Civil and Environmental Engineering
Smarter Cars, Homes, and Grids: Case Studies in Optimal Energy Management
The future of energy holds fascinating challenges and opportunities. The challenge: As society’s size and energy appetite grow, we must seek solutions that facilitate penetration of renewable energy and enhance efficiency across the transportation, building, and power system sectors. The opportunity: Low-cost sensing/actuation and the pervasiveness of Internet-access enable a new era of cyber-enabled, model-based, data-driven, optimized energy management.
This seminar focuses on energy management problems across three outwardly zooming use-cases: cars, buildings, and the electric grid. Namely, we explore how real-time traffic data can enhance plug-in hybrid electric vehicle fuel economy. Next we discuss energy management in a home with rooftop solar and second-life battery storage. Finally, we discuss control of flexible load populations, and vehicle-grid integration. A common theme throughout this talk is leveraging optimal control theory, dynamic system models, and real-time data streams to design energy management systems across a multitude of scales.
Scott Moura is an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Berkeley in Civil and Environmental Engineering. He received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan in 2011, the M.S. degree from the University of Michigan in 2008, and the B.S. degree from the UC Berkeley, in 2006 – all in Mechanical Engineering. He was a postdoctoral scholar at UC San Diegoin the Cymer Center for Control Systems and Dynamics, and a visiting researcher in the Centre Automatique et Systèmes at MINES ParisTech in Paris, France. He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, UC Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Michigan Distinguished ProQuest Dissertation Honorable Mention, University of Michigan Rackham Merit Fellowship, College of Engineering Distinguished Leadership Award. He has also been honored as a Semi-Plenary speaker at the ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference (DSCC) and Best Student Paper Finalist at the American Control Conference and ASME DSCC. His research interests include optimal and adaptive control, PDE control, energy storage, smart grid systems, and batteries.