Keynote Speakers


Mr. Hans Tholstrup - Adventurer, futurist and solarcar legend is the current President of the International Solarcar Federation also represents Europe to the ISF.  Amongst his numerous achievements, Hans conceived and drove the first solar car (Quiet Achiever) across Australia in 1983 and went on to found the World Solar Challenge, and was its event director from 1987 to 1995.
The success of the Quiet Achiever's trek led Tholstrup to found the annual World Solar Challenge, a solar-powered racing contest, in Australia in 1987. The World Solar Challenge is widely considered to be the world championship of solar car racing. The Quiet Achiever itself is now in the collection of the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.
When the journey started at Scarborough Beach, a bottle of seawater from the Indian Ocean was obtained. This water was carried across Australia, before finally being ceremoniously poured into the Pacific Ocean at Sydney.
The Quiet Achiever's route was a 2,560-mile (4,130-km) west-to-east course which started on 19 December 1982 in Scarborough, a suburb of Perth, and finished in Sydney on 7 January 1983. The trek went through Southern Cross near Perth before passing through Coolgardie, Norseman, Cocklebiddy, Eucla, Ceduna, Port Augusta, Peterborough, Broken Hill, Wilcannia, Narromine, Dubbo, Orange, Bathurst and Katoomba, eventually ending at the Sydney Opera House. During the journey, thousands of spectators, including the indigenous people of the Nullarbor Plain, gathered to watch the Quiet Achiever pass by. In addition, the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) monitored the Quiet Achiever throughout its journey to ensure that only solar energy was used to power the vehicle. When the car arrived in Sydney, thousands gathered to watch it approach the Sydney Opera House.
In December 1982 and January 1983, Tholstrup, along with Perkins, drove the car across Australia from Perth to the Sydney Opera House, travelling over 2,500 miles (4,000 kilometers) in under 20 days. By contrast, the first gasoline car took 30 days to do the same circuit.

Prof. Dr. Georgi Marko Dimirovski - Prof. Dr. Georgi Marko Dimirovski was born on 20.12.1941 in Greece, in village Nestorion – Nestram in Aegean Macedonia. Currently, he is a Research Professor (life-time, retired) of Automation & Systems Engineering at St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, and also a Guest Professor of Computer Science & Information Technologies at Dogus University of Istanbul, Republic of Turkey, as a foreign professor. In his home country, due to the law on higher education, he is authorized for the cycle of doctoral studies (third cycle) and for supervising doctoral students only at the School of Electrical Engineering & Information Technologies of St. Cyril and St. Methodius University. In this capacity, he is responsible for the graduate courses on dynamic graphs and complex control systems as well as on switched systems and their control.  

In the year 2015, Georgi M. Dimirovski was elected an Active Member of the European Academy of Sciences in Salzburg, Austria, in the class of Technical Sciences. And before, in the year 2004, he was elected a Foreign Member of the Academy of Engineering Sciences in Belgrade, Serbia. 

Currently and since the year 2004, Dr. Georgi Dimirovski is also an invited guest-professor on the graduate studies at Istanbul Technical University (Aeronautical Engineering), a part-time teaching. He has developed there a graduate course especially designed for doctoral and master students in Aerospace Science & Engineering focused on selected topics of optimal control theory and aerospace applications. Before, during the period 2007-2013, also he was an invited guest-professor at Dokuz Eylul University of Izmir (Mechatronics Engineering), a part-time teaching too, where he developed graduate courses on fuzzy-system computing and control and on sliding-mode control for mechatronic and robotic applications. 

In the year 2011, Georgi M. Dimirovski was awarded honorary ‘Pro Universitas’ Professor of Obuda University in Budapest, Hungary. Since then he was also included in the academic staff of the Doctoral School there with responsibility for the area of switched fuzzy-system theory and switching-based control. Also, he was awarded in 2014 title “Guest Professor” by South Chinese University of Science & Technology of Shanghai in the P. R. of China. Furthermore since the year 2011, he has been teaching on Summer Graduate Schools at either of the universities of science and technology in cities of Dalian, Nanjing, Shanghai, and Shenyang in China. These summer school lectures are based on graduate courses he has developed in his home country and in Turkey in due times.

In the year 1994, Prof. Dr. Dimirovski was a Senior Research Fellow & Visiting Professor of the Free University of Brussels, Belgium, following the award of the grant “Research in Brussels” by the Ministry of Brussels Capital. His nominator and host was Prof. dr.ir. Raymond Hanus, then the head of the ULB Laboratory of Automatic Control & Systems Analysis, together with whom he carried collaborative research. In the year 2000, Prof. Dimirovski was a Senior Research Fellow & Visiting Professor of Johannes Kepler University of Linz, Austria, following the award of a grant for “Visiting Professorship” by Austrian Federal Ministry of Higher Education. O.Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kurt Schlacher, the head of the Institute of Automatic Control, was his nominator and host together with whom the carried collaborative research while he was teaching his doctoral and master students.  

Georgi Dimirovski, as an Associate Editor (AE), he serves now on the Editorial Boards of Journal of the Franklin Institute (The FI, USA), Asian J. of Control (Wiley, TW), and International J. of Automation & Computing (CAS, CN) as well as regularly reviews for a number of archival journals refereed in the lists of SCI and SCI-Expanded. Before he served as an AE of the IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man & Cybernetics (The IEEE, USA), Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Pt. I Systems & Control Eng. J. (Institution Mechanical Engineers., UK), Facta Universitatis J. Electronics & Energetics (University of Nis, RS), J. Electrical & Electronics Engineering (University of Istanbul, TR), Information Technologies & Control J. (Bulgarian Union of Automation and Informatics, Sofia), J. of Control Engineering & Applied Informatics (SRAIT, RO), Automatika (former S.F.R. Yugoslavia), and was Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Engineering (MK). In addition, currently, Dr Dimirovski serves as an AE on the Technical Program Committees of the international Chinese Control Conferences of the Technical Committee on Theory of the Chinese Association of Automation as well as of Chinese Decision and Control Conferences of the Chinese Association of Automation, Beijing.

Currently, his research interests are focused on complex dynamic networks and systems as well as on fuzzy-logic and neural-network topics of computational intelligence. These research interests are well highlighted by Springer monograph: Georgi M. Dimirovski, Editor, Complex Systems: Relationships between Control, Communications and Computing, Studies in Systems, Decision and Control Volume 55. Springer International Publishing AG, Cham, Switzerland, 2016. His publications, up to the present days, have received more than 1410 citations in Scopus (Elsevier, NL), more than 850 in Web-of-Science (Thomson Reuters, USA), and more than 2180 citations in Google Scholar.