Yangming Shi

Yangming Shi
University of Alabama | UA · Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering

Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering

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Introduction
Yangming is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alabama. He has a strong background in computer programming (C++, C#, Java, Python, HTML CSS, Javascript, Matlab), Building Information Modeling (BIM), Parametric Modeling, Statistics (R, SAS), Virtual Reality (VR) /Augmented Reality (AR), Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Geographic information system (GIS), Energy simulation modeling, and machine learning.

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Publications (34)
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Exoskeletons are promising physical augmentation tools that have shown potential to transform civil engineering operations, but the training is inherently challenging due to the diverse exoskeleton designs, functions, and guidelines across different occupational sectors. Traditional hands-on exoskeleton training is time-consuming and resource-exten...
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During search and rescue, firefighters need to find paths in an unfamiliar space with minimum time and information available. The effective memorization and retrieval of critical spatial information can help reduce risks and increase mission efficiency. Although evidence has shown that different formats of wayfinding information, including landmark...
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Exoskeleton as a human augmentation technology has shown a great potential for transforming the future civil engineering operations. However, the inappropriate use of exoskeleton could cause injuries and damages if the user is not well-trained. An effective procedural and operational training will make users more aware of the capabilities, restrict...
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Background Stress affects learning during training, and virtual reality (VR) based training systems that manipulate stress can improve retention and retrieval performance for firefighters. Brain imaging using functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) can facilitate development of VR-based adaptive training systems that can continuously assess t...
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Telerobotic operation, i.e., a human operator to manipulate remote robotic systems at a distance, has started to gain its popularity in the construction industry. It is expected to help tackle operational challenges in dynamic construction workplaces. The success of telerobotic operation builds on the effective design of the human-robot interface t...
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Firefighters often need to digest complex spatial information within a short period of time for search and rescue. Previous wayfinding literature has documented evidence about how the general population in normal situations leverage different forms of spatial information, including landmarks, routes and survey (maps), to develop spatial knowledge a...
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Owing to the increasing dynamics and complexity of construction tasks, workers often need to memorize a big amount of engineering information prior to the operations, such as spatial orientations and operational procedures. The working memory development, as a result, is critical to the performance and safety of many construction tasks. This study...
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As a hallmark of Industry 4.0, collaborative robots (cobots) have been applied in various established industries such as manufacturing. In the construction industry, there is a growing interest and expectation regarding the use of cobots to improve productivity and safety. Although evidence from other industrial applications supports the benefits o...
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Given the increasing complexity of construction tasks, and the growing number of construction operations within confined workplaces, construction workers rely heavily on working memory. In this context, working memory is defined as the short-term and temporary storage of information related to near future events to ensure the seamless execution of...
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Shutdown maintenance, i.e., turning off a facility for a short period for renewal or replacement operations is a highly stressful task. With the limited time and complex operation procedures, human stress is a leading risk. Especially shutdown maintenance workers often need to go through excessive and stressful on-site trainings to digest complex o...
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Firefighters are often exposed to extensive wayfinding information in various formats owing to the increasing complexity of the built environment. Because of the individual differences in processing assorted types of information, a personalized cognition-driven intelligent system is necessary to reduce the cognitive load and improve the performance...
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The emergence of new visualization technologies such as Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) had been widely implemented in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry. Although cumulative evidence pointed out a positive impact of these visualization technologies on construction task performance, there is still an obvi...
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With the increasing complexity of modern buildings, it is becoming more challenging for the professionals in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry to effectively digest complex engineering and design information and develop an accurate spatial memory that is critical to their daily tasks. As emerging visualization technolog...
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Amid the rapid development of information communication technologies (ICTs), residents of future smart cities are expected to be exposed to unprecedented amounts of real-time information on a daily basis. The cognitive overload driven by an excess of complex information has become a potential issue. Nonetheless, standardized information systems are...
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Given the nature of construction activities, construction workers usually work in a collaborative way. Thus, interpersonal influences among workers play a crucial role in forming and affecting construction workers’ safety behaviors. The social learning literature indicates that interpersonal learning occurs in two opposing ways – positive reinforce...
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In emergency events, first responders often have to build an accurate spatial working memory of unfamiliar spaces in a short time period. This study investigates the impact of information format on first responders’ short-term spatial memory of large-scale spaces via a human-subject experiment (n=63). A virtual model was created to simulate a real...
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Fire simulator training is a very effective way to reduce firefighter injuries and improve their mission performance. However, the usability of existing fire simulators remains an issue as most of these simulators require users to set up hundreds or even thousands of parameters to initiate the simulation. In this paper, we present a participatory a...
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Inefficient communication among project stakeholders is one of the most critical issues in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry. In reality, it is difficult to create a common understanding about a project among key stakeholders located remotely. The recent progress of virtual reality (VR) makes it a promising approach for...
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Building inspection plays a critical role in the quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) of building construction projects. In practice, collaborative inspection is encouraged where a team co-review the as-built information and coordinate searches for discrepancies. Communication is considered as indispensable in this process. However, no exi...
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The construction industry is a high-risk industry in terms of job site safety. Construction workers’ unsafe behaviors has been criticized as a key driving factor of construction safety incidents. A variety of studies indicate that social influence greatly affects workers’ safety behaviors. However, the social influence on workers’ safety behaviors...
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Virtual Reality (VR) has attracted increasing attention of the Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Facility Management (AEC/FM) industry in recent years, as it shows a great potential to improve workflow efficiency through enhanced common understanding. A problem with current VR applications in AEC/FM is that the manual conversation from of...
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Facility management (FM) is a critical component of building sustainability because a late response to the FM needs will add unnecessary wastes. A lack of communication has been criticized as an impediment to improving the common understanding of FM requirements among the stakeholders and in turn affects the efficiency of FM. Recent developments in...
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A lack of communication has been criticized as an impediment to improving the common understanding of building requirements among the key stakeholders in the AEC industry. Recent developments in virtual reality (VR) have encouraged the utilization of interactive architectural visualization in the design, construction and facility management of buil...

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