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Academic Biography

Dr Vladimir Vukovic (PhD) works as a Senior Research Lecturer in BIM & Energy Reduction in Built Environment. Dr Vukovic joined Teesside University from his post of a Research & Business Director at research intensive SME, Exergy Ltd. There he was responsible for establishing new business lines, scientific/technical coordination and project management in EU collaborative projects focusing on energy efficiency and renewable energy (RESSEEPE, R2CITIES, NAWADES, PROMETHEUS, FFW). Previously, he worked as Scientist and senior project manager within Energy in Buildings research field, Energy Department, Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT). During his time at AIT he defined and coordinated a strategic project focusing on development of the next generation integrative building simulation tool, in collaboraton with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He was also the main AIT technical contact point in a number of international projects (S4ECoB, MODRIO, SOTHERCO, IEA EBC Annex 60) and acting representative in the Energy Efficient Buildings (E2B) Association.

In line with the interdisciplinary nature of construction and facility management research demands into the issues surrounding sustainability, Dr Vukovic’s academic background spans mechanical (building services), architectural engineering and computational science. His PhD awarded by the Pennsylvania State University, Department of Architectural Engineering, USA (2009) establishes methodology for predicting respiratory health impacts of office building environments. This research built upon his previous work including real-time identification of indoor pollutant source locations awarded MSc in Architectural Engineering from the same department, and simulation of fluid flow and heat exchange processes awarded Diploma (equivalent to Master degree) from the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Serbia.

For his outstanding academic and research achievements Dr Vukovic received awards from the Austrian Institute of Technology, American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Air and Waste Management Association (A&WMA), The Pennsylvania State University, University of Belgrade, Government of Serbia etc.

Summary of Research Interests

Dr Vukovic is currently leading Centre for Construction Innovation and Research including 16 academics and 12 PhD students. His research interests include sustainable (energy efficient, socially acceptable, environmentally friendly) building design and operation - whole life cycle approach - and in particular: building information modelling (BIM) and digital construction, cyber physical system simulation and optimization, predictive controls, indoor environmental quality, energy efficiency implications on occupants' wellbeing and productivity, energy aware social networking enabled through smart metering, energy blockchain, augmented reality applications in the built environment. He has been researching issues associated with the development of sustainable building environments for more than ten years.

Dr Vukovic successfully supervised Master and PhD students working towards their degrees in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Process Automation.

Research Projects & External Funding

Currently, Dr Vukovic has a leading role in 3 EU H2020 funded projects worth over £20 million: DR-BOB - Demand Response in Block of Buildings - where he is responsible for administrative project coordination as a member of TU project coordination team; inteGRIDy - integrated Smart GRID Cross-Functional Solutions for Optimized Synergetic Energy Distribution, Utilization and Storage Technologies - where he works as a project manager; and eDREAM - enabling new Demand REsponse Advanced, Market oriented and secure technologies, solutions and business models - recently approved for funding by the European Commission.

Previously, Dr Vukovic had a leading role in a £600k Qatar Foundation funded project on development of a whole life cycle information flow approach enabled by Building Information Modelling (BIM) protocols and technologies for Qatar construction industry, and was also engaged in £3.4 million EU FP7 funded project IDEAS - Intelligent Neighbourhood Energy Allocation & Supervision.

Before joining TU, Dr Vukovic was leading a research team in 5 EU FP7 funded projects at Exergy Ltd, worth nearly £40 million: RESSEEPE- REtrofitting Solutions and Services for the enhancement of Energy Efficiency in Public Edification, R2CITIES - Residential Renovation towards nearly zero energy CITIES, NAWADES - Nanotechnological Application in WAter DESalination, PROMETHEUS - Production Method of Electrical Energy by Enhanced Thermal Electron Emission by the Use of Superior Semiconductors, and FFW- Liquid and gas Fischer-Tropsch fuel production from olive industry waste: Fuel From Waste.

During his career at the Austrian Institute of Technology, Dr Vukovic also participated and led team participation in several international projects worth nearly £50 million: S4ECoB - Sounds for Energy Control of Buildings, MODRIO - Model Driven Physical System Operation, SOTHERCO - Solar Thermo Chemical Storage, EcoGrid EU - Large scale Smart Grids demonstration of real time market-based integration of DER and DR.

Dr Vukovic acquired over £3 million in external research funding for all the organisations where he was engaged so far.

PhD and Research Opportunities

Dr Vukovic welcomes PhD applications on topics related but not limited to:

  • Processes and policies to ensure lifecycle building performance;
  • Continuous building performance monitoring/commissioning and end-user engagement;
  • Integrated Project Delivery of low-energy buildings;
  • Integration of buildings as energy prosumers into virtual energy systems;
  • Low-energy housing and electro mobility;
  • Trade-offs between indoor comfort aspects (thermal, acoustic, visual, smell...);
  • Model predictive building controls and maintenance adaptation to climate change;
  • Augmented/Virtual reality and serious games as integrators of construction technology;
  • Impacts of indoor environmental quality and building energy efficiency on occupants’ health, wellbeing and productivity;
  • Cyber physical modelling and optimisation of energy systems’ design and operation;
  • Energy aware social networking enabled through smart metering;
  • Utilisation of building excess capacity;
  • Innovative funding instruments for low energy projects;
  • Contextually-aware building information modelling;
  • Optimisation and adaptation of traffic routing;
  • Manufacturing-optimized generative building design and renovation;
  • Energy blockchain and smart contracting;
  • Flexibility in transactive energy systems.

External Roles and Professional Activities

Dr Vukovic currently serves as a Deputy Director of Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA) in Energy, the largest multi-partner and only nationwide doctoral training initiative of its kind, involving 13 UK University Alliance members.

He is regularly invited to review papers submitted to international journals (Building and Environment, Indoor and Built Environment, Mathematical Problems in Engineering, Sustainability, Applied Thermal Engineering, Energies, Automation in Construction) and conferences (ASME, CONVR, BauSim, CESBP, ECPPM). He served as organising committee member for international conferences (Adaptbuild, Sustainable Places), Chair of conference sessions (TFI, Sustainable Places), Assessor of PhD students’ progress and External examiner of MPhil/MScR and PhD students.

Dr Vukovic gave more than 30 invited lectures and presentations across Europe (Austria, Belgium, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Macedonia, Malta, Serbia, UK), Asia (Singapore), Africa (Egypt), North (USA) and South America (Colombia).

External Research Collaborations

Dr Vukovic is open and welcomes international and national research collaborations. Currently, he is trying to obtain funding to formalise such collaborations within the Doctoral Training Alliance in Energy and several partner universities around the world.

During his time at the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), Dr Vukovic established research collaboration with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), USA. This resulted in contributions of cyber physical system simulation models developed by AIT to the open source Modelica Buildings Library maintained by LBNL. It also resulted in a joint participation with IEA EBC Annex 60 - New generation computational tools for building and community energy systems based on the Modelica and Functional Mockup Interface standards. 

Enterprise Interest and Activities

As an expert in the field of energy efficiency and smart metering systems Dr Vukovic did consulting work for United Nations Development Program within the project Energy Efficiency in Building Sector and Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology within the Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Systems evaluation panel. He also served as Advisory Board member of the EU project TRIBUTE and the Energy Innovation Center Teslianum, Serbia.

Dr Vukovic currently serves as an Expert for EUREKA Secretariat, Belgium, and Innovation Fund Denmark. He was recently selected as one of the Technical Assessors for Energy Entrepreneurs Fund, Thermal Efficiency and Low Carbon Technology Heating Fund by the UK government Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.

Dr Vukovic is leading a customer project for Darlington Borough Council on assessment of best practice health and wellbeing interventions in the built environment as part of the Council's Healthy New Towns initiative.

Dr Vukovic's industry contacts include over 200 SMEs and large multinational companies. He is currently engaged as Knowledge Base Supervisor in InnovateUK supported Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Applied Integration.

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

Dr Vukovic currently teaches Advanced Project Planning and Visualisation module within the Project Management master curriculum. He also teaches Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Digital Construction within various modules in Civil Engineering undergraduate programme.

Previously, Dr Vukovic was working as external lecturer of Systems Engineering and Simulation course - Modelica/Dymola group, University of Applied Science Technikum Wien, Department of Renewable Energy, Austria. He also had experience as a Teaching Associate in Engineering Graphics at University of Belgrade, Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, Serbia.

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Projects 2016 2023

Research Output 2004 2018

Performance Analysis of Solar-Assisted Desiccant Cooling System Cycles in World Climate Zones

Ali, M., Vukovic, V., Muhammad Ali, H. & Ahmed Sheikh, N., 9 Apr 2018, In : Journal of Solar Energy Engineering, Transactions of the ASME. 140, 4, 14 p., 041009.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Cooling systems
Control systems
Energy efficiency
Energy utilization
Interiors (building)
45 Downloads (Pure)

Hierarchy based information requirements for sustainable operations of buildings in Qatar

Rodriguez, S., Ahmad, A. M., Hafeez, M. A., Dawood, H., Vukovic, V., Kassem, M., Naji, K. & Dawood, N., 5 Apr 2017, In : Sustainable Cities and Society. p. -

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Sustainable development
development project
Decision support systems
43 Downloads (Pure)

Reducing Energy Consumption and Carbon Footprint by Smart and Sustainable Use

Decorme, R., Crosbie, T., Vukovic, V., Ala-Juusela, M., Klepal, M., Yadack, M., Buchholz, M. & Costa, A., 11 Dec 2017, In : Proceedings . 1, 7, p. 1101

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Carbon footprint
Energy utilization

Approaches for Assessing BIM Adoption in Countries: A Comparative Study Within Qatar

Kassem, M., Vukovic, V., Dawood, N., Hafeez, M. A., Chahrour, R. & Naji, K., 30 May 2016.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperResearchpeer-review

Open Access