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Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for Sustainable Systems

Speaker: Prashant Shenoy, University of Massachusetts, USA

Design of sustainable systems and infrastructures has become an important societal goal as we battle climate change and dwindling energy resources. Information and Communication technologies (ICT) hold substantial promise in optimizing the energy and carbon footprint of our built systems to make them self-sustaining. In this set of lectures, I will discuss sustainable design principles and case studies for two important classes of cyber-physical systems: smart buildings and smart grids. I will start with an introduction to smart grids and smart buildings and the benefits offered by these systems. I will then present an overview of wired and wireless protocols and sensing technologies for monitoring these systems. With this background, the final two lectures will delve into case studies that illustrate algorithms and optimization techniques that are being designed for sustainable, energy-efficient smart buildings via the use of renewable energy, battery-based energy storage, demand-side load management, and off-the-grid systems.

Lecture 1: Introduction to ICT for Sustainability (slides)

Lecture 2: Introduction to Smarter and Greener Buildings (slides)

Lecture 3: Demand-side Load Management in Buildings (slides)

Lecture 4: Smarter HVAC Systems (slides)