The Information Systems in the Built Environment group participates in the research program:

Design and Decision Support Systems

Relevant research areas

  • Energy Neutral Cities
    Due to global warming and the depletion of fossil fuels, there is a need for alternative methods to generate, consume, store and distribute energy. Cities have ambitions to become energy neutral but lack methods to achieve these goals. Research in this field will contribute to more reliable and comprehensive models to estimate the effects of new renewable energy technologies on the district level.
  • Urban Management
    Cities are inherently complex systems with many different stake-holders and long term policies. Nevertheless cities are seen as the main drives local en global changes. Research in this field will contribute to socio-economic models that are needed to manage these systems and forecast spatial effects and financial risks of policy measures.
  • Building Information Management
    Information management is crucial for improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the Architecture, Engineering and Construction process. Standards in Building modelling and City modelling are increasingly adopted by the building sector but still much research is needed to advance communication and BIG data mining. Research in this field will contribute to this international effort to improve interoperability and open data management.

Methods and technologies

These research areas pertain to users of the systems (planners and designers) as well as users of built environments (civilians, citizens) that are the subject of planning and design decisions. Methods and technologies developed in research projects are: Conjoint Analysis, Virtual Reality, Building Information Modeling, Activity-based models and Multi-Agent Systems.

Main objective

The main objective of the DDSS research school is two-fold, namely: (1) To develop innovative and improve existing (components of) Design and Decision Support Systems for applications in architecture, building and urban planning; and (2) To play an active role in the dissemination of such progress to architectural, building and planning practice.

PhD research projects

Typically a PhD research project includes the following stages:

  1. Definition of research questions
  2. Literature survey
  3. Development of a theoretical model
  4. Performance specification (functional and technical)
  5. User experiment with prototype
  6. Evaluation of collected data
  7. Conclusion on model performance