Featured Research Assistant for May 2018: Meida Chen

His research focuses on Semantic Modeling of Outdoor Scenes for The Creation of Virtual Environments and Simulations. He developed a point cloud/mesh segmentation software, called STPLS, to segment, classify, and recognize distinct types of objects together with identifying and extracting associated features in photogrammetric generated point clouds/meshes. More information about the project that he is currently working on can be … Read More

Featured Research Assistant for April 2018: Mohammad Hanifehzadeh

Mohammad Hanifehzadeh is a graduate research assistant in Sonny Astani department of civil engineering, advised by Dr. Gencturk. His research is focused on safety evaluation and remaining life estimation of concrete structures through experiments and computer simulations. He is also developing new algorithm for digital image processing and finite element models for that purpose. The results of his study may … Read More

Featured Research Assistant for March 2018: Kun-Hao Yu

Kun-Hao Yu is a first-year PhD student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at USC advised by Dr. Qiming Wang. His current research focuses on self-healing materials from theoretical modeling and additive manufacturing to resilient structures and wastewater treatment. Their theoretical model demonstrates high accurate prediction of self-healing materials in documented experimental results. Moreover, he has been working … Read More

Featured Research Assistant for February 2018: Ashrant Aryal

Ashrant Aryal is a third year PhD student advised by Dr. Burcin Becerik-Gerber. His research area is related to developing smart built environments that can adapt to people’s needs. He is currently working on a project in collaboration with ARUP to develop an intelligent desk that can learn user preferences and automatically control the environment around the user to maintain … Read More

Featured Research Assistant for December 2017: Saba Khashe

Saba Khashe is a PhD candidate working under the supervision of Dr. Burcin Becerik Gerber. Her research focuses on enabling human-building communication to promote occupants’ pro-environmental behavior. Her goal is to transform buildings into interactive living spaces that communicate with their occupants and influence the ways that they behave in buildings. Saba received a Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering from … Read More

Featured Research Assistant for November 2017: Konstantinos Douligeris

Konstantinos Douligeris is a second-year PhD student in civil engineering advised by Dr. Costas Synolakis. His research focuses on developing analytical solutions and codes to calculate the run-up of solitary waves and N-waves on different types of sloping beaches using linear and nonlinear theories. The results will be compared to experimental data from experiments which will be held at USC’s … Read More

Featured Research Assistant for October 2017: Yamrot Amha

Yamrot Amha is a third-year PhD student in Environmental Engineering advised by Dr. Adam Smith. Her research evaluates microbial resource management strategies in anaerobic systems such as anaerobic digesters and anaerobic membrane bioreactors use to recover energy from waste streams (e.g., food waste and wastewater sludges). The main goals of her research are to identify operational and design factors that … Read More

Featured Research Assistant for September 2017: Allyson McGaughey

Allyson McGaughey is a third-year Ph.D. student in environmental engineering advised by Prof. Amy Childress. Her research focuses on membrane-based water treatment for resource recovery from challenging waters and wastewaters. Currently, she is exploring the relationship between membrane material properties and performance for the treatment of challenging wastewaters by membrane distillation. She is also studying the use of novel materials, … Read More

Featured Research Assistant for August 2017: Yun Li

Yun Li is a second year PhD student in environmental engineering, advised by Dr. George Ban-Weiss. Her research focuses on the impacts of urbanization on urban climate and air quality in the Los Angeles basin. Currently, she is working on incorporating high-resolution satellite-observed land surface data into a regional climate-chemistry model, and evaluating how these model advances improve simulated urban … Read More

Featured Research Assistant for July 2017: Simin Ahmadi Karvigh

Simin is a PhD candidate, in the area of Informatics for Intelligent Built Environments, co-advised by Dr. Burcin Becerik-Gerber and Dr. Lucio Soibelman. She started her PhD studies at USC in Fall 2013 and expects to graduate in 2018. Her research is focused on improving building’s energy efficiency via providing activity-driven and user-centered automation in buildings, using techniques in Artificial … Read More