'Sensable Heatscapes: Introduction to the SHADE Research Lab' by Ariane Middel
Bio:Ariane Middel is an assistant professor in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering with a joint appointment in the School of Computing, Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering. Previously, she was an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Urban Studies at Temple University. She received her doctorate in computer science from the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany, and holds a Master of Science in engineering from the University of Bonn, Germany. Middel’s research interests lie in the interdisciplinary field of urban climate with a focus on climate-sensitive urban form, design, landscapes and infrastructure in the face of extreme heat and climatic uncertainty. Her ongoing work is focused on developing better models and metrics to quantify urban “heatscapes” as they are experienced by pedestrians. She currently develops a thermal comfort model based on an innovative big data approach using Street View data, deep learning and novel environmental sensing techniques such as her biometeorological “MaRTy” cart. Middel is an active member of the Urban Climate Research Center at ASU and currently serves a four-year term (2016–20) on the Board of the International Association of Urban Climate.