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Visiting Scholar Program (VSP) -1-

14 November 2006 – 25 January 2007

The Visiting Scholar Program (VSP) -1- was held at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina from November 2006 until January 2007, featuring Professor Mohamed El-Sharkawi, Lab Director, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Washington.

Biography of Scholar

Professor Mohamed El-Sharkawi

Lab Director
Department of Electrical Engineering
University of Washington

  • Vice President for Technical Activities of the IEEE Neural Networks Society.
  • Editor/co-editor of several IEEE tutorial books on Intelligent Systems and  Applications.
  • Member of the administrative committee of the IEEE Neural Networks Council representing the Power Engineering Society.
  • Multi- Media Tutorial Chair of the neural network Society.
  • Founding Chairman of numerous IEEE task forces and working groups and subcommittees.
  • Member of the editorial board and associate editor of several journals.
  • Organized and taught several international tutorials on intelligent systems applications, power quality and power systems. 
  • Chairman of the IEEE International Electric Machines and Drives, Seattle , May 1999.
  • Founder of the international conference on the Application of Neural Networks to Power Systems (ANNPS).
  • Co-founder of the international conference on Intelligent Systems Applications to Power (ISAP).
  • Organized and chaired numerous panel and special sessions in IEEE and other conferences.
  • Consultant on electric safety, operation and control of electric systems, devices and circuits, and intelligent systems.
  • Published over 200 papers and book chapters in his research areas.


El-Sharkawi’s Textbooks

  • Fundamentals of Electric Drives ( Brooks/Cole,2000).     
  • Electric Energy: An Introduction (CRC Press, 2004).

El-Sharkawi’s Research/Editorial Books

  • Evolutionary Computation Techniques for Power System Optimization (IFAC, 2004)
  • Evolutionary Computation and Applications (IEEE, 2000)
  • Modern Heuristic Optimization Techniques with Applications to Power Systems (IEEE, 2002.)
  • Artificial Neural Networks with Applications to Power Systems (IEEE, 1996)


Patent Number Patent Title
15,644,463 Adaptive sequential controller with minimum switching energy
25,361,184 Adaptive sequential controller
35,180,963 Optically triggered high voltage switch network and method for switching a high voltage
45,134,356 Reactive power compensator
54,677,364 Reactive power compensating system


Schedule of Visiting Scholar Program -1-

1. “On the Issues and Problems of Scientific Research in the Arab World” conference
14-15 November 2006

2. “How to Write a Successful Research Proposal : For Engineering and Information Technology Researchers and Graduate (PhD/MSc/Postdoctoral) students” Workshop
17-19 November 2006

3. Engineering for the 21st Century seminar
Date: 2 December 2006

4. Renewable Energy lecture
Date:  2 December 2006

5. Electrical Safety lecture
Date: 25 January 2007