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Construction Information Technology Laboratory


Prof Ioannis Brilakis, PhD CEng MICE

Laing O’Rourke Professor of Civil & Information Engineering
Principal Investigator, Digital Roads of the Future Initiative
Director, Construction Information Technology Laboratory
Hans Fischer Senior Fellow of the TUM Institute for Advanced Study


LOR Centre, Engineering Department, Cambridge University

Civil Engineering Building

JJ Thomson Avenue 7a

CB3 0FA Cambridge

Tel: +44 (0) 1223 332718
Mobile: +44 (0) 7713 119602


Research Interests

Prof Brilakis' research interests lie broadly in the field of construction engineering with a focus on construction automation and information technologies. This includes generating and updating building and infrastructure digital twins; sensing and data collection for civil infrastructure development; infrastructure computer vision and pattern recognition technologies for construction site multimedia data analysis, classification, retrieval, and processing; knowledge extraction and management; intelligent automation of design and construction tasks; infrastructure condition assessment, modelling, and sensing; integration of project information into visualization and simulation models or mixed reality systems; project control systems and field management technologies; and communication, collaboration and coordination technologies.

Brief Biography

Prof Ioannis Brilakis is a Laing O'Rourke Professor of Construction Engineering and the Director of the Construction Information Technology Laboratory at the Division of Civil Engineering of the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge. He completed his PhD in Civil Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign in 2005. He then worked as an Assistant Professor at the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2005-2008) and Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta (2008-2012) before moving to Cambridge in 2012 as a Laing O’Rourke Lecturer. He was promoted to Reader in October 2017 and to Professor in 2021. He has also held visiting posts at the Department of Computer Science, Stanford University as a Visiting Associate Professor of Computer Vision (2014) and at the Technical University of Munich as a Visiting Professor, Leverhulme International Fellow (2018-2019), and Hans Fischer Senior Fellow (2019-2021). He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award, the 2019 ASCE J. James R. Croes Medal, the 2018 ASCE John O. Bickel Award, the 2013 ASCE Collingwood Prize, the 2012 Georgia Tech Outreach Award and the 2009 ASCE Associate Editor Award. Dr Brilakis is an author of over 200 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, an Associate Editor of the ASCE Computing in Civil Engineering, ASCE Construction Engineering and Management, Elsevier Automation in Construction, and Elsevier Advanced Engineering Informatics Journals, and the lead founder of the European Council on Computing in Construction.



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.