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Advancements in sensing, actuation, and communication are converging to bring about new modes of interaction, experience, and entertainment. This convergence will lead towards different kinds of engagements with the spaces in which we live, work, play, and learn. The built environment is becoming an intelligent partner, taking care of operational and repetitive tasks, understanding, and supporting human activities and needs while freeing people to engage in healthier, more productive, and creative pursuits. Homes, office and industrial buildings, airports, or other infrastructure, as well as the furniture, appliances, and building materials that compose the built environment can engage in and be the subject of human-building interaction in a technology-enabled intelligent partnership.
This collection aims to showcase recent advances in the new but burgeoning field of Human Building Interaction (HBI), a multidisciplinary field that represents the next frontier in convergent research and innovation to enable the dynamic interplay of human and building interactional intelligence. HBI research supports the goal of maximizing human potential while optimizing building performance simultaneously across myriad factors. We will welcome research papers that focus on how humans interact with, perceive, and navigate through built environments, how the built environment can perceive and learn human behaviors and needs and provide solutions to improve quality of life, how reciprocal actions of humans and buildings change and improve building and human behavior, and how these interactions scale from the building scale to the community or city scale and beyond.