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  1. S. Kim, B. Feng (Ed.)
    The thermal comfort of individuals is considered an important factor that affects the health, well-being, and productivity of the occupants. However, only a small proportion of people are satisfied with the thermal environment of their current workplace. Therefore, this paper proposes a novel framework to simulate and optimize thermal comfort by controlling room conditions and matching them with occupants. The method is developed based on personalized thermal comfort prediction models and the Large Neighborhood Search (LNS) algorithm. To illustrate and validate the algorithm, a case study is provided. The results compare the thermal comfort of the occupants before and after the optimization and show a significant improvement in the thermal comfort. The proposed simulation method is proven to be feasible and efficient in providing an optimal match of occupants and rooms with specific settings, and therefore, can be of great value for the decision-making of the building management. 
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