2016 - Users Conference - San Francisco - Academic Symposium
PI System for Improved Educational Outcomes: Research, Coursework, and Career Development
This session illustrates how the PI System enables research at Carnegie Mellon University in furthering sustainable built environments through collaborations across Architecture, Engineering, Computer Science and Information Systems.
In the Center for Building Performance & Diagnostics, for example, researchers have used the PI System to break through data silos to create intelligent dashboards to put the human in the center of energy effective building lighting, heating, cooling and plug load management - rethinking Building Management Systems for the delight and comfort of building occupants and for saving over 40% energy savings. At the other end of the spectrum, the CMU researchers are deploying the PI System with the big data emerging from disclosure laws in cities across America, applying advanced analytical tools to identify and reduce energy demand on university campuses, in DOD and commercial building portfolios and in cities from Pittsburgh to Washington DC.
The PI System is an integral part of graduate thesis work and courses such as Building Controls and Diagnostics. In this course, time-series sensor data from CMU buildings is managed in PI to support real-time building data explorations by students developing advanced and novel visualizations and website displays. Students also create, test and validate control system designs using the PI System, changing the dynamic of academic classes from pure theory to problem solving with real-world data to create critically needed tools and insights for a more sustainable future.
Graduates of this program have PI System knowledge and are able to extract information from real-time data to expand their own careers. Some have used the knowledge to propel research at CMU, others leverage PI as a key tool for PhD theses, with graduates joining leading industries or other research universities. Learn how an integral PI System experience in university coursework and research propels graduates to pathbreaking careers."
Academia & Research
Carnegie Mellon University
Bertrand Lasternas holds a graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and is a Senior Researcher in the Robert L. Preger Intelligent Workplace Laboratory, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). Lasternas is a key investigator on the CBEI project. His efforts are central to the Intelligent Workplace and the Center for Building Performance research and academic agendas, supporting the creation of a platform that integrates energy consumption data, indoor environmental quality data, weather data, and mechanical systems control choices into high performance building solutions of significance in the US and beyond.
Carnegie Mellon University
Vivian Loftness, FAIA, LEED Fellow, is University Professor, Paul Mellon Chair of Architecture and served a decade as Head of the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University. With over 30 years of industry and government funding, she is a key member of Carnegie Mellon’s leadership in sustainability research and education, the author of eight book chapters and editor of the recent Springer Reference Encyclopedia Sustainable Built Environments. She has served on the Board of Directors for the National Academy of Science’s Buildings and Infrastructure Committee, the USGBC, AIACOTE, Phipps Conservatory, and AtSite Inc. In 2013, Vivian was recognized as a LEED Fellow, Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council, and one of 13 Stars of Building Science by the Building Research Establishment in the UK. In 2014 and 2015, she was honored as a Hanley Award nominee for Vision and Leadership in Sustainability and received the Award of Distinction from AIA Pennsylvania. Vivian Loftness has a Bachelors of Science and a Masters of Architecture from MIT.