About ISAAC

The performance of man-made environments is the subject of our research. We consider all built environments, regardless of scale, have the characteristics of a complex system. Their behaviors emergent from the collective behaviors of the autonomous and, often, heterogeneous components that make them. The behaviors of theses individual components are, in turn, respond to the need of communicating among themselves and with the elements outside the system for survival. Under this framework, our specific research interest lies in the implications of cultural/ social context (elements outside the system) to the formation, choices and operation (behavior) of built environment (system) and building technology (component).    

Our research approach is rooted in complex system theory and industrial ecology. Complex system modeling and analysis, building performance simulation, data mining and statistics are the common tools we use to explore this subject.

 Courses:

Architectural Daylighting

Building Energy Analysis

Complex System Simulation and Analysis in Architecture Study

OOP and Data Management for Architectural Information Modeling (coming soon)

Building Control and Diagnostics for Architectural Major (coming later)

Recent Research:

Preservation of Community Spatial Structure by Social Consensus

Simulation Tool Improvement for Lighting/Daylighting Performance Study

Virtual Metropolis for Smart Growth Policy Analysis

Occupant-Driven Integrative Household System for Residential Building Energy Simulation

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