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Alumni

Post-doctoral Fellows

Manuel Davila
Current Position: Research Fellow at UWE Bristol

Dr. Manuel Davila was a research associate at the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC) and collaborated with the Construction Information Technology Laboratory of the Laing O'Rourke Centre. He has obtained his PhD at Eindhoven University of Technology and his research comprised the development of open BIM standards for structural monitoring and damage assessment of existing infrastructure assets.

 

 

Viorica Patraucean
Current Position: Research Scientist at Google DeepMind

Dr. Viorica Patraucean was a research associate at the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC), working with Dr. Ioannis Brilakis, Prof. Roberto Cipolla, and Prof. Campbell Middleton. Previously, she was a postdoctoral researcher at Ecole Polytechnique-Inria, Paris, collaborating with Dr. Maks Ovsjanikov (Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau) and Dr. Rafael Grompone von Gioi (ENS Cachan). She obtained her M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Computer Science at the Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse, France, under the supervision of Pierre Gurdjos, Jean Conter, and Prof. Jean-Pierre Jessel. Her research focused on shape detection and recognition in images and 3D point clouds, using probabilistic robust methods and geometric invariance. 

 

 

Fei Dai
Current Position: Assistant Professor at the University of West Virginia

Dr. Dai worked at the CIT group from Fall 2010 until Summer 2012. His main research interests were applied photo/video- grammetry and computer vision for 3D modeling, quantity surveying, and augmented reality in construction. He was working on the NSF sponsored reciprocal 3D reconstruction project for modeling of construction facilities.

 

 

Christian Koch
Current Position: Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham

Mr. Koch worked at the CIT group from Spring 2010 until Summer 2010. He oversaw the synthesis and validation activities of the NSF sponsored vision tracking project. In parallel, he initiated a new project on pavement condition assessment systems through machine vision.

 

 


PhD students

Stefania Radopoulou
Current Position: Product Applications Engineer at Trimble

Ms. Radopoulou was a Ph.D. Student at the Construction Information Technology group of the Laing O’Rourke Centre and she graduated in 2016. She is a civil engineer holding a Master of Science in Engineering Project Management from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh) and a Master of Science in Transportation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She started her research at the Georgia Institute of Technology and continued it at the Cambridge University. Her research topic was automation of pavement condition monitoring. The goal was to create a novel framework that is capable of automatically detecting and classifying different pavement defects. Her research employed data from parking cameras and vehicle dynamic sensors. She was supervised by Dr. Ioannis Brilakis and advised by Prof. David Cebon. Stefania was a member of Newnham College.

 

 

Guangcong Zhang

Mr. Zhang was a research assistant at the CIT group and he graduated in 2016. He was a PhD candidate at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology. His research interests included computer vision and machine learning. His research was based on extraction and modelling geometric models from raw point cloud data and it was part of the NSF sponsored project "Reciprocal Reconstruction and Recognition for Modeling of Constructed Facilities".

 

 

Abbas Rashidi
Current Position: Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Dr. Rashidi completed his PhD at the CIT lab in 2014. His research focused on developing a more effective monocular videogrammetric pipeline for as built documentation of civil infrastructure. In particular, he developed novel algorithms for extracting key video frames, computing the absolute scale of monocular settings and filling gaps and holes on surfaces of Point Cloud Data.

 

 

Habib Fathi
Current Position: Start-up Founder of Pointivo

Dr. Fathi graduated completed his PhD at the CIT lab in 2013. His research focused on point corresondence matching for videogrammetric surveying of construction sites. His research objective was to solve the 3D reconstruction problems that occur when trying to get the 3D geometry of the built environment from a moving video system, such as low accuracy, high percentage of failures, and low utilization of the environment's intrinsic features. His research employed a combination of points, lines, and planes to reformulate the Structure from Motion process needed to generate geometry that can be usable in the construction industry, and in particular for on-site digital fabrication of construction components.

 

 

Jong Su Jeon
Current Position: Post-Doctoral Fellow at Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Jong-Su Jeon completed his PhD at the CIT lab in 2013. He developed the framework for the aftershock fragility assessment of RC building structures, part of the NSF-sponsored Machine Vision Enhanced Post Earthquake Inspection project.

 

 

Stephanie German
Current Position: Post-Doctoral Fellow at EPFL

Dr. German completed her PhD at the CIT lab in 2013. She was working on the NSF sponsored Machine Vision Enhanced Post Earthquake Inspection project. Her work focused on creating image-based automated detection algorithms of damage and damage properties on reinforced concrete columns. In addition, her work included creating a classification model of damage indices for RC columns based on this visual damage information.

 

 

Man Woo Park
Current Position: Assistant Professor at Myongji University

Dr. Park completed his PhD at the CIT lab in 2012. His research was on construction object classification from video data. His thesis focused on robust 3D tracking through multiple video region matching, and feature identification and recognition based on visual pattern recognition models.

 

 

Zhenhua Zhu
Current Position: Assistant Professor at the University of Concordia

Dr. Zhu completed his PhD at the CIT lab in 2011. His research was on real time concrete damage visual assessment for first responders. His thesis has proposed a novel method that can provide first responders with a crude but quick estimate of the safety of damaged structures. Now he is an Assistant Professor at Concordia University, Canada.

 

 


Master students

Linda Hui
Current Position: Civil Engineer at HKSAR, Hong Kong

Ms. Hui completed her MPhil at the CIT lab in 2013. Her research focused on construction facilities recognition and reconstruction modeling. She automated the in-place brick counting for Façade Construction Progress Estimation. 

 

 

Keitaro Kamiya
Current Position: Civil Engineer at JGC, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan

Mr. Kamiya completed his Master's degree at the CIT lab in 2012. His research focused on data collection and preparation for tracking initialization experiments for construction and transportation applications. 

 

 

Matthew Sandidge
Current Position: Civil Engineer at AMEC

Mr. Sandidge completed his Master's degree at the CIT lab in 2012. His research involved working with other students to create a “Construction Inspection Manual” for Georgia Department of Transportation ( GDOT). He was working on the Earthwork section and as well working on developing new ideas with Intelligent Compaction (IC). 

 

 

Aswathy Sivaram
Current Position: Geotechnical Engineer at Black & Veatch, Indianapolis

Ms. Sivaram completed her Master's degree at the CIT lab in 2010. She explored the research field of machine-vision-based automations for as-built Building Information Modeling. She focused on fundamental coursework in the fields of object oriented programming and signal processing, along with core courses in civil engineering. 

 

 

Gauri M. Jog
Current Position: Course Manager for Udacity

Ms. Jog completed her Master's degree at the CIT lab in 2009. She did a research in spatial tracking using sterometric camera systems. She explored ways to achieve rotation, translation and scale invariant self- calibration of a video camera system needed in her research of a novel, vision-based tracking method that reports the 4D location of distinctly shaped, project related entities. 

 

 

Paavan Vasuden
Current Position: Software Programmer for Microsoft, Seattle, WA

Mr. Vasudev completed his Master's degree at the CIT lab in 2009. He improved an "all-purpose" software platform to be used as the foundation for the implementation of the research projects that take place in CITL. This managed C++ platform provides a .NET based interface for GUI design, sensor connectivity via xmlrpc, graphics via Direct3D, and a host of computer vision algorithms via OpenCV. 

 

 

Francisco Cordova
Current Position: Project Engineer at Boeing Inc.

Mr. Cordova completed his Master's degree at the CIT lab in 2008. His research was on 3D tracking using a camera set. He tested a novel positioning method based on photogrammetric principles, on video data sets collected during the summer of 2008 from various large scale construction sites in Greece, under an NSF IREE sponsored project.

 

 

Changli Wang
Current Position: Planner at Kiewit Inc., Australia

Mr. Wang completed his Master's degree at the CIT lab in 2007. His research focused on Hardhat recognition for Vision Tracking of Construction Personnel. 

 

 

Chieh Cheng Huang
Current Position: Consultant at PMA Consultants, New York, NY

Mr. Huang completed his Master's degree at the CIT lab in 2007. His research focused on Radio Frequency and Vision-based Positioning for Progress Tracking. He is now working for PMA Consultants, New York.

 

 


Visiting scholars

Thomas Lindemann

Mr. Lindemann joined the CIT lab as a visiting scholar in 2015 during his Master Studies in Civil Engineering. His research comprised of the interoperability between Building Information Modelling and Building Energy Performance Simulation. Mr. Lindemann specifically analysed the workflow between BIM and BEPS and the therefore necessary data transfer in order to detect weaknesses. During this process, relevant data standards were compared and assessed for their capability to store data required for building energy simulations. Based on the results of his research Mr. Lindemann successfully completed and presented his Master’s Thesis. During his stay, his research was supervised by Dr. Ioannis Brilakis. Mr. Lindemann obtained his Bachelor of Engineering at the Aachen University of Applied Sciences and finished his Master Studies in Civil Engineering at the University Duisburg-Essen.

 

 

Christopher Kropp
Current Position: Research Assistant at Ruhr-Universitat Bochum.

Mr. Kropp joined the CIT lab as a visiting scholar during the Fall Semester of 2013. His research was focused on increasing the degree of automation in indoor progress monitoring using computer vision and machine learning methods. During his visit in Cambridge he participated in the project on the registration of 2D images and videos to BIM models. His research stay was funded by a scholarship of the Research School at the university in Bochum.

 

 

Bahriye Ilhan
Current Position: Research Assistant at Istanbul Technical University

Ms. Ilhan is a research assistant at Istanbul Technical University. She joined the CIT lab as a visiting scholar during the Fall Semester of 2011. She was working on object category properties and property ranges in the IFC standard for visual pattern recognition. 

 

 

Abishek Gupta
Current Position: Project Manager at Gupta Construction, India

Mr. Gupta worked at the CIT lab as a visiting scholar under the NSF sponsored vision tracking of project related entities grant during the Spring Semester of 2009. His work focused on running experiments and recording results. He also supervised a team of undergraduate students in assembling one of the CITL test beds.