UBC is the first 5G smart campus in Canada enabled by Rogers 5G network and a multi-million dollar partnership to fund academic research in 5G applications and applied sciences. To demonstrate the importance of 5G networks in the creation of smart buildings, this project focuses on an important subset of applications – energy and space management.
Smart buildings can be built by integrating wireless Internet of Things (IoT) sensors and developing solutions for hotels, shopping malls, office buildings, stadiums and large industrial facilities. The UBC campus is home to hundreds of buildings of various activity types, where smart building solutions can be conceived and tested before applying to a wider range of facilities.
To help create the enabling environment for UBC to reach its 2050 Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission reduction goals from buildings and facilities, this project develops a business intelligence system to monitor building energy use and occupancy. This will require an integrated network of existing sensors and new wireless sensors to monitor building space use, inform data models and energy decisions, and recommend retrofit options for campus buildings. The data collected in this project and the resulting analysis will foster innovation among UBC faculty, operational staff, and entrepreneurs about 5G technology solutions for building and energy use.
UBC is pursuing ambitious energy and emission reduction goals with multiple innovations in energy supply systems and conservation projects. An energy management system (EMS) in a building can communicate with the sensors and appliances via a two-way communication infrastructure. However, UBC’s current EMSs require automation capabilities and insights from reliable occupancy data to move closer to the energy saving and emissions reduction goals.
Large organizations like UBC are often challenged with space usage and allocation in buildings including offices, classrooms, meeting rooms, athletics, and food services. Space management not only impacts experience of the campus inhabitants but also serves as a key factor to inform energy scheduling. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and in preparation for safe re-occupancy of the UBC campus, it is also critical to monitor space occupancy for specific building areas in the interests of the occupants. UBC is a natural testbed with tens of thousands of people returning, and this project will focus on space monitoring and allocation, as well as occupancy-informed energy savings.
Associate Dean, Education and Professional Development
Post Doctoral Fellow, Urban Data Lab
Data Scientist, Urban Data Lab
Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Post Doctoral Fellow, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.