United Technologies Research Center is the central research organization of United Technologies (NYSE:UTX), advancing technologies that support Carrier heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions, Hamilton Sundstrand aerospace and industrial systems, Otis elevators and escalators, Pratt & Whitney engines, Sikorsky helicopters, UTC Fire & Security systems and UTC Power fuel cells.
The Systems Department at UTRC develops innovative technology solutions and concepts in the area of complex adaptive systems to provide growth and competitive advantage to UTC's businesses.
We focus on solving problems related to designing, controlling and managing systems that are characterized by complex interactions between a large number of independent and heterogeneous components (and sub systems).
The Department's core strengths and expertise are articulated along the following disciplines:
- Systems Dynamics & Optimization
- Controls Systems
- Decision Support & Machine Intelligence
- Embedded Systems & Networks
- Power Electronics Systems
Systems Dynamics & Optimization
Technologies: Dynamical systems; uncertainty quantification; multi-scale complex system modeling; mathematics on graphs; computational mathematics; optimization.
Applications: Fuel cell modeling; stiff differential algebraic equation solutions; dynamical systems analysis; propagation of uncertainty in large networks; optimal elevator car dispatching; building system modeling.
Technologies: Control-oriented dynamic modeling; control and estimation architecture algorithm analysis; design for stability; robustness and optimality; Rapid prototyping; hardware-in-the-loop. Validation and verification of controllers.
Applications: Model predictive control for HVAC systems; Power management for durable fuel cell power plants; Mission adaptive control of helicopters.
Decision Support & Machine Intelligence
Technologies: Data-based models; data mining; machine learning; sensor fusion; diagnostics; prognostics; compressive sensing; video analytics.
Applications: Decision making under uncertainty; anomaly detection; health monitoring; video surveillance.
Embedded Systems & Networks
Technologies: Scalable hardware and software architectures- intelligent middleware; wireless; energy harvesting; formal methods; verification and validation; code synthesis.
Applications: Safety- and security- critical distributed embedded systems; efficient, real-time computation in distributed embedded systems.
Power Electronics Systems
Technologies: High density converters; high temperature devices; high frequency devices; converter topologies.
Applications: Power systems analysis; distributed energy resources; micro grid and smart grid; energy storage.