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The 5th CityNet Training Course, Leicester, UK, 11-15 May 2009


The Queens Building

The Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development (IESD) is an autonomous research department within De Montfort University. It currently employs 11 permanent academic staff, 17 research fellows, and 31 PhD students working on a broad range of research projects. The Institute has a portfolio of UK, EU and industry funded research with a total value in excess of £3m, including 8 on-going EPSRC research grants. Recent successes have been based on the multi-disciplinary perspective that the Institute can bring to the diverse area of Sustainable Urban Development. These have included membership of key UK research groupings, such as the Sustainable Urban Form consortium, the Comfort, Carbon and Control consortium, the Community Resilience to Extreme Weather Events (CREW) consortium, the Measurement, Modelling, Mapping and Management (4M) consortium, and the Carbon Reduction in Buildings (CaRB) consortium. Members of the Institute are specialized in ventilation and building thermal performance, day-lighting, thermal comfort modelling, renewable energy systems, as well as social science, psychology and economics. It is the diversity of the research activities, the dedication of the staff and the culture of collaboration, earned the Institute an international reputation and the excellent results in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.

The Fifth training course of the CityNet project will be organized by the IESD. The courses will focus on thermal comfort studies related to the built environment, and the optimization methods that can be used in building design and operation. Lectures will be given by international researchers in these two fields. The full list of lectures can be found in the Course Programme section.

The Institute has an established track record in thermal comfort studies. The IESD-Fiala model was originally developed in the Institute in the 90s. Over the years it has been undergone a series of expansion and enhancement. Undoubtedly it is now one of the most advanced and extensively validated human thermal regulatory models in existence. Our vision is to further develop the IESD-Fiala model in two main directions: to develop so called “individual” thermal comfort models; and to integrate the model with building simulation and CFD tools.

Another research front of the Institute is low energy building design, by the means of dynamic simulation and optimization. Our expertise on day-lighting, ventilation, building thermal performance, renewable energy systems, thermal comfort modelling is best integrated by using optimization technologies. Members of the Institute have completed adventurous research projects on automatic design synthesis and optimal control of the complete building system.


The full Programme of this meeting/training course ran from 11-15 May, 2009. Project partners and fellows attended the midterm assessment meeting on the first two days (11-12 May). Social programme including the dinner at Belmont Hotel and the buffet lunch at Trinity House Chapel gave partners and fellews opportunities to socialize with the members of the IESD.

The main programme of the training course consisted 12 open lectures and 1 technical tour given by renowned researchers in the related fields. The course was widely advertised (see flyer (102.91 KiB, 9 downloads)), and was attended by researchers and practioners from as far as London. Full details of the lectures can be found here. Video recordings are available for majority of the presentations.

Time Location Speaker Topic
Tuesday - May 12, 2009
16:00 - 16:20 Q1.12 Dr Soofia Tahira Elias-Ozkan L0: The Role of Sun-spaces in Reducing Heating Loads
16:30 - 17:30 Q1.12 Professor Kevin Lomas L1: Thermal comfort in a warming climate
Wednesday - May 13, 2009
09:00 - 10:30 Q1.12 Dr Jørn Toftum L2: Human Response to Indoor Environments
11:00 - 12:30 Q1.12 Professor George Havenith L3: Physiology, Clothing and Comfort
14:00 - 15:30 Q1.12 Dr Christoph van Treeck L4: Towards interactive indoor thermal comfort analysis
16:00 - 17:30 Q1.05A Dr Andy Tindale T1: Introduction to DesignBuilder software
Thursday - May 14, 2009
09:00 - 13:00 Technical tour Dr Malcolm Cook T2: Environmental Strategy of the Lanchester Library, Conventry
14:00 - 15:30 Q1.12 Professor Fergus Nicol L5: Adaptive thermal comfort and overheating in buildings
16:00 - 17:30 Q1.12 Professor Peter Allen L6: Modelling Evolution and Change in the Built Environment
Friday - May 15, 2009
09:00 - 10:30 Q1.12 Professor Adrian Hopgood L7: Hybrid Systems: the Future of Artificial Intelligence?
11:00 - 12:30 Q1.12 Professor Derek Clements-Croome L8: Intelligent Buildings to Meet Sustainability Agenda
14:00 - 15:30 Q1.12 Professor Jonathan Wright L9: Evolutionary Agorithms and Applications in Built Environment
16:00 - 17:30 Q1.05A Dr Yi Zhang T3: Optimization Hands-on: can humans beat machines?
Closing Remarks


The Leicester Team:

  • Dr. Yi Zhang .
  • Mr. Ivan Korolija .
  • Dr. Ljiljana Marjanovic-Halburd .
  • Prof. Vic Hanby .

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