The Robotic, Automation, and Intelligent Sensing (RAISE) Lab at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign champions innovation at the intersection of construction and robotics. We conduct cutting-edge, multidisciplinary research, with a particular focus on the integration of robotics, automation, and sensing technologies in the construction industry and infrastructure systems management.
Our vision is to transform the construction sites of the future into safer, more manageable, and highly automated environments where robots are seamlessly integrated. This transformation encompasses the use of automatic data acquisition, simulation tools, and sophisticated data analysis with signal processing and machine learning algorithms.
In pursuit of this, we are dedicated to fostering a rigorous, creative, and cross-cultural educational environment that inspires our students to contribute to these technological advancements. Our goal is to empower the industry to enhance worker safety, productivity, and health, while contributing to the development of smart, connected cities and built environments.
Through this commitment to construction automation, we aim to significantly improve the health, productivity, and safety of not only construction workers but also infrastructure users and citizens within these future smart cities.
Houtan Jebelli, Ph.D., holds a position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He earned his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan, in addition to a bachelor's degree in the same field from Tehran Polytechnic University. Further strengthening his academic portfolio, Dr. Jebelli has an MSc in Structural Engineering from the Sharif University of Technology, an MSc in Construction Engineering and Management from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and an additional MSc in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, which he achieved while undertaking his Ph.D.
As the Director of the Robotic, Automation, and Intelligent Sensing (RAISE) Lab, Dr. Jebelli heads a research group that introduces innovative human physiology elements into robotic control and motion planning systems, thereby enhancing the interaction and adaptation between workers and robots. Under his leadership, the RAISE Lab focuses on pioneering advancements in the field of construction robotics, particularly in fostering enhanced human-robot interaction. The team strives to develop human-centric robotic perception and adaptation mechanisms that can be seamlessly integrated into construction sites. This involves the customization of worker-robot collaborations and co-adaptation, with a strong emphasis on safety and efficiency. Their research also extends to the use of physiological computing to automate construction processes and to implement health monitoring systems for construction workers, grounded in real-time physiological data.
Dr. Jebelli's contributions have been recognized through 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. In addition to his responsibilities in research and academia, Dr. Jebelli reviews for numerous academic journals and symposia and actively engages in professional communities such as the ASCE Data Sensing and Analysis (DSA) and ASCE Visualization, Information Modelling, and Simulation (VIMS) committees."
Research Topic: Human-robot Co-adaptation in Construction
Research Topic: Developing and Integrating Smart Technologies for Enhanced Worker Safety and Well-being in Future Construction Sites
Research Topic: Cyber-physical Human-robot Collaboration in Construction
Research Topic: Human-robot Collaboration in Construction
Research Topic: A Comprehensive Risk Assessment of Wearable Robot Usage in Construction Environments
Research Topic: Integration of Robotic Automation Solutions into Complex and Hazardous Construction Operations
Research Topic: Human-robot/ machine Interaction and Sensors
Research Topic: Construction Automation and Robotics
Research Topic: Applications of Immersive Technologies for Human-machine Interaction
Research Topic: Developing Advanced Platforms, Incorporating Virtual Reality, for Enhanced Training in Human-robot Interaction in Construction
Carolina Manrique Paez
Research Topic: Human-robot Collaboration in Construction
Research Topic: Wearable Sensors for Workers Health Monitoring
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Research Topic: Construction Automation and Robotics; Virtual and Augmented Reality for Construction Safety Training
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Research Topic: Application of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in the Construction Industry
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Sponsors & Partners
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205 N Mathews Ave
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL 61801
If you are interested in joining RAISE Lab, please send a cover letter together with your C.V. to Dr. Jebelli