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Call for Abstracts

New this year!

We are excited to structure this year’s AEI conference around our AEI Build technical categories.

The technical program will consist of a blend of presentations, case studies, panel discussions and posters from selected speakers chosen by the session moderators.

We are also issuing an open Call for Abstracts for additional speakers, presentations, and posters on related research and case studies to supplement the technical program.

Abstract submissions are for presentations, case studies, panels, technology|software or posters only. Conference proceedings will NOT be published.

Those wishing to publish a paper on related conference topics are encouraged to submit a full paper to the AEI Journal of Architectural Engineering for consideration to be included in an online Special Collection: AEI.

Technical program tracks - AEI Build

Abstract submitters will be required to identify the best fit AEI Build category and sub topic when submitting abstracts. AEI Build draws on the best ideas in design, construction, and maintenance of buildings in seven practice-focused areas of the architectural engineering profession: Deliver, Enclose, Learn, Modular, Perform, Resilient, and Sustain. Learn more about AEI Build.

Technical tracks

You are invited to submit an abstract to any of the technical tracks or topics listed:

  • AEI     Build Deliver 
  • AEI     Build Enclose 
  • AEI     Build Learn 
  • AEI     Build Modular 
  • AEI     Build Perform 
  • AEI     Build Resilient 
  • AEI     Build Sustain

Suggested topics

  • Embodied Carbon
  • Decarbonization of construction materials
  • Advanced project delivery: design/build, integrated project delivery, lean, best value, design-bid-build, and public-private partnerships (P3)
  • Facilities operation & management (including building information systems): lifecycle considerations, preventative and corrective maintenance, facilities condition index (FCI), and other best practices in building operations
  • Storm- and fire-resistant design and materials 
  • Redundant weatherproofing systems
  • Material innovation (e.g., vacuum insulated panels, photovoltaic integration, modular construction)
  • Energy producing or conserving measures for buildings
  • Establishing engineering mentoring/training programs
  • Innovations in BIM, AI, extended reality
  • Future of engineering (hybrid work, work environment, mission of work)
  • Advances in unitized construction
  • Integration of modular systems into traditional construction
  • Temporary construction to address climate or societal challenges
  • Building commissioning
  • Occupant-aware building control
  • Post-event recovery and performance
  • Enhance indoor environmental quality (IEQ) and health outcomes
  • Decarbonization and electrification of buildings
  • Optimization of building space, material and energy use, and site potential
  • Structural and energy retrofits
  • NEW Technology/software demonstrations: climate, prop, construction and design
  • Other

Session types

Technical sessions are 90-minute blocks that will be subdivided per presentation type as outlined below. AE practitioners proposing a technical or case study presentation are encouraged to focus subjects on the most current industry practices in a vendor-neutral format.

  • Panel Sessions: multi-disciplinary teams discuss, debate, or present knowledge in an engaging way with the audience. (1 per 90 minutes sessions)
  • Case Studies: the presentation must include a multi-disciplinary project team. Teams will describe in detail an entire project including: project management, architecture and engineered design, challenges, failures, successes, outcome, and the owner perspective. (1 to 2 per 90 minutes session)
  • Individual Technical Sessions: present a single subject that advances the AEI Builds. (3-4 presentations/papers per 90 minutes session)
  • Technology/software company presentation/demonstration. Present or demonstrate the business ideas and solutions for new design and construction, or material technology, to allow business to connect with researchers and practitioners in the field.
  • Under-Graduate and Graduate Student Poster Session: Presentations of research in a visual display during a 90 minute technical session. Graduate students are those students currently enrolled in a Master’s or Ph.D. program. There will be a separate submission process offered in December 2022/January 2023. Stay Tuned for Details!

Abstract requirements

  • Abstracts may be submitted in MS Word for proposed oral or poster presentations and are expected to be between 300 to 400 words. They cannot contain images, tables, or other graphic elements. 
  • Submissions must include the full names, credentials, affiliations, contact information, and email addresses for all individuals associated with the presentation.  
  • The presenting speaker must be identified. 
  • Be sure to submit the presenter’s name as you would like to have it appear in the conference program  (i.e. John Doe vs Jonathan Doe, Ph.D., P.E.).
  • NEW Upload presenter's headshots to be featured in the online digital technical program!

Abstract evaluation

Abstract Evaluation for acceptance to the conference will be based on:

  • Technical content and topic alignment
  • Contribution to science and/or practice of AE
  • Quality of methodology/approach
  • Impact/advancement on AE profession
  • Practical applications
  • Potential for a quality presentation in the format you picked

Submission instructions

All emails come from [email protected]. To ensure you receive all communication, please be sure "" is added as a safe sender or have your IT department white list “” If you have any technical issues, please click on Contact CATALYST Support at the log in page or Support once logged in. For additional help, please use this helpful guide:

  1. Click on the Create Account tab to register an account.
  2. Enter your email address, password and confirm the password. Click the Sign Up button. An email will be sent to you.
  3. Click on the turquoise button in your email labeled Confirm Account.
  4. A pop-up will appear stating, Thank you for confirming your email.
  5. Click Please click here to login.
  6. Log in to your account.
  7. Once logged in, a turquoise box will pop up at the top of your screen indicating you have created a submission. You will be in edit mode of that submission.
  8. Complete all the required fields in all the tabs.
  9. Click Save on the bottom right of your screen as necessary. If required fields are missing data, you will see the missing data tabs indicated with a red triangle.
  10. Click on the Submit button on the bottom right of your screen when you are ready to submit your abstract.

SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT  (Works Best with Chrome or Firefox Browsers)

Submission Check List

  • Abstract title and description
  • Presenter's name, credentials, affiliation, and head shot (if desired).
    *The presenters' names will appear in the technical program as they are entered in the Paper Management System. (i.e. John Doe vs Jonathan Doe, Ph.D., P.E.)

Important dates

  • Abstract Submissions Open | July 6, 2022
  • Submission Deadline | September 12, 2022
  • Abstract Acceptance Notification | October 15, 2022
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