Our project aims to develop a new paradigm for smart and connected residential communities that engages inhabitants in understanding and reducing their home energy use while increasing their environmental awareness, responsiveness to collective goals, and improving their quality of life. Our primary research goals are to 1) Discover new knowledge on how individuals, groups, and residential communities make decisions related to their home energy consumption. 2) Develop feedback mechanisms and smart technology to transform this often-irrational, information-poor process into an information-rich and coordinated energy management activity. 3) Demonstrate user-interactive devices and feedback mechanisms that optimize and incentivize energy management. 4) Foster energy-aware communities that can be scaled across the U.S based on S&C technology, data analytics, and predictive modeling. In collaboration with our community partners (the Indiana Housing and Community Development Agency and BWI, LLC), smart and connected (S&C) technology will be implemented in several hundred households in multiple residential communities across Indiana which are used as research test-beds covering a wide range of demographics, locations, and construction.
The project is funded by NSF #1737591.
Smart Building Technology, Building Energy and Comfort Delivery Systems, Human-building Interactions
Thermal systems modeling and optimization, Intelligent controls applied to building systems, Automated diagnostics
Uncertainty Quantification, Scientific Machine Learning, Predictive Science
Ontologies, Natural Language Understanding, Computational Humor, Fuzzy Logic
Social norms and environmental policy, Energy and climate policy, Non-economic behavioral motivations
Market Design, Algorithmic Decision Making, Economic and Social Networks
Judgment and Decision Making, Smart Technologies and Social Influence, Risk Perception and Environmental Behavior
Building energy, Building mechanical system
Emotion in messages, Decision-making, Computers as social actors, Interpersonal scripts in new media technologies
Smart Buildings, Eco-feedback Design, Decision Science
Organizational Communication, Judgment and Decision Making, Technology and Communication
Human-centered Design, User Experience, Computer Supported Cooperation, Information Visualization, Perception and Cognition, Behavioral Nudging
Technology Diffusion, User Experience in Technology
Ontological Semantics, Corpus Annotation, Cyber Deviance
Thermodynamics, Machine Learning, Systems Engineering
API development, Natural Language Processing, Applied Machine Learning
Apartment complexes development, Strategic consulting and training, Assisting local community.
Affordable Housing, Breaking the Cycle of Poverty, System Changes Through Continuous Improvement
Computer Related Consulting Services, Surveillance system