Human-Centered Environmental Controls:
Bio-Sensing Environmental Control for Ensuring Human Thermal Comfort in the Building Environment

Dr. Joon-Ho Choi, Associate Dean of Research and Creative Work, University of Southern California

Humanity+Technology/CoAD Lecture Series

Lawrence Technological University

September 17, 2020


Abstract: Dr. Choi’s research focuses on developing an integrated human-centered framework for intelligent environmental control in a building. The physiological signals of the occupants, as well as their ambient environmental data, are integrated by using wearable sensing agents and embedded environmental sensors. This novel concept embodies an integrative approach that promotes viable bio-sensing-driven multi-criteria decisions for determining building thermal and lighting system controls. This interdisciplinary research across Engineering, Medicine, and Architecture has a large potential to enhance energy efficiency and occupants’ wellbeing by optimizing building environmental control performance.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Joon-Ho Choi is the Associate Dean for Research & Creative Work and an Associate Professor of Building Science in the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California. Prior to taking the position, he worked as an assistant professor in the Dept. of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology.  Dr. Choi's interdisciplinary research interests include advanced controls for high performance buildings, bio-sensing controls in the built environment, smart building enclosure, passive building strategies, human-centered building environmental control, building systems integration, environmental sustainability, and comprehensive POE (post-occupancy evaluation), indoor environmental quality, and human health, and work productivity.

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