Dr. ZhiQiang Chen
Associate Professor, School of Computing and Engineering
University of Missouri, Kansas City
Office: 816-235-1279; Fax: 816-235-1260
Dr. ZhiQiang Chen joined the Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department at University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2010. Dr. Chen received his Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from University of California, San Diego in 2009, where he completed his cross-disciplinary dissertation titled “Identifying Structural Damage from Images”. Prior to joining UMKC, he conducted research in nonlinear soil-structure system modeling, geotechnical centrifuge modeling, and system identification as a postdoctoral researcher at UCSD.
Dr. Chen currently teaches undergraduate courses in Structural Engineering, and direct graduate and doctoral research in both Civil Engineering and Electric and Computing Engineering .
Besides directing the research lab (DIGIT), Dr. Chen directs the UMKC Lab for Big Imaging and Smart Technologies under the 2016 Provost’s Strategic Funds, and a Venture Lab for Civil Infrastructure Technologies (in preparation).
For my courses, please see this page.
My CV can be found here ZQC_CV_2015-2016
My ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0793-0089.
Academic Interests: Multi-hazard and Disaster Resilience Science and Engineering.
Particularly I focus on exploring methodologies in the following thrust areas:
- Physical and computational modeling of soil-structure systems; multi-hazard structural performance assessment with uncertainties; computational hydrogeological (soil-water system) hazard modeling; probabilistic and analytic resilience modeling for communities and crop systems
- Remote sensing-based disaster assessment; remote sensing and image-based understanding; remote sensing for building resilience into infrastructure systems and urban communities; vision assisted structural health monitoring; and hyperspectral imaging, deep learning, and applications
Awards and Funded Projects
Active Externally Funded Projects
- UMKC Strategic Funds, “UMKC Center for Big Imaging and Smart City Technologies” ($200k)
- Missouri Extension, “Empowering communities with smart drone networks for resilient disaster response” ($20k)
- NSF Missouri Transect, “Development of Aerial-Ground Sensing and Data-enabled Vulnerability-Resilience Modeling for Crop Systems subject to Drought” ($75k).
- USDA “NIFA-BARD Collaborative: Rapid Hydrophobicity Sensing and Computing through MAV-based Hyperspectral Imaging”, PI, $148,995, 08/01/2015~07/31/2017
- Role in the project: PI; collaborate with Professors Eyal Ben-Dor and Rony Wallach at Israel in development of rapid drone-based hyperspectral imaging and computing methods for monitoring and analyzing soil hydrophobicity
- To develop the next-phase USDA CAP grant in response to local, national and global water crisis and other disasters in agriculture (e.g. wildfire and mudflow) due to climate changes.
Completed Externally Funded Research/Education Projects
- NCHRP 14-29 “Assessing, Coding, and Marking of Highway Structures in Emergency Situations”, $31,000, 10/2013-10/2015.
- Role in the project: Disaster Informatics Expert, co-PI; collaborate with Oregon State, Merrimack and industry partners in developing the first national transportation structures assessing, coding and marking technologies and guidelines.
- Principally in charge of smart app development and guidelines for transportation structures assessing, coding and marking.
- NASA “Enhancing E-DECIDER with Loss and Damage Estimation Capability”, $30,000 (http://e-decider.org/), 10/2013-10/2015.
- Role in the project: Co-PI; collaborate with NASA/JPL, UC Davis, Indiana University, ImageCat, Inc and national/local (mainly California) stakeholders in emergency responses in developing remote sensing-based damage detection, damage mapping, mobile cloud computing, and crowdsourcing innovations.
- Ultimately the research team aims to develop the next-generation disaster forecasting, preparedness and response decision-making gateways based on geophysics, remote sensing, and crowdsourcing-based technologies.
- University of Missouri System’s Interdisciplinary Inter-Campus Award “Development and Application of a Hybrid Material Point and Immersed Finite Element Method (MPM-IFE) to Soil-Water Flow Modeling Considering Hydrophobicity”, $59,400, 08/2015 ~ 07/2016
- Role in the project: PI; collaborate with Dr. Xiaoming He at Missouri University of Science and Technology
- The objective of this IDIC proposal is to develop a novel finite element-based approach by a hybrid framework of using the promising material point method (MPM) and the emerging immersed finite element (IFE) method. The resulting MPM-IFE framework will be applied to simulate a complex hydro-mechanics problem, namely soil-water flow considering hydrophobicity.
- NASA, “High-level Understanding and Real-time Computing of Remotely-Sensed Very-High-Resolution Images for Built Environment Monitoring and Disaster Assessment”; $50,000, 10/2012-08/2014.
- Role in the project: so-PI; explore and develop new disaster scene understanding algorithms (‘disaster object bank’)
- IBM Smarter Planet Faculty Innovation Award, “Smart Sensing and Computing for Smarter Energy”, 2011, co-PI: $5,000, 12/2011-12/2012.
- Role in the project: so-PI; explore mobile and cloud computing methodologies for smarter energy analytics for residences and public spaces
- University of Missouri Research Board, “Design-oriented Scoured Foundation Modeling”, 2011, sole-PI: $25,900, 1/2011-8/2012.
- Role in the project: so-PI; explore and develop multi-hazard probabilistic soil-structure bridge system assessment considering flood/tsunami induced scour; develop flume-based soil-structure system monitoring and identification
- Toyota Research Initiation Award, “Social Justice in Smart Energy”, co-PI: $5,000, 08/2011-08/2012.
- Role in the project: co-PI; development of mobile and cloud smart apps for smarter energy analytics for residences and public spaces
- Local TV
- “KC researcher’s idea to aid tornado rescue could soon be reality”, KSHB 41 TV News — http://www.kshb.com/dpp/news/local_news/kc-researchers-idea-to-aid-tornado-rescue-could-be-reality-soon, May 22, 2013.
- Live interview at the KCTV5’s Morning Show and discussion of remote sensing research for real-time rescue and recovery (interviewed by Dave Hall, email@example.com), May 22, 2013, http://www.kctv5.com/.
- NASA’s E-DECIDER Rapid Disaster Decision Support Products. http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/spaceimages/details.php?id=PIA18797
- UMatters: Professor Receives Seed Grant to Create Hydrophobicity Sensing Prototype
- “Dr. ZhiQiang Chen works to prevent scour — the number one cause of bridge collapse” — http://www.umkc.edu/news/news-release.asp?id=1027
- School of Computing and Engineering, UMKC
- ZhiQiang Chen Researcher in National Earthquake Disaster Response Project. http://sce.umkc.edu/2013/11/05/dr-zhiqiang-chen-researcher-in-national-earthquake-disaster-response-project/
- Damage Mapping on the Go. http://info.umkc.edu/scenews/2013/10/03/damage-mapping-on-the-go/
- Invited speaker for the MSPE WC Meeting http://info.umkc.edu/scenews/2014/04/08/professors-chen-and-kevern-speak-at-mspe-wc-meeting/
- ZhiQiang Chen’s Remote Sensing Research Will Help First Responders. http://info.umkc.edu/scenews/2013/05/22/zhiqiang-chens-remote-sensing-research-will-help-first-responders/