Postdoctoral fellow: Dr. Ali Ashtari, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Manitoba
Lead faculty member: Dr. Eric Bibeau, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Manitoba
Of the total primary energy consumed in Manitoba, 34% is spent on heating with the majority supplied by imported natural gas while Manitoba has considerable solar and biomass resources. Similar to the use of electricity as an energy carrier to distribute renewable power, investigating the use of water as an energy carrier to distribute renewable heat and cooling is of interest to Manitoba Hydro.
Due to the explosive growth in the technology for manufacturing integrated circuits, modern chips contain millions of transistors. Using sophisticated optimization algorithms, it is possible to achieve notable increases in the performance of the chips, reduce the manufacturing costs, and produce faster, cheaper computing for society. Thus, the objective of this project is to enhance the solution of large-scale optimization problems arising in these applications.