Sociotechnical Systems to Enable Smart & Connected Energy-Aware Residential Communities





About

About picture 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.

Meet the Team

Project Leader

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Panagiota Karava

Jack and Kay Hockema Associate Professor in Civil Engineering

Smart Building Technology, Building Energy and Comfort Delivery Systems, Human-building Interactions

Principal Investigators

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Jim Braun

Herrick Professor of Engineering, Director of the Center for High Performance Buildings

Thermal systems modeling and optimization, Intelligent controls applied to building systems, Automated diagnostics

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Ilias Bilionis

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Uncertainty Quantification, Scientific Machine Learning, Predictive Science

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Julia Rayz

Associate Professor of Computer and Information Technology

Ontologies, Natural Language Understanding, Computational Humor, Fuzzy Logic

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Leigh Raymond

Professor of Political Science

Social norms and environmental policy, Energy and climate policy, Non-economic behavioral motivations

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Thanh Nguyen

Associate Professor of Management

Market Design, Algorithmic Decision Making, Economic and Social Networks

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Torsten Reimer

Associate Professor of Communication and Psychology, Brian Lamb School of Communication, Communication and Cognition Lab

Judgment and Decision Making, Smart Technologies and Social Influence, Risk Perception and Environmental Behavior

Grad Students

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Sang woo Ham

Ph.D. student, Civil Engineering

Building energy, Building mechanical system

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Hayden Barber

Ph.D. Candidate, Brian Lamb School of Communication

Emotion in messages, Decision-making, Computers as social actors, Interpersonal scripts in new media technologies

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Huijeong Kim

Ph.D. Student

Smart Buildings, Eco-feedback Design, Decision Science

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Jeonghyun Oh

Ph.D. Student, Brian Lamb School of Communication

Organizational Communication, Judgment and Decision Making, Technology and Communication

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Marlen Promann Sergiwa

Sr UX Researcher; Interdisciplinary PhD candidate in Design, Technology, and Innovation Leadership

Human-centered Design, User Experience, Computer Supported Cooperation, Information Visualization, Perception and Cognition, Behavioral Nudging

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Nathanael Johnson

Masters Student, Brian Lamb School of Communication

Technology Diffusion, User Experience in Technology

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Tatiana Ringenberg

Research Assistant

Ontological Semantics, Corpus Annotation, Cyber Deviance

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Vanessa Kwarteng

Ph.D. Student, Mechanical Engineering

Thermodynamics, Machine Learning, Systems Engineering

Software Developer

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Hemanth Devarapalli

Sr. Research Analyst

API development, Natural Language Processing, Applied Machine Learning

Community Partners

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Gary Hobbs

President

Apartment complexes development, Strategic consulting and training, Assisting local community.

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Jacob Sipe

Executive Director

Affordable Housing, Breaking the Cycle of Poverty, System Changes Through Continuous Improvement

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Roderick A. Watts

President/Senior Consultant

Computer Related Consulting Services, Surveillance system

Recent posts

Software and experimental platform evaluation with a community partner

Our community partner Rod Watts evaluates the second version of our software and experimental platform (Dec 2019)

Presentation at Human Computation and Crowdsourcing (HCOMP) in WA

Marlen Promann presents her work at Human Computation and Crowdsourcing (HCOMP), Doctoral Consortium in Skamania Lodge, WA (November …

Presentation at 16th IBPSA International Conference in Rome

Sang woo Ham presents his work at the 16th IBPSA International Conference in Rome (September 2019)

S&CC Devices and residents

Our community residents are excited to receive new S&CC technology!

Installation of S&CC Devices (Tablets and Amazon Alexa)

Our team (PhD students: Sang woo Ham, Huijeong Kim, Vanessa Kwarteng, Saltanat Tazhibaeva, Enrique Aldana) installs S&C devices …

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