Keynote Speaker: Tariq Samad, Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions, USA

Title: Automation and control solutions for energy-efficient buildings

Abstract: Buildings are responsible for a substantial fraction of end-use energy consumption worldwide—including a majority of electricity use in some regions—and their energy footprint increases with economic progress and urban development. It’s little wonder, then, that energy efficiency has become a priority for building owners, operators, and tenants, extending from homes to small/medium/large commercial buildings to complex facilities such as campuses, airports, and hospitals. In this talk, I will review selected facts and figures on building energy use, present examples of recent projects around the world that have succeeded in reducing energy (especially electricity) consumption and costs for buildings, and outline research challenges for the automation and control community. Specific topics discussed will include remote energy monitoring, equipment fault analysis, automated demand response, and microgrids.

Biography: Tariq Samad is a Corporate Fellow with Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions, based in Minneapolis, U.S.A. His career with Honeywell has spanned 27 years, during which time he has contributed to and led automation and control technology developments for applications in building management, the process industries, electric power systems, automotive engines, unmanned aircraft, and clean energy. His research interests relate broadly to automation, intelligence, and autonomy for complex engineering systems.

Dr. Samad served as the President of IEEE Control Systems Society in 2009 and he is the President Elect for the American Automatic Control Council. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and the recipient of a few awards including the 2008 IEEE CSS Control Systems Technology Award, a Distinguished Member Award from IEEE CSS, and an IEEE Third Millennium Medal. He was editor-in-chief of IEEE Control Systems Magazine from 1998 to 2003. He was the General Chair for the 2012 American Control Conference (Montréal). He has also chaired/co-chaired several workshops, most recently the International Workshop on Smart City (Hangzhou, China, Sept. 2013). Dr. Samad holds 18 patents and has authored or coauthored over 100 publications, including an authored and three edited books. Other publications include the online report, The Impact of Control Technology (ieeecss.org/main/IoCT-report) and the Encyclopedia of Systems and Control (co-editor, to be published by Springer in 2014). He currently serves on the editorial board of IEEE Press. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel and chairs the board’s Executive Committee. Dr. Samad holds a B.S. degree in Engineering and Applied Science from YaleUniversity and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from CarnegieMellonUniversity.