Zhang, Jiansong

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Methods to Semi-Automatically Generate 3D Bridge Models from 2D PDF Drawings
  1. Civil Engineering
Zhang, Jiansong
Construction Robotic System for Building Construction Operation Automation
  1. Civil Engineering
  2. Computer Technology
Zhang, Jiansong
Method to Understand IFC Data to Use for Software Development
  1. Computer Technology
Zhang, Jiansong


Dr. Jiansong Zhang earned his Bachelor of Construction Management from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, China with top grade in his department, his M.Sc. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He worked in the Civil and Construction Engineering Department at Western Michigan University as an Assistant Professor for two years before joining the School of Construction Management Technology at Purdue University as an Assistant Professor in Aug. 2017. Some of his honors include receiving the prestigious Corps of Engagement Award (2022) with his NSF PFI-RP team from Purdue University, The John P. Lisack Early-Career Engagement Award (2022) from Purdue Polytechnic Institute, Purdue Polytechnic Institute Inaugural Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration Award (2021), Outstanding Faculty in Engagement (2022) and Outstanding Faculty in Discovery (2021, 2019) from School of Construction Management Technology, Technology Development Award (2017) from Western Michigan University, Conference Travel Awards (2012; 2013; 2014) from the University of Illinois, Top Three Paper Award (2013) from ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering, Chester P. Siess Award (2012) from the University of Illinois, Pokrajac Fellowship (2011) from the University of Illinois, CEE Department Scholarship (2009) from Carnegie Mellon University, and National Scholarship (2007; 2008) from China. Dr. Zhang has been celebrated as one of sixteen Purdue Inventors during the National Inventors Day (2022). Dr. Zhang has research interests in developing and leveraging advanced technologies to support construction engineering and management, construction automation, and sustainable infrastructure, including building information modeling (BIM), artificial intelligence (AI) [i.e., natural language processing (NLP), machine learning, and automated reasoning], virtual reality (VR), and construction robotics. His research has been supported by Federal and State agencies such as the National Science Foundation, Indiana Department of Transportation, and Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities.

For more information about Dr. Zhang, please visit his Purdue webpage: https://polytechnic.purdue.edu/profile/zhan3062
or his research lab page: https://polytechnic.purdue.edu/autoic-lab