Comfort Driven Data

Carol Menassa is bringing new ways to keep people comfortable while making buildings more sustainable. Her lab concentrates on building wandering robotic sensors called “turtle-bots”, making new models that do not assume static occupancy throughout the day and developing phone applications that can collect and utilize human physiological data like heart rates, skin temperature and sleeping patterns.

Carol Menassa is a John L. Tishman CM Faculty Scholar and Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan.

Professor Menassa's research focuses on understanding and modeling the impact of occupants on energy use in buildings, and developing decision frameworks to sustainably retrofit existing buildings. She uses several tools such as energy simulation, complex adaptive systems modeling, high-level architecture and informatics. She has research projects focused on international construction, integrated project delivery and quantitative assessment of project manager competencies.

Read more about Professor Manassa's work here: Sustainable and Intelligent Civil Infrastructure Systems Laboratory

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