Topics and Speakers
- Building Information Modelling and Collaboration
- Blockchain & Distributed Ledger Technology for Construction (Dr Marijana Sreckovic & Dr Goran Sibenik)
- Energy- carbon evaluation and efficiency
- Computer vision and machine learning (Dr Iro Armeni)
- Digital Twins (Professor Ioannis Brillakis & Dr Weiwei Chen)
Professor Ioannis Brilakis
Ioannis Brilakis is a Laing O’Rourke Professor of Construction Engineering and the Director of the Construction Information Technology Laboratory at the Division of Civil Engineering of the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge. He completed his PhD in Civil Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign in 2005. He then worked as an Assistant Professor at the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2005-2008) and Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta (2008-2012) before moving to Cambridge in 2012 as a Laing O’Rourke Lecturer. He was promoted to Laing O’Rourke Reader in October 2017 and is a Laing O’Rourke Professor of Construction Engineering since 2021. He has also held visiting posts at the Department of Computer Science, Stanford University as a Visiting Associate Professor of Computer Vision (2014) and at the Technical University of Munich as a Visiting Professor, Leverhulme International Fellow (2018-2019), and Hans Fischer Senior Fellow (2019-2021). He is a recipient of the 2019 ASCE J. James R. Croes Medal, the 2018 ASCE John O. Bickel Award, the 2013 ASCE Collingwood Prize, the 2012 Georgia Tech Outreach Award, the NSF CAREER award, and the 2009 ASCE Associate Editor Award. Prof Brilakis is an author of over 200 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, an Associate Editor of the ASCE Computing in Civil Engineering, ASCE Construction Engineering and Management, Elsevier Automation in Construction, and Elsevier Advanced Engineering Informatics Journals, and a founder and first Board Chairman of the Board of Directors of the European Council on Computing in Construction.
Dr Marijana Sreckovic
Marijana Sreckovic has a background in economics and architecture. She holds a Master in International Business Administration from the University of Vienna and a doctoral degree in Social and Economic Sciences from TU Wien, Faculty of Architecture. From 2007-2012 she was a researcher and lecturer at the Department of Real Estate Development and Project Management, Faculty of Architecture. She is involved in research and teaching at the Department of Industrial Building and Interdisciplinary Planning, Faculty of Civil Engineering since 2013. One of her research areas covers innovation, networks, capabilities and the changing fabric of organization in the digital economy, with a focus on the AEC (Architecture, Engineering, Construction) industry. Currently she is working on a research project for the optimum metric of innovation. With the MIT – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she has established a research collaboration on the topic of innovation in the built environment. She is a visiting scholar at the MIT Real Estate Innovation Lab and MITDesign X, an accelerator for innovation in the human environment.
Dr Goran Sibenik
Iro Armeni is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at ETH Zurich, at the departments of Civil, Env. and Geomatics Engineering and of Computer Science. She is working with Prof. Daniel Hall, Innovative and Industrial Construction, and with Prof. Marc Pollefeys, Computer Vision and Geometry Lab. She is also part of the Design++ initiative at ETHZ.
Iro is interested in interdisciplinary research between Civil Engineering and Machine Perception. Her area of focus is on automated semantic and operational understanding of buildings throughout their life cycle using visual data.
Iro completed her Ph.D. at Stanford University on August 2020, Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department, Sustainable Design and Construction (SDC) Program, with a Ph.D. minor at the Computer Science Department. She conducted research under the supervision of Martin Fischer (CEE, Center for Integrated Facility Engineering – CIFE) and Silvio Savarese (Computer Science Department, Stanford Vision and Leanring Lab – SVL). Prior to her Ph.D., she received an MEng in Architecture and Digital Design (University of Tokyo-2011), an MSc in Computer Science (Ionian University-2013), and a Diploma in Architectural Engineering (National Technical University of Athens-2009). She has also worked as an architect and consultant for both the private and public sectors.
Dr Weiwei Chen
Dr Weiwei Chen holds a doctoral degree in Civil Engineering from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (in 2019), where she was awarded the postgraduate scholarship and overseas research awards. She got an opportunity to study at the Carnegie Mellon University in 2018 and board horizon of her research. Afterwards, Dr Chen became a postdoctoral fellow in HKUST.
Dr Chen was a postdoctoral research associate in Cambridge from 2021 to 2022. She was sponsored by the OMICRON project, funded by Horizon 2020, the EU research and innovation programme. Her research project aimed to develop Road Digital Twin Tools and an Intelligent Asset Management Platform to address the needs of road design, construction and maintenance processes. Dr Chen got the Future Road Fellowship, which is co-funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA). In the DRF project, she studied Understanding and Digitally Representing the Expressway/Highway/Roads in Digital Twins and Developing An Intelligent Road Digital Twin Platform in technology readiness level (TRL) 7.
After that, Dr Chen joined in the Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction as a lecturer in Building Information Modeling and Management in November 2022. Her research interests include Digital Twin, Internet of Things, 3D Reconstruction, Laser Scanning, and facility management in roads, bridges, buildings and other infrastructure.