|Daylighting and perception
The daylighting and perception research group works on advanced systems for optimal use of daylight in buildings, with the aim to improve user comfort and health and reduce energy consumption.
|Nanotechnology for solar energy conversion
Due to their fascinating optical and electronical properties, nanometer-scaled structures play an important role in solar energy conversion. The research group “Nanotechnology for Solar Energy Conversion”, develops and characterizes novel nanostructured materials for solar energy applications.
|Complex urban systems
The complex urban systems group investigates the dynamics of urban patterns and interconnections between infrastructure networks in order to understand the complexity of urban systems and to develop models for the reduction of their environmental impact.
|Urban systems simulation
The principal mission of the urban systems simulation group is to better understand how to improve the environmental sustainability of urban systems through the simulation of physical processes.
|Smart buildings / Smart cities
To address energy and sustainability issues at building and city scale, the numerous parameters contributing to the footprint of the built environment as well as their interactions must be understood and managed with smart means. In the research domain of smart buildings/smart cities, LESO-PB investigates building and city performance in response to climate change as well as biomimetic and automatic building control systems for the optimisation of energy use and indoor comfort. Advanced building technologies such as artificial neural networks, genetic and advanced optimisation algorithms and fuzzy logic allow an optimal response to changing conditions as well as a progressive adaptation to building characteristics and user preferences.
|Building integration of renewable energies
The research group “Renewables Integration into the Built Environment” addresses the issue of optimal architectural integration of photovoltaic and thermal solar systems to promote and facilitate the use of these clean technologies in the building sector.
Over many years, Prof. Claude-Alain Roulet (now retired) led a research group highly specialised in indoor environment and health. >> Archives of the research group “Indoor environment quality and health”.