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Construction Information Technology Laboratory


Research Assciates


Yiqing Liu

Miss Yiqing Liu is a research assistant at the Construction Information Technology Laboratory of the Laing O’Rourke Center. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at the National University of Singapore (NUS) where she was an awarded NUS Research Scholarship. 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 BIM2TWIM project and focuses on capturing and processing, visual data of infrastructure scenes intelligently.



Yasmin Fathy

Yasmin Fathy is a Research Associate in Construction Information Technology (CIT) Lab, part of the Laing O’Rourke Centre for Construction Engineering and Technology at the Civil Engineering Department. Her experience includes, Software Development Engineer at Genomics Analytics Group at European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), Research Associate in IoT and Machine Learning at Cambridge University, & a KTP Research Associate in Data Science and Machine Learning at UCL. Yasmin obtained her PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the Institute for Communication Systems (ICS) at the University of Surrey and MSc in Applied Science & Engineering from Artificial Intelligence (AI) Lab at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in Belgium. Her research interests include machine learning, data analytics, digital twin & IoT.


PhD Students


M.R. Mahendrini Fernando Ariyachandra

Ms. Ariyachandra is a PhD Student in Engineering at the Construction Information Technology group of the Laing O'Rourke Centre sponsored by Cambridge Commonwealth European and International Trust (Cambridge Trust) and Bentley Systems (UK) Ltd. Expected to graduate in 2021, Mahendrini holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Quantity Surveying from University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka where she was awarded Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award & gained experience as a lecturer. Her research project for the PhD is focused on automated generation of semantically-rich BIM models of existing and under construction railways. She is supervised by Dr Ioannis Brilakis and advised by Prof Campbell Middleton. Mahendrini is a member of Lucy Cavendish College.

Yuandong Pan

Yuandong Pan is a PhD doctoral candidate of Technical University of Munich, hired under Ioannis’s TUM fellowship. In 2015 he received his bachelor’s degree at Dalian University of Technology in China. In 2019 he received his Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany. Yuandong has a lot of experience in artificial intelligence, especially in the field of deep learning and image processing. As part of the Hans Fisher Fellowship, he is supervised by Dr Ioannis Brilakis and Prof. Andre Borrmann at TUM. The joint research activity of Dr. Brilakis and Prof. Borrmann focuses on developing robust methods for creating digital twins of the built environment using artificial intelligence methods such as deep learning to interprete point cloud data.


Maciej Trzeciak

Maciej Trzeciak is a PhD student in Engineering sponsored by BP, GeoSLAM, Laing O'Rourke, Topcon Positioning Group, and Trimble. Expected to graduate in 2023, Maciej holds a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland where he was awarded Rector’s scholarships & graduated with the highest distinction. He worked both in the industry, as a structural engineer at BuroHappold Engineering in Berlin, and academia, as a research associate at the Technical University of Munich. His PhD project is focused on improving long-distance 3D mobile mapping of large-scale infrastructure assets in near real-time. Maciej is supervised by Dr Ioannis Brilakis and advised by Prof Joan Lasenby. He is a member of Hughes Hall College. 


Zhiqi HU

Ms. Zhiqi HU is a PhD Student in Engineering at the Construction Information Technology group of the Laing O'Rourke Centre on a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Studentship. Zhiqi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Automation from Zhejiang University & a Master's Degree in Intelligent Building from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, where she gained several awards including the Outstanding Student Award. Her work experience includes IT, Venture Capital, and Real Estate companies. Her research project for the PhD focuses on updating model geometry from registered point cloud and image datasets. She is supervised by Dr Ioannis Brilakis and advised by Dr Sam Stanier. Zhiqi is a member of Churchill College.


Jialei Ding

Ms Jialei Ding is a PhD student in Infrastructure Digitalisation and Gamification at the Construction Information Technology group. Her PhD is in partnership with Loclab Gmbh in Germany and funded through the CBIM training network. Jialei's research focuses on creating geometric digital twins of existing roads using videogrammetry, in combination with game technologies. Jialei holds a BEng in Civil Engineering from The University of Edinburgh and an MSc in Transport from London Imperial College. She is supervised by Dr Ioannis Brilakis and is a member of Newnham College.


Viktor Drobnyi

Viktor Drobnyi is a PhD Student in Engineering and an ESR in the CBIM project sponsored by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie foundation. Viktor holds a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from Innopolis University and a Master's Degree in Informatics with a major in Computer Vision from the Technical University of Munich. He has previously worked as a computer vision engineer at RoadAR. Viktor's PhD research is focused on the automation of infrastructure object detection of buildings on raw sensor data, including point cloud data & image data. The project aims to reduce labour costs of modelling digital twins by developing a framework incorporating active learning approaches to new builds. His research is supervised by Dr Ioannis Brilakis. Viktor is a member of Darwin's College.

K-M White

K-M White is a member of the Future Infrastructure and Built Environment: Resilience in a Changing World (FIBE2) CDT cohort 2, a 1+3 year MRes and PhD program. The MRes and PhD project is in partnership with Trimble and Costain and is focused on the use of Mixed Reality and Gamification to improve the productivity of off-site manufacturing in the construction industry. K-M holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering (MEng) from The University of Cambridge specialising in Civil Engineering. He is supervised by Dr Ioannis Brilakis. K-M is a member of St John’s College.






Latest news

A fully funded PhD studentship is now available

30 April 2021

The project is a fully funded 4-year EPSRC Industrial CASE PhD Studentship, commencing on 1st October 2021, to investigate methods for generating...

A postdoc opportunity in Construction Information Technology sponsored by the EC H2020 OMICRON

13 April 2021

A 36-month position is being advertised for a Research Assistant/Associate in the Department of Engineering to work on the project titled "OMICRON...