Human-centered Intelligent Built Environments (HIBE) Lab

Ashrant Aryal, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Construction Science

Texas A&M University (TAMU)

Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Southern California, 2020

M.S., Data Informatics, University of Southern California, 2020

M.S. in Civil Engineering, University of Southern California, 2018

B.S. in Civil Engineering, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, 2015


330B Francis Hall, 3137 TAMU

College Station, TX 77843

Phone: 979-845-7000


Research Interests

The Human-centered Intelligent Built Environments (HIBE) lab at TAMU focuses on research related to the use of different technologies like Internet of Things (IoT), sensor signal processing, Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to make the operations of our built environment more adaptive and more human-centered. The objectives are to improve human comfort, productivity and well-being by using intelligent indoor environmental controls while trying to maintain energy efficient building operations. Some example topics of interest are:

  • Human-Building Interaction

  • Thermal comfort modeling and control of HVAC and personal comfort systems

  • Physiological monitoring to understand the impact of indoor environment

  • Grid-Interactive Efficient buildings

  • Building energy simulations with occupant behavior

If you are interested in pursing a Ph.D. or M.S. with a thesis option, please send your academic CV , a summary of prior research experience, a documentation of your programming knowledge and experience, relevant github repositories if you have one, and a narrative outlining your research interests and long term career goals to Funding is limited and will be prioritized for Ph.D. and M.S. students pursuing a thesis. Undergraduate students interested in doing research are also encouraged to apply.


For most up to date list of publications, please visit my Google Scholar profile here.

Journal Publications

Aryal, A., and Becerik-Gerber, B., 2019, A comparative study of predicting individual thermal sensation and satisfaction using wrist-worn temperature sensor, thermal camera and ambient temperature sensor. Building and Environment. DOI:10.1016/J.BUILDENV.2019.106223

Carneiro J.P., Aryal, A., and Becerik-Gerber, B., 2019. Understanding the influence of orientation, time-of-day and blind use on user’s lighting choices and energy consumption using immersive virtual environments. Advances in Building Energy Research. DOI:10.1080/17512549.2019.1639075

Carneiro JP., Aryal, A., and Becerik-Gerber, B., 2019, Influencing Occupant’s Choices by Using Spatiotemporal Information Visualization in Immersive Virtual Environments. Building and Environment. DOI:10.1016/j.buildenv.2019.01.024

Aryal, A., Becerik-Gerber, B., Anselmo, F., Roll, S.C., and Lucas, G.M, 2019, Smart desks to promote health and productivity in offices. Frontiers in Built Environment. DOI:10.3389/fbuil.2019.00076

Aryal, A., and Becerik-Gerber, B., 2018, Energy Consequences of Comfort-driven Temperature Setpoints in Office Buildings. Energy and Buildings. 177, 33-46. DOI:10.1016/j.enbuild.2018.08.013

Aryal, A., Ghahramani, A., & Becerik-Gerber, B. 2017, Monitoring fatigue in construction workers using physiological measurements. Automation in Construction, 82, 154-165. DOI:10.1016/j.autcon.2017.03.003

Ma, L., Sacks, R., Zeibak-Shini, R., Aryal, A., & Filin, S. 2016, Preparation of Synthetic As-Damaged Models for Post-Earthquake BIM Reconstruction Research. Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, 30(3), 04015032. DOI:10.1061/(asce)cp.1943-5487.0000500

Peer-reviewed Conference Publications

Aryal, A., Becerik-Gerber, B., 2019, Skin Temperature Extraction Using Facial Landmark Detection and Thermal Imaging for Comfort Assessment, 6th ACM International Conference on Systems for Energy-Efficient Buildings, Cities, and Transportation (BuildSys), Nov 13-15,2019, New York, NY.

Aryal, A., Shah, I., Becerik-Gerber, B., 2019, An Alternative Method for Monitoring Air Speed in Offices using Miniature Sensors. ASCE International Conference on Computing in Civil Engineering 2019, Atlanta, GA, DOI:10.1061/9780784482438.059

Aryal, A., Anselmo, F. and Becerik-Gerber, B., 2018, Smart IoT desk for personalizing indoor environmental conditions. 8th International Conference on the Internet of Things, Santa Barbara, CA., DOI:10.1145/3277593.3277614

Public Datasets

Energy Consequences of Comfort-driven Temperature Setpoints in Office Buildings. Energy and Buildings. 177, 33-46. DOI:10.1016/j.enbuild.2018.08.013. The dataset contains 400 comfort profiles representative of people in different climates for summer and winter seasons.

The dataset is available at


  • COSC 461 - Building Information Modeling Systems, Fall 2020 (TAMU)

  • CE 470 - Building Information Modeling and Integrated Practice, Spring 2020 (USC, TA)

  • CE469 – Sustainable Design and Construction, Fall 2019 (USC,TA)

  • CE501 - Functions of the Constructor, Spring 2018, Fall 2018 (USC, TA)

  • CE556 - Project Controls: Budgeting and Estimating, Spring 2017, Fall 2017 (USC,TA)


  • Health in Buildings Round table Scholar - NIH 2020

  • Outstanding Research Assistant Award - USC CEE, 2019

  • Provost top off travel award - USC, 2019

  • Viterbi Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award - USC Viterbi, 2018 (awarded to 2 mentors from over 1000 Ph.D. students)

  • Health in Buildings Round table Scholar - NIH, 2018

  • Provost Fellowship - USC, 2015-2019

  • Full scholarship for undergraduate studies - Technion, 2011-2015

  • Technion President’s list award for excellence in 6 out of 8 semesters in undergraduate studies (awarded to top 3.5% of students)

  • Technion Dean’s list award for excellence in 2 out of 8 semesters in undergraduate studies (awarded to top 10%% of students)