Ömer T. Karaguzel Presents CBPD’s Thermal Comfort Research at ASTFE Conference

Assistant Professor Ömer T. Karaguzel, PhD, WELL AP of Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture’s Center for Building Performance & Diagnostics (CBPD) recently presented as a panelist during a National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported conference. The panel took place on 6 March 2018 during the 3rd International Thermal and Fluids Engineering Conference (TFEC) at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. 

The multidisciplinary panel centered around the theme of “Thermal Modeling and Sensing Technologies.” Ömer’s presentation, entitled “Designing for Thermal Comfort: Coupling Simulation and Sensing for the Emergence of Autotelic Building Control Mechanisms,” introduced fundamental principles of thermal comfort modeling and sensing. The talk also covered the cutting edge research currently being conducted by the CBPD’s graduate researchers, including topics such as detecting occupant thermal comfort with integrated vision-based sensing systems, the use of artificial intelligence (deep reinforcement learning) for comfort-based system controls, human-in-the-loop controls with feedback from bio-sensors, and virtual representations of human metabolism and environmental interactions in the parametric and generative modeling environments coupled with 3D authoring programs. 

Ömer is an architect and building scientist with expertise on computational design decision support systems for environmentally responsive and generative buildings with increased resiliency for human habitability. He has 15 years of experience in building performance simulation and environmental design, and teaches both undergraduate and graduate level courses for the School of Architecture.