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On how to design smart energy-efficient buildings

Donatella Sciuto - Politecnico di Milano

Abstract - Smart spaces are environments such as apartments, offices, museums, hospitals, schools, malls, university campuses, and outdoor areas that are enabled for the cooperation of objects (e.g., sensors, devices, appliances) and systems that have the capability to self-organize themselves, based on given policies. Since they can be used for an efficient management of the energy consumption of buildings, there is a growing interest for them, both in academia and industry. Unfortunately, nowadays, these systems are still designed manually with ad-hoc solutions. As a consequence, a huge effort has to be spent for each new smart building. Within this context, aim of this work is to propose a methodology to automate the design process of such smart spaces. The paper presents an overview of the design flow implemented to support the design of scalable architectures for energy aware smart spaces.

Short bio - Donatella Sciuto received her Laurea in Electronic Engineering from Politecnico di Milano and her PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is currently Vice Rector of the Politecnico di Milano and Full Professor in Computer Science and Engineering. She is in the Board of Governors of the Bank of Italy. Her main research interests cover the methodologies for the design of embedded systems and multicore systems, from the specification level down to the implementation of both the hardware and software components, including reconfigurable and adaptive systems. She has published over 200 scientific papers. She is a Fellow of IEEE and has been President of the IEEE Council of Electronic Design Automation for the past two years. She has been in the executive and program committees of different conferences and journals in the area of Electronic Design Automation.