The 3rd Scientific Workshop for Postgraduate Students PEAMI-2021

On the 25th of September Youth education and recreation center met participants of the 3rd Scientific Workshop for Postgraduate Students IEEE Russian Workshop on Power Engineering and Automation of Metallurgy Industry: Research & Practice. Over 40 young scientists met to discuss their research results, present their research for assessment and share experience with colleagues.

The conference was organized by the Department of the Automated Electric Drive and Mechatronics of NMSTU, the Department of Mechatronics and Automation of South Ural State University (Chelyabinsk), and the South Ural group of international scientific community IEEE.

A key aim of the workshop is to extend communications between young scientists from different universities, carrying out studies on electrical engineering, electronics, power engineering and industrial automation. Besides, postgraduate students have a unique opportunity not only to present their research results to the research community, but also to publish papers for free in the proceedings of the workshop and IEEE Xplore, a digital library indexed in Scopus.

“First of all, the workshop provides researchers of the same research field with an opportunity to meet and take part in the scientific discussion. As part of testing the results of their research, they have an opportunity to receive a positive or negative feedback, motivating them to contribute something new to their studies, change or improve them and get an inspiration for further achievement and participation in grants and conferences”, commented Alexander Maklakov, Head of the South Ural group of IEEE.

This year the participants of PEAMI-2021 included over 40 postgraduate students from NMSTU, SUSU (Chelyabinsk), UrFU (Yekaterinburg), USPTU (Ufa), USATU (Ufa) and SibSUTIS (Novosibirsk). Young scientists presented their reports in online and offline formats in six sections: “Automated electric drive”, “Automation and process control”, “Power electronics”, “Electrical machines” and “Renewable energy”. This year, the workshop program included a new plenary session, when postgraduate students presented their reports on the completed theses.

“Experience in public presentations, especially before the thesis defense, is very useful and important, because you can leave a comfort zone and adapt to giving a public report. Moreover, when you are involved in you research for a long time, you are becoming less perceptive of things, and the workshop provides a fresh view on the research. I am sure that this is very useful experience and it is a must to take part in such workshops at every opportunity. Offline participation is invaluable”, shared her impressions Diana Irgibaeva, postgraduate student of Siberian State University of Telecommunications and Information Science.

The organizers find high practical relevance of reports presented at the annual workshop. The research results are introduced at existing industrial facilities. For example, in 2020-2021 Mikhail Bulanov, Ildar Gilemov and Maxim Afanasiev, NMSTU postgraduate students, workshop participants, as part of their R&D project, developed recommendations on improving pulse-width modulation algorithms applied for electric drives of a rolling shop at Cherepovets Metallurgical Plant of PJSC Severstal.

“The developed recommendations were introduced into production, entailing improvement the quality of voltage in the internal plant electric power supply system during operation of high-power drives of a rolling mill. This results in a decreased number of emergency shutdowns of sensitive power consumers operating together with such high power loads. Now, a report on introduction into production is issued to be included in the theses”, explained Alexander Nikolaev, Head of the Department of Automated Electric Drive and Mechatronics, NMSTU.

PEAMI gives the participants an opportunity to establish scientific collaboration.

“The workshop contributes to developing academic networking between research schools, functioning at various universities. This is valuable, as some research teams study neighboring research fields and thanks to such workshop they can share results, establish research collaboration, publish joint papers and participate in grant programs”, added the Head of the Department of Automated Electric Drive and Mechatronics.

For example, a joint research team from NMSTU and SUSU was established in 2021. The team participants have already started preparing applications for receiving the grant of the Russian Science Foundation for joint research on power electronics. The project contemplates for major studies at Russian industrial plants and laboratories of the universities.

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