Towards a synchronized semantic model to support aspects of building management

Michael Dibley, Haijiang Li, John Miles, Yacine Rezgui
2009 2009 7th IEEE International Conference on Industrial Informatics  
iii Summary A software system has been developed that monitors and interprets temporally changing (internal) building environments and generates related knowledge that can assist in facility management (FM) decision making. The use of the multi agent paradigm renders a system that delivers demonstrable rationality and is robust within the dynamic environment that it operates. Agent behaviour directed at working toward goals is rendered intelligent with semantic web technologies. The capture of
more » ... emantics though formal expression to model the environment, adds a richness that the agents exploit to intelligently determine behaviours to satisfy goals that are flexible and adaptable. The agent goals are to generate knowledge about building space usage as well as environmental conditions by elaborating and combining near real time sensor data and information from conventional building models. Additionally further inferences are facilitated including those about wasted resources such as unnecessary lighting and heating for example. In contrast, current FM tools, lacking automatic synchronisation with the domain and rich semantic modelling, are limited to the simpler querying of manually maintained models iv v Declaration and Statements This work has not previously been accepted in substance for any degree and is not concurrently submitted in candidature for any degree. Signed (candidate) Date This thesis is being submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of PhD. Signed (candidate) Date This thesis is the result of my own independent work / investigation, except where otherwise stated. Other sources are acknowledged by explicit references. Signed (candidate) Date I hereby give consent for my thesis, if accepted, to be available for photocopying and for interlibrary loan, and for the title and summary to be made available to outside organisations. Signed (candidate) Date vii Other Works The author has published / submitted the following related works: Published [1] M.
doi:10.1109/indin.2009.5195822 fatcat:z2s4micvrvhwzioiivpdxz2t54