At George Brown's Smart Connected Buildings Lab, our partners rapidly develop new ways to keep buildings smart.
The Intelligent Building Automation Systems (IBAS) research group at George Brown College is closely collaborating with the leading industries of this field on development of the next generation of smart buildings and smart homes. This includes harnessing building’s big energy data to understand its behavior and enable sustainable control of the building’s HVAC, lighting, and IT systems to maximize the energy efficiency and cost, increase comfort, and facilitate energy management decision making processes.
KEY THEMES: Smart Connected Buildings, Smart Home, Smart Connected Devices, Energy Management, Building Automation, Big Energy Data Analytics
Active collaboration with leading companies on research projects
- Support in development of new products and services
- Unbiased technology and product assessment
- Facilitate cultural change to enable the technology adoption of new solutions across all the phases of the building life-cycle
Promote student engagement in experiential learning
Our applied research focuses on developing hardware and software solutions and also un-biased technology assessment for Human-centered Intelligent Buildings to make Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional (ICI) and Residential buildings SMARTER, CONNECTED, and SOCIALLY amenable. This includes projects in the following areas:
- Applications of Internet of Things (IoT) in Intelligent Buildings
- Applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), and (energy) data analytics in smart city including health care
- Intelligent occupancy detection
- Occupant behavior analytics using computer vision
- Occupant-centric adaptive control in building automation technologies (HVAC, Lighting, ….)
- Network convergence of building automation technologies (e.g., Niagara Tridium, Sedona with Easy I/O)
- Smart green/renewable energy management system
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Dr. Amir Shabani is NSERC’s Industrial Research Chair for Colleges (IRCC) in Smart Connected Buildings. Amir received his PhD from University of Waterloo and has published peer-reviewed international journal and conference papers. He had been invited speaker at Stanford University, Queen-Mary University of London, University of Toronto, University of Ottawa, and IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Canadian Conference on Computer and Robot Vision (2009 and 2010). Dr. Shabani has been active in applied research projects and has more than 17 years of extensive R&D background in hardware and software design of advanced automation systems and also data analytics using advanced machine learning tools. This expertise is key to carrying out projects related to intelligent building automation systems. He also has an exceptional record of project management, mentoring, student supervision, and guidance of technical teams.
Hoda Najafi is the Research Coordinator of the IBAS lab. She graduated in B.Sc.-Electronics Engineering with the core focus on FPGA and circuit design in 2003. Hoda received her M.Sc. with the core focus on the cross-layer optimization in telecommunication networks in 2007. She has more than five years of industry R&D experience in network and telecommunication engineering. Since then, its more than 10 years she is working in academia in different teaching and R&D capacities in embedded electronics design and prototyping, intelligent environment, industrial automation and wireless communication.
Student researchers involved in our projects are from different disciplines including IT-Computer engineering, Building Automation Systems, Electro-Mechanical Engineering, and Business Analytics. These students have decent knowledge of embedded systems design, building automation, software engineering, IoT, data analytics. Through participation in these industry projects, students will learn the necessary tools and gain real-world expertise that today’s evolving industry requires.