Urban Building Energy Sensing, Controls, Big Data Analysis, And Visualization (UrbSys) Lab @ UF

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The 1st ACM International Workshop On Urban Building Energy Sensing, Controls, Big Data Analysis, And Visualization (UrbSys)

Workshop at ACM BuildSys Conference on Systems for Energy-Efficient Buildings, Cities, and Transportation  |  November 10, 2019, Columbia University New York, NY, USA

UrbSys @ ACM BuildSys

More information is available here.

Our Lab is located at the UF Solar Decathlon House @ Energy Park2701 SW 23rd Terrace, Gainesville, FL 32608

Lab Projects

Ongoing research projects:

1. BIM-based Automated Code-Checking of Building Permits. City of Gainesville, 2019-2023
2. All That is Solid: Platforms for Wood Innovation. US Forest Service, 2019-2021
3. The Re-envision Project. US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD), 2017-2020
4. CODY: Assistive Technology for SAH Assessments. Veteran Affairs (VA), 2018-2019
5. UAV-based Window Energy Measurement System. WinBuild, 2018-2019

Past research projects:

1. Urban Energy Model for Smart City Informatics. UF & City of Gainesville
2. The Impact of Climate Resilient Roofs. National Research Council (NRC) Canada
3. Preventive Maintenance of HVAC System using Audio-Sensing. NSF EAGER
4. A Critical Regionalist Approach to Sustainable Urban Development through Transformative Use of Green Infrastructure. US Department of State
5. Impact Analysis of South African RDP Housing. WinBuild
6. Impact of Cool Surfaces on Energy Savings in South Africa. WinBuild & US Department of Energy – International
7. Buildings and Energy: Design and Operational Sustainability. Florida Energy Systems Consortium
8. A Dynamic-BIM Workbench for Low/Net Zero Energy Buildings. UF Opportunity Seed Fund

Lab Members

PhD Students
1. Haekyung ImCity-Scale Building Energy Forecasting under Long-term Climate Change
2. He Zhang. Interventions for Traffic-Related Air Pollution (iTRAP) for At-Risk Population
3. Jithin Gopinadhan. Virtual Reality as a Co-Design Tool for Persons with Parkinson’s
4. Deepak Balakrishnan. BIM-based Automated Code Checking for Building Permitting

Visiting International PhD Scholars:
1. Jerry Zhang, Southeast University (SEU), Nanjing, China  |  December 2019 – December 2020
2. Tarun Kumar, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, India  |  July 2019 – Jan 2020

1. Ali Komeily, Sr. Data Scientist, McKinsey & Sons, Boston, Massachusetts, USA (Augusts 2017); PhD Dissertation title, “We Shape Our Cities and They Shape Our Lives: A Data-Driven Analysis of Three Cities in Florida”
2. Zeyu Wang, Associate Professor, Guangzhou University, Guangzhou, China (August 2017); PhD Dissertation title, “Artificial Intelligence (AI)- based Ensemble Model for Building Energy Prediction”
3. Dong-Soo Kim, Sr. Project Manager, Samsung Construction, Dallas, Texas, USA (August 2018); PhD Dissertation title, “Forecasting Environmental Impact Assessment of Residential Buildings in Florida under Future Climate Change.”
4. Mengda Jia, (December 2018) PhD Dissertation title, “Occupant Behavior Modeling for Improving Commercial Building Energy Use Simulation.”
5. Soheil Fathi, (May 2019) PhD Dissertation title, “Campus Energy Use Prediction for Assessing the Effects of Climate Change Using Artificial Intelligence.”

Past Visiting Scholars:
1. Rajasekar Elangovan PhD, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India

Past Undergraduate & Graduate Students
Baalaganapathy Manohar, Arihant Sharma, Vikram Ganesan, Alex Morrison

Lab Publications

Click here to access the list of publications.


One comment

  1. The approach is very interesting and in my opinion it would be the reality of the construction industry in near future.

    I myself was always fascinated with the BIM approach in pre-construction design, maintaining logistic chain and facility management. I was familiar with such research projects conducted by big Japanese construction companies like Takenaka Co, Obayashi Co., always aspired to work on such a project, had one paper published on such topic. Keeping eye on your works.


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