Keynote Speaker I

Prof. Hartmut Hinz
University of Applied Sciences, Frankfurt, Germany

Prof. H. Hinz was born in Düren, Germany. He received the diploma degree in electrical engineering from the University of Applied Sciences, Aachen and the Ruhr University, Bochum in Germany in the years 1990 and 1994 respectively. He received the Ph.D. degree from the Technical University, Darmstadt in Germany in 2000.

From 1999 to 2009 he worked for General Motors Europe in the research department for fuel cell vehicles. In 2009 he was appointed as a Professor in power electronics at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Germany. Since 2011 he is the academic leader of the study program Energy efficiency and renewable energy. Since 2010 he is a visiting Professor at the Vietnamese-German University in Ho-Chi-Minh City, Vietnam. His research interests are in the areas power electronics and decentralized power generation.

Keynote Speaker II

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Michael Schmidt
Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology of Offenburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany


Michael Schmidt received his Diploma degree and his Doctorate degree in mathematics from the Technical University of Berlin in 2002 and 2007, respectively. A part of his studies and research he conducted at the Université de Nantes and at the École Supérieure d’Électricité in Paris.

From 2008 to 2013 he was with GE Global Research, Munich, initially as project lead and later as head of the research department “Renewable Energy and Power Systems”. In 2013 he became a Professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Saarbrücken. Since 2014, he has been a Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology of the Offenburg University of Applied Sciences.

His main areas of research interest are the optimization of renewable energy systems, their grid integration, and managing the variability of renewable energy sources.


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