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OB-16 Symposium and 4th IEA EBC Annex 66 Experts’ Meeting (August 3-5, 2016, Carleton University)

August 3, 2016 — August 5, 2016

Location:2200 Richcraft Hall
Cost:CND$150 for OB-16 and CND$230 for IEA EBC Annex 66 meeting

DRAFT PROGRAM (click link)

OB-16 is the second international symposium focusing on monitoring, modelling, and manipulating occupant behaviour and the energy and comfort consequences of these behaviours. Presenters from broad backgrounds (engineering, architecture, psychology, sociology, marketing, etc.; researchers or practitioners) are encouraged to participate. OB-16 aims to stimulate discussions and debate and to encourage contributions to IEA EBC Annex 66 “Definition and Simulation of Occupant Behavior in Buildings” ( A two-day meeting of Annex 66 follows OB-16 (August 4th and 5th, also at Carleton University), with all symposium participants welcome to attend.

Carleton University has about 28 thousand students and is one of Ottawa’s two major universities and is known for its programs in public and international affairs, engineering, architecture, and journalism. Ottawa is Canada’s capital and has a population of nearly 1-million. It is located in Eastern Ontario, Canada’s most populated province. It has an international airport with direct flights to several European cities (Frankfurt and London) and many North American cities. Ottawa is known for its many museums, cultural attractions, and proximity to nature.

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OB-16 Symposium

  • Abstract submission is closed and successful presenters have been notified by email. Only oral presentations will occur; not papers. Topics include:
    • Occupant monitoring studies
    • Novel sensing methods
    • Modelling occupancy and occupant behaviours
    • Occupant-related building simulation studies
    • Occupant-centric controls
    • Case studies of occupant-centric building design and operations
    • Other occupant research approaches
  • Non-presenters are also welcome to participate.

IEA EBC Annex 66 Meeting

The IEA Annex 66 meeting is a group of approximately 100 researchers and other experts on the topic of occupant behavior and its modelling and simulation. The two-day meeting consists of reporting, discussion, and planning of a four-year initiative to advance to the state-of-the-art in the definition and simulation of occupant behaviour. The detailed agenda will be released approximately one month before the meeting date. Observers are welcome to attend.

Wednesday, August 3 Thursday, August 4 Friday, August 5 Saturday, August 6
OB-16 Symposium, River Building, Carleton University, 9-17 IEA Annex 66 meeting Day 1, 9-17 IEA Annex 66 meeting Day 2, 9-17 Optional: excursion to surrounding wilderness (possibilities: white water rafting, picnic and beach, canoeing) TBD.
Reception and dinner on Dow’s Lake, 17:30-20:00 Banquet dinner: Mill St. Brewery, 19-22 Tour of CHEeR research house (at Carleton) by Prof. Ian Beausoleil-Morrison

Register here

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Accommodation and getting around

The official hotel for the event is Lord Elgin, which is located in downtown Ottawa (approximately 5 km from Carleton University). A very special rate has been given to Annex 66 participants with a cut-off date of July 2. Reservations can be made at this link:

There are many other hotels in the downtown Ottawa area and a few B&B and Air BnB options closer to campus. Finally attendees may stay at the Carleton residence and receive a free breakfast (see table below for rates) (registration:

Res rates

Ottawa is quite a small city, thus biking, walking, bus, or LRT are all reasonable methods to get around and to Carleton university from downtown.

Travel ideas in Canada

Big list of tourist ideas!

In Ottawa: Many museums, galleries, monuments, lights show, and parliament buildings; longest skating rink in the world (not frozen in summer!).

Within one hour: Large national park (Gatineau Park) with camping, cycling, canoeing, hiking, caves, white water rafting, etc.

Within two hours: Montreal (arguably Canada’s most cultural and fun city; largely French-speaking); most technical white water rafting in North America; Algonquin park (7,600 km2 of hiking, camping and canoeing, cabins; so vast it is possible to not see people for a week)

Within five hours: Toronto (Canada’s largest city; perhaps the “New York of Canada”) and Quebec City (Canada’s oldest city and North America’s only walled city; lots of culture and history).

Maritimes: Within a 12-20 hour drive or 2-3 hour flight, you can get to the East Coast. Out there, you can find very friendly people, beautiful scenery and parks, great music and food culture. Newfoundland is particularly exotic and probably the best place in the world to spot (and eat) moose.

Rocky Mountains and West Coast: Within a 4-6 hour flight away, you can find Canada’s highest mountains, vast wilderness (e.g., Banff or Jasper National Parks), and a few interesting cities (e.g., Vancouver, Victoria). There is a famous train with glass ceilings that goes coast-to-coast in Canada, but it is very pricey.

Getting around: Canada’s public transportation between cities is modest. Daytime and overnight trains go between all major cities but are not much faster than driving. Flights are available to many cities from Ottawa, but tend not to be cheap. Cars can be rented quite inexpensively (~$30/day) and gasoline is very cheap compared to European standards (~$0.90/L).

Weather: August is Canada’s warmest month. Ottawa is usually around 20-33°C, sunny, and humid in early August.