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Keynote Speaker

Colin Davidson, Alstom Grid
Colin Davidson is R&D director, , Power Electronics Activity, at Alstom Grid, with responsibility for R&D in all of AREVA T&D's HVDC, FACTS, and Special Power Supply competence centres worldwide. He joined the company in January 1989, when it was part of GEC, and progressed through the positions of trainee Thyristor Valve Design engineer; manager, Thyristor Valves; and engineering director (with responsibility for all engineering aspects of HVDC/FACTS) to his current role. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and has served on several IEC standardisation committees for power electronics. He has a degree in natural sciences, specialising in physics, from the University of Cambridge.

Customer Speakers

Jonny Andersson, Scania
Jonny Andersson is a development engineer at Scania working in the development of various driver assistance systems. One of his more recent projects involved the design and development of Scania Driver Support, a system that gives drivers hints and feedback during driving. He has an M.Sc. in applied physics and electrical engineering. 

Dr. David Hinchley, Converteam
David Hinchley is chief engineer of Drive and Power Systems Development at Converteam UK Ltd., based in Rugby. Prior to joining Converteam in 2006, he was a principal engineer at Semelab plc in Lutterworth, where he was responsible for power semiconductor device design. He has an M.A. in engineering and Ph.D. in power semiconductors from the University of Cambridge.

Dr. Marco Kunze, Continental Automotive
Dr. Marco Kunze is the manager for model-based development in Continental Automotive Group's Engine Systems Business Unit. He previously worked at Siemens Automotive, holding management and team member positions in system design automation and model-based development. He has a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Bayreuth.

Dr. Peter Ladlow, Caterpillar
Peter Ladlow is requirements manager and engineering specialist for core engine controls within Caterpillar Electronics & Systems Integration – European Division. He works on development and validation of control systems for Perkins, Caterpillar, and MaK diesel and gas engines. Peter has over 10 years of experience using MathWorks tools for controls design and development. Peter has a Ph.D. in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Birmingham.

Anthony Totterdell, Alstom Grid
Anthony Totterdell is VSC controls team leader for Alstom Grid's Voltage Source Converter HVDC development program, focusing on top-level control system design, protection strategy, and testing. He has over 13 years of experience within the electric power industry with relation to high-voltage direct current (HVDC) systems and flexible AC transmission systems (FACTS). His experience includes a number of positions with specialisation in algorithm design, control system architecture design, and real-time digital studies for HVDC and FACTS technology. Anthony (MIET, MIEEE) received his bachelor of engineering degree (Hons) in electrical and electronic engineering from Aston University.

Additional Speakers

Rob Aberg, MathWorks
Rob is the director for Simulink Core Development at MathWorks, leading the language, blocks, algorithm code generation, and simulation engine development areas of Simulink. Rob is a mechanical engineer with over 25 years of experience in embedded control systems, test systems, combustion, thermodynamics, and software tooling. Prior to joining MathWorks, Rob worked at Honeywell Engine Systems, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, and a test system consulting firm. Rob has a B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Arizona.

Andrew Bennett, MathWorks
Andrew is a principal engineer in the MathWorks Consulting Services group. He leads projects in the defence and energy sectors, focusing on large dynamic system simulations and Model-Based Design. Prior to joining MathWorks, he worked at National Grid and the University of Bath. Andrew has a B.Eng. in electrical engineering with applied electronics and a Ph.D. in power systems modelling and control from the University of Bath.

Rick Hyde, MathWorks
Rick is a product developer in the MathWorks physical modelling team. He is currently developing libraries for Simscape and add-on vertical products. Prior to joining the team, Rick worked as a principal engineer in the Consulting group, leading aerospace and control-related engineering projects. He has previously worked at British Aerospace (Dynamics) Ltd. and the University of Bristol. Rick has an M.A. in engineering and a Ph.D. in robust control from the University of Cambridge.

Mark Walker, MathWorks
As a member of the Pilot Engineering team at MathWorks, Mark works with customers deploying MathWorks products in production software environments and specialises in high-integrity embedded applications. Prior to joining MathWorks in 2006, Mark worked as a consultant in the automotive industry, developing high-integrity control software. Mark has an M.A. and M.Eng. in electrical engineering from the University of Cambridge.