People Behaviour Research

People Behaviour & Technology Integration Research Group is an award-winning group of specialist engineers, software developers, behavioural science researchers and UX/UI design strategists based at Cork Institute of Technology’s Nimbus Centre, Ireland’s largest dedicated Internet of Things (IoT) research centre.

The group specialises in the development of next generation cloud based applications, systems, products and solutions that are specifically designed to encourage citizen engagement and improve urban spaces.




By bringing together a multidisciplinary group of researchers from the engineering, social, and information sciences, we are addressing the challenges of the future where the ever closer integration of technology into almost all areas of life can be used to create many novel and useful applications.



Our group members work closely together to develop our systems. The interdisciplinary process begins with ground research in human behavioural science and maintains a holistic approach throughout, with each discipline considered equally during all stages of development.

This approach enables the development of innovative systems, based on thorough modelling of people’s behaviour and their interaction with the environment, that encourage people engagement and enhance user experience.




The core objective of the People Behaviour and Technology Integration Group at Nimbus is creating end-to-end solutions in the Cyber Physical Systems space.

Building on our cloud-based IoT processing environment, in conjunction with our multi-platform front-end user engagement tools, we are developing algorithms based on thorough modelling of people’s behaviour and their interaction with the environment.


The main focus is on how all these components can be integrated into an overall system design and how this integration can be leveraged to facilitate novel applications, for instance, in the energy or smart city management space.

Through directly utilising people’s access and capabilities within their environment and connecting these with IoT deployments integrated into an overall cloud based processing platform, we are able to permeate many previously inaccessible domains and build holistic solutions utilising all available resources.



EU Horizon 2020 E2District Project (2016-2019)


Developing a district operations system, using citizen engagement strategy, to manage smart energy usage for sustainable district heating & cooling systems – targeting energy savings of up to 30%. (H2020, EE-2015-RIA)


Our Role: To provide the behaviour analytics tools and district operations platform integrating developed software components. CIT is hosting the main project testbed. Dr. Martin Klepal (PBTI Group) is the E2District project coordinator. ​

EU Horizon 2020 Moeebius Project (2015-2019)


Improving district energy performance predictability by people behaviour and demand modelling to facilitate new ESCO business models. (H2020, EeB-07-2015)

Our Role: To provide user engagement monitoring and modelling along with predictive control algorithms as part of the building control strategies, as well as an adaptive building maintenance VR environment.​

EU FP7 Energy In Time (2013-2017)


Developing a smart energy simulation based control method which will reduce energy consumption in the operational stage of existing non-residential buildings, resulting in energy savings of up to 20%. (FP7-NMP: EeB.NMP.2013-4)

Our Role: We are providing our NICORE integration framework for use as the project enablement platform which will connect the four demo sites of the project with the simulation and control modules.

Pervasive Nation (2016 – …)


A new, Ireland-wide, wireless network for IoT to support R&I enabling new IoT concepts, business models & devices to be developed and tested. SFI, CONNECT Centre.

Our Role: Core partner.







Interactive 3D Shopping Experiences


 • Complete store listing & company information
• 3D venue & floor plans
• Interactive kiosk & wayfinder
• Web based CMS & dashboards
• Product promotions/advertising
• Car park space & traffic monitoring
• Kids’ tracking
• Real time business intelligence & analyticsblueprint-maps-kiosks-vector-for-sezen


Interactive 3D Conference & Event Centres
• Interactive 3D venue & floor plans
• Exhibitor/artist listings & profiles
• Information kiosk & wayfinder
• Indoor navigation & find-my-friend
• News & social media wall
• Networking & lead retrieval
• Schedules/listings
• Ticketing (compatible with existing event management systems)
• Real time business intelligence & analytics


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