Welcome to DIGIT Lab

At DIGIT Lab,  we explore and develop interdisciplinary sensing and computing solutions that address challenges arising from impacts of extreme events and climate changes on our civil infrastructure, urban systems, and hydrogeological environments.

Our research approach integrates mechanical and probabilistic modeling, machine vision, remote and networked sensing, augmented reality, and cloud/edge computing while promoting scientific discovery and innovating engineering solutions. Currently, our current research efforts are grouped according to three engineering science domains (1 and 2) and two focused application themes (3 and 4).

  1. Soil-Structure System Multi-hazard Performance Assessment 
  2. Resilience Quantification for Civil Infrastructure and Structures 
  3. Disaster Informatics
  4. Precision Agriculture in the soil-water nexus

For Prospective Students

  • We are looking forward to supporting talented and motivated graduate students joining our group and pursuing advanced degrees.
  • When communicating with Dr. Chen, pls attach your recent resume or CV.

For Teachers

  • We are more than willing to hold outreach and learning sessions for K-12 students featuring the use of mobile imaging, drone sensing, and real-time analytics for understanding how to measure and how to achieve a greener and disaster-resilient community. Please contact Dr. Chen (chenzhiq@umkc.edu) for details.

A Disaster, Infrastructure, and Geointelligence Technology Lab