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

 

Chair:

qianchuan zhao
Qianchuan Zhao
Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
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Co-chairs:

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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Website:

http://cfins.au.tsinghua.edu.cn/sbtc/

Founding Date:

May, 2012

Member Count:

37

Member List:

Alexandre M. Bayen, University of Berkeley at California, USA, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Burcin Becerik-Gerber, University of Southern California, USA, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Francesco Borrelli, University of Berkeley at California, USA, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Soh Yeng Chai, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jianping Chen, Honeywell, Beijing, China, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Xiaohong Guan, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wendy Guo, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lawrence E. Holloway, University of Kentucky, USA, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Gongsheng Huang, City University of Hong Kong, China, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ningjian Huang, GM R&D Center, USA, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ibrahim Volkan Isler, University of Minnesota, USA, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Karl Henrik Johansson, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lutz Katzschner, University Kassel, Kassel, German, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jingshan Li, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Yan Lu, Siemens Research Center, USA, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Peter Luh, University of Connecticut, USA, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lisa Ng, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

George Pappas, University of Pennsylvania, USA, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Henrik Sandberg, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Costas Spanos, University of Berkeley at California, USA, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

N. Viswanadham, Indian Institute of Science, India, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Shengwei Wang, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fulin Wang, Tsinghua University, China, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Liangzhu (Leon) Wang, Concordia University, Canada, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jin Wen, Drexel University, USA, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

John Wen, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lihua Xie, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Da Yan, Tsinghua University, China, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Harunori Yoshida, Okayama University of Science, Japan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mengchu Zhou, New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lei Chen, The University of Adelaide, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sandipan Mishra, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Koushik Kar, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Alessandro Abate, University of Oxford, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Recent Activities

Two-and-a-half day track on smart buildings in CASE 2013

It is the purpose of this TC to promote and unify the existing research effort on smart buildings in the RAS community. After the establishment of this TC in May 2012, we have been focusing on organizing invited/special sessions in CASE. Our first attempt in 2013 received enthusiastic support from the members in the RAS community. This directly allowed us to organize a two-and-a-half-day track on smart buildings in the 9th IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering, which is held in Madison, Wisconsin, during August 17-20, 2013.



A whole track on smart buildings in CASE 2014

After our successful organization of the special session son smart buildings in CASE 2013, our members have been thinking about a reunion at CASE 2014. This time, as suggested by the many active members of our TC, we reach out to simulation-based optimization researchers, who contributed a lot of algorithms that have potentially big impact in smart buildings. We have successfully collected 28 submissions for this track of sessions. We have a very good chance to have a whole track on smart buildings in CASE 2014.



Organizing public lectures on smart buildings by TC members

We organize an invited public talk on May 28, 2013 in Beijing that was given Prof. Peter Luh to promote the general interests on smart buildings. In this talk, three selected topics have been highlighted, including 1) integrated building energy management, 2) HVAC fault detection, and 3) crowd guidance in building emergencies. For each topic, problem importance, challenges in problem formulation and solution methodology as well as the novel ideas are stressed. In the end of the talk, a brief promotion of this TC is introduced. Other members of this TC have also been invited to give talks on smart buildings in various other occasions.



Monthly newsletter service to the TC members

Since the end of 2013, we send out the monthly newsletter to our TC members. In the newsletter, we list the recent publications in the field, not just from IEEE RAS publications, but also from other related journals. We also announce various other events in the fields, and encourage the TC members to contribute their own posts.



RAS-Funded project on creation of education material

This TC has received the RAS-funded project on creation of education materials. The project is on case study of modeling and control in energy-efficient buildings. In this project, we focus on one of the key problems in entering the field of smart buildings, namely the simulation platforms. There are various commercial or free software in the public domain. But most of these software require substantial understanding of the building, i.e., the domain knowledge. In this project, we use several case studies to show how these software can be used to model the real buildings, and to help us understand the performance of these buildings. The code for the simulation will also be provided. This project is still undergoing.



Technical report

This TC also helped the RAS to write a technical report to summarize the key progress in this field in recent years.



TC spotlight

There will be a TC spotlight for this TC in the upcoming IEEE RAS Magazine. In that article, we introduce some recent activities of the TC and keep on promoting the research in the field. 

Smart Buildings

Scope:

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.

Building

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

 

Website:

http://cfins.au.tsinghua.edu.cn/sbtc/