The keynote speakers at the 16th Conference on Protection and Automation in Power Systems are Malik, Tarzja and Popovo, respectively, whose speeches will be announced later.

Keynote Speakers M. (Marjan) Popov

Prof Vladimir Terzija

Prof.Om P. Malik


The presentation will demonstrate an implementation of a distribution system state estimation (DSSE) algorithms on an actual grid supplied with synchrophasor devices by using a real-time simulation platform. This research compares two types of DSSE algorithms to investigate their performances in terms of (i) providing a better accurate state estimate of bus voltage magnitudes and angles under both normal and abnormal operating conditions, and also important, (ii) having a fast computational time so that the algorithm is compatible with the high reporting rate of PMUs of 20 ms. The two types of DSSE are selected as follows. Firstly, the weighted least square-based static SE (WLS-SSE) is selected since it is an widely-used algorithm in electric power industry and academia, due to its simplicity and low computational time. Secondly, the extended Kalman filter-based forecasting-aided SE (EKF-FASE) is applied because due to two reasons. The first one is that the Kalman filter has the promising capability to track the dynamic behaviors of the power system states. The second reason is that the Forecasting-aided State Estimation (FASE) is a good candidate to determine the bus voltage magnitudes and angles in distribution grids, which usually have low measurement redundancy.


As a result of high penetration of renewable energy sources, particularly Converter Interfaced Generation(CIG),converter connected demand and mixed ac-dc transmission and even distribution networks, the nature of dynamics of modern electrical power systems has changed and its operation became a challenge. The nature of the entire system became more complex, expressed in quite a new dynamic, requesting new approaches for monitoring, protection and control of such an important system, the system playing one of the most critical roles in progressing of modern societies, the system enabling functioning of other critical infrastructures in all countries. On the other hand, availability of modern smart technologies, e.g. sensor and ICT technology, opened new paradigms for coping with previously described challenges. The presentation is aiming at addressing new approaches of monitoring, protecting and controlling of future electrical power systems. In this context, some of typical PMU-based Wide Area Monitoring, Protection and Control applications, also model-free and data driven, will be discussed and presented. Experience gathered from 3 flagship and large-scale projects funded by Ofgem (UK) Network Innovation Competition, VISOR, EFCC and FITNESS projects, will be summarized and also discussed from the perspective of their extension to another level: integration of different energy systems and approaches for their operation, fostering flexibility and resilience of a particular integrated energy system. Approaches based on Data Science, AI/Machine Learning, used in the AMPaC Megagrant project (, will be presented, too. The presentation will also attempt to demonstrate some of results achieved through hardware in the loop testing using Real-time Digital Simulator (RTDS).


Starting from very humble beginnings in 1882, energy in the form of electric energy has become indispensable in the 21st. century. Its use has infiltrated every aspect of human activity, and it will be no exaggeration to say in the context of the present world that, if electricity were not available, every aspect of human activity will be adversely affected, if not come to a stop.

Keeping pace with the continued increase in the use and thus the demand of energy in the form of electrical energy has been accomplished by continued developments in power systems. This has led to big evolution in the development of power systems as power systems engineers have always kept pace by embracing new enabling technologies as they developed.Power systems still continue to evolve as the demand for electricity continues to grow.

With the power systems continuing to grow, more advances are imminent as is evident from the current buzz around the ‘smart grid’ concept. Areas that need more attention and are expected to draw significant attention over the near future include integration of advanced communications, information technologies, control and other enabling technologies. The way forward in the evolution of future power systems into smarter grids is outlined.

Brief CV and Bio of Professor Marjan Popov

(M-‘95, SM –’03, FM-‘22)) obtained his Ph.D. degree in electrical power engineering from Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands, in 2002. In 1997, he was an Academic Visitor at the University of Liverpool, Liverpool, U.K., working in the arc research group on modeling SF6 circuit breakers. His major fields of interest are future power systems, large-scale power system transients, intelligent protection for future power systems, and wide-area monitoring and protection. He has been given invited lectures at many universities and keynote speeches at several conferences. Prof. Popov is a member of CIGRE and actively participated in WG C4.502 and WG A2/C4.39. In 2010 he received Hidde Nijland Prize for extraordinary research achievements. He is IEEE PES Prize Paper Award and IEEE Switchgear Committee Award recipient for 2011 and associate editor of the Elsevier’s international journal of electric power and energy systems.

Brief CV and Bio of Professor Vladimir


Vladimir Terzija was born in Donji Baraci (former Yugoslavia). He received the Dipl-Ing., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia, in 1988, 1993, and 1997, respectively. He is a Full Professor at Skoltech, Moscow, Russian Federation. He is also a Distinguished Professor at the Shandong University, Jinan, China, where he has been since 2013. From 1997 to 1999, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia. From 2000 to 2006, he was a senior specialist for switchgear and distribution automation with ABB, Ratingen, Germany. From 2006 to 2020 he was the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) Chair Professor in Power System Engineering with the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Manchester, Manchester, U.K. His current research interests include smart grid applications; wide-area monitoring, protection, and control; multi-energy systems; switchgear and transient processes; ICT, data analytics and digital signal processing applications in power systems. Prof. Terzija is Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Electrical Power and Energy Systems, Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, Fellow of IEEE, as well as a DAAD and Taishan Scholar. He is the recipient of the National Friendship Award, China (2019).

Brief CV and Bio of Professor Om P. Malik

Professor Om P. Malik has done pioneering work in the development of adaptive and artificial intelligence based controllers for application in electric power systems over the past 50 years. After extensive testing in the laboratory and in actual power systems, these controllers are now employed on large generating units.

He has published over 800 papers including over 400 papers in international Journals such as IEEE Transactions and IET (formerly IEE) Proceedings. He is the coauthor of three books, (i) Distribution Systems, (ii) Power System Stability and (iii) Power Grids with Renewable Energy.

Professor Malik graduated in 1952 from Delhi Polytechnic, India. After working for nine years in electric utilities in India, he returned to academia and obtained a Master’s Degree from Roorkee University, India in 1962, a Ph.D. from London University and a DIC from the Imperial College, London in 1965.

He was teaching and doing research in Canada from 1966 to 1997 and continues to do research as Professor Emeritus at the University of Calgary, Canada. Over 100, including 53 Ph.D., students have completed their graduate studies under his supervision.

Om Malik has provided volunteer service to a number of non-technical and technical organizations including IEEE at the Section, Council, Region and IEEE corporate level for over 50 years, and International Federation of Automatic Control. He was Director, IEEE Region 7 and President, IEEE Canada, during 2010-11, and President, Engineering Institute of Canada, from 2014 to 2016. He is also actively involved in the IEEE Power and Energy Society.

Professor Malik is a Life Fellow of IEEE, and a Fellow of IET, the Engineering Institute of Canada, Canadian Academy of Engineering, Engineers Canada, Geophysicists Canada (Hon) and World Innovation Foundation. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the Provinces of Alberta and Ontario, Canada, and has received many awards from IEEE, EIC, APEGGA and the University of Calgary.