Dr. Elie Azar is an Industrial and Systems Engineering faculty at Khalifa University of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi, UAE. His main research focus is on smart and sustainable buildings and communities through the modeling and analysis of complex building systems and human behavior. Dr. Azar has worked as a construction engineer and building energy analyst in North America, the Middle East, and Europe. He has also authored more than 40 publications in peer reviewed journals and refereed conference proceedings, book chapters, in addition to two books on sustainability and smart cities in the Gulf. His research has been internationally recognized on several occasions through various international academic awards. Dr. Azar earned his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, and his Master of Science and Doctorate of Philosophy in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.