Three projects with high-impact potential seeking to solve grand challenges of energy efficiency have been awarded seed funding from UC Santa Barbara’s Institute for Energy Efficiency (IEE). The IEE is an interdisciplinary research institute committed to improving energy efficiency across three key themes: smart societal infrastructure, computing and communications, and the food-energy-water nexus. Each project will receive up to $50,000 in critical seed funding, which is intended to produce preliminary results that the scientists can use to apply for major external funding to expand their research. 

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The Institute for Energy Efficiency at UC Santa Barbara presents our 2020 Emerging Technologies Review. In this special year, IEE ETR took place in a series of focused virtual Friday workshops in October. 

To view the presentations and panel sessions from these virtual events, please click on the links below.

ETR Day 1: Energy Efficient Clouds and Data Centers Workshop

Raj YavatkarThe Revolution in Data Center Communications and Interconnects
Nicola Peill-MoelterHunting Zombies for Fun, Profit, and Sustainability

Rich WolskiEnergy Efficiency on the (IoT) Edge
Katharine SchmidtkeCloud-Scale Interconnect Architectures in the Context of Hardware and Software Codesign
Daniel BlumenthalLow Energy Frequency Stabilized Coherent WDM for Data Center Interconnects
Robert BlumThe Promise of Co-Packaged Optics: Paving the Way for Improved Power Efficiency, Size, and Cost
John BowersPhotonic Integration for Data Centers
William WangTowards Dramatically Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Machine Learning

Panel Session 1: Data Center and Cloud Efficiency
Moderator: Tim Sherwood
Panelists: Jonathan Balkind, Brent Gorda, Michael Haney, Nicola Peill-Moelter, and Raj Yavatkar

Panel Session 2: The Optical Revolution in the Data Center and the Cloud
Moderator: John Bowers
Panelists: Alexis Bjorlin, Robert Blum, Gordon Keeler, Kaushik Patel, and Clint Schow

ETR Day 2: Smart Societal Infrastructure Workshop

Sila KiliccoteFrom Demand Response to Fleet Electrification: A Search for High Impact Solutions
Raphaële ClémentTowards the Next Generation of Energy Storage Solutions for the Grid and Electric Transportation
Igor MezicImproving Building Energy Efficiency through Machine Learning
Gary Barsley
Southern California Edison Grid Updates / EV Plans
Mahnoosh AlizadehReal-Time Control Mechanisms for Community Energy Management
David ErneTowards a Zero-Carbon Electric Grid

Sangwon SuhMoving Bits Not Watts

Panel Session: Towards a Smart Societal Infrastructure Built on a Smart Grid
Moderator: Igor Mezic
Panelists: Mahnoosh Alizadeh, Sila Kiliccote, Gary Barsley, and David Erne