EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Agri-Food Robotics: AgriFoRwArdS - Ruchi Choudhary

Prof Ruchi Choudhary

Research Interests

I am interested in urban integrated agriculture and in controlled environment farming in particular. Methodologically, we work on the integration of thermodynamic  simulations and statistical models to quantify synergistic benefits of growing food in urban environments – for example by using waste heat from urban infrastructure.

Prof Ruchi Choudhary is Reader of Architectural Engineering in the Engineering Department at University of Cambridge. She specializes in simulation methods for predicting energy demand of the built environment. She is leading the research group on Digital Twins of Built Environment at the Alan Turing Institute (2018-2021). At Cambridge, she leads the multi-disciplinary Energy Efficient Cities Initiative, initially funded by a Science & Innovation award at Cambridge. She is also co-Investigator of the Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure & Construction. Her research spans simulation-based methodologies for energy management of buildings; uncertainty quantification in building simulation models; and multi-disciplinary interactions influencing energy use in cities.  She is leading projects on modelling underground heat and city-scale geothermal systems, urban farming, and end-use energy demand modelling. In 2019 she became fellow of the International Building Performance & Simulation Association (IBPSA). She is elected chair of IBPSA-England since 2018. She is on the editorial board of J. of Building Performance Simulation, BSER&T the CIBSE Journal, Sustainable Cities and Society, and ICE J. of Smart Infrastructure & Construction.

Read more about Ruchi on her University of Cambridge profile here.

Project Supervision

Primary Supervisor:

Cohort 3 CDT Student Vijja Wichitwechkarn, who is working with Zero Carbon Farms on their PhD project titled ‘Crop-agnostic optimisation for vertical farms’.