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Coffee Talk - "Urban Systems: Efficiency, Sustainability and Resiliency", by Tianzhen Hong

Published: 17/09/2018

Friday, November 23rd, 2018. Time: 12 noon.

Place: O.C. Zienkiewicz Conference Room, C1 Building, UPC Campus Nord, Barcelona


More than half of the world population lives in urban areas. U.S. cities consume 70% of primary energy, produces 80% of GDP, and are facing challenges of aging infrastructure, impact of climate change and extreme weather events. Urban systems are interconnected systems of buildings, microclimate, transportation, and power and water supply. This talk will introduce urban systems research at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which offers insights into resource efficiency, environmental sustainability, and infrastructure resiliency, leveraging emerging opportunities in big data, artificial intelligence, and exascale computing.


Tianzhen HongDr. Tianzhen Hong is a Staff Scientist and Deputy Head of the Building Technology Department of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA. He leads a research team working on data analytics, modeling, simulation, and policy for design and operation of low energy buildings and sustainable urban systems. He was Operating Agent of the IEA EBC Annex 66 on occupant behavior in buildings, an IBPSA Fellow, and an editor of the Energy and Buildings journal. He received B.Eng. and Ph.D. from Tsinghua University, China.

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