Special Session 4

High Power Converters: Topologies, Modulation and Control Strategies, and their Applications

With technology advancements in semiconductor devices such as integrated gate commutated thyristors (IGCTs) and high voltage insulated gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs), modern high-power medium voltage drives are increasingly used in transportation, traction, steel and metals, mining, petrochemical, and other industries to conserve electric energy. The effort of the researchers and demand of industry have led to a rapid development of high power converters, modulation techniques and control strategies, and practical drive configurations. In addition, traction converters at DC mains and AC mains, efficiency improvement, and new applications have been attracting many researchers and industry experts. We encourage all researchers and engineers working in this area to submit papers which involve recent advancements, and new trends in topologies, modulation techniques and applications of high-power converters to this Special Session.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Technical Requirements and Challenges;
  • High-Power Semiconductor Devices;
  • Operation of Series Connected Devices;
  • Operation of Parallel Connected Devices;
  • High Power AC Drives;
  • Multi-module Cascaded Matrix Converters;
  • Transformerless Medium Voltage Converters;
  • High Power Multilevel Converters;
  • High Power Z-Source Converters.


Special Session Organizers:
Prof. Ebrahim Babaei; University of Tabriz, Iran
Prof. Hasan Komurcugil, Eastern Mediterranean University, Turkey


Special Session Organizers (short bios):
Prof. Ebrahim Babaei
Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering,
University of Tabriz,
Tabriz, Iran.
IEEE Member: 90746876
Ebrahim Babaei (M’10, SM’16) received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Tabriz, in 2007. In 2007, he joined the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Tabriz. He has been Professor since 2015. He is the author and co-author of more than 460 journal and conference papers. He also holds 23 patents in the area of power electronics. His current research interests include the analysis, modelling, design, and control of Power Electronic Converters and their applications, Renewable Energy Sources, and FACTS Devices. Prof. Babaei has been the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Electrical Engineering of the University of Tabriz, since 2013. He is also currently an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics and IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics. He has been the Corresponding Guest Editor for different special issues in the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics. In addition, Prof. Babaei has been the Track Chair, organizer of different special sessions and Technical Committee member in most important international conferences organized in the field of Power Electronics. Several times, he was the recipient of the Best Researcher Award from the University of Tabriz. Prof. Babaei has been included in the Top One Percent of the World’s Scientists and Academics according to Thomson Reuters’ list in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Prof. Babaei is a Member of IEEE Industrial Electronics Society and IEEE Power Electronics Society. His membership number is 90746876.

Hasan Komurcugil, Ph.D.  Full-time Professor, Department of Computer Engineering Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta, Via Mersin 10, Turkey IEEE Number: 04229068

Hasan Komurcugil (S’94-M’99-SM’12) received the B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and electronic engineering from the Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU), Famagusta, Mersin 10, Turkey, in 1989, 1991, and 1998, respectively. In 1998, he joined the Computer Engineering Department, EMU, as an Assistant Professor, where he became an Associate Professor and a Professor in 2002 and 2008, respectively. From 2004 to 2010, he was the Head of Computer Engineering Department, EMU. In 2010, he played an active role in preparing the department’s first self-study report for the use of Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). He is currently with the Computer Engineering Department, EMU and a Board Member of higher education, planning, evaluation, accreditation and coordination council (YODAK) in North Cyprus. His research interests include power electronics and innovative control methods for power converters. Prof. Komurcugil received Best Presentation Recognitions at the 41st and 42nd Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society in 2015 and 2016. He is the Corresponding Guest Editor of the special issues entitled “Emerging Electric Machines and Drives for Smart Energy Conversion” in the IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion and “Indentification and Observation Informatics for Energy Generation, Conversion and Applications” in the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics. He is a member of the Chamber of Electrical Engineers in North Cyprus. Also, he is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics and IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics.