Dr. Ravi Srinivasan is the Director of UrbSys Lab (Urban Building Energy, Sensing, Controls, Big Data Analysis, and Visualization) and an Associate Professor of Low / Net Zero Energy Buildings at the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management at the University of Florida. He is also an External Faculty Collaborator, Center for Environmental & Building Design, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Srinivasan received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Architecture (Building Technology) from the University of Pennsylvania; M.S in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida and B.Architecture from National Institute of Technology, India. He is a Certified Energy Manager, LEED AP, and Green Globes Professional.
Dr. Srinivasan’s current research focuses on the development of Dynamic Sustainability Information Modeling (Dynamic-SIM) Workbench with integrative three-dimensional building modeling, simulation, and visualization platform using extensible virtual environments for net zero campuses and Smart Cities. Dr. Srinivasan was an invited reviewer of MDes theses at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University in 2014, and a frequent guest lecturer to graduate students in the School of Design, University of Pennsylvania.
There are two sensational trends that support Dr. Srinivasan’s research: big data analysis and technology revolution. In today’s world, the influence of big data cannot be understated – be it politics or (alleviating) poverty! Similarly, the exponential evolution of technologies such as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Virtual/Augmented Reality (VR/AR) promises superior data acquisition and exploration. Taking advantage of these exciting trends, Dr. Srinivasan has embarked on a few of the following researches:
1.Energy resiliency of City buildings using coupling of physics-based modeling and building energy big data analysis (the Urban Energy Modeling for Smart City Informatics research for the City of Gainesville is an example of work in energy resiliency);
2. Occupancy behavior for improving energy estimation using indoor environmental big data and agent-based modeling;
3. UAV-based window energy measurement system; and
4. Co-designing home modifications with persons with Parkinson’s and Veterans with Disabilities (VwD) using VR/AR, haptic devices (CyberTouch) and gait mats (Tekscan Strideway) for improving their quality of life.
Dr. Srinivasan is the author of The Hierarchy of Energy in Architecture: Emergy Analysis, PocketArchitecture Technical Series (Routledge, Taylor & Francis, 2015) with Kiel Moe, Harvard University. He is the co-editor of Smart Cities: Foundations, Principles and Applications (Wiley & Sons, 2016). He has contributed to over 80 technical articles published in peer-reviewed international journals, chapters, and refereed conference proceedings. He is the elected member of the Board of Directors of the National Fenestration Research Council (NFRC), an active reviewer for reputed journals such as Building and Environment, and Energy and Buildings. He is an active consultant on several green building projects worldwide, particularly in the field of building energy modeling. He frequently participates in international conferences, scientific workshops, and policy support meetings.
Dr. Srinivasan was co-organizer of UrbSys Workshop at ACM BuildSys ’19 held at Columbia University, New York, NY. He was also the co-organizer of iiSBE Net Zero Built Environment Symposium held in Florida. Most recently, he is the co-track coordinator of Project Management & Construction track at the 45th Winter Simulation Conference held in Savannah, GA. He is coordinator of Project Management & Construction track, 46th Winter Simulation Conference to be held in Huntington Beach, CA. He has chaired sessions in reputed conferences such as Winter Simulation held in Phoenix, Arizona and Berlin, Germany; Building Simulation 2011 held in Sydney, Australia; and Advanced Building Sciences (IIT-Madras) held in Chennai, India.