Undergraduate Research Assistant - Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering


Dr. Sun’s Resilient Infrastructure Sensing and Evaluation (RISE) research group at the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering (RISElab: http://www.patrick-sun.com/, UCF CECE: http://www.cece.ucf.edu/sun) is looking for motivated Undergraduate Research Assistants starting in Spring 2022. We encourage applications from highly self-motivated students with a solid background in computer science/electrical engineering/civil engineering/mechanical engineering and a strong interest in applying these tools to tackle research problems in smart cities and smart infrastructures (e.g., drone-based remote sensing, sensing system development for smart structures/water network/solid-waste management, data analytics/image processing).
The objective of the recent projects at RISElab is to measure locations/deformation/damage condition on structures (e.g., buildings) and infrastructure (e.g., bridges, power grid, water system) using imaginary data that is obtained from noncontact sensors on a drone. The proposed method is scalable to large city infrastructure and can be used to monitor the sustainability of these crucial city infrastructure. In order to make sensing more accessible and cheaper for use compared to traditional sensors with wires, noncontact sensors are adopted so that no wires are used to transmit data and drones is utilized as a mobile platform to increase accessibility and scalability of the proposed sensing method.
Successful candidates can have options to conduct research in one or more of the following areas:
• UAV-based remote sensing and data analytics for smart-city infrastructures
• Machine/computer vision applications for smart structural sensing
• Quantifying human activity using deep learning-based computer vision technologies
To express your interest in joining the RISElab, please apply this position. To learn more information, you can also email your complete Resume to Dr. Patrick Sun (peng.sun@ucf.edu, website: http://www.patrick-sun.com).

Project Dates

Start Date: 1/10/2022 - End Date: 4/27/2021

Students Needed

Type of Project

Individual

Student Responsibilities

• Help with drone flight, data collection and analysis • Coordinate with research team with research tasks (e.g., autocad drawing, writing research logs) • Attend regular group meetings with research team

Time Commitment

10 hour(s)

Student Requirements

We encourage applications from highly self-motivated students with a solid background in computer science/electrical engineering/civil engineering/mechanical engineering and a strong interest in applying these tools to tackle research problems in smart cities and smart infrastructures (e.g., drone-based remote sensing, sensing system development for smart structures/water network/solid-waste management, data analytics/image processing). Preferable candidates have: • Basic programming skills (e.g., python and matlab) • Hand-on experience with experiments • Team-player quality and good work ethics

Interested in Working With the Following Programs

For EXCEL URE Students Only

Additional Notes

Dr. Sun’s Short Bio: Dr. Sun is an Assistant Professor in Smart Cities at the University of Central Florida and Director for Resilient Infrastructure Sensing and Evaluation (RISE) Lab. Before joining UCF, he served as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan. His current research is on people-centered smart city studies and computer vision aided context-aware system for urban planning. Dr. Sun obtained his Ph.D. degree (2017) in civil/structural engineering from Rice University, where he developed a novel coating, Smart Skin, for wireless strain sensing and damage identification on structures (e.g. buildings and infrastructures). His expertise is in people-centered smart cities, development of smart sensors, and the applications in structural health monitoring. He is particularly interested in combining knowledge in civil engineering and other disciplines (e.g. nanotechnology, computer vision, electrical engineering, and material science) to convert traditional structures into more intelligent systems with a “perception” of structures and surrounding environment. He has received the Bruce Deal and Andy Grove Young Author Award (2017) from the Electrochemical Society (ECS), SCI Transdisciplinary Symposium Award (2016) from Rice University, Student Travel Award (2016) from American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT), and Best Award in CEVE/MECH/MSNE of Rice Research Screech Competition (2015) from Rice University, etc.

Position Overview

  • Date Posted: 09-20-2021
  • Location:
    • Orlando (Main Campus)
  • Paid: Yes