My research focuses on the societal-scale cyber physical systems, from buildings to the (micro-)grid, by employing modeling, optimization, and control theories to design new algorithms and mechanisms for emerging technologies based on the internet-of-things (IoT), mobile sensing, and sharing economy, in order to facilitate the transition into an energy-efficient, economically-attractive, and system-wide resilient urban ecosystem.
To this end, I develop novel sensing paradigms for indoor environment monitoring and demand-based, occupancy-aware controls, as well as modeling and incentivization of humans to induce desirable behaviors (e.g., energy saving, demand response).
I also explore the design and operation of community-based micro-grid in support of the mega-grid, which exploits the flexibility of demands, as well as the efficiency from both thermal and electricity energy provision and shared distributed energy resources (DERs) and storages, to address the grand challenge of 20% renewable energy by 2020 (see Research).
My proposal for Energy Utopia is awarded with the 2017 Student Technology Fund of $3000, starting from Jan. 2017. Energy Utopia (Etopia) is an educational, IoT-connected space designed to demonstrate accessible solutions for smart workspaces with an emphasis on preserving water and electricity while enhancing productivity.Nov 2016
We have organized the first international workshop on smart building collocated with IEEE SmartGridComm in November, Sydney! (slides for keynotes are now available HERE).Aug 2015
I'm teaching the innovation course at Berkeley, EE 16B: Designing Information Devices and Systems II as a Graduate Student Instructor (GSI), together with Prof. Anant Sahai and Prof. Michel Maharbiz.