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Conference Schedule

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Tuesday, September 29th
8:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Keynote Presentation

Jeff Shepard
President, Darnell Group

1.1: Devices, Dispersed Energy, and Software-Defined Power - Defining the next Decade

Mr. Shepard, one of the leading analysts and futurists in our industry will briefly look at where power electronics, energy storage and smart grid are today followed by a lively presentation of expected future developments. Come to DES '15 and hear where Mr. Shepard predicts the industry will be in ten years.

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Plenary Session

1.2: The GaN Effect – How GaN is Changing the Way We Live, Alex Lidow, CEO, Efficient Power Conversion Corporation

1.3: Local Direct Current Power Based Electricity Infrastructure: Game Changer in Global Power, Rajendra Singh, Professor, Clemson University

1.4: VPS' 'Software Defined Power®' Technology Provides an Important Platform for Innovations of the Next Generation of Data Centers, Shankar Ramamurthy, CEO, Virtual Power Systems

1.5: Cost-Benefit Framework for the Integrated Grid: How to do the cost metrics determine the value?, Brian Fortenbery, Program Manager, Electric Power Research Institute

1.6: The IoT is not Things on the Internet, John Traynor, COO, C-Labs LLC, and Markus Hortstmann, VP Engineering, C-Labs LLC

1.7: Power Electronics for the 22nd Century, Slobodan Cuk, CEO, Teslaco

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.


2:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Session 2 - Software-Defined Power Roundtable Session

2.1: Software-Defined Power Architecture - The Verification Challenge, Torbjom Holmberg, System & Application Support Team Leader, Ericsson

2.2: Live Updates for Software Defined Power Applications, Tom Spohrer, Product Marketing Manager, Microchip

2.3: The Value of "Software Defined Management" for Data Centers, Clemens Pheiffer, CEO, Tier44

2.4: Optimizing Power Designs Using Core-Independent Peripherals, Keith Curtis, Technical Staff Engineer, Microchip

Roundtable Discussion

Session 3 - Devices and Materials Roundtable Session

3.1: Manufacturability and Reliability of High Voltage GaN HEMTs, Primit Parikh, Cofounder & COO, Transphorm

3.2: Practical Layout Techniques to Fully Extract the Benefits of Gallium Nitride Power Transistors, Ivan Chan, Field Applications Engineer, Efficient Power Conversion

3.3: Comparing Enhancement-Mode and Cascode GaN in Hard- and Soft-Switching Applications, Wenduo Liu, Infineon

3.4: New System Architectures for the Smart Energy Grid Enabled by a New Generation of SiC-based High-Voltage Devices, Daniel Fernandez, CTO, Inael

Roundtable Discussion

Session 4 - DC Microgrids
Roundtable Session

4.1: Robust, Adaptive, and Smart DC Microgrid Implementation, Luis Zubieta, VP Engineering and Co-Founder, Arda Power

4.2: Arc Faults and Arc Fault Detection in DC Grids, Christian Strobl, E-T-A Elektrotechnische Apparate GmbH

4.3: Energy Distribution with DC Microgrids in Commercial Buildings with Power Electronics, Bernd Wunder, Group Manager DC Microgrids, Fraunhofer Institute

4.4: DC Microgrids in Zero Net Energy Buildings, Richard Brown, Program Manager, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Roundtable Discussion

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Open

Hosted Reception (hosted in exhibit hall)

Wednesday, September 30th
8:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Session 5 - Innovative Concepts in Power Conversion

5.1: A New Way to Power the World With High Efficiencies, Michael Freeman, CEO/CTO, Semitrex

5.2: AC-DC Conversion with PFC, Blended Forward/Flyback Compound Converter Topologies, Thomas Lawson, Founder/President, Cogni Power

5.3: An Isolated Step-up DC-DC Converter: its Application and Comparison with other Topologies, Sasha Isurin, Senior Engineer Power Conversion, Vanner

5.4: Aspects of Increased Power Density with the New 5th Generation IGBT Demonstrated by Application Relevant Measurements, David Levett, Technical Marketing, Infineon

Roundtable Discussion

Session 6 - Power System Design

6.1: DC-DCs for IGBT/SiC Gate Drives and Their Qualification Testing for Isolation and Partial Discharge Immunity, Bill Smith, Director of Marketing, Murata

6.2: Nonlinear Controls Improve Buck Converter Performance and Provide Load Capacitance Independence, Paul Nichols, Cirasys

6.3: 6.78 MHz Wireless Power Performance Evaluation of Monolithically Integrated eGaN®FETs in a ZVS Class D Topology Driving an A4WP Compliant Load, Michael de Rooji, Efficient Power Conversion

6.4: Advanced Packaging Techniques for High Power Applications, Gary Mulcahy, Astrodyne

Roundtable Discussion

Session 7 - Inverters and Battery Chargers

7.1: Magnetics Approach to a Stable Multiple Electric Vehicle Rapid Charger, Kapila Warnakulasuriya, Design Engineer, Carroll & Meynell

7.2: Single-phase Inverter for an Autonomous Small Photovoltaic System with SPWM Voltage Regulation, Professor Francisco Javier Valdez, Instituto de Ciencias y Estudios Superiores de Tamaulipas, A.C.

7.3: Fast On-Board Battery Charger using Cuk Converter, Slobodan Cuk, CEO Teslaco

Roundtable Discussion

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Hosted Lunch

1:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Session 8 - Digital Power

8.1: Digitally-Controlled Bridgeless Boost PFC Converter for Modern Power Supply Units, Dr. Manfred Schlenk Senior Principal Power Systems, Infineon, and Daniel Miller, Researcher, Hochschule Augsberg University of Applied Sciences

8.2: Next-Generation of Digital Control Power Devices for Consumer AC-DC SMPS Applications, Marc Fahlenkamp, Principal AC-DC Lighting, Infineon

8.3: The Abilities of Today’s Microcontrollers Bring an Increase in Performance to Digitally Controlled Power Supplies, Alex Dumais, Applications Engineer, Microchip

8.4: An Innovative State Machine Event Driven Based Digital Controller, Jianwen Shao, Applications Engineer, STMicroelectronics

8.5: Digital Power Update, Richard Ruiz, Analyst, Darnell Group

Roundtable Discussion

Session 9 - High-Wattage Power Conversion

9.1: High Power, High Frequency Magnetics for the Future Power Electronics Applications, Kapila Warnakulasuriya, Design Engineer, Carroll & Meynell

9.2: Advanced Features in Sophisticated Inverter Design Supporting MW Applications, David Levett, Technical Marketing, Infineon

9.3: State of the Art Thyristors for UHVDC Applications, Jens Przybilla, Manager Technical Marketing Bipolar High Power Disc Devices, Infineon

9.4: Energy Efficient Data Center Power Design, Brian Zahnstecher, PowerRox LLC

Roundtable Discussion

Session 10 - Trends in Power Conversion

10.1: New PrimePACK™ package to lever IGBT5, David Levett, Technical Marketing, Infineon

10.2: Speeding Up Switched Mode Power Converters, Why So Slow?, Thomas Lawson, Founder/President, Cogni Power

10.3: Solar for Everything and Everyone, Greg Koskowich, Sr. Dir. Product, Alta Devices, Inc.

10.4: Dynamic Two Stage Bus Architecture, Alan Elbanhawy, Expert, Power Systems Architect and MCM Design, Exar USA

10.5: Electromagnetic and Vibration Energy Harvesting Utilizing Piezoelectric Device Operating Simultaneously in Transverse (D31) and Longitudinal (D33) Modes, Misa Vo, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, Maciej Noras, Associate Professor, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

Roundtable Discussion

5:00 p.m.

Conference Adjourns

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