The Intelligent Environments Laboratory (IEL), led by Prof. Zoltán Nagy, is an interdisciplinary research group in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering (CAEE) at The University of Texas at Austin.

IEL advances science, engineering and education towards an intelligent and human-responsive energy infrastructure in the built environment. We develop methods in Machine Learning (Supervised, Unsupervised and Reinforcement), Internet of Things, Data Analytics and System Integration/Deployment, with applications in Occupant-Centric Building Design and Operation and Grid-Interactive Smart Communities.

Latest News

Dr Nagy receives the 2022 IBPSA-USA Outstanding Researcher Award
This award recognizes one or more individuals who have provided outstanding leadership in the promotion of building simulation through research in the course of their career. The award has be announced at the 2022 ASHRAE/IBPSA-USA BPAC/SimBuild Conference .
Dr Nagy receives the 2022 IBPSA-USA Outstanding Researcher Award
New Paper: Real-world challenges for multi-agent reinforcement learning in grid-interactive buildings
Led by IEL’s awesome PhD Student Kingsley, we have a new paper in Energy and AI. Open Access: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2666546822000489 Title: Real-world challenges for multi-agent reinforcement learning in grid-interactive buildings Abstract:
New Paper: Real-world challenges for multi-agent reinforcement learning in grid-interactive buildings
New Paper: GridLearn: Multiagent reinforcement learning for grid-aware building energy management
Led by Aisling Pigott (CU Boulder), we have a new paper out in Electric Power Systems Research in collaboration with Dr Kyri Baker’s research group at CU Boulder. This work has also been presented at IEEE PSCC 2022
New Paper: GridLearn: Multiagent reinforcement learning for grid-aware building energy management
Dr Nagy joins ACM e-Energy 2023 OC and TPC
Dr Nagy has joined the organizing committee of ACM E-Energy 2023 as Publicity Chair, as well as the technical program commitee.
Dr Nagy joins ACM e-Energy 2023 OC and TPC
Hackaton prize for IEL members
Big congrats to awesome IEL graduate students Kingsley and Praveen for winning Runners-Up prize ($5000) in Technical Demonstration category of the RTEM Hackathon 2022 organized by NYSERDA, OnboardData and others. https://www.
Hackaton prize for IEL members

Meet the Team

Principal Investigators

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Zoltan Nagy

Assistant Professor

Grad Students

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Kingsley Nweye

PhD Student

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Ting-Yu Dai

PhD Student

Alumni

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Dr. Aysha Demir

Assistant Instructional Professor

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Dr. Jose Vázquez-Canteli

Machine Learning Engineer

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Dr. June Young Park

Assistant Professor

Research Projects

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CityLearn

CityLearn

CityLearn is an open source OpenAI Gym environment for the implementation of Multi-Agent Reinforcement Learning (RL) for building energy coordination and demand response in cities. Its objective is to facilitiate and standardize the evaluation of RL agents such that different algorithms can be easily compared with each other. Try it out using our example in Google Colab! More details and installation on GitHub: https://github.com/intelligent-environments-lab/CityLearn