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Boya Wang (MPLab PhD) receives the Spring 2023 Chiang Chen Industrial Fellowship at the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, see the full article here.

Alexandre Msellati (MPLab PhD) has received the Byron fellowship, and Benjamin Drillings (MPLab MS) has received the Dean’s MS Academic Excellence award. See the full list of Fall 2022 fellowships and awards in the EE department here.

“AI Therapist for Daily Functioning Assessment and Intervention using Smart Home Devices” received Best Demo Runner-up Award at ACM SenSys 2022. The demo was led by Jingping Nie (MPLab PhD), read the full article here.

Postdoctoral Student Dr. Liwei Zhou (MPLab PhD 22') and Dr. Matthias Preindl win best paper award -- "A Multi-Layer Software-Defined Architecture with MPC-VFCSS-based Power Module for High Performance Electric Vehicle Energy Conversion" at MITAB 2022, read the full article here.

We hear a lot about machine learning, but how exactly is it useful in predicting lithium-ion battery degradation?

As the US speeds toward a future filled with electric vehicles, it's reasonable to wonder how much more demand the power grid can take. After all, during a recent heatwave, California's grid operator urged customers to limit charging their cars to avoid blackouts. However, energy and transportation experts say that with some planning, utilities are fully capable of handling more clean cars plugging in. Better yet, electric SUVs, trucks, and buses can strengthen the grid if deployed smartly. 

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Battery-powered Teslas, Fords, and Volkswagens aren't about to overwhelm the US electrical grid, despite what Tucker Carlson and some Republican politicians say. Last month, electric-vehicle skeptics had a field day when California's utility urged customers to conserve power during a scorching heat wave by not charging their cars during certain hours. Some conservatives questioned how the state expected to ban sales of combustion-engine cars by 2035 if it couldn't handle the number of EVs on the road today. 

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Local governments and policymakers are anxious about the U.S. grid’s ability to withstand ever-increasing demand. Consumers could hold the key to an untapped resource.

Transportation is the single biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, accounting for about a third of all emissions. We could quickly lower those emissions by electrifying vehicles, but there’s just one hitch: we don’t currently generate enough power. 

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