Carlo Cecati (IEEE Fellow, class 2006) was graduated in Electrical Engineering from the University of LÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Aquila, LÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Aquila, Italy in 1983. From 1983 to 1987 he was a consultant and a research fellow. In 1987, he joined the University of LÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Aquila, LÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Aquila, Italy, where, since 2006, he has been a Full Professor of Converters, Electrical Machines and Drives. He served his university in various capacities, including as a rectorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s delegate. Since September 2015, he has been appointed distinguished professor (1000 Talents Plan for High Level Foreign Experts) at Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), Harbin, P.R. China. From August 2014 to August 2015, he was Chief International Academic Adviser of the same university. His research and technical interests fall in the area of renewable energies and energy saving, in particular the application of power electronics to renewable energy systems, distributed generation, smart grids, electrical drives, electric vehicles. Carlo Cecati received three best paper awards from IEEE journals. From 2013 to 2015 he has been the Editor in Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics; previously, from 2009-2012, he has been a Co-Editor-in-Chief. Currently he is the General Chairman of the conference IEEE IECON 2016 which will be held next october in Florence, Italy.