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College of Computer Science and Engineering


Systems Engineering Department

Presents Public Seminar


Integration of Advanced Control System in Building Environments



Date: Monday, Feb 4, 2019

Time:  02:00 pm – 03:00 pm

Location: Building 22, Room 130



Dr. Azzedine Yahiaoui


Center of Excellence in Energy Efficiency (CEEE)

Research Institute

King Fahd University of Petroleum and Mineral



The integration of innovative control systems in buildings environments is a strategic issue in providing building occupants with consistent thermal, visual, and indoor air-quality comfort at the lowest possible energy use. However, traditional methods of developing proper control strategies / algorithms do not include interactions with other sub-systems and components of the entire indoor building environment. Systems Engineering (SE) proposes a methodological framework to facilitate the design and integration of advanced control systems in buildings environment throughout a system development process based on systemic approach. SE calls for the entire operational building control application to be modeled, including zones, plant, sensors / actuators, control options and so on. Therefore, the aim of this research is to demonstrate the applicability of advanced control systems in a real building, the test-cell case study, by applying SE best practice. Furthermore, the development and design of an automated control system based on a hierarchical concept for all test-cell processes and devices including heating, cooling, humidifying, dehumidifying, mechanical ventilation, natural ventilation, artificial light and daylighting with the purposes of satisfying building occupants’ requirements while minimizing energy consumption and taking full advantage of natural resources including wind and sunlight will be presented. The main contribution of this research is its demonstration that computers can be used to explore practical solutions for enabling the integration of advanced control systems in building environments, and improving distributed control applications as well.


Speaker Bio:

Dr. Azzedine Yahiaoui is a Researcher in the Center of Excellence in Energy Efficiency (CEEE) of the Research Institute (RI) at KFUPM in Saudi Arabia.  He obtained his BSc degree in Electrical and Telecommunications Engineering from University of Boumerdes, Algeria in 1995, his Ingénieur d’Etat (equiv. MSc) degree in Electronics Engineering specialized Control Systems from University of Blida, Algeria in 1998, Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) degree in Automatic Systems from LAAS-CNRS of Toulouse, France in 2001, and his PhD degree in Distributed Computing and Control Systems from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), the Netherlands in 2013.


He has extensive experience in modelling and simulation, implementation and evaluation of distributed control systems, application of systems engineering concepts, as well as analysis and design of control systems for different domains of engineering namely aerospace, rail, automotive and buildings.  His current research interests include energy efficiency and management, smart buildings, systems of systems engineering, autonomous systems, distributed and hybrid control systems, multi-agent control systems, verification and validation of complex systems, and buildings automation and control systems.



All faculty, researchers and graduate students are invited to attend.


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04 Feb 2019


02:00 PM to 03:00 PM