Research and expertise
I am a Doctoral Researcher in the School of Architecture, Building & Civil Engineering and my PhD research focuses on Intelligent Digital Twins. More specifically, I am looking at how Physics-informed Machine Learning (PIML) can be integrated into Digital Twins (DTs) of HVAC systems in order to build robust methodologies for establishing enhanced predictive energy management strategies. I am utilizing VR technology to host my PINN-integrated DT. This innovative approach results in the VR world acting as the interface of the training and simulation environment of the DT, enabling immersive and interactive exploration of its behaviour and performance by everyone.
Building Energy Simulations has been my main focus and area of expertise since 2020, both for compliance purposes in the UK and for establishing Net Zero Carbon strategies using a variety of tools. I have developed Python programs to streamline tasks such as one that automatically computes the psychrometric properties of air (supply, return, and mixed), sizes the air handling unit (AHU), and finally generates an Excel file with the results.
In addition, I am BERG’s Doctoral Researcher Representative and I hold the position of ASHRAE UK Student Activities Chair. Another aspect of my involvement in the academic community is mentoring students participating in international competitions focused on Net Zero Building Design.
Current Research Activity
- “Integrating AI and Digital Twins: Developing Intelligent Digital Twins for HVAC Systems by integrating Physics-informed Neural Networks”
Recently Completed Research Projects
- Investigating Ventilation Effectiveness and CO2 Concentration in Indoor Environments: A CFD Simulation and Random Forest-Based Predictive Modeling Approach
Suliman, A, Wilkinson, D, Dimitriou, V, Eftekhari, M, Tseno, D (2023), A visualization of the impact of water quality in the energy performance of closed looped heating systems using IR Thermography, ASHRAE Transactions, 129(2), ISSN: 0001-2505
I contribute to learning and teaching activities including:
- CVP309: Net Zero Building Design
- CIBSE Graduate Member
- ASHRAE Associate Member
- ASHRAE UK Chapter Student Activities Chair
- Member of Board of Governors ASHRAE UK Chapter
My research and enterprise activities are conducted with a range of academic and stakeholder partners, including:
- VEXO International Ltd.