Reducing our ecological footprint requires not only new energy technologies but also new and more efficient energy use. But changing the way we use energy is proving challenging. A key part of this includes the homes we live in. Smart metering, wireless communication, and mobile and ubiquitous computing devices provide the technological capability to track and review consumption patterns in near real time. Our research is concerned with how we can use these technologies to help residents make better energy and resource use decisions. This introduces issues of visualization, human factors, user interface design, social computing, controls systems and engineering design. We investigate all of these aspects in this research.
We are actively recruiting graduate students to work with us in this exciting area. Please contact Lyn (lyn at sfu.ca) or Rob (rob at sfu.ca) for further information.