Chair: Mario Paolone, Ph.D., École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Mario Paolone (M07-SM10) received the M.Sc. (with Hons.) and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Bologna, Italy, in 1998 and 2002, respectively. In 2005, he was appointed Assistant Professor in power systems with the University of Bologna, where he was with the power systems laboratory until 2011. In 2010, he received the Associate Professor eligibility from the Polytechnic of Milan, Italy. Since 2011, he joined the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland, where he is currently Full Professor, Chair of the Distributed Electrical Systems Laboratory, Head of the Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research Future Swiss Electrical infrastructure and Chair of the EPFL Energy Centre Directorate. He has authored or co-authored over 260 scientific papers published in reviewed journals and international conferences. His research interests focuses on power systems with particular reference to real-time monitoring and operation aspects, power system protections, dynamics and transients. Dr. Paolone was the Co-Chairperson of the TPC of the 9th edition of the International Conference of Power Systems Transients (2009), Vice-Chair and Chair of the TPCs of the 19th and 20th editions of the Power Systems Computation Conference (PSCC). In 2013, he was the recipient of the IEEE EMC Society Technical Achievement Award. He has co-authored several papers that received the awards in mainstream power systems journals and conferences. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Sustainable Energy, Grids and Networks (Elsevier) and Associate Editor of the IEEE Trans. on Industrial Informatics.


Chair and Panelist: Javier Serrano, Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire (CERN), Switzerland

Javier Serrano is the leader of the Hardware and Timing section in the Beams Department at CERN. He is also the initiator and leader of the White Rabbit project, which focuses on the development of a set of IEEE-1588 compliant components for distributed synchronization in the nanosecond realm. Javier is also an ardent advocate of open source as a way to maximise the impact of technological developments. The creation of the Open Hardware Repository ( was his initiative, and he is co-author of the CERN Open Hardware Licence, which aims at providing an efficient mechanism for sharing hardware designs, similar to what existing free and open source licences do in the software domain. All the basic building blocks of White Rabbit, including software, firmware, gateware and hardware, are open source. In 2017, he received the ICALEPCS Lifetime Achievement Award, meant to honour individuals who, throughout their careers, have made invaluable and lasting contributions to the field of control systems for large experimental physics facilities.



Bill Dickerson, Arbiter Systems, Inc., USA

Bill Dickerson is Chairman of the Board of Arbiter Systems, Inc. in Paso Robles, California. Bill received his BSEE from Washington University in St. Louis in 1975 and his Master in Business Administration from the University of Michigan in 1979. Bill worked at Hewlett-Packard Company in Palo Alto, California and Spokane, Washington from 1979 until 1986, when he and his current partners bought Arbiter Systems, Inc.

Arbiter Systems is the industry leader in precise measurements for power systems and in accurate, reliable timing products for the power industry. Bill was the original product designer for Arbiter’s GPS timing product line and the Model 1133A Power Sentinel, the industry’s most accurate Phasor Measurement Unit (PMU).

Bill is a registered Professional Engineer in the province of British Columbia, Canada and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Inc. He is a member of the IEEE Power and Energy Society, and a main committee member of the Power System Relaying and Control Committee and the Power System Communications and Cybersecurity Committee. He has been active in standards development with IEEE for over 25 years, including various Synchrophasor and Time Synchronization standards.


Bob Noseworthy, University of New Hampshire, USA

Bob Noseworthy is a Chief Engineer at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL). In this role, he advises on and leads various technical development activities within the UNH-IOL’s Testing Services. Bob manages TSN-related Testing Services at UNH-IOL including; the AVnu Alliance’s Certification, Automotive Networking, Industrial Networking, Pro AV Networking, and IEEE 1588/PTP Test Services. He is also closely involved with test development for C37.238 (1588 Power Profile), the continued evolution of 802.1’s Time Sensitive Networking standards (formerly Audio/Video Bridging), as well as continuously evolving areas such as Open Fabrics Alliance logo program, and Ethernet Fabrics. His areas of expertise include aligning lab services with current industry trends, business development, test tool development and physical signal encoding.


Marc Weiss, Ph.D., Marc Weiss Consulting, LLC, USA

Dr. Marc Weiss worked at the NIST Time and Frequency Division in Boulder, Colorado from 1979 through 2013, and has now been a contractor for NIST (and others) since retirement. He specialized in time transfer techniques and statistics of timing systems. He received the National Bureau of Standards (the former name of NIST) Applied Research Award for a first GPS timing receiver in 1983. He was awarded a patent in 1993 for the Smart Clock algorithm, a method for automatically determining optimal synchronization frequency on a given channel, by determining statistics of the clocks and the channel. He won the 2013 NIST William P. Slichter Award for linking NIST with industry. Marc founded and has led WSTS, the Workshop on Sync and Timing Systems, annually since 1992, which inspired the International Timing and Sync Forum (ITSF) as a European sister conference. Marc was the NIST co-chair of the Timing subgroup of the NIST CPS framework from 2014-2016. He also led the NIST program to support GPS in developing their clocks and timing systems from 1980 until his retirement at the end of 2013. Marc also has worked on and published Relativity issues as they relate to GPS and to primary frequency standards.