Assessment of Building Performance from the Standpoint of Elderly and Disabled Persons Using Neural Computation

PHD Research

 

Tijjani Zubairu

PHD

 

 

PhD started in: 2011

 

M.Sc. Construction Technology,

University of Jos, Nigeria 2010

 

B.Sc. Building, ABU, Zaria, Nigeria 2002

 

Promoter(s):

 

Prof. Ir. Sevil Sariyildiz

 

Daily Supervisor(s):

 

Dr. Michael Bittermann

 

Main Question:

 How can assessments on building performance from standpoint of elderly and disabled be brought into

computational form. , in the face of the

immense complexity of the interaction

between people and their built

environment?

 

Deliverables:

An understanding as to

the relative importance among the

building features taking their

simultaneous interrelation into account

for the satisfaction of the demands of

elderly and disabled via Neural

Decision Support Model

 

 

Keywords: Building performance assessment, Aging, Disability, Neural computation.

 

 

Area of Research: Computation & Performance

 

 

Chair of Design Informatics, Dept. of Architectural Engineering + Technology, Faculty of Architecture

 

 

Research Summary:

Assessment of the performance of a building from the view point of its suitability for elderly and disabled is a complex matter, because it concerns not only measurements of detailed properties of a building, such as the width of doors, or the height of door steps, but it also involves psychological assessments in terms of security, safety, privacy, visual comfort etc. In order to deal with this complexity, assessment of experts, as it is conventionally exercised, without support by means of appropriate computational means is insufficient. Ageing and disability as used in this context refer to all forms of impairments limiting the functioning of both physical and mental attributes of human, that make the daily use and interaction with the built environment challenging. Developing a computational model for the precision assessment of the performance of institutional and public buildings is the objective of this research. The performance assessment concerns particularly the degree of suitability of a building for usage by elderly or disabled people. The result from the model being pursued will be an understanding as to the relative importance among the building features taking their simultaneous interrelation into account for the satisfaction of the demands of elderly and disabled.

 

 

Research Methodology:

The methodology employed for this purpose, Neural Computation, is from the domain of computational intelligence, because it is uniquely able to deal with the complexity of the performance being assessed, namely the methodology emulates the ability of human to establish appropriate abstractions despite abundant information that contains many non-linear interrelations among multiple detailed attributes.

 

 

Key Publications:

 

Zubairu T, Sariyildiz S, Ciftcioglu O (2014). Assessment of Building Performance Using Computational Intelligence: Focus on the Disabled and Elderly. Proceedings of the Education and research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe (eCAADe) 2014 conference, 10-12 September 2014, Northumbria University, Newcastle-UK, Volume 2 (pp. 217-221)

 

Zubairu T. (2014). On-Body Fluid Bio-Marker For Inflammation & Neuro-degeneration (Elderly Issues - Poster Presentation), 5th NCA NUBIN Symposium Organized By NCA NUBIN of VU University Medical Centre, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

 

 

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