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Personalized Conditioning with Human-in-the-Loop Control Approach
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The need for individual comfort led to the development of personalized conditioning systems which improve the thermal comfort and allow to reduce energy consumption due to more effective localized energy use. However, the process control of such systems is still rather traditional and not optimal. The skin temperature of the hands plays a prominent role in thermal comfort in cool environments. Since the hands are directly exposed to the environment their temperature can be remotely sensed and used for control in human-in-the-loop approach. A recent study showed the potential of such a process control. The change in thermal comfort was feed-forwarded by the fingertip temperature drop which was used as a control signal for infrared hand heating lamps. In this paper the limitations of the previous study are discussed and the future research directions are given.
Vesely, M.; Zeiler, W.; Boxem, G (2013). Personalized Conditioning with Human-in-the-Loop Control Approach. Energy Systems Laboratory (http://esl.tamu.edu); Texas A&M University (http://www.tamu.edu). Available electronically from