Congratulations Dr Johnson Shen!

Dr Johnson ShenCIES academic Dr Johnson Xuesong Shen has been awarded the prestigious Whakapukahatanga Taiao Research Fellowship by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

This research fellowship is awarded to international scholars of superior academic research ability in any civil and environmental engineering discipline, to work at the University of Auckland with UA research staff.

Previous winners have included leading academics from Harvard and MIT, Tsinghua University and Virginia Tech.

Dr Shen lectures and researches in Engineering Construction and Management and is the Founder and Director of the Autonomy and Intelligence in CONstruction laboratory (AICON) at Civil and Environmental Engineering,  UNSW Sydney.

Dr Shen’s research interests lie in Autonomous Systems, Artificial Intelligence, Digital Twins, Smart Sensing, Internet of Things, Mixed Reality, and their applications in the preparation, construction, operation, and maintenance of civil infrastructure and the built environment.

Dr Shen has extensive research experiences in Real-Time 3D Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) Mapping with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) or Drones; AI-enabled Automated As-built Building Information Modelling (BIM); Field Emissions and Fuel Consumption Modelling of Construction Equipment; Automated Machine Control and Guidance in Construction, as well as Tunnel Boring Machine Tunnelling Methods and Trenchless Techniques for Urban Underground Infrastructure Construction.  

He represents Australia in the Board of Directors of the prestigious International Association for Automation and Robotics in Construction (IAARC).

Johnson will give a series of seminars on research, industry collaboration and education at the University of Auckland when he visits them in September 2022.

Māori are the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand. Whakapukahatanga Taiao is the Māori name for civil and environmental engineering.

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