Staff Profiles

Dr Henry Abanda Fonbeyin

PhD, Dipl. -Ing., PGcert (Distinction) BSc (Hons), CEng MEEC MIET FHEA

Reader in Construction IT

School of the Built Environment

Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment

Henry Abanda

Phone number: 01865483475


Location: Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane, OX3 0BP

Dr. Henry Abanda has a BSc (Hons) and Dipl.-Ing. in Mathematics/Physics and Civil Engineering respectively. After obtaining his degree in Civil Engineering in 2003, Henry worked as a Project Engineer on projects funded by the governments of Cameroon and Japan. Henry obtained his PhD from the Faculty of Technology, Design & Environment at Oxford Brookes University in the UK in 2011. His research supervisors were Prof Joseph Handibry Mbatu Tah, Prof David Duce and Dr Esra Kurul. His PhD investigated the extent to which Semantic Web technologies can be used in managing sustainable building technology knowledge for use in different building projects. As a main contribution, the study culminated in the development of a photovoltaic decision support system called PhotoVoltaic Technology Ontology System (PV-TONS). The system provides a means of designing and selecting photovoltaic systems and components for use in building projects. Henry is currently extending his PhD study to include other sustainable building technologies such as wind turbines, geothermal and combined heat and power systems.

During and after his PhD study, Henry has contributed to writing research proposals for securing research grants/funding for a number of research councils and organisations including the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council, the International Labour Organisation, Oxford Brookes Reinvention Centre, and Persimmon Homes-UK. In addition, Henry has worked as a Chapter Science Assistant at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change where he is contributing to the writing of the Fifth Assessment Report on climate change mitigation recently published in 2014. He has also published in prestigious journals such as Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, Expert Systems with Applications, Advanced Engineering Informatics, Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence, Information Technology in Construction and Construction in Developing Countries. Also, Henry is an editorial board member of the International Energy Journal being managed by the American Institute of Mathematical Sciences Publishing Press.