Lecture: Georg Suter-School of Architecture - Carnegie Mellon University

Friday, September 7, 2012

Lecture: Georg Suter

Tuesday, 11 September, 4:30pm, MMCH Intelligent Workplace

"Space models for user-centered building services: current work at the Design Computing Group, TU Vienna"

Filip Petrushevski, Milos Sipetic, and Georg Suter

Recent advances in computing have the potential to significantly improve existing and enable novel building services. Services that are responsive to comfort or information needs of individual users appear particularly promising. Such services are referred to as user- centered building services (UCBS). Potential domains include indoor environment quality, collaborative work, and indoor navigation.

In current research, we explore the requirement of UCBS for functional, physical, and geometric data of architectural spaces. We give an overview of a space model that meets space data needs of UCBS. We have developed a personal lighting control (PLC) system to illustrate how space models may contribute towards improving the interaction of users with lighting automation systems. In our system, lighting agents dynamically query a space model to retrieve luminaires and window shades that are near user locations. Luminaire outputs and shade positions are adjusted with respect to user preferences. We present the design and implementation of a PLC system prototype and demonstrate its use in a test room.


Filip Petrushevski is a researcher at the Design Computing Group, TU Vienna. His research interests are in the areas of ubiquitous computing and building automation, in particular intelligent and personalized lighting control in buildings. He has received a Diploma in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology from the University Sts. Cyril and Methodius, Skopje, Macedonia.

Miloš Šipetić is a researcher at the Design Computing Group. His research interests are in the areas of building information modeling, building automation, and ubiquitous computing. He has received a Diploma in Information Systems from the Technical University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia.

Georg Suter is Associate Professor at the Institute of Architectural Sciences, Faculty of Architecture and Planning, TU Vienna, and Head of the Design Computing Group. His research interests are in the areas of architectural design and decision support systems, building information modeling, and spatial information systems. He has received a Diploma in Architecture from the Swiss Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland, a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Building Performance and Diagnostics from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA.