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Agreement of Cooperation Between Control Systems Group of TU Berlin and SMGRC of University of Kurdistan

The Head of Smart/Micro Grids Research Center, University of Kurdistan and the Head of Control Systems Group, Technical University of Berlin (Germany), signed an agreement to develop academic exchange and cooperation in education and research. They agreed to collaborate in the following activities in the fields of smart and micro-grids, renewable energy technologies and control systems.
a) Short term exchange of students, professors, researchers (up to two visitors each year)
b) Exchange of scientific material, and information
c) Joint research projects, publications, patents, and other activities within the range of interest of both universities
d) Joint conferences, workshops, and seminars
e) Support each other to equip/improve their research laboratories
This agreement is outcome of Prof. Bevrani’s summer visit at TU Berlin. The agreement was signed by Prof. Jorg Raisch, and Prof. Hassan Bevrani, September 20, 2017 in Berlin, Germany.

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Agreement of Academic Cooperation Between Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University and Faculty of Engineering, University of Kurdistan

The Faculty of Engineering, University of Kurdistan (Iran) and the Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University (Denmark), agreed to develop academic exchange and cooperation in education and research. They agreed to collaborate in:
a) Exchange of students
b) Exchange of professors, researchers, scholars and staff
c) Exchange of scientific material, and information
d) Joint research projects, publications, patents, and other activities within the range of interest of both universities
e) Joint conferences, workshops, and seminars

This agreement is result of Dr. Qobad Shafiee’s negotiations with head of Department of Energy Technology, John, K. Pederson, during his summer visit at Aalborg University. The agreement was signed by John K. Pederson, and Prof. Hassan Bevrani, Vice Chancellor for Research at University of Kurdistan, August 29, 2017, in Aalborg, Denmark.

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Prof. Bevrani and Dr. Shafiee visited the Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University (Denmark)

Prof. Bevrani and Dr. Shafiee visited Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University on 28-29 August 2017. They had separate meetings with Prof. Frede Blaabjerg, program leader of Efficient and Reliable Power Electronics; Prof. Josep M. Guerrero, program leader of Microgrids; Prof. Remus Teodorescu, Associate Prof. Dezso Sera, and Associate Prof. Tamas Kerekes, program leaders of Photovoltaic Systems, to extend collaborations with department of Energy Technology. They also visited most of the laboratories in the department of Energy Technology, the Microgrid Research Laboratory, DC Microgrid Laboratory, High and Medium voltage Laboratories, PV Systems Laboratory (PVLAB), Grid Integration Laboratory (GIL), Harmony and Reliability in Power Electronics Laboratories.

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Prof. Bevrani and Dr. Shafiee visited the SENSE Smart Grid Lab at TU Berlin (Germany)

Prof. Bevrani and Dr. Shafiee had a collaborative meeting with Prof. Kai Strunz at TU Berlin, and visited his laboratory, the SENSE Smart Grid Lab, on August 2017.

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Prof. Bevrani invited to give an intensive course on Power System Monitoring and Control at TU Berlin (Germany)

Prof. Bevrani gave an intensive one-month course on Power System Monitoring and Control, at TU Berlin, on July-August 2017.

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Prof. Bevrani and Dr. Shafiee delivered speeches on Microgrids Control in TU Berlin (Germany)

Prof. Bevrani and Dr. Shafiee gave scientific talks on Microgrids Dynamic and Control in Control Systems Group, TU Berlin, on August 2017.

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5th International Conference on Control, Instrumentation, and Automation (ICCIA)

The 5th International Conference on Control, Instrumentation, and Automation (ICCIA) will be organized by University of Kurdistan with cooperation of Iranian Society of Instrumentation and Control Engineers to be held in fall 2018 in Sanandaj (IRAN). The worldwide audiences and scientists and engineers from academia and industry will come together to exchange the view and experiences based on the most up-to-date and complete view of control techniques, with the widest coverage of application fields.

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Postdoctoral Research Position in Microgrids

The Smart/Micro Grid Research Center (SMGRC) at University of Kurdistan is seeking for a highly motivated postdoctoral candidate interested in working on dynamic, control, and protection of microgrids. The successful candidate must have outstanding achievement in his/her doctoral research and possess independent research abilities and ambitious scientific goals. If you are interested in this opportunity, please send your cover letter, CV, and names and contact information for at least 3 references to Prof. H. Bevrani, at bevrani@uok.ac.ir. You can contact the SMGRC office at smgrc@uok.ac.ir for more information.

Duration: One year (could be extended up to two years)
Starting date: September 2017

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Visiting PhD Students and Visiting Researchers

The Smart/Micro Grid Research Center (SMGRC) at University of Kurdistan is very happy to be able to host a number of visiting researchers and visiting doctoral students each year.
As we are unable to accept all those wishing to visit and work with us, we especially welcome those whose research interests fit most closely with those of our research center. We will work with the visiting researchers we do accept in advance of their visit to develop an agreed research work plan, which brings clear benefits to both parties. In order to make most effective use of your time with us, we suggest that plans are made well in advance of your visit. If you are interested in joining us, please contact smgrc@uok.ac.ir.

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Dr. Shafiee invited to give lectures in the AC Microgrids Course at Aalborg University (Denmark)

Dr. Qobad Shafiee has been invited as a lecturer in the PhD/Industrial Course on AC Microgrids, Aalborg University, Denmark. He will visit the Microgrids Research Program at Aalborg University in late April 2017.

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Dr. Bevrani invited as the Conf Committee chair of the ICRED 2017

Dr. Bevrani, the program leader of SMGRC, has been invited as the Conference Committee Chair of the 2017 3rd International Conference on Renewable Energy and Development (ICRED 2017), which will be held September 25-29, in Berlin, Germany.

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Dr. Bevrani invited as the Conf Program Chair of AT3E 2017

Dr. Bevrani, the program leader of SMGRC, has been invited as the Conference Program Chair of the 2017 International Conference on Advanced Technologies in Energy and Electrical Engineering (AT3E 2017) which will be held in Bali, Indonesia during Aug.24-27, 2017.

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Dr. Bevrani invited to visit the TU Berlin in Summer 2017.

Dr. Bevrani has been invited to have a visit, joint research and presenting an intensive lecture on Microgrids Impacts on Power Grid Stability and Control at the TU Berlin, Germany in Summer 2017.

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Dr. Bevrani invited to give an intensive lecture on Virtual Inertia at the L2EP (France)

Dr. Bevrani has been invited to visit the L2EP, France, and presenting an intensive lecture on Virtual Inertia, in April 2017.

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Dr. Shafiee invited to visit Aalborg University (Denmark) in Summer 2017.

Dr. Qobad Shafiee has been invited to have visit and joint research at the Microgrids Research Program, Aalborg University, Denmark, in Summer 2017.

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8th IEEE international Conference on Smart Grid (SGC2018) will be held at University of Kurdistan

The Smart/Micro Grid Research Center (SMGRC) at University of Kurdistan with cooperation of the Iranian Society of Smart Grid and IEEE Iran Section will hold the 8th Iranian Smart Grid Conference (SGC2018) in October 2018. This conference tends to provide the latest researches and technologies in the scope of smart grids and microgrids by providing keynote speeches, papers presentation in the technical-special sessions, holding workshops educational-research special sessions, and expert exhibition in this scope.

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New book by Prof. H. Bevrani, the program leader of SMGRC

This book discusses relevant microgrid technologies in the context of integrating renewable energy and also addresses challenging issues. The authors summarize long term academic and research outcomes and contributions. In addition, this book is influenced by the authors’ practical experiences on microgrids (MGs), electric network monitoring, and control and power electronic systems. A thorough discussion of the basic principles of the MG modeling and operating issues is provided. The MG structure, types, operating modes, modelling, dynamics, and control levels are covered. Recent advances in DC microgrids, virtual synchronousgenerators, MG planning and energy management are examined. The physical constraints and engineering aspects of the MGs are covered, and developed robust and intelligent control strategies are discussed using real time simulations and experimental studies.

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Dr. Shafiee evaluated to Senior Member of IEEE

Dr. Qobad Shafiee, the program co-leader of Smart/Micro Grid Research Center, has recently been elevated to Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Senior Member is the highest professional grade for which IEEE members can apply, and requires five years of significant performance as a criterion. Only nine percent of more than 421,000 members in over 160 countries have achieved this grade.

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Keynote Speech: Microgrid Control-A solution for penetration of renewable Power Organized by IEEE 2016 international Conference on Power and Renewable Energy

Keynote Speech: Microgrid Control-A solution for penetration of renewable Power
Organized by IEEE 2016 international Conference on Power and Renewable Energy
Date and Place: October 21, 2016; Shanghai, China

OPENING CEREMONY


The official opening ceremony of the Smart/Micro Grid Research Center was held On October 18 (Tue.), 2016.
Program leader, Prof. Hassan Bevrani, and program co-leader, Dr. Qobad Shafiee talked about the aims of the research center and introduced the equipment and facilities of the SMGRC laboratory to the members.

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Keynote Speech: Power grids frequency stability and control-new challenges and solutions

Keynote Speech: Power grids frequency stability and control-new challenges and solutions
Organized by 2016 3rd international Conference on Power and Energy Systems Engineering
Date and Place: September 9, 2016; Kita Kyushu, Japan

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invited Lecture: New findings in microgrids control Organized by IEEE-IES Japan

invited Lecture: New findings in microgrids control
Organized by IEEE-IES Japan
Date and Place: September 5, 2016; 15:30-17:00, Memorial hall, Osaka University, Japan

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Announcement: Special Issue on Structured DC Microgrids

Announcement: Special Issue on Structured DC Microgrids
Organized by IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics
Deadline for manuscript submission: September 1, 2016