Job ID: 160508

PhD position at the intersection of computer science and historic structures

Pennsylvania State University, University Park

  • Jun. 10, 2021
  • PhD position at the intersection of computer science and historic structures
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Pennsylvania State University, University Park
    State College, PA
  • Open until filled
  • August 2021
  • Graduate Student
  • Sustainable Engineering
    Structural Engineering
    Manufacturing & Quality Engineering
    Human Factors Engineering/Ergonomics
    Engineering Physics
    Engineering Mechanics
    Computer Science
    Construction Engineering/Management
    Civil Engineering
    Architectural (Building & Construction)
    Engineering - Other

Call for PhD Applications | BEAM lab

The Built Environment Analytics and Modeling lab in the Department of Architectural Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA invites applications for post-doctoral study. Specifically, due to funding restraints, we are looking for US CITIZENS or US PERMANENT RESIDENTS.

Our research is in hybrid analytics which lies at the intersection of civil engineering, computer science, and historic preservation. Hybrid analytics, a nascent field, is the combination of physics-based modeling and data-driven modeling for the end goal of making real-time predictions and monitoring in the context of Digital Twin a reality. This new field leverages the decipherability and clear-box nature of physics-based modeling, with accuracy and pattern recognition techniques of data-driven machine learning algorithms. Some of the research topics are:

  • Documentation: photogrammetry, laser scanning, and UAVs
  • Data extraction: eye-tracking, point cloud classification, and semantic segmentation
  • Data synthesis: Multi-modal data fusion, factor analysis, random forest analysis
  • Dissemination: Augmented and virtual reality, HBIM
  • Physics-based modeling: Discrete element models, finite element models, dimensionality reduction techniques
  • Analysis of historic construction techniques: Traditional building methods, traditional maintenance methods

Application Requirements:
Applicants who have prior experience or backgrounds in simulation and programming are highly encouraged to apply. As for the major, applicants with a Bachelors or Masters in Architecture Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Materials Science or a related field are encouraged to apply. Other fields can also be considered if the applicant has a strong interest or motivation.
Applications should include full resume or C.V.

Direct inquiries to Rebecca Napolitano ( Assistant Professor in the Department of Architectural Engineering,
209 Engineering Unit A, University Park, PA 16802.

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Contact Information

  • Rebecca Napolitano
    Architectural Engineering
    Pennsylvania State University, University Park
    Engineering Unit a
    State College, PA 16802

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