Conference Program

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Joint Keynote
Dr. David E. Culler , Google, UC Berkeley
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Joint Poster/Demo
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Tech Session 1: Sensing the Built Environment
Session Chair: Xiaofan (Fred) Jiang
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

  • TEA-bot: A Thermography Enabled Autonomous Robot for Detecting Thermal Leaks of HVAC Systems in Ceilings

    Weijia Cai (The University of British Columbia), Le Zhang (The University of British Columbia), Lei Huang (The University of British Columbia), Xinran Yu (New York University), Zhengbo Zou (The University of British Columbia)

  • EffiSenseSee: Towards Classifying Light Bulb Types and Energy Efficiency with Camera-Based Sensing

    Alex Yen (UC San Diego), Zeal Shah (UMass Amherst), Benjamin Ochoa (UC San Diego), Pat Pannuto (UC San Diego), Jay Taneja (UMass Amherst)

  • I do not know: Quantifying Uncertainty in Neural Network Based Approaches for Non-Intrusive Load Monitoring

    Vibhuti Bansal (Bharati Vidyapeeth's College of Engineering, Delhi), Rohit Khoiwal (Rajasthan Technical University), Hetvi Shastri (University of Massachusetts Amherst), Haikoo Khandor (IIT Gandhinagar), Nipun Batra (IIT Gandhinagar)

  • PowerScour: Tracking Electrified Settlements Using Satellite Data

    Santiago Correa (University of Massachusetts Amherst), Zeal Shah (UMass Amherst), Yuezi Wu (Columbia University), Simon Kohlhase (Village Data Analytics), Philippe Raisin (Village Data Analytics), Nabin Raj Gaihre (Village Data Analytics), Vijay Modi (Columbia University), Jay Taneja (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

  • An Effective Electrical Load Disaggregation Approach for Low-Sampled Smart Meter Data

    Naveen Kumar Thokala (TCS Research, India), Spoorthy Paresh (TCS Research, India), M. Girish Chandra (TCS Research, India)

  • Acoustic beacons-based long-range localization of wireless cameras drifting in a narrow sewer pipe

    Kento Maruyama (Graduate School of Integrated Science and Technology, Shizuoka University), Thanh V. Pham (College of Engineering, Academic Institute, Shizuoka University), Susumu Ishihara (College of Engineering, Academic Institute, Shizuoka University)

3:15 PM – 3:45 PM

Tech Session 2: Control and Demand Response
Session Chair: Wan Du
3:45 PM - 5 PM

  • PACMAN: Physics-Aware Control MANager for HVAC

    Srinarayana Nagarathinam (TCS Research), Yashovardhan S Chati (TCS Research), Malini Pooni Venkat (TCS Research), Arunchandar Vasan (TCS Research)

  • Fault-tolerant Sequences of Operation for VAV AHU Systems through Building Performance Simulation

    Narges Torabi (Carleton University), Burak Gunay (Carleton University), William O'Brien (Carleton University), Ricardo Moromisato (CopperTree Analytics)

  • Constrained Differentiable Cross-Entropy Method for Safe Model-based Reinforcement Learning

    Sam Mottahedi (Pennsylvania State University), Gregory S. Pavlak (Pennsylvania State University)

  • Accelerate Online Reinforcement Learning for Building HVAC Control with Heterogeneous Expert Guidances

    Shichao Xu (Northwestern University), Yangyang Fu (Texas A&M University), Yixuan Wang (Northwestern University), Zhuoran Yang (Yale University), Zheng O'Neill (Texas A&M University), Zhaoran Wang (Northwestern University), Qi Zhu (Northwestern University)

  • Integrated MPC-ILC Control Design for Thermal Control of a Large-Scale Variable Air Volume Reheat Systems in Buildings

    Wei Liang (Carnegie Mellon University), Sizhe Ma (Carnegie Mellon University), Erica Cochran Hameen (Carnegie Mellon University), Katherine Flanigan (Carnegie Mellon University)

BuildSys Business Meeting
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Reception: Forty Dalton Restaurant-Hilton Boston Back Bay
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Tech Session 3: Human in the Built Environment
Session Chair: Dan Wang
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

  • Cross-Zone and Extreme-Aware Mobility Learning of Crowd Interactions with Built Environments

    Suining He (University of Connecticut), Bing Wang (University of Connecticut), Kang G. Shin (The University of Michigan), Mahan Tabatabaie (University of Connecticut)

  • Improving Post-Occupancy Evaluation Engagement Using Social Robots

    Wei Liang (Carnegie Mellon University), Ruoxin Xiong (Carnegie Mellon University), Pengkun Liu (Carnegie Mellon University), Pingbo Tang (Carnegie Mellon University), Erica Cochran Hameen (Carnegie Mellon University)

  • SolarWalk: Smart Home Occupant Identification using Unobtrusive Indoor Photovoltaic Harvesters

    Md Fazlay Rabbi Masum Billah (University of Virginia), Nurani Saoda (University of Virginia), Victor Ariel Leal Sobral (University of Virginia), Tushar Routh (University of Virginia), Wenpeng Wang (University of Virginia), Bradford Campbell (University of Virginia)

  • Self-Calibrating Indoor Trajectory Tracking System Using Distributed Monostatic Radars For Large Scale Deployment

    Zongxing Xie (Stony Brook University), Fan Ye (Stony Brook University)

  • The Impact of Resolution of Occupancy Data on Personal Comfort Model-Based HVAC Control Performance

    Eikichi Ono (Kajima Technical Research Institute), Yue Lei (National University of Singapore), Kuniaki Mihara (Kajima Technical Research Institute Singapore), Adrian Chong (National University of Singapore)

  • Inequity by inequity: Community driven investigation of wheelchair user discomfort by infrastructure failures

    Steven McCullough (The University of Texas at Arlington), Jessica Eisma (The University of Texas at Arlington), June Young Park (The University of Texas at Arlington), Mikila Salazar (The University of Texas at Arlington), Sarah F. Rose (The University of Texas at Arlington)

11:15 AM – 11:30 AM

Tech Session 4: Energy and Society
Session Chair: June Young Park
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

  • Data-driven Decarbonization of Residential Heating Systems

    John Wamburu (University of Massachusetts Amherst), Noman Bashir (University of Massachusetts Amherst), David Irwin (University of Massachusetts Amherst), Prashant Shenoy (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

  • CarbonCast: Multi-Day Forecasting of Grid Carbon Intensity

    Diptyaroop Maji (University of Massachusetts Amherst), Prashant Shenoy (University of Massachusetts Amherst), Ramesh K. Sitaraman (UMass Amherst & Akamai Tech)

  • Software Defined Grid Energy Storage

    Sonia Martin (Stanford University), Nicholas Mosier (Stanford University), Obi Nnorom Jr. (Stanford University), Yancheng Ou (Stanford University), Liana Patel (Stanford University), Oskar Triebe (Stanford University), Philip Levis (Stanford University), Gustavo Cezar (Stanford University), Ram Rajagopal (Stanford University)

  • Saving Natural Gas through Smart Water Heating

    Muhammad Azmeer Zahid (LUMS), Nauman Zaffar (LUMS), Muhammad Hamad Alizai (LUMS)

  • From model-centric to data-centric: a practical MPC implementation framework for buildings

    Sicheng Zhan (National University of Singapore), Matias Quintana (National University of Singapore), Clayton Miller (National University of Singapore), Adrian Chong (National University of Singapore)

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Tech Session 5: Advances in modelling
Session Chair: Shiwei Fang
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

  • Reducio: Model Reduction for Data Center Predictive Digital Twins via Physics-Guided Machine Learning

    Zhiwei Cao (Nanyang Technological University), Ruihang Wang (Nanyang Technological University), Xin Zhou (Nanyang Technological University), Yonggang Wen (Nanyang Technological University)

  • Understanding the Willingness to Share Building Data by a Social Study based on Privacy Calculus Theory

    Yanhui XU (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University), Dan Wang (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)

  • Improved Dequantization and Normalization Methods for Tabular Data Pre-Processing in Smart Buildings

    Hari Prasanna Das (UC Berkeley), Costas J. Spanos (UC Berkeley)

  • On the use of conditional TimeGAN to enhance the robustness of a reinforcement learning agent in the building domain

    Marta Fochesato (ETH Zurich), Fazel Khayatian (Empa), Doris Fonseca Lima (ETH Zurich), Zoltan Nagy (The University of Texas at Austin)

  • Building Thermal Dynamics Modeling with Deep Learning exploiting Large Residential Smart Thermostat Dataset

    Han Li (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), Giuseppe Pinto (Politecnico di Torino), Alfonso Capozzoli (Politecnico di Torino), Tianzhen Hong (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)

  • Adversarial poisoning attacks on reinforcement learning-driven energy pricing

    Doseok Jang (UC Berkeley), Sam Gunn (UC Berkeley), Orr Paradise (UC Berkeley), Lucas Spangher (UC Berkeley), Costas Spanos (UC Berkeley)

3:15 PM – 3:45 PM

Tech Session 6: Software, toolkits, and ontologies
Session Chair: Gabe Fierro
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM

  • On Efficient Operation of a V2G-Enabled Virtual Power Plant

    Saidur Rahman (University of Alberta), Linda Punt (Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University), Omid Ardakanian (University of Alberta), Yashar Ghiassi-Farrokhfal (Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University), Xiaoqi Tan (University of Alberta)

  • Cloze: A Building Metadata Model Generation System based on Information Extraction

    Fang HE (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University), Dan Wang (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)

  • Application-Driven Creation of Building Metadata Models with Semantic Sufficiency

    Gabe Fierro (Colorado School of Mines), Avijit Saha (National Renewable Energy Laboratory), Tobias Shapinsky (National Renewable Energy Laboratory), Matthew Steen (National Renewable Energy Laboratory), Hannah Eslinger (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

  • Safe Audio AI Services in Smart Buildings

    Jennifer Williams (University of Southampton), Vahid Yazdanpanah (University of Southampton), Sebastian Stein (University of Southampton)

  • Demonstration of a Modeling Toolkit for the Design of Building Electrical Distribution Systems

    Anay Waghale (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory), Shat Pratoomratana (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory), Michael Poplawski (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)

  • Notes Paper: Enabling Building Application Development with Simulated Digital Twins

    Gabe Fierro (Colorado School of Mines), Anand Krishnan Prakash (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), David Blum (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), Joel Bender (Cornell University), Erik Paulson (Johnson Controls), Michael Wetter (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)

Presentation Format: Full Paper- 10min Talk + 3min Q&A; Short Paper- 7min Talk + 3min Q&A

List of accepted posters/demos

  • Poster Abstract: Optimizing Participation of Buildings and Aggregations in Incentive-Based Demand Response Programs
    Utkarsha Agwan, Costas J. Spanos, Kameshwar Poolla (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Poster Abstract: Synthetic Personal Thermal Comfort Data Generation
    Hari Prasanna Das, Costas J. Spanos (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Poster Abstract: Integration of Physics-Based Building Model and Sensor Data to Develop an Adaptive Digital Twin
    Barney H. Miao, Yiwen Dong (Stanford University); Zheng Y. Wu, Bulent N. Alemdar (Bentley Systems); Pei Zhang (University of Michigan); Monica D. Kohler (California Institute of Technology); Hae Young Noh (Stanford University) (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Poster Abstract: Simulating Deferrable Loads for the Development of Next Generation Energy Systems
    Nilotpal Chakraborty (Indian Institute of Information Technology Kottayam); Ezhil Kalaimannan (University of West Florida)
  • Poster Abstract: Privacy-Preserving Data Augmentation for Thermal Sensation Dataset Based on Variational Autoencoder
    Hiroki Yoshikawa (Kyoto Tachibana University); Akira Uchiyama, Hiroki Yoshikawa (Osaka University)
  • Poster Abstract: A Low-cost Driving Risk Prediction System for Hilly Roads via Surveillance Cameras and Onsite Webcams
    Deepali Verma, Tanima Dutta, Monika Varshney (IIT (BHU))
  • Poster Abstract: Software Defined Battery-Solar Systems
    Sonia Martin, Obi Nnorom Jr., Oskar Triebe, Liana Patel, Philip Levis, Ram Rajagopal (Stanford University)
  • Poster Abstract: ConStory: Automatic story investigator of public perception on the mega urban infrastructure project
    Alireza Shamshiri, Kyeong Rok Ryu, Steven McCullough, June Young Park (The University of Texas at Arlington)
  • Poster Abstract: Human-Centric Data-Driven Optimization and Recommendation in EV-Interfaced Grid at City Scale
    Jingping Nie Lanxiang Hu, Yian Liu (Columbia University); Yuang Fan (New York University); Matthias Preindl, Xiaofan Jiang (Colombia University)
  • Poster Abstract: Crowd Crush Detection in Large Mass Gatherings via Federated Learning Across Multicamera Environment
    Nitika Nigam, Tanima Dutta (IIT(BHU))
  • Poster Abstract: Human Wellbeing Responses to Real and Simulated Workplaces: A comparison of in-person, online, and virtual environments
    Eva Bianchi, Basma Altaf, Arash Tavakoli, Isabella P. Douglas, Sarah L. Billington, James A. Landay (Stanford University)
  • Poster Abstract: Intelligent Heating Monitoring Method Based on Infrared Image Segmentation and Target Detection
    Dongbo Li, Tong Yu, Yu Yang, Yuze Zhao, Zihan Chen, Jie Liu (Harbin Institute of Technology)
  • Poster Abstract: Exploring Use Cases for an Hourly Building Energy Benchmarking Platform
    Abigail Andrews, Rishee K. Jain (Stanford University)
  • Poster Abstract: Evaluation of Machine Learning Methods for Thermal Sensation and Comfort Predictions in Microenvironments Created by Personal Conditioning Devices
    Lingzhe Wang (University of Maryland, College Park); Daniel A. Dalgo (Montgomery College); Nicholas Mattise, Shengwei Zhu, Jelena Srebric (University of Maryland, College Park)
  • Demo Abstract: TwinUp - A Digital Twinning Platform
    Issa Ramaji, Ehsan Mostavi (dataArrows Inc.)