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Yudong Ma


Ph.D. candidate
Department of Mechanical Engineering
2169 Etcheverry Hall
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-1740
Voice: 510-816-1985
email: myd07@berkeley.edu

Education

2007.8-2012.8       Dept. of mechanical engineering, UC Berkeley, Ph.D.  

                            Dissertation: Model Predictive Control for Energy Efficient Buildings

2003.9-2007.6       Dept. of mechanical engineering, Tsinghua University, Bachelor.


Research Interests

Predictive Networked Building Control


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 set-points at the highest level to local regulatory control to track set-points 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

  • 2008-2009: 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 )
  • 2009-2010:Wireless Platform for Energy-Efficient Building Control Retrofits


Publication

Technical Report


Authors Title Number Year Request a Draft Copy
Y. Ma, F. Borrelli, B. Hencey, A. Packard, and S. Bortoff Model Predictive Control of Thermal Energy Storage in Building Cooling Systems
2009 pdf
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  pdf
 Y. Ma and F. Borrelli, and S. Richter  Distributed Model Predictive Control for Building Temperature Regulation    2011 pdf 
 Y. Ma and F. Borrelli
 Fast Stochastic Predictive Control for Building Temperature Regulation    2012  pdf
Y. Ma and F. Borrelli Fast Stochastic MPC with Optimal Risk Allocation Applied to Building Control Systems
2012 pdf

Refereed papers in professional journals

 
Authors Title Journal Year Request a Draft Copy
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  pdf
Y. Ma, S. Richter, F. Borrelli Distributed Model Predictive Control for Building Temperature Regulation SIAM Book on Control and Optimization with Differential-Algebraic Constraints 2012 pdf
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  pdf
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 pdf

Refereed papers in Conference proceedings

 
Authors Title Conference Year Request a Draft Copy
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 pdf
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 pdf
Y.Ma, G. Anderson, and F.  Borrelli A Distributed Predictive Control Approach to Building Temperature Regulation American Control Conference (ACC), 2011  2011 pdf
Y.Ma, F.  Borrelli Fast Stochastic Predictive Control for Building Temperature Regulation
American Control Conference (ACC), 2012;
2012 pdf
Y.Ma, F.  Borrelli Fast Stochastic MPC with Optimal Risk Allocation Applied to Building Control Systems
Decision and Control, 2012;
2012 pdf
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