Ph.D. candidate
Department of Mechanical Engineering
2169 Etcheverry Hall
University of California
Berkeley, CA 947201740
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email: myd07@berkeley.edu Research Interests Research Overview Our goal is to use the constrained distributed control theory to significantly improve the performance of these systems. Improved performance would include reduced energy consumption, reduced peak demand and tighter regulation for thermal comfort. In the proposed mathematical contest, the communication and sensing graph is a design variable which can be changed in real time and add additional degrees of freedom to the system: rooms sensors and actuators in general might “talk to” their spatial neighbors but there might exist better communication policies. Also, cameras and presence detectors can provide to neighboring nodes of the network a preview on people motion across the building. Finally, the “intent” of each actuator can be communicated and transmitted to other node and help them make better predictions. We follow a hierarchical decomposition of the control strategies outlined in Figure above. Layers of control logics will range from supervisory controls (Layer 1) to schedule setpoints at the highest level to local regulatory control to track setpoints at the equipment level (Layer n). Buildings, floors and thermal zones are just a few examples of different layers for which control strategies are designed and implemented.
Current Research Projects 20082009: MPC For UC Merced Campus (jointly with US Department Of Energy (DOE), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), United Technology Research Center (UTRC) and University of California at Merced )
 20092010：Wireless Platform for EnergyEfficient Building Control Retrofits
PublicationTechnical Report
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Y. Ma, F. Borrelli, B. Hencey, A. Packard, and S. Bortoff 
Model Predictive Control of Thermal Energy Storage in Building Cooling Systems 

2009 
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Y. Ma, F. Borrelli, B. Hencey, B. Coffey, S. Bengea, P. Haves, A. Packard, and M. Wetter 
Model Predictive Control for the Operation of Building Cooling Systems 

2010 
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Y. Ma and F. Borrelli, and S. Richter 
Distributed Model Predictive Control for Building Temperature Regulation 

2011 
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Y. Ma and F. Borrelli

Fast Stochastic Predictive Control for Building Temperature Regulation 

2012 
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Y. Ma and F. Borrelli 
Fast Stochastic MPC with Optimal Risk Allocation Applied to Building Control Systems 

2012 
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Refereed papers in professional journals
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Y. Ma, F. Borrelli, B. Hencey, B.Coffey,
S. Bengea, and P. Haves 
Model Predictive Control for the Operation of Building Cooling Systems 
IEEE Transactions
on Control System Technology 
2010 
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Y. Ma, S. Richter, F. Borrelli 
Distributed Model Predictive Control for Building Temperature Regulation 
SIAM Book on Control and Optimization with DifferentialAlgebraic Constraints

2012 
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A. Kelman and Y. Ma and F. Borrelli 
Analysis of Local Optima in Predictive Control for Energy Efficient Buildings 
Journal of Building Performance Simulation 
2012 
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Y. Ma, A. Kelman, A, Dally, and F. Borrlli 
Model Predictive Control of Thermal Energy Storage in Building Cooling Systems 
IEEE Control System
Magzine

2012 
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Refereed papers in Conference proceedings
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Y. Ma, F. Borrelli, B. Hencey, A. Packard, and S. Bortoff 
Model Predictive Control of Thermal Energy Storage in Building Cooling Systems 
Decision and Control, 2009 48th IEEE Conference

2009 
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Y.Ma, F. Borrelli, B. Hencey; B. Coffey S. Bengea, and P. Haves 
Model predictive control for the operation of building cooling systems 
American Control Conference (ACC), 2010 
2010 
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Y.Ma, G. Anderson, and F. Borrelli 
A Distributed Predictive Control Approach to Building Temperature Regulation 
American Control Conference (ACC), 2011 
2011 
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Y.Ma, F. Borrelli 
Fast Stochastic Predictive Control for Building Temperature Regulation 
American Control Conference (ACC), 2012; 
2012 
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Y.Ma, F. Borrelli 
Fast Stochastic MPC with Optimal Risk Allocation Applied to Building
Control Systems 
Decision and Control, 2012; 
2012 
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