Research

The Construction Science Department (COSC) is actively engaged in high-impact transformative reseasrch that aims at discovering new frontiers in science and technology, and developing new understandings through creativity and scholarly work.  Our research agenda consists of six primary clusters.

Questions and general inquiries? Contact Dr. Amir H. Behzadan.

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Smart Construction and Automation (SCA)

The goal of this research cluster is to enable the creation of high quality, less expensive final products, while promoting human health and safety, through the use of machine learning, robotics, sensing, computer vision, internet of things (IoT), human-computer interaction (HCI), and building information modeling (BIM).

Questions? Contact Dr. Chanbum (Ryan) Ahn.

Innovative Materials and Methods (IMM)

The goal of this resarch cluster is to design robust and practical methods (e.g. additive manufacturing, 3D printing, ...) to enable the construction of future buildings/facilities with smart materials that can sense and adapt to the changes in the habitat, as well as self-repair and self-replicate.

Questions? Contact Dr. Julian Kang.

Resilient Infrastructure Systems (RIS)

The goal of this research cluster is to build infrastructure systems (and their interconnected ecosystems and social systems) that are capable of absorbing disturbance (e.g. natural disasters, high demand, ...) while still retaining their basic function and structural capacity.

Questions? Contact Dr. Kunhee (KC) Choi.

Energy and Sustainability Nexus (ESN)

The goal of this research cluster is to investigate integrated approaches to ensure that the elements of the built environment are not only consumers of energy, but can also serve as sustainable energy production and preservations hubs.

Questions? Contact Dr. Sarel Lavy.

Education, Diversity, and Outreach (EDO)

The goal of this research cluster is to provide a synergistic environment to study and inform collegiate education utilizing the teaching and learning sciences in educational research that is grounded within the cognate expertise of the construction-related disciplines.

Questions? Contact Dr. Ken Williamson.

Industry Needs and Partnerships (INP)

The goal of this research cluster is to partner with industry clients to generate ideas and solve real world problems, as well as document and analyze best practices and lessons learned from past construction and infrastructure projects.

Questions? Contact Dr. Zofia Rybkowski.