• Seminar Series 2015-2016: Third Seminar
    Omid ArdakanianOmid Ardakanian
    University of British Columbia
    Date: Friday, February 17, 2017 at 1 pm.
    Location: DC 1331

    Title: Building Smarter Energy Systems: the Path towards a Sustainable Future

    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 2 °C 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 exiting energy systems. Information and communications technology can play an important enabling role in our efforts to decarbonize the energy sector in a cost-effective manner. In this talk I will discuss projects in which I have used data analytics and pervasive sensing and control to make power systems, transportation systems, and residential and commercial buildings smarter and more energy efficient.

    Bio: Omid Ardakanian received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo under the supervision of Professors S. Keshav and Catherine Rosenberg in August 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 (BECI) and the Software Defined Buildings (SDB) lab, and collaborated with Professors David Culler and Alexandra von Meier. He is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia. His research interests lie at the intersection of computer systems and smart energy systems. His recent work has focused on energy informatics and the challenges of designing, analyzing, and operating smart energy systems.