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“The best way to predict the future is to (virtually) create it.”

Research profile

My area of expertise is computational modeling and simulation for optimizing design and operation of high-performance buildings in terms of (renewable) energy use and indoor environmental quality. The focus is on widening the scope of building simulation to allow for multi-scale and multi-physics problems, and for incorporating optimization under uncertainty approaches. This is directly related to societal challenges such as energy transition and climate adaptation of buildings and neighbourhoods.

Academic background

I am full professor emeritus of building performance in the Building Physics & Services unit at  Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). In addition to my ongoing activites at TU/e, I'm also full professor of environmental engineering in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Czech Technical University, Prague. I'm still supervising several graduate students, and am active as external PhD examiner at several international universities, co-editor-in-chief of the Journal for Building Performance Simulation, as well as reviewer and/or editorial board member of other peer reviewed scientific journals and expert evaluator of national and international research projects.

I'm proud to be a Fellow of the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA), Fellow of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Fellow of the Federation of European Heating, Ventilation and Air-conditioning Associations (REHVA) and of having received several other national and international scientific and practice awards.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

External positions

full professor, Czech Technical University

1 Sept 2002 → …


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