BuildSys 2024 Call for Papers

Built environments and critical urban infrastructures account for over half of society’s energy consumption and are the mainstay of our nation’s economy, security, and health. Advances in the effective integration of networked sensors, building controls, and physical infrastructure are transforming our society. In the information age, unprecedented research of cyber-physical infrastructures includes the acquisition, integration, and analysis of big and heterogeneous data, such as sensors, devices, vehicles, buildings, and humans, to tackle the major issues that cities face, e.g., air pollution, increased energy consumption, unsafe or unproductive human environments, and traffic congestion.

Systems optimization, data analysis, and modeling applied to the built environment are particularly important in improving our society, e.g., by increasing its sustainability and enhancing people’s quality of life. These systems represent the foundation for emerging “smart cities.”

Targeted Topics

We invite original contributions with topics including, but not limited to, the following:

  • AI/ML, large foundation models, and data analytics for the built environments;
  • Design and operation of low-carbon and sustainable systems in built environment;
  • Applications in smart and connected communities;
  • Modeling, simulation, optimization, and control of heating, cooling, lighting, ventilation, water usage, and other resource flows in built environments;
  • Reliable and scalable occupant information inference in built environments;
  • Emerging standards for data collection, energy control, or interoperability of disparate
  • devices or systems;
  • Building automation system metadata models and inference techniques;
  • Improved user interfaces to built infrastructure;
  • Human in the loop sensing and control for efficient building energy systems;
  • Sensor systems and applications impacting the health, wellness, safety, or comfort of humans in built environments;
  • Enhancing energy efficiency, energy reliability, durability, and comfort via Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet of Things;
  • Sensing, modeling, and predicting for urban infrastructure and transportation;
  • Integration of smart grids with built environments;
  • Distributed generation, alternative energy, renewable sources, and energy storage in buildings;
  • Long-lived and energy-harvesting sensor systems;
  • Security, privacy, safety, and reliability in the context of built environment;
  • Smart building and city technologies and initiatives in developing countries;
  • Vehicle, mobility, and traffic-related technologies.
  • Scalable indoor localization, contextual computing, and city-scale wireless communications;

Paper Types

We solicit two types of original submissions:

  • Regular papers for oral presentation (10 pages max)
  • Notes papers for oral presentation (4 pages max)

Notes papers are 4-page papers intended to discuss preliminary research results, advocate new research directions, describe public software or datasets, or present short projects that do not warrant a 10-page paper. Notes papers serve, in part, to encourage younger researchers and research teams entering this field of research to share their work. We also encourage Notes paper submissions from industry participants who may not be able to devote resources to a full paper. While Notes papers are not expected to have extensive evaluations, they will be reviewed based on the novelty of their ideas, potential for impact, and quality of presentation.

Submission Guidelines

Submitted papers must be unpublished and must not be currently under review for any other publication. Submissions must be full papers, at most 10 single-spaced US Letter (8.5” x 11”) pages, including figures, tables, references, and appendices. Submissions for Note papers must be at most 4 single-spaced US Letter (8.5”x11”) pages, including figures, tables, references, and appendices. All submissions must use the LaTeX (preferred), or Word styles found here. Please, use the template “sigconf”.

All papers must be in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) and submitted through the HotCRP platform for this conference:

Important Dates

  • Abstract Registration: July 5th, 2024, 23:59 AOE
  • Paper Submission: July 12th, 2024, 23:59 AOE
  • Paper Notification: September 13th 2024, 23:59 AOE
  • Camera Ready Submission: October 4th, 2024, 23:59 AOE
  • Conference date: November 7-8, 2024