PhD Candidate from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China


Center for the Built Environment
390 Wurster Hall #1839, Berkeley CA 94720-1839

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Xinbo Xu is a PhD student in Building Technology at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, supervised by Prof. Zhiwei Lian. His research is focused on the effects of bedroom environments on sleep processes of healthy residents, considering the diverse perspectives of heat transfer, physiological medicine and neuroscience.

During his master’s research he studied the impacts of bedroom ventilation and carbon dioxide concentration on sleep health, as part of work in the ASHRAE project 1837-RP “Effects of ventilation in sleeping environments.”

During his doctoral research he is exploring the effects of the thermal environment during sleep based on human temperature rhythms, and he has developed a keen interest in the framework which he describes as “Thermal Environment/Body Temperature Rhythm/Sleep Quality/Sleep Thermal Comfort.” This work has been part of the China National Key R&D Program, which aims to improve the health of residents by creating optimal indoor environments.