PhD Course on

Smart Building

Cagliari, Feb. 04 – 25, 2020


Virginia Pilloni     (


20 hours, Feb. 04 – 25, 2020


If you are interested in taking this course, please email me ( before 24th January to register. All further communication will be sent via email to the registered students. The course consists of seven lectures, which will be held at 15:00-18:00 (with the exception of the 1st lecture, which will end at 17:00) on Tuesdays and Thursdays.


Aula Mocci

Course Description:

The course is an advanced class for graduate students who are interested in learning the main characteristics, requirements and technologies used in the most typical smart building scenarios. The course aims to provide tools for the analysis and design of building automation systems. Specifically, at the end of the course the student will be able to: analyze a use case scenario and the requirements necessary for its implementation, with particular attention to the reference building, users, system managers, and required functionalities; design a smart building system and its main components (i.e. devices to be installed, application control, user interfaces, data storage, communication network), providing cost-benefit analysis.

There is no textbook for this course. Lecture notes and reading papers will be distributed in the class. The course is going to be instructed in English.

Lecture topics:  

Lecture 1: Introduction to the course and to the main concepts related to Smart Buildings (2 hours)

    • Definition of domotics, home automation and building automation

    • Expectations of building automation

    • Main building automation criticalities

Lecture 2: The System Development Life Cycle (SDLC) of a Building Automation System (BAS) - I part (3 hours)

    • Introduction

    • The planning phase

    • The analysis phase

Lecture 3: The System Development Life Cycle (SDLC) of a Building Automation System (BAS) - II part (3 hours)

    • The design phase

    • The implementation phase

Lecture 4: Smart Homes (3 hours)

    • Energy and comfort management

    • Assisted living and healthcare management

    • Infotainment

    • Video surveillance and access management

    • Safety

Lecture 5: Smart Workplaces (3 hours)

    • Smart manufacturing processes

    • Asset tracking, freight monitoring and warehouse management

    • Efficient management of workplace environments

    • Safety and security

Lecture 6: Other Smart Buildings (3 hours)

    • Smart supermarket

    • Smart shop and retail

    • Smart advertisement

    • Smart museum

    • Smart hospital

    • Smart campus

    • Smart airport

Lecture 7: Hands on Arduino (3 hours)

    • How to implement a simple BAS system


The course is worth 2.5 credits. Grades (pass/fail) will be based on a test with multiple choice and essay questions.


Virginia Pilloni
Dep. of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
University of Cagliari, Italy