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Dr. Eric Jing Du

Associate Professor
Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering
Department of Industrial and System Engineering (Affiliate)
Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering
University of Florida
460F Weil Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611
Email: eric.du@essie.ufl.edu | Phone: (352) 294-6619 | Fax: (352) 392- 3394 https://faculty.eng.ufl.edu/ericdu/

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Dr. Eric Jing Du is an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering, and affiliate associate professor in the Department of Industrial and System EngineeringHerbert Wertheim College of Engineering at University of Florida. Before joining University of Florida in January 2019, he was a faculty member at Texas A&M University (2015-2018) and University of Texas at San Antonio (2013-2015). He has also worked in the industry as a senior data analyst at Zachry Industrial for three years. Dr.Du has 15 years of research and teaching experience in civil engineering, business administration, computer simulation and modeling.  He is an Assistant Specialty Editor of ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, and the receiver of 2015 Best Paper Award of ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management.  Dr.Du received his PhD degree in construction from Michigan State University (2012), masters degree in Enterprise Management (2007) and bachelor degree in Civil Engineering (2004), both from Tianjin University in China. His current research interests focus on the development and test of the next generation Intelligent Information Systems (IIS) and Intelligent Physical Systems (IPS) for the design, engineering, construction and operations of built environments.

AWARDS AND HONORS: • 2015 Best Paper Award, ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management http://ascelibrary.org/doi/abs/10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0000891 • 2014 Best Paper Award, International Conference on Innovative Technologies in Construction 2014 • Outstanding Reviewer Award, ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 2017, 2018

 

Post-Doctoral Researchers

Yangming Shi Yangming is a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering at the University of Florida. He received his PhD in civil engineering from University of Florida in August 2020. Yangming is a fast learner, a self-motivated person, and a cooperative team player. He has a strong background in computer programming (C++, C#, Java, Python, HTML CSS, JavaScript, Matlab), Building Information Modeling (BIM), Parametric Modeling, Statistics (R, SAS), Virtual Reality, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Geographic information system (GIS), Energy simulation modeling, and machine learning. He is currently working on the impact of engineering information on people’s cognitive process in the built environment (VR simulation, eye tracking, and neuroimaging). Yangming’s research focus on developing a personalized information system that can help engineers or construction workers improve their productivity in complex construction projects (hospital, airport, and industrial project). This system real-time monitors user’s cognitive status (eye movement and brain actives) and provide appropriate information to the users. email: shiyangming@ufl.edu

 

Ph.D. Students

Qi “Judy” Zhu Qi Zhu is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering at the University of Florida. She received MS degree in Networking and Multimedia from National Taiwan University (NTU) and BS degree from Huazhong University of Science and Technology(HUST). Her research interests focus on the interdisciplinary field of exploring the relationship between human and machines at complex civil engineering workplace. She has worked extensively in the design and implementation of mixed reality to improve human-computer interactions.  email: qizhu@ufl.edu

 

William “Billy” Vann Billy Vann is a PhD student in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Florida and has a background in mechanical and biological engineering. A scientist at heart, Mr. Vann started off his professional life as a biological scientist designing medical devices and conducting clinical research in the areas of pulmonary medicine and neurophysiology. He is currently investigating human centered design approaches of assistive robots and virtual reality training methods. This research applies human factors testing, usability engineering, and fNIRS neuroimaging to measure cognitive loading while a user interacts with the autonomous technology.  email: billyvann@ufl.edu

 

Tianyu  Zhou Tianyu Zhou is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering at the University of Florida. He received his Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2019 from the University of Florida, and Bachelor degree in Process Equipment and Control Engineering from Dalian University of Technology. His research interests include VR training for human-robot collaboration, and VR as a tool for intuitive and natural Human-Robot Interaction in the civil engineering workplace.  email: zhoutianyu@ufl.edu

 

Pengxiang Xia Pengxiang Xia is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering at the University of Florida. He received his BS degree in Energy and Environment System Engineering (Refrigeration and Cryogenics) from Zhejiang University. He is a cooperative person and good at learning new knowledge. His research interests involve interactions and collaborations between human and machine in civil engineering and utilizing tools like virtual reality to simulate interrelations between them. email: xia.p@ufl.edu

 

Yang (Gilbert) YE Yang Ye is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering at the University of Florida. He received his B.Sc. in Building Engineering and Management from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and M.Sc in Computational Science and Engineering from Imperial College London. His research interests focus on augmenting human capabilities in engineering and management at civil engineering works with Virtual Reality and Human-Machine Collaboration. email: ye.yang@ufl.edu

 

Ebraheem Dera Ebraheem Dera is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering at UF. His research focuses on Building Information Modeling (BIM) and advanced visualization technologies for project portfolio management. He received his Master’s degree in Construction Management in the Department of Civil Engineering from Vanderbilt University, Tennessee, USA. Ebraheem has been a project manager for 18 years, taking charge of more than 50 programs and projects.ebraheem.dera@ufl.edu

 

Master’s Students

Yubo Wang Yubo Wang is a master student in the Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering at the University of Florida. He received his BS degree in Computer Science from Jilin University in 2019. His research interests including but not limited to Machine Learning, Pattern Recognition, and Data Mining.Email: yubo.wang@ufl.edu. Personal website: www.yubowang.me

 

Undergraduate Students

Paul Wei Paul Wei is an undergraduate student in the Department of Computer and Information Science and Engineering at the University of Florida. He is currently studying computer science with a minor in innovation as part of the University of Florida’s Innovation Academy. His research interests involve exploring the relationship between human and machine and their interactions using tools such as virtual reality and machine learning. Paul is supported by NSF REU grant. email: pwei1@ufl.edu

 

Ying Xu Ying Xu is an undergraduate student in the Department of Computer and Information Science and Engineering at the University of Florida. She is currently studying Computer Science and Statistics. Her research interests involve areas of artificial intelligence and human-robot interactions in virtual reality. Ying is supported by NSF REU grant. email: ying.xu@ufl.edu

 

Natalia Riveros Martinez Natalia is an undergraduate student in the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering at the University of Florida. Miss Martinez is currently studying civil engineering with an interest in water resources. Her awareness of the existence of mechanical advantages and robotic precision has sparked a curiosity in research concerning robot – human – virtual reality interactions in the civil engineering industry. email: nriverosmartinez@ufl.edu