Workshops will be held on November 16 - 17.
More detail can be found here.

PhD Forum will be held on November 16.
More detail can be found here.

Conference program calender (.ics) is available.
Conference program runs twice a day in JST timezone and EST timezone.
For example, Opening and Keynote takes place at 10:00–11:10am (JST) and 10:00–11:10am (EST) on Thursday, November 19.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

10:00 – 11:10
Opening & Keynote
11:50 – 12:50
BuildSys Business Meeting (EST time only)
  • Everybody. Chair: BuildSys Steering Committee
13:00 – 14:20

TECHNICAL SESSION 1: Control & DRL

Round 1 Session Chair: Janet Meiling Wang-Roveda (University of Arizona)

Round 2 Session Chair: Bo Wei (Northumbria University)


  • MB^2C: Model-Based Deep Reinforcement Learning for Multi-zone Building Control
    Presentation ID: buildsys-s1-paper1
    Xianzhong Ding, Wan Du, Alberto E. Cerpa (University of California, Merced)
  • COHORT: Coordination of Heterogeneous Thermostatically Controlled Loads for Demand Flexibility
    Presentation ID: buildsys-s1-paper2
    Bingqing Chen, Jonathan Francis (Carnegie Mellon University); Marco Pritoni (Lawrence Berkeley National Lab); Soummya Kar, Mario Berges (Carnegie Mellon University)
  • MARLISA: Multi-Agent Reinforcement Learning with Iterative Sequential Action Selection for Load Shaping of Grid-Interactive Connected Buildings
    Presentation ID: buildsys-s1-paper3
    Jose Vazquez-Canteli (University of Texas at Austin); Gregor Henze (University of Colorado, Boulder); Zoltan Nagy (University of Texas at Austin)
  • One for Many: Transfer Learning for Building HVAC Control
    Presentation ID: buildsys-s1-paper4
    Shichao Xu, Yixuan Wang, Yanzhi Wang, Zheng O'Neill (Texas A&M University); Qi Zhu (Northwestern University)
14:30 – 16:00

TECHNICAL SESSION 2: Data, Metadata and Modeling

Round 1 Session Chair: Pradipta Ghosh (USC)

Round 2 Session Chair: Fan Yang (KU Leuven)


  • EnergonQL: A Building Independent Acquisitional Query Language for Portable Building Analytics
    Presentation ID: buildsys-s2-paper1
    Fang He, Cheng Xu, Yanhui Xu (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China); Dezhi Hong (University of California, San Diego); Dan Wang (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China)
  • Kalibre: Knowledge-based Neural Surrogate Model Calibration for Data Center Digital Twins
    Presentation ID: buildsys-s2-paper2
    Ruihang Wang, Xin Zhou, Linsen Dong, Yonggang Wen, Rui Tan (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore); Li Chen, Guan Wang (Alibaba Inc.); Feng Zeng (Alibaba Inc.)
  • Tool-chain for supporting privacy risk assessments
    Presentation ID: buildsys-s2-paper3
    Jens Hjort Schwee, Fisayo Caleb Sangogboye (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark); Flora D. Salim (RMIT University, Australia); Mikkel Baun Kjærgaard (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)
  • A Guide for the Design of Benchmark Environments for Building Energy Optimization
    Presentation ID: buildsys-s2-paper4
    David Woelfle (FZI Research Center for Information Technology, Germany); Arun Vishwanath (IBM Research Australia); Hartmut Schmeck (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany)
  • Shepherding Metadata Through the Building Lifecycle
    Presentation ID: buildsys-s2-paper5
    Gabe Fierro (UC Berkeley); Anand Krishnan Prakash, Cory Mosiman (National Renewable Energy Laboratory); Marco Pritoni (Lawrence Berkeley National Lab); Paul Raftery (UC Berkeley); Michael Wetter (Lawrence Berkeley National Lab); David E. Culler (UC Berkeley)
16:20 – 18:10 JST
Poster / Demo / COVID-19 Response Research (1st run)

Round 1 Session Chair: Baihong Jin (UC Berkeley)

Round 2 Session Chair: D. V. Le Viet Duc (University of Twente)

16:20 – 18:00 EST>
Poster / Demo / COVID-19 Response Research (2nd run)

Round 1 Session Chair: Ouyang Zhang (Google)

Round 2 Session Chair: Danny Hughes (KU Leuven)



Friday, November 20, 2020

9:20 – 10:30

TECHNICAL SESSION 3: Non-Intrusive Load Monitoring

Round 1 Session Chair: Mario Berges (CMU)

Round 2 Session Chair: D. V. Le Viet Duc (University of Twente)


  • EdgeNILM: Towards NILM on Edge devices
    Presentation ID: buildsys-s3-paper1
    Rithwik Kukunuri, Anup Aglawe, Jainish Chauhan, Kratika Bhagtani, Rohan Patil, Sumit Walia, Nipun Batra (IIT Gandhinagar, India)
  • On the Impact of Temporal Data Resolution on the Accuracy of Non-Intrusive Load Monitoring
    Presentation ID: buildsys-s3-paper2
    Jana Huchtkoetter, Andreas Reinhardt (TU Clausthal, Germany)
  • Exploring Time Series Imaging for Load Disaggregation
    Presentation ID: buildsys-s3-paper3
    Hafsa Bousbiat, Christoph Klemenjak, Wilfried Elmenreich (University of Klagenfurt)
  • Compressive Non-Intrusive Load Monitoring
    Presentation ID: buildsys-s3-paper4
    Shikha Singh, Angshul Majumdar(Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi, India); Stephen Makonin (Simon Fraser University, Canada)
  • Feature Mapping based Deep Neural Networks for Non-intrusive Load Monitoring of Similar Appliances in Buildings
    Presentation ID: buildsys-s3-paper5
    R. Gopinath, Mukesh Kumar, Kota Srinivas (Energy Management System Division, CSIR- Central Scientific Instruments Organisation, India)
  • FIRED: A Fully-labeled hIgh-fRequency Electricity Disaggregation Dataset
    Presentation ID: buildsys-s3-paper6
    Benjamin VÖLKER, Marc Pfeifer, Philipp M. Scholl, Bernd Becker (University of Freiburg, Germany)
10:40 – 12:40

TECHNICAL SESSION 4: Electricity, Solar

Round 1 Session Chair: Mengchu Zhou (New Jersey Institute of Technology)

Round 2 Session Chair: Xiaofan (Fred) Jiang (Columbia University)


  • Bidding Strategy for Two-Sided Electricity Markets: A Reinforcement Learning based Framework
    Presentation ID: buildsys-s4-paper1
    Bala Suraj Pedasingu, Easwar Subramanian, Yogesh Bichpuriya, Venkatesh Sarangan, Nidhisha Mahilong (TCS Research, India)
  • See the Light: Modeling Solar Performance using Multispectral Satellite Data
    Presentation ID: buildsys-s4-paper2
    Akansha Singh Bansal, David Irwin (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
  • ProcureOpt: Optimizing Electricity Procurement Cost for Large Electricity Customers
    Presentation ID: buildsys-s4-paper3
    Yogesh Bichpuriya, Nidhisha Mahilong, Venkatesh Sarangan, Neha Nandagaoli, Narayanan Rajagopal (TCS Research, India)
  • Sense, Send, Store, See, Share: the journey of SEIL-R, an electricity consumption dataset
    Presentation ID: buildsys-s4-paper4
    Kevin Joshi, Rohit Gupta, Shinjan Mitra, Krithi Ramamritham (Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India)
  • SolarTrader: Enabling Distributed Solar Energy Trading in Residential Virtual Power Plants
    Presentation ID: buildsys-s4-paper5
    Yuzhou Feng, Qi Li, Dong Chen, Raju Rangaswami (Florida International University)
  • Who's in Charge Here? Scheduling EV Charging on Dynamic Grids via Online Auctions with Soft Deadlines
    Presentation ID: buildsys-s4-paper6
    Santiago Correa (University of Massachusetts Amherst); Lei Jiao (University of Oregon); Aidas Jakubenas (University of Massachusetts Amherst); Roby Moyano (Bia); Jesus Omana Iglesias (Bia); Jay Taneja (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
  • DeepSnow: Modeling the Impact of Snow on Solar Generation
    Presentation ID: buildsys-s4-paper7
    Noman Bashir, David Irwin, Prashant Shenoy (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
12:50 – 14:00

TECHNICAL SESSION 5: Cities and COVID-19

Round 1 Session Chair: Ravi Shankar Srinivasan (University of Florida)

Round 2 Session Chair: Zhengxiong Li (University at Buffalo, SUNY)


  • Greening Electric Bike Sharing Using Solar Charging Stations
    Presentation ID: buildsys-s5-paper1
    John Wamburu, Christopher Raff, David Irwin, Prashant Shenoy (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
  • Minimizing Emission for Timely Truck Transportation with Adaptive Fuel Injection
    Presentation ID: buildsys-s5-paper2
    Runzhi Zhou (Case Western Reserve Univ.); Qingyu Liu (Virginia Tech); Wenjie Xu (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China); Minghua Chen (City University of Hong Kong, China); Haibo Zeng (Virginia Tech)
  • High-Throughput Analysis of Urban Textures using Methods from Molecular Simulation
    Presentation ID: buildsys-s5-paper3
    Gerald J. Wang, Ryan Rusali (Carnegie Mellon University)
  • Notes Paper: Intelligent network topology based post-pandemic reintroduction policies for offices
    Presentation ID: buildsys-s5-paper4
    Thomas R. Dougherty, Andrew Sonta, Rishee Jain (Stanford University)
  • Keep it open, Keep it safe - Maximizing Space Utilization in Intelligent Bio-safe Buildings
    Presentation ID: buildsys-s5-paper5
    Praveen Manoharan, Srinarayana Nagarathinam, Arunchandar Vasan, Venkata Ramakrishna Padullaparthi (Tata Consultancy Services Limited, India)
14:10 – 15:50

TECHNICAL SESSION 6: Humans and Devices

Round 1 Session Chair: Neil Klingensmith (Loyola University)

Round 2 Session Chair: Neil Klingensmith (Loyola University)


  • Smartphone-assisted Automatic Indoor Localization of BLE-enabled Appliances Using BLE and GNSS Signals
    Presentation ID: buildsys-s6-paper1
    Masayuki Fujiwara, Tomoya Nakatani, Yiming Tian, Joseph Korpela, Takuya Maekawa, Takahiro Hara (Osaka University, Japan)
  • The Impacts of CSI Temporal Variations on CSI-based Occupancy Monitoring Systems: An Exploratory Study
    Presentation ID: buildsys-s6-paper2
    Hoonyong Lee, Changbum Ryan Ahn (Texas A&M); Nakjung Choi (Nokia Bell Labs)
  • Robust and Practical WiFi Human Sensing Using On-device Learning with a Domain Adaptive Model
    Presentation ID: buildsys-s6-paper3
    Elahe Soltanaghaei, Rahul Sharma, Zehao Wang, Adarsh Chittilappilly, Anh Luong (Carnegie Mellon University); Eric Giler, Katie Hall, Steve Elias (Endeveo, Inc); Anthony Rowe (Carnegie Mellon University)
  • PoisonIvy: (In)secure Practices of Enterprise IoT Systems in Smart Buildings
    Presentation ID: buildsys-s6-paper4
    Luis C Puche Rondon, Leonardo Babun, Ahmet Aris, Kemal Akkaya, Selcuk Uluagac (Florida International University)
  • Assessing ADL Routine Variability from High-dimensional Sensing Data using Hierarchical Clustering
    Presentation ID: buildsys-s6-paper5
    Bogyeong Lee, Changbum Ryan Ahn (Texas A&M University); Prakhar Mohan(Amazon Web Services); Theodora Chaspari (Texas A&M University)
  • Can Future Wireless Networks Detect Fires?
    Presentation ID: buildsys-s6-paper6
    David Radke (University of Waterloo, Canada); Omid Abari (UCLA); Tim Brecht, Kate Larson (University of Waterloo, Canada)
16:00 – 17:40

TECHNICAL SESSION 7: Indoor Environment

Round 1 Session Chair: Salma Elmalaki (University of California, Irvine)

Round 2 Session Chair: Bashima Islam (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)


  • Real-Time Cooling Power Attribution for Co-located Data Center Rooms with Distinct Temperatures
    Presentation ID: buildsys-s7-paper1
    Rongrong Wang, Duc Van Le, Rui Tan, Yew-Wah Wong, Yonggang Wen (Nanyang Technological University)
  • SMITE: Using Smart Meters to Infer the Thermal Efficiency of Residential Homes
    Presentation ID: buildsys-s7-paper2
    Joe Brown (University of Oxford); Jonathan Chambers (University of Geneva); Alessandro Abate, Alex Rogers (University of Oxford)
  • Balancing thermal comfort datasets: We GAN, but should we?
    Presentation ID: buildsys-s7-paper3
    Matias Quintana (National University of Singapore, Singapore); Stefano Schiavon (University of California, Berkeley); Kwok Wai Tham, Clayton Miller (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
  • Is my sensor sleeping, hibernating, or broken? A data-driven monitoring system for indoor energy harvesting sensors
    Presentation ID: buildsys-s7-paper4
    Alan Wang, Jianyu Su, Arsalan Heydarian, Brad Campbell, Peter Beling (University of Virginia)
  • Experiences and Learned Lessons from an Air Free-Cooled Tropical Data Center Testbed
    Presentation ID: buildsys-s7-paper5
    Duc Van Le, Yingbo Liu, Rongrong Wang, Rui Tan (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore); Lek Heng Ngoh (Info-communications Media Development Authority, Singapore)
17:40 – 18:00
BuildSys Closing

List of accepted posters

  • Poster Abstract: Zonal Air Handling in Commercial Buildings
    Presentation ID: buildsys-p20
    Xiaohan Fu (UC San Diego); Jason Koh (University of California, San Diego); Francesco Fraternali (UCSD); Dezhi Hong and Rajesh K. Gupta (University of California, San Diego)
  • Poster Abstract - AdaPool: An Adaptive Model-Free Ride-Sharing Approach for Vehicle Dispatching using Deep Reinforcement Learning
    Presentation ID: buildsys-p01
    Marina Haliem, Vaneet Aggarwal, and Bharat Bhargava (Purdue University)
  • Poster Abstract: Super-Resolution Reconstruction of Interval Energy Data
    Presentation ID: buildsys-p16
    Jieyi Lu (Yale University); Baihong Jin (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Poster Abstract: A Probability-based Approach Resolving Thermal Preference Conflicts through Optimal Cubicle Assignment
    Presentation ID: buildsys-p02
    Shiqi Lei and Weiming Shen (Huazhong University of Science and Technology)
  • Poster Abstract: Geo-Distributed Driving Maneuver Anomaly Detection
    Presentation ID: buildsys-p11
    Miaomiao Liu (University of California, Merced); Wan Du (University of California Merced)
  • Poster Abstract: Connecting LoRaWANs Deep Inside a Building
    Presentation ID: buildsys-p07
    Xianjin Xia and Yuanqing Zheng (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
  • Poster Abstract: COBS: COmprehensive Building Simulator
    Presentation ID: buildsys-p06
    Tianyu Zhang and Omid Ardakanian (University of Alberta)
  • Poster Abstract: Viability of a Dense, Low-Cost Particulate Matter Sensor Network
    Presentation ID: buildsys-p19
    Hagen Fritz and Calvin Lin (University of Texas at Austin); Zoltan Nagy (The University of Texas at Austin)
  • Poster Abstract: An Urban Tropical Thermal Comfort Dataset for Smart Buildings
    Presentation ID: buildsys-p03
    Jie Li and Yonggang Wen (Nanyang Technological University); Wei Zhang (Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT))
  • Poster Abstract: The CityLearn Challenge 2020
    Presentation ID: buildsys-p17
    Jose R. Vazquez-Canteli (The University of Texas at Austin); Sourav Dey and Gregor Henze (University of Colorado Boulder); Zoltan Nagy (The University of Texas at Austin)
  • Poster Abstract: Impact of COVID-19 on Academic Campus Energy Use
    Presentation ID: buildsys-p13
    Kingsley Nweye and Zoltan Nagy (The University of Texas at Austin)
  • Poster Abstract: Detecting Building Occupancy with Synthetic Environmental Data
    Presentation ID: buildsys-p08
    Manuel Weber (Munich University of Applied Sciences); Christoph Doblander (Technical University Munich); Peter Mandl (Munich University of Applied Sciences)
  • Poster Abstract: Ecologically Valid Multimodal Data Collection
    Presentation ID: buildsys-p09
    Hagen Fritz (University of Texas at Austin); Zoltan Nagy (The University of Texas at Austin)
  • Poster Abstract: Towards Identifying Alien Appliances using Semantic Information
    Presentation ID: buildsys-p18
    Ashish Gupta, Hari Prabhat Gupta, and Tanima Dutta (Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi, India); Sajal K. Das (Missouri University of Science and Technology)
  • Poster Abstract: EMIoT: A LoRa-enabled Smart Building Solution Based on Emergency Lights
    Presentation ID: buildsys-p10
    Weitao Xu (City University of Hong Kong); Jun Young Kim and Walter Huang (WBS Technology Australia); Salil S Kanhere, Sanjay Jha, and Wen Hu (UNSW Sydney)
  • Poster Abstract: Automatic Damage Detection on Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Arrays
    Presentation ID: buildsys-p04
    Qi Li, Keyang Yu, and Dong Chen (Florida International University)
  • Poster Abstract: Incentivizing Privacy-Preserving Crowdsensing for Smart Transportation
    Presentation ID: buildsys-p14
    Nan Wang and Sid Chi-Kin Chau (Australian National University)
  • Poster Abstract: On the feasibility of an IoT Multi-Radio Architecture for Smart Buildings
    Presentation ID: buildsys-p15
    Jothi Prasanna Shanmuga Sundaram and Alberto Cerpa (University of California, Merced)
  • Poster Abstract: C-HVAC: A practical tool for assessing ventilation capacity for HVAC systems during the COVID-19 Pandemic
    Presentation ID: buildsys-p05
    Farzam Kharvari and William O'Brien (Carleton University)
  • Poster Abstract: HVAC Scheduling based on Wi-Fi derived Occupancy
    Presentation ID: buildsys-p12
    Kingsley Nweye and Zoltan Nagy (The University of Texas at Austin)

List of accepted demos

  • Demo Abstract: Interactive Metadata Integration with Brick
    Presentation ID: buildsys-d01
    Gabe Fierro (UC Berkeley); Anand Krishnan Prakash (Lawrence Berkeley National Lab); Cory Mosiman (National Renewable Energy Laboratory); Marco Pritoni (Lawrence Berkeley National Lab); Paul Raftery (UC Berkeley); Michael Wetter (Lawrence Berkeley National Lab); David E. Culler (UC Berkeley)
  • Demo Abstract: Privacy-Preserving Camera-based Monitoring and Tracking System for Parking Spaces
    Presentation ID: buildsys-d02
    Hanwei Zhu, Songzeng Fan, Xiyu Wang, and Sid Chi-Kin Chau (Australian National University)
  • Demo Abstract: Vista: Spatial Data Representation for Smart Buildings
    Presentation ID: buildsys-d03
    Matilda Kathryn Ferguson (Swarthmore College); Sudershan Boovaraghavan and Yuvraj Agarwal (Carnegie Mellon University)