Human-Building Interaction | Adaptive Environments

We study human-building interaction and seek to enable intelligent symbiotic interactions between humans and environments for efficiency and resilience.


Measuring and developing machine learning models for human dynamics' quantifications in HBI applications.


  • Milad Afzalan successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation in June 2020. Congratulations Dr. Afzalan!

  • Milad Afzalan successfully defended his thesis for M.Sc. in computer science in June 2020. Congratulations!

  • INFORM Lab received a grant to explore how smart building systems and mobile robots could facilitate viral exposure quantification and mitigation. [May 2020]

  • Farnaz Khaghani successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation in May 2020. Congratulations Dr. Khaghani!

  • Farnaz Khaghani successfully defended her thesis for M.Sc. in computer science in May 2020. Congratulations!

  • Wooyoung Jung successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation in March 2020 and will be graduating this May. Congratulations Dr. Jung!

  • As part of an INFORM Lab NSF project, Wooyoung Jung is conducting research at Lawrence Berkely National Lab as a visiting researcher.

  • Congratulations to Milad Afzalan for receiving a Vecellio Fellowship for 2019-20.

  • We will present two papers in ACM BuildSys in New York, November 13-14.

  • We presented three papers in i3CE 2019 conference in Georgia Tech, June 17-19.

  • Wooyoung Jung presented INFORM Lab research at ISARC 2019 in Banf, Canada.

  • Milad Afzalan and Farnaz Khaghani received the VCEMP outstanding Ph.D. award.

  • INFORM Lab received grants from VT ICTAS to explore sensing and machine learning techniques in energy management.​​


Available Positions: The following positions are available:

  • Ph.D. student positions

  • Undergraduate researchers

  • The positions are available and students could start as soon as possible starting Fall 2020/Spring 2021.

  • If you are interested, please contact Dr. Jazizadeh and see Prospective Team Members page.

  • MSc applicants are also encouraged to contact Dr. Jazizadeh if they are interested in joining the INFORM Lab team.

BuildSys 2019 (and 2020) Conference:

  • Dr. Jazizadeh co-chaired the technical program committee of ACM BuildSys 2019.

  • The conference brings together interdisciplinary researchers at the intersection of built environments, data science, artificial intelligence, sensor systems, and human sciences.

  • Consider attending the conference in 2020. BuildSys 2020 will be held November 16-19, 2020, Yokohama, Japan. 

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