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Xerox Research Intern, Building Energy in North Carolina

Research Intern, Building Energy

General information

City: Palo Alto, Cary

State/Province: California, North Carolina

Country: United States

Department: Student Programs

Date: Monday, January 25, 2021

Working time: Full-time

Ref#: 20010230

Job Level: Individual Contributor

Job Type: Internship

Job Field: Student Programs

Description & Requirements

PARC, a Xerox company, is in the Business of Breakthroughs®. Practicing open innovation, we provide custom R&D services, technology, expertise, best practices, and intellectual property to Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies, startups, and government agencies and partners. We create new business options, accelerate time to market, augment internal capabilities, and reduce risk for our clients. Since its inception, PARC has pioneered many technology platforms – from the Ethernet and laser printing to the GUI and ubiquitous computing – and has enabled the creation of many industries. Incorporated as an independent, wholly owned subsidiary of Xerox in 2002, PARC today continues the research that enables breakthroughs for our clients' businesses

Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) is looking for an intern to work on the next generation of building energy modeling and controls. As part of the CleanTech initiative, we are looking at opportunities in building energy management to reduce energy consumption and carbon footprint while improving comfort for the occupants. The research is focused on enabling technologies that substantially speed up the use of scalable building energy models and the deployment of model predictive controls, estimation, and diagnostics.

The intern will be involved in the development of python-based software tools to support this research, specifically, on linking multiple simulation programs (Modelica, EnergyPlus, etc.) to create a testbed for rapid prototyping and verification of novel building modeling and control approaches. The responsibilities also include documenting and maintaining the code repository. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter and full of ideas to shape the next generation of building controls.

Scope/Responsibilities:

  • Develop and deploy a co-simulation platform based on Modelica and FMI standards.

  • Assist in first principles (physics-based) and data-driven (grey-box) modeling of hygro-thermal dynamics

  • Develop and manage databases

  • Clean up, contribute and maintain the project repository

  • Assist in documentation of the project and contribute to conference and journal publications

Requirements:

  • Working towards a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Physics or a related field

  • Expertise in EnergyPlus and Modelica

  • Excellent programming skills (language-independent!)

  • Basic knowledge of machine learning algorithms

  • Understanding hybrid modeling, controls, state estimation, and experience with embedded systems is a plus.

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