BuildSys 2017 Call for Papers

Advances in the effective integration of networked sensors, building controls, and physical infrastructure are transforming our society, allowing the formation of unprecedented built environments and interlocking physical, social, cyber challenges. Built environments, including buildings and critical urban infrastructure, account for over half of society’s energy consumption and are the mainstay of our nation’s economy, security and health. As a result, there is a broad recognition that systems optimizing explicitly for the built environment are particularly important in improving our society, e.g., by increasing its sustainability and enhancing people’s quality-of-life. These systems represent the foundation for emerging “smart cities” .

The 4th ACM International Conference on Systems for Energy-Efficient Built Environments (BuildSys 2017) will be held November 8-9, 2017 at Delft, The Netherlands. We invite original contributions in the areas of intelligent systems and applications for the built environment. BuildSys particularly emphasizes approaches that improve energy efficiency, reduce costs, increase performance, and add novel functionality for improving users’ comfort and experience. BuildSys’ scope is broad, encompassing all systems within the built environment of the urban fabric, including not only buildings but also critical infrastructure systems, such as water, power, lighting, communications, and transportation that will make up the “smart cities” of the future. BuildSys is the premier conference for researchers and practitioners working to develop and optimize smart infrastructure systems that are driven by sophisticated sensing, computing, and control functions. Papers are invited in all emerging aspects of information-driven systems for the built environment. Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

  • Applications in smart and connected communities;
  • Sensing and control for urban infrastructure systems;
  • Novel sensor methodologies, techniques, and tools;
  • Sensing and control of electrical, gas, and water loads;
  • Improved user interfaces to built infrastructure;
  • Modeling, simulation, optimization, and control of heating, cooling, lighting, ventilation, water usage and other resource flows in built environments;
  • Sensor systems and applications that enhance energy efficiency, energy reliability, durability and comfort;
  • Systems that integrate infrastructure with the smart grid to offer demand response and ancillary services;
  • Distributed generation, alternative energy, renewable sources, and energy storage in buildings;
  • Emerging standards for data collection, energy control, or interoperability of disparate devices or systems;
  • Sensing, modeling, and predicting the urban heartbeat including sounds, movements, and radio spectrum;
  • Human in the loop sensing and control for efficient usage of electricity, gas, heating, water;
  • Sensor systems for reliable occupancy counting;
  • Long-lived and energy harvesting sensor systems;
  • Scalable indoor localization and contextual computing;
  • Security, privacy, safety, and reliability in built systems;
  • Empirical studies of city-scale wireless communications.

Paper Types

We solicit two types of original submissions:

  • Regular papers for oral presentation (10 pages)
  • Notes papers for oral presentation (4 pages)
Notes papers are 4-page papers intended to discuss preliminary research results, advocate new research directions, describe public software or datasets, or present short projects that do not warrant a 10 page paper. Notes papers serve, in part, to encourage younger researchers and research teams entering this field of research to share their work. We also encourage Notes paper submissions from industry participants that may not be able to devote resources to a full paper. While Notes papers are not expected to have extensive evaluations, they will be reviewed based on the novelty of their ideas, potential for impact, and quality of presentation.

Submission Guidelines

Submitted papers must be unpublished and must not be currently under review for any other publication. Submissions must be full papers, at most 10 single-spaced US Letter (8.5” x 11”) pages, including figures, tables, references and appendices. Submissions for Note papers must be at most 4 single-spaced US Letter (8.5"x11") pages, including figures, tables, references and appendices. All submissions must use the LaTeX (preferred) or Word styles found here. Authors must make a good faith effort to anonymize their submissions by: (1) using the "anonymous" option for the class and (2) using "anonsuppress" section where appropriate. Papers that do not meet the size, formatting, and anonymization requirements will not be reviewed. Please note that ACM uses 9-pt fonts in all conference proceedings, and the style (both LaTeX and Word) implicitly define the font size to be 9-pt. Please refer to publication chair's Note as well as the User Guide of the new class. Accepted submissions will be available on the ACM digital library on the first day of the conference.

Submission Link

All papers must be in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) and submitted through the web submission form.
For notes papers, the submission site has a checkbox called "Notes papers." Those who submit notes papers need to check this box to indicate their paper types.

Important Dates

  • Abstract Registration**: June 9, 2017, AOE.
  • Paper Submission: June 16th, 2017, AOE. June 23, 2017, AOE. (hard deadline. No further extension will be granted.)
  • Paper Notification: August 18, 2017, AOE.

** For the abstract registration, you only need to enter the title of the paper, the list of authors and their email addresses, the PC conflicts, and a brief abstract (~150-250 words). After registering the paper's abstract, you will have an additional week to upload the PDF file of the paper (either a 10-page Full paper or a 4-page Notes paper).