IMpACT: Inverse model accuracy and control performance toolbox for buildings

Madhur Behl, Truong X. Nghiem, Rahul Mangharam

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Uncertainty affects all aspects of building performance: from the identification of models, through the implementation of model-based control, to the operation of the deployed systems. We present IMpACT, a methodology and a toolbox for analysis of uncertainty propagation for building inverse modeling and controls. Given a plant model and data from the building, IMpACT automatically evaluates the effect of the uncertainty propagation from sensor data to model accuracy and control performance. We also present a statistical method to quantify the bias in the sensor measurement and to determine near optimal sensor placement and density for accurate signal measurements. In our previous work, we considered the end-to-end propagation of uncertainty in the form of fixed bias in the sensor data. In this paper, we extend the method to work with random errors in the sensor data, which is more realistic. Using a real building test-bed, we show how performing an uncertainty analysis can reveal trends about inverse model accuracy and control performance, which can be used to make informed decisions about sensor requirements and data accuracy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6899464
Pages (from-to)1109-1114
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event2014 IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering, CASE 2014 - Taipei, Taiwan, Province of China
Duration: Aug 18 2014Aug 22 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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