Federico Tartarini PhD

Energy Engineer
Postdoctoral Scholar at Berkeley Education Alliance for Research in Singapore (BEARS) federicotartarini@gmail.com

I am currently working on two main research projects. One aims to develop personalized thermal comfort models using wearables and IoT sensors. While the other aims to quantify how desk and ceiling fans can be used to enhance occupant satisfaction and reduce energy use. In parallel I am developing Cozie for Apple and I maintain the following open-source projects: CBE thermal comfort tool, pythermalcomfort, Cozie for Fitbit.

I received my PhD in 2017 from the University of Wollongong, Australia during which I focused on determining the impact of IEQ on perceptions of occupants (staff and residents) and agitated behaviors of residents at aged care facilities.

Since then, the focus of my work, as a Postdoctoral Scholar, has mostly been on thermal comfort, Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ), Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems and development of non-intrusive methodologies to monitor IEQ parameters. I am collaborating with the International Energy Agency EBC Annex 69 "Strategy and Practice of Adaptive Thermal Comfort in Low Energy Buildings".


Projects

I am the author of the Python package pythermalcomfort and of the BLE Android application named BEARS. I am also the maintainer of the: CBE Thermal Comfort Tool and Cozie Fitbit clock face. I am currently developing Cozie for the Apple Watch. In my free time, I have also created Air Quality and Weather SG and Dengue Singapore. Follow me on GitHub.

pythermalcomfort

Package to calculate thermal comfort indices (e.g. PMV, PPD, SET, Adaptive model).

CBE Thermal Comfort Tool

Web-based graphical user interface for thermal comfort calculations.

Cozie - Fitbit clock Face

Fitbit clock face to collect data in field thermal comfort research.

Air Quality and Weather - SG

Check in real-time air quality and weather in Singapore.


Experience

Jun 2019 - Present
Singapore, SG

Postdoctoral Scholar

Berkeley Education Alliance for Research in Singapore (BEARS)
  • Maintainer and developer of the CBE thermal comfort tool. Read the paper here.
  • Main author of pythermalcomfort a Python package for thermal comfort research. Read the paper here.
  • Maintainer and developer of Cozie for the Apple Watch and for the Fitbit
  • Conducted a longitudinal thermal comfort study which aimed to developed personalized thermal comfort models using wearable and IoT devices.
  • Collaborated in the construction and commissioning of the "Greenest building" in Singapore. A net a net zero energy building for the Singaporean Building and Construction Authority (BCA).
  • Conducted research relating to SinBerBEST Theme A: Human-Building Nexus - Enhancing Health and Productivity in the Built Environment. Worked on issues related to thermal comfort, indoor air quality, human performance, and HVAC systems.
  • Performed data analysis, and carried out test experiments involving human subjects, as well as worked with researchers across SinBerBEST themes to achieve the program’s aim to improve energy efficiency, sustainability and indoor environmental quality in buildings in tropical climates
Jun 2019 - Present
Wollongong, AU

Honorary Fellow

University of Wollongong
  • Honorary fellow at the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC), faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences.
Jun 2017 - Jun 2019
Wollongong, AU

Associate Research Fellow

SBRC, University of Wollongong
  • Industrial research projects: Company: Daikin Australia. Developed smart controllers and IoT sensors for Daikin.
  • Advantages SME grant: Company: Enviro Buildings Services. Developed learning algorithms using Python and Matlab for self-commissioning of HVAC components and models for performance prediction.
  • International Energy Agency Energy in Buildings and Communities (IEA EBC) Annex 69: Represented the SBRC in the IEA EBC Annex 69 "Strategy and practice of adaptive thermal comfort in low energy buildings".
  • Data Scientist: Helping colleagues analysing data in several research project and assisted the SBRC in the development of research facilities in relation to data acquisition, storage and analysis.
  • Developer: Developed two Android applications, one written in Java and one using Xamarin Forms.
  • Teaching Assistant - HVAC systems: Delivered a number of tutorials and developed course material for the UOW Engineering subject ENG 442/918 "Sustainable Energy in Buildings".
  • Guest Lecturer - University of Sydney: Delivered a guest lecture on the Solar Decathlon Competition.
Mar 2013 - Feb 2014
Bologna, IT

Consultant

Nier Ing, Italy
  • Conducted feasibility studies for private and public clients. Modelled building energy consumption using EnergyPlus.

Education

Mar 2014 - Dec 2017
Wollongong, AU

PhD in Engineering and Information Sciences

University of Wollongong - Faculty of Engineering
Thesis title: "Impact of temperature and indoor environmental quality in nursing homes on thermal comfort of occupants and agitation of residents with dementia".
Sep 2010 - Jul 2013
Bologna, IT

Master of Science Degree in Energy Engineering

University of Bologna - Faculty of Engineering

Grade: 110/110 with honours

Sep 2012 - Feb 2013
Wollongong, AU

Exchange program

University of Wollongong - Faculty of Engineering
Jan 2011 - Jun 2011
Copenhagen, DK

Exchange program

Technical University of Copenhagen - Faculty of Engineering
Sep 2007 - Jul 2010
Bologna, IT

Bachelor Degree in Energy Engineering

University of Bologna - Faculty of Engineering

Grade: 108/110


Skills

Programming Languages

Software

  • Matlab
  • DesignBuilder
  • JetBrains
  • Office suite

Languages

  • Italian
  • English

Awards & Certifications

  • Experienced Researcher - IAQVEC conference - Bari, Italy - 2019
  • Best Paper Award - Building and Environment - 2018
  • Student of the year - Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) - 2017
  • Best presentation - 15th National Conference of Emerging Researchers in Ageing - Canberra, Australia - 2016
  • Innovation in ageing research - 13th National Conference of Emerging Researchers in Ageing - Adelaide, Australia - 2014

Interests

Apart from being a researcher, I enjoy most of my time being outdoors. I enjoy biking, swimming, hiking and many other outdoor activities.