Building Smarter Energy Systems: the Path towards a Sustainable Future

Monday, March 27, 2017 11:00:00 AM - Monday, March 27, 2017 12:00:00 PM
Rm. 1210, Bahen Centre, 40 St. George Street
Invited Research Seminar

OMID ARDAKANIAN,University of British Columbia

ABSTRACT: Over the last century the burning of fossil fuels has increased the concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide, contributing to global warming. To reduce the risks and impacts of climate change and limit the increase in the global average temperature to 2C above pre-industrial levels, the energy sector must become carbon-neutral by 2100. This requires widespread adoption of renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies, and a significant increase in efficiency, utilization, and economic viability of existing energy systems. Information and communications technology can play a key enabling role in our efforts to decarbonize the energy sector in a cost-effective manner. In this talk I will discuss how pervasive sensing and control, and data analytics can be used to make power grids, transportation systems, and residential and commercial buildings smarter and more energy efficient.

BRIEF BIO: Omid Ardakanian received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo in 2015. From 2015 to 2016, he was a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at UC Berkeley. He was affiliated with the Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute, the California Institute for Energy and Environment, the Software Defined Buildings laboratory, and the Information Systems and Science for Energy laboratory. He is currently a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of British Columbia. His research interests lie at the intersection of computer systems and energy systems. His recent work has focused on energy informatics and the challenges of building, analyzing, and operating smart energy systems. He has received two best paper awards at the ACM eEnergy and BuildSys conferences.