UGA Engineeing Lecture Series: Mahdi Shahbakhti

October 5, 2018 | 12:00 PM | Coverdell Center Auditorium (Room 175)

Mahdi Shahbakhti, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Michigan Technological University, will present a talk on "Intellegent control of building and automotive energy systems in a connected world" as part of the 2018-2019 UGA Engineering Lecture Series.


The automotive industry is undergoing major changes, with substantial growth in the areas of connectivity and autonomy. By 2021, the majority of vehicles sold in US will be connected vehicles. Similarly, the building industry is experiencing major growth in the area of connectivity with smart homes that are connected to smart power grid. The connectivity data from building-to-grid (B2G), vehicle-to-building (V2B), vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V), and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) can be utilized in an integrated optimal control framework to maximize the efficiency of building and automotive energy systems. In this talk, recent research results are presented to show opportunities for connected B2G systems for reducing building energy consumption and improving power grid stability, and increasing fuel economy for connected hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs). 


Mahdi Shahbakhti is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Michigan Technological University, where he leads research in the area of controls and energy systems. Prior to joining Michigan Tech in 2012, he was a post-doctoral scholar at the University of California-Berkeley (2010-2012). He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta in Canada in 2009. He worked several years on control of dynamic systems in the automotive (2001-2004), robotic (2000-2001), and HVAC (1998-2000) industries. His research has centered on developing physical/data-driven dynamical models and model-based control techniques with applications in energy systems in vehicles and buildings. He has co-authored more than 140 peer-reviewed publications in the field of controls and energy systems. His research is funded by, among others, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Toyota Motor Company, the National Science Foundation, ARPA-E and the US Department of Energy. Dr. Shahbakhti is currently chair of ASME Dynamic Systems Control Division Energy Systems Technical Committee. He serves as the Associate Editor for ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, and also Associate Editor for International Jounral of Powertrains.

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