*** Technical Program available here ***

*** Best paper award: Co-simulation Based Building Controls Implementation with Networked Sensors and Actuators, Yao-Jung Wen (Philips Research North America); Dennis DiBartolomeo (Lawrence Berkeley National Lab); Francis Rubinstein (Lawrence Berkeley National Lab)

*** Best poster award: Appliance Classification and Energy Management Using Multi-Modal Sensing, Mario Berges (Carnegie Mellon University); Anthony Rowe (Carnegie Mellon University)

The World is increasingly experiencing a strong need for energy consumption reduction and a need for efficient use of scarce natural resources. Official studies report that buildings account for the largest portion of World's energy expenditure and have the fastest growth rate. Clearly, energy saving strategies that target energy use in buildings and surroundings can have a major impact worldwide, driving the current energy market toward self-sufficiency and self-sustainability. This calls for effective techniques and methods that enable accurate carbon foot printing, monitoring and control of appliance activity, energy auditing and management in buildings and surroundings and the generation of energy awareness.

Wireless sensor networks (WSNs) play a key role in enabling energy-saving systems in buildings and surrounding spaces by providing a reliable, cost-effective and extensible solution that can be placed in existing as well as new structures and can be controlled via the Internet. In fact, WSNs allow the monitoring of the energy consumption in near-real time and, as such, they are an essential tool in the control loop that will be used in future structures for the generation and usage of diverse types of energy.

*** New this year: Demo session! ***

We solicit both papers AND demos that focus on new techniques and technologies capable of improving the global energy efficiency of buildings leveraging connected sensing systems, networks, and devices. Technical papers and demos will be presented on November 1, 2011.

Important Dates

* Paper submission deadline: July 30, 2011 August 6, 2011 (New deadline is firm and there will be no further extension)

* Notification of acceptance: August 31, 2011 September 15, 2011

* Demo submission deadline: September 1, 2011

* Camera Ready Due: September 15, 2011 October 7, 2011

* Workshop and Demo session: November 1, 2011

Accepted papers and demo abstracts will appear in the workshop proceedings and will be electronically published by ACM.

BuildSys 2011

3rd ACM Workshop On Embedded Sensing

Systems For Energy-Efficiency In Buildings

Seattle, WA, USA

November 1, 2011

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