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Intelligent Building Control Systems

A Survey of Modern Building Control and Sensing Strategies

  • John T. Wen
  • Sandipan Mishra


  • Provides a comprehensive perspective of the present and likely future of building automation and control

  • Broadens understanding of building control and energy systems with a collection of coordinated articles from well-known researchers in academe, national research laboratories and industrial research divisions

  • Considers thermal, illumination, distributed communication and control, and grid-connecitivity issues

  • Practitioners will benefit from case studies and to-scale implementations


Part of the Advances in Industrial Control book series (AIC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. John T. Wen, Sandipan Mishra
    Pages 1-8
  3. Building Level Design and Control Architectures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Petr Stluka, Girija Parthasarathy, Steve Gabel, Tariq Samad
      Pages 11-43
    3. Marco Pritoni, David M. Auslander
      Pages 45-69
  4. The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC) System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Bryan P. Rasmussen, Christopher Price, Justin Koeln, Bryan Keating, Andrew Alleyne
      Pages 73-103
    3. Daniel J. Burns, Claus Danielson, Stefano Di Cairano, Christopher R. Laughman, Scott A. Bortoff
      Pages 105-137
    4. Justin Koeln, Bryan Keating, Andrew Alleyne, Christopher Price, Bryan P. Rasmussen
      Pages 139-166
    5. Sarah M. Koehler, Frank Chuang, Yudong Ma, Allan Daly, Francesco Borrelli
      Pages 167-189
    6. Santosh K. Gupta, Koushik Kar
      Pages 191-217
  5. Beyond HVAC: Lighting, Grid, and Distributed Intelligence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 219-219
    2. M. H. Toufiq Imam, Sina Afshari, Sandipan Mishra
      Pages 221-251
    3. Alessandra Parisio, Marco Molinari, Damiano Varagnolo, Karl H. Johansson
      Pages 253-291
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 311-313

About this book


Readers of this book will be shown how, with the adoption of ubiquituous sensing, extensive data-gathering and forecasting, and building-embedded advanced actuation, intelligent building systems with the ability to respond to occupant preferences in a safe and energy-efficient manner are becoming a reality. The articles collected present a holistic perspective on the state of the art and current research directions in building automation, advanced sensing and control, including:

  • model-based and model-free control design for temperature control;
  • smart lighting systems;
  • smart sensors and actuators (such as smart thermostats, lighting fixtures and HVAC equipment with embedded intelligence); and
  • energy management, including consideration of grid connectivity and distributed intelligence.

These articles are both educational for practitioners and graduate students interested in design and implementation, and foundational for researchers interested in understanding the state of the art and the challenges that must be overcome in realizing the potential benefits of smart building systems. This edited volume also includes case studies from implementation of these algorithms/sensing strategies in to-scale building systems. These demonstrate the benefits and pitfalls of using smart sensing and control for enhanced occupant comfort and energy efficiency.


Intelligent Building Systems Building Automation and Control Model Predictive Control Control of Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning Systems HVAC Control Intelligent Sensing Smart Lightning Systems Building Management Systems Smart Buildings Smart Grid Internet of Things Ubiquitous sensing

Editors and affiliations

  • John T. Wen
    • 1
  • Sandipan Mishra
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems EngineeringRensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroyUSA
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear EngineeringRensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroyUSA

About the editors

John T. Wen has extensive industrial and academic experience in control systems. He received his B.Eng. from McGill University, M.S. from University of Illinois, Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, all in Electrical Engineering. He worked at Fisher Controls and Jet Propulsion Laboratory before joining Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1988. He is now a Professor in the Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering. He was the Director of the Center for Automation Technologies and Systems (CATS) from 2005-2013, and has been the Head of the Industrial and Systems Engineering since 2013. He was awarded the 2013 IEEE Control Systems Society Transition to Practice Award based on the co-invention of the Adaptive Scanning Optical Microscope (ASOM), which was licensed to Thorlabs. His research interest lies in the modeling and control of dynamical systems with applications to motion control, robot manipulation, opto-mechatronics, thermal management, and active flow control. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Sandipan Mishra received his B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in 2002 and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 2008. Dr. Mishra joined Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as a faculty in the Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering Department in Fall 2010. He is the recipient of the NSF Early CAREER award in 2013 on additive manufacturing and was a member of the 2010 Japan NXT-NSF Young investigator exchange program for nanomanufacturing. His research interests are in the area of systems and control theory, learning control, nonlinear estimation, and precision mechatronics, as applied to smart building systems, additive manufacturing, and adaptive optics.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Intelligent Building Control Systems
  • Book Subtitle A Survey of Modern Building Control and Sensing Strategies
  • Editors John T. Wen
    Sandipan Mishra
  • Series Title Advances in Industrial Control
  • Series Abbreviated Title Advances in Industrial Control
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Energy Energy (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-68461-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-88607-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-68462-8
  • Series ISSN 1430-9491
  • Series E-ISSN 2193-1577
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXII, 313
  • Number of Illustrations 34 b/w illustrations, 84 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Energy Efficiency
    Control and Systems Theory
    Building Physics, HVAC
    Information Systems Applications (incl. Internet)
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