Faculty Profile

Mani Golparvar Fard

Civil and Environmental Engineering
Mani Golparvar Fard
Mani Golparvar Fard
Associate Professor
3129D Newmark Civil Engineering Bldg
205 N. Mathews
Urbana Illinois 61801

Primary Research Area

  • Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure Systems

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, 1998-2002￿
  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering, Area: Hydro Structures, Iran University of Science and Technology, 2002-2005
  • Master of Applied Science in Civil Engineering, Area: Project and Construction Management, University of British Columbia, 2005-2006
  • Master of Computer Science, Areas: Computer Vision / Graphics and Machine Learning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008-2010
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering, Area: Construction Management, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,￿2006-2010

Biography

Dr. Mani Golparvar is Associate Professor of Civil Engineering and of Computer Science, Faculty Entrepreneurial Fellow, Excellence Faculty Fellow, 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 Engrg at Virginia Tech.

Dr. Golparvar has worked with many national and international construction companies and most extensively with Turner Construction. Dr. Golparvar-Fard has several patents and is currently involved in Reconstruct Inc., a start-up companies which were founded based on the outcomes of his ongoing research projects.

He is the recipient of the 2017 Young Professional Award from Engineering News Record (ENR), 2016 ASCE Dan H. Halpin Award for Scholarship in Construction, 2013 ASCE James R. Croes Medal for innovation in Civil Engrg, 2013 FIATECH CETI award for outstanding researcher, 2012 best paper award from the ASCE Journal of Construction Engrg and Management, and numerous conference paper awards. Dr. Golparvar serves on the editorial board of the ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, ASCE Journal of Construction Engrg and Management, and Elsevier Journal of Automation in Construction. He is also the founder of RECONSTRUCT, a startup company that offers visual data analytics to construction projects. The underlying technology is licensed from UIUC and is recognized by several awards including an Innovation Award from Turner Construction Company in 2015.

Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech, Via Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2010-2012
  • Principal Faculty, Virginia Tech, Myers-Lawson School of Construction, 2010-2012
  • Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2013-2016
  • Faculty Affiliate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois Institute of Informatics, 2013-present
  • Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Computer Science, 2013-present
  • Faculty Affiliate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) Program, 2013-present
  • Associate Professor, Faculty Entrepreneurial Fellow, and Faculty Excellence Fellow, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2016-present

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Other Professional Employment

  • Co-Founder and CEO, Reconstruct Inc., Champaign, IL, 2016-present

Research Statement

Dr. Golparvar-Fard has research interests in (1) creating and developing computer vision, image processing, and machine learning methods to automatically monitor building and construction performance, and reconstruct as-built 3D/4D building information models from static images as well as video streams; and (2) building information modeling to reason about building elements and systems to support model-based assessment of performance metrics and generate augmented reality visualizations.

Research Interests

  • Computer Vision Data Analytics for Monitoring Construction and Operation in the Built Environment

Books Edited or Co-Edited (Original Editions)

  • White, J. Schmidt, D.C., and Golparvar-Fard, M. (2014). "Proceedings of the IEEE; Special Issue: Applications of Augmented Reality", 102(2), 1-2.

Chapters in Books

  • Golparvar-Fard M., Pe￿ora F., and Savarese S. (2012). ￿D4AR- A 4-Dimensional augmented reality model for automating construction progress data collection, processing and communication.￿ Future IT in Construction, (Accepted for publication).
  • Pe￿ora F., Golparvar-Fard M., Aziz Z. and Roh S. (2011). ￿Collaborative design development and progress coordination during the construction phase.￿ A book chapter in ￿Collaborative Design In Virtual Environments. Editors: Zinagyu Wang and Jerry Tsai.

Selected Articles in Journals

Articles in Conference Proceedings

  • Pe￿ora, F., Aziz, Z., Golparvar-Fard, M., Chen, A., Plans, A., and Mehta, S. (2008) ￿Review of emerging technologies to support urban resilience and disaster recovery.￿ Proc., Urban Safety of Mega Cities in Asia, 1-10, Beijing, China, Oct 16-18.
  • Han, S., Lee, S.H., Golparvar Fard, M., and Pe￿ora, F. (2007). ￿Modeling and representation of non-value adding activities due to errors and changes in design and construction projects.￿ Proc., 39th Conference on Winter Simulation (WSC 07), 2082-2089, Washington, DC.
  • Golparvar Fard, M., Sridharan, A., Lee, S. and Pe￿ora, F. (2007). ￿Visual representation of visual representation of construction progress monitoring metrics on time-lapse photographs.￿ Proc., Construction Management and Economics Conference, 1693-1701, Reading, UK.
  • Golparvar Fard, M. and Pe￿ora, F. (2007). ￿Semi-automated visualization techniques for construction progress monitoring.￿ Proc., Construction Research Congress, Bahamas Island.
  • Golparvar Fard, M. and Pe￿ora, F. (2007). ￿Development of visualization techniques for construction progress monitoring.￿ Proc., International Conference Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering, 216-223, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Golparvar Fard, M., Staub-French, S., Po, B. and Tory, M. (2006). ￿Requirements of a mobile interactive workspace for design development and coordination.0￿ Proc., XI Joint Int. conference on Computing and Decision Making in Civil & Building Engineering, Montreal, QC.
  • Golparvar Fard, M. (2006). ￿An Interdisciplinary approach in construction industry: improving design coordination through application of interactive workspaces.￿ Proc., 1st Interdisciplinary Conf. at University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.
  • Golparvar Fard, M., Yeganeh-Bakhtiary, A. and Cheng, L. (2005). ￿Two-phase flow modeling of clear-water onset and jet scour under offshore pipelines.￿ Proc., XXXI Int. Association of Hydraulic Engineering and Research Congress, FAHR05-03.
  • Golparvar Fard, M., Yeganeh-Bakhtiary, A., Cheng, L. (2005). ￿Numerical Study of Gap to Diameter Ratio Effects in Steady Current under Offshore Pipelines.￿ Proc., 2nd National Congress of Civil Engineering, Tehran, Iran, No.1088.
  • Golparvar Fard, M., Yeganeh-Bakhtiary, A., Cheng, L., and Khayyer, A. (2005). ￿Numerical simulation of jet flow hydrodynamics at erosion tunnel beneath offshore pipelines.￿ Proc., 2nd National Congress of Civil Engineering, Tehran, Iran, No. 3008.

Invited Lectures

  • Invited Talk: ￿3D, 4D and D4AR models for automation and interactive visualization of construction progress.￿
  • Invited Talk: ￿D4AR ￿ 4 dimensional augmented reality- models for automation and interactive visualization of construction progress monitoring.￿
  • Invited Talk: ￿D4AR ￿ 4 dimensional augmented reality- models for automation and interactive visualization of construction progress monitoring.￿
  • Invited Talk: ￿Facilitating decision-making in AEC/FM industry with the D4AR tools.￿
  • Invited Talk: ￿Interactive visualization of construction progress monitoring using D4AR models.￿
  • Invited Talk: ￿Interactive visualization of construction progress monitoring using D4AR models.￿
  • Invited Talk: ￿Interactive visualization of construction progress monitoring using D4AR models.￿
  • Invited Talk: ￿Visualization for construction progress monitoring.￿
  • Invited Talk: ￿Application of visualization for construction progress monitoring.￿
  • Invited Talk: ￿Visualization for construction progress monitoring.￿

Other Publications

  • Golparvar-Fard, M., and Ham, Y. (2014). ￿Poster session booklet of the 2014 construction research congress.￿ PhD Student Research Poster Session in 2014 Construction Research Congress, May 19, Atlanta, GA.
  • Carter, W.L., Golparvar-Fard, M., and Green, R.A. (2013). ￿Post-Earthquake Rapid Damage Assessment Using Image-Based 3D Reconstruction Techniques￿, Seismological Research Letters, 84(1): 150.
  • Fahrman, B., Westman, E., and Golparvar-Fard, M. (2013). "A Comparison of Photogrammetry and Laser Scanning for Deformation Monitoring in Underground Mines", 2013 SME (Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration) Annual Meeting.
  • Golparvar-Fard, M. et al. (2012). "Construction Research Congress 2012 PhD Student Poster Session."￿ The 2012 Construction Research Congress, West Lafayette, IN.
  • Pe￿ora, F., Kamat, V., Menassa, C. and Golparvar-Fard M. (2009). "Poster session booklet of the 2009 construction research congress." The 2009 Construction Research Congress, Seattle, WA.
  • Golparvar-Fard, M., Palmer, J. (2009). "Proceedings of the first annual university of Illinois student interdisciplinary conference." University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
  • Andrechak, M., Coleman, H., Golparvar-Fard, M., Jackson, S., Justice, P., Kaler, R., Loots, M., Mortensen, P., Pe￿ora, F., Tappenden, K., Watkins, R., and Welburn, W. (2008). "Fostering interdisciplinary initiatives at illinois: an overview of the past, the present and the future." Univ. of Illinois Provost Office Publication.
  • Sanaei, E. (2002). ￿Application of LRFD method in steel structures design.￿ Iran University of Science & Technology Publications. Golparvar Fard M., Farid-Afshin F., and Shahrokhi A. and Sanaei E. (Collaborated in writing and translating in Persian).

Magazine Articles

  • Golparvar-Fard (2012). D4AR- 4 Dimensional Augmented Reality Models for Integrated 4D AS-built, Plan Visualization, and Automated Construction Progress Monitoring. LiDAR magazine, 2(10), 1-4.
  • Ham, Y., and Golparvar-Fard (2012). Rapid 3D Energy Modeling for Retrofit Analysis of Existing Buildings Using Thermal and Digital Imagery.￿ LiDAR magazine, 3(4), 1-4.

Journal Editorships

  • Editorial Board Member, Elsevier Journal of Automation in Construction, 2015-present.
  • Editorial Review Board Member, Emerald Journal of Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 2015-present.
  • Guest Editor, IEEE Proceedings, 102(2), Special Issue on Applications of Augmented Reality, 2014.
  • Specialty Editor, Information Technology in Construction, ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 2012-present.
  • Associate Editor, ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, 2012-present.
  • Member of the Editorial Board, IPMA Journal of Construction Engineering and Project Management, 2011-present.

Professional Societies

  • Member, Construction Industry Institute (CII) Academic Committee, 2010- present
  • Member, Construction Research Council (CRC), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), 2011-present
  • Founder and Vice-President, Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) Student Chapter at the University of Illinois 2008- 2010
  • Treasurer, UIUC Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), 2007-2008
  • Associate Member, Professional Society of Engineers without borders (EWB), 2006-2007
  • Student Member, ￿Iran Concrete Institute￿ Tehran, Iran, 2004- 2010
  • Student Member, American Society of Civil Engineers, (ASCE), 2000- 2010
  • Governing Council Member, Hydraulic Research Association of Iran University of Science & Technology (IAHR) Affiliation, 2004-2005
  • Student Member, Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Rivers Institute (COPRI), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), 2003-2006
  • Member, Scientific Community of Civil Eng. Dep., Iran Univ. of Science & Tech, 2000-2005

Service on Department Committees

  • Member of the CEE Department Advisory Board, May 2015-present.
  • Faculty Adviser, Construction Management Association of America, University of Illinois Student Chapter, 2014-present.
  • Member of the CEE Modernization Plan Phase II Advisory Committee, 2015-2016.
  • Faculty Adviser, Interdisciplinary Civil Engineering Student Group, University of Illinois, 2014-present.
  • Co-Founder and Vice-President, Construction Management Association of America, University of Illinois Student Chapter, 2008- 2010
  • Member, Computing Committee, Via Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2009-2011

Service on College Committees

  • Member of the Technology Entrepreneurship Curriculum Review Ad-hoc Committee, 2015-present
  • Member of the Graduate College Advisory Board, University of Illinois, 2007-2009

Service on Campus Committees

  • Judge, 2015 Illinois Innovation Prize, Technology Entrepreneur Center, 2015.
  • Graduate Senator, Illinois Student Senate, University of Illinois, Elected by all graduate students from all disciplines on campus three times for three consecutive years, 2007-2009
  • Student Senator, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Campus Senate 2007-2009
  • Member of the Provost Student Advisory Board, University of Illinois, 2007-2009
  • Senate Liaison, Academic Freedom and Tenure, Urbana-Champaign Senate, University of Illinois, 2007-2008
  • Vice-chair, Graduate and Professional Affairs Committee (GPAC), Illinois Student Senate, University of Illinois, 2007-2008

Service to Federal and State Government

  • Reviewer, American University of Sharjah, Office of Research and Graduate Studies, UAE, 2015
  • Panelist for Construction Hottest Apps, Engineering News Record (ENR), McGrow Hills, 2013
  • Reviewer, Qatar National Research Fund, Qatar Foundation, Qatar, 2011-present
  • Reviewer, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), 2011
  • Reviewer, National Research Fund, Lebanon, 2011
  • Reviewer and Panelist, National Science Foundation (NSF), 2010-present

Other Outside Service

  • Reviewer, Journal of Building Engineering; Elsevier; 2015-Present
  • Reviewer, International Journal of Automation and Computing, 2014-Present
  • Reviewer, Journal of IEEE Proceedings, IEEE, 2013-Present
  • Reviewer, Journal of Visualization in Engineering; Springer, 2013-Present
  • Reviewer, Journal of Construction and Building Materials; Elsevier; 2012-Present
  • Reviewer, Journal of Information Technology in Construction; 2012-present
  • Reviewer, Journal of Construction Innovation: Information, Process, Management, Emerald; 2011-present
  • Reviewer, Journal of Advanced Engineering Informatics, Elsevier; 2010-present
  • Reviewer, Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, Special Issue on Graphical 3D Visualization in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction, ASCE; 2009
  • Reviewer of all Civil Engineering conferences listed under services, and major computer vision conferences such as Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVRP) Conference, International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), British Machine Vision Conference (BMVS), and SIGCHI (human-computer interactions).

Teaching Honors

  • List of Teachers Ranked As Excellent by Their Students (2016)
  • List of Teachers Ranked As Excellent by Their Students (2014)
  • List of Teachers Ranked As Excellent by Their Students (2013)
  • Assisting Teaching Assistant Award, University of British Columbia, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (2006)
  • Teaching Assistant Scholarship Award, Iran University of Science and Technology (2003-2005)

Research Honors

  • Intel Scholars Research Program Scholarship Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2009)
  • University of Illinois Innovation Tournament Award (2008)
  • William E. O'Neil Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2008)
  • Shell Scholars Research Program Scholarship Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2008)
  • Nova Construction Management Innovation Award Nominee, Construction Innovation Forum, Walbridge, OH (2007)
  • Faculty of Graduate Studies Travel Award, University of British Columbia (2006)
  • Institute of Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems Travel Award, University of British Columbia (2006)
  • International Student Scholarship Award (2005)
  • Ranked 3rd, Dean￿s List of Honors, Iran University of Science and Technology (2002)
  • Distinguished Undergraduate Student Award, Iran University of Science and Technology (2000)

Public Service Honors

  • Graduate Senator, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2008-2009 2007-2008 2006-2007)

Other Honors

  • Entrepreneurship: 2013 Consumer Electronic Show (CES) Innovation Award for HD4AR research project (commercialized as PAR Works) (2013)
  • Entrepreneurship: 2013 Technical Achievement Finalist for HD4AR research project at SXSW (commercialized as PAR Works MARS). (2013)
  • Entrepreneurship: 2013 Accelerator Award Finalist for HD4AR research project at SXSW (commercialized as PAR Works MARS) (2013)