In 1987, an electric energy conference was organised by our colleague Professor Ozdemir Göl in Adelaide, Australia. At this occasion, I could recrute Prof. Ozdemir Göl as a member of the ICEM ISC and establish a relationship between ICEM and Australia. The first International Conference on Electrical Machines in Australia (ICEMA) has been inaugurated by Professor Göl in 1993. It was also an exciting conference with many actual contributions in a magnificent environment.
Apart these previously described events, other electrical machines and drives conferences have been launched in Europe such as OPTIM in Romania and the Aegean Conference (ACEMP) in Turkey. Also our Italian colleagues have been still active with the biennial Symposion on Power Electronics, Electrical Drives and Advanced Machines (SPEEDAM) in Italy.
I wonder how wide a good idea can be spread out and I am also surprised by the fact that a classical subject such as electrical machines has so many fans. Today, it is so that someone could attend conferences on electrical machines and correlated subjects all over the year. In doing so for all of them, I would not find time to comply with my daily work.
What is the secret of such activities? On one hand, I guess, electrical machines are still a central topic in the education of electrical engineers, not only due to traditional reasons but also due to the physical approach. This analogous way of thinking and imaginating 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.
On the other hand, principles of electromagnetic energy conversion in connection with the rapidly developing power electronics and modern digital signal processing offer an ever increasing variety of configurations. They are far beyond the classical basic constructions. This requires a thorough physical understanding and the handling of all appropriate information techniques associated with computer simulation and data processing. Therefore, it has been fascinating to deal with electrical machines as the hub of motion technology which will be always necessary in our technical world with an increasing tendency.
Speaking of 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, AC and special machines such as amplidynes and Scherbius-cascades. I did my studies with impact on this, I wrote my PhD thesis on electrical machines, became Professor of this subject (what I had never intended, because 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 the end, I would like to encourage all my colleagues, especially young scientists and engineers, to study the electromechanical energy conversion very dilebirately under all traditional and modern aspects, and doing so to have the real world in mind. I am sure that this will lead for them to a very satifsfying professional life.
I wish ICEM all the best for its further development.
Past ICEM SC Chair
Life Member of the ICEM NPO Board