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Alumni

Post-doctoral Fellows

Dr Michael Belsky

Dr Michael Belsky was a research associate in Laing O'Rourke Centre working with Dr. Ioannis Brilakis and Prof. Campbell Middleton on the Innovate UK project: Digitally Enabling the Design for Manufacture, Assembly and Maintenance of Bridges. He obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology and his research interests include Building Information Modeling (BIM), information exchanges and knowledge acquisition. 

 

 

 

Dr Min Koo Kim
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Building and Real Estate, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Dr Min-Koo was a research associate at the CIT Group of the Laing O'Rourke Centre. He was working on a project 'Digitally Enabling the Design for Manufacture, Assembly and Maintenance of Bridges' with Dr. Michael Belsky, Dr. Ioannis Brilakis, and Prof. Campbell Middleton. He holds a Master's Degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and a Doctoral Degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering from both KAIST and The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He has 6 years of experience in Structural Health Monitoring and Application of Information Technologies to infrastructures particularly in bridge and aircraft. He was a post-doctoral researcher of Applied Engineering Institution at KAIST.

 

Dr Juan Manuel Davila Delgado
Current Position: Research Associate, University of Bristol

Dr Juan Manuel Davila Delgado 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.

 

Dr Viorica Patraucean
Current Position: Senior Researcher, 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. 

 

Dr 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 reciprocal reconstruction and recognition for as-built modelling of infrastructure. He was working on the NSF sponsored reciprocal 3D reconstruction project for modeling of construction facilities.

 

Dr Christian Koch
Current Position: Professor, Chair of Intelligent Technical Design, Civil Engineering, Bauhaus University Weimar

Dr Christian 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

Marianna Kopsida
Current Position: Product Manager at Trimble

Ms. Kopsida was a Ph.D. Candidate at the Construction Information Technology group of the Laing O'Rourke Centre, as a Marie Curie fellow and she is expected to graduate in 2017. She has obtained a Master of Science degree in Engineering Project Management and a MEng-Beng in Civil Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Her research was focused on Automated Progress Monitoring using BIM & a Mobile Device in an AR Environment. The topic aimed to assist inspection and progress monitoring for interior activities in a construction project. Part of her research was conducted at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

 

 

Dr Bella Nguyen
Current Position: Senior Consultant at Arup (London) | Global Research Team

Dr Nguyen was a Ph.D. candidate in the Construction Information Technology group of the Laing O'Rourke Centre and she graduated in 2017. She holds a MPhil. in Engineering from the University of Cambridge where she was awarded grants from Cambridge Eco-House Initiatives, Santander Latin America and the Arthur Shercliff Memorial Trust for her research on illegal slum developments in Ecuador. She is a civil engineer by training with extensive knowledge and expertise within the computer vision and machine learning domains. Her Ph.D. was sponsored by London Underground, European Commission Marie Curie IRSES and Cambridge Overseas Trust. Her research project was in collaboration with Transport for London nvestigating methods to detect and prevent bridge strike occurrences. Part of her research was conducted at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

 

 

Ioannis Anagnostopoulos
Current Position: Product Manager at Trimble

Mr. Anagnostopoulos was a Ph.D. Candidate at the Construction Information Technology group of the Laing O'Rourke Centre as a Marie Curie fellow and he is expected to graduate in 2017. Ioannis has graduated from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki from the Department of Civil Engineering in 2013 with a major in Transportation Engineering and Construction Management. His research interests were focused on Object Classification using Random Forests & Contextual Reasoning for Modelling of Industrial Facilities. Part of his research was conducted at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

 

 

Dr Stefania Radopoulou
Current Position: Product Manager at Trimble

Dr 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 Pavement Condition Monitoring using a Parking Camera & Dynamic Sensor Data. The goal was to create a novel framework that is capable of automatically detecting and classifying different pavement defects.

 

 

Dr Guangcong Zhang
Current Position: Quantitative Researcher, Citadel Llc

Dr 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 Primitives Extraction & Bridge Component Detection in Point Cloud Data for As-Built Modelling and it was part of the NSF sponsored project "Reciprocal Reconstruction and Recognition for Modeling of Constructed Facilities".

 

 

Dr Abbas Rashidi
Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Utah, USA, Knoxville

Dr Rashidi completed his PhD at the CIT lab in 2014. His research focused on Improved Monocular Videogrammetry for Generating 3D Dense Point Clouds of Built 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.

 

 

Dr Habib Fathi
Current Position: Start-up Founder of Pointivo

Dr Fathi graduated his PhD at the CIT lab in 2013. His research focused on Videogrammetric Roof Surveying using a Hybrid Structure from Motion Approach. 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.

 

 

Dr Jong Su Jeon
Current Position: Research Assistant Professor, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea

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.

 

 

Dr Stephanie German
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Texas A&M, USA

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.

 

 

Dr 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.

 

 

Dr 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.