About me


I am a Research Scientist at CanmetENERGY Varennes, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). Prior to NRCan, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Energy Technologies Area at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL or Berkeley Lab), a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Lab affiliated to UC Berkeley.

My research interests

My previous and ongoing research focuses on development of next-generation computational tools for optimal design and operation of energy systems in buildings and communities, advanced modelling and control methods including Model Predictive Control (MPC), data-driven modelling and machine learning approaches. My work includes implementation, deployment and testing of the models, control methods and computational tools both in simulations and real-world systems for energy efficiency, flexibility, resilience and sustainability. The applications of my work fall broadly under smart buildings, smart grids and Internet of Things.

My background

I received my Master and Ph.D. degrees from Polytechnique Montréal, the engineering school of Université de Montréal. During my graduate studies, I contributed actively to the IEA (International Energy Agency) EBC (Energy in Buildings and Communities) programme Annex 67 project on “Energy Flexible Buildings” by joining in expert meetings, presenting my research outcomes and co-authoring reports and papers with international collaborators.

In two other projects, I worked closely with two Canadian industry partners on cold climate heat pumps and smart thermostats.

My teaching philosophy

Instead of imperatively delivering, I see teaching as a way of exchanging thoughts, knowledge and experience with students. And I enjoy that process. I have had teaching experience both at undergraduate and graduate levels and consistently give training sessions and seminars to students and colleagues in my work.

I believe in active and interactive learning. Since everyone has their unique way of learning, I try to cautiously adapt myself in different ways of communication so that a broad spectrum of learning styles can be captured.

My hobbies

I am a marathon runner. I enjoy hiking in the nature and reading Haruki Murakami in my spare time.

Last updated May 7, 2021