Unocity relies heavily on automation to solve problems. Often organizations will have data neatly bundled together, but the bundles are scattered across different areas based on the data's usage in the organization. We can build software products that bridge gaps, and because we have expertise in engineering (see our capabilities ) we can create new applications that open novel possibilities in your organization.
On this page you will find several products that we have developed. If you are interested in any of these, or if you have ideas and needs for new ones, feel free to contact us !
Power system sensors record voltages and currents. It is easy to plot each reading individually as a function of time, and it is just as easy to overlay all of them onto a single plot. However, even with all plots overlaid, it is not possible to see relationships between different sensors. If your system has 50,000 three-phase buses, how are you going to separate and organize all of those sensors' readings? Use Data Scryer.
Data Scryer uses state-of-the-art machine learning techniques to perform dimension reduction so that you can quickly see patterns in your data. You can see relationships between different sensors at any moment in time, or you can explore changes in the entire system by analyzing all sensors simultaneously.
While power system automation can improve safety and protect lives, not all automation needs to involve high-risk situations. Nevertheless, automation can bring enough of a speed increase to make some tasks real time.
The front desk system of any event needs to be fast enough to register new attendees, print name tags for them, and print customized attendance certificates for all. In order to scale, such a system needs to be able to handle multiple printers and paper types flawlessly, and it needs to be able to provide both manual and automatic access to the registrant database and art assets. A small event could handle some of these requirements by hand, but an automated system is absolutely necessary for any larger event.
With our system, automation extends to the artistic vision. A fixed template can be designed for a consistent look, and custom elements can be randomized or procedurally decided. For example, sponsor logos can be arranged randomly for fairness and uniquely for each individual, but company affiliation arrows still are drawn precisely each time. Any additional custom information, such as unique login names or passwords, can be added, too.
Starting from a master database file (including simple ones such as spreadsheet files), our automation can create a fully interactive web version of the schedule as well as a professionally-typeset printed version. Each time the master is changed, the web version can receive the updates immediately without needing to be redesigned.
The print version, too, will receive the updates, but printed materials obviously will need to be reprinted in order to see the updates...
This automation allows all of the information to remain correct and timely. Last-minute changes to the schedule can be included without worry. Designing a printed schedule takes a long time, but that design can be done in advance so that the actual printing can take place as close as possible to the day of the event for the most accurate possible printed schedule.
Unocity provides consulting in the fields of machine learning, power systems, and general electrical engineering. Additionally, we provide training in those same areas. We have a long history of consulting, performing research, and teaching, as can be seen on our capabilities page. We can create a curriculum designed for any skill level between high school and doctoral.
Here we will elaborate on some services that we provide. If you are interested in any of these, or if you have ideas and needs for new ones, feel free to contact us !
If you have a large amount of data and need help making sense of it, then our machine learning knowledge may be useful for you. We can use deep learning for classical problems like regression and classification, but we enjoy cutting-edge problems such as semi-supervised learning, a set of models and constraints that are especially suited to big data. We can consult with you on your specific problem, data, and pipeline in order to obtain the best results.
Additionally, we believe visualization using machine learning is very valuable. Being able to perform extreme and nonlinear dimension reduction on data allows us, as humans, to clearly see relationships between data points that were previously invisible. Trained machine learning models can process new data very quickly, therefore these models can be used for interactive visualization. Real time, interactive visualizations can provide novel yet powerful ways of understanding data and making decisions.
Sometimes you have a piece of equipment that does not quite work the way you want, and your only clue to fixing it is a Programmable Logic Controller's (PLC) ladder diagram provided to you by the manufacturer. We can help you track down the problem as well as provide advice on how to fix it. Or if you would like to be able to fix it yourself, we can provide training and instruction to improve your skills.
Maybe you want to better integrate different pieces of equipment into your workflow. Hardware PLCs can communicate over the network using the Modbus protocol, but the protocol is not just limited to hardware PLCs. We can create visualizations and dashboards to help you monitor your devices, or we can teach you how to create them yourself. It might be possible to create an overarching flow to your process that no single PLC could control on its own. Our consulting services can help you automate the automation.
Unocity conducts electrical engineering, research, and consulting services in the fields of electric power and industrial plants. Parviz Rastgoufard and our colleagues worked on 100 projects over the last 30 years, and we now bring our skills to Unocity. We have trained more than 75 graduate students (Master's and Ph.D.) and many more undergraduate students serving the professional engineering community.
The following is a list of some of our recent power systems project areas.
Real Time Modeling and Simulation of Electric Power Systems