TUTORIAL - MAY 29, 2023
Gian Marco Revel
Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy
Università Telematica eCampus, Italy
The environment influences the well-being, the physical and emotional health. Uncomfortable conditions lead to non-efficient human behaviours in terms of productivity and energy consumption. For this reason, it is fundamental to accurately measure comfort for the implementation of optimized buildings control and management. Thermal comfort is a complex quantity, resulting from the balance of environmental, physiological, psychological and social quantities. Thus, its measurement is also a complex process which requires the integration of different sensing technologies and data analysis procedures.
This tutorial session will provide insights about the basics and the most recent developments in the field of comfort measurement. Recently, the unceasing progress of machine learning tools and wearables devices is opening the way to the development of new human-centric approaches. Therefore, it will be also discussed the application of those key enabling sensing technologies, that, integrated with standard methods, can be used for the creation of Personal Comfort Models and for the monitoring and control applied in real-life. Practical examples from research projects will be presented and their application will be showed considering also the impact of the measurement uncertainty on the final comfort evaluation. The different technologies and methodologies will be presented with a critical analysis about the actual limitations and the future challenges to be faced by research and industry actors in the field of smart living environments.
Gian Marco Revel is Full Professor in Mechanical and Thermal Measurement at Università Politecnica delle Marche, where he also plays the role of Rector Delegate for European Research. Main research interests are in the field of sensor and measurement technologies for industrial applications, with particular focus on the construction sector, building energy efficiency, in-field material characterization and non-destructive testing. He is Coordinator of the Material&Sustainability Committee of ECTP and Coordinator of the Italian Construction Technology Platform. He is author of more than 200 publications and Scientific Responsible for several projects (11 in H2020, 3 in Horizon Europe) in the area of technologies for Energy Efficiency and Materials in Buildings.
Marco Arnesano, PhD in Mechanical and Thermal Measurements from Università Politecnica delle Marche, is an Associate Professor at eCampus University and Coordinator of Industrial Engineering courses (bachelor and master degrees). His research is focused on the development of innovative measurement systems for the built environment: energy and indoor environmental monitoring and control through the application of embedded and IoT sensors, physiological measurements, signal processing and data analysis. Research activities are conducted within European and National projects. He is the author of more than 70 peer-reviewed scientific publications for international journals and conference proceedings.