Apart from these off-springs, other electrical machines and drives conferences have arisen in Europe, e.g. in Romania and the Aegean Conference here in Turkey. Also, our Italian colleagues are still busy with the biennial Symposion on Power Electronics, Electrical Drives and Advanced Machines (SPEEDAM) in Sorrento/Italy.
I wonder how wide a good idea can spread, and I am also surprised of the fact that a classical subject such as electrical machines has so many fans. Today it is so that I could attend conferences on electrical machines and correlated subjects all over the year. In doing so I would not find to work.
What is the secret of such activities?
On the one hand, I guess, electrical machines still form a central point in the education of electrical engineers in the universities, not only due to traditional reasons but also due to the physical approach. This analogous way of thinking and imagination is necessary in our digital world of information technology. Otherwise, we will forget what real technology means, namely that it is a highly complex mixture not only of electrical but also of mechanical, thermal, and chemical phenomena, of noise, vibration, insulation, fabrication, faults. This is not a virtual reality but a down to earth view reality.
On the other hand: the principals of electromagnetic energy conversion in connection with the rapidly developing power electronics and modern signal processing offer an ever-increasing variety of configurations. They are far beyond the classical basic constructions. This requires a thorough physical understanding, and in addition the handling of all the appropriate information techniques associated with computer simulation and data processing. It is therefore fascinating to deal with electrical machines as the hub of motion technology which will be always necessary for our technical word, with an increasing tendency.
Speaking for myself, I must confess that electrical machines have caught me more than 45 years ago, and did not leave me off since that time. I saw small and big ones during my apprenticeship in industry, dc and ac and special variants such as amplidynes and Scherbius-cascades. I did my studies with impact on this, I wrote my PhD thesis on electrical machines, became a professor on that subject (what I had never intended because the industry was in my mind), I tried to inspire my students, developed new drive systems, wrote publications, and I am still enthusiastic on electrical machines, although my retirement is already short before me.
Coming to an end, I would like to encourage all my colleagues, especially te young scientists, to study the electromechanical energy conversion very deliberately under all traditional and modern aspects, and doing so to have the real world in mind. I am sure that this will lead to a very satisfying professional life.
I wish the ICEM all the best for its further development.