The Human-Oriented Built Environment Lab HOBEL

The Human-Oriented Built Environment Lab (HOBEL) is the research laboratory of Dr. Dusan Licina within the smart living lab in the School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENAC) at EPFL.

The focus of HOBEL is centered on advancing the knowledge of the intersections between people and the built environment with an aim to ensure high indoor environmental quality for building occupants with minimum energy input.

The key mission of HOBEL is to improve the knowledge in the domains of indoor air quality, assessment of human exposure to airborne pollutants, dynamics and fate of pollutants in buildings, advanced energy efficient ventilation systems and controls, tools and methods for enhanced building environmental monitoring, thermal comfort of humans and their behavior.

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Radio Télévision Suisse interviewed Dr. Dusan Licina

— The Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS) interviewed Dr. Dusan Licina (HOBEL) about his research on airborne aerosol transmission in buildings and potential implication for the Covid-19 transmission.

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Marouane MERIZAK joins HOBEL group as a new Doctoral Assistant

— Marouane MERIZAK joined HOBEL as a doctoral assistant in October 2020. He holds a double Master’s degree in Air Quality Control, Solid Waste and Wastewater Process Engineering from the University of Stuttgart in Germany and the Federal University of Paraná in Brazil.

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Han-Yun Jhang joins HOBEL group as a new Doctoral Assistant

— Han-Yun Jhang joined HOBEL in October 2020 as a Ph.D. student. She was selected as a winner of the 2020 EPFL – Ministry of Education (MOE) Taiwan Scholarship.

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Akila Muthalagu joins HOBEL as a visiting PhD student

— Akila Muthalagu, a second-year doctoral student from IIT, India, joined HOBEL in September 2020 as a visiting doctoral student after receiving the Swiss Excellence Scholarship for Research. 

Ventilation systems should be improved in crowded indoor environments. © iStock

239 scientists call for further COVID-19 measures

— In an open letter, the scientists claim that COVID-19 can be transmitted through the air and call on the World Health Organization (WHO) and political leaders to step up their preventive measures. Two environmental scientists from EPFL, Athanasios Nenes and Dusan Licina, are among the signatories.

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Vanessa Ciherean joins HOBEL team

— In March 2020, Vanessa Ciherean joined the HOBEL team as a new lab administrative assistant. Vanessa has a degree in General History from the University of Geneva.

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