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The list below provides a brief description of our group's research themes.

 


 

Robotics: We are primarily interested in creating collaborative autonomous robots for construction, assembly, and maintenance in unstructured and evolving environments. Our research specifically focuses on finding solutions to the robot localization, pose estimation, and semantic object recognition problems. Our group is part of the Michigan Robotics Initiative and also collaborates with the Digital Fab Lab in the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.



 

Real-Time Monitoring: We are primarily interested in developing real-time applications for monitoring visibility-constrained construction processes. Our research specifically focuses on enabling real-time visualization, which involves concurrently representing an ongoing construction operation inside a 3D virtual world so that proximity and potential collision between equipment and infrastructure can be monitored. Our group collaborates with the DTE Energy Company, Miss Dig System, as well as the Construction Metrology and Automation group at NIST.  



Mobile Computing:  We are primarily interested in studying the applicability of context-aware mobile computing for the inspection, operation, and maintenance of civil infrastructure systems such as highway bridges and commercial buildings. Our research specifically focuses on mobile user localization in indoor and outdoor environments, dynamic spatial context interpretation, and visualization of building and bridge information models on mobile devices. Our group collaborates with the Michigan Department of Transportation, UM AEC, as well as the Construction Metrology and Automation group at NIST.



Augmented Reality: We are primarily interested in developing georeferenced augmented reality solutions for civil engineering problems. Our research has specifically focused on studying the augmented reality registration, occlusion, and animation problems in both indoor and outdoor environments, as well as building mobile augmented reality hardware platforms. We have also created several open source software libraries for rapid development of augmented reality applications. MORE

Visual Simulation: We are primarily interested in developing visualization tools for animating the performance of construction activities at the operations level of detail. Our research has specifically focused on finding solutions to the terrain modeling, equipment kinematics, product modeling, and graphical animation problems in the context of construction visual simulation. We have also created several software programs for visualizing processes simulated using discrete-event simulation.


       

 

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