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Dr. ZhiQiang Chen

Associate Professor,  School of Computing and Engineering

University of Missouri, Kansas City

350F Flarsheim Hall

5100 Rockhill Rd.

Kansas City, MO 64110-2499

Email: chenzhiq@umkc.edu
Office: 816-235-1279; Fax: 816-235-1260

Short Bio

Dr. ZhiQiang Chen joined the Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2010. He received his Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from the University of California, San Diego in 2009, with a cross-discipline training in engineering mechanics and artificial intelligence.  Dr. Chen currently teaches undergraduate courses in Structural and Geotechnical Engineering, and directs graduate and doctoral students in both Civil Engineering and Electric and Computing Engineering.

Besides directing the research lab (DIGIT), Dr. Chen directed the UMKC Lab for Big Imaging and Smart Technologies under the 2016 Provost’s Strategic Funds. He is also affiliated with NSF-funded NSF Big Learning Center.

He curently serves as the Associate Editor of ASCE Natural Hazards Review

He is a current JSPS Fellow at the Saitama University, Japan.

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Other Information

He consults as a co-founder and CSO at  Untitled.

ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0793-0089.

Active Externally Funded Projects
Completed Externally Funded Research/Education Projects
  • DOT SBIR (prime: Aware Vehicles), “High-Spatial- and Hyperspectral-Resolution Imaging for Bridge Inspection
  • NSF SBIR (prime: Aware Vehicles), “Situational Awareness in Autonomous Agriculture”.
  • UMKC Strategic Funds, “UMKC Center for Big Imaging and Smart City Technologies” ($200k)
  • Missouri Extension, “Empowering communities with smart drone networks for resilient disaster response” ($20k)
  • NSF through Missouri Transect Seed Grant, “Development of Aerial-Ground Sensing and Data-enabled Vulnerability-Resilience Modeling for Crop Systems subject to Drought” ($75k).
  • USDA “NIFA-BARD Collaborative: Rapid Hydrophobicity Sensing and Computing through MAV-based Hyperspectral Imaging”, PI, $148,995, 08/01/2015~03/31/2018
    • Role in the project: PI; collaborate with Professors Eyal Ben-Dor and Rony Wallach at Israel in development of rapid drone-based hyperspectral imaging and computing methods for monitoring and analyzing soil hydrophobicity
    • To develop the next-phase USDA CAP grant in response to local, national and global water crisis and other disasters in agriculture (e.g. wildfire and mudflow) due to climate changes.
  • NCHRP 14-29Assessing, Coding, and Marking of Highway Structures in Emergency Situations”, $31,000, 10/2013-10/2015.
    • Role in the project: Disaster Informatics Expert, co-PI; collaborate with Oregon State, Merrimack and industry partners in developing the first national transportation structures assessing, coding and marking technologies and guidelines.
    • Principally in charge of smart app development and guidelines for transportation structures assessing, coding and marking.
  • NASA Enhancing E-DECIDER with Loss and Damage Estimation Capability”, $30,000 (http://e-decider.org/), 10/2013-10/2015.
    • Role in the project: Co-PI; collaborate with NASA/JPL, UC Davis, Indiana University, ImageCat, Inc and national/local (mainly California) stakeholders in emergency responses in developing remote sensing-based damage detection, damage mapping, mobile cloud computing, and crowdsourcing innovations.
    • Ultimately the research team aims to develop the next-generation disaster forecasting, preparedness and response decision-making gateways based on geophysics, remote sensing, and crowdsourcing-based technologies.
  • University of Missouri System’s Interdisciplinary Inter-Campus AwardDevelopment and Application of a Hybrid Material Point and Immersed Finite Element Method (MPM-IFE) to Soil-Water Flow Modeling Considering Hydrophobicity”, $59,400, 08/2015 ~ 07/2016
    • Role in the project: PI; collaborate with Dr. Xiaoming He at Missouri University of Science and Technology
    • The objective of this IDIC proposal is to develop a novel finite element-based approach by a hybrid framework of using the promising material point method (MPM) and the emerging immersed finite element (IFE) method. The resulting MPM-IFE framework will be applied to simulate a complex hydro-mechanics problem, namely soil-water flow considering hydrophobicity.
  • NASA, “High-level Understanding and Real-time Computing of Remotely-Sensed Very-High-Resolution Images for Built Environment Monitoring and Disaster Assessment”; $50,000, 10/2012-08/2014.
    • Role in the project: so-PI; explore and develop new disaster scene understanding algorithms (‘disaster object bank’)
  • IBM Smarter Planet Faculty Innovation Award, “Smart Sensing and Computing for Smarter Energy”, 2011, co-PI: $5,000, 12/2011-12/2012.
    • Role in the project: so-PI; explore mobile and cloud computing methodologies for smarter energy analytics for residences and public spaces
  • University of Missouri Research Board, “Design-oriented Scoured Foundation Modeling”, 2011, sole-PI: $25,900, 1/2011-8/2012.
    • Role in the project: so-PI; explore and develop multi-hazard probabilistic soil-structure bridge system assessment considering flood/tsunami induced scour; develop flume-based soil-structure system monitoring and identification
  • Toyota Research Initiation Award, “Social Justice in Smart Energy”, co-PI: $5,000, 08/2011-08/2012.
    • Role in the project: co-PI; development of mobile and cloud smart apps for smarter energy analytics for residences and public spaces
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