Golparvar-Fard wins CETI award
Mani Golparvar-Fard, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering and Computer Science, was one of only nine individuals and companies recognized with a CETI award at Fiatech’s recent Technology Conference & Showcase. At a ceremony in Huntington Beach, California, Golparvar-Fard was presented with the 2013 Outstanding Early Career Researcher CETI award in recognition of his work in advancing innovation in research on automated approaches to construction performance monitoring and condition assessment of buildings and civil infrastructure systems using images, videos and Building Information Models.
Golparvar-Fard's work takes advantage of advanced computer vision and machine learning techniques to develop project control systems that enable construction teams to monitor the performance of a project both at the project-level and task-level and call attention to problems in time to take corrective measures. His recent work has also led to the development of marker-less mobile augmented reality systems for commodity smartphones and tablets which enable real-time communication of automatically measured performance deviations among stakeholders involved in a project. Beyond immediate benefits to project controls, these monitoring and field reporting systems enable project-to-project learning in order to ultimately improve design and construction planning.
This is the second time Golparvar-Fard has been recognized by Fiatech. In 2009, he received the CETI award in the category of Outstanding Student Researcher for his work in developing D4AR – 4 dimensional augmented reality – models to assist in the tracking of site performance metrics such as progress, safety and quality. This work provided the foundation on which his current Real-time and Automated Monitoring and Control (raamac) research group (http://raamac.cee.illinois.edu) is built.
Fiatech, a membership-led international community of global leadership organizations focused on innovation in the capital projects industry, created the CETI awards to honor individuals who have made significant strides in advancing innovation in research and development.
Golparvar-Fard earned his B.Sc. and first M.Sc. in civil engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology (2002), his M.A.Sc. in civil engineering from the University of British Columbia (2006), and his M.S. in computer science and Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2010). He joined CEE in December 2012, after serving as an assistant professor on the faculty of the Via Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech.