Energetic building and neighborhood modeling

·         Neighborhood, building and system simulation

·         Regenerative and decentralized energy systems

·         Communication of building technology (operability/interaction)

·         Energy supply infrastructure

·         Control issues (load management, grid efficiency)

·         Microclimate in urban districts

Indoor climate - User - Interactions

·         Thermal comfort

·         Indoor air quality

·         Interaction user - building - technical building equipment

·         Incentive systems for users (e.g. social gaming)

·         Machine learning in the context of user behavior and operational management

·         Health-relevant ventilation methods

Building physics simulations at component level

·         Heat and mass transfer models

·         Modeling and simulation of material systems and damage processes

·         Active facades

·         Simulation of acoustic material and component properties

·         Vibration analyses/ modal analyses

BIM-based planning tools and integration approaches

·         Digital twins at building and neighborhood level and their significance for planning, execution and operation

·         Data models and standards in the context of simulation

·         BIM-based simulation and calculation tools

·         Automated quality control of models

·         Model and data visualization based on virtual and augmented reality

·         Interfaces and interoperability at the level of building and city information models

Modeling and simulation in the life cycle of buildings and neighborhoods

·         Holistic accounting methods

·         Algorithms for computer-aided decision and verification methods

·         Model-based control and operation optimization

·         Hardware-in-the-loop simulation

Numerical solution methods, optimization and implementation

·         Application of numerical methods in building and district simulation, fluid mechanics, mass, moisture and heat transfer

·         Libraries and implementations for parallelization and optimization

·         Dynamic coupling of simulation methods (co-simulation, model exchange)

·         Interdisciplinary optimization approaches in simulation


Monitoring of buildings and neighborhoods

·         Setup and commissioning of energy monitoring projects (IoT)

·         Cloud-based data management and analysis

·         Strategies for operational optimization

·         Simulation vs. measured data

Acoustic simulations in the building sector

·         Room acoustic simulations (speech intelligibility, hearing quality)

·         Calculation of sound propagation in rooms (sound reflections and absorption)

·         Simulation of vibration propagation in the building structure (solid buildings, lightweight buildings, residential buildings, non-residential buildings)

·         Simulation of sound propagation in outdoor spaces (e.g. low-frequency sound from wind turbines)

·         Simulation of road noise

Product data and product databases

·         Data structures, formats, standards for databases

·         Availability, quality of data

·         Data acquisition, data archiving and processing

·         Legal aspects of testability, verifiability and reproducibility of computational data and simulation results

Validation scenarios and quality assurance

·         Sensor networks for model validation on component, building and neighborhood level

·         Parameterization, calibration and quality control of models

·         Reference solutions for norms and standards

·         Methods of representation and visualization

·         Data maintenance and sustainable archiving of solutions

Innovative measurement methods - validation and application

·         Indoor climatic parameters

·         Acquisition and visualization of (room) air flows

·         Data acquisition using UAVs (drones)

·         Acquisition of acoustic parameters (airborne and structure-borne sound)

Teaching, education and training in the field of simulation

Knowledge transfer for simulation practice / Selected practical examples