Mani Golparvar-Fard

Mani Golparvar-Fard

Mani Golparvar-Fard, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor and Faculty Entrepreneurial Fellow (FEF)

Director of the Real-time and Automated Monitoring and Control (Raamac) Lab
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Department of Computer Science
Computational Science and Engineering Program
Illinois Informatics Institute

E-mail: mgolpar [at] illinois [dot] *crawl* edu
ADDRESS: 3129D, Newmark Civil Eng. Lab., 205 N. Mathews Ave., Urbana, IL 61801


Short Bio

Dr. Mani Golparvar-Fard is Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, affiliate Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Faculty Entrepreneurial Fellow (FEF), and the director of the Real-time and Automated Monitoring and Control (raamac) lab at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He received his PhD degree in Civil Engineering and MS degree in Computer Science from UIUC in 2010, MASc in Civil Engineering from University of British Columbia in 2006, and MS and BS in Civil Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology in 2005 and 2002 respectively. Prior to joining the faculty at UIUC, he was an Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering at Virginia Tech. 

Dr. Golparvar-Fard's research is focused on visual data sensing and analytics for construction and infrastructure monitoring. His areas of interest include: 1) model-driven visual data analytics for production control in construction, 2) semantic 3D reconstruction of building information model from point cloud data, 3) construction activity analysis using site video streams, 4) building diagnostics and energy modeling using thermal images and BIM, and 5) context-aware AEC applications via mobile augmented reality systems. He has received the 2013 ASCE James R. Croes Medal for innovation, 2013 FIATECH CETI award for outstanding researcher, 2012 best paper award from the ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, and numerous conference paper awards including 2015 Best DSA Paper Award from ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil engineering for his work on creating new computer vision methods for construction project controls. His research has beenlicensed and transitioned to a startup company where it won an Innovation Award at CES 2013, attended by over 150000 people, was finalist for the Technical Achievement at Award at South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive, and was top 3 for mobile in the Accelerator Awards at SXSW 2013. He is currently chairing the ASCE Data Sensing and Analysis committee and is serving on the editorial board of the ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, and Elsevier Journal of Automation in Construction.

 

 


Education/Appointments

 

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

  • 2010: Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
  • 2010: M.Cs. in Computer Science, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
  • 2006: M.A.Sc. in Civil Eng., Univ. of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
  • 2005: M.Sc. in Civil Engineering, Iran Univ. of Sci & Tech, Tehran, Iran
  • 2002: B.Sc. in Civil Engineering, Iran Univ. of Sci & Tech, Tehran, Iran


ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

  • Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2013-present
  • Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Computer Science, 2013-present
  • Faculty Affiliate, Illinois Informatics Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013-present
  • Faculty Affiliate, Computational Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013-present
  • Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech, Via Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Myers-Lawson SChool of Construction, 2010-2012
  • Research Assistant, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2006-2010
  • Mentoring Civil, Mechanical and Architecture Undergraduate Students, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Civil and Environmental Eng, 2006-2009
  • Research Assistant, University of British Columbia, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2005-2006
  • Assisting Teaching Assistant, University of British Columbia, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2005-2006
  • Research Assistant, Iran University of Science and Technology, Structures and Hysrostructures Center, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2003-2005
  • Teaching Assistant, Iran University of Science and Technology, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2003-2004
  • Instructor and Tutor, Linear Algebra, Analytical Geometry and Calculus, 1999-2005

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO), CloudPoint Labs., Boston, MA, 2014-present
  • Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Precision Augmented Reality Works (Parworks) Inc., Boston, MA, 2012-2014
  • Co-Founder and President, Vision Construction Monitoring LLC, Blacksburg, VA, Oct 2011-2014
  • Project Engineer/ PhD Intern, Turner Construction Company, Chicago, IL, 2008-2010
  • Project Engineer, Tarahan Darya Sahel and Talan-Sazeh Design and Construction Co., Tehran, Iran, 2003-2005
  • Junior Design Engineer, Tehran-Berkeley Managers and Consulting Engineers, Tehran, Iran, 2001-2002
  • Project Monitoring and Control Intern, Joint Venture of Perlit Construction Co. & Tehran-Berkeley Managers and Consulting Engineers, Tehran, Iran, 1999

Honors and Awards

 

Research

  • 2015, Best Paper Award, International Conference on Construction Engineering and Project Management
  • 2015, Best Data Sensing and Analysis Conference Paper Award, ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering
  • 2014, FIATECH CETI Award, Outstanding Early Career Researcher
  • 2014, Best Conference Paper Award (Second Place), Construction Research Congress
  • 2014, Two Second-Place and One Third-Place Best Poster Awards, Construction Research Congress
  • 2013, Best Conference Paper Award, Data Sensing and Analysis, ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering
  • 2013, James R. Croes Medal, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • 2013, Faculty Fellowship (2), National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
  • 2013, Faculty Fellowship (1), National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
  • 2012, Best Journal Paper Award, ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management
  • 2012, Best Conference Paper Award, 12th International Conference on Construction Applications of Virtual Reality
  • 2012, First-Place Best Poster Award, Construction Research Congress, ASCE
  • 2011, Paul E. Torgersen Research Excellence Award, Virginia Tech
  • 2010, Best Poster Award, Construction Industry Institute Annual Conference
  • 2010, Nova CM Innovation Award Nominee, Construction Innovation Forum
  • 2010, Best Student Paper Award, 10th International Conference on Innovation in AEC
  • 2010, FIATECH CETI Award, Outstanding Student Researcher
  • 2010, FIATECH Scholarship
  • 2009, First-Place Poster Award, Construction Research Congress
  • 2009, Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) Scholarship
  • 2009, Intel Scholars Research Program Scholarship
  • 2008, William E. ONeil Pre-Doctoral Fellowship
  • 2008, Shell Scholars Research Program Scholarship
  • 2008, University of Illinois Innovation Tournament Award
  • 2006, Faculty of Graduate Studies Travel Award, University of British Columbia
  • 2006, Institute of Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems Travel Award, University of British Columbia
  • 2005, International Student Scholarship Award, University of British Columbia

Entrepreneurship

  • 2015, Faculty Entrepreneurship Fellowship (FEF), College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 2013, Design and Eng. Awards Honoree in the Software & Mobile Apps product category, 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES)
  • 2013, Finalist for SXSW2013 Trade Show "Accelerator Award"
  • 2013, Finalist for SXSW2013 Trade Show "Interactive Award"

Editorship/Committees

 

Editorship

  • Associate Editor, ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, 2012-present
  • Assistant Specialty Editor, ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 2012-present
  • Member of the Editorial Board, Elsevier Journal of Automation in Construction, 2013-present
  • Member of the Editorial Board, IPMA Journal of Construction Engineering and Project Management, 2011-present

Conferences Organized/Chaired

  • Technical Committee Member, 2016 ASCE Construction Research Congress, San Juan, Porte Rico, 2016. 
  • Scientific Committee Member, 2015 International Conference on Innovative Production and Construction (IPC 2015), Jul 28-31, 2015.
  • Technical Committee Member, International Conference on Construction Applications of Virtual Reality in Construction (CONVR), Banff, AB, Oct 7-9, 2015.
  • Technical Committee Member and Track Chair, 2015 International Working on Computing in Civil  Engineering, Austin, TX , Jun 23-25, 2015.
  • International Scientific Committee Member, 30th International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction (ISARC), 15-18 Jun 2015, Oulu, Finland. 2015.
  • Technical Committee Member, the CSCE International Construction Specialty Conference (ICSC15), Vancouver, BC, June 7 - 10, 2015.
  • Technical Committee Member, the 6th International Conference on Construction Engineering and Project Management, Buson, Korea, Oct 11-15, 2015.
  • Technical Committee Member, 2014 ASCE Construction Research Congress, Atlanta, GA, May 19-21, 2014.
  • Technical Committee Member, 2014 ASCE International Conference on Computing in Civil Engineering, June 2014.
  • Technical Committee Member, First Int Conference on Infrastructure Management, Assessment and Rehabilitation Techniques, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, March 4-6, 2014.
  • Technical Committee Member, 13th International Conference on Construction Applications of Virtual Reality (CONVR 2013), London, England, Oct 30-31, 2013.
  • Technical Committee Member, 1st International Conference on Civil and Building Engineering Informatics (ICCEBEI2013), Tokyo, Japan, Nov 7-8, 2013.
  • Session Chair for Sensing/Sensor; 30th International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction, 11-15 August 2013, Montreal, Canada. 2013
  • Session Chair for Remote Sensing/ Integrated Smart Systems Technologies; 30th Int Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction, Montreal, Canada. 2013
  • Session Chair for IT Applications in Construction & Mining; 30th Int Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction, 11-15 August 2013, Montreal, Canada. 2013
  • Technical Committee Member, 30th International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction, 11-15 August 2013, Montreal, Canada. 2013
  • Session Chair; ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering, Los Angeles, CA, 26-29 June 2013. 2013
  • Technical Committee Member, ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering, Los Angeles, CA, 26-29 June 2013. 2013
  • Technical Committee Member, the Fifth International Conference on Construction Engineering and Project Management (ICCEPM-2013), Jan9-11, 2013. 2013
  • Chair, 2012 Construction Research Congress Poster Session Committee, Technical Council on Computing and Information Technology), ASCE, 2012
  • Session Chair; 12th International Conference on Construction Applications of Virtual Reality (CONVR 2012), Taipei, Taiwan, Nov 1-2, 2012.
  • Technical Committee Member, 12th International Conference on Construction Applications of Virtual Reality (CONVR 2012), Taipei, Taiwan, Nov 1-2, 2012.
  • International Scientific Committee Member, CiB (Computer Knowledge Building) W78 2012 Conference, Beirut, Lebanon. 2012
  • Chair, Data Sensing and Analysis (DSA) Best Paper Award Subcommittee, Technical Council on Computing and Information Technology, ASCE, 2011
  • Track Chair; 2012 International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Clear Waters, FL. 2012
  • Session Chair; 2012 International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Clear Waters, FL. 2012
  • Technical Committee Member, 2012 International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Clear Waters, FL. 2012
  • Technical Committee Member, 2012 International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction, Eindhoven, Netherlands. 2012
  • Technical Committee Member, 2012 Construction Research Congress, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), West Lafayette, IN., 2012
  • Session Chair; 2012 Construction Research Congress, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), West Lafayette, IN., 2012
  • Track Chair; 2012 Construction Research Congress, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), West Lafayette, IN., 2012
  • Technical Committee Member, 11th International Conference on Construction Applications of Virtual Reality (CONVR 2011), Weimar, Germany, Nov 3-4, 2011. 2011
  • Workshop Co-Chair, Transportation Research Board Committee on Construction Management (AFH10) Workshop, Jan 2012. 2011
  • Session Chair; Technical Committee Member, 2011 ASCE Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering, Miami, FL., Jun 19-22., 2011
  • Technical Committee Member, the 4th International Conference on Construction Engineering and Project Management, Sydney, Australia, Feb 16-18. 2011 2011
  • Member of the Poster Session Organizing Committee, Construction Industry Institute’s Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, Jul 25-27. 2011
  • Member of the Jury, 2011 FIATECH International Technology Conference and Showcase CETI awards, Chandler, AZ, Apr 18-20. 2011
  • Technical Committee Member, 27th International Conference on Applications of IT in the AEC Industry (Cib w78), Cairo, Egypt, Nov 16-19, 2010. 2010
  • Organizing Chair, Technical Chair and Founder, the First Annual University of Illinois Student Interdisciplinary Conference, Jan 26, 2009, Urbana, IL. 2008-2009
  • Member of Organizing Committee, Int. Workshop on Construction Research Funding in XXI Century: A Partnership between Academia, Industry, and Public Sector, Urbana, IL 2009
  • Member of Organizing Committee, Graduate Student Poster and Academic Discussion Panels, Construction Research Congress 2009, Seattle, WA. 2009
  • Scientific Organizing Committee Chair, “12th Civil Engineering Student Conference.” Iran Univ. of Science & Technology, Tehran, Iran, Nov 2005. 2005