The research group Human Metabolism and Thermoregulation is embedded in the department of Human Biology (research school NUTRIM). The research group Human Metabolism and Thermoregulation focuses on human energy metabolism and thermoregulation in health and disease and studies application of this knowledge in the built environment. They are worldwide known for our metabolic unit, including five combined respiration/climate chambers, and have international recognition of our research on the translation of physiological data to the daily living circumstances in the built environment. The research putting physiological knowledge into practice and the link with the indoor climate has attracted international attention, both in the scientific community as well as in the media worldwide. Important tools are the mathematical modeling of human thermophysiology and the use and development of wearables and apps.
Main role in MOBISTYLE
Wouter van Marken Lichtenbelt, Boris Kingma and collaborators will conduct experimental research to elucidate physiological, comfort, and behavioural aspects of human thermoregulation in thermal environments near the boundaries of the thermoneutral zone. Furthermore, they will provide the mathematical model to describe the internal state of a human agent, to be used by all participants in the consortium with important links on serious gaming (work package 4). Finally they are involved in the monitoring and analyses in demo case 4 Qeske Office at Kerkrade (work package 6).