Article history: Prior knowledge of occupants’ thermal comfort can facilitate informed control decision of ambient Received 25 November 2017 thermal-conditioning in a building environment. This paper investigates the possibility to predict hu- Revised 9 February 2018 man thermal state (Comfort/Discomfort) from the information of physiological parameters. As gender Accepted 16 February 2018 difference has been widely linked with thermal comfort perception, a four-fold objective is adopted: Available online 20 February 2018 ﬁrst, investigating gender differences in subjective thermal perception; second, investigating gender dif- ferences in physiological response under different thermal states; third, identifying those physiological Keywords: Thermal comfort features that have the potential to predict thermal state, and fourth, establishing a data-driven thermal Gender state prediction model for each gender group using the identiﬁed features. Human subject experiments Subjective response were conducted, during which ﬁve physiological responses (hand skin temperature ST , hand skin con- Physiological response ductance SC , pulse rate PR, blood oxygen saturation SpO , blood pressure BP) and four subjective re- h 2 Thermal comfort prediction sponses (thermal comfort, thermal preference, humidity sensation, airﬂow sensation) were recorded in Random forest conjunction with a thermal sensation survey while environmental conditions varied from cold/cool to neutral levels
Energy and Buildings – Elsevier
Published: May 1, 2018
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