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Stefania C. Radopoulou, PhD student at the CIT lab was awarded the 2015 Outstanding Student Research Project award by Fiatech

Stefania C. Radopoulou, PhD student at the CIT lab was awarded the 2015 Outstanding Student Research Project award by Fiatech at this year’s 3-day event, which was held at the Hyatt Lost Pines resort in Austin, TX on April 4-6.

Fiatech is an international community of global leadership organizations focused on innovation in the capital projects industry. The organization's Celebration of Engineering & Technology Innovation (CETI) Awards recognize organizations who have implemented new and emerging technologies and innovative practices in capital projects/facilities and recognize individuals who have made significant strides in advancing technology and innovation in research and development. 

Stefania’s research objective is to create a novel framework that, when combined with low cost vehicle sensors into a system, is able to detect the type, location, and severity of defects and damages on road assets for condition assessment purposes. The proposed method utilizes existing rear-view parking cameras and can automatically detect road defects to assist road owners with maintenance decisions while minimizing the time spent on manual collection methods.

Stefania has a BEng-MEng in Civil Engineering and a MSc in Engineering Project Management from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and a MSc in Transportation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA. Her PhD research is in the areas of computer vision, image processing and machine learning where she has made significant contributions in the field of computing for civil engineering practices.