October 25, 2017

Tarun Kumar

Ph.D. Student, CPDM 

An architect and design researcher, working on the integration of smart sensors and intelligent buildings, with an objective to save energy considering environmental and socio-economic sustainability.

Research Objective:

Energy Neutrality assessment of Smart Sensors based Intelligent Buildings integrating the life-cycle assessment of sensors and energy performance simulation of the building.

Educational Background:

  • M. Des., CPDM, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 2012-2014

  • B. Arch., School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), New Delhi, 2007-2011.

Research Publications:

  • Book Chapter: Kumar T., Mani M. (2017) Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to Assess Energy Neutrality in Occupancy Sensors. In: Chakrabarti A., Chakrabarti D. (Eds) Research into Design for Communities, Volume 2. ICoRD 2017. Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies, vol 66. Springer Nature, Singapore, DOI: 10.1007/978-981-10-3521-0_9

  • Book Chapter: Kumar, T., Mani, M., 2017. An energy-neutrality based evaluation into the effectiveness of occupancy sensors in buildings: An integrated life-cycle study. In: Design to Thrive Proceedings PLEA 2017. NCEUB 2017, pp. 2579–2586.

  • Book Chapter: Nair, S., Rao, R.R., Kumar, T., Prasad G, G., Kumar, M., Khadeeja, H.P., Saifudeen, A., Mani, M., 2019. Design of a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Based Solar-Powered LED Lighting System for Training and Empowering Rural Youth. In: Chakrabarti A. (eds) Research into Design for a Connected World. Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies, vol 134. Springer, Singapore

  • Book Chapter: Kumar T., Kapadia I., Gurtoo A., Mani M. (2015) Development of Self Defence Devices for Women. In: Mani M., Kandachar P. (Eds) Design for Sustainable Well-Being and Empowerment: Selected Papers, IISc Press- TU Delft, ISBN 9789461863454 (TU Delft), 9788192570716 (IISc Press)]

  • Conference Paper: Kumar, T., Rao, R.R., Ramamurthy, P.C., Mani, M., 2018. Safety of Light Emitting Diode ( LED ) based Domestic lighting in Rural Context. In: Indicon 2018. IEEE Xplore.

  • Conference Paper: Nair, S., Rao, R.R., Kumar, T., Prasad G, G., Kumar, M., Khadeeja, H.P., Saifudeen, A., Mani, M., 2018. Roshini – Developing a DIY Rural Solar Light: Utilizing Products at End-of-Life (EoL) Stage, 2018 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC), San Jose, CA, 2018, pp. 1-6. doi: 10.1109/GHTC.2018.8601891.

  • Conference Paper: Kumar T., Mani M. (2015) Evaluating the effectiveness of occupancy sensors in net energy conservation: An integrated building life-cycle energy study. International Conference on Life Cycle Management (ILCM) 2015, FICCI House, New Delhi

  • Poster Presentation: Kumar T., Mani M. (2017) Energy Neutrality of Occupancy Sensors: A Building integrated Life-Cycle Energy Study, Inclusive Manufacturing Forum 2017, 6-8 April 2017, National Institute of Advanced Studies(NIAS), Bangalore, India


Architectural Trainee (Feb 2011–July 2011), SPA Consultancy,  SPA, New Delhi

  1. Sustainable Campus Planning Issues (Preparing Design Program Specifications for IIT Rajasthan at Jodhpur)
  2. Health Facilities Planning and Design
  3. Housing, Shopping Complex, Gym and Cafeteria (Project Report for Delhi Cantonment Board

Awards & Accolades:

  • BHAVAN Research Fellowship 2019 by IUSSTF and DST
  • Secured 2nd place at Students’ Research Seminar Series at CPDM IISc 
  • Jury Member at UNBIND Design Hackathon 2017
  • CPDM Student Research Seminar series 2017, Co-ordinator
  • Jury Member at Technology Festival Srishti 2016 CMRIT, Bangalore
  • General Secretary, Gymkhana, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  • Convenor of IISc Fashion Design Team 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Member of Steering Committee, IISc Students’ Council 2015
  • Convenor of IISc Cultural Fest Spectrum 2014
  • Web Design Committee, IISc Students’ Council 2013
  • Media Committee, IISc Students’ Council 2013
  • Design Team of Samanway (IISc Career Fair) 2012
  • Placement Coordinator at School of Planning and Architecture 2012
  • Played Lead Role in Play ‘Court Martial’ 2008
  • Young India Fellowship Award 2012
  • Participated in the Evidence-Based Health Care conference at Srinagar, 2011
  • Attended (2011) the USAID India Workshop on Building Physics and Energy Simulation at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
  • Ved Prakash Memorial Award 2011 for being the topper of the fourth year, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi
  • Gate Rank All India Rank 21 (2011)
  • Student of the year 2011 (SPA, New Delhi)
  • J.C Bose Young scientist Scholarship

Research Interests:

Intelligent Buildings, Systems thinking, Smart Sensors and IoT,  Life cycle assessment, Architecture and planning, Building construction, Sustainable Manufacturing, Bio-mimicry, Eco-inspired design,  and Design Research.

Technical Skills:

Life-cycle Analysis (SimaPro, GaBi), Building Information Modelling, Design Research, Architectural Design, Urban Planning, Computer-Aided Design, Adobe Photoshop, Autocad, 3D Modelling (Sketchup, 3DS Max).

ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Tarun_Kumar27

Website: http://tarunkumar.strikingly.com/