Document Type


Date of Award

Spring 5-31-2013

Degree Name

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering - (M.S.)


Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

MengChu Zhou

Second Advisor

Hongya Ge

Third Advisor

Yunni Xia


With the rapid increase in human consumption of energy, global warming is becoming an urgent problem. According to the past research, a significant part of greenhouse gas release and electricity consumption has been connected to buildings. Heating systems are the major contributor to high energy consumption of buildings. Better methods for decreasing energy consumption of buildings should be proposed and applied.

Model predictive control is widely used in building temperature regulation. Each model predictive control has its advantage. Through the comparison of several methods, this thesis discusses their respective features. The combination of a Matlab-based modeling system CVX and model predictive control makes the optimization easy.

A new idea for a model predictive control method about temperature regulation is proposed. The simulation of the disturbance will be implemented as an input. The demonstration of its advantage is shown. This thesis uses temperature index and energy index to help people evaluate the result. An index tuner is put forward to simplify the optimization.