PhD Advisor: Dr. Vineet Kamat

PhD Institution: University of Michigan

Postdoc Institution: Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL)

Areas of Expertise:

  • Construction Automation and Robotics
  • Computer Vision
  • Photogrammetry

Research Interest(s):

Inspired by robotics' potential for improving safety and productivity in civil engineering identified by the National Science Foundation's National Robotics Initiative (NRI), my research interests encompass automation and robotics for civil engineering (ARC), focusing on exploring relevant robotics and information technologies and making them feasible, practical and readily deployable in construction and other civil engineering applications.

Teaching Interest(s):

Perhaps inherited from my mother who is a technical college lecturer, I have had an inner desire of communicating and disseminating my own learning experiences as a means of self-fulfillment. This belief was confirmed through my teaching experience at the University of Michigan since 2011, where I delivered multiple lectures on simulation modeling and visualization methods in a graduate level course on construction management information systems, as well as courses on construction cost engineering. Not only do I have experience in traditional CEM and surveying courses, I even had the opportunity in Winter 2014 to co-design and co-instruct a new course on automation and robotics in construction.

Modern CEM involves the application of an increasing number of high-technology tools and methods (e.g., BIM, modular construction). Thus,in addition to basic CEM courses,my teaching objective is to help proliferate knowledge and understanding of such new methods developed from academic research to my students to help them become informed future practitioners.

To achieve the above objective, I will employ the following teaching philosophies. Firstly, I will try to engage students by linking and converting traditional homework problems into several course projects and also develop new course projects with real world context. Secondly, I am interested in organizing competitions, since they are very effective yet often ignored for stimulating students to sharpen their knowledge and skills under collaborative and high-pressure circumstances.

In addition, I want to start at least one massive open online course (MOOC) on CEM.

Date PhD completed: 5/30/2016

End Date of Postdoc Position: 8/30/2017

Additional Information:

I initiated and successfully organized a novel hands-on workshop in ISARC 2016 that aimed to stimulate more ARC research, where I delivered a one-hour tutorial on marker-based real-time pose estimation for construction robotics. The workshop was very well received by more than 100 participants including university faculty members, Ph.D. students, and industry R&D engineers (