Plenary Session Speakers
Prof. Akira Chiba

Prof. Akira Chiba

Akira Chiba (S’82- M’88- SM’97- F’07) received the BS., MS. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, in 1983, 1985 and 1988, respectively. In 1988, he joined the Tokyo University of Science as a Research Associate in the Department of Electrical Engineering in the Faculty of Science and Technology. Since 2010, he has been Professor in the School of Engineering in the Tokyo Institute of Technology.

He has been studying magnetically suspended bearingless ac motors, super high-speed motor drives and rare-earth-free-motors for hybrid and pure electrical vehicles.

He has so far published more than 1075 papers including the first book on “Magnetic bearings and bearingless drives” in 2005.

He received the IEEJ Prize Paper Awards in 1998, 2005 and 2018. He also received First Prize Paper Award from the Electrical Machine Committee in the IEEE IAS in 2011 on a rare-earth-free motor.

He has been served as Secretary, Vice-Chair, Vice-Chair-Chair-Elect, Chair and Past-Chair in the Motor Sub-Committee in the IEEE PES in 2007-2016.

He was a member, Chair and Past-Chair in the IEEE Nikola Tesla Field Award Committee in 2009-2014.

He served as Chair in IEEE-IAS Japan Chapter in 2010-2011.

He was founding Chair in the Motor Technical Committee in Japan Society of Automotive Society in 2012-2018.

He has served as a Secretary and Vice Chair in IEEE-IAS Electric Machine Committee since 2016.

He has been ECCE Vice-Chair in technical committee since 2016.

He has received the second and third place best paper awards in IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion in 2017 and 2016, respectively.

He was one of Technical Co-Chairs in IEEE IEMDC 2017 held in Miami, Florida.

He has served as Editor in IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion since 2013, and Associate Editor in IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications since 2011.

He was the Department Head of Electrical and Electronics Department during 2014-2016 and led MOOC project of the Introduction of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, released in May 2017 through EDX.

He has led active learning with internet Handbook application in undergraduate lectures.

He is IEEE Fellow and 2020 IEEE Nikola Tesla Field Award recipient.

Bearingless and Reluctance motors


Review of developments of bearingless motors, those are magnetically suspended motor with combined magnetic bearing function and a motor function, will be presented. Early stage research and developments, principles of permanent magnet types, such as surface permanent magnet, buried permanent magnet, consequent-pole, and homopolar are included as well as   induction and switched reluctance bearingless motors.

In addition, research on switched reluctance motors and generators for automotive applications are presented.