Project Highlights

Real-Time Scour Monitoring of Bridges

Research Approach

Dr. Chen's research has been focused on the development and understanding, laboratory and field validation, and engineering application of innovative concepts in the area of smart infrastructural engineering systems subjected to multiple hazards. Due to their broad and interdisciplinary nature, these concepts are researched in close collaboration with a variety of subject matter experts in electrical and mechanical engineering, material engineering and science, and computer science and engineering. Both numerical simulations and experimental studies are emphasized in various phases of development and validation. Student and scholarly exchanges with foreign universities are encouraged in Dr. Chen's research group to enrich the learning environment.

Research Philosophy

Today, civil infrastructure engineering research is ever more fruitful through collaborations with other disciplines such as electrical and mechanical engineering, chemistry, computer and material sciences. In the past 15 years, Dr. Chen has strived for a balance of basic and applied research in the area of smart infrastructural engineering systems, promoting scientific discovery while meeting societal needs in the transportation arena. Ph.D. students in Dr. Chen's group are encouraged to identify research topics within the scope of funded projects, carry out research tasks both individually and collaboratively, and publish research results in authoritative journals. They receive individual supervision and training but grow with peers in a team environment.

Research Interests

  • Structural Health Monitoring
    • sensors and sensing systems
    • signal processing and data analysis
    • damage detection and system ID
    • structural condition assessment
    • engineering application
  • Structural Materials and Mechanics
    • interface behavior & deterioration of composite systems
    • fatigue and fracture
    • forensic investigation
  • Structural Control and Earthquake Engineering
    • adaptive passive and semi-active systems
    • soil-structure interaction
    • performance-based design
    • seismic retrofit with new materials
  • Multi-Hazard Assessment and Mitigation
    • earthquake, wind, blast, and flood
    • post-event reconnaissance
    • mitigation strategy