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My area of research is system analytics that involves analyzing, understanding, architecting, and optimizing various complex systems (e.g. cyber-physical systems, smart connected systems, and system of systems) through integrating systems science, big data analytics, machine learning, and optimization under uncertainty. Applications of my research are currently focused on smart manufacturing (NSF CPS project [4]), transportation safety (DoT MATC and CMT projects [3, 6]), infrastructure inspection, preservation and rebuilding (DoEd GAANN [1] and DoT INSPIRE [2] projects), and energy management for multiple microgrids (NSFC project [7]).

  1. GAANN: Interdiciplinary Fellowship Program in Engineering Management and Systems Engineering for Rebuilding Infrastructure, Department of Education (DoEd), 01/01/2019-12/31/2021, $597,000, PI

  2. A Training Framework of Robotic Operation and Image Analysis for Decision-Making in Bridge Inspection and Preservation, Department of Transportation (DoT) through the INSPIRE University Transportation Center (UTC), 01/01/2018-12/31/2019, $160,000, PI

  3. Crash Prediction and Avoidance by Identifying and Evaluating Risk Factors from Onboard Cameras, Department of Transportation through the MATC University Transportation Center (UTC), 01/01/2019-12/31/2019, $75,000, PI

  4. CPS: Synergy: Collaborative Research: Cyber-Physical Sensing, Modeling, and Control with Augmented Reality for Smart Manufacturing Workforce Training and Operations Management, National Science Foundation (NSF), 02/2017-01/2020, $521,288, Co-PI (35%)

  5. Inspecting and Preserving Infrastructure through Robotic Exploration (INSPIRE) - a Tier 1 University Transportation Center, US Department of Transportation, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology (USDOT/OST-R), University Transportation Center Program, 11/30/2016 – 9/30/2022, $7,5000,000, Co-PI (9%).

  6. Evaluation of Route 160 Widening Project: A Before and After Study with Driving Simulator, Crawford, Murphy & Tilly (CMT), Inc., 11/01/2018-04/30/2019, $29,879, Co-PI (40%)

  7. SoS Architecting and Operational Coordination of Microgrid Cluster for Optimal Energy Management, National Natural Science Foundation for China (NSFC), 550,000CNY, 01/01/2019-12/31/2022,Co-PI.


Our Systems Analytics Laboratory (SAL) has the following research facilities
  • Driving Simulator
  • Workstations (Dell Precision 7820, 5820 x 3, 7500)
  • GPUs (RTX 2080 x 2, GTX 1080 Ti, Titan V*)
*Thanks to NVIDIA Corportation for donating the Titan V GPU to SAL. We gratefully aknowledge the support.