Information Systems in the Built Environment (ISBE)

Research interests

To develop innovative and improve existing (components of) Design and Decision Support Systems for applications in architecture, building and urban planning; and to play an active role in the dissemination of such progress to architectural, building and planning practice.

We are interested in

  • Energy Neutral Cities
  • Urban Management
  • Building Information Management

These research areas pertain to users of the systems (planners and designers) as well as users of built environments that are the subject of planning and design decisions. For the support of design decision making data sets are collected from users through questionnaires, from web services that offer building and geographical data, and the sensors that are installed in the built environment. The data sets are analyzed use stet-of-the-art data mining techniques and statistics.

Success stories

The group contributes significantly to the strategic area “Energy”, focusing on the formulation of urban energy simulation models. Recently, a new internationally funded project was set up, aimed at establishing a link between energy and transportation. Our group is furthermore contributing to the theme - Smart Living Environments by developing personal information and recommendation systems that aim to enhance experiences of users in built environments through new ICT technologies. Moreover, our group is conducting internationally leading research on building/city information modeling systems.  Data is used in these projects to generate maps of districts and cities that can show changes in the built environment over time, visualizations of buildings including abstract data about its performance and personal apps that show environmental conditions. Data science is used for developing models of cities, districts and buildings that allow parties to communicate about these subjects and that provide open standards to give access to these data.

Project examples

  1. One to three lines of explanation + key cooperation partners Triangulum – Horizon 2020
    Demonstrate, disseminate and replicate solutions and frameworks for Europe’s future smart cities.In total, 22 partners from six countries. From Eindhoven, the main partners are: City of Eindhoven, Royal KPN NV, VolkerWessels, Woonbedrijf and TU/e.
  2. DESENT – ERA-NET COFUND Smart Cities and Communities
    This project aims the development, application and dissemination of an integrated decision support system for energy use of buildings and transport, ensuring maximum efficiency with respect to supply and distributed energy generation.
    Main partners: TU/e, W.E.I.Z., Weiz, RSG, SINTEF and 4ER.
  3. okstraOWL – TU/e & TU Munich
    A Linked Data representation of the German information model for roads. With this model information about roads can be shared between parties in the design, engineering, construction and maintenance stage.
  4. ExcaSafeZone – 3TU project
    Prototyping rich urban maps for safe excavation: Predicting safe excavation zones in urban environments
  5. Bridging the gap between Geo and BIM TU/e & TU Delft
    Developing a CityGML/IFC interface to integrate BIM models with Geo models