BUDS Lab is a scientific research group that leverages data sources from the built and urban environments to improve the energy efficiency and conservation, comfort, safety and satisfaction of humans.

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BUDS Lab is in the Dept. of Building in the School of Design and Environment at the National University of Singapore (NUS). NUS is the #1 ranked university in Asia and is in the top 25 globally.


Project BuzzNET

Project Cozie

Crowdsourcing Comfort: The Learning Trail

IoT at NUS

Building Data Genome Project

Data-Driven Building

Past Projects


Lab Leaders

Clayton Miller Dr. Clayton Miller (ResearchGate)(LinkedIn)(GitHub)(ORCID)(Publons) is an Asst. Professor at NUS in the BUDS Lab. He was formerly a researcher at the Future Cities Lab and a fellow at the Institute of Technology in Architecture at the ETH Zürich. He holds a Doctor of Sciences (Dr. sc. ETH Zurich) from the ETH Zürich, an MSc. (Building) from the National University of Singapore (NUS), and a BSc./Masters of Architectural Engineering (MAE) from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln (UNL). He is the former CTO of Optiras Pte. Ltd, a Singapore NRF-funded start-up, a former Fulbright Scholar to Singapore at NUS and a Walter Scott Jr. Scholar at UNL.

Dr. Prageeth Jayathissa Dr. Prageeth Jayathissa (ResearchGate)(LinkedIn)(GitHub)(ORCID) is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at NUS in the BUDS Lab. He holds a Doctor of Sciences (Dr. sc. ETH Zurich) and Masters in Energy Science from the ETH Zürich and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Dr. Jayathissa is the equivalent of the BUDS Lab Oberassistent (Senior Researcher) as he ties together all the technologies being developed. He is an expert in prototyping, engineering, design, and computer science.

Researchers (Alphabetic Order)

Ananya Joshi Ananya Joshi (ResearchGate)(LinkedIn)(GitHub) is a U.S. Student Fulbright Scholar at NUS in the BUDS Lab leading the Project BuzzNET. She recently finished a Bachelor’s of Science and Engineering in Computer Science from Princeton University and has previously worked at Google and the MIT Lincoln Lab. She will start a Ph.D. program and NSF Fellowship in Fall 2020 in Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. Ananya is a machine learning expert that will be leading the BuzzNET project focused on the identification of mosquito breeding areas in the tropical Singaporean climate.

Irvin Tang Kaijun Irvin Tang Kaijun (ResearchGate)(LinkedIn)(GitHub) is a Ph.D. Researcher at NUS in the BUDS Lab. He is co-supervised by Dr. Wang Qian. He holds a B.Sc. in Project & Facilities Management, Honours (Merit) from the NUS Dept. of Building. He is an expert in identifying and documenting construction and operations defects and is working on elegant ways of using deep learning and image recognition to enhance the building industry.

Jonathan Roth Jonathan Roth (ResearchGate)(LinkedIn)(GitHub) is an Assistant Researcher at NUS in the BUDS Lab. He is visiting from the Stanford Urban Informatics Lab that is based in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Stanford University. He is working on his Ph.D. degree at Stanford and has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Cornell University. Jon is an expert in analysis of building meter data at the urban-scale and will be focused on better modelling of commercial and residential buildings.

Mahmoud Mohamed AbdelRahman Mahmoud AbdelRahman (ResearchGate)(LinkedIn)(GitHub) is a Ph.D. Researcher at NUS in the BUDS Lab. He is co-supervised by Dr. Adrian Chong and is a key member of Dr. Chong’s project: Integrated web-based platform for lifecycle building energy modeling. He holds a M.Sc in Architectural Engineering and B.Sc in Architecture from Mansoura University in Egypt. Mahmoud is an expert in building information modelling (BIM) and the development of tools and machine learning techniques to tie the virtual and measured world together.

Matias Alberto Quintana Rosales Matias Quintana (ResearchGate)(LinkedIn)(GitHub) is a Ph.D. Researcher at NUS in the BUDS Lab. He is co-supervised by Prof. Tham Kwok Wai and is affiliated with SinBerBest 2. He holds a Master of Information Systems Management from the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University and a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. Matias is a combination computer scientist and hardware hacker and is using these skills to implement wearable tech in the built environment.

Affiliated Researchers

Dr. Pandarasamy Arjunan Dr. Pandarasamy Arjunan (ResearchGate)(LinkedIn)(GitHub) is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Berkeley Education Alliance for Research in Singapore (BEARS) and is in the Thrust D: City-Scale Analytics project with the BUDS Lab and Prof. Kameshwar Poolla. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the IIIT-Delhi, a Master of Computer Applications (MCA) from the Madurai Kamraj University, and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the Manonmaniam Sundaranar University in India. Dr. Arjunan is exploring scalable city-scale analytics techniques for benchmarking buildings.



All current and in-progress publications found on ResearchGate and Google Scholar

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