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Research Assistantships for PhD students:

Dr. Patrick Sun’s research group in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering at the University of Central Florida (UCF at Orlando, is looking for motivated Ph.D. students starting in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. Multiple Research Assistantships with full financial support are available immediately. We encourage applications from highly self-motivated students with a solid background in infrastructure and human sensing (e.g. sensor development, image/signal processing), sensing system development (e.g. computer vision with coding experience in python, C++, or matlab), data science (e.g. machine/deep learning, data analytics, and simulation), or a related experimental or analytical field, and a strong interest in applying these tools to tackle research problems in smart infrastructures and smart cities. We will aim at publishing our research on well-known structural sensing journals (e.g. Structural Control and Health Monitoring, Smart Materials and Structures, ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering), top computer vision/computing conferences (e.g. IEEE conferences CVPR, WACV, and BMVC).

​Successful candidates will conduct thesis research in one or more of the following areas:

  • Quantifying human activity using deep learning-based computer vision technologies

  • Sensing and analyzing social dynamics in both public open spaces and in-door built environment

  • Characterization and development of strain sensors for civil infrastructures using nanomaterials

  • Designing MEMS-based thin-film sensors to measure structural response, human health and activity-related responses

To express your interest in joining the group as a Ph.D. student, please email your complete CV and a short cover letter to Dr. Patrick Sun (, website:  Positions for research interns and visiting scholars/students are also available.


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