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Control of Complex Systems Initiative
Control of Complex Systems Initiative

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The Control of Complex Systems Initiative is a multi-year Pacific Northwest National Laboratory investment to build advanced controls capabilities for large-scale, complex infrastructures, particularly the power grid, buildings and buildings-grid integration.

The current control systems for many infrastructures depend on outdated theory that fails to address the explosion of 21st century intelligent devices in a way that takes full advantage of the vast amount of data and control points they offer. CCSI's multi-disciplinary team of researchers is integrating the theory, tools and testing of large-scale complex systems in a way that leads to effective deployment of more integrated, affordable and secure control systems.

CCSI's Planned Outcomes

  • A suite of control solutions that addresses industry challenges and moves theory to deployable applications, enabling a lasting legacy for CCSI
  • An architectural design approach for control of large complex infrastructures
  • An integrated software-hardware test bed on the PNNL campus for experiments on electric grid, buildings and building-grid integration
  • A test bed federated with other key organizations so that controls experiments can be run in real time using assets of multiple organizations.
  • A core PNNL capability devoted to research on control for complex infrastructures that’s known externally as a Center of Excellence for Control.

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