Fields of expertise
Human exposure assessment
Building ventilation and control
Building IoT sensing
Human thermal comfort
Human behavior and interactions
Energy efficient buildings
BiographyDusan Licina is a Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Indoor Environmental Quality at the School for Architecture, Civil, and Environmental Engineering (ENAC) at EPFL. He leads the Human-Oriented Built Environment Lab (HOBEL) in Fribourg since 1 June 2018.
Dusan’s research and teaching are driven by the need to advance knowledge of the intersections between people and the built environment in order to ensure high indoor environmental quality for building occupants with minimum energy input. His research group specializes in air quality engineering, focusing on understanding of concentrations, dynamics and fates of air pollutants within buildings, and development and application of methods to quantitatively describe relationships between air pollution sources and consequent human exposures. His research interests also encompass optimization of building ventilation systems with an aim to improve air quality and thermal comfort in an energy-efficient manner.
Throughout his career, Dusan specialized in air quality engineering, focusing on sources and transport of air pollutants in buildings, human exposure assessment, and optimization of building ventilation systems with an aim to improve air quality. Dusan completed my joint Doctorate degree at the National University of Singapore and Technical University of Denmark. He was formerly master and bachelor student in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Belgrade, Serbia. Prior to joining EPFL, Dusan worked for 3.5 years in the USA, first he was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California Berkeley, and then he served as director on the standard development team at International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) in New York.
Dusan is the recipient of several honors and awards, including Ralph G. Nevin’s award by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) given in recognition of significant accomplishment in the study of human response to the environment. He is editorial board member of the highly acclaimed Indoor Air journal. He is passionate about raising awareness about the air quality issues worldwide and developing buildings that are not only energy efficient, but that also contribute to “Michelin Star” indoor air quality.
Why has the COVID-19 pandemic generated such global interest from the engineering community?Indoor Air. 2022-04-01. DOI : 10.1111/ina.13027.
Comparing thermal performance of standard humanitarian tentsEnergy & Buildings. 2022-03-22. DOI : 10.1016/j.enbuild.2022.112035.
Longitudinal assessment of personal air pollution clouds in ten home and office environmentsIndoor Air. 2022-02-01. DOI : 10.1111/ina.12993.
Ozone Initiates Human-Derived Emission of Nanocluster AerosolsEnvironmental Science & Technology. 2021-11-02. DOI : 10.1021/acs.est.1c03379.
Test rooms to study human comfort in buildings: A review of controlled experiments and facilitiesRenewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews. 2021-10-01. DOI : 10.1016/j.rser.2021.111359.
Development of indoor environmental quality index using a low-cost monitoring platformJournal Of Cleaner Production. 2021-08-20. DOI : 10.1016/j.jclepro.2021.127846.
Particle release and transport from human skin and clothing: A CFD modeling methodologyIndoor Air. 2021-04-24. DOI : 10.1111/ina.12840.
Human Emissions of Size-Resolved Fluorescent Aerosol Particles: Influence of Personal and Environmental FactorsEnvironmental Science & Technology. 2021-01-05. DOI : 10.1021/acs.est.0c06304.
Global Environmental Stimuli and Human-Building Interaction in Open Space Offices: A Swiss Case Study2021-01-01. ASHRAE Virtual Winter Conference, ELECTR NETWORK, Feb 09-11, 2021. p. 434-442.
Environmental preferences of occupants: A multi-domain approach in the Swiss open office case study2021-01-01. International Hybrid Conference on Carbon Neutral Cities - Energy Efficiency and Renewables in the Digital Era (CISBAT), Lausanne, SWITZERLAND, Sep 08-10, 2021. p. 012131. DOI : 10.1088/1742-6596/2042/1/012131.
Systematic Method for the Energy-Saving Potential Calculation of Air Conditioning Systems via Data Mining. Part II: A Detailed Case StudyEnergies. 2021-01-01. DOI : 10.3390/en14010086.
Systematic Method for the Energy-Saving Potential Calculation of Air-Conditioning Systems via Data Mining. Part I: MethodologyEnergies. 2021-01-01. DOI : 10.3390/en14010081.
Investigation of perceived air quality, occupants’ behaviour and air pollutant levels in two open-space office buildings in Switzerland2020-11-05. The 16th Conference of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality & Climate (INDOOR AIR 2020), [Virtual event], November 1-5, 2020.
Triggers behind human-building interactions from a user perspective: results and effectiveness of capturing motivations in real-time2020-10-21. BEHAVE 2020 6th European Conference on Behaviour and Energy Efficiency, Copenhagen, Denmark, October 21-23, 2020.
A comparative study of indoor environmental quality in temporary emergency shelters2020-10-05
Occupant satisfaction in non-well and well certified office buildings2020-07-14
A Big Data approach to Building Automation and Predictive Maintenance Techniques2020-06-25
The Indoor Chemical Human Emissions and Reactivity (ICHEAR) project: Overview of experimental methodology and preliminary resultsIndoor Air. 2020-06-07. DOI : 10.1111/ina.12687.
Energy, indoor air quality, occupant behavior, self-reported symptoms and satisfaction in energy-efficient dwellings in SwitzerlandBuilding And Environment. 2020-03-15. DOI : 10.1016/j.buildenv.2019.106618.
Emissions of volatile organic compounds from interior materials of vehiclesBuilding and Environment. 2020. DOI : 10.1016/j.buildenv.2019.106599.
Occupant health & well-being in green buildings: Trends and Future DirectionsASHRAE Journal. 2019-04-30.
The Indoor Chemical Human Emissions and Reactivity Project (ICHEAR): Methods2019. ISES ISIAQ 2019, KAUNAS, LITHUANIA, August 18 - 22, 2019.
Personal CO2 cloud: laboratory measurements of metabolic CO2 inhalation zone concentration and dispersion in a typical office desk settingJournal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology. 2019. DOI : 10.1038/s41370-019-0179-5.
Clothing as a transport vector for airborne particles: Chamber studyIndoor Air. 2018. DOI : 10.1111/ina.12452.
Experimental investigation of inhalation intake fraction from localized indoor particle sources2017. Healthy Buildings 2017 Europe, Lublin, Poland, July 2-5,2017.
Inhalation intake fraction of particulate matter from localized indoor emissionsBuilding and Environment. 2017. DOI : 10.1016/j.buildenv.2017.06.037.
Emission rates and the personal cloud effect associated with particle release from the perihuman environmentIndoor Air. 2016. DOI : 10.1111/ina.12365.
Pilot study of sources and concentrations of size-resolved airborne particles in a neonatal intensive care unitBuilding and Environment. 2016. DOI : 10.1016/j.buildenv.2016.06.020.
Concentrations and Sources of Airborne Particles in a Neonatal Intensive Care UnitPLOS ONE. 2016. DOI : 10.1371/journal.pone.0154991.
Size-resolved total particle and fluorescent biological aerosol particle emissions from clothing2016. Indoor air 2016 : the 14th international conference of indoor air quality and climate, Ghent, Belgium, July 3-8, 2016.
Airflow Characteristics and Pollution Distribution Around a Thermal Manikin--Impact of Specific Personal and Indoor Environmental Factors.ASHRAE Transactions. 2016.
Effectiveness of a personalized ventilation system in reducing personal exposure against directly released simulated cough dropletsIndoor Air. 2015. DOI : 10.1111/ina.12187.
Transport of gaseous pollutants by convective boundary layer around a human bodyScience and Technology for the Built Environment. 2015. DOI : 10.1080/23744731.2015.1060111.
Air temperature investigation in microenvironment around a human bodyBuilding and Environment. 2015. DOI : 10.1016/j.buildenv.2015.04.014.
Human convective boundary layer and its impact on personal exposure2015
Human convection flow in spaces with and without ventilation: personal exposure to floor-released particles and cough-released dropletsIndoor Air. 2014. DOI : 10.1111/ina.12177.
Human convective boundary layer and its interaction with room ventilation flowIndoor Air. 2014. DOI : 10.1111/ina.12120.
Experimental investigation of the human convective boundary layer in a quiescent indoor environmentBuilding and Environment. 2014. DOI : 10.1016/j.buildenv.2014.01.016.
Transport of gaseous pollutants around a human body in quiescent indoor environment2014. 13th SCANVAC International Conference on Air Distribution in Rooms.
Interaction of convective flow generated by human body with room ventilation flow: impact on transport of pollution to the breathing zone2014.
Personal exposure to cough released droplets in quiescent environment and ventilated spaces2014. The 13th SCANVEC International Conference on Air Distribution in Rooms, Sao Paulo, Brazil, October 19-22, 2014. p. 174-181.
Air handling unit condensate in tropical and subtropical climates - Why waste down the drain?2012. 10th International Conference on Healthy Buildings. p. 2626-2631.
Energy and water conservation from air handling unit condensate in hot and humid climatesEnergy and Buildings. 2012. DOI : 10.1016/j.enbuild.2011.11.016.
Parametric Analysis and Thermodynamic Limits of Solar Assisted Geothermal Co- And Tri-Generation SystemsASHRAE Transactions. 2011.
Renewable energy sources and energy efficiency for building's greening: From traditional village houses via high-rise residential building's BPS and RES powered co- and tri-generation towards net ZEBuildings and Cities2011. 2011 IEEE 3rd International Symposium on Exploitation of Renewable Energy Sources (EXPRES), 11-12 March 2011. p. 29-37. DOI : 10.1109/EXPRES.2011.5741812.
Teaching & PhD
Doctoral Program in Civil and Environmental Engineering
Doctoral Program in Mechanics
Doctoral Program in Architecture and Sciences of the City