Rhys Goldstein is a Simulation Researcher at Autodesk Research in Toronto, Canada. His work combines building information modeling (BIM) with sensor data and simulation to help predict and ultimately reduce energy consumption in buildings. Rhys received the best paper award at the 2010 IBPSA-USA Conference for a new method to simulate the behavior of building occupants. He is currently investigating the use of open standards like the Industry Foundation Classes (IFC), as well as modeling conventions like the Discrete Event System Specification (DEVS), to help researchers collaborate in the development of simulation software.
Rhys received a B.A.Sc. in Engineering Physics at the University of British Columbia in 2003, and a M.A.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering at Carleton University in 2009. His master’s thesis was on the simulation of small-scale deformable biological structures, an example being vesicle clusters that self-assemble inside nerve cells. Rhys also worked in mineral exploration for several years, leading geophysical surveys in Tasmania, Cyprus, Oman, and many sites in North America.