Faculty Profile

Nora El-Gohary

Civil and Environmental Engineering
Nora El-Gohary
Nora El-Gohary
Assistant Professor
3129c Newmark Civil Engineering Bldg
205 N. Mathews
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 333-6620

Administrative Titles

  • CEE Excellence Faculty Fellow

Primary Research Area

  • Construction Engineering and Management

Education

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Toronto, Canada, 2008
  • M.Sc., Construction Engineering, The American University in Cairo, Egypt, 2002
  • B.Sc., Construction Engineering, The American University in Cairo, Egypt, 1999

Biography

Assistant Professor Nora El-Gohary earned her B.Sc. (1999) and M.Sc. (2002) degrees from the American University in Cairo, both in Construction Engineering.￿ She earned her Ph.D. (2008) from the University of Toronto in Civil Engineering.￿ She joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in December 2009. Prior to joining the University of Illinois, she served on the faculty of the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Manitoba as an Assistant Professor of Construction Engineering and Management. Her professional experience includes working for Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd, one of the largest construction and civil engineering companies.

Dr. El-Gohary has received several research awards including the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Discovery Grant in 2009, the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2013, the Center of Advanced Study Fellow in 2015, and the Excellence Faculty Fellow in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2016. Her research has been sponsored by a number of agencies including the National Science Foundation, Illinois Center for Transportation, Illinois Department of Transportation, Qatar Foundation, and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

A member of CEE￿s Construction Engineering and Management faculty, Dr. El-Gohary teaches two courses in Construction Engineering and Management: CEE 422 Construction Cost Analysis and CEE 528 Construction Data Modeling.

Dr. El-Gohary currently serves as the Chair of the ASCE￿s Data Sensing and Analysis Committee and the Co-Chair of the TRB￿s Information Systems in Construction Management Subcommittee. She is also an Associate Editor of the Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering. Dr. El-Gohary is a member of the TRB's Data and Information Systems Committee, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE).

Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, December 2009-present
  • Assistant Professor, University of Manitoba, Department of Civil Engineering, May 2008-November 2009

Professional Registrations

  • Professional Engineer, Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), 2011-present
  • Professional Registered Engineer, Egyptian Engineers Syndicate, 1999-present

Research Statement

Dr. El-Gohary has research interests in information modeling and data analytics for supporting the development and management of sustainable and value-adding civil infrastructure systems, including: (1) building information modeling and ontologies to facilitate smart information extraction and data analytics based on domain-specific semantics, (2) information retrieval and natural language processing to facilitate the retrieval and extraction of information from unstructured textual data, (3) machine learning to facilitate the analysis of both structured and unstructured data, and (4) human-centered and context-aware systems and analytics.

Research Interests

  • Information modeling and data analytics for supporting the development and management of sustainable and value-adding civil infrastructure systems.
  • Building information modeling.
  • Semantic computing, including semantic data/information/knowledge modeling and ontologies, semantic data/information fusion, and semantic data/information analysis.
  • Natural language processing, information retrieval, information extraction, and machine learning.
  • Big data analytics.

Selected Articles in Journals

  • Liu, K., and El-Gohary, N. (2017). "Ontology-based semi-supervised conditional random fields for automated information extraction from bridge inspection reports." Automation in Construction (Elsevier), in press.
  • Zhang, L., and El-Gohary, N. (2017). "Human-centered value analysis: building-value aggregation based on human values and building-system integration." Journal of Construction Engineering and Management (ASCE), in press.
  • Zhou, P., and El-Gohary, N. (2017). "Ontology-based automated information extraction from building energy conservation codes." Automation in Construction (Elsevier), 74, 103-117.
  • Zhang, J., and El-Gohary, N. (2017). "Integrating semantic NLP and logic reasoning into a unified system for fully-automated code checking." Automation in Construction (Elsevier), 73, 45-57.
  • Zhang, J., and El-Gohary, N. (2017). "Semantic-based logic representation and reasoning for automated regulatory compliance checking." Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering (ASCE), 31(1), 10.1061/(ASCE)CP.1943-5487.0000583.
  • Lv, X., and El-Gohary, N. (2016). "Enhanced context-based document relevance assessment and ranking for improved information retrieval to support environmental decision making." Advanced Engineering Informatics (Elsevier), 30(4), 737-750.
  • Lv, X., and El-Gohary, N. (2016). "Semantic annotation for supporting context-aware information retrieval in the transportation project environmental review domain." Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering (ASCE), 30(6), 10.1061/(ASCE)CP.1943-5487.0000565, 04016033.
  • Lv, X., and El-Gohary, N. (2016). "Discovering integration practices for integrating NEPA into statewide and metropolitan project planning processes." Journal of Construction Engineering and Management (ASCE), 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001129, 04016056.
  • Zhang, J., and El-Gohary, N. (2016). "Extending building information models semiautomatically using semantic natural language processing techniques." Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering (ASCE), (Invited), 10.1061/(ASCE)CP.1943-5487.0000536, C4016004.
  • Chi, N., Lin, K., El-Gohary, N., and Hsieh, S. (2016). "Evaluating the strength of text classification categories for supporting construction field inspections." Automation in Construction (Elsevier), 64, 78-88.
  • Grussing, M., Liu, L., Uzarski, D., El-Rayes, K., and El-Gohary, N. (2016). "Discrete Markov approach for building component condition, reliability, and service-life prediction modeling." Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities (ASCE), 10.1061/(ASCE)CF.1943-5509.0000865,04016015.
  • Amasyali, K., and El-Gohary, N. (2016). "Energy-related values and satisfaction levels of residential and office building occupants." Building and Environment (Elsevier), 95, 251-263.
  • Zhang, L., and El-Gohary, N. (2015). "Discovering stakeholder values for axiology-based value analysis of building projects." Journal of Construction Engineering and Management (ASCE), 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001004,04015095.
  • Zhang, L., and El-Gohary, N. (2015). "Epistemology-based context-aware semantic model for sustainable construction practices." Journal of Construction Engineering and Management (ASCE), 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001055,04015084.
  • Zhou, P., and El-Gohary, N. (2015). "Ontology-based multilabel text classification of construction regulatory documents." Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering (ASCE), 10.1061/(ASCE)CP.1943-5487.0000530, 04015058.
  • Zhou, P., and El-Gohary, N. (2015). "Domain-specific hierarchical text classification for supporting automated environmental compliance checking." Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering (ASCE), 10.1061/(ASCE)CP.1943-5487.0000513, 04015057.
  • Zhang, J., and El-Gohary, N. (2015). "Automated information transformation for automated regulatory compliance checking in construction." Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering (ASCE), (Invited), 10.1061/(ASCE)CP.1943-5487.0000427, B4015001.
  • Mostafa, M., and El-Gohary, N. (2014). "Semantic system for stakeholder-conscious infrastructure project planning and design." Journal of Construction Engineering and Management (ASCE), 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0000868, 04014075.
  • Mostafa, M., and El-Gohary, N. (2014). "Stakeholder-sensitive social welfare-oriented benefit analysis for sustainable infrastructure project development." Journal of Construction Engineering and Management (ASCE), 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0000788, 04014038.
  • Becerik-Gerber, B., Siddiqui, M., Brilakis, I., El-Anwar, O., El-Gohary, N., Mahfouz, T., Jog, G., Li, S., and Kandil, A. (2014). ￿Civil engineering grand challenges: opportunities for data sensing, information analysis, and knowledge discovery.￿ Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering (ASCE), 10.1061/(ASCE)CP.1943-5487.0000290,04014013.
  • Salama, D., and El-Gohary, N. (2014)."Semantic text classification for supporting automated compliance checking in construction." Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering (ASCE), 10.1061/(ASCE)CP.1943-5487.0000301, 04014106.
  • Zhang, J., and El-Gohary, N. (2013). "Semantic NLP-based information extraction from construction regulatory documents for automated compliance checking." Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering (ASCE), (Invited), 10.1061/(ASCE)CP.1943-5487.0000346,04015014.
  • Salama, D., and El-Gohary, N. (2013). "Automated compliance checking of construction operation plans using a deontology for the construction domain." Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering (ASCE), (Invited), 27(6), 681-698.
  • El-Gohary, N., and El-Diraby, T. (2011). "Merging architectural, engineering, and construction ontologies." Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering (ASCE), 25(2), 109-128.
  • El-Gohary, N., and El-Diraby, T. (2010). "Domain ontology for processes in infrastructure and construction." Journal of Construction Engineering and Management (ASCE), 136(7), 730-744.
  • El-Gohary, N., and El-Diraby, T. (2010). "Dynamic knowledge-based process integration portal for collaborative construction." Journal of Construction Engineering and Management (ASCE), 136(3), 316-328.
  • Osman, H., El-Gohary, N., and El-Diraby, T. (2007). "Integrating value engineering and context sensitive solutions: The case of St. Clair Ave. West Transit Improvements Project." Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), National Research Council, Washington D.C., 2025, 81-89.
  • El-Gohary, N., Osman, H., and El-Diraby, T. (2006). "Stakeholder management for public private partnerships." International Journal of Project Management (Elsevier), 24, 595-604.

Articles in Conference Proceedings

  • Zhang, L., and El-Gohary, N. (2017). ￿BIM-integrated system for automated value analysis of buildings.￿ Proceedings of the 2017 ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering (IWCCE 2017), Seattle, WA, June 25-27, 2017.
  • Wang, L., and El-Gohary, N. (2017). ￿Data-driven residential building energy consumption prediction for supporting multiscale sustainability assessment.￿ Proceedings of the 2017 ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering (IWCCE 2017), Seattle, WA, June 25-27, 2017.
  • Lv, X., and El-Gohary, N. (2017). ￿Stakeholder opinion classification for supporting large-scale transportation project decision making.￿ Proceedings of the 2017 ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering (IWCCE 2017), Seattle, WA, June 25-27, 2017.
  • Liu, K., and El-Gohary, N. (2017). ￿Similarity-based dependency parsing for extracting dependency relations from bridge inspection reports.￿ Proceedings of the 2017 ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering (IWCCE 2017), Seattle, WA, June 25-27, 2017.
  • Chi, N., Lin, K., El-Gohary, N., and Hsieh, S. (2017). ￿Gazetteers for information extraction applications in construction safety management.￿ Proceedings of the 2017 ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering (IWCCE 2017), Seattle, WA, June 25-27, 2017.
  • Amasyali, K., and El-Gohary, N. (2017). ￿Building energy use modes and thermal comfort.￿ Proceedings of the 2017 ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering (IWCCE 2017), Seattle, WA, June 25-27, 2017.
  • Zhang, L., and El-Gohary, N. (2017). ￿Exploring the synergy between building design and human values: BIM-based human value analysis of educational buildings.￿ Proceedings of the 2017 CSCE Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC, Canada, May 31-June 03, 2017.
  • Liu, K., and El-Gohary, N. (2017). ￿Ontology-based data integration for supporting big bridge data analytics.￿ Proceedings of the 2017 CSCE Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC, Canada, May 31-June 03, 2017.
  • Amasyali, K., and El-Gohary, N. (2017). ￿Deep learning for building energy consumption prediction.￿ Proceedings of the 2017 CSCE Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC, Canada, May 31-June 03, 2017.
  • Zhou, P., and El-Gohary, N. (2016). ￿Automated extraction of environmental requirements from contract specifications.￿ Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering (ICCCBE 2016), Osaka, Japan, July 06-08, 2016.
  • Zhang, L., and El-Gohary, N. (2016). ￿Extracting information from building information models to support automated value analysis.￿ Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering (ICCCBE 2016), Osaka, Japan, July 06-08, 2016.
  • Zhang, J., and El-Gohary, N. (2016). ￿A prototype system for fully automated code checking.￿ Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering (ICCCBE 2016), Osaka, Japan, July 06-08, 2016.
  • Lv, X., and El-Gohary, N. (2016). ￿Semantic-based information retrieval for supporting project decision making.￿ Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering (ICCCBE 2016), Osaka, Japan, July 06-08, 2016.
  • Amasyali, K., and El-Gohary, N. (2016). ￿An ontology-based approach for determining energy wasting behavior of building occupants.￿ Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering (ICCCBE 2016), Osaka, Japan, July 06-08, 2016.
  • Zhang, L., and El-Gohary, N. (2016). ￿Object value aggregation for modeling building system integration and value.￿ Proceedings of the 2016 ASCE Construction Research Congress (CRC), San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 31-June 02, 2016.
  • Zhang, J., and El-Gohary, N. (2016). ￿Automated relationship classification to support semi-automated IFC extension.￿ Proceedings of the 2016 ASCE Construction Research Congress (CRC), San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 31-June 02, 2016.
  • Wang, L., and El-Gohary, N. (2016). ￿Sustainability indicators for supporting multi-scale sustainability assessment and prediction.￿ Proceedings of the 2016 ASCE Construction Research Congress (CRC), San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 31-June 02, 2016.
  • Liu, K., and El-Gohary, N. (2016). ￿Semantic modeling of bridge deterioration knowledge for supporting big bridge data analytics.￿ Proceedings of the 2016 ASCE Construction Research Congress (CRC), San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 31-June 02, 2016.
  • Lv, X., and El-Gohary, N. (2016). "Text analytics for supporting stakeholder opinion mining for large-scale highway projects." Proceedings of the 2016 International Conference on Sustainable Design, Engineering and Construction (ICSDEC), Tempe, AZ, May 18-20, 2016.
  • Liu, K., and El-Gohary, N. (2016). "Ontology-based sequence labelling for automated information extraction for supporting bridge data analytics." Proceedings of the 2016 International Conference on Sustainable Design, Engineering and Construction (ICSDEC), Tempe, AZ, May 18-20, 2016.
  • Amasyali, K., and El-Gohary, N. (2016). "Building lighting energy consumption prediction for supporting energy data analytics." Proceedings of the 2016 International Conference on Sustainable Design, Engineering and Construction (ICSDEC), Tempe, AZ, May 18-20, 2016.
  • Zhang, L., and El-Gohary, N. (2015). "Axiology-based value quantification modeling for buildings." Proceedings of the 2015 CSCE International Construction Specialty Conference (ICSC 2015), Vancouver, BC, Canada, June 07-10, 2015.
  • Zhang, J., and El-Gohary, N. (2015). "A semantic similarity-based method for semi-automated IFC extension." Proceedings of the 2015 CSCE International Construction Specialty Conference (ICSC 2015), Vancouver, BC, Canada, June 07-10, 2015.
  • Amasyali, K., and El-Gohary, N. (2015). "Discovering the values of residential building occupants for value-sensitive improvement of building energy efficiency." Proceedings of the 2015 CSCE International Construction Specialty Conference (ICSC 2015), Vancouver, BC, Canada, June 07-10, 2015.
  • Zhou, P.,and El-Gohary, N. (2015). "Ontology-based information extraction from environmental regulations for supporting environmental compliance checking." Proceedings of the 2015 ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering (IWCCE), Austin, TX, June 21-23, 2015.
  • Zhang, J., and El-Gohary, N. (2015). "Automated extraction of information from building information models into a semantic logic-based representation." Proceedings of the 2015 ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering (IWCCE), Austin, TX, June 21-23, 2015.
  • Lv, X., and El-Gohary, N. (2015). "Semantic annotation for context-aware information retrieval for supporting the environmental review of transportation projects." Proceedings of the 2015 ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering (IWCCE), Austin, TX, June 21-23, 2015.
  • Zhou, P., and El-Gohary, N. (2014). "Ontology-based multi-label text classification for enhanced information retrieval for supporting automated environmental compliance checking." Proceedings of the ASCE International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering (ICCCBE) and CIB-W078 International Conference, Orlando, FL, June 23-25, 2014.
  • Zhang, L., and El-Gohary, N. (2014). "Quantifying the environmental, social, and economic value of educational building projects using BIM data." Proceedings of the ASCE International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering (ICCCBE) and CIB-W078 International Conference, Orlando, FL, June 23-25, 2014.
  • Zhang, J., and El-Gohary, N. (2014). "Extending building information models semi-automatically using semantic natural language processing techniques." Proceedings of the ASCE International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering (ICCCBE) and CIB-W078 International Conference, Orlando, FL, June 23-25, 2014.
  • Zhou, P., and El-Gohary, N. (2014). "Semantic-based text classification of environmental regulatory documents for supporting automated environmental compliance checking in construction." Proceedings of the ASCE Construction Research Congress (CRC), Atlanta, GA, May 19-21, 2014.
  • Zhang, L., and El-Gohary, N. (2014). "Discovering stakeholder values for axiology-based sustainability-oriented value analysis of educational building projects." Proceedings of the ASCE Construction Research Congress (CRC), Atlanta, GA, May 19-21, 2014.
  • Zhang, J., and El-Gohary, N. (2014). "Automated reasoning for regulatory compliance checking in the construction domain." Proceedings of the ASCE Construction Research Congress (CRC), Atlanta, GA, May 19-21, 2014.
  • Zhang, J., and El-Gohary, N. (2013). "Handling sentence complexity in information extraction for automated compliance checking in construction." Proceedings of the CIB-W078 International Conference, Beijing, China, October 09-12, 2013.
  • Zhang, L., and El-Gohary, N. (2013). "Epistemic modeling for sustainability knowledge management in construction." Proceedings of the 2013 ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering (IWCCE), Los Angeles, CA, June 23-25, 2013.
  • Zhang, J., and El-Gohary, N. (2013)."Information transformation and automated reasoning for automated compliance checking in construction." Proceedings of the 2013 ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering (IWCCE), Los Angeles, CA, June 23-25, 2013.
  • Zhang, J., and El-Gohary, N. (2012). "Extraction of construction regulatory requirements from textual documents using natural language processing techniques." Proceedings of the 2012 ASCE International Conference on Computing in Civil Engineering, Clearwater Beach, FL, June 17-20, 2012.
  • Zhang, J., and El-Gohary, N. (2012). ￿Automated regulatory information extraction from building codes leveraging syntactic and semantic information.￿ Proceedings of the ASCE Construction Research Congress (CRC), West Lafayette, IN, May 21-23, 2012.
  • Hamid, J., and El-Gohary, N. (2012). ￿Value-sensitive construction: value discovery in building projects.￿ Proceedings of the ASCE Construction Research Congress (CRC), West Lafayette, IN, May 21-23, 2012.
  • Zhang, J., and El-Gohary, N. (2011). "Automated information extraction from construction-related regulatory documents for automated compliance checking.￿ Proceedings of the CIB 2011 Joint Conference W078 / W102, Sophia Antipolis, France, October 26-28, 2011.
  • Salama, D., and El-Gohary, N. (2011). "Semantic modeling for automated compliance checking." Proceedings of the 2011 ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering, Miami, FL, June 19-22, 2011.
  • Salama, D., and El-Gohary, N. (2011). "Natural language processing for automated regulatory and contractual document analysis." Proceedings of the 2011 CSCE Annual Meeting and Conference, Ottawa, ON, Canada, June 14-17, 2011.
  • El-Gohary, N. (2010). "Model-based automated value analysis of building projects." Proceedings of the 27th CIB-W78 International Conference on Applications of IT in AEC Industry, Cairo, Egypt, November 16-19, 2010.
  • El-Gohary, N., and Qari, A. (2010). "Towards a formal axiology for sustainable infrastructure development." Proceedings of the ASCE International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering, Nottingham, UK, June 30-July 02, 2010.
  • El-Gohary, N., and El-Diraby, T. (2006). "Supporting stakeholder collaboration in infrastructure projects using ontology merger." Proceedings of the ASCE Joint International Conference on Computing and Decision Making in Civil and Building Engineering, Montreal, QC, Canada, June 14-16, 2006.
  • El-Gohary, N., and El-Diraby, T. (2005). "Achieving ontology interoperability using Formal Concept Analysis: An approach to inter-organizational collaboration." Proceedings of the 22nd CIB-W78 International Conference on Information Technology in Construction, Dresden, Germany, July 19-21, 2005.
  • El-Gohary, N., and El-Diraby, T. (2005). "A framework for inter-organizational collaboration in infrastructure and construction using Lattice Algebra." Proceedings of the 33rd Canadian Society for Civil Engineering Annual Conference, Toronto, ON, Canada, June 02-04, 2005.
  • Ezeldin, S., and El-Gohary, N. (2003). "Construction delays of high investment projects in Egypt." Proceedings of the 9th Arab Structural Engineering Conference, Abu Dhabi, UAE, November 29-December 01, 2003.

Journal Editorships

  • Associate Editor, Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering (ASCE), 2012-present
  • Editorial Board Member, Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management (Emerald), 2015-present

Professional Societies

  • Chair, Data Sensing and Analysis (DSA) Committee, Technical Council on Computing and Information Technology (TCCIT), ASCE, October 2016-present
  • Co-Chair, Information Systems in Construction Management Subcommittee, Transportation Research Board (TRB), National Research Council, Washington, D.C., January 2014-present
  • Vice Chair, Data Sensing and Analysis (DSA) Committee, Technical Council on Computing and Information Technology (TCCIT), ASCE, June 2016-October 2016
  • Secretary, Data Sensing and Analysis (DSA) Committee, Technical Council on Computing and Information Technology (TCCIT), ASCE, June 2014-May 2016
  • Member, Information Systems in Construction Management Subcommittee, Transportation Research Board (TRB), National Research Council, Washington, D.C., 2009-present
  • Associate Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), 2009-present
  • Member, Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE), 2005-present

Service to Federal and State Government

  • Co-Chair, Information Systems in Construction Management Subcommittee, Transportation Research Board (TRB), National Research Council, Washington, D.C., January 2014-present
  • Secretary, Information Systems in Construction Management Subcommittee, Transportation Research Board (TRB), National Research Council, Washington, D.C., January 2013-January 2014
  • Member, Data and Information Systems Committee, Transportation Research Board (TRB), National Research Council, Washington, D.C., 2007-present

Teaching Honors

  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students (2016)

Research Honors

  • Excellence Faculty Fellow in Civil and Environmental Engineering (March 2016)
  • Center for Advanced Study (CAS) Fellow (November 2014)
  • Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, National Science Foundation (NSF) (May 2012)
  • Discovery Grant, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) (2009)