Ming Jin

I am a graduate student in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley advised by Prof. Costas Spanos. I also collaborate with Prof. Alex Bayen, Prof. Stefano Schiavon , and other researchers from Berkeley, NTU, NUS, and Tsinghua University. I hold a research affiliate position at the Energy Technologies Area of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), working with Dr. Wei Feng and Dr. Chris Marnay.

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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).

Selected Awards

  • Award of Student Technology Fund Initiative (2016)
  • Best paper award at MobiQuitous (2016)
  • Best paper award at Ubicomm for Mobile Ubiquitous Computing (2015)
  • Top 5 team in Microsoft Indoor Localization Competition, Seattle, Washington (2015)
  • Academic excellence award, first class honors, Dean’s List (), HKUST
  • University Scholarship (HKUST), School of Engineering Scholarship, ECE Department Scholarship (2008-2012)


Dec 2016

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

Our paper "MetroEye: Towards a fine-grained passenger tracking under the ground" won the Best Paper Runner-up Award at MobiQuitous 2016 (paper | poster)

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 excited to lead the discussion in the EE core course at Berkeley, EE 120: Signals and Systems with Prof. Ron Fearing. If you are taking my discussions, feel free to leave your feedback! Go bears!

Feb 2016

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.

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