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LEEDR: Low effort energy demand reduction


Richard Buswell – Principal Investigator:
Dr Richard Buswell Richard is a Lecturer in the School of Civil and Building Engineering and part of the Building Energy Research Group. Prior to this he worked in industry managing the installation of building services systems as part of the construction of commercial buildings. Both industrial and academic project working has been multi-disciplinary based. His building energy research has focused on understanding the performance of building energy systems and how people interact with these. His PhD explored the application of uncertainty analysis for the robust implementation of condition monitoring systems. Homepage

Tracy Bhamra – Co-Investigator:
Professor Tracy Bhamra Tracy is a Professor of Sustainable Design and the Leader of the Sustainable Design Research Group in the Department of Design and Technology. A Chartered Engineer, Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a Fellow of the RSA, she has over 17 years of research experience in sustainable design and is the founder of the UK Sustainable Design Network. She has a particular interest in the way people behave and interact with consumer products and the impact this has on the environment. Homepage

Roy Kalawsky – Co-Investigator:
Professor Ray Kalawsky Roy is a Professor of Human-Computer Integration & Systems Engineering and the Director of Research School of Systems Engineering. Roy led the £7m DTI Centre for the Integrated Home Environment which ran extensive smart home technology trials in homes in the Leicestershire area. This work included automatic control of domestic appliances as well as the provision of services into the home. He was also involved in the DTI programme Care in the Community ran by BT which addressed the needs of healthcare provision in the home – ultimately leading to trial in over 1200 homes in the Liverpool area. Homepage

Val Mitchell – Co-Investigator:
Dr Val Mitchell Val is a lecturer in the Loughborough Design School. She has over 15 years multidisciplinary research experience specialising in the development of user centred design methodologies for eliciting user requirements for future technologies and services. She was the lead human factors researcher in the Services Aggregation Trials for the DTI under ‘The Application Homes Initiative’. The project researched and developed new systems to provide householders with targeted information about domestic energy use, aggregating information and services to householders through a common user interface. Homepage

Sarah Pink – Co-Investigator:
Professor Sarah Pink Sarah is Professor of Social Sciences. Her interdisciplinary work spans the applied and academic agendas. She is an international authority in visual and sensory qualitative research methodologies, relating to empirical expertise in: everyday consumption practices in domestic dwellings; analysing local authority sustainability agendas; UK construction industry work practices; and the anthropology of media. Clients for applied work include Unilever Research (PI) and Constructionskills UK (CI) and she has recently completed research funded by the Nuffield Foundation focusing on the well-being and sustainability agenda of the UK Slow City movement. Homepage

Murray Thomson– Co-Investigator:
Dr Murray Thomson Murray is a lecturer in Electrical Networks and Systems, in the Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST). He gained industrial experience as a software and systems engineer prior to joining Loughborough University in 1997. He is currently engaged on the EPSRC Supergen in Highly Distributed Power Systems, the E.ON-EPSRC Strategic Partnership consortium on Transition pathways to a low carbon economy and a TSB-funded E.ON-led consortium on DD-DSM: Demonstration of Distributed Demand-side Management as a service to the UK grid operator. Homepage

Shuang-Hua Yang– Co-Investigator:
Professor Shuang-Hua Yang Shuang-Hua is a professor of networks and control and is a wireless sensor network specialist with an interests in their applications in; remote control, building fire safety, home security and energy saving, and military services. He is currently leading projects concerned with emergency response, RFID for road traffic control, and energy harvesting for wireless electronics in collaboration with UK industries. He has recently completed the TSB funded IndeedNET (Integration and Demonstration of Energy Efficient Dwelling NETwork) project that focused on energy saving in home environments. Homepage


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