Featured Research Assistant for July 2017: Simin Ahmadi Karvigh

Simin is a PhD candidate, in the area of Informatics for Intelligent Built Environments, co-advised by Dr. Burcin Becerik-Gerber and Dr. Lucio Soibelman. She started her PhD studies at USC in Fall 2013 and expects to graduate in 2018. Her research is focused on improving building’s energy efficiency via providing activity-driven and user-centered automation in buildings, using techniques in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Along this line, she has developed novel algorithms to recognize user activities and potential wasteful behavior in real time and allocate personalized appliance-level disaggregated electricity consumption to daily activities. To eliminate the drawbacks of existing “one size fits all” automation design paradigms, she has lately developed a novel automation system to control the service systems in buildings based on dynamics of user’s preferences and wasteful behaviors. The results of her studies are published in several peer-reviewed journal papers.

Simin earned her Bachelor’s degree from University of Tehran in 2010, (graduated in the top ten percent of her class of 120 students), a Master’s degree in Construction Engineering and Management from USC in 2013, and a Master’s degree in Computer Science (Data Science) from USC in 2016.
In her free time, Simin enjoys hiking, camping, and traveling to explore new places, cultures and natural beauties.

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