Message of the Chairman
Tenth EPE Conference, Toulouse (France), September 2 - 4, 2003.
"Power Electronics, an attractive field for the young people"
EPE conference has grown during twenty years to become the largest
in the field. It draws regularly the foremost technical contributors
from industry and academia world wide. Every two years, EPE is
held in different location in Europe. In 2003, EPE will be at
In the field of Power Electronics, Europe is the world leader
with well known companies and several large academic laboratories
of all the main European countries . This conference will offer
you more in a number of innovations above the successful previous
conferences in Brussels, Grenoble, Aachen, Florence, Brighton,
Sevilla, Trondheim, Lausanne and Graz. The number of participants
was growing and in 2003 we are waiting about 1000 people.
The first purpose of this Conference is to provide some exchanges,
presentations and discussions in the fields of Power Electronics,
with the attendees coming from all the world. A number of issues
are, non exhaustively, related to the problem of power devices
and circuits, power supplies, modulation strategies, electrical
drives, automotive industry, transmission and distribution of
electrical energy, EMC and power conditioning. A topic is also
devoted to Education Technology and tools.
A second purpose is to provide a knowledge movement between industrial
people and the young scientists. As there is a dramatic abandon
of Power Electronics by the young peoples, it is very important
to attract them and EPE Conference is a good mean for this aim.
About 20% of the participants being some young engineers and researchers,
we have to encourage a growing presence of them.
In this aim, this conference is a show-window where up-to-date
products and research activities are presented, through the industrial
exhibition, the lecture and poster sessions. It allows:
- many meetings of the young scientists with industrial peoples
and the most famous world specialists,
- improvement of the learning content and tools, useful for the
- development of innovation and new axes of research in relation
with industry and interesting for the young researchers
For this tenth edition a peculiar effort will be realised in view
of the best welcome and active participation of our young colleagues
An other purpose is concerning some exchanges between scientists
of EC and of East European countries, associated to EC. Since
five years, a strong link between the two communities, by the
two conferences EPE and EPE-PEMC, common meetings, Seminars,
has been established along with having several committee members
jointly, to improve the scientific exchanges between the two communities.
The fields concerned by this Conference cover almost all the
domains of our life: household, medical, transport, environment
and quality of life, industrial systems, robotics and production
engineering, power systems
In all these fields, huge improvements are necessary to solve
the main challenges :
- pollution reduction,
- electrical energy quality,
- development and use of alternative energies,
- development and improvement of density and quality of transports,
- improvement of the European companies' competitiveness.
A peculiarity of this Conference is the large participation of
industrial people (about 30%), as well as the organisation of
an exhibition of industrial stands presenting products, softwares
and allowing exchanges between academic researchers and industrial
Due to the new rules published by EC (deregulation) on the electrical
energy production, transport and distribution, this energy necessitates
a very good control. The Power Electronics systems allow an optimisation
of the quality, the reliability, the economy of this energy. Also,
we have to optimise and develop the renewable energy sources (wind
and photovoltaic energy) which necessitate a static treatment
and control by static converters.
An other important field of this Conference is on the improvement
of the electrical traction transports by use of a large number
of power electronics systems. These systems are contributing to
a large flexibility of the transports and a reduction of the atmospheric
Toulouse is the fourth largest city in France, the regional capital
of Midi-Pyrénées, the second University city in
France with over 110,000 students and more than 10,000 researchers.
The main laboratories in Power Electronics are LEEI (Laboratoire
d'Electrotechnique et d'Electronique Industrielle) and LAAS (Laboratoire
d'Analyse et d'Architecture des Systèmes).
It's also the aeronautical and space capital in France (construction
of Airbus in EADS, of Ariane and satellites in CNES and ASTRIUM),
with some large electronic industries (Motorola, Alcatel
In the area, there are also several industries in direct connection
with Power Electronics, such as Alstom in Tarbes, or Siemens in
Toulouse. The main industries in Toulouse and its region have
an important connection with Power Electronics.
Several institutional partners (Regional Council, Departmental
council, Town Hall
) are interested by this event and will
Transportation to and from Toulouse is very easy through Paris
(about 50 flights per day) or directly from all European main
cities. Railways are also a very good option with the TGV train
to Paris and many other connections to Europe.
The Pierre Baudis Congress Centre has opened in october 1997 and
has been since a successful location for more 300 events national
and international. It is well located downtown Toulouse, a few
minutes of walking distance from the old Toulouse town and from
a large number of hotels.
It is my great pleasure to welcome you to EPE 2003 in Toulouse.
With your conference attendance, you have to combine some extra
days for sight-seeing and recreation in a very nice region near
Pyrénées, Mediterranée Sea and Atlantic Ocean.
The "Massif Central" is also a good location for pleasant
B. de FORNEL,
ENSEEIHT Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse