Marta Gonzalez is invited as a Keynote on "Big Data Analytics for Energy Efficiency of Cities". The 2014 Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI) Conference of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is held from August 5 to 8 at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. The topic this year is mechanics for sustainable and resilient systems. See more of the program here
A paper by graduate student Yingxiang Yang, appeared in the July 11 issue of Scientific Reports explains how to calculate the number of short and long commuting trips when detailed trip data is not available. We show that cell phone records from Rwanda and other countries can provide this information on a population’s commuting patterns. Compared with empirical trip data from the United States, their model’s estimation accuracy is as good as other existing models that depend on data for calibration. Obtaining quality estimates of how many people frequently travel between two places is a key ingredient for transportation planning, facility distribution and modeling the spread of infectious diseases. Read the full paper:here
We are tackling the challenge of modelling energy consumption for heating in collaboration with the CSHub. Lead by the work of PhD student Mohammad Javad (MJ) Abdolhosseini Qomi and several other members of both groups, we have finally gotten nice advances in this multi-variate (and complex) problem. We are able to identify the 6 parameters that are able to predict building consumption at a city scale, based on physical simulations that take into account wall properties, windows, infiltration and also the human aspect of the problem. We hope to post the results here very soon!
Along these lines, Marta C. Gonzalez was selected last week to be among the 5 members of The Pecan Street Research Institute advisory board. "Pecan Street's highly unique and rapidly growing residential energy dataset, as well as ways the Institute can advance scholarship and data visualization in the areas of utility system performance, integration of renewable resources, climate change, and customer preferences. Board members enjoy special access to curated datasets for their own research and instruction"Learn More about Pecan Street Research Institute: The others members are: Zico Kolter, Chair, Carnegie Mellon University Ines Azevedo, Carnegie Mellon University Michael Blackhurst, The University of Texas at Austin Duncan Callaway, The University of California at Berkeley
Marta C. Gonzalez is selected as invited speaker in the conference “Dynamic Systems: From Statistical Mechanics to Engineering Applications“, in the occasion to celebrate more than 30 years of scientific endeavor of her PhD adviser Hans J. Herrmann: “From programming simple models to impressive simulations of dynamic systems”
“The aim of this conference is to bring together people from different fields, who contributed to computational modeling, the development of methods and their application to challenging real life problems. Applications range from percolation to network theory, from fracture to fragmentation, granular media to fluids, particles in fluids to flow with complex fluids or through complex curved spaces[...]“