Occupancy detection through an extensive environmental sensor network in an open-plan office building

Khee Poh Lam, Michael Höynck, Bing Dong, Burton Andrews, Yun Shang Chiou, Rui Zhang, Diego Benitez, Joonho Choi

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Abstract

Contemporary office buildings commonly experience changes in occupancy patterns and needs due to changes in business practice and personal churns. Hence, it is important to understand and accurately capture the information of such trends for applications in building design and subsequent building operations. Detection of occupant presence has been used extensively in built environments for applications such as demand-controlled ventilation and security, and occupancy profiles are widely used in building simulations. However, the ability to discern the actual number of people in a space is often beyond the scope of current sensing techniques. This paper presents a study to develop algorithms for occupancy number detection based on the analysis of environmental data captured from existing sensors and ambient sensing networks. Both wireless and wired sensor networks are deployed in the Robert L. Preger Intelligent Workplace (IW) at Carnegie Mellon University, comprising six different types of sensors. An average of 80% accuracy on the occupancy number detection was achieved by Hidden Markov Models during testing periods. The findings also offer encouraging possibilities for incorporating the algorithms into building management systems for optimizing energy use while maintaining occupant comfort.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages1452-1459
Number of pages8
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event11th International IBPSA Conference - Building Simulation 2009, BS 2009 - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: Jul 27 2007Jul 30 2007

Conference

Conference11th International IBPSA Conference - Building Simulation 2009, BS 2009
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityGlasgow
Period7/27/077/30/07

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Building and Construction
  • Architecture
  • Modeling and Simulation

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    Lam, K. P., Höynck, M., Dong, B., Andrews, B., Chiou, Y. S., Zhang, R., Benitez, D., & Choi, J. (2009). Occupancy detection through an extensive environmental sensor network in an open-plan office building. 1452-1459. Paper presented at 11th International IBPSA Conference - Building Simulation 2009, BS 2009, Glasgow, United Kingdom.