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THANK YOU all for making ECCE2016 a great success!

The 8th Annual IEEE Energy Conversion Congress & Exposition (ECCE 2016), sponsored by the IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) and the IEEE Industrial Application Society (IAS), was successfully held September 18-22, 2016 in Milwaukee, the heartland of North America’s electric drive and electrical equipment industry.

As the world’s leading technical conference and exposition for energy conversion solutions, ECCE provides a unique opportunity to engineers, researchers, students, and other professionals from the broad spectrum of energy conversion for exchange of technical knowledge, networking, and exposure to the latest technology trends. ECCE is unique in our emphasis on integrated systems, presenting the best in contemporary energy conversion research alongside innovations from more traditional component topics. ECCE2016 was attended by 1,645 registrants, a new record! Roughly 48% of our attendees are from North America, 30% from Asia, 20% from Europe, and 2% from other continents.

ECCE2016 featured keynote speeches from Prof. Arun Majumdar from Stanford University and former Director of ARPA-E; Mr. Blake Moret, CEO of Rockwell Automation; Prof. Massoud Amin from University of Minnesota; Dr. Igor Stanebkovic, Global Technology Manager of Eaton Corporation; and Dr. Baokui Sun, Chief Engineer of the Global Energy Interconnection Research Institute of China. We are extremely fortunate to have these distinguished leaders from industry and academia to share their visions and wisdoms with us on the opening day of the conference.

ECCE2016 featured 925 technical presentations which are selected from an all-time record high 1717 digests submitted from across the globe, organized in 16 parallel oral sessions and 3 consecutive poster dialog sessions. In addition, 7 special sessions were organized by the field experts on timely and practical topics including “Cyber Security of the Grid”, “Modeling and Simulation”, “SiC Devices”, “Electricity and Water Nexus”, and “Advanced Electrical Machines”. Our Town Hall Meetings this year include two moderated debates on “Industrial Internet of Things: Why Do We Care?” and “Close to the Edge: The New Frontier of the Grid” on Tuesday. On Sunday, we had 12 tutorials offering an in-depth discussion of important and complex technical topics and combining practical application with theory.

We are very pleased to acknowledge the support of Wolong Electric (Platinum), ABB (Gold), Danfoss (Gold), Eaton Corporation (Gold), General Motors (Gold), Rockwell Automation (Gold), Delta (Silver), Halla Mechatronics (Silver), and Keysight Technologies (Silver). Their support and participation have created a very strong industrial relationship and relevance. We had 58 exhibitors in the Exhibition Hall on Monday and Tuesday. The exhibitors showcased their state-of-the-art technologies, products, and solutions, creating a highly interactive networking environment when mixing with the poster sessions and student demonstrations on the same floor.

Milwaukee offers a unique experience to millions of visitors each year, ranging from its German heritage to its famous beers to Harley Davidson motorcycles to the beautiful lake shore. We strived to make ECCE2016 not only a successful technical forum but also a memorable social event for the attendees. On Sunday, we hosted our Welcome Reception in the Milwaukee Art Museum, with its landmark modern architecture, and a great view of Lake Michigan. On Wednesday evening, we had over 1,300 attendees at the ECCE2016 Oktoberfest to enjoy German folk music and dance, and (unlimited) Milwaukee brewed Oktoberfest beers. We also had a special Award Luncheon on Thursday to celebrate the great achievement of some of our colleagues. Technical and complimentary city walking tours were also organized during the week.

For many of our attendees, the ECCE conference was like a home-coming event where you can catch up with old friends and meet new ones. ECCE2016 provided two free-to-use lounges in the convention center. The IAS/PELS Community Lounge was reserved for exclusive use for group events (school or company reunion, or a quick project review meeting, etc.) on a first-come-first-serve basis. The Creative Digressions Lounge did not need reservation and provided a place for colleagues and friends to hang out and perhaps brainstorm on a few ideas generated during the conference.  Complimentary coffee and refreshments were served in both rooms through the day. For our first time ECCE attendees, we organized a special first timer session just before the Sunday Welcome Reception event.

I would like to express my utmost gratitude to the members of the organizing committee, the technical program committee, the steering committee, and Courtesy Associates, who with hard work and selfless dedication have made possible this event. I would like to thank PELS and IAS for their sponsorship and stewardship, and the generous support of our Platinum, Gold, and Silver corporate sponsors. I would like to thank each and every one of you as a presenter, an attendee, an exhibitor, a volunteer, or any combined role of the above for your contribution and participation.

Once again thank you for making ECCE2016 a successful and enjoyable conference. See you in Cincinnati in 2017!

John Shen, General Chair
Updated on October 12, 2016

ECCE 2015 broke the attendance record set in Pittsburgh in 2014 with over 1450 attendees. This number and the record-breaking digest submissions, continued our year over year participation increase. This sustained growth is built on our tradition of premium quality of our technical programs and papers. The ECCE 2015 papers have been delivered to IEEE Xplore. The conference also held a very successful exhibit which included over 50 exhibitors and interactive student demonstrations. Download the 2015 Conference Program.

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Visit WEMPEC, Friday, Sept. 23
Please plan to spend an extra day in Wisconsin on Friday, the day after the conference (Sept. 23), visiting WEMPEC in lovely Madison, less than two hour’s drive west of Milwaukee.  Click here for more information and registration: Visit WEMPEC

Visit Milwaukee – Itineraries

Fun in Milwaukee

Wondering where to eat in Milwaukee? With James Beard Award-winning restaurants, acclaimed microbreweries, inventive bars and a farm-to-table community that will satisfy even the most devout locavore, Milwaukee offers a place and a taste for all visitors.

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Doors Open Milwaukee
Saturday, September 17th and Sunday, September 18th, 2016 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The fifth annual Doors Open Milwaukee event will open the doors to over 150 wonderful buildings free-of-charge to the public –buildings that hold hidden treasures and special stories – from churches to office buildings, theaters to work sites, museums to hotels, clubs to universities; all sites of historic, architectural, cultural, or commercial interest.


More About ECCE

ECCE is the foremost IEEE conference in the field of electrical and electromechanical energy conversion. ECCE2016, to be held in the heartland of the North America energy conversion industry, will feature both industry-driven and application-oriented technical sessions, as well as industry expositions and seminars. It will provide engineers, researchers, and professionals a perfect blend of state of the art, technical prowess and commercial opportunities in one attractive location.

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