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IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Smart Buildings (IEEE RAS SBTC)



qianchuan zhao
Qianchuan Zhao
Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
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houshang darabi
Houshang Darabi
University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
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qingshan jia
Qing-Shan Jia
Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
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Founding Date:

May, 2012

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Recent Activities of the Technical Committee

Special session proposal on Smart Buildings in IEEE CASE 2013

The IEEE CASE 2013 will be held August 17-21, 2013, Madison, Wisconsin, USA. Our TC's special session proposal has been approved. We welcome interested people to share your ideas during the conferece with our members and invite you to join our TC.


International Workshop on Emerging Frontiers in System and Control

The 2012 International Workshop on Emerging Frontiers in Systems and Control was held in Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, May 18, 2012. The workshop is organized by Center for Intelligent and Networked Systems (CFINS), Tsinghua University, and Institute of Systems Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and is sponsored by IEEE Control Systems Society, IEEE Control Systems Society Beijing Chapter, and Tsinghua National Laboratory for Information Science and Technology. Prof. Xiaohong Guan and Prof. Yiguang Hong serve as the general chair and co-chair of this event. Prof. (Samuel) Qing-Shan Jia served as the program chair. Most IEEE CSS Executive Committee members attend the meeting. Prof. Francesco Bullo, Prof. Richard Middleton, Prof. Masayuki Fujita, Prof. Francis Doyle, and Prof. Panos Antsaklis from IEEE CSS, Prof. Xiaohong Guan and Prof. Qianchuan Zhao from Tsinghua, and Prof. Daizhan Cheng and Prof. YIguang Hong from CAS are the invited speakers. This workshop covers various hot research topics in the area, including smart grid, cyber-physical system, game, string stability, multi-agent system, network control systems, and smart building. More than a hundred audience from various universities in Beijing and other cities in China attended the workshop.


Smart Buildings


Buildings contribute a significant part in the energy consumption in many developed and developing countries. For example, on annual basis buildings consume about 40% of the energy and 70% of the electricity in the United States. In China, the energy consumption in buildings has risen from 10% to 25% of the overall energy consumption of the country since 1978, and is predicted to be 35% increase every year in the coming years.

Building energy consumption is strongly dependent on the functionality of the building, the occupancy behavior, the outdoor environment, the structure and building materials, and the operation management. Building is also an important consumer of smart grid, an important part of the smart city. Thus building energy saving is by nature a cross-disciplinary research, and requires one to use the knowledge (models on building dynamics, occupant movement, and outdoor environment) and methodology (such as optimization and online decision making) from multiple fields. It is the purpose of this technical committee to promote the research in this area, to build the strong connection between building energy saving and security with the RAS society.


Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Information acquisition techniques (such as wireless sensor network)
  • Building integrated control for energy saving
  • Building as a micro grid
  • Fire and security in buildings
  • Human comfort control in buildings
  • HVAC fault detection, diagnosis, and prognosis
  • Manufacturing facilities