Writing a thesis in Markdown

Writing an article in LaTeX produces crisp, quality documents and beautiful equations. However, it’s not very user friendly. Recently I’ve been using another language, Markdown, because I find it more readable and intuitive, but it still has LaTeX equation support. To me that’s the best of both worlds. So how about writing an entire PhD thesis in Markdown? This post shows you how.

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Using machine learning to find an optimal model set-up

I’ve recently finished developing a computational model which predicts the heating and cooling energy demands of a neighbourhood every half-hour, based on building characteristics, meteorological conditions and the behaviour of people. However, I don’t have a perfect and complete set of observations to describe the system, and I am finding it difficult to decide on some appropriate parameter values. So I’ve used machine learning to help.

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Waste heat in Melbourne

Cities can be much hotter than surrounding regions. This is in part because of waste heat from our energy use. This post shows how much waste heat is emitted during a typical day into Melbourne, Australia.

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Solving the Heat Equation

This post describes how our interface conduction scheme is formulated and computed, and finishes with Fortran code which solves various approximations of the heat equation.

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Improving heat storage in urban climate models

In a new paper1, we introduce a method to simulate how heat is conducted through roofs, walls and roads. We show it improves the simulation of heat storage and release, a very important process in urban climate.

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Building a website

I’m new to building websites, so didn’t know where to begin.

I knew I wanted a simple end product that I had full control over at the lowest possible cost, and that I was comfortable with command line interfaces.

Here is where I ended up.

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When the heat is on, we need city-wide plans to keep cool

Our cities are getting hotter. We can do something about it, but it isn’t a case of one-size-fits-all.

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