Michael Wetter is a Staff Scientist at the Simulation Research Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). His research includes integrating building performance simulation tools into the research process, as well as their use for design and operation. He is leading the development of Spawn of EnergyPlus, a next-generation simulation engine for building and district energy and control systems, OpenBuildingControl, a project that digitizes the control delivery process, and the Modelica Buildings Library, the largest Modelica library for building energy and control systems. He has also been developing the Building Controls Virtual Test Bed software for co-simulation and model-based operation, co-simulation tools based on the Functional Mockup Interface standard and the GenOpt optimization program. He is the co-operating agent of IBPSA Project 1 and was co-operating agent of IEA EBC Annex 60, two multinational collaborations that develop new generation computational tools for buildings and community energy systems between 2013 and 2022. Prior to joining LBNL, he led the development of building system models at the United Technologies Research Center (UTRC). He did his dissertation at the University of California at Berkeley and at LBNL, where he created the GenOpt optimization program and the BuildOpt building simulation program and where he developed the first building energy optimization technique that provably converges to the optimal building design. He is a recipient of the bi-annual Outstanding Young Contributor Award of IBPSA and of the bi-annual Distinguished Achievements in Building Simulation Award of IBPSA-USA. He is the Chair of the College of Fellows of IBPSA, an IBPSA Fellow, and a member of the Boards of IBPSA and the Modelica North America Users’ Group. He was Treasurer of IBPSA and President of IBPSA-USA.
PhD in Mechanical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, 2004
BS in Energy and Building Technologies, University of Applied Sciences at Luzern, Switzerland, 1995
Marco Bonvini, Michael Wetter and Thierry Nouidui, Simulation Research Group
International Building Performance Simulation Association , Member of Board of Directors, Chair of College of Fellows
Modelica North America Users' Group , Member of Board of Directors
International Building Performance Simulation Association - US Chapter , Member, Past President
Modelica Association , Member
ASHRAE , Member
Journal and Editorial Board Memberships
Journal of Building Performance, Editorial Board
"Simulation Speed Analysis and Improvements of Modelica Models for Building Energy Simulation." (2015). LBNL-1002904. .
"Robust on-line fault detection diagnosis for HVAC components based on nonlinear state estimation techniques." Applied Energy 124 (2014) 156 - 166. .
"Functional Mock-Up Unit Import in EnergyPlus For Co-Simulation." 13th Conference of International Building Performance Simulation 2013. LBNL-6413E. .
"Acceleration of the matrix multiplication of Radiance three phase daylighting simulations with parallel computing on heterogeneous hardware of personal computer." Journal of Building Performance Simulation (2013). LBNL-6461E. .
"Validation and Application of the Room Model of the Modelica Buildings Library." Proc. of the 9th International Modelica Conference 2012. LBNL-5932E. .
"A framework for simulation-based real-time whole building performance assessment." Building and Environment 54 (2012) 100-108. 0360-1323. .
"Responsive and Intelligent Building Information and Control for Low-Energy and Optimized Grid Integration." ACEEE 2012 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, August 12-17, 2012. Pacific Grove, CA, 2012. LBNL-5662E. .
Validation of the Window Model of the Modelica Buildings Library. 2012. LBNL-5735E. .
"Intelligent Building Energy Information and Control Systems for Low-Energy Operations and Optimal Demand Response." IEEE Design and Test of Computers 29.4 (2012) 8-16. LBNL-5894E. .
GenOpt Generic Optimization Program, User Manual, Version 3.1.0. Berkeley: Simulation Research Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2011. .
"Acceleration of Radiance for Lighting Simulation by using Parallel Computing with OpenCL." 12th International Conference of the International Building Performance Simulation Association (Building Simulation 2011). Sydney, Australia, 2011. p. 110-117. LBNL-5049E. .
"BACnet and Analog/Digital Interfaces of the Building Controls Virtual Test Bed." Proc. of the 12th IBPSA Conference 2011: p. 294-301. LBNL-5446E. .
BacNet and Analog/Digital Interfaces of the Building Controls Virtual Testbed. 2011. LBNL-5446E. .
"Modeling of Heat Transfer in Rooms in the Modelica "Buildings" Library." 12th Conference of International Building Performance Ssimulation Association 2011: 1096-1103. LBNL-5563E. .
"Real-time Building Energy Simulation using EnergyPlus and the Building Controls Virtual Test Bed." Proc. of the 12th IBPSA Conference 2011: p. 2890-2896. LBNL-5390E. .
"Co-simulation of building energy and control systems with the Building Controls Virtual Test Bed." Journal of Building Performance Simulation 3.4 (2011). .
"Recent developments of the Modelica Buildings library for building energy and control systems." the 8th International Modelica Conference 2011. LBNL-4793E. .
"Advanced simulations of building energy and control systems with an example of chilled water plant modeling." the 8th International Forum and Workshop on Combined Heat, Air, Moisture and Pollutant Simulations (CHAMPS 2011) 2011. .
"Co-simulation for performance prediction of integrated building and HVAC systems - An analysis of solution characteristics using a two-body system." Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory 18.7 (2010) 957-970. .
"A comparison of global optimization algorithms with standard benchmark functions and real-world applications using EnergyPlus." Journal of Building Performance Simulation 3.2 (2010) 103-120. .
"Development and Testing of Model Predictive Control for a Campus Chilled Water Plant with Thermal Storage." 2010 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Asilomar, California, USA: Omnipress, 2010. .
"Modelica Library for Building Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning Systems." Proceedings of the 7th International Modelica Conference 2009. .
"Standardization of thermo-fluid modeling in Modelica.Fluid 1.0." Proc. of the 7th International Modelica Conference 2009. .
"A Modelica-based model library for building energy and control systems." Proceedings of the 11th IBPSA Conference. Glasgow, Scotland, 2009. 652-659. LBNL-2739E. .
"An implementation of co-simulation for performance prediction of innovative integrated HVAC systems in buildings." Proc. of the 11th IBPSA Conference 2009: 724-731. .