BuildSys 2016 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 3rd ACM International Conference on Systems for Energy-Efficient Built Environments (BuildSys 2016) will be held November 15-17th, 2016 at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. 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, communications, and transportation that will make up the “smart cities” of the future. BuildSys has established itself as 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:

  • Sensing and control systems for managing urban infrastructure systems, such as water supply and distribution networks, wastewater treatment systems, electrical grids, transportation networks, etc.;
  • Sensing, actuation and management of electrical loads in residential, commercial and industrial settings;
  • Novel sensor methodologies, sensor networks and applications that enhance energy efficiency, energy reliability, durability and occupant comfort;
  • Systems that integrate infrastructure with the emerging smart grid to provide demand response and ancillary services and/or manage utility costs;
  • Modeling, simulation, optimization, and control of heating, cooling, lighting, ventilation, water usage and other energy flows in built environments;
  • Distributed generation, alternative energy, renewable sources, and energy storage in buildings;
  • Emerging communication standards for data collection, energy control, or interoperation of disparate devices or systems;
  • Human in the loop sensing and control for efficient usage of electricity, gas, heating, water;
  • New sociotechnical systems for innovative applications and services to enable more livable, workable, sustainable, and connected communities;
  • Localization and contextual computing for increased human-infrastructure interactions;
  • Security and Privacy issues for the built environments;
  • Optimizations interconnected and interdependent systems-of-systems, such as water, energy, or transportation systems;

Paper Types

We solicit three types of original submissions:

  • Regular papers for oral presentation (10 pages)
  • Notes papers for oral presentation (4 pages)
  • Technical posters and demos will be solicited via a separate call (2 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 for full papers must be at most 10 single-spaced 8.5” x 11” pages and follow the official ACM SIG Proceedings format. Submissions for Note papers must be at most 4 single-spaced 8.5” x 11” pages and also follow the official ACM SIG Proceedings format. All figures, references, and appendices must fit within these limits. Paper reviewing is single-blind and submissions should list author names on the front page. Papers that do not meet the size and formatting requirements will not be reviewed. All papers must be in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) and submitted through the web submission form. Official ACM SIG Proceedings templates for Latex and Word are available here. Please do not modify any spacing parameters.

All papers must be in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) and submitted through the web submission form.

Accepted submissions will be available on the ACM digital library at least one week before the conference.

Important Dates

  • Abstract Registration**: June 10th, 2016, AOE.
  • Paper Submission: June 17th, 2016, AOE June 24th, 2016, AOE. (hard deadline. No further extension will be granted.)
  • Paper Notification: August 15th, 2016, AOE August 18th, 2016, AOE.
  • Poster/Demo Abstracts: August 29th, 2016, AOE.
  • Poster/Demo Notification: September 7th, 2016 AOE.
  • Camera Ready Submission: September 14th, 2016 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).