Information Systems in the Built Environment

  • Groene Loper 6, Vertigo



  • P.O. Box 513, Department of the Built Environment

    5600 MB Eindhoven


Organization profile

Introduction / mission

The ISBE Group carries out research and education in the field of information systems used for the engineering and management of the built environment, into which they are embedded.

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New ICT methods and techniques in the context of building sciences and urban sciences.

Organisational profile

According to the United Nations, 60% of the world population will live in urban areas in 2030.The main challenges for the built environment are the rapid increase of people living in cities, the depletion of natural resources and climate change. Therefore, smart solutions, based on ICT and data are needed to manage buildings, public spaces and the overall city. Because waste material is not accepted anymore, ICT is needed to trace building components and material over lifetime. Finally, energy consumption by people needs to be controlled, using ICT to influence their behavior. In the ISBE group we make connection between technology, people and built environment where computing science is linked with behavioral science. BIG data from building/city models are combined with data from sensors and questionnaires to draw conclusions on the quality of the built environment. Information systems are developed to enable informed decisions for the engineering and management of the built environment.

Key research and education topics, with a special focus on smart cities, are:

  • Urban management
  • Building information management
  • Energy neutral cities

The ISBE group is internationally recognized for bridging the gap between ICT and Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Operation (AECO) management.

Staff members’ backgrounds range from architecture, engineering and computational science to social sciences. The ISBE group distinguishes itself from other information systems groups by being embedded in a department of the Built Environment. The group’s focus is not so much on the computational aspects of ICT, but on its application and implementation in the built environment.

Members of the Information Systems group are active in international organizations such as CAAD Futures, eCAADe, and CIB W78. The group has organized and hosted CIB-W78 2015, EG-ICE workshops, CAAD Futures 2001, DRN 2005, 2000, and 1995, DEN 1997, eCAADe 1993.

The ISBE research group participates in the DDSS (Design and Decision Support Systems) research program together with the research groups Urban Planning, and Real Estate Management and Development. Several ISBE group members hold positions in the TU/e Smart Cities Program, a cross-departmental collaboration promoting research in living labs on the topic of smart cities. Furthermore, ISBE members participate in various EU or national funded projects.

Recent research projects:

  • CRUNCH (EU-H2020, REF. 730254) on the development of food, energy, water proof solutions to strengthen urban resilience (2018-2020, EUR 1.8 M).
  • UNALAB (EU-H2020, REF. 730052-2) on the implementation of nature bases solution in cities for mitigation of climate changes (2017-2022, EUR 1.4M)
  • ROCK (EU-H2020, REF. 730280-2) on the implementation of technological, social and organizational innovations for transforming cultural heritage areas into Creative and
  • Sustainable Districts (2017-2020, EUR 10.5M)
  • CLIC (EU-H2020, REF. 776758) on the development of evaluation tools to test, implement, validate and share innovative "circular" models for systemic adaptive reuse of cultural heritage (2017-2020, EUR 4.9M)
  • Triangulum (EU-H2020, REF.  646578) on the implementation of smart cities and communities (2015-2020, EUR 6.4M)
  • DESENT (EU-SURF, REF. 5637396) on the development, testing and dissemination an integrated decision support system for smart grid (2016-2019 EUR 1.4M).
  • iLocate (EU-FP7, REF. 621040) on the development of  outdoor and indoor navigation system (2014-2016, EUR 4.7M)
  • DuraArc (EU-FP7, REF. 600908) on the archiving of building information (2013-2016, EUR 3.7M)

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Projects 2015 2020

De invloed van het stadsontwerp op de beleving en gevoelens van burgers

Weijs - Perrée, M., Massaad, H., Massaad, H., Dane, G. & Sartorius - ter Haar, M.


Project: Research direct

ROCK - Regeneration and Optimisation of Cultural heritage in creative and Knowledge cities

Massaad, H., Massaad, H., Dane, G., van der Avoird, M., Dane, G., Derakhshan, S., Ettefagh, T. & Kruizinga, M.


Project: Research direct


de Vries, B., de Vries, B., Massaad, H., Massaad, H., Yang, D., van der Avoird, M. & Kruizinga, M.


Project: Research direct

Research Output 1970 2020

Route choice decisions of e-bike users: analysis of GPS tracking data in the Netherlands

Dane, G., Feng, T., Luub, F. & Arentze, T., 2020, Geospatial Technologies for Local and Regional Development - Proceedings of the 22nd AGILE Conference on Geographic Information Science. Kyriakidis, P., Hadjimitsis, D., Skarlatos, D. & Mansourian, A. (eds.). Springer, p. 109-124 17 p. 7. (Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Global positioning system

The influence of road design aspects on human drivers behavioural adaptation when driving next to a platoon of automated vehicles on a dedicated lane on a highway in the Netherlands

Schoenmakers, M. J., Yang, D., Farah, H. & Alkim, T., 2020, (In preparation) 6th international Symposium on Highway Geometric Design .

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionProfessional

A data mining-based method for revealing occupant behavior patterns in using mechanical ventilation systems of Dutch dwellings

Ren, X., Zhang, C., Zhao, Y., Boxem, G., Zeiler, W. & Li, T., 15 Jun 2019, In : Energy and Buildings. 193, p. 99-110 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Data mining
Statistical methods
Energy utilization


Best PhD Paper Award in 10th European Conference on Product and Process Modelling

Chi Zhang (Recipient), 19 Sep 2014

Recognition: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

Best PhD Paper Award in 11th European Conference on Product and Process Modelling

Chi Zhang (Recipient), 7 Sep 2016

Recognition: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

Energy and Buildings - Best research paper 2008-2017

Pieter-Jan Hoes (Recipient), Jan Hensen (Recipient), Marcel Loomans (Recipient), Bauke de Vries (Recipient) & D. Bourgeois (Recipient), 9 Jan 2019

Recognition: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific


Activities 1997 2019

36th International Conference on Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe (eCAADe 2018)

Bauke de Vries (Organiser)
19 Sep 201921 Sep 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesConferenceScientific

18th International Conference on Computer Aided Architectural Design Futures (CAAD futures 2019)

Bauke de Vries (Organiser)
26 Jun 201928 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesConferenceScientific

A sustainable industrial site redevelopment planning support system

Theo Arentze (Examiner)
2 Apr 2019

Activity: Examination typesExaminationScientific

Press / Media

Physics World. Smart Cities, the Dutch approach

Bauke de Vries


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Radio interview 'BIG data in de Bouw'

Bauke de Vries


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Student theses

A BIM-integrated approach to construction quality management: enabling information and knowledge management during the execution phase of a project life cycle

Author: Achkar, E., 31 Jan 2017

Supervisor: de Vries, B. (Supervisor 1), Beetz, J. (Supervisor 2), Krijnen, T. (Supervisor 2) & van de Koppel, W. (External person) (External coach)

Student thesis: Master


A GIS-based tool to gain detailed insight into human health vulnerability to heatwaves in Dutch urban areas

Author: Verputten, T., 29 Mar 2019

Supervisor: de Vries, B. (Supervisor 1), van der Waerden, P. (Supervisor 2), den Ouden, E. (Supervisor 2) & Postmes, L. (External person) (External coach)

Student thesis: Master


A GIS-based tool to support housing associations in the transition towards a district-heating network

Author: Peters, M., 27 Feb 2018

Supervisor: de Vries, B. (Supervisor 1), van der Waerden, P. (Supervisor 1), Borgers, A. (Supervisor 1) & Groenen, L. (External person) (External coach)

Student thesis: Master