19 Oct 2020 • CONVERSATION SERIES ➤ Using field study research to inform lighting design practice: Post occupancy evaluations of daylighting design in buildings, A/Prof Veronica Garcia Hansen

Examining lighting performance in context is an important step to develop quality indoor built environments that people need. However, evaluating lighting in the field is a complex task. This is because daylighting is dynamic, access to real spaces is often limited, and they function in unexpected ways, often counter to their intended design.

This presentation will report on methods for lighting quality assessment that were designed as part of an Australian Research Council (ARC) founded project that focus on the evaluation of glare in office buildings in the tropics. We proposed an approach that is flexible, adaptable, unobtrusive, comprehensive, dynamic, and human-centric. Through the presentation of case studies (including the use of image capture to describe luminous environments in the field of view and across time, the use of embedded lighting sensors for passive continuous measurement of multi-directional illuminance, and the need to account for user behaviour in conjunction with lighting measurements) our approach demonstrates how to feasibly evaluate luminous environments in real spaces in a meaningful way. This approach to data acquisition supports the use of new evaluation techniques such as machine learning algorithms which can potentially create better prediction models that account for the dynamic characteristics of both lighting and users.

A/Prof Veronica Garcia-Hansen  works at the intersection of building science, ergonomics, environmental psychology and health. Dr. Garcia-Hansen’s research focuses is on the interplay between building performance and human comfort (visual and thermal) and well-being. She has 60 publications in this area, including top journal articles and peer reviewed conference papers.

As/Prof. Garcia-Hansen’s research has been internationally recognized with the Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D (Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacture and Design) award for the Design discipline for her research project on “Creating healing environments in hospitals through efficient lighting design”. She is the Australian representative and Division Editor for the CIE (Commission International of Illumination) Division 3: Interior Environment and Lighting Design and Australian representative for the International Energy Agency (IEA) Solar heating and Cooling (SHC) Technical collaboration program “IEA task 61 Integrated Solutions for Daylight and electric Lighting.” (2018-2020).

Presented by QUT Design Lab Conversation Series via Zoom, on Monday, 19 October, 2020 at 1pm.  To participate, please contact Shelly, Design Lab Coordinator.  Please note, these events are recorded, and will be made available for public viewing.


About QUT Design Lab Conversation Series

About the series: The QUT Design Lab Conversation Series is a monthly seminar, assembled as a way for us all to engage with our colleagues about the amazing research going on in our Centre.

About the format: The Conversation Series will take place monthly and cover both internal and external speakers. The length of the session will be up to one hour (because Zoom meetings are exhausting), including a short presentation (20-30 minutes) followed by a Q&A or panel session.

About the logistics: The seminars will take place as a Zoom meeting rather than a webinar for the time being. For questions, sharing links and continuing the conversation we encourage you to use the dedicated #dl-conversations channel on Slack (rather than the Zoom chat feature) that has been set up for this purpose. This way we have a continuous record of shared links and conversations.

Associate Professor Markus Rittenbruch
Associate Director, QUT Design Lab
Associate Professor of Interaction Design, School of Design
Creative Industries Faculty | Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
CRICOS No. 00213J

P: +61 (0)7 3138 8355 |  M: +61 (0)447 282 521
Email: m.rittenbruch@qut.edu.au





Location: QUT, Creative Industries Precinct (Via Zoom)
Start Date: 19/10/2020 [add to calendar]
Start Time: 1pm
Cost: Free
Organiser: QUT Design Lab
Enquiries: Shelly Cooper, Design Lab Coordinator : designlab@qut.edu.au

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