Lab News

Lab research featured in Stanford Magazine

Research led by Andrew and Tom on how to bring workers back safely and efficiently to office spaces was recently featured in a Stanford Magazine article!

*New Paper* in Applied Energy

​​​Our paper "SynCity: Using open data to create a synthetic city of hourly building energy estimates by integrating data-driven and physics-based methods" was published in Applied Energy.  Congrats to Jon who led this work and our collaborators Amory and Prof. Miller (NUS)!

*New Paper* published in Data-Centric Engineering!

Our paper "Learning socio-organizational network structure in buildings with ambient sensing data" was published in Data-Centric Engineering. Congrats to Andrew who led this work!

UIL PhD Students write columns for IBPSA and Brookings!

Alex Nutkiewicz published a column for the International Building Performance and Simulation Association (IBPSA): Ask a Modeler: Should the Modeling Community Focus More on Existing Buildings to Battle Climate Change? Ranjitha Sivaram published an article with the Brookings Institute: How clean energy jobs can power an equitable COVID-19 recovery. Nice work Alex and Ranjitha!

*New Paper* published in Applied Energy!

Our paper "Harnessing smart meter data for a Multitiered Energy Management Performance Indicators (MEMPI) framework: A facility manager informed approach" was published in Applied Energy.  Congrats to Jon and Howard on this great piece of work!  (Note the above link is valid until September 17, 2020 for free access. Please use the link from the publications page after this date.)

*New Review Paper* published in Energy & Buildings!

As part of the Annex 79 project, UIL PhD student Andrew Sonta and Director Rishee Jain contributed to a review paper on "Simulation-aided occupant-centric building design" in Energy & Buildings. Congrats to all Annex 79 members on this collaborative effort! (Note the above link is valid until September 8, 2020 for free access. Please use the link from the publications page after this date.)

*New Paper* published in Cities!

UIL student Kopal awarded a Leavell Fellowship!

UIL PhD student Kopal Nihar was awarded a Leavell Fellowship on Sustainable Built Environment from the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. Congrats Kopal!

UIL student Abigail awarded NSF Fellowship!

UIL PhD Student Abigail Andrews was awarded a prestigious 3-year NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!  Congrats Abigail!

Paper presented at BuildSys '18

UIL researcher Andrew Sonta presented his paper "Inferring occupant ties: automated inference of occupant network structure in commercial buildings" at the 5th Conference on Systems for Built Environments (BuildSys '18) in Shenzen, China. Nice work Andrew!

*New Paper* published in Energy Policy!

Our paper "Examining the feasibility of using open data to benchmark building energy usage in cities: A data science and policy perspective" was published in Energy Policy.  Congrats to Jon, Ben and Dian on this collaborative effort!  (Note the above link is valid until April 16, 2020 for free access. Please use the link from the publications page after this date.)

UIL Director recieves NSF CAREER award!

UIL Director Rishee Jain was awarded the NSF CAREER award for his project entitled "UrbanEMOS: An Urban Energy Management Operating System for understanding and co-optimizing building, energy and human systems at multiple scales". Support from NSF for five years is gratefully acknowledged.

*New Paper* published in IEEE Embedded Systems Letters

Our paper "Building Relationships: Using Embedded Plug Load Sensors for Occupant Network Inference" was published in IEEE Embedded Systems Letters.  Congrats to Andrew!

UIL presented 2 papers, 3 posters at i3CE in Atlanta

UIL members Andrew, Jon and Rohan presented papers (2) and posters (3) at the 2019 ASCE International Conference on Computing in Civil Engineering (i3CE) in Atlanta, GA. Thanks to our colleagues at Georgia Tech for hosting! Check out the two papers here and here.

*New Paper* published in Building & Environment!

Our paper "Understanding the adoption and usage of data analytics and simulation among building energy management professionals: A nationwide survey" was published in Building & Environment.  Congrats to Charu and Zheng!  (Note the above link is valid until June 20, 2019 for free access. Please use the link from the publications page after this date.)

UIL PhD student Alex accepted to IIASA's Young Scientists Summer Program!

UIL PhD student Alex Nutkiewicz has been accepted to the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)'s Young Scientists Summer Program in Vienna, Austria.  Congrats Alex!

UIL awarded $1.7 M Department of Energy grant!

We are excited to be co-leading a $1.7 M grant from the U.S. Department of Energy titled "I-DREEM (Impact of Demand Response on short and long-term building Energy Efficiency Metrics) with Prof. Johanna Mathieu (EECS, Michigan). Prof. Ian Hiskens (EECS, Michigan) and Prof. Jeremiah Johnson (CCE, North Carolina State) are also collaborators on the project.  Support from the Building Technology Office (BTO) at the U.S. Department of Energy is gratefully acknowledged.

*New Paper* published in Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering!

Our paper "Urban Data Integration Using Proximity Relationship Learning for Design, Management, and Operations of Sustainable Urban Systems" was published in ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering (JCCE).  Congrats to Karan and Zhang who led this work!

Paper presented at BuildSys '18

UIL researcher Andrew Sonta presented his paper "Inferring occupant ties: automated inference of occupant network structure in commercial buildings" at the 5th Conference on Systems for Built Environments (BuildSys '18) in Shenzen, China. Nice work Andrew!

*New Paper* published in Applied Energy!

Our paper "Energy modeling of urban informal settlement redevelopment: Exploring design parameters for optimal thermal comfort in Dharavi, Mumbai, India" was published in Applied Energy.  Congrats to Alex and collaborator Prof. Bardhan!  (Note the above link is valid until Nov. 9, 2018 for free access. Please use the link from the publications page after this date.)

UIL awarded a NSF Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) grant!

Awarded Best Paper at International Conference on Applied Energy!

Our paper "Data-driven Urban Energy Simulation (DUE-S): Integrating machine learning into an urban building energy simulation workflow" was selected for a 2017 Best Paper Award at the International Conference on Applied Energy (ICAE) in Hong Kong! (award picture) Congrats Alex and Zheng on this prestigious award!  

*New Paper* published in Applied Energy!

Seminar at Berkeley Lab

Rishee gave a seminar at Berkeley Lab's Energy Technologies Area (ETA) on the latest and greatest research being done at UIL.

*New Paper* published in Advanced Engineering Informatics!

Our paper "Understanding building occupant activities at scale: An integrated knowledge-based and data-driven approach​" was published in Advanced Engineering Informatics.  Congrats to Andrew and Perry who led this work!

UIL student Rohan awarded NSF Fellowship!

UIL PhD Student Rohan Aras was awarded a prestigious 3-year NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!  Congrats Rohan!

*New Review Paper* in Applied Energy

​Along with collaborators from Cornell Tech, Georgia Tech, City University of Hong Kong and industry (Envairo, Maalka), we published "A review of occupant energy feedback research: Opportunities for methodological fusion at the intersection of experimentation, analytics, surveys and simulation" in Applied Energy.  Congrats to all the contributors!

*New Paper* published in Energy and Buildings!

Our paper "DUE-B: Data-driven urban energy benchmarking of buildings using recursive partitioning and stochastic frontier analysis" was published in Energy and Buildings. Congrats to Dr. Zheng Yang and Jon Roth who led this work!

UIL student Andrew Sonta selected for Norman Foster Foundation Scholarship

UIL student Andrew Sonta selected for Norman Foster Foundation Scholarship

UIL awarded NSF grant to support collaboration with SLAC!

UIL was awarded a NSF supplemental grant to support collaboration with SLAC's Grid Integration, Systems, and Mobility (GISMo) group in the area of building informatics.

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