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Dr Phil Symonds
Central House
14 Upper Woburn Place
Greater London
Tel: +447581679305
  • Research Associate
  • Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources
  • Faculty of the Built Environment

Phil Symonds joined UCL IEDE in 2014 as a research associate. He is funded by the EPSRC Platform Grant for Complex Built Environmental Systems (CBES) for which he is involved in a variety of projects. Prior to joining UCL IEDE, Phil completed a PhD in Experimental Particle Physics at Brunel University (2010-2014). During his PhD, he was based at the Center for European Nuclear Research (CERN) for 18 months as a member of the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment. He has a keen interest in computational modelling and the analysis of data through the use of statistical techniques. Phil also enjoys using high performance computing in order to streamline the analysis of large data sets.

Research Summary

Phil is involved in several research projects as part of the EPSRC Platform. These projects relate to the effects of decarbonising the built environment on health. Phil is developing a statistical model based on EnergyPlus simulations that will be used to optimise building ventilation rates whilst minimising carbon emissions. The results of these models will be validated using empirical data. This will enable a better understanding of occupancy behaviour and the relationships we have with buildings. He is also involved in research into the fundamental understanding of how heat is transferred through walls. 

Academic Background
2014 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – High-Energy Physics Brunel University
2010 MPhys Master of Physics – Physics and Astrophysics University of Leeds
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