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Dr Vanda Dimitriou MEng Civil Engineering Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; MSc (Distinction) Loughborough University; PhD Loughborough University

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Background

Vanda is a lecturer at Loughborough University. She received her MEng in Civil Engineering from The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and her MSc and PhD in ‘Data-driven methods for building energy modelling’ from Loughborough University.

Vanda has worked as a Research Assistant for REFIT (EPSRC funded, Grant reference: EP/K002457/1) and as a Research Associate for the FP7 Design4Energy project (funded with the support of the European Commission, Grant agreement no: 609380), leading tasks and deliverables to successful completion. As a researcher Vanda focused on: dynamic thermal modelling and model calibration using real-world measured operational data, studying heat transfer from first principles to more complex building system representations; and Building Information Modelling, information transfer processes and interoperability with Building Energy Modelling at building and district scale to facilitate decision making.

Her experience in consultancy includes participation in BRE projects on quantitative and qualitative surveys (e.g. Energy Follow Up Survey), big data management and analysis. In her previous role as a Senior Consultant, she led the ‘Digital solutions in distributed energy’ team of Egnida Consulting Ltd (an engineering consultancy office based in Leamington Spa, United Kingdom), acting as project manager and account holder for data mapping and crowdsourcing projects, focusing on fuel poverty and vulnerability of house occupants. Other activities from previous experience include: stakeholder engagement activities; energy strategies for Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs); and heat network mapping and masterplanning at an urban scale, working closely with Local Authorities on projects funded with the support of the Heat Network Delivery Unit of the department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Vanda began teaching as a Research Associate in 2016, leading module tutorials, coursework marking and assisting with lectures and preparation of teaching material. She is currently an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, working towards full fellowship.

Research interests

Building Energy Modelling; Data-driven modelling; Grey-box modelling; Building Information Modelling; Urban Planning.

Recent publications

  • Hukkalainen, M.A., Klobut, K., Mäkeläinen, T., Dimitriou, V. and Leszczyński, D., 2018. Improving the Design of Energy-Efficient Building Retrofitting: Design Guidelines, Energy Simulations, and Selecting of Technologies. In Design Solutions for nZEB Retrofit Buildings (pp. 165-185). IGI Global.
  • Kane, T., Firth, S.K., Hassan, T.M. and Dimitriou, V., 2017. Heating behaviour in English homes: An assessment of indirect calculation methods. Energy and Buildings148, pp.89-105
  • Dimitriou, V., Firth, S.K., Hassan, T.M. and Fouchal, F., 2016. BIM enabled building energy modelling: development and verification of a GBXML to IDF conversion method. IN: Proceedings of the 3rd IBPSA-England Conference BSO 2016, Newcastle, 12th-14th September 2016, Paper no. 1126. (https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/22818)

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  • Hukkalainen, M.A., Klobut, K., Mäkeläinen, T., Dimitriou, V. and Leszczyński, D., 2018. Improving the Design of Energy-Efficient Building Retrofitting: Design Guidelines, Energy Simulations, and Selecting of Technologies. In Design Solutions for nZEB Retrofit Buildings (pp. 165-185). IGI Global.
  • Paiva, L., Pereira, P., Almeida, B., Maló, P., Hyvärinen, J., Klobut, K., Dimitriou, V. and Hassan, T., 2017, November. Interoperability: a data conversion framework to support energy simulation. In Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute Proceedings (Vol. 1, No. 7, p. 695).
  • Kane, T., Firth, S.K., Hassan, T.M. and Dimitriou, V., 2017. Heating behaviour in English homes: An assessment of indirect calculation methods. Energy and Buildings148, pp.89-105
  • Noack, F., Katranuschkov, P., Scherer, R., Dimitriou, V., Firth, S.K., Hassan, T.M., Ramos, N., Pereira, P., Maló, P. and Fernando, T., 2017, March. Technical challenges and approaches to transfer building information models to building energy. In eWork and eBusiness in Architecture, Engineering and Construction: ECPPM 2016: Proceedings of the 11th European Conference on Product and Process Modelling (p. 355).
  • Fouchal, F., Dimitriou, V., Hassan, T.M., Firth, S.K., Oraiopoulos, A., Masior, J. and Schimpf, S., 2017. Decision support tool for selection of best building retrofit action.
  • Dimitriou, V., Firth, S.K., Hassan, T.M. and Fouchal, F., 2016. BIM enabled building energy modelling: development and verification of a GBXML to IDF conversion method. IN: Proceedings of the 3rd IBPSA-England Conference BSO 2016, Newcastle, 12th-14th September 2016, Paper no. 1126. (https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/22818)
  • Dimitriou, V., 2016. Lumped parameter thermal modelling for UK domestic buildings based on measured operational data (Doctoral dissertation, Loughborough University). (https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/23239)
  • Fouchal, F., Hassan, T.M., Firth, S.K., Wei, S. and Dimitriou, V., 2016. Design specification and system architecture of a decision support of energy efficiency building retrofit and maintenance instructions.
  • Fouchal, F., Hassan, T.M., Firth, S.K., Dimitriou, V., Wei, S. and Masior, J., 2016. Functional requirements and system architecture for decision support of energy efficient building design in retrofit and maintenance stage.
  • Dimitriou, V., Firth, S.K., Hassan, T.M., Kane, T. and Coleman, M., 2015. Data-driven simple thermal models: The importance of the parameter estimates. Energy Procedia78, pp.2614-2619.
  • Kane, T., Cockbill, S., May, A., Mitchell, V., Wilson, C., Dimitriou, V., Liao, J., Murray, D., Stankovic, V., Stankovic, L. and Fouchal, F., 2015, June. Supporting retrofit decisions using smart metering data: A multi-disciplinary approach. ECEEE.
  • Kane, T., Firth, S.K., Dimitriou, V., Coleman, M. and Hassan, T.M., 2015. Exploring the performance gap in UK homes: new evidence from smart home and smart meter data.
  • Dimitriou, V., Firth, S.K., Hassan, T.M., Kane, T. and Coleman, M., 2015. Data-driven simple thermal models: The radiator-gas consumption model.
  • Coleman, M., Kane, T., Dimitriou, V., Hassan, T.M., Firth, S.K. and Liao, J., 2015. Utilizing smart home data to support the reduction of energy demand from space heating–insights from a UK field study.
  • Dimitriou, V., Firth, S.K., Hassan, T.M., Kane, T. and Fouchal, F., 2014. Developing suitable thermal models for domestic buildings with Smart Home equipment.
  • Firth, S.K., Fouchal, F., Kane, T., Dimitriou, V. and Hassan, T.M., 2013. Decision support systems for domestic retrofit provision using smart home data streams. CIB.