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Professor David Fannon, School of Architecture, on Team of Three Northeastern Professors Awarded Department of Energy Grant

Professors Kane, Fannon, and Pavel.

The US Department of Energy recently awarded three Northeastern professors $2.2 million to create an open dataset characterizing occupant-centric control of grid-interactive efficient buildings. The team is led by Michael Kane, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, who will serve as principal investigator. Professor Kane will be joined by co-investigators David Fannon, Assistant Professor of Architecture in the College of Arts, Media and Design (CAMD) and Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Misha Pavel, ECE affiliated faculty & Professor of Practice of Computer Science and Health Sciences. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL); ecobee, a leading thermostat manufacturer; and Packetized Energy, an IoT-based autonomous demand-response startup, will collaborate with Northeastern on the project.

Professor Kane and his team are looking to design smarter occupant-centric building control algorithms that learn user behavior, are easy to use, and can correctly predict HVAC performance and power draw. The project takes a novel approach to cost-effectively produce and share a large dataset on characterizing grid-interactive efficient buildings and occupant behavior. Congratulations to Professors Kane, Fannon, and Pavel!