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Congratulations to 2018 O.H. Ammann Fellowship Recipient Mohamad Alipour

Monday, February 25, 2019

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Meet Mohamed Alipour, S.M.ASCE, 2018 O.H. Ammann Research Scholarship Recipient:

Mohamad Alipour is a Civil Engineering doctoral candidate in the Department of Engineering Systems and Environment at the University of Virginia working under the supervision of Professor Devin Harris. Mohamad's cross-disciplinary research focuses on making urban infrastructure and built environment smart and resilient through machine intelligence. His doctoral research creates visual recognition models based on deep learning that can identify structural defects at the pixel level. These models have applications in automated robotic inspections using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), post-disaster response and reconnaissance, and construction quality assurance. This research has resulted in one of the first pixel-level structural defect image datasets in the world, which is then leveraged to train deep learning models that learn from the patterns in the data to automatically perform structural inspections. The resulting models can help engineers by automating, facilitating, and accelerating visual inspections and can increase efficiency and reduce the time and cost of infrastructure maintenance operations. Mohamad's research has resulted in nine publications in peer-reviewed journals, as well as 13 top-tier national and international conference proceedings. Mohamad is also a 2017 winner of UVA's 5th Annual Three-Minute Thesis Competition, and a 2018 recipient of UVA's Double Hoos Award for the project titled "SensCam: Developing Next Generation Camera-Based Sensors for Health Monitoring of Critical Infrastructure".

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