Workshops, Seminars and Conferences

Occupant Behavior Modeling Tools Webinar

March 15, 2016

The 90-minute webinar included four parts: (1) Karma Sawyer, Technology Manager at U.S. Department of Energy, gave an overview of R&D Directions and Opportunities at the Building Technologies Office of USDOE; (2) Jimmy Tran, Operations Manager of U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC) on Building Energy Efficiency (BEE) Consortium, gave an overview of objectives, key research activities and outcomes from CERC-BEE 1.0 (2011-2016) Program and the upcoming CERC-BEE 2.0 (2016-2021) Program; (3) Tianzhen Hong, Staff Scientist, and Yixing Chen, Senior Scientific Engineering Associate of Building Technology and Urban Systems Division of LBNL , provided an overview of the occupant behavior research project under CERC-BEE 1.0, introduced and demonstrated the three occupant behavior modeling tools; and (4) Questions and Answers.

There are about 100 people from eight countries (75% are US participants) participated in the webinar. We thank the participants for their time and providing feedback.

The webinar slides can be downloaded here. We are adding documentation to the obXML and obFMU which will be made available for download from this web site in May 2016. However if you would like to try them out now, please send us a message at We are happy to get you started.

IBPSA-USA SF Chapter Workshop
Tianzhen Hong gave a nice introduction to Annex 66 and occupant behavior simulation at the IBPSA-USA San Francisco Chapter on October 6, 2014. A video recording is available at link
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab Behavior Workshops
2013 CERC-BEE Workshop on Human Energy-Related Behavior in Buildings, July 17, 2013, LBNL Building 70A, Room 3377.
2014 CERC-BEE Workshop on Human Energy-Related Behavior in Buildings, August 28, 2014, LBNL Building 90, Room 3122.
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab: International Technical Forum
March 30, 2015
Summary: The International Technical Forum included a kick-off introduction by LBNL Staff Scientist, Richard Diamond and co-operating agents, Tianzhen Hong and Da Yan. This was followed by a Department of Energy (DOE) panel on “Envisioning future occupants: A discussion panel for the DOE Buildings of the Future project” and a moderated session entitled “What role might the US government play in supporting occupant behavior research?” This was followed by 8 invited oral presentations from presenters in industry and academia, including engineering and social sciences and from the US, Japan, Germany and Austria. Major categories of topics included occupant modelling approaches, comfort studies, occupant behavior implementation strategies, and case studies. 
ASHRAE Seminars on occupant behavior
[1] High Performance Buildings Conference, San Francisco, California. April 2014.
[2] Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington. June 2014.
[3] Winter Meeting, Chicago, Illinois. January 2015.
[4] Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia. June 2015.
Environmental Design Research Association
“Dynamic Interactions of Environment-Behavior and Neuroscience”, May 2015, Los Angeles, California
The 8th International Symposium on Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (ISHVAC), October 18 to 20, 2013 in Xi'an, China
The ISHVAC-COBEE conference, July 12 to 15, 2015 in Tianjin, China
ASim (Asia Conference of International Building Performance Simulation Association)
The 1st Asia conference of International Building Performance Simulation Association in Shanghai, China, November 25-27, 2012 .
Presentations on occupant behavior at BECC (Behavior Energy and Climate Change)
2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.