Amit Kunwar, Newsletter Editor for IEEE Western Australia Section

International Conference on Smart Grids and Energy Systems (SGES 2020)

The 2020 International Conference on Smart Grids and Energy Systems (SGES 2020) was broadcasted virtually from Perth, Australia, on 23rd to 26th November 2020. The executive committee of the conference consisted of General Chair, Professor Fushuan Wen from Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia, and Technical Committee Chair, A/Professor Farhad Shahnia and Secretary, Dr. Moayed Mogbel from IEEE Western Australia Section. Additionally, the organizing committee of the conference consisted of 19 colleagues from Australia, China, Hong Kong, and Singapore. The technical program of the conference was supported by 20 universities in 10 countries. The colleagues from the IEEE Western Australia Section, IEEE Western Australia Industrial Electronics Society (IES) Chapter, and the IEEE Murdoch University Student Branch were the key local organizers of the conference at Perth.

This online conference had attracted over 200 delegates from 35 countries who attended this event over a 4-day period. Despite COVID-19 has changed many of our current practices in 2020 including face-to-face conferences, the organizers were very thankful to all authors and delegates who supported the idea of arranging the SGES 2020 conference on-line.

SGES 2020 had received just below 280 submissions from 42 countries with 610 co-authors across six continents. Authors from China, Australia, Japan, the United States, Germany, India, Bangladesh, the United Kingdom, Korea, Malaysia and Brazil had respectively submitted the highest number of papers to the Conference. In total, 180 papers from 556 authors were finally accepted and scheduled in the Conference Program. Of these authors, 485 have one accepted paper, 50 have two accepted papers and 21 have 3 or more accepted papers. The accepted and scheduled papers were presented in 23 oral sessions over a 4-day period. The conference also provided 6 Best Student Paper Awards to the top presented papers.

In addition, the Conference had a very strong technical program, including 12 distinguished keynote speakers from Australia, China, the US, Canada, Denmark, and Greece. Furthermore, one industry forum, and 5 tutorial sessions were also arranged and presented during the conference.

The comments and feedback received from the Conference delegates and invited guests at the end of the conference were extremely positive and encouraging, and all delegates congratulated the organizers for arranging a successful event.


IEEE Western Australia Section organized a networking event on 20th October 2020 to celebrate IEEE Day and provide a networking opportunity for its members. The event was organized at QT Perth Hotel in the CBD, and was well attended by IEEE members with 80 registrations and participation from over 60 members.

Section Secretary, Dr. Shoeb Md Asaduzzaman, delivered a welcome speech; and Section Chair, A/Professor Farhad Shahnia, presented the activities and achievements of the section.

Additionally, Dr. Chun Che Lance Fung, 2021/2022 R10 Director-Elect, and Dr. Adam Osseiran, Industry Liaison of the Western Australia Section, also delivered speeches. Trophies for the chapters with the highest number of technical activities and the highest membership growth for 2019/2020 were also presented at the event.

The IEEE Day networking event was a great success, with the participating members celebrating the IEEE day and enjoying the opportunity of socializing with each other.