec. You are also allowed to share it on any other websites. The direct link to the Facebook event page and IEEE Collabratec Group will be sent in the same email and will be available on the conference website.

• Timeline

ü  IES SYPA Application submission deadline:                           06/08/2023, 22:00 GMT-4

ü  1st-round general comments on the videos will be sent by     20/08/2023.

ü  Submission of the final 3-minute video:                                   27/08/2023, 22:00 GMT-4

ü  Announcement of winners:                                                        10/09/2023

• To Receive the Travel Assistance

1- You MUST be on the list of final SYPA recipients

2- You MUST show up at the conference and give 3 minutes speech during 3M Video Session

DO NOT FORGET to bring your video file to the 3M Video Session. The videos will be displayed on a large screen, and you will be talking for the audiences during that 3 minutes. So, your speech should be very brief and informative.

All information (including the place, date and time) for the 3M Video Session and the ceremony to receive the Diplomas will be announced by the first day of the conference.

The fund can be used to cover your expenses including conference registration, transportation (flight, car, taxi, …), accommodation and food. So keep your receipts and use Concur platform to submit the expenses and other required information. All instructions can be found on the SYPA page of the conference.

It should be pointed out that if many applicants have obtained a high score, the committee can reduce the travel assistance amount to US$1000 per applicant. This exceptional measure is in order to support the travel of a higher number of excellent applicants.


• Some tips to prepare your video


1.     The idea of 3M video session is to help people (students and young professionals) learning how to advertise their project for public and promote the authors. Whether your work is just theoretical or by simulations, you are expected to prepare the movie interactive, live and interesting for the viewers. Record some minutes from running results in the software, during simulation or practical tests.

2.    Record some videos from your hardware design or even software results (e.g., the screen of your computer) while they are running. Discussion with co-authors, research team etc. At least 70% of your video should include interactive parts and not solid slides.

3.    It is recommended to present the work with your own voice during the video recording. Please present it in a different way than a PowerPoint presentation. Your video will be on IES YouTube Channel and should attract the viewers.

4.     Showing some information on the video using simple texts as subtitles is also recommended. Note that the voice is useful for the YouTube viewers, however, during the conference it will be replaced by your 3M speech. The video may be displayed with no sound.

5.     Sometimes background music could make your video much more interesting.

6.     The audience already saw your paper presentations so be different in your videos.

7.     Try to make people interested in your videos. Devote some seconds of the video to your office, lab, any places that you are working in and show the stuff you are using for that project, introduce co-authors, supervisors, explain motivation, etc.

8.     The 3M video does not need to show the details of your work. Some concepts are enough to attract people’s attention. Deep theoretic and mathematics are not useful to advertise your project for people with different interests.

9.     Note that the video should be impressive and interactive. Static pictures do not interest anyone. Find gif or flash images from the Internet.

10.   Make sure you have the copyright for materials used in your video including animations, song, photos, etc.

Here you can watch a good example of 3M video recorded at MIT.

Take a look at other videos posted by young researchers (young professionals and students) for the IES-SYPA at the following links:


Keynote 1:

Speaker: Peter Palensky

Title: The digital transformation of the power system

Professor Peter Palensky


Peter Palensky is full Professor for intelligent electric power grids at TU Delft, Faculty for Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science, Netherlands, since 2014, working on mastering the complexity of smart, sustainable and flexible electric power systems.

He also serves as Director of TU Delft's cross-faculty Delft Energy Initiative, and as Principle Investigator at the Amsterdam Metropolitain Solutions (AMS) institute. He is past Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Magazine and associate editor for several other IEEE journals. He is financial advisor and AdCom member- at-large of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society.


The power system experiences massive changes: Decarbonization, Decentralization, and Digitalization are the most prominent ones.

The digital transformation is both, a solution to upcoming problems, but also a potential challenge. This talk will introduce you to the changes that our future power system will need to master, to the most important aspects of the digital transformation, and also present examples where digital technology already shows impact to power systems.

Keynote  2:

Speaker: Bryan M.H. Pong

Title: AI Design of Power Converters by Bayesian Optimization

Professor Bryan M.H. Pong


Prof. Bryan M.H. Pong received his BSc degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from Birmingham University and his PhD degree in Power Electronics from Cambridge University in England. In his early career he worked with National Semiconductor Hong Kong and later ASTEC International where he was a principal engineer and then a division engineering manager making switching power supplies. He joined Hong Kong University and worked with the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department for 30 years. He founded a spin-off company PowerELab from HKU. Now he is a Professor at the Electronic Engineering Department at the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology. Prof. Pong specializes in Power Electronics. In particular, he works on high frequency switching power supply design using Artificial Intelligence, electromagnetic interference (EMI) suppression, power modules using wide bandgap devices, wireless power transfer, bendable power converter, and lighting equipment. Prof. Pong has extensive research and development experience in Power Electronics. He has published many technical papers and is holding more than 40 patents on the technology. Prof. Pong is a senior member of the IEEE, member of the IET, Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the HKIE.


It is always desirable for design automation of power converters which can relieve engineers from the tedious tasks of parameter tuning. Recently there has been tremendous advancement of AI technology and computing power, which certainly accelerate realization of the desire for design automation. Bayesian optimization is a promising AI algorithm for power converter design. Review of AI methods shows that Bayesian Optimization provides its results in less iterations, hence computationally less expensive. It makes use of probabilistic model and more efficiently explore the parameter space and produce respectable result. It can also accommodate multi physics simulation software such as finite element analysis and circuit simulation which can work together to produce accurate modeling. A design example for an LLC converter will be discussed, showing the detailed design parameters and their convergence performances.

Keynote  3:

Speaker: Hong Li

Title: A Time-domain Stability Analysis Method of Power Converters System and Stability Improving Controls

Professor Hong Li


Hong Li received the B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from Taiyuan University of Technology, Taiyuan, China, in 2002, the M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China, in 2005, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Fernuniversität in Hagen, Germany, in 2009. She is currently a Full Professor with the School of Electrical Engineering, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing, China. She has published 1 book, 63 journal papers, and 60 conference papers. She has also authorized 40 patents. Her research interests include nonlinear modeling, analysis and its applications, EMI suppressing methods for power electronic systems, wide bandgap power devices and applications. She is currently served as the vice chair of IEEE PELS Membership Committee–China (MCC) and the chair of WiE subcommittee, IEEE PELS MCC; the vice chair of IEEE IES Beijing Chapter and the member of IEEE Transportation Technologies Award Committee. Dr. Li is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, an Associate Editor of the IEEE Open Journal of Industrial Electronics Society, an Associate Editor of the Chinese Journal of Electrical Engineering, and the Vice Chairman of Electromagnetic Compatibility Specialized Committee in China Power Supply Society.


Different from the traditional frequency-domain stability analysis method, this report focuses on the time-domain modeling and stability analysis of power converters system. Considering the complexity of the traditional frequency-domain stability analysis method in multi-converters system, a general time-domain stability analysis method based on Floquet theory is introduced and verified in theory, simulation, and experiment. This method can used not only in DC-DC converters system, including LLC converters system, DC-AC inverters system, but also in the hybrid converters system with DC-DC converter and DC-AC converter. Furthermore, based on this time-domain stability criteria and eigenvalue sensitivity, the stability improving controls are deduced, finally, the universality and practicality of these controls are proved by simulation and experiment both.

Keynote  4:

Speaker: Okyay Kaynak

Title: So, You Want to Join the Academia!

Professor Peter Palensky


Okyay Kaynak received the B.Sc. degree with first-class honors and PhD degrees in electronic and electrical engineering from the University of Birmingham, UK, in 1969 and 1972 respectively.

From 1972 to 1979, he held various positions within the industry. In 1979, he joined the Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, where he is currently a Professor Emeritus. He has held long-term (near to or more than a year) Visiting Professor/Scholar positions at various institutions in Japan, Germany, the U.S., Singapore, and China. His current research interests are in the fields of intelligent control and industrial AI applications. He has authored four books, edited five and authored or co-authored more than 450 papers that have appeared in various journals and conference proceedings.

Dr. Kaynak has served as the Editor in Chief of IEEE Trans. on Industrial Informatics and IEEE/ASME Trans. on Mechatronics as well as Co-Editor in Chief of IEEE Trans. on Industrial Electronics. He currently serves as the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Trans. On Industrial Cyber Physical Systems.

Dr. Kaynak is active in international organizations, has served on many committees of IEEE and was the president of IEEE Industrial Electronics Society during 2002-2003. He was elevated to IEEE fellow status in 2003. In 2016, he received the Chinese Government Friendship Award and Humboldt Research Prize. Most recently, in 2020, he received the International Research Prize of the Turkish Academy of Sciences. He is a member of this Academy


In this presentation, the attributes of an academic journey are discussed. Although it can generally be both rewarding and challenging, one is likely to meet many hurdles on the route. Your agenda may be so busy that you may struggle with time management and procrastination. This presentation is a “buy one, get one free” type, in the first part, whether you should dare to go for a doctoral degree is discussed. Then, one of the most important requirements of the academic life, i.e., technical paper writing, is deliberated upon.

PhD: Why and How? Embarking on doing a Ph. D. is an important decision. It should not be taken lightly. In this presentation, the difficulties one is likely to meet on the way to a doctoral degree are discussed and if you cannot come up with strong arguments in favor of it, it is suggested that you should perhaps go for a master’s degree. The second part of the presentation focuses on the journey itself. The skills that you should have or need to acquire for a successful completion of your journey as sanely as possible are discussed. The final remark is that dissertations are never completed but abandoned.

The Art of Technical Paper Writing: Now that you have embarked on your Ph. D. journey, you will be expected to publish. It may even be a prerequisite to your degree. In this presentation, the art of technical paper writing is elaborated upon. Firstly, a three-dimensional view of dissemination of research results is introduced and where a good scientific paper should position itself is discussed. Secondly, the basic rules that a good scientific paper needs to follow are presented in relation with the typical arguments behind a quick rejection. Thirdly, how to organize a technical paper is discussed with specific references to its main parts, i.e. the title, the abstract, the body, the mathematics used, the conclusions and the references.

Keynote 5:

Speaker: Tomislav Dragičević

Title: Transforming Electric Drive Applications The Journey of PHLIT and the FlexGate® Innovation

Professor Tomislav Dragičević


Tomislav Dragičević (S’09-M’13-SM’17) received the M.Sc. and the industrial Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Zagreb, Croatia, in 2009 and 2013, respectively. From 2013 to 2016 he has been a Postdoctoral researcher at Aalborg University, Denmark. From 2016 to 2020 he was an Associate Professor at Aalborg University, Denmark. Currently, he is a Professor at the Technical University of Denmark. He also made a guest professor stay at Nottingham University in 2018.

His research and business interests are in the area of advanced control, optimization and artificial intelligence inspired techniques to provide innovative and effective solutions to emerging challenges in design, control and diagnostics of power electronic systems.

He has authored and co-authored more than 400 technical publications (more than 150 of them are published in international journals, mostly in IEEE) and filed for several patents in these areas. He is also a founder and a Chief Scientific Officer of a prominent Danish startup company PHLIT, which commercializes smart IoT diagnostics and management solutions for energy assets.

He serves as an Associate Editor in the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS, in IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS, in IEEE Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics and in IEEE Industrial Electronics Magazine.

Prof. Dragičević is a recipient of the Končar prize for the best industrial PhD thesis in Croatia, a Robert Mayer Energy Conservation award, an Alexander von Humboldt fellowship for experienced researchers, and IEEE David Irvin Early Career Award.


This 30 min lecture will describe the journey of a Danish Startup company PHLIT, which was born out of a university project initiated by Prof. Tomislav Dragičević at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in 2020. The company's core product, FlexGate®, is an innovative integration of hardware and software designed to enhance the efficiency of existing electric drive applications such as wastewater pumping stations, ventilation systems, clean water pumps, and compressors.

The FlexGate® solution incorporates an edge computer, an IoT gateway, and a frequency meter, combining off-the-shelf components with custom-developed technology. The software suite includes a specialized cloud AI engine, a customer web interface, and edge computer software capable of communicating with industrial communication protocols, IoT gateways, and industrial PLCs. PHLIT's mission centers on optimizing asset efficiency and monetizing flexibility. The company's streamlined integration process, tailored for the wastewater market segment, has led to low customer acquisition time and costs, and has achieved traction in the Nordic wastewater pumping station markets.

The startup journey commenced with the filing of two patents and the establishment of a cloud platform in 2021, followed by real-world tests and the development of a proprietary IoT gateway in 2022. Notably, the commissioning of this gateway at Bornholm Island's largest wastewater pumping site marked a pivotal achievement, sparking investor and customer interest. In early 2023, PHLIT gained entry into the prestigious Danish startup accelerator, GreenUp, and secured contracts with clean water businesses, paving the way for a successful seed funding round led by a prominent Danish VC firm.

This strategic funding marked an important milestone for PHLIT as it enabled it to solidify its organizational foundation by onboarding a professional board, CEO, and software development team. In this context, through a meticulous progress, PHLIT has transitioned from an academic venture into a promising startup poised to revolutionize the efficiency and adaptability of electric drive applications across industries. Ultimately, the lecture's goal is to motivate and enlighten young IES professionals about the challenges and rewards of embarking on entrepreneurial endeavors emerging from academic environment.