Robust Occupancy Computation Based on WiFi Connectivity Events


Occupancy is essential for energy saving and space planning in buildings. Current approaches rely on various sensor hardware, which is intrusive and probably expensive. This work proposed a robust, almost zero-cost occupancy computation approach using WiFi connectivity logs. The ubiquity of WiFi connectivity data enables our occupancy solution to be used passively and in all types of buildings with WiFi infrastructure. Estimating an accurate occupancy count from the WiFi connectivity data is challenging, and the streaming nature of connectivity logs requires the algorithms to be efficient enough to make (near) real-time computation. We proposed a series of approaches to efficiently and effectively compute occupancy at a given location inside a building in the given time range. The proposed occupancy strategy has been implemented, deployed, and running in more than 30 buildings in 2 different universities, for nearly 3 years.

Yiming Lin
Yiming Lin
PhD Student

My research interests include Data Cleaning, Data Preparation, Query Processing, Query Optimization.