Keynote Speakers

Prof. Andrés Monzón, Director of TRANSyT-UPM

Transport Research Centre-Universidad Politecnica de Madrid

Escuela de Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos-Civil Eng.

c/Profesor Aranguren s/n - 28040 Madrid – Spain

Tel: +34 91 336 5373    -

 Prof. Monzon is a Civil Engineer and holds an MSc in Transport and Urban Planning and a PhD in Transport. He is the Director of TRANSyT (Transport Research Centre) and Professor of Transportation Planning at the Civil Engineering Department, UPM. He is currently taking part on the UPM initiative “City of the Future” and participates as professor and mobility area coordinator in the Master of City Sciences. Besides, he is currently leading the ASCIMER project, which is financed by EIB and seeks to develop assessment methodologies for Smart City Projects in the Mediterranean Region. In SMARTGREENS Conference he will present the first result of this last project.

ASCIMER (Assessing Smart City Initiatives for the Mediterranean Region) is a 3-year research project supported by the European Investment Bank under the EIB University Research Sponsorship Programme (EIBURS).The overall goal of this research program is to develop a comprehensive framework to help public and private stakeholders to make informed decisions about Smart City investment strategies and to build skills to evaluate and prioritize these kinds of projects, including solving difficulties regarding deployment and transferability.


He has published 57 books and chapters of books, 89 papers in scientific journals, 111 papers in international Conferences’ Proceedings and 74 in national Conferences and Symposiums. He has been supervisor of 25 doctoral theses.

He has participated in 66 research projects as director. Among them 23 were international projects, mainly EU FP projects. Some of the recent projects related to Urban Mobility are EBSF (European Bus System of the Future), ICT-Emissions (Development of a methodology and tool to evaluate the impact of ICT measures on urban car transport emissions), City-Hub (Integrated Design of Urban Interchanges) and TRANSBICI (Travel Behavior Analysis for Modelling the potential use of bicycle: transition towards a cycling city).

He has been elected new academic co-Chairman for the ERTRAC WG on Urban Mobility.

Main areas  of research and expertise:

  • Sustainable Transportation Planning, Transport Demand Management and Urban Public Transportation.


Dr. Raed Bkayrat

Vice President, Business Development,

Middle East and Saudi Arabia

Dr. Raed Bkayrat is responsible for establishing and overseeing First Solar’s commercial footprint in the region, market setup, origination and strategy development for partnerships and project execution. 

With about 20 years of experience, Raed joins First Solar from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), where he was responsible for creating the institution’s successful Industry Collaboration Program. During his four year stint at KAUST, he also created a demonstration and testing program for solar and other clean energy technologies, advised several Saudi governmental and industrial entities and mentored start up companies.

Prior to that he was part of successful Startups in O&G industry in California, and previously spent eight years in various roles at Siemens AG in Germany and the US. Raed holds a Ph.D. and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Jordan.  Raed is an expert on the technical and commercial values of integrated hybrid plants for power generation and water desalination. Raed has several issued patents and is an invited speaker on the topic of clean energy and sustainability.

Tyagunov Mihail G.: Professor

National research University/Moscow Power Engineering Institute

Hydropower and renewable energy sources Department

Krasnokazarmennaya 14, Moscow,

111250 Russia.

Tyagunov Mihail G.: Professor of «Hydropower and renewable energy sources» department, graduated from «NRU «MPEI» (1970), was awarded the degree of Candidate of Technical Sciences (1978), was given the title of senior staff scientist (1985), was awarded the degree of Doctor of Technical Sciences (1996).

Research interests: system analysis, distributed power systems, power installations based on renewable energy sources. 128 publications, 5 copyright certificates on the inventions. Member of the International Academy of Informatization. Academician-secretary of the section. Member of the Academy of Electrical Sciences of Russian Federation. Member of the International Higher Education Academy of Sciences.

Professor Madjid Merabti

Dean of the College of Sciences, University of Sharjah, UAE

PROTECT Research Centre for Critical Infrastructure Protection

Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool UK

Community Driven Renewable Energy Generation and Integration in the Smart Grid


Telephone : (+44) 0151 231 2104

Fax : (+44) 0151 207 4594

Email :

Address : James Parson Building, Byrom Street, Liverpool L3 3AF, UK

Concerns about dwindling energy resources and climate change have led to an increasing interest from governments and energy companies to modernize the ways we produce and deliver energy. The current power grid is exposed to disturbances and outages resulting from equipment failures, lightening strikes, accidents, and natural catastrophes. In addition, the supply of isolated locations with electricity comes with an increased cost to electric utilities as the majority of the energy that is aimed to be delivered to the customers is wasted in the form of heat before delivering any useful energy to the consumer. It is, therefore, necessary to develop radically new and highly efficient energy supply systems that could generate affordable and sustainable energy.

Community renewable energy generation is seen as a solution to address the challenge of improving the quality of supply while reducing its cost and efficiently managing faults in the power grid. In this concept, communities will use small scale renewable energy generation resources such as photovoltaic systems, and wind turbines to produce electricity. For instance, residential areas could be equipped with photovoltaic power systems, generating up to 10 kilowatts of electricity. Community renewable energy generation could act as a backup source of energy utilized to feed the nearest consumers if isolated from the main electricity grid or the electricity supply is considered cheaper.

However, the implementation of community renewable energy generation faces a number of challenges related to the nature of the current power grid. While in current power grid the electricity usually flows from the central power stations to the consumers, in a modern power grid incremented with renewable generation, the electricity will follow in two directions. Electricity network operators will be faced with the challenge of making their power distribution networks more flexible and dynamic. Control systems that allow power utilities to manage their electricity networks cannot cope with the decentralized power flow inducted by connection of renewable generation systems to the electricity grids.  These new models of operation can lead to further considerations regarding setting up communities as suppliers and users of energy and would model of trading best serves these needs.  Other major challenges include the monitoring of the use of energy in both macro and micro approaches.  The latter means we need to maximize energy saving and that can only be achieved through monitoring and operation controls of devices in the home, office, and factories leading to concerns about privacy and security that are yet to be addressed.

Professor Madjid Merabti is Director and Head of Research at the School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University (JMU)He is a graduate of Lancaster University.

He has over 15 years experience in conducting research and teaching in Distributed Multimedia Systems ( Networks, Operating Systems, Computer Security). Madjid has over 90 publications in these areas and he leads the Distributed Multimedia Systems Group which has a number of government and industry supported research projects in the areas of: Multimedia Networking, Differential Services Networking, Mobile Networks, Networked Appliances, Sensor Networks, Intrusion Detection and Network Security Architectures.

He is collaborating with a number of international colleagues in the above areas. Madjid is Associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, Co-Editor in Chief of Pervasive Computing and Communications and a member of the editorial board for the Computer Communications Journal.

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