Sensors and Automation

Embedding sensors in building systems to optimise functionality and minimise energy consumption

Developing efficient, reliable, and functional sensing systems that connect the critical environmental variables with building control systems by using AI algorithms to process data and signals from sensors to increase design efficiency. 

Advances in the effective integration of sensing technologies into building environments including motion sensors, optical sensors, structural health monitoring and environmental sensors are transforming the built-environment by maximising energy efficiency, life cycle, and occupant productivity.

Moreover, the national economy, security, and health is also anchored in our built-environment, so there are limitless opportunities to develop innovative solutions in the supporting technologies. In particular, smart distributed sensors will be pivotal for the networked intelligence in emerging “smart cities” to capture and convey data and insight.  

If you can't measure it, you can't manage it! To be able to control and manage our infrastructure efficiently, it is essential that we can measure all the key parameters with the accuracy and spatial resolution needed. Applying novel sensing technologies to building systems will allow dramatic improvements in functionality and energy efficiency.
Simon Fleming

Our approach

Our approach integrates a range of technologies for infrastructure monitoring and health prognosis to increase sustainability by reducing emission, resource consumption, and environmental impact, while maintaining occupant comfort by enhancing indoor environment quality (e.g. thermal, air quality, and lighting). 

Research areas

  • Embedded systems design
  • Automated control and robotics
  • Fibre optic sensing technology, radio sensing, radar imaging
  • Sensors for smart structural health monitoring (SHM)
  • Sensor design for building air flow and quality
  • Advanced Machine Learning and data-driven predictions

UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The Sensors and Automation cluster of the Smart Sustainable Building Network is actively working towards three of the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

  • Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  • Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
UN Sustainable Development Goal 9
UN Sustainable Development Goal 12
UN Sustainable Development Goal 11

Simon Fleming

  • Room 311 Physics A28

Ali Hadigheh

  • Room 311 School of Computer Science Building J12