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Dissertation Talk: Building Operating System Services: a Scalable Architecture for Programming Commercial Buildings

Presentation: Departmental | May 16 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 320 Soda Hall

Stephen Dawson-Haggerty, EECS

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Buildings are large, widely deployed cyber-physical systems with thousands of sensors and actuators installed throughout them, managing the expenditure of billions of megawatt-hours in the United States alone. However, the state of the software managing these complex systems is poor: practitioners routinely discover problems with the underlying physical systems as well as the way these systems are controlled resulting in the needles expenditure of a huge amount of energy.

In this talk, we discuss the ways better software can improve the management how we spend energy in buildings, and investigate several key Computer Science problems inherent in managing this type of system. In particular we focus on making efficient use of the time-series data generated in large volumes by these systems, and how we can safely make control inputs to these physical systems in an Internet-style architecture, while preserving fault tolerance.