Why building industry professionals should learn to code!

On 10th August, ASHRAE Ireland Chapter hosted Dr. Clayton Miller, Asst. Professor at National University of Singapore for a technical webinar on “Why building industry professionals should learn to code!”. Clayton runs a hugely popular edX course entitled: ‘Data Science for Construction, Architecture and Engineering‘, which has enrolled almost 20,000 students worldwide since its launch in 2020.

This course introduces data science skills targeting applications in the design, construction, and operations of buildings. You will learn practical coding within this context with an emphasis on basic Python programming and the Pandas library.

edX Course Abstract

Background: The building industry is exploding with data sources that impact the energy performance of the built environment and health and well-being of occupants. Spreadsheets just don’t cut it anymore as the sole analytics tool for professionals in this field. This seminar focuses on outlining the process of acquiring data science skills for building performance analysts with little or no previous programming experience. An introduction to data science skills will be given in the context of built environment professions. The seminar will provide numerous learning paths for various built environment-related tasks and help motivate participants to dive in!


About the Speaker: Dr. Clayton Miller is an Asst. Professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS) in the Building and Urban Data Science (BUDS) Lab. His group focused on leveraging data sources from the built and urban environments to improve the energy efficiency and conservation, comfort, safety, and satisfaction of humans. Dr. Miller is also the Co-Leader of Theme D – Data Analytics at the UC Berkeley SinBerBEST2 Lab and the Co-Leader of Subtask 4 of the IEA Annex 79 Occupant-Centric Building Design and Operation. He holds a Doctor of Sciences (Dr. sc. ETH Zurich) from the ETH Zürich, an MSc. (Building) from the National University of Singapore (NUS), and a BSc./Masters of Architectural Engineering (MAE) from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln (UNL). He is the former CTO of Optiras Pte. Ltd, a Singapore NRF-funded start-up, a former Fulbright Scholar to Singapore at NUS, and a Walter Scott Jr. Scholar at UNL.

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