Good set-points make good neighbors - User seating and temperature control in uberized workspaces

Srinarayana Nagarathinam, Arunchandar Vasan, Venkatesh Sarangan, Rajesh Jayaprakash, Anand Sivasubramaniam

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Abstract

"Uberized" office spaces are becoming more common. In such coworking office spaces, occupants pay as they use for desks or cubicles. While uberization increases the economic utility of an office space, it can potentially conflict with a key goal of a smart office: personalized user comfort. In particular, an uberized smart office should handle users with conflicting thermal comfort preferences. Existing works have addressed either user comfort in spaces with hard partitions and single actuators or HVAC control to save energy in open spaces by detecting or predicting occupancy. We consider the decision problem of assigning users based on their comfort preferences to desks in an open-plan shared space without partitions. The problem is computationally challenging due to the assignment decision and the non-linearities in thermodynamic constraints. We use a thermal model to assign users to desks. We evaluate our approach in a real-world shared office setting through simulations. We find that our approach identifies the minimum energy configuration among those that maximize user comfort.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBuildSys 2018 - Proceedings of the 5th Conference on Systems for Built Environments
EditorsGowri Sankar Ramachandran, Nipun Batra
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages144-147
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450359511
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 7 2018
Event5th ACM International Conference on Systems for Built Environments, BuildSys 2018 - Shenzen, China
Duration: Nov 7 2018Nov 8 2018

Other

Other5th ACM International Conference on Systems for Built Environments, BuildSys 2018
CountryChina
CityShenzen
Period11/7/1811/8/18

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Building and Construction
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Information Systems

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    Nagarathinam, S., Vasan, A., Sarangan, V., Jayaprakash, R., & Sivasubramaniam, A. (2018). Good set-points make good neighbors - User seating and temperature control in uberized workspaces. In G. S. Ramachandran, & N. Batra (Eds.), BuildSys 2018 - Proceedings of the 5th Conference on Systems for Built Environments (pp. 144-147). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/3276774.3276781