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Special Session #8: ASSURED Project: Fast Charging Solutions for Electric Heavy-Duty Vehicles with Fleet Management Strategies - VPPC 2021
ASSURED Project: Fast Charging Solutions for Electric Heavy-Duty Vehicles with Fleet Management Strategies

Co-chair: Omar Hegazy, (MOBI Research Centre, EMPOWERS Research Group, Vrije Universiteit Brussels) –  Belgium
Co-chair: Mehrnaz Farzam Far (VTT Technical Research Centre) – Finland

Call For Papers

Nowadays, there is a strong strategy towards sustainable e-mobility and energy solutions in many EU cities in order to significantly reduce the greenhouse emissions. Therefore, electrification of different types of transportation (such as buses, medium trucks, vans, etc.) with advanced charging infrastructure in urban and suburban areas plays an important role achieving the target reduction in the greenhouse emissions by 2050. Thus, ASSURED project, as European flagship (, is aimed at boosting the electrification of urban commercial vehicles and their integration with high power fast charging infrastructure, evaluating several infrastructures in different cities across Europe. ASSURED project provides key innovations: 1) Interoperable high power charging systems, 2) charger-vehicle interoperability and standardization, 3) smart tools for fleet level optimization, and 4) innovative energy storage systems and charging management strategies.

The goal of this special session is to present the recent developments and innovations of ASSURED project to worldwide research community with a strong focus on electrification in cities.

Topics of interest of this special session include, but are not limited to:

  • (ultra) Fast charging concepts and technologies.
  • Charging management strategies.
  • Advances in vehicle powertrains and systems.
  • Electric energy storage systems.
  • Fleet management strategies.
  • Grid stability, reliability, power quality analysis and location optimization.
  • Interoperability testing procedures, interoperable interfaces and standardization.
  • Modeling and digital twins of vehicle and fleet.
  • TCO and LCA Assessment.
  • Eco-energy management strategies.


Omar Hegazy Bio:  Prof. dr. ir. Omar Hegazy obtained his PhD degree in July 2012 from the Dept. of Electrical Machines and Energy Technology (ETEC), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium. Prof. Hegazy is the head of EPOWERS- Efficient Power Electronics, Powertrain and Energy Solutions- Research Group (incl. Power Electronics Innovation Lab (PEIL), Powertrain Innovation Lab (PIL) & Joint Smart Charging Lab (JSCL)) at ETEC Dept., and at MOBI Research Centre, where he coordinates the research activities in this field in several national projects (e.g. via Flanders Make VLAIO (ex. IWT), Innoviris, Flux50, etc.) and in European projects (e.g. SAFEDRIVE, UNPLUGGED, ELIPTIC, ORCA, ASSURED, HiFi-Elements, GHOST, HiPERFORM, ACHILES, LONGRUN, eCharge4drivers, iSTORMY, URBANIZED, HiEFFICIENT, etc.). Prof. Hegazy is also the manager of MOBI Core-Lab at Flanders Make organization.

He is the author of more than 145 scientific publications and two patent applications. Furthermore, he is a member of EGVIA, EARPA, IEEE, EPE and IEC standards. His fields of interest include power electronics, electrical machines, electric and (plug-in) hybrid electric vehicles, Digital Twins (DT), charging infrastructure, power/energy management strategies, battery management systems (BMS), V2X systems, optimization techniques and Smart DC grid with renewable energy.


Mehrnaz Farzam Far Bio: Mehrnaz Farzam Far received her M.Sc. (Tech.) and D.Sc. (Tech.) degrees in electrical engineering from Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation, Aalto University, Finland in 2014 and 2019, respectively. She joined VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland in 2019, where she works as a Research Scientist in the Electrical powertrains and storage team. Her research interests include power electronics, electrical machines, and charging solutions for electric vehicles and their standardizations.



Submission Deadline Extended: 28 June 2021
Acceptance notification: 26 July 2021
Final paper submission deadline: 15 August 2021

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