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Two prestigious awards for EPFL researchers at the IEEE EMC + SIPI

Farhad Rachidi (left) and Nicolas Mora (center) receive their award in New Orleans from Bruce Archambeault, the President of the IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society© 2019 EPFL

Farhad Rachidi (left) and Nicolas Mora (center) receive their award in New Orleans from Bruce Archambeault, the President of the IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society© 2019 EPFL

During the IEEE Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility and Signal and Power Integrity, Nicolas Mora and Farhad Rachidi from the EMC Laboratory received the 2019 Motohisa Kanda Award for the most cited paper of the IEEE Transactions on EMC in the past five years. In parallel, a paper by two EPFL laboratories received the Best IEEE Transactions on Electromagnetic Compatibility Award.

Researchers from the EPFL's School of Engineering received two awards during the 2019 IEEE Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility and Signal and Power Integrity, which took place in July in New Orleans. Nicolas Mora and Farhad Rachidi (EMC Laboratory) received the 2019 Motohisa Kanda Award for the most cited paper of the IEEE Transactions on EMC in the past five years. This award recognizes the most ‘significant’ paper in the past five years in terms of the highest citation count.

Nicolas Mora and Farhad Rachidi received this award for his paper entitled “A comparison of frequency-dependent soil models: application to the analysis of grounding systems” co-authored by Damir Cavka.

This is the second time Farhad Rachidi has been awarded with the Kanda Award.

 Paper: ‘A Comparison of Frequency-Dependent Soil Models: Application to the Analysis of Grounding Systems’, published in the IEEE Transactions on Electromagnetic Compatibility, Vol. 56, No. 1, pp. 177-187, February 2014.

During the same conference, a Paper by the Electromagnetic Compatibility Lab, headed by Farhad Rachidi and the Distributed Electrical Systems Laboratory, headed by Mario Paolone at EPFL's School of Engineering received the 2018 Best IEEE Transactions on Electromagnetic Compatibility Award.

The paper presents an experimental validation of the electromagnetic time reversal to locate disturbances in real power networks. The validation is performed on a full-scale unenergized 677-m-long, double-circuit 10-kV overhead distribution line. The disturbance is emulated by a voltage pulse injected between one of the line conductors and the ground using a high-voltage pulse generator. The frequency spectrum of the injected voltage pulse is specified such that the originated electromagnetic transients are compatible with those of power line faults, lightning, and conducted intentional electromagnetic interferences. 

The paper has been selected as the top paper out of more than 300 papers published in the IEEE Transactions on EMC in 2018.

⇒ Paper: Z. Wang, S. He, Q. Li, B. Liu, R. Razzaghi, M. Paolone, Y. Xie, and F. Rachidi, "A Full-Scale Experimental Validation of Electromagnetic Time Reversal Applied to Locating Disturbances in Overhead Power Distribution Lines", IEEE Transactions on El



From left to right: Mario Paolone, Farhad Rachidi (EPFL), Marcos Rubinstein (HEIG-VD), and Zhaoyang Wang receiving this award in New Orleans from Bruce Archambeault, the President of the IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society