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BiographyAndrew Sonta is a tenure track assistant professor of sustainable civil engineering at EPFL. He directs the ETHOS Lab: Engineering and Technology for Human Oriented Sustainability. ETHOS is an interdisciplinary research group focused on using data-driven and computational tools to create interventions in the built environment that advance our social and environmental sustainability goals. Areas of work include human-building interaction, building energy efficiency, socio-environmental analysis of urban form, and urban energy systems.
Andrew completed his undergraduate work at Northwestern University in civil engineering, where he also studied architecture and economics. He obtained his MS and PhD from Stanford University's Sustainable Design and Construction program in civil engineering. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University's Data Science Institute before arriving at EPFL.
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Data-driven optimization of building layouts for energy efficiencyEnergy and Buildings. 2021. DOI : 10.1016/j.enbuild.2021.110815.
Simulation-aided occupant-centric building design: A critical review of tools, methods, and applicationsEnergy and Buildings. 2020. DOI : 10.1016/j.enbuild.2020.110292.
Building relationships: Using embedded plug load sensors for occupant network inferenceIEEE Embedded Systems Letters. 2019. DOI : 10.1109/LES.2019.2937316.
Understanding building occupant activities at scale: An integrated knowledge-based and data-driven approachAdvanced Engineering Informatics. 2018. DOI : 10.1016/j.aei.2018.04.009.
OESPG: Computational Framework for Multidimensional Analysis of Occupant Energy Use Data in Commercial BuildingsJournal of Computing in Civil Engineering. 2017. DOI : 10.1061/(ASCE)CP.1943-5487.0000663.
Data-driven simulation of room-level building energy consumption2021. ASCE International Conference on Computing in Civil Engineering 2021, Orlando, Florida, USA, September 12-14, 2021. p. 1153-1161. DOI : 10.1061/9780784483893.141.
Intelligent network topology based post-pandemic reintroduction policies for offices2020. 7th ACM International Conference on Systems for Energy-Efficient Buildings, Cities, and Transportation (BuildSys ’20), Yokohoma, Japan, November 18-20, 2020. p. 258-261. DOI : 10.1145/3408308.3427616.
Optimizing neighborhood-scale walkability2019. ASCE International Conference on Computing in Civil Engineering 2019, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, June 17-19, 2019. p. 454-461. DOI : 10.1061/9780784482438.058.
Inferring occupant ties: Automated inference of occupant network structure in commercial buildings2018. 5th Conference on Systems for Built Environments (BuildSys '18), Shenzhen, China, November 7-8, 2018. p. 126-129. DOI : 10.1145/3276774.3276779.
Towards automated inference of occupant behavioral dynamics using plug-load energy data2017. ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering 2017, Seattle, Washington, USA, June 25-27, 2017. p. 290-297. DOI : 10.1061/9780784480823.035.
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