Panagiota Karava

Associate Professor of Civil Engineering

Purdue University
Lyles School of Civil Engineering
550 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2051

Office: HAMP G167A
Phone: (765) 494-4573

Specialty Area(s)


Ph.D., Concordia University, 2008
M.A.Sc., Concordia University, 2002
B.Sc., National Kapodistrian University of Athens, 2000

Research Summary

  • Smart buildings, intelligent building operation, system identification, model predictive control

  • Human-building interactions, personalized control, self-tuned environments

  • Energy efficient and mixed-mode buildings, innovative energy and comfort delivery systems

  • Solar technology integration in building operation

Selected Research Projects

  • CyberSEES: Type 2: Human-centered systems for cyber-enabled sustainable buildings, 2015-2018, funding source: National Science Foundation.

  • CPS: Synergy: Plug-and-play cyber-physical systems to enable intelligent buildings, 2014-2017, funding source: National Science Foundation.

  • Development of self-tuned indoor environments, 2016-2017, funding source: Center for High Performance Buildings.

  • Interface design for thermal and visual preferences in office buildings, 2015, funding source: Lutron Electronics.

  • A model-based framework for integration of smart operating strategies in the design of net zero energy buildings, 2013-2016, funding source: American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) - New Investigator Award.

  • Integration of humans and their environment in building design and operation including advanced technologies, 2013-2015, funding source: Alcoa Foundation.

  • Energy Efficient Buildings Hub, 2011-2014, funding source: US Department of Energy.

  • Development of advanced controls for mixed-mode cooling, 2011-2013, funding source: Kawneer North America.

Honors & Awards

- Roy E. & Myrna G. Wansik Research Excellence Award, School of Civil Engineering, 2014.
- New Investigator Award, American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), 2013.
- Seed for Success Acorn Award, Purdue University, 2011, 2012.
- University Faculty Award, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, 2008.

Student Awards

- ASHRAE Grant-in-Aid Fellowship, "System identification and optimal control of intelligent high performance buildings with agent-based approach," 2015 (Jaewan Joe).
- Chorafas Foundation Award, PhD dissertation: "Modeling of photovoltaic-thermal systems with transpired solar collectors integrated in building operation simulation," 2014 (Siwei Li).
- Best student paper award, 3rd High Performance Buildings Conference at Purdue, 2014 (Amir Seyed Sadeghi).
- Best student paper award, 2nd High Performance Buildings Conference at Purdue, 2012 (Jianjun Hu).
- International Building Performance Association Student Travel Award, 2013 (Jianjun Hu).

Selected Publications

  • Sadeghi, S.A., Awalgaonkar, N.M., Karava, P., Bilionis, I., 2017. A Bayesian modeling approach of human interactions with shading and electric lighting systems in private offices. Energy and Buildings 134, 185-201.

  • Joe, J., Karava, P. 2017. Agent-Based System Identification for Control-Oriented Building Models. Journal of Building Performance Simulation 10 (2), 183-204.

  • Sadeghi, S.A., Karava, P., Konstantzos, I., Tzempelikos, A., 2016. Occupant interactions with shading and lighting systems using different control interfaces: A pilot field study. Building and Environment 97, 177-195.

  • Li, S., Joe J., Hu, J., Karava, P., 2015. System identification and model-predictive control of office buildings with integrated photovoltaic-thermal collectors, radiant floor heating and active thermal storage. Solar Energy 113, 139-157.

  • Hu, J., Karava, P., 2014. A state-space modeling approach and multi-level optimization algorithm for predictive control of multi-zone buildings with mixed-mode cooling. Building and Environment 80, 259-273.

  • Hu, J., Karava, P., 2014. Model predictive control strategies for buildings with mixed-mode cooling. Building and Environment 71, 233-244.

  • Li, S., Karava, P., Currie, S., Lin, W. E., Savory, E., 2014. Energy modeling of photovoltaic thermal Systems with corrugated unglazed transpired solar collectors - part 1: model development and validation. Solar Energy 102, 282-296.

  • Li, S., Karava, P., 2014. Energy modeling of photovoltaic thermal systems with corrugated unglazed transpired solar collectors - part 2: performance analysis. Solar Energy 102, 297-307.

  • Li, S., Karava, P., Savory, E., Lin, W. E., 2013. Airflow and thermal analysis of flat and corrugated unglazed transpired solar collectors. Solar Energy 91, 297-315.

  • Karava, P., Jubayer, C., Savory, E., 2011. Numerical modeling of forced convective heat transfer from the inclined windward roof of an isolated low-rise building with application to photovoltaic/thermal systems. Applied Thermal Engineering 31, 1950-1963.

  • Karava, P., Athienitis, A.K., Stathopoulos, T., Mouriki, E., 2012. Experimental study of the thermal performance of a large institutional building with mixed-mode cooling and hybrid ventilation. Building and Environment 57, 313-326.

  • Karava, P., Stathopoulos, T., Athienitis, A.K., 2011. Airflow assessment in cross-ventilated buildings with operable facade elements. Building and Environment 46 (1), 266-279.