The IEEE Conference on Energy Conversion (CENCON) 2015 is the second conference since the first successful kick start in 2014. This year, the CENCON 2015 is held at Berjaya Waterfront Hotel, Johor Bahru on 19-20 October 2015. The main aim is to share the latest and state-of-the-art research in the areas of power electronics, electrical drives, renewable energy, modeling and control systems. At the same time it allows the international delegates to discover the “Beautiful and Peaceful Malaysia”.

CENCON 2015 is organized by the IEEE Malaysia Power Electronics (PELS) Chapter and co-organized by the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Johor Bahru. The IEEE CENCON is also one of the events organized by Faculty of Electrical Engineering, in which most of the committee members are from the Department of Electrical Power Engineering (POWER). From this year onward, it is to be held in every alternate year (biennially). The IEEE CENCON is technically co-sponsored by the Korean Institute of Power Electronics (KIPE).

To ensure its quality, a team of renowned International Advisory Committee comprises of experts in various areas of power electronics and drive systems are selected to oversee the program. In CENCON 2015, two distinguished keynote speakers, namely Prof Hirofumi Akagi and Prof Pat Wheeler had presented their valuable research as well as shared their thoughts with all the delegates. Prof Hirofumi Akagi is from the Tokyo Institute of Technology Japan, a well-known IEEE Fellow in the area of motor control. Prof Pat Wheeler is with University of Nottingham United Kingdom, a well known IET Fellow who is an expert in matrix power converters.

The Conference features technical paper presentations as well as product exhibitions. This year, CENCON has received over 155 submissions from 20 countries. All papers have been peer reviewed by 623 experts in their respective fields. Out of these, 71.6% are accepted for oral presentations. There is approximately 42% increment in the number of paper submission as compared to last year. During the conference, the Genetron Technology Sdn Bhd has also joined the conference to exhibit their products.

In CENCON 2015, we have shortlisted ten best papers for the Prof. Dr. Muhammad Harunur Rashid Best Paper Awards. In which, only three best papers are presented with certificates and cash rewards. Besides that, there is also another competition during the conference, which is known as the Postgraduate Showcase Competition (PGSC). The competition is organized by Power Electronics Chapter of the IEEE Malaysia Section and CENCON 2015. The PGSC is open for all postgraduate students from universities around the world to present and showcase their projects/inventions/prototypes at CENCON 2015. Similarly, for PGSC, there are also three winners with certificates and cash rewards.

The CENCON 2015 was successfully conducted and CENCON would like to thank all delegates that have presented their papers during the conference. The next CENCON will be in year 2017. Hope to see you again then!


# Dr. Tan Chee Wei, Department of Electrical Power Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.