ISGT Asia 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand
The 5th edition of the annual IEEE Power & Energy Society’s Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT) Asia 2015 international conference was held in Bangkok, Thailand on 3-6 November 2015. The event was well attended and successful, with significant support and participation from stakeholders in academia, electric utilities and the power industry. ISGT Asia 2015 was hosted by the IEEE PES Thailand Chapter.
An opening session address on energy was given by Dr. Areepong Bhoocha-oom, the Permanent Secretary of Thailand’s Ministry of Energy. Keynote addresses were also heard from Mr. Pornthape Thanyapongchai (Chairman of Thailand’s Energy Regulatory Commission) and the Governors of Thailand’s leading public electric utilities: Mr. Soonchai Kumnoonsate of EGAT, Mr. Sermsakool Klaikaew of PEA and Mr. Somchai Roadrungwasinkul of MEA. The private sector was also represented by Mr. Hakan P. Johansson from ABB.
The conference program had four simultaneously held tutorials, two plenary panel discussions, and several industry tutorials, paper presentations, exhibitions, and technical visits.
The first of the two panel discussions had the theme of “Women in Power Engineering.” The panel received lively participation from women engineers active in academia, official bureau and the power industry.
The Utility Executives Forum quickly followed with an interesting discussion joined by energy executives from Thailand, Malaysia and Australia. On the evening of 5 November 2015, delegates enjoyed a cocktail dinner banquet with entertaining cultural dance presentations.
Women in Power Engineering
Utility Executives Forum
More than 480 delegates participated in the conference, which was comprised of 25 percent students from different parts of the world.
From a total of more than 413 papers received from 40 countries around the globe, 306 were accepted. Of those papers accepted, 236 from 33 different countries made it into the conference program.
By IEEE regions, 76 percent of the authors were from Asia and Pacific, 18 percent were from from Europe, 3 percent were from Africa and the Middle East, and 3 percent were from the U.S. and the Caribbean region. Looking at the country level in the Asia and Pacific, 26 percent of the papers were from China, 18 percent were from India, 16 percent were from Singapore, 13 percent were from Thailand, 8 percent were from Japan, and 3 percent were from Malaysia and from 8 other countries in the region.
Cultural dance during cocktail dinner banquet
The local committee of dedicated volunteers did an outstanding job. There was also involvement from students from the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) to help and support the event.
This successful event proves the maturity of the PES Thailand Chapter and the PES community in Asia and Pacific. Organizing such a large IEEE PES activity provides the confidence for future events in upcoming years.
Next year, ISGT Asia will travel again to Australia in the city of Melbourne from 28 November 2016 to 1 December 2016.