Visiting Scholars

CBE has many ongoing collaborations with students, faculty, and professionals from around the world. Our current visiting scholars include:

Yingdong He   Wenhua Chen is a PhD student in the Department of Environment Science and Engineering at Tianjin University in Tianjin, China. He received his Bachelor in Building Environment and Equipment Engineering from Chongqing University in 2014. After that, he was a research assistant at the University of Hong Kong. His research interests include air distribution, indoor air quality, and human thermal comfort in buildings. His Ph.D. research topic is PIV (particle image velocimetry), the experimental study of pollutant removal efficiency in domestic kitchens, supported by the National Key project of the Ministry of Science and Technology, China on Air Pollution Causes and Control Technology Research. While at CBE, he will continue lab studies and CFD simulations to evaluate ceiling fan performance with multiple fans and partitions, as well as balance thermal comfort and energy efficiency with a radiant cooling system and a combination of free-hanging acoustical panels and fans.
Yingdong He   Yingdong He is a PhD student from the College of Civil Engineering at Hunan University (China). Since 2014, he has been working on human thermal comfort in non-neutral environments and the development of personal comfort systems to achieve high satisfaction with low energy consumption. His research work involves field investigations in both rural and urban regions in Southern China, as well as a series of chamber experiments on thermal comfort and personal comfort systems at Hunan University. In the last three years, he has participated in three national research projects and attended several conferences to present his work. Until now, he has published more than 10 academic peer-review papers, and won the Chinese National Scholarship twice (in 2015 and 2016, respectively).
Aoife Houlihan Wiberg   Aoífe Houlihan Wiberg is an Associate Professor at the National Centre for Environment-friendly Energy Research – Research Centre for Zero Emission Buildings (ZEB) at NTNU in Norway. She graduated in Architecture from Cardiff University and later earned her M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Cambridge, UK. She was elected Chartered Member of The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in 2001 and has ten years experience working in practice in The Bahamas, Malaysia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and a short research placement at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She has spent the last six years working at the ZEB Centre working on the development of a robust and reliable CO2 calculation method for building materials, as well as developing concepts and strategies for zero emission buildings. She is currently work package leader in the new Research Centre for Zero Emission Neighbourhoods in Smart Cities (ZEN). The focus of her work is to develop an architectural and urban toolbox for ZEN. The main goal of her sabbatical research, which feeds into her work in ZEN, is to address the specific challenge of increasing complexity and decreasing usability when dealing with the level of detail required to model a ZEB building.
Yunpeng Hu   Yunpeng Hu, Ph.D, is an Assistant Professor from the Department of Building Environment and Energy Engineering at Wuhan Business University. Yunpeng received his Ph.D in Heating, Ventilating, Gas supplying and Air-conditioning Engineering from the Huazhong University of Science and Technology in 2013, and finished his postdoctoral position in the same university in early 2016. He is the co-PI of the Natural Science Foundation of China and the PI of the Natural Science Foundation of Hubei, China. His research focuses on the fault identification and advanced control for HVAC systems and equipment, and building energy performance analysis using data mining methods. His overarching purpose at CBE is to investigate and improve the energy efficiency of buildings and their equipment by co-developing and using an automated measurement and verification tool.
Ling Jin   Ling Jin is an Associate Professor from the College of Water Conversancy and Civil Engineer of the South China Agricultural University. She is a member of Architectural Society of China. Ling received her Ph.D. in Architectural Science in 2014 from South China University of Technology. Ling’s research interests include thermal comfort, building thermal environment, and green building technology. Her study focuses on human thermal comfort in hot and humid areas. She received funding from National Natural Science Foundation of China for the research on the acceptable humidity limits in hot-humid areas in 2017. In Berkeley, Ling will work on how desks and office partitions influence the wind field of fans and explore how to utilize fans and personal comfort systems to provide comfort indoor environment in hot and humid climates with low energy consumption.
Binghui Si   Binghui Si is a PhD student in the School of Architecture at Southeast University in Nanjing, China. She received her Bachelor and Master degrees in Architecture from Nanjing University in 2012 and 2014, respectively. Since 2015, she has been working on building energy simulation and optimization, especially focusing on the performance of algorithms used in building energy optimization. Her PhD project is supported by the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities of China and the Scientific Research Foundation of Graduate School of Southeast University. She has participated in four research projects, including two National Natural Science Foundation projects. While at CBE, she will work on the optimization of control settings for radiant systems and explore the trade-off between building energy consumption and thermal comfort.