Renewable Energy & Sustainability Center - Educational Seminars

Accelerating Power Electronics Development Cycle with Simulation and Rapid Control Prototyping.  Guest Lecturer Dr. Hua Jin.

Wednesday, November 20th 5:30-8:30PM.  Lupton Hall T101.
Admission is FREE

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Our second lecture on the HIL/PIL series will offer the methodology to speed up development process. Dr Jin will explain a workflow for quick concept validation, and automatic embedded code generation and Processor-In-the-Loop (PIL) simulation for rapid control prototyping, as well as demo of running PSIM and SPICE simulations from one integrated environment.
In this lecture, you will:

  • Know when to perform simulation, and to what details (behavior/system-level vs. device level)
  • Understand the difference of analog control and digital control, and how to migrate from analog to digital control
  • How to perform auto code generation for TI DSP for quick hardware implementation
  • How to perform PIL simulation for code validation

Lecturer: Dr. Hua Jin

Dr. Hua Jin received the Bachelor degree from Hunan University in China in 1984, and Master and Ph.D. degrees from University of Toronto, Canada, in 1987 and 1991, respectively, all in electrical engineering. He worked as a professor at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, from 1991 to 1995, and at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, from 1995 to 1999, engaging in teaching and research in power electronics and motor drives. While in Vancouver, he founded the IEEE Power Electronics Society Vancouver Chapter and served as the Chapter Chair. He founded Powersim Inc. in 2001, and is currently its president. He is the original developer of the PSIM simulation software. PSIM is one of the leading software in the field of power electronics and motor drives, and has been used in universities and companies in over 70 countries around the world.

Concept-driven sustainable design - How the sun's path informs our projects

John Patrick Winberry

John Patrick Winberry
Founding Partner / the UP studio

The studio's goal is to create concept-driven, sustainable design. We are interested in exploring the latest technology, materials, and products that help to achieve this goal. However, for us, the sun's path becomes our guiding principle. We are interested more in optimizing the architecture to the path of the sun than on protecting a preconceived notion of form.
Since we are free with our formal restraints we can employ ancient planning practices with a modern twist. Our projects, located in the Northeastern part of the country, use the simple concept of harnessing the sun's massive power in the winter while shielding it in summer. Using the sun's path across a site we arrange program based on user needs while always tracking its sustainable impact. When passive shading is needed we push and pull to create site specific cantilevers and overhangs on a given facade. Additionally, since each site varies, unique designs are produced without being constrained by an architectural style.

About John Patrick Winberry

John Patrick Winberry founded UP in 2011 after working for his mentor Donley H. Murray for over 12 years. With a passion for simple, smart, modern design, John Patrick Winberry and the team at UP thrive on creating unique design solutions for a wide range of typologies. "Build UP // West Beech" is a project that exemplifies the energy and design philosophy of the studio. Alongside the Architectural practice, John has lectured at New York Institute of Technology and has been an active design critic for multiple schools of Architecture.