For its eleventh edition, the “Conférence des Jeunes Chercheurs en Génie Électrique” (Conference of Young Researchers in Electrical Engineering - JCGE 2013) was held in Saint-Nazaire, France from 5th to 6th June 2013. Merged for the first time with SEEDS annual meeting, this unique event was organized by the “Institut de Recherche en Énergie Électrique de Nantes Atlantique”(Research Institute of Electric Power Nantes Atlantique - IREENA). The essential mission of SEEDS research network is the coordination of the research in Electrical Engineering in France, and its representation before public bodies and industries.
JCGE is the event that allows PhD and post-doctoral students to present their work and discuss current and emerging themes in the French laboratories of Electrical Engineering. JCGE is also an opportunity for meetings between PhD students, young doctors and companies recruiting in the field of Electrical Engineering.
To the satisfaction of organizers, younger and older attendees, academic laboratories and industries, this first conference common to both JCGE and SEEDS was a great success with over 150 participants, including about twenty manufacturers. The success is primarily due to the strong participation of young people, their interest in electrical engineering and their quality presentations, but also to the three regional bodies organizers IREENA, IUT of Saint-Nazaire and Nantes University, to whom we owe thanks and congratulations.
That is why we are very happy that EJEE has agreed to release a special issue dedicated to these young people and their work.
The four articles that were selected are representative of various aspects of Electrical Engineering: machine control, renewable energy, materials, power electronics.