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Prof. Jianzhong Wu
Cardiff University
"Decarbonisation of Heat Supply Using a Multi-Energy Approach "

Jianzhong Wu is a Professor of Multi-Vector Energy Systems and Head of Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Cardiff University. He researches on Smart Grid and energy infrastructure (modelling, analysis and optimisation of integrated smart energy supply networks). He has contributed to more than 50 EU, EPSRC and industry funded projects as a Principal Investigator or a Co-Investigator. Currently he is a Co-Director of UK Energy Research Centre, a co-Director of EPSRC Supergen Energy Networks Hub, and a co-Principal Investigator of £24.5m WEFO funded FLEXIS project investing future integrated energy systems. He is also a co-investigator of the £5m EPSRC project on Multi-Scale Infrastructure Systems Analytics, £36m Active Building Centre, and the £12m Energy Revolution Consortium. He was the deputy leader of the Multi-Energy Theme of EPSRC HubNet, Principal Investigator of projects on dynamic demand funded by National Grid, and the Cardiff Principal Investigator of EU Horizon 2020 projects on “Peer to Peer Smart Energy Distribution Networks” and “MAGNITUDE”. He is a co-author of books “Smart Grid: Technology and Applications” (2012, Wiley) and “Smart Electricity Distribution Networks” (2017, CRC). He is an Associate Editor of Applied Energy (Impact Factor: 8.426). He is the Director of Applied Energy UNiLAB on Synergies between Energy Networks. He is Co-Director of INCOSE UK Energy Systems Interest Group, a member of Wales Smart Energy System Group, and the Scottish Power Energy Networks Strategic Stakeholder Panel for England and Wales.

Dr. Nan Zhou
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
"Making City Systems Energy Efficient, Low Carbon, and Resilient in a New Era"

Nan Zhou is a Staff Scientist, Department Head of the International Energy Analysis Department, and the Group Leader of the China Energy Group of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. In addition, Dr. Zhou is also the director of the U.S.-China Clean Energy Center-Building Energy Efficiency (CERC-BEE), a presidential initiative started in 2009 by the president of the U.S. and the president of China. She has driven this program to meet challenging milestones while engaging with a complex joint U.S.-China stakeholder matrix and facilitated creation of a research program portfolio to focus on breakthrough energy efficiency building technologies, produced a list of new IP, technologies, and codes and standards. Nan is also selected to be the Co-Chair of 2016 Buildings Summer Study of American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and Committee Member of China Green Building Council (China GBC) from 2015, and the Member of the Balaton Group from 2014. She is one of the two U.S. government designated Advisory Board Member of Asia Pacific Energy Research Centre under APEC since 2015, as well as an Advisory Board Member for the APEC Sustainable Energy Center since 2017. Dr. Zhou has been appointed as the Applied Energy Editorial Board member in 2017, She is also the Tianjin University president appointed Honorary Professor, as well as Honorary Professor of Chongqing University, and Xi’an Jiaotong University in China. She is also selected to serve as a Lead Author for the chapter on Mitigation and Development Pathways in the Near- to Mid-Term of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report. Also noteworthy, Nan Zhou received the 2017 R&D100 Award for the BEST City tool she led the development on, and also received the recognition at the 2016 C3E Awards, as a finalist for mid-career women’s leadership and achievement. She received 2013 Architectural Institute of Japan National Encouragement Prize. Dr. Zhou’ s research has focused on modeling and evaluating China’s low-carbon development strategies, assessing building energy efficiency policies and technologies, and development and evaluation of China's appliance standards and labeling program. Additional work includes energy efficiency in industry; and assessments of energy efficiency policies. Dr. Zhou collaborates with and provides technical assistance to diverse governmental and non-governmental organizations and high level leaders in thethe world on energy efficiency, clean energy, and related topics. She has worked to expand knowledge and awareness internationally of China’s energy efficiency policies and programs. She has a total of more than 250 publications, with more than 80 referred journal articles on buildings and energy. Dr. Zhou has an architecture degree from Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology, a Masters in Architecture from Kyushu University in Japan, and a PhD in Engineering from Kyushu Sangyo University, Japan. Prior to LBNL, she was an assistant professor in the Department of Architecture, Kyushu Sangyo University, and an assistant professor of Department of Environment Engineering, University of Kitakyushu, Japan.

Prof. Fengqi You
Cornell University
"Multi-Scale Life Cycle Optimization for Low-Carbon Urban and Campus Energy Systems"

Fengqi You is the Roxanne E. and Michael J. Zak Professor in Energy Systems Engineering at Cornell University (Ithaca, New York). He also serves as Chair of Cornell Systems Engineering PhD Studies and Associate Director of Cornell Energy Institute. He was on the faculty of Northwestern University from 2011 to 2016, and worked at Argonne National Laboratory as an Argonne Scholar from 2009 to 2011. He has published more than 120 peer-reviewed journal articles, and has an h-index of 54. His recent awards include American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) W. David Smith, Jr. Publication Award (2011), Northwestern-Argonne Early Career Investigator Award (2013), National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2016), AIChE Environmental Division Early Career Award (2017), AIChE Sustainable Engineering Research Excellence Award (2017), Computing and Systems Technology (CAST) Outstanding Young Researcher Award from AIChE (2018), Cornell Engineering Research Excellence Award (2018), ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering Lectureship Award (2018), and AIChE Excellence in Process Development Research Award (2019), as well as a number of best paper awards. He is currently an Editor of Computers & Chemical Engineering, a Consulting Editor of AIChE Journal, and an editorial board member of several journals (e.g. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering and Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research). His research focuses on novel computational models, optimization algorithms, statistical machine learning methods, and multi-scale systems analytics tools for smart manufacturing, digital agriculture, energy systems, and sustainability. For more information about his research group:

Prof. Dongxiao Zhang
Southern University of Science and Technology
"Big Data & Machine Learning for Energy Studies"

Professor Zhang is the Provost at Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China. He is a Member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, an Honorary Member of Society of Petroleum Engineers, and a Fellow of Geological Society of America. He had held positions as Senior Scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Miller Chair Professor at the Department of Petroleum and Geological Engineering at the University of Oklahoma, Chair Professor at the University of Southern California, Executive Dean of Graduate School and Dean of College of Engineering at Peking University. He has authored 2 books and published over 180 peer-reviewed papers. He earned both his Master’s degree and Ph.D. in hydrology and water resources in 1992 and 1993, respectively, from the University of Arizona. Professor Zhang is an internationally well known expert in unconventional oil and gas production, groundwater hydrology, and geological carbon sequestration, whose research achievements in stochastic modeling, numerical simulation, inverse modeling and machine learning are widely adopted by his peers. Professor Zhang has been an associate editor for SPE Journal, Water Resource Research, Advances in Water Resources, SIAM Multiscale Modeling and Simulation, Journal of Computational Geosciences, Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering, and Vadose Zone Journal. He has served as a panelist on the RCUK Review of Energy, UK Research Councils, a member of US National Research Council’s Committee on New Research Opportunities in the Earth Sciences, and a council member of World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on New Energy Architecture.


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