Jie (Jay) Zhao

PhD | Carnegie Mellon University

Educational Background

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA, 08/2010 – 02/2015

- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Building Performance and Diagnostics

- PhD Dissertation: Design-Build-Operate Energy Information Modeling (DBO-EIM) for Occupant-oriented Predictive Building Control

- PhD Committee:

  - Khee Poh Lam (Chair), Ph.D., Professor, RIBA, School of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University

  - Vivian Loftness, FAIA, LEED AP, University Professor, School of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University

  - B. Erik Ydstie, Ph.D., Professor, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering (Courtesy), Carnegie Mellon University

Tongji University, Shanghai, China, 09/2008 – 07/2010

- Master of Science in Engineering (MsEng), Electrical Engineering

- Master's Thesis: Daylight and Artificial Lighting Optimized Control (Blind review score: 92/100)

Tongji University, Shanghai, China, 09/2004 – 07/2008

- Bachelor of Engineering (BEng), Electrical Engineering

- Graduation Thesis: Lighting Design for A Business District (Best Graduation Thesis Award)

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Work Experience

PhD Researcher

- Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics, School of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University, 08/2010 – 02/2015

- Click here for information on research projects.

Master's thesis advisor

- School of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University, 08/2014 - 12/2014

- Advising Master of Computational Design thesis: Haoyu Feng - The Design of a Cost-effective and Comfort-oriented Smart AC Controller on Window/Wall ACs.

Adjunct Instructor

- School of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University, 01/2014 - 05/2014

- Teaching graduate level course: 48-721 Building Controls and Diagnostics, Spring 2014

Teaching Assistant

- School of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University, 01/2011 – 12/2013

- Graduate level course: 48-721 Building Control and Diagnostics, Spring 2013 and Spring 2012

- Undergraduate level course: 48-116 Building Physics, Fall 2013, Fall 2012, Spring 2011, and Fall 2011

Part-time Lighting Design Consultant

- Shanghai Research Center of Engineering and Technology for Solid-State Lighting, Shanghai, China, 09/2008 – 10/2009

- Click here for information on the project in the World Expo 2010.

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Publications

Journal Papers

- Zhao, J., Lam, K.P., Ydstie, B.E., Loftness, V. (2015). Occupant-oriented mixed-mode EnergyPlus predictive control simulation. Energy and Buildings, SI: Advances in BEM and Sim, doi:10.1016/j.enbuild.2015.09.027.

- Zhao, J., Lam, K.P., Biswas, T., Wang, H. (2015). An online platform to automate LEED energy performance evaluation and submission process. Construction Innovation: Information, Process, Management, 15(3), 313-332.

- Zhao, J., Lasternas, B., Lam, K.P., Yun, R., Loftness, V. (2014). Occupant behavior and schedule modeling for building energy simulation through office appliance power consumption data mining. Energy and Buildings, 82, 341-355.

- Zhao, J., Lam, K.P., Ydstie, B.E., Karaguzel, O.T. (2014). EnergyPlus Model-based Predictive Control within Design-Build-Operate Energy Information Modelling Infrastructure. Journal of Building Performance Simulation, 8(3), 121-134.

- Zhao, J. & Lam, K.P. (2012). Influential Factors Analysis on LEED Building Markets in U.S. East Coast Cities by Using Support Vector Regression. Sustainable Cities and Society, 5, 37-43.

- Xiao, H., Zhao, J., Kang, Q., Jiang, L. (2010). Research and design of integrated control system for indoor environment. Journal of Tongji University (Natural Science), 38, 1-5.

- Xiao, H., Kang, Q., Zhao, J., Xiao, Y. (2010). A dynamic sky recognition method for use in energy efficient lighting design based on CIE standard general skies. Building and Environment, 45(5), 1319-1328.

- Liu, Y., Zhao, J., Xiao, H, Yuan, M. (2009). Human factors in lighting design for a villa community. Lamps and Lighting (Journal of Shanghai Illuminating Engineering Society), 3, 25-27.

Conference Papers

- Zhao, J., Lam, K.P., Loftness, V., Ydstie, B.E. (2015). Occupant individual thermal comfort data analysis in an office. Proceedings of the First International Symposium on Sustainable Human-Building Ecosystems, 108-116, Pittsburgh PA.

- Lei, Y., Song, Y., Rojas, R.M., Han, J.M., Park, J., Zhao, J., Aziz, A., Loftness, V. (2015). Comparison of the results obtained with simplified IEQ Toolkit and robust instrument in POE field studies. Proceedings of Engineering Sustainability 2015, Pittsburgh, PA.

- Lam, K.P., Zhao, J., Ydstie, E.B., Wirick, J., Qi, M., Park, J. (2014). An EnergyPlus whole building energy model calibration method for office buildings using occupant behavior data mining and empirical data. Proceedings of 2014 ASHRAE/IBPSA-USA Building Simulation Conference, 160-167, Atlanta, GA. (Oral presentation)

- Lasternas, B., Zhao, J., Yun, R., Zhang, C., Wang, H., Aziz, A., Lam, K.P., Loftness, V. (2014). Behavior Oriented Metrics for Plug Load Energy Savings in Office Environment. Proceedings of 2014 American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, 7, 160-172, Pacific Grove, CA. (Oral presentation)

- Yun, R., Aziz, A., Lasternas, B., Zhang, C., Loftness, V., Scupelli, P., Mo, Y., Zhao, J., Wilberforce N. (2014). The Design and Evaluation of Intelligent Energy Display for Sustainability in the Workplace. Design, User Experience, and Usability. User Experience Design for Everyday Life Applications and Services, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 8519, 605-615.

- Zhao, J., Lam, K.P., Ydstie, B.E. (2013). EnergyPlus Model-Based Predictive Control (EPMPC) by Using Matlab/Simulink and MLE+. Proceedings of 13th International Conference of the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA), 2465-2472, Chambery, France. (Oral presentation)

- Zhao, J., Yun, R., Lasternas, B., Wang, H., Lam, K.P., Aziz, A., Loftness, V. (2013). Occupant Behavior And Schedule Prediction Based on Office Appliance Energy Consumption Data Mining. Proceedings of CISBAT 2013 International Conference - Clean Technology for Smart Cities and Buildings from Nano to Urban Scale, 1, 549-554, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland. (Poster presentation)

- Yun R., Lasternas B., Aziz A., Loftness V., Scupelli, P., Rowe A., Kothari R., Marion F., Zhao, J. (2013). Toward the Design of a Dashboard to Promote Environmentally Sustainable Behavior among Office Workers. Persuasive Technology, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 7822, 246-252.

- Zhao, J., Lam, K.P., Karaguzel, O.T., Ahmadi, S. (2012). Design-Build-Operate Energy Information Modeling (DBO-EIM) for Green Buildings: Case Study of a Net Zero Energy Building. Proceedings of the 1st Asia conference of International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA). Shanghai, China. (Oral presentation)

- Zhao, J., Xiao, H., Kang, Q., Yan, Y., Jiang, L. (2010). Design of integrated control system for indoor environment. Proceedings of WMSCI 2010 - The 14th World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics. Orlando, Florida, USA.

- Ma, W., Xiao, H., Yan, Y., Kang, Q., Zhao, J. (2010). Daylight Design and Analysis of Y-House. Proceedings of WMSCI 2010 - The 14th World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics. Orlando, Florida, USA.

- Xiao, H., Xiao, Y., Yuan, M. & Zhao, J. (2009). Sky luminance model recognition based active green lights control model. Light without Borders: Proceedings of the 6th Lux Pacifica (pp. 49-54). Julian, W. G. Bangkok: Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney. (Oral presentation)

- Zhao, J., Xiao, H., Yuan, M. & Li, J. (2008). The application of LED control system in the landscape architectural lighting design. Proceeding of 30th Anniversary of Shanghai Illuminating Engineering Society (pp. 168-17). Shanghai: Shanghai Illuminating Engineering Society.

Invited Article for Book Chapter

- Lam, K.P., Zhao, J., Zhang, R., Karaguzel, O.T. (2014). System Integration for Interoperable Data Models of Building Scale Ecosystem. Analytics for Building-Scale Sustainable Ecosystems. New York & Connecticut: Begell House.

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Work Presented

Innovation with Impact – Graduate Interdisciplinary Exhibition 2015, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

- Behavior Oriented Metrics for Plug Load Energy Savings in Office Environment. Presented by Bertrand Lasternas on 04/09/2015 (Poster).

2015 ASHRAE Winter Conference, Chicago, IL

- Occupancy Schedule Modeling for Building Energy Simulation through Office Appliance Power Consumption Data Mining. Seminar 9 - Modeling and Simulation of Occupant Behavior in Buildings. Presented by Jay Zhao on 01/25/2015.

Senior Staff Lunch and Learn Program, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Pittsburgh, PA

- Learning Occupant Behavior for Building Energy Efficiency. Presented by Jay Zhao and Khee Poh Lam on 12/16/2014.

Guest Lecture, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

- EnergyPlus Model-based Predictive Control (EPMPC) By Using Matlab/Simulink And MLE+, F14-48722 Building Performance Modeling, invited by Prof. Khee Poh Lam. Presented by Jay Zhao on 11/18/2014.

Guest Lecture, Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh, PA

- Solar Energy and Buildings - Guest lecture on Climate and Environmental Health, invited by Valantine Kefeli. Presented by Jay Zhao on 10/03/2014.

East China Architectural Design & Research Institute (ECADI) Training Program, Shanghai, China

- Lam, K.P., Zhao, J. Total Building Performance and Diagnostics - A Life-cycle Systems Integration Approach for High Performance and Sustainable Buildings. Presented by Khee Poh Lam and Jay Zhao on 06/16/2014 - 06/18/2014.

The Toshiba Group Meeting, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

- Zhao, J., Lam, K.P., Ydstie, B.E., Loftness, V. Design-build-operate Energy Information Modeling for Occupant-oriented Predictive Building Control. Presented by Jay Zhao and Khee Poh Lam on 04/11/2014.

International Energy Agency (IEA) Annex 66 Expert Meeting, Hong Kong, China

- Zhao, J., Lam, K.P. Multimodal occupant detection for determining real schedule in building energy simulation. Presented by Khee Poh Lam on 03/13/2014.

Process Systems Engineering Seminar, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

- Zhao, J., Lam, K.P., Ydstie, B.E., Loftness, V. Design-build-operate Energy Information Modeling for Occupant-oriented Predictive Building Control. Carnegie Mellon University Department of Chemical Engineering, Process Systems Engineering Seminar. Presented by Jay Zhao on 02/14/2014.

President Inauguration Symposium, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

- Zhao, J., Lam, K.P., Ydstie, B.E., Loftness, V. Design-build-operate Energy Information Modeling for Occupant-oriented Predictive Building Control. Carnegie Mellon University President Inauguration Symposium: Opportunities and Challenges in Energy and Climate Poster Session. Presented by Jay Zhao on 11/15/2013 (Poster).

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab - Environmental Energy Technologies Division (EETD) Seminar, Berkeley, CA

- Lam, K.P., Zhao, J., Ydstie, B.E., Loftness, V. Design-Build-Operate Energy Information Modeling (DBO-EIM) for EnergyPlus Model-based Predictive Control (EPMPC). Lawrence Berkeley National Lab - Environmental Energy Technologies Division (EETD) Seminar. Presented by Khee Poh Lam on 11/06/2013.

13th American Institute of Chemical Engineers Conference - Achieving Sustainable Buildings through Chemical Engineering, San Francisco, CA

- Zhao, J., Lam, K.P., Ydstie, B.E. EnergyPlus Model-Based Predictive Control (EPMPC) by Using Matlab/Simulink and MLE+. 13th American Institute of Chemical Engineers Conference - Achieving Sustainable Buildings through Chemical Engineering. Presented by B. Erik Ydstie, on: 11/04/2013.

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Achievements & Awards

US Patent (Pending)

- Lam, K.P. Zhao, J., Zhang, R., Karaguzel, O.T. Methods and Systems for Digital Information Modeling for Codes and Standards Compliance. U.S. Patent Application Number: US20140372859 A1. Filing date: 06/13/2014.

News Report on Participated Research Project

- The Wall Street Journal, Energy Dashboards Enter the Office Cubicle. September 22, 2013, 5:17 p.m. ET.

- CMU Homepage story, Carnegie Mellon Researchers Develop Dashboard To Help Reduce Energy Use in Office Buildings. April 7, 2014.

- PR Newswire, Carnegie Mellon Researchers Develop Dashboard To Help Reduce Energy Use in Office Buildings. April 8, 2014.

- NorthcentralPA.com, Carnegie Mellon Develops Dashboard To Help Reduce Energy Use In Office Buildings. April 8, 2014.

- Campus Technology, Carnegie Mellon U Team Develops Plug Load Monitoring Dashboard. April 8, 2014.

- Fierce Energy, Carnegie Mellon reveals office plug load research results. April 9, 2014.

- The Daily Fusion, Dashboard Helps Reduce Energy Use in Office Buildings. April 9, 2014, 10:46 a.m. ET.

- The Tartan, Dashboard helps workers understand their electricity uses. April 20, 2014.

- WESA, Pittsburgh's NPR News Station, CMU Develops New Way To Save Energy In The Workplace. April 21, 2014, 3:00 a.m. ET.

- Keystone Edge, CMU architects develop a dashboard to reduce office energy use. April 24, 2014.

- Energy Manager Today, Plug Load Dashboard Stirs Employees to Save 35% in Energy. April 25, 2014.

Awards

- ASHRAE/IBPSA-USA Student Travel Scholarship, ASHRAE/IBPSA-USA Building Simulation Conference, Atlanta, GA, USA. IBPSA United States Chapter, 09/2014

- Level I Linda Latham Scholarship, 2014 American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Grove, CA, USA. ACEEE, USA, 08/2014

- Student Travel Award, 13th International Conference of the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA), Chambery, France. IBPSA United States Chapter, USA, 08/2013

- Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture "Meritorious Academic Record", 05/2012

- Tongji University Excellent Student Award (top 10%), 10/2009

- Third Prize of National Undergraduate Electronic Design Contest- Embedded System Design Invitational Contest, China Ministry of Education & Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, China, 10/2008

- Best Graduation Thesis Award, 1 for each department, Tongji University, 10/2008

- Class A Scholarship of Graduate School (top 10%), Tongji University, 10/2008

- Excellent Graduation Award (top 10%), Tongji University, 05/2008

- Second Prize of National Undergraduate Electronic Design Contest (Shanghai Regional), Shanghai Municipal Education Commission, 11/2007

- Second Prize of "Sony ExploraScience" Experiment Contest, the Commission of "Sony ExploraScience" Experiment Contest, China, 01/2007

- Honor of 100 Outstanding Students of Tongji University, 06/2007

- Grant of Phoenix Contact (Germany), 10 students per year at Tongji University, 01/2007

- "Elite Award" (First Place) of "Sony ExploraScience" Experiment Contest in Shanghai, the Commission of "Sony ExploraScience" Experiment Contest, 05/2006

- Outstanding Student Scholarships in three academic years, 2004 – 2007

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Social & Volunteering

Carnegie Mellon University

- CMU Home page story - Weibo, Carnegie Mellon University, 01/31/2014

- Representative of School of Architecture, Graduate Student Assembly, 09/2011 – 05/2012

- Panel Leader, Energy and Environment Panel, 1st CMU Summit on US-China Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 12/2011 - 04/2012

- Social Chair of Graduate Student, School of Architecture, 10/2010 – 09/2011

- Leader, organizing committee, School of Architecture Graduate Student Orientation, 08/2011 & 08/20121

- Organizer and Host, Lunar New Year Celebration, School of Architecture, 02/2011