The Center for Energy Efficient Design (CEED) is an interdisciplinary endeavor dedicated to developing and exercising engineering tools for the design and analysis of low energy building systems, generation and manipulation of energy (storage, transmission, etc.), and large systems integration. CEED focuses its research efforts on the dynamics of networked energy-efficient systems. Placing dynamics at the center of research enables us to systematically deal with many aspects of the energy efficiency problem, most notably that of highly uncertain loads and environmental variability over time. CEED supports the College Energy Efficiency Initiative and complements other UCSB efforts. Collaborations within CEED and with academic and commercial partners focuses those efforts on a common goal: developing technologies that will reduce environmental impact and reduce energy-related costs of operation of engineering systems.
The key to success in achieving the stated goals is the design of systems that will successfully adapt to changes in environment and optimize their performance in everyday use. CEED is dedicated to address all aspects of design of large-scale networked energy-efficient systems: novel methods of modeling and computation, design of new technologies, and integration of existing and future technologies. Researchers at CEED base their vision on past successes over a broad range of fields, ranging from developments in applied mathematics, through systems analysis and design, to design and fabrication of electronic and mechanical devices.