Workshops


La lumière naturelle dans les projets architecturaux et urbains, Université de Technologie de Compiègne (UTC), Département Génie des Systèmes Urbains (GSU), Laboratoire AVENUES, May 16 2008.
SEUS - Solar Energy at Urban Scale, Compiègne University of Technology (UTC),Urban Systems Engineering Department (GSU), AVENUES Laboratory, May 25-26 2010.
Morning Research Seminar on: Optimization of the urban solar potential, Compiègne University of Technology (UTC), AVENUES & ROBERVAL Laboratories, June 1 2011.
Morning Research Seminar on: Optimization of radiation exchanges in urban areas, Compiègne University of Technology (UTC), AVENUES & ROBERVAL Laboratories, June 7 2012.
Morning Research Seminar on: Numerical methods for the urban heat, Compiègne University of Technology (UTC), AVENUES & ROBERVAL Laboratories, June 14 2013.
Morning Research Seminar on: Numerical methods applied to urban physics, Compiègne University of Technology (UTC), AVENUES & ROBERVAL Laboratories, May 20 2014.
Seminar on: Daylight simulation in historical buildings and urban environment, Compiègne University of Technology (UTC), AVENUES & ROBERVAL Laboratories, July 10 2015.
First International Conference on Urban Physics, B. Beckers, T. Pico, S. Jimenez (Eds), 26 – 30 September, 2016, Quito – Galápagos, Ecuador
Workshop on: Heat, Light and Wind simulation on an urban scale, Univ Pau & Pays Adour France, February 7 2017.



Publications and Conferences


Descriptive Geometry Mutating to Design Tool, B. Beckers, L. Masset & P. Beckers, International Conference on Computational & Experimental Engineering and Sciences ICCES’05, Chennai and Jaipur, India, December 2005.
Enrichment of the visual experience by a wider choice of projections, B. Beckers, L. Masset & P. Beckers, 11th International Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work in Design, April 26-28 2007, Melbourne, Australia (Published in the proceedings of the ICCSCWD'2007, IEEE Catalog Number: 07EX1675C, ISBN: 1-42440963-2, Library of Congress: 2007920353).
Una proyección sintética para el diseño arquitectónico con la luz del sol, B. Beckers, L. Masset & P. Beckers, 8th Ibero-american Conference of Mechanical Engineering CIBIM08, October 23-25 2007, Cusco, Perú, Libro virtual: ISBN 978-9972-2885-3-1 (see Conference Proceedings, Aspectos medioambientales)
Optimization of daylight in architectural and urban projects, B. Beckers & P. Beckers, 2th International Conference on Multidisciplinary Design Optimization and Applications, ASMDO, September 2-5 2008, Gijón, Spain.
Las escalas de la sombra, B. Beckers, Guest speaker for the opening session of the academic year of the Faculty of Architecture, Urbanism and Geography of the University of Concepción, April 4 2009, Concepción, Chile.
Le bâtiment et la lumière; projets, contrôle et simulation, B. Beckers, Guest speaker, Conseil de l’enveloppe du bâtiment du Québec (CEBQ) / Quebec Building Envelope Council (QBEC), April 29 2009, Montréal, Canada.
Helping architects to design their personal daylight, B. Beckers & D. Rodríguez, Proceedings of the 11th WSEAS International Conference on Sustainability in Science Engineering (SSE '09) , May 27-29 2009, Timisoara, Romania, ISBN: 978-960-474-080-2.
Las escalas de la luz, B. Beckers, 5º Congreso Internacional Ciudad Y Territorio Virtual, June 2009, Barcelona, Spain.
Helping architects to design their personal daylight, B. Beckers & D. Rodríguez, WSEAS Transactions on Environment and Development, Issue 7, Volume 5, July 2009, pp 467-477, ISSN: 1790-5079 (see WSEAS website)
Geometrical interpretation of sky light in architecture projects, B. Beckers, Actes de la Conférence Internationale Scientifique pour le BATiment CISBAT 2009, September 2009, EPFL, Lausanne, Suisse.
La ville et la lumière; aspects thermiques, visuels et numériques, B. Beckers, Guest speaker, Conseil de l’enveloppe du bâtiment du Québec (CEBQ) / Quebec Building Envelope Council (QBEC), November 25 2009, Montréal, Canada.
Réflexions sur la modélisation multi-échelles de la ville : état de l'art, défis et propositions , B. Beckers, Séminaire NAFEMS France : Modélisation des systèmes complexes, des composants au système, du système aux détails : le juste nécessaire en simulation ? December 9 2009, Paris, France.
Correlation between Measured and Calculated Solar Radiation Data in Compiègne, France, E. Antaluca, L. Merino & B. Beckers, WSEAS Transactions on Environment and Development, Issue 6, Volume 6, pp. 478-487, June 2010, ISSN: 1790-5079 (see WSEAS website)
About solar energy simulation in the urban framework: The model of Compiègne, B. Beckers, D. Rodríguez, E. Antaluca & J.L. Batoz, 3rd International Congress Bauhaus SOLAR, 5 pages, November 10 & 11, 2010, Erfurt, Germany.
Optimiser l’efficacité énergétique du bâti et de la ville grâce à la modélisation 3D. Enjeux et perspectives d’application, A. Prévost, D. Rodríguez, N. Molines, B. Beckers & I. Caudron, Conférence internationale de Géomatique et Analyse Spatiale, SAGEO’10, 17-19 Novembre 2010, Toulouse.
Solar Energy Inputs Estimation for Urban Scales Applications , L. Merino, E. Antaluca, B. Akinoglu, B. Beckers, 8th International Conference on System Simulation in Buildings, December 13-15, 2010, Liège, Belgium.
The universal projection for computing data carried on the hemisphere, B. Beckers, L. Masset & P. Beckers, Computer-Aided Design, Volume 43, Issue 2, Pages 219-226, February 2011
Définition d’un modèle géométrique urbain pour la simulation du potentiel solaire, D. Rodríguez, A. Prévost, N. Molines & B. Beckers, Workshop « GIS Modélisation Urbaine », La modélisation de la ville : du modèle au projet urbain, February 23-24 2011, Marne la Vallée, France.
Evaluation du potentiel solaire urbain à l’échelle de la France, E. Ghanassia, M.-H. Laurent, M. Maïzia & B. Beckers, Workshop « GIS Modélisation Urbaine », La modélisation de la ville : du modèle au projet urbain, February 23-24 2011, Marne la Vallée, France.
Planification énergétique urbaine, B. Beckers, Invited speaker in "Innovations  numériques au service de la ville durable - Vers la ville intelligente", 5ème edition, Ville numérique, Ecole des Ingénieurs de la Ville de Paris (EIVP), May 4, 2011, Paris, France.
Analysis of cloud distribution effect on daylighting in urban environment, T. Vermeulen, L. Merino & B. Beckers, International Conference on Smart and Sustainable City (ICSSC 2011), July, 6-8, 2011, Shanghai, China.
Impact of Solar Energy on Cities Sustainability, B. Beckers, in Architecture & Sustainable Development, (vol.2, 395-400), Ed. M. Bodart & A. Evrard, Proc. 27th Int. Conf. on Passive and Low Energy Architecture (PLEA 2011), July, 13-15, 2011, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium.
Urban outlines 2D abstraction for flexible and comprehensive analysis of thermal exchanges, B. Beckers, Conférence Internationale Scientifique pour le BATiment CISBAT 2011, EPFL, September 2011, Lausanne, Suisse.
Solar energy quantification for the whole French urban area, E.  Ghanassia, M. Laurent, M. Maizia, B. Beckers, Conférence Internationale Scientifique pour le BATiment CISBAT 2011, EPFL, September 2011, Lausanne, Suisse.
La modélisation 3D : une nouvelle voie pour les documents d’urbanisme ? Application à l’optimisation énergétique des bâtiments , A. Prévost, D. Rodríguez, N. Molines, B. Beckers, Revue Internationale de Géomatique, Volume 21- n°4, 577-583, 2011, Lavoisier, Paris.
A general rule for disk and hemisphere partition into equal-area cells, B. Beckers & P. Beckers, Computational Geometry - Theory and Applications, Volume 45, Issue 7, Pages 275–283, August 2012.
Worldwide Aspects of Solar Radiation Impact, B. Beckers, in Solar Energy at Urban Scale, chapter 5, Ed. B. Beckers, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2012 (Table of contents available in the referred website).
Radiative Simulation Methods, P. Beckers & B. Beckers, in Solar Energy at Urban Scale, chapter 10, Ed. B. Beckers, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2012 (Table of contents available in the referred website).
Solar Potential and Solar Impact, F. Monette & B. Beckers, in Solar Energy at Urban Scale, chapter 14, Ed. B. Beckers, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2012 (Table of contents available in the referred website).
Zhaoqing: A Study-Case of Energy-Saving Urban Design, Giovanni Marco Chiri & Ilaria Giovagnorio, 2nd Asian Conference on Sustainability, Energy & Environment, ACSEE, May 3-6, 2012, Osaka, Japan.
Procedural models to better compute solar flux at the neighborhood scale, D. Rodríguez, G. Besuievsky, G. Patow, B. Beckers, Flow modeling for urban development European Congress, June 13-14, 2012, Lille, France.
Daylight and Solar Energy Simulation at Urban Scale, B. Beckers, keynote speaker, Smart City Forum, International Conference on Audio, Language and Image Processing (ICALIP), July 16 - 18, 2012, Shanghai, China.
Is it already possible to optimize the urban heat balance? Pierre Beckers, Catherine Knopf-Lenoir, Thibaut Vermeulen, Pierre Villon, Benoit Beckers, Invited Conference, Faculty of Sciences, Northwestern Polytechnical University, November 4, 2012, Xi’An, China.
Optimal design of urban patterns to improve the energetic performance of the buildings, Thibaut Vermeulen, Catherine Knopf-Lenoir, Pierre Villon, Benoit Beckers, 4th International Conference on Multidisciplinary Design Optimization and Applications, ASMDO, November 5-9, 2012, Xi’An, China.
Switching from spacecrafts to cities analysis and optimization, Benoit Beckers & Pierre Beckers, 4th International Conference on Multidisciplinary Design Optimization and Applications, ASMDO, November 5-9, 2012, Xi’An, China.
Taking Advantage of Low Radiative Coupling in 3D Urban Models, Benoit Beckers, Eurographics Workshop on Urban Data Modelling and Visualisation, May 6-10, 2013, Girona, Spain.
Optimization of Urban Systems to Maximize Passive Solar Input, Thibaut Vermeulen, Benoit Beckers, Catherine Knopf-Lenoir, Pierre Villon, Third African Conference on Computational Mechanics, International Conference AfriCOMP13, July 30 - August 2, 2013, Livingstone, Zambia.
An Adaptive 3D Model for Solar Optimization at the Urban Scale, Raphaël Nahon, Thibaut Vermeulen, Benoit Beckers, IET/IEEE Second International Conference on Smart and Sustainable City, August 19-20, 2013, Shanghai, China.
Comparison of Solar Irradiation Models in an Urban Context with Shanghai Climate, Luis Merino, Thibaut Vermeulen, Benoit Beckers, IET/IEEE Second International Conference on Smart and Sustainable City, August 19-20, 2013, Shanghai, China.
Urban Form Optimization for the Energy Performance of Buildings Using Citysim, Thibaut Vermeulen, Jérôme Henri Kämpf, Benoit Beckers, International conference CISBAT on “Clean Technology for Smart Cities and Buildings", September 4-6, 2013, EPFL - Lausanne, Switzerland
Dynamic finite element analysis of thermal behavior in urban areas, Shanshan Qu, Benoit Beckers, Catherine Knopf-Lenoir, International conference CISBAT on “Clean Technology for Smart Cities and Buildings", September 4-6, 2013, EPFL - Lausanne, Switzerland
A Configurable LoD for Procedural Urban Models intended for Daylight Simulation, Gonzalo Besuievsky, Santiago Barroso, Benoit Beckers and Gustavo Patow, Eurographics Workshop on Urban Data Modelling and Visualisation, April 7-11, 2014, Strasbourg, France.
Super Element Technique for Solar Energy Optimization at Urban Level, Benoit Beckers and Pierre Beckers, OPT-i, International Conference on Engineering and Applied Sciences Optimization, 4-6 June 2014, Kos Island, Greece.
Reconciliation of Geometry and Perception in Radiation Physics, B. Beckers & P. Beckers, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 192 pages, July 2014.
Acceso solar en barrios urbanos, B. Beckers, Guest speaker, University of Chile, August 20, 2014, Santiago, Chile.
Sky vault partition for computing daylight availability and shortwave energy budget on an urban scale, Benoit Beckers, Pierre Beckers, Lighting Research and Technology, vol. 46 n°. 6, Pages 716-728, December, 2014
Urban layout optimization framework to maximize direct solar irradiation, T Vermeulen, C Knopf-Lenoir, P Villon, B Beckers, Computers, Environment and Urban Systems 51, 1-12 2015.
An up-to-date research program to support the urban physics paradigm, B. Beckers, 2nd International conference on Multi-scale Computational Methods for Solids and Fluids (ECCOMAS MSF), Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, June 10-12 2015.
Introducción a la Fisica Urbana, B. Beckers, Guest speaker, University of Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano, July 29, 2015, Bogotá, Colombia.
Exploring metrics on the evaluation of the bioclimatic potential at early stages of urban project, R. Nahon, G. Besuievsky, E. Fernández, B. Beckers, O. Blanpain, International conference CISBAT on “Future buildings and districts sustainability from nano to urban scale", September 9-11, 2015, EPFL - Lausanne, Switzerland.
Characterization of solar access in Mediterranean cities: oriented sky factor, Elena Garcia-Nevado, Anna Pages-Ramon, Helena Coch, Benoit Beckers, Proc. International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture. "PLEA 2015: Architecture in (R)Evolution – 31st International PLEA Conference – Bologna 9-11 September: full papers". Bologna: Building Green Futures, p. 1-7 2015
Far-LoD: Level of Detail for Massive Sky View Factor Calculations in Large Cities, D. Muñoz, B. Beckers, G. Besuievsky and G. Patow, 3rd Eurographics Workshop on Urban Data Modelling and Visualisation, November 23, 2015, Delft, the Netherlands
A 66 line heat transfer finite element code to highlight the dual approach, P. Beckers, B. Beckers, Computers & Mathematics with Applications, Volume 70 Issue 10, November 2015, Pages 2401-2413.
Multiscale Analysis as a Central Component of Urban Physics Modeling, B. Beckers, In: Computational Methods for Solids and Fluids, Multiscale Analysis, Probability Aspects and Model Reduction, Adnan Ibrahimbegovic (Ed.), Springer International Publishing, 2016, Pages 1- 27.
A fast daylighting method to optimize opening configurations in building design, E. Fernández, B. Beckers, G. Besuievsky, In: Energy and Buildings, Volume 125, 1 August 2016, Pages 205–218
Modélisation de l'éclairage naturel dans les premières étapes d'un projet d'aménagement, R. Nahon, B. Beckers, O. Blanpain, 34èmes Rencontres de l’AUGC, Université de Liège, Belgique, 25 au 27 mai 2016
Why Urban Physics and Why in Ecuador, B. Beckers, First International Conference on Urban Physics, B. Beckers, T. Pico, S. Jimenez (Eds), 26 – 30 September, 2016, Quito – Galápagos, Ecuador
Sparse Matrix Solution for Computing Urban Radiation Exchange, J. Aguerre, E. Fernández, G. Besuievsky, B. Beckers, First International Conference on Urban Physics, B. Beckers, T. Pico, S. Jimenez (Eds), 26 – 30 September, 2016, Quito – Galápagos, Ecuador
Fast and accurate view factor generation, B. Beckers, P. Beckers, First International Conference on Urban Physics, B. Beckers, T. Pico, S. Jimenez (Eds), 26 – 30 September, 2016, Quito – Galápagos, Ecuador
Skyline-control Based LoD Generation for Solar Analysis in 3D Cities, G. Besuievsky, B. Beckers, G. Patow, First International Conference on Urban Physics, B. Beckers, T. Pico, S. Jimenez (Eds), 26 – 30 September, 2016, Quito – Galápagos, Ecuador
A study of solar access in Bogotá: the Las Nieves neighborhood, R. Franco, P. Bright, J. Benitez, B. Beckers, First International Conference on Urban Physics, B. Beckers, T. Pico, S. Jimenez (Eds), 26 – 30 September, 2016, Quito – Galápagos, Ecuador
Multiphysic Design of a Street Section, C. Knopf-Lenoir, D. Muñoz, R. Nahon, B. Beckers, First International Conference on Urban Physics, B. Beckers, T. Pico, S. Jimenez (Eds), 26 – 30 September, 2016, Quito – Galápagos, Ecuador
Sky Access versus Shading for Pedestrian Comfort in the Hot Tropical Climate of Jeddah, B. Masoud, B. Beckers, H. Coch, First International Conference on Urban Physics, B. Beckers, T. Pico, S. Jimenez (Eds), 26 – 30 September, 2016, Quito – Galápagos, Ecuador
Impact of the anisotropy of the sky vault emissivity on the building envelope radiative budget, R. Nahon, O. Blanpain, B. Beckers, First International Conference on Urban Physics, B. Beckers, T. Pico, S. Jimenez (Eds), 26 – 30 September, 2016, Quito – Galápagos, Ecuador
A robust smoothed voxel representation for the generation of finite element models for computational urban physics, A. Rassineux, B. Beckers, First International Conference on Urban Physics, B. Beckers, T. Pico, S. Jimenez (Eds), 26 – 30 September, 2016, Quito – Galápagos, Ecuador
Periodic 3D model to optimize urban shapes for solar radiation, T. Vermeulen, C. Knopf-Lenoir, L. Merino, P. Villon, B. Beckers, First International Conference on Urban Physics, B. Beckers, T. Pico, S. Jimenez (Eds), 26 – 30 September, 2016, Quito – Galápagos, Ecuador
Optimizing Window Shape for Daylighting: An Urban Context Approach, E. Fernández, J.P. Aguerre, B. Beckers and G. Besuievsky, Eurographics Workshop on Urban Data Modelling and Visualisation, December 8, 2016, Liège, Belgium
Evaluation of the daylight conditions at early stages of an urban project, R. Nahon, B. Beckers, O. Blanpain, In European Journal of Environmental and Civil Engineering, 2017
Computing Urban Radiation: A Sparse Matrix Approach, J.P. Aguerre, E. Fernández, G. Besuievsky and B. Beckers, In Graphical Models, In Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available online 25 May 2017
Skyline-Based Geometric Simplification for Urban Solar Analysis, G. Besuievsky, B. Beckers and G. Patow, In Graphical Models, In Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available online 13 June 2017
Editorial for Special issue on “Massive 3D Urban Models”, B. Beckers, P. Alliez and D. Aliaga, In Graphical Models, In Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available online 19 July 2017



PhD Theses


Effets de la morphologie des bâtiments en zones urbaines sur le gisement physique en énergies renouvelables, Elie Ghanassia, supervisors: Mindjid Maïzia, Benoit Beckers 2012.
Modélisation du rayonnement solaire pour la simulation thermique en milieu urbain, Luis Merino, supervisor: Benoit Beckers 2013.
Optimisation de formes urbaines soumises au rayonnement solaire, Thibaut Vermeulen, supervisors: Benoit Beckers, Pierre Villon 2014.



Master Theses, Supervisor: Benoit Beckers


Ver, mirar, contemplar, M. Bonilla, Fundación UPC, Barcelona, October 2005.
La luz natural de Peter Zumthor, C. Ribera, Fundación UPC, Barcelona, November 2005.
Los colores, cuando entra el sol, D. González, Fundación UPC, Barcelona, February 2006.
El juego de las geometrías bajo el sol, D. Rodríguez, Fundación UPC, Barcelona, October 2007.
Análisis climático en la ciudad ecuatorial de Belén del Pará - Brasil, A. Bartolomeu, Fundación UPC, Barcelona, October 2007.
Luz natural, tema central de la Arquitectura; sobre la obra de Alberto Campo Baeza, T. Pico, Fundación UPC, Barcelona, October 2007.
Simulación y representación de la luz natural en el proyecto arquitectónico, R. López, Fundación UPC, Barcelona, October 2007.
Interacción entre la luz solar y la urbe construida por medio de pantallas verdes, M. Gutiérrez, Fundación UPC, Barcelona, October 2007.
Luz natural y geometría computacional, R. Paullo, Fundación UPC, Barcelona, February 2008.
Estudios de iluminación natural en Guatemala, M. Ríos, Fundación UPC, Barcelona, February 2008.
La ventana: análisis y estrategias respecto a la energía solar, A. Iturriaga, Fundación UPC, Barcelona, October 2008.
Estudio de la luz y geometría en iglesias románicas y góticas, C. Villazón, Fundación UPC, Barcelona, October 2008.
“Fotoagnosis”: leer una fotografia para comprender la luz, G. W. Libertino, Fundación UPC, Barcelona, September 2010.
Impacto Solar en la Escala Urbana, D. Lecea, Fundación UPC, Barcelona, September 2010.
Análisis de la necesidad solar en una tranformación urbana de densificación. Una experiencia en Tokio , M. Puig, Fundación UPC, Barcelona, 2011.



Other Master Theses & Students Reports


Modélisation de la position du soleil, Nguyen Minh Ngoc, University of Liège, January 2007.
Facteur de ciel : un paramètre d'évaluation des masques en architecture, O. Collin, University of Liège, September 2008.
Les méthodes de Monte-Carlo appliquées aux problèmes urbains, T. Dubernet, Compiègne University of Technology, March 2010.
Réalisation d'un outil d'évaluation de la radiosité, T. Vermeulen, Compiègne University of Technology, March 2011.
Évaluation des apports solaires à l’échelle d’un quartier urbain en période de chauffe selon sa typologie, son orientation et sa latitude dans un contexte de densification de la ville, L. Chénard, Ecole de Technologie Supérieure du Québec, May 2014.



Lectures on daylight and solar energy


Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña (Benoit Beckers, UPC, Barcelona, España)
"M4: Espacio y ambiente en la arquitectura, Master en Integración de las Energías renovables a la arquitectura, Fundación UPC" since 2004.
Université de Technologie de Compiègne (Benoit Beckers, UTC, France)
"UB04: Ambiances et environnement lumineux, Département de Génie des Systèmes urbains, cours de branche", 2008 - 2016.
Université de Technologie de Compiègne (Benoit Beckers, UTC, France)
"UB10: Thermique urbaine, Département de Génie des Systèmes urbains, cours de branche", 2009 - 2016.
École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal (Frédéric Monette & Benoit Beckers, ÉTS, Montréal, Canada)
"ENV835: Écosystèmes Urbains, Département de Génie de la Construction, cours de maîtrise" since 2008.