Robotic, Automation, and Intelligent Sensing
(RAISe) in construction
@ Penn State
The Robotic, Automation, and Intelligent Sensing (RAISE) Lab at The Pennsylvania State University is committed to (1) conducting cutting-edge, multidisciplinary research on automation, robotics, and sensing for construction industry and infrastructure systems management; (2) provide high-quality education to create a creative, rigorous, multidisciplinary and cross-cultural educational environment for students; and (3) offer technological advancements that can benefit the industry.
Particularly, RAISE Lab is interested in promoting safe construction sites and productive and healthy workers through interactive uses of automatic data acquisition, simulation tools, and data analysis via signal processing and machine-learning algorithms. RAISE Lab envisions safe, manageable, automated, robot-integrated, trackable, connected construction sites, built environments, and smart cities to enhance construction workers, users of infrastructure, and citizen health, productivity, and safety
Dr. Houtan Jebelli earned his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering – Construction Engineering and Management from University of Michigan. He received his bachelor′s degree in Civil Engineering from Tehran Polytechnic University in 2012. He received an M.Sc. in Structural Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in 2013. Dr. Jebelli completed a second M.Sc. in Construction Engineering and Management from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2015. While pursuing his Ph.D., He received his third M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with a minor in Biomedical Engineering in 2016. He has received several awards and fellowships, including the Charles M. Eastman Top Ph.D. Paper Award
two Outstanding Thesis Awards, the Rackham Research Grant, the John L. Tishman Fellowship, and the Calvin C. Solem Foundation Fellowship. He is also serving as a reviewer for a number of journals and symposia in the field of Civil Engineering and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and is an active member of professional communities like the ASCE Data Sensing and Analysis (DSA) and the ASCE Visualization, Information Modeling, and Simulation (VIMS) committees.
Research topic: Human-robot Collaboration in Construction
Research topic: Addressing the cultural challenges of emerging technologies in the construction industry; application of emerging technology for enhancing STEM students teaching and learning
Research topic: Application of Artificial Intelligence and robotics in the construction industry.
Digital Twin Enabled Facilities Maintenance Management through
the Integration of Artificial Intelligence and Sensory-Level Data
Milad Sadat Mohammadi
(Co-supervision with Dr. Asadi)
Research topic: Smart energy systems, Intelligent energy management in residential and commercial buildings, Machine learning, deep learning applications in energy systems, energy storage technologies, and Renewable energy sources.
Schreyer Honors Master student
Research topic: Construction Robotics
Research topic: Applications of Immersive technologies for human-robot teaming training
(Co-supervision with Dr. Asadi)
Research topic: A co-simulation and optimization of PV system design, building geometry and layout at the urban scale
Research topic: Wearable sensors for workers health monitoring
Research topic: Construction Automation and Robotics.
K12 Teachers and Students
Dr. Mahmoud Habibnezhad
Research topic: Immersive technologies in the construction industry. Human-robot collaboration for the construction industry.
Current Position: Project Engineer at Southland Industries
For any inquiries, questions or commendations, please send an email to Dr. Jebelli or fill out the following form
224 Engineering Unit A
The Pennsylvania State University,
University Park, PA 16802
If you are interested in joining RAISE Lab, please send a cover letter together with your C.V. to Dr. Jebelli