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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.