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Isabella holds a MSc of Energy Engineering (2013) from Politecnico di Milano, Italy. Currently she is a doctoral researcher under the supervision of Prof. Jan Hensen and Dr. Pieter-Jan Hoes. Her research focuses on the appropriate modeling of occupant behavior to achieve more realistic predictions of the energy and comfort performance of buildings. She uses modeling and simulation to determine the fit-for-purpose degree of complexity of occupant behavior modeling (from schedules to stochastic and agent-based models) for specific cases.

She aims at developing a strategy that would enable simulation users to better understand the influence of uncertainties in building performance simulations, thus leading to improvements in the final energy performance and overall indoor environment of buildings.

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Research Output 2014 2019

  • 239 Citations
  • 8 Article
  • 2 Conference contribution
  • 1 Special issue
  • 1 Phd Thesis 1 (Research TU/e / Graduation TU/e)
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Occupant behavior modelling to support the development of adaptive facade control strategies

Gaetani dell'Aquila d'Aragona, I., van Woensel, R. N. P., Hoes, P-J. & Hensen, J., Sep 2019, Proceedings of the 16th International IBPSA Conference (Building Simulation 2019). 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Solar system
Decision making
9 Citations (Scopus)
96 Downloads (Pure)

Estimating the influence of occupant behavior on building heating and cooling energy in one simulation run

Gaetani, I., Hoes, P. J. & Hensen, J. L. M., 1 Aug 2018, In : Applied Energy. 223, p. 159-171 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Sensitivity analysis
69 Citations (Scopus)
1 Downloads (Pure)

IEA EBC Annex 66: definition and simulation of occupant behavior in buildings

Yan, D., Hong, T., Dong, B., Mahdavi, A., D'Oca, S., Gaetani, I. & Feng, X., 1 Dec 2017, In : Energy and Buildings. 156, p. 258-270 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Energy utilization
Energy resources
Climate change
Life cycle
Energy conservation

Student theses


Developing a stepwise approach for including occupant behavior in energy performance contracts

Author: Mennen, H., 31 Aug 2018

Supervisor: Hensen, J. (Supervisor 1), Hoes, P. (Supervisor 2), Gaetani dell'Aquila d'Aragona, I. (Supervisor 2) & Hoogervorst, C. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Guidelines for selecting the 'fit-for-purpose' model complexity regarding building energy performance prediction

Author: van Enk, E., 23 Feb 2016

Supervisor: Hensen, J. (Supervisor 1), Hoes, P. (Supervisor 2), Gaetani dell'Aquila d'Aragona, I. (Supervisor 2), Boukens, R. (External person) (Supervisor 2) & van Walsum, R. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Influence of the occupant behavior on building energy performance: a case study of Heijmans ONE residence

Author: Song, Y., 31 Aug 2016

Supervisor: Hensen, J. (Supervisor 1), Hoes, P. (Supervisor 2) & Gaetani dell'Aquila d'Aragona, I. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Investigating the influence of occupants on the indoor climate and heating energy for the "Morgen Woningen"

Author: van Eck, R., 28 May 2016

Supervisor: Hensen, J. (Supervisor 1), Hoes, P. (Supervisor 2), Gaetani dell'Aquila d'Aragona, I. (Supervisor 2) & Hennekeij, R. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master