Professor Dr. Ardeshir Mahdavi is the Director of the Department of Building Physics and Building Ecology as well as the Chair of the Graduate Studies Program in Building Science and Technology at the Vienna University of Technology, Austria. Professor Mahdavi has held academic positions and activities in numerous countries around the world, including Brazil, Germany, India, Singapore, Turkey, and USA.
Professor Mahdavi’s area of research and teaching covers building physics and building ecology, energy-efficient and sustainable buildings, urban physics, building informatics and computational building performance simulation, building monitoring, diagnostics, controls, and automation. Professor Mahdavi has directed a number of internationally influential research efforts pertaining to eco-efficient buildings, indoor climate, urban microclimate, integrated computational design support systems, building automation, and human factors (including occupancy modeling as well as thermal, visual, and acoustical comfort). He has pioneered the application of simulation-based predictive building systems control methods and the introduction of human ecological reasoning in building science.
Professor Mahdavi is a frequent keynote speaker at international scientific conferences and has authored more than 500 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and conference proceedings. Professor Mahdavi is a member of the editorial board of five international scientific journals. He is a Fellow of the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA). His other current and past organizational memberships include ASHRAE, IESNA, SHE, ÖNORM, ÖAL, and IÖHE. S