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Darren Robinson

Chair in Building and Urban Physics, Faculty of Engineering

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Biography

Professor Darren Robinson is Chair in Building and Urban Physics. His research interests lie at the intersection between social physics (people), building physics (buildings) and urban physics (city).

In recent years Darren has held teaching positions at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (2004 - 2011), the Architectural Association (2002 to 2004) and at Cambridge University (1998-2000) and worked for a time in industry as an Associate with BDSP Partnership (2000 to 2004).

He has published over 100 scientific papers including the newly published book "Computer modelling for sustainable urban design". He also sits on the editorial advisory boards of the Journal of Building Performance Simulation and the on-line journal Sustainability, is a regular reviewer for numerous other Journals and a regular panel member for funding councils in France (ANR) and Belgium (FWO).

Darren's main scientific contributions have been in: urban resource flow modelling / radiation modelling / thermal comfort and human behaviour modelling / passive cooling / building simulation / building performance monitoring. These contributions have been recognised through the award of the IBPSA-UK Young Persons Award (1997), the CIBSE Napier-Shaw Medal (2007), the Best Paper Award of the journal Building and Environment (2009 and 2010) and the Best Paper Prize of the Journal of Building Performance Simulation (2010-2011).

Research Summary

Professor Robinson's research interests are broad and relate to all aspects of buildings' performance from the design stage when building performance is simulated through to the post-occupancy stage… read more

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Current Research

Professor Robinson's research interests are broad and relate to all aspects of buildings' performance from the design stage when building performance is simulated through to the post-occupancy stage when design and construction success is determined by physical measurements and through occupants' satisfaction.

In recent years Professor Robinson has been working mostly on urban scale energy and environmental performance modelling with a view to designing more sustainable urban forms and in the modelling of inhabitants' comfort and behaviours. These two interests are now beginning to converge in the form of urban energy micro-simulation software such as CitySim, the development of which was coordinated by Professor Robinson whilst he was working at EPFL in Switzerland.

Environment, People and Design Research Group

Faculty of Engineering
The University of Nottingham
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