Paper accepted at Midd4DT@Middleware 2023!

Our paper on a benchmark to evaluate thermal comfort provision systems on smart buildings has been accepted at the 1st International Workshop on Middleware for Digital Twin (Midd4DT) collocated with Middleware 2023. More information at the Midd4DT 2023 website.

DEMSA: a DT-enabled Middleware for Self-adaptive Smart Spaces

Jun Ma (Telecom SudParis, France); Georgios Bouloukakis (Telecom SudParis, France); Ajay Kattepur (Ericsson AI Research, India); Roberto Yus (University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA); Denis Conan (Telecom SudParis, France);

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems account for a significant portion of energy consumption within buildings. In order to balance the effect of thermal comfort vis-a-vis energy savings, HVAC control strategies have been proposed. However, the strategies are static and do not take into account dynamic changes of consumers, hence creating sub-optimal outcomes. This paper proposes DEMSA, a Digital Twin (DT)-enabled middleware for the self-adaptation of smart buildings. The DEMSA middleware interconnects and coordinates intelligent data exchange between the building edge server, digital twin and Artificial Intelligence (AI) planning nodes in order to invoke appropriate strategies. Moreover, DEMSA is paired with a self-adaptive mechanism that can detect the anomaly of generated planning and adaptively modify it. This process ensures balancing building energy consumption and thermal comfort requirements, without human intervention. The DEMSA middleware is described over a real smart space scenario.

Roberto Yus
Roberto Yus
Assistant Professor

My research interests include Data Management, Knowledge Representation, the Internet of Things, and Privacy.