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Predictive Modeling of Sustainable and Resilient Human_building Ecosystems (SRHBE) via

Virtual Information-Fabric Infrastructure(VIFI)


SRHBE is a new area of fundamental research in sustainability science, proposed by a group of researchers in an NSF funded Research Coordination Network (RCN) in Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (SEES): Predictive Modeling Network for Sustainable Human-Building Ecosystems (SHBE). The original SHBE is defined as an interdisciplinary research area integrates human behavioral science, social and economic sciences in tandem with sciences of building design, engineering, and metrology for data validation of building energy consumption and occupant comforts. The developed research collaboration and standardized data platform will lead to significant reductions of the uncertainty in predicting human adaptation to energy efficiency and sustainability of building ecosystems, which will also address fundamental questions such as “what are the benefits of sustainable building investment to people at a personal, business, or urban planning level?”. Recently, we are working collectively towards establishing a Virtual Information-Fabric Infrastructure (VIFI) for Data-Driven Decisions for case studies in Sustainable, Resilient Human-Building Ecosystems (SRHBE). By adding the resiliency aspects, such as planning, prevention and mitigation of hazardous events, in modeling the life-cycle assessment of sustainable building design, development and operation, the overall measures (such carbon emission) for validating sustainable building design and technology adoption can be established. This presentation covers the overarching themes of research in SRHBE and also introduces the new CollegeofEngineeringand Computing at NSU and the interdisciplinary research activities where computational science and engineering play an important role.


Dr. Yong X. Tao is an internationally known researcher in fundamentals of thermal sciences, refrigeration system performance, and renewable energy applications in buildings, and has more than 27 years of research and teaching experience. Currently as the Founding Dean of Engineering and Computing as Nova Southeastern University (NSU), Dr. Tao has produced a total of more than 158 journal publications, book chapters, peer-reviewed technical conference papers, and edited journals and proceedings over the course of his career, and holds two patents. He has received more than 16.7 million dollars of research funding as a single PI or Co-PI in multidisciplinary teamwork projects from the USfederal funding agencies and various industries. Recent research interests include zero-energy buildings, transport phenomena in multiphase media, constructal microchannel heat exchangers, NPCM enhanced heat transfer, low temperature heat transfer, alternative energy, engineering education, and entrepreneurship. Prior to joining NSU, Dr. Tao was the Chair of Mechanical and Energy Engineering. He works closely with researchers within and outside the academia, and founded or co-founded such interdisciplinary research initiatives as the founding director of PACCAR Technology Institute, of Zero Energy Research Laboratory, the coordinator of research cluster in Renewable Energy and Conservation at UNT, and PI of an NSF Research Coordination Network (RCN-SEES) on Predictive Modeling of Sustainable Human-Building Ecosystems (SHBE). Prior to joining UNT, he was the Associate Dean of theCollegeofEngineeringand Computing atFloridaInternationalUniversityinMiamiand a Professor of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. He was also Director of the Building Energy, Environment, and Conservation Systems Lab (BEECS) and Multi-Phase Thermal Engineering Lab (MPTE) at FIU, leading the Sustainable Construction Research and Education Initiative (SCREI) and Energy Research Group (ERG). In 2005, he was the faculty leader of the award-winning FIU Solar Decathlon entry. During 2008 Beijing Olympics, as Project Director of the Future House USA project, he led a consortium of academics, builders, industry sponsors and lobbyists to represent the US in a ten-country, international demonstration project of renewable energy and environmentally-friendly construction that resulted in a 3,200 sq ft zero-net-energy American House in Beijing, China. On July 16th, 2009, Dr. Tao hosted a visit from US Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu in the American House, and was praised by both Secretaries as playing "vital role in building better collaboration between theUnited StatesandChinain the area of energy-efficient buildings.”

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering,UniversityofMichigan, 1989

Professor, Florida International University, 2000-2010

PACCAR Professor of Engineering,UniversityofNorth Texas, 2010-

Chair, Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering, UNT, 2010-2016

Director of PACCAR Technology Institute, 2010-2016

Dean, NSU, 2016-

Licensed Professional Engineer,Texas, since 2013

UNT Distinguished Research Professor, 2013-

Editor in Chief, Heat Transfer Research, an International Journal of Begell House, Inc., 2010-

Chair of ASME Heat Transfer Division, 2014-

Associate Editor of the Journal of Science and Engineering Applications (2010-2012)

Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME)

Active Member of the American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

Past Member, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

Active Member, American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE).

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