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Construction Information Technology Laboratory

 

Staff

Anna Hajduk

Ms Hajduk was Programme Manager for Future Roads.

 

 

 

 

Katharina Kroczek

Ms Kroczek was Programme Manager for the Future Roads Cofund Fellowship. She is a qualified project manager having worked in a range of automotive and mobility sector roles across Europe, and most recently as a management consultant. Her experience ranges from classic IT project management to legal compliance within large scale programmes, as well as the development of new business models. She completed her BA (Hons) in Marketing and Management at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh.

 

 

Post-doctoral Fellows

 

Yiqing Liu

Current position: Postdoctoral Associate at Harvard-MIT Biomedical Engineering Center

Ms Liu was a research assistant at the Construction Information Technology Laboratory of the Laing O’Rourke Center. Her research interests lie in exploiting robotic automation and intelligent sensing technologies for infrastructure engineering. At the University of Cambridge, her research is funded by the BIM2TWIN project and focuses on capturing and processing, visual data of infrastructure scenes intelligently.

 

Dr Ying Hong

Current Position: Lecturer at Griffith University

Dr Hong received her bachelor’s degree in construction management from the Ocean University of China in 2014. She then continued her PhD research in the University of New South Wales, Australia (2015 – 2019). Her research interest lies in smart construction management. One of her projects at CIT was in finding time- and risk-efficient construction method patterns from historic projects to support schedulers producing quality planning more confident and productive.

 

Prof Haiyan (Sally) Xie

Current Position: Professor at Illinois State University

Prof Haiyan Xie (Sally) joined the Construction Information Technology Laboratory in August 2019 for a one-year research contract. Sally investigated how scheduling information should be effectively communicated at the project and organisational level.She is a full Professor in the Department of Technology, College of Applied Science and Technology, Illinois State University (ISU). Her recent research focuses on Smart City, Big Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence in Construction and Operation, Simulation and Control, and Innovative Technology in Construction Engineering and Management. 

 

Dr Michael Belsky

Current Position: Lecturer, Department of Civil Engineering, Ariel University

Dr 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 MSc and PhD 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 (Architectural Engineering), Chungbuk National 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: Associate Professor, University of Bristol
Dr 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: Research Scientist, Google DeepMind
Dr 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 PhD 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: Associate 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.

 

 

Prof Christian Koch

Current Position: Professor, Chair of Intelligent Technical Design, Civil Engineering, Bauhaus University Weimar
Prof 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

 

Dr Mahendrini Ariyachandra

Current Position: Lecturer in Construction Management and Engineering at Kingston University.

Dr Ariyachandra's PhD was sponsored by the Cambridge Commonwealth European and International Trust (Cambridge Trust) and Bentley Systems (UK) Limited. Graduating in 2021 she also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Quantity Surveying from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, where she was awarded the "Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award." Her research project for the PhD was focused on the Automated Generation of Geometric Digital Twins of Existing Rail Infrastructure. She was supervised by Prof Ioannis Brilakis and advised by Prof Campbell Middleton. 

 

Dr Evangelia (Eva) Agapaki

Current Position: Assistant Professor at the University of Florida

Dr Agapaki was a PhD Candidate in Engineering sponsored by EPSRC and AVEVA and she graduated in 2020. She holds a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where she was awarded the UCLA Graduate Division Fellowship, the UCLA Outstanding Geotechnical Graduate Student Award and grants from Caltrans for her research on soil-structure interaction of buried pipes. She was a visiting scholar for a large scale centrifuge experiment at UC Davis on the same project. Her research project for her PhD focused on the generation of as-is geometric Building Information Models (BIM) of industrial facilities using novel approaches. She was supervised by Dr Ioannis Brilakis and advised by Dr Duncan McFarlane.

 

Dr Ruodan Lu

Current position: Lecturer at the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering of Loughborough University and Senior Member of Darwin College, University of Cambridge

Dr Lu was a PhD. Candidate at the Construction Information Technology group of Laing O'Rourke and she graduated in 2019. She holds a Diplôme d'Ingénieur (French Master's degree in Engineering) in Civil Engineering from National Institutes of Applied Sciences of Toulouse, France. Ruodan also has several years working experience as a structural engineer in different major design offices across France. Her research interests focus on as-is Bridge Information Modeling (BrIM) using point cloud data. She was funded by EPSRC Doctoral Training Award, Infravation-SeeBridge fund and Trimble fund. She was supervised by Prof Ioannis Brilakis and advised by Prof Carl Edward Rasmussen.

 

Dr Philipp Hüthwohl

Current position: Computer Vision Engineer, Carl Zeiss AG

Dr Hüthwohl was a PhD candidate at the Construction Information Technology group of the Laing O'Rourke Centre and he graduated in 2019. He has obtained a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany. Besides that, he is a founder of a Computer Vision and Automation consultancy working for leading industry customers Europe-wide. His research topic is on image-based automated bridge assessment based on enriched BIM models. The topic aims to assist inspection tasks on greater infrastructure elements like bridges. He was supervised by Prof Ioannis Brilakis and advised by Prof Campbell Middleton.

 

Dr Eirini (Irene) Konstantinou

Current position: Research Associate, Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge 

Dr Konstantinou was a PhD candidate in the Construction Information Technology group of the Laing O'Rourke Centre. She holds a Master of Science in Transportation, Construction Management and Spatial Planning, from the University of Patras (UPAT), Greece. She is a civil engineer with a 5-year of professional experience in surveillance and structural engineering of steel and concrete structures. Her research project was in collaboration with Laing O'Rourke and focused in investigating the possible applications of computer vision methods in automating the measurement of labour productivity at construction sites. She was supervised by Prof Ioannis Brilakis and advised by Dr Joan Lasenby.

 

Dr Steven Vick

Current position: Civil Engineering Officer, US Air Force

Major Vick gained a PhD at the Construction Information Technology group of the Laing O’Rourke Centre in 2018. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Loyola Marymount University and a Master’s Degree in Construction and Engineering Management from Stanford University. He has 13 years of experience as a Civil Engineering Officer in the United States Air Force, where he most recently served as an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at the United States Air Force Academy. His research focused on the use of computer vision techniques to enhance civil infrastructure progress monitoring at remote and dangerous locations. He was supervised by Prof Ioannis Brilakis and advised by Prof Campbell Middleton.

 

Dr Marianna Kopsida

Current Position: Advanced Solutions Manager 3D at Trimble Inc.
Dr Kopsida was a PhD Candidate at the Construction Information Technology group of the Laing O'Rourke Centre, as a Marie Curie fellow. 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: Programme Manager at Arup (London)
Dr Nguyen was a PhD 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 PhD was sponsored by London Underground, European Commission Marie Curie IRSES and Cambridge Overseas Trust. Her research project was in collaboration with Transport for London investigating methods to detect and prevent bridge strike occurrences. Part of her research was conducted at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

 

Dr Ioannis Anagnostopoulos

Current Position: Product Manager at Trimble Inc.
Dr Anagnostopoulos was a PhD Candidate at the Construction Information Technology group of the Laing O'Rourke Centre as a Marie Curie fellow and he graduated in 2018. 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, Civil Construction Software Solutions (CCSS) at Trimble Inc.
Dr Radopoulou was a PhD 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 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: Senior 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 Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer 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 Paal

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University, 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: Associate 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: Associate 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.

 

 

 

Latest news

Prof Ioannis Brilakis receives two awards from European Council on Computing in Construction (EC3)

7 July 2022

Professor Ioannis Brilakis has won two European Council on Computing in Construction (EC3) awards: The Scherer Award for his outstanding service to the computing community in the context of EC3 and the Thorpe Medal in recognition of a paper that contributes to either practical or research aspects of engineering informatics disciplines in the built environment.

Future Roads Fellowship programme

3 July 2022

Another fantastic opportunity has arisen at the University of Cambridge's Department of Engineering for those interested in taking up a Post-Doctoral Fellowship as part of the Future Roads Fellowships Programme. The closing date for applications is 30 September 2022.