Colin Jones

Colin Jones
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | EPFL · Institute of Mechanical Engineering

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Multi-energy microgrid (MEMG) has the potential to improve the energy utilization efficiency. However, the uncertainty caused by distributed renewable energy resources brings an urgent need for multi-energy co-optimization to ensure secure operation. This paper focuses on the distributionally robust energy management problem for MEMG. Various flexi...
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Efficient global optimization is a widely used method for optimizing expensive black-box functions such as tuning hyperparameter, and designing new material, etc. Despite its popularity, less attention has been paid to analyzing the inherent hardness of the problem although, given its extensive use, it is important to understand the fundamental lim...
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The rapid uptake of natural gas-fired units in energy systems poses significant challenges in coordinating the electricity and gas systems. Besides, the uncertainty caused by integrated renewable energy such as wind power raises more requirements on the robustness of the operation for integrated electricity and natural gas system (IEGS). To address...
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This paper focuses on the distributionally robust dispatch for integrated transmission-distribution (ITD) systems via distributed optimization. Existing distributed algorithms usually require synchronization of all subproblems, which could be hard to scale, resulting in the under-utilization of computation resources due to the subsystem heterogenei...
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This paper addresses a data-driven input reconstruction problem based on Willems' Fundamental Lemma in which unknown input estimators (UIEs) are constructed directly from historical I/O data. Given only output measurements, the inputs are estimated by the UIE, which is shown to asymptotically converge to the true input without knowing the initial c...
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The increasing application of voltage source converter (VSC) high voltage direct current (VSC-HVDC) technology in power grids has raised the importance of incorporating DC grids and converters into the existing transmission network. This poses significant challenges in dealing with the resulting optimal power flow (OPF) problem. In this paper, a re...
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Federated learning (FL), as an emerging edge artificial intelligence paradigm, enables many edge devices to collaboratively train a global model without sharing their private data. To enhance the training efficiency of FL, various algorithms have been proposed, ranging from first-order to second-order methods. However, these algorithms cannot be ap...
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Model predictive control (MPC) strategies can be applied to the coordination of energy hubs to reduce their energy consumption. Despite the effectiveness of these techniques, their potential for energy savings are potentially underutilized due to the fact that energy demands are often assumed to be fixed quantities rather than controlled dynamic va...
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The increasing application of voltage source converter (VSC) based high voltage direct current (VSC-HVDC) technology in power grids has raised the importance of incorporating DC grids and converters into the existing transmission network. This poses significant challenges in dealing with the resulting optimal power flow (OPF) problem. In this paper...
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Herein we report a multi-zone, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) control case study of an industrial plant responsible for cooling a hospital surgery center. The adopted approach to guaranteeing thermal comfort and reducing electrical energy consumption is based on a statistical non-parametric, non-linear regression technique named G...
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The wide adoption of wireless devices in the Internet of Things requires controllers that are able to operate with limited resources, such as battery life. Operating these devices robustly in an uncertain environment, while managing available resources, increases the difficultly of controller design. This paper proposes a robust self-triggered mode...
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This article addresses the problem of simultaneous distributed state estimation, and control of linear systems with linear state feedback, subjected to process, and measurement noise, under the constraints of quantized, and rate-limited network data transmission. In the set-up adopted, sensors and actuators communicate through a network with a stro...
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We consider the problem of reconstructing a function from a finite set of noise-corrupted samples. Two kernel algorithms are analyzed, namely kernel ridge regression and ɛ-support vector regression. By assuming the ground-truth function belongs to the reproducing kernel Hilbert space of the chosen kernel, and the measurement noise affecting the dat...
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The wide adoption of wireless devices in the Internet of Things requires controllers that are able to operate with limited resources, such as battery life. Operating these devices robustly in an uncertain environment, while managing available resources, increases the difficultly of controller design. This paper proposes a robust self-triggered mode...
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Employing energy harvesting to power the Internet of Things supports their long-term, self-sustainable, and maintenance-free operation. These energy harvesting systems have an energy management subsystem to orchestrate the flow of energy and optimize their achievable system performance. Numerous such algorithms for a single harvesting-based system...
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In this paper, we present the development and deployment of an embedded optimal control strategy for autonomous driving applications on a Ford Focus road vehicle. Non-linear model predictive control (NMPC) is designed and deployed on a system with hard real-time constraints. We show the properties of sequential quadratic programming (SQP) optimizat...
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Model predictive control (MPC) strategies can be applied to the coordination of energy hubs to reduce their energy consumption. Despite the effectiveness of these techniques, their potential for energy savings are potentially underutilized due to the fact that energy demands are often assumed to be fixed quantities rather than controlled dynamic va...
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This paper introduces a framework for solving time-autonomous nonlinear infinite horizon optimal control problems, under the assumption that all minimizers satisfy Pontryagin’s necessary optimality conditions. In detail, we use methods from the field of symplectic geometry to analyze the eigenvalues of a Koopman operator that lifts Pontryagin’s dif...
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This paper considers the control of uncertain systems operated under limited resource factors, such as battery life or hardware longevity. We consider here resource-aware self-triggered control techniques that schedule system operation non-uniformly in time in order to balance performance against resource consumption. When running in an uncertain e...
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In the era of digitalization, utilization of data-driven control approaches to minimize energy consumption of residential/commercial building is of far-reaching significance. Meanwhile, A number of recent approaches based on the application of Willems' fundamental lemma for data-driven controller design from input/output measurements are very promi...
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This paper addresses the problem of overloading in power distribution networks, which stems from the transmission systems being incapable of delivering power from source to consumers during peak hours. This causes frequent power-outages (or blackouts), requiring the consumers to rely on alternative energy sources, e.g. Uninterrupted Power Supply (U...
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A stochastic model predictive control framework over unreliable Bernoulli communication channels, in the presence of unbounded process noise and under bounded control inputs, is presented for tracking a reference signal. The data losses in the control channel are compensated by a carefully designed transmission protocol, and those of the sensor cha...
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Let a labeled dataset be given with scattered samples and consider the hypothesis of the ground-truth belonging to the reproducing kernel Hilbert space (RKHS) of a known positive-definite kernel. It is known that out-of-sample bounds can be established at unseen input locations, thus limiting the risk associated with learning this function. We show...
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This paper investigates the effect of different control strategies applied to electric thermal storage systems to provide demand response services. These results indicate how policymakers or manufacturers could target the implementation of advanced control on electric thermal storage systems and apply these to households characterised by different...
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This paper considers the control of uncertain systems that are operated under limited resource factors, such as battery life or hardware longevity. We consider here resource-aware self-triggered control techniques that schedule system operation non-uniformly in time in order to balance performance against resource consumption. When running in an un...
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Predictive control is a flexible control methodology that can optimize performance while satisfying current and voltage constraints. Its application in the power electronics domain is however hampered by the high computational demands associated with it. In this paper, piecewise-affine neural networks are explored to greatly simplify these controll...
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A class of data-driven control methods based on Willems fundamental lemma has been developed in recent years whereas most of them restrict the scope in linear time-invariant (LTI) system. In this paper, we extend a data-driven predictive control (DeePC) based on fundamental lemma into nonlinear systems with the aid of Koopman operator theory. Numer...
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This paper presents a distributed optimization algorithm tailored for solving optimal control problems arising in multi-building coordination. The buildings coordinated by a grid operator, join a demand response program to balance the voltage surge by using an energy cost defined criterion. In order to model the hierarchical structure of the buildi...
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Behavioral theory, which characterizes linear dynamics with measured trajectories, has found successful applications in controller design and signal processing. However, the extension of behavioral theory to general nonlinear system remains an open question. In this work, we propose to apply behavioral theory to a reproducing kernel Hilbert space i...
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Accounting for more than 40\% of global energy consumption, residential and commercial buildings will be key players in any future green energy systems. To fully exploit their potential while ensuring occupant comfort, a robust control scheme is required to handle various uncertainties, such as external weather and occupant behaviour. However, prom...
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We propose Kernel Predictive Control (KPC), a learning-based predictive control strategy that enjoys deterministic guarantees of safety. Noise-corrupted samples of the unknown system dynamics are used to learn several models through the formalism of non-parametric kernel regression. By treating each prediction step individually, we dispense with th...
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In this technical note we analyse the performance improvement and optimality properties of the Learning Model Predictive Control (LMPC) strategy for linear deterministic systems. The LMPC framework is a policy iteration scheme where closed-loop trajectories are used to update the control policy for the next execution of the control task. We show th...
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In this technical note we analyse the performance improvement and optimality properties of the Learning Model Predictive Control (LMPC) strategy for linear deterministic systems. The LMPC framework is a policy iteration scheme where closed-loop trajectories are used to update the control policy for the next execution of the control task. We show th...
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In many machine learning applications, one wants to learn the unknown objective and constraint functions of an optimization problem from available data and then apply some technique to attain a local optimizer of the learned model. This work considers Gaussian processes as global surrogate models and utilizes them in conjunction with derivative-fre...
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We consider the problem of reconstructing a function from a finite set of noise-corrupted samples. Two kernel algorithms are analyzed, namely kernel ridge regression and $\varepsilon$-support vector regression. By assuming the ground-truth function belongs to the reproducing kernel Hilbert space of the chosen kernel, and the measurement noise affec...
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This article addresses the problem of designing a sensor fault‐tolerant controller for an observation process where a primary, controlled system observes, through a set of measurements, an exogenous system to estimate the state of this system. We consider sensor faults captured by a change in a set of sensor parameters affecting the measurements. U...
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A stochastic model predictive control framework over unreliable Bernoulli communication channels, in the presence of unbounded process noise and under bounded control inputs, is presented for tracking a reference signal. The data losses in the control channel are compensated by a carefully designed transmission protocol, and that of the sensor chan...
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Although it is known that having accurate Lipschitz estimates is essential for certain models to deliver good predictive performance, refining this constant in practice can be a difficult task especially when the input dimension is high. In this letter, we shed light on the consequences of employing loose Lipschitz bounds in the Nonlinear Set Membe...
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Although it is known that having accurate Lipschitz estimates is essential for certain models to deliver good predictive performance, refining this constant in practice can be a difficult task especially when the input dimension is high. In this work, we shed light on the consequences of employing loose Lipschitz bounds in the Nonlinear Set Members...
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This paper introduces a framework for solving time-autonomous nonlinear infinite horizon optimal control problems, under the assumption that all minimizers satisfy Pontryagin's necessary optimality conditions. In detail, we use methods from the field of symplectic geometry to analyze the eigenvalues of a Koopman operator that lifts Pontryagin's dif...
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This paper explores the potential to combine the Model Predictive Control (MPC) and Reinforcement Learning (RL). This is achieved based on the technique Cvxpy, which explores the differentiable optimization problems and embeds it as a layer in machine learning. As the function approximaters in RL, the MPC problem constructed by Cvxpy is deployed in...
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A review of the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning control problem for buildings is presented with particular emphasis on its distinguishing features. Next, we not only examine how data-driven algorithms have been exploited to tackle the main challenges present in this area, but also point to promising future investigations both from theoret...
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This paper presents PolyMPC, an open‐source C++ library for pseudospectral‐based real‐time predictive control of nonlinear systems. It provides a necessary background on the computational aspects of the pseudospectral approximation of optimal control problems and explains how various model predictive control and parameter estimation algorithms can...
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In this article, we consider the use of barrier functions as a regularizing cost in economic model predictive control (EMPC). We focus on a specific variant, EMPC with generalized terminal constraints (G‐EMPC), as it is suitable for tackling large‐scale problems commonly arising in multiagent settings, which motivates our work. The benefits of usin...
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We propose a non-parametric regression methodology that enforces the regressor to be fully consistent with the sample set and the ground-truth regularity assumptions. As opposed to the Nonlinear Set Membership technique, this constraint guarantees the attainment of everywhere differentiable surrogate models, which are more suitable to optimization-...
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In this paper, we consider a self-triggered formulation of model predictive control. In this variant, the controller decides at the current sampling instant itself when the next sample should be taken and the optimization problem be solved anew. We incorporate a pointwise-in-time resource constraint into the optimization problem, whose exact form c...
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This paper considers the problem of network overloading in the power distribution networks of Pakistan, often resulting from the inability of the transmission system to transfer power from source to end-user during peak loads. This results in frequent power-outages and consumers at such times have to rely on alternative energy sources, e.g. Uninter...
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This paper presents a distributed optimization algorithm tailored for solving optimal control problems arising in multi-building coordination. The buildings coordinated by a grid operator, join a demand response program to balance the voltage surge by using an energy cost defined criterion. In order to model the hierarchical structure of the buildi...
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Enabling analysis of non-linear systems in linear form, the Koopman operator has been shown to be a powerful tool for system identification and controller design. However, current data-driven methods cannot provide quantification of model uncertainty given the learnt model. This work proposes a probabilistic Koopman operator model based on Gaussian...
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This paper proposes a parallelizable real-time algorithm for model predictive control (MPC). In contrast to existing distributed and parallel optimization algorithms for linear MPC such as dual decomposition or the alternating direction method of multipliers, the proposed algorithm can deal with nonlinear dynamic systems as well as non-convex stage...
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In this paper, we consider a self-triggered formulation of model predictive control. In this variant, the controller decides at the current sampling instant itself when the next sample should be taken and the optimization problem be solved anew. We incorporate a point-wise in time resource constraint into the optimization problem, whose exact form...
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In this paper, we investigate the problem of controlling a seasonal thermal energy storage (STES). The STES considered here is a large scale tank of heated water installed in a building and connected to a solar panel. The stored energy in the STES can be used for providing the building with the space heating (SP) and the domestic hot water (DHW). I...
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Two characteristics that make convex decomposition algorithms attractive are simplicity of operations and generation of parallelizable structures. In principle, these schemes require that all coordinates update at the same time, i.e., they are synchronous by construction. Introducing asynchronicity in the updates can resolve several issues that app...
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Motivated by the increasing availability and quality of miniaturized sensors, computers, and wireless communication devices and given their enormous potential, the use of wireless sensor networks (WSN) has become widespread. Because in many applications of WSNs one is required to estimate at each local sensor unit the state of a system given the me...
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Fast-charging stations that supply energy to electrical vehicles at high power rates may incorporate energy storage to avoid high currents to the grid and reduce peak-demand costs. We demonstrate the potential for utilizing such infrastructure for the provision of Ancillary Services to power grids. The main challenge we address is the coordination...
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This paper presents a predictive control scheme for coordinating a set of heterogeneous and complementary resources at different timescales for the provision of ancillary services. In particular, we combine building thermodynamics (slow), and energy storage systems (fast resources) to augment the flexibility that can be provided to the grid compare...
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The necessary and sufficient conditions for existence of a generalized representer theorem are presented for learning Hilbert space-valued functions. Representer theorems involving explicit basis functions and Reproducing Kernels are a common occurrence in various machine learning algorithms like generalized least squares, support vector machines,...
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This paper focuses on the design of an asynchronous dual solver suitable for model predictive control (MPC) applications. The proposed solver relies on a state-of-the-art variance reduction (VR) scheme, previously used in the context of stochastic proximal gradient methods (Prox-SVRG), and on the alternating minimization algorithm (AMA). The result...
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This paper describes a two-layer control and coordination framework for distributed energy resources. The lower layer is a real-time model predictive control (MPC) executed at 10 s resolution to achieve fine tuning of a given energy set-point. The upper layer is a slower MPC coordination mechanism based on distributed optimization, and solved with...