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A new integrated multi-criteria spatial decision support system for urban energy planning in the built environment


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Date and time 07.05.2019 16:3017:30  
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Speaker Sara Torabi, Arch, Ph.D., Interuniversity Department of Regional & Urban Studies and Planning-DIST, Politecnico di Torino (PoliTo). Sara Torabi holds a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Development at the Interuniversity Department of Studies and Regional and Urban Planning (DIST) at Politecnico di Torino. She also has collaborated on several European and National projects such as IEA-EBC Annex 66, EEB-Buildings with Zero Energy Consumption in Intelligent Urban District, SHAPE ENERGY and DIMMER-District Information Modelling and Management for Energy Reduction and spent period of her Ph.D. research at the École Polytechnique Fédérale De Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland at the Solar Energy and Building Physics Laboratory (LESO-PB). For the time being Sara Torabi is a Postdoctoral researcher at the Urban Sustainability and Security Laboratory for Social Challenges (S3 + Lab) at Politecnico di Torino while her main research, focuses on the field of Impact Assessment of sustainable Indicators for the city scale, Multicriteria Spatial Decision Support System (MC-SDSS) for urban regeneration planning. She also deals with the integration of participatory decision-making processes in planning purposes, organizing several focus groups and workshops involving real stakeholders. She has developed a new MC-SDSS, which is an interactive energy plug-in in the Geographic Information System (GIS) using the CommunityViz software. The MC-SDSS tool can explore a range of possible futures for assisting urban planners, policymakers and built environment stakeholders in their efforts to plan, design and manage low-carbon cities. Furthermore, she is an author of numerous international publications.
Category Conferences - Seminars

The research focuses on energy consumption modelling based on bottom-up methods to evaluate the current status of energy consumption and different future energy saving scenarios promoting sustainable urban planning. However, the choice among urban energy planning scenarios is extensively based on multi-actors and multi-criteria aspects. For this purpose, stakeholder-oriented approach plays a key role in implementing the effective strategies for urban and regional adaptation. The research, therefore, is also dealing with the integration of participative decisional processes of urban energy planning by organizing different focus groups involving real stakeholders. The talk will illustrate the result of the development of a new Multi Criteria Spatial Decision Support System (MC-SDSS), which is an interactive energetic plug-in in Geographic Information System (GIS) environment using CommunityViz. The new MC-SDSS is intended to facilitate the decisional process for stakeholders who can ask “what-if” questions and visualize “if then” scenarios in a real-time.

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  • General public
  • Free
  • This event is internal


  • sara.torabi@polito.it

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