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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 Research Associates

Qi “Judy” Zhu Judy is currently a post-doctroal research associate at ICIC lab. She received her Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from University of Florida with a focus on construction robotics and informatics. 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

 

Ph.D. Students

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

 

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

 

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

 

Fang XU  Fang Xu is currently a PhD student in the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering at the University of Florida. He received his Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2020 from University of Florida, and Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Mechanics from Taiyuan University of Technology, China. He is an open-minded and passionate learner, trying to blend in the community of researchers. His research is now focusing on augmented reality (AR) systems and robotics. Email: xufang@ufl.edu.

 

Elahe (Ellie) Yahyapour Demouchali. Ellie is PhD student in the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering at University of Florida. She holds a master’s degree in biometrics and intelligence vision from the Universite Paris est Creteil in France, as well as a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Guilan in Iran. Her main research interests include computer vision, deep learning, virtual reality training for human-robot collaboration while using virtual reality to simulate interrelationships between them.

 

Hengxu YOU. Hengxu is an upcoming Ph.D. student in the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering at the University of Florida. He received his Master of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2021 from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Bachelor degree in Electrical and Automation Engineering from Tianjin University. His research interests include deep learning, computer vision, robot planning and LiDAR sensing. Email: you.h@ufl.edu 
 
 

Thanakon Uthai Thanakon is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering at the University of Florida. He received both his Bachelor and Master of engineering degrees in Civil Engineering from the Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. His research interests focus on application of Building information modeling and Artificial intelligence for optimizing resources and schedule in linear projects. email: Thanakon.uthai@gmail.com

 
 

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

 

Undergraduate Students

Helen Abbott Helen is an undergraduate student in the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering at the University of Florida. She is currently studying civil engineering with a minor in Business Administration. Her research interests include augmented reality (AR) systems, computer vision, and Building Information Modeling (BIM). helenabbott@ufl.edu 

 

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

 

Yuezhu Lin Yuezhu is an undergraduate student in the department of Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida. She is currently studying Information Systems. Her research interests involve areas of data analytics and research algorithms for designing data-driven systems. email: yuezhu.lin@ufl.edu

 

Alumni of ICIC Lab

  • Yangming Shi, PhD in Civil Engineering UF (2020), Post-Doc researcher UF (2021).  Assistant Professor, University of Alabama https://www.shiyangming.com
  • Yubo Wang, M.S. in Computer Science UF (2021). Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Nhi Dinh, B.S. in Computer Science UF (2021).
  • Jerry Yiu, Ph.D. in Computer Science TAMU (2020).
  • Zishuo Li, M.S. in Civil Engineering TAMU (2019). Facebook
  • Yaohua Ma, M.S. in Computer Science TAMU (2018). CGG
  • Kun Tan, M.S. in Construction Science TAMU (2018). China Overseas
  • Jingjie Zhang, PhD in Statistics TAMU (2020). eBay
  • Nishith Singh, M.S. in Construction Science TAMU (2017). Sanveo
  • Sachin Singh, M.S. in Construction Science TAMU (2017). Sanveo

 

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