Rhys Goldstein is a simulation expert at Autodesk Research who specializes in modeling paradigms, visual programming, and applications of simulation to architectural design. His main interest is helping people create more compelling and sustainable urban environments by modeling buildings and cities as systems. Rhys served as a program chair for the symposium onSimulation for Architecture and Urban Design (SimAUD 2015) and the symposium on Theory of Modeling & Simulation (TMS 2017), and as an associate editor for the journal Simulation. He is the lead developer of the SyDEVS simulation framework and was part of the team that created the SpaceAnalysis package for Dynamo.
While traditional programming practices have produced a wide range of relatively independent simulation methods, predictive models of extremely complex natural and artificial systems will require a more scalable, more collaborative approach to modeling. This project strives for software that will help researchers develop, debug, document, share, and integrate simulation code.
Buildings are the largest consumers of energy responsible for 48% of all Green House Gas (GHG) emissions. Due to the complexity and multidisciplinary aspects of architectural design, construction, urban design, and building occupant behavior, simulation has gained attention as a means of addressing this enormous challenge. The idea is to model a building’s many interacting subsystems, including its occupants, electrical equipment, and indoor and outdoor climate. With simulation results in hand, an architect is better able to predict the energy demand associated with various designs, and choose from among the more sustainable options.