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Reza Akhavian, Ph.D. Faculty Profile

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Reza  Akhavian, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Construction Management Program

Department of Engineering

Dr. Reza Akhavian is an Assistant Professor of Construction Management at the School of Engineering, California State University East Bay (CSUEB). He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (with Construction Engineering and Management concentration) from the University of Central Florida (UCF). He also holds an M.S. (UCF, 2012) and a B.S. (University of Tehran, 2010) in Civil Engineering. He has more than 20 articles published in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings and serves as a member of the editorial board of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Journal of Construction Engineering and Management (JCEM).

 

Dr. Akhavian's research interests are in the areas of information technology, data analytics, machine learning, and automation and robotics for different Construction Engineering and Management applications. More specifically, his research focuses on leveraging different types of data collected from job site entities such as workers, equipment, and material and the built environment to help make informed-decisions. Much current work involves enhancing health, safety, and productivity of construction project operations and sustainability and resiliency of the built environment. In addition, Dr. Akhavian is actively pursuing interdisciplinary STEM education research and curriculum development

  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, University of Central Florida (UCF), 2015
  • Masters of Science in Civil Engineering, University of Central Florida (UCF), 2012
  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, University of Tehran, Iran, 2010
Fall Quarter 2017
Course #SecCourse TitleDaysFromToLocationCampusTextbook Info
CMGT 480001Construction SafetyMW2:00PM3:50PMSC-N220Hayward Campus View Books
CMGT 680001Construction SafetyW6:30PM10:00PMSC-N220Hayward Campus View Books

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Peer-Reviewed Journal Papers 

  1. Nath ND., Akhavian R., Behzadan A.H. (2017), “Ergonomic analysis of construction worker's body postures using wearable mobile sensors”, Elsevier journal of Applied Ergonomics, New York, NY
  2. Akhavian R., Behzadan A.H. (2016), “Smartphone-Based Construction Worker’s Activity Recognition and Classification”, Elsevier journal of Automation in Construction, New York, NY
  3. Leite F., Cho Y., Behzadan A.H., Lee S., Choe S., Fang Y., Akhavian R., Hwang S. (2016), “Visualization, Information Modeling and Simulation Grand Challenges in the Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Facilities Management Industry”, ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, Reston, VA
  4. Akhavian R., Behzadan A.H. (2015), “Construction Equipment Activity Recognition for Simulation Input Modeling Using Mobile Sensors and Machine Learning Classifiers”, Elsevier Journal of Advanced Engineering Informatics, New York, NY
  5. Akhavian R., Behzadan A.H. (2014), “Evaluation of Queuing Systems for Knowledge-Based Simulation of Construction Processes”, Elsevier Journal of Automation in Construction, 47, New York, NY, 37-49
  6. Akhavian R., Behzadan A.H. (2013), “Knowledge-Based Simulation Modeling of Construction Fleet Operations Using Multimodal-Process Data Mining”, ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 139(11), Reston, VA, 04013021
  7. Akhavian R., Behzadan A.H. (2012), “An Integrated Data Collection and Analysis Framework for Remote Monitoring and Planning of Construction Operations”, Elsevier Journal of Advanced Engineering Informatics, 26(4), New York, NY, 749-761

Peer-Reviewed Conference Papers

  1. Li, Z, Akhavian R. (2017), “Carbon Dioxide Emission Evaluation in Construction Operations Using LCA And DEA: A Case Study of Carwash Construction”, Winter Simulation Conference, IEEE, Las Vegas, NV, 2017 
  2. Arabshahi A., Akhavian R., Gaedicke C. (2017), “Barriers And Incentives for Affordable Multi-Family Green Building Construction in California”, 6th CSCE/CRC International Construction Specialty Conference, Vancouver, Canada
  3. Tandon J., Gumina M., Pakpour N., Akhavian R., (2017), “CSU East Bay Hack Day: A University Hackathon to Combat Malaria and Zika with Drones”, Proceedings of the IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON), Athens, Greece
  4. Asadi E., Akhavian R., Behzadan A.H. (2016), “Women in Construction Workshop: Outreach to Female Students from Developing Countries”, Proceedings of the Construction Research Congress (CRC), San Juan, PR
  5. Akhavian R., Behzadan A.H. (2016), “Productivity Analysis of Construction Worker Activities Using Smartphone Sensors”, Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering (ICCCBE2016), Osaka, Japan
  6. Akhavian R., Behzadan A.H. (2015), “Wearable Sensor-Based Activity Recognition for Data-Driven Simulation of Construction Workers’ Activities”, Proceedings of the 2015 Winter Simulation Conference, Huntington Beach, CA (invited paper)
  7. Akhavian R., Brito L., Behzadan A.H. (2015), “Integrated Wearable Sensor-Based Activity Recognition of Construction Equipment and Human Crews”, Proceedings of the Conference on Autonomous and Robotic Construction of Infrastructure, Ames, IA
  8. Akhavian R., Behzadan A.H. (2014), “Construction Activity Recognition for Simulation Input Modeling Using Machine Learning Classifiers”, Proceedings of the 2014 Winter Simulation Conference, Savannah, GA (invited paper)
  9. Akhavian R., Behzadan A.H. (2014), “Client-Server Interaction Knowledge Discovery for Operations-Level Construction Simulation Using Process Data”, Proceedings of the Construction Research Congress (CRC), Atlanta, GA
  10. Akhavian R., Behzadan A.H. (2013), “Automated Knowledge Discovery and Data-Driven Simulation Model Generation of Construction Operations”, Proceedings of the 2013 Winter Simulation Conference, Washington, DC
  11. Akhavian R., Behzadan A.H. (2013), “Simulation-Based Evaluation of Fuel Consumption in Heavy Construction Projects By Monitoring Equipment Idle Times”, Proceedings of the 2013 Winter Simulation Conference, Washington, DC (invited paper)
  12. Akhavian R., Behzadan A.H. (2013), “Design Requirements of an Automated Data-Driven Simulation Model Generator for Construction Operations”, Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Civil and Building Engineering Informatics (ICCBEI), Tokyo, Japan
  13. Akhavian R., Behzadan A.H. (2012), “Remote Monitoring and Control of Dynamic Construction Processes Using Automated Equipment Tracking”, Proceedings of the Construction Research Congress (CRC), West Lafayette, IN
  14. Akhavian R., Behzadan A.H. (2011), “Dynamic Simulation of Construction Activities Using Real Time Field Data Collection”, Proceedings of the 18th Workshop of Intelligent Computing in Engineering and Architecture (EG-ICE), Enschede, Netherlands
  15. Akhavian R., Behzadan A.H. (2011), “Dynamic Data Driven Simulation of Ongoing Construction Operations”, Proceedings of the 3rd International and 9th Construction Specialty Conference, Ottawa, Canada
  16. Bilskie M.V., Akhavian R., Hagen S. (2011), "Bare Earth LiDAR to Gridded Topography for the Pascagoula River, MS: An Accuracy Assessment", Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Estuarine and Coastal Modeling, St. Augustine, FL, 2011

Dissertation

Akhavian R. (2015). “Data-Driven Simulation Modeling of Construction and Infrastructure Operations using Process Knowledge Discovery”, Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL  

Poster and Oral Presentations

  1.  Mansouri Sh., Akhavian R. (2017), “Current Applications and Future Potentials of Data Analytics in AEC/FM”, International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering, Seattle, Washington
  2. Akhavian R., Behzadan A.H. (2014), “Construction Operations Process Data Modeling and Knowledge Discovery Using Machine Learning Classifiers”, Construction Research Congress (CRC) Ph.D. Poster Session, Atlanta, GA
  3. Akhavian R., Behzadan A.H. (2013), “Sensor-Based Equipment Operations Monitoring and Optimization to Support the Prospect of Environmental Friendly Construction”, Graduate Research Forum, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
  4. Akhavian R., Behzadan A.H. (2012), “Construction Site Management Using Automated Field Data Collection, Simulation and Visualization”, Graduate Research Forum, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
  5. Akhavian R., Behzadan A.H. (2011), “Dynamic Data Driven Simulation and Visualization of Construction Activities”, Graduate Research Forum, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

Invited Seminars and Presentations 

  1. Akhavian R. (2016), “Data-Driven Approaches to Leverage Sensor Analytics in Construction Management”, Graduate Seminar Webinar Series, OHL School of Construction, Florida International University, Miami, FL
  2. Akhavian R. (2015), “From Drone- to Smartphone-Based Construction: Advanced Technology Research in Infrastructure Management”, Information Technology in Construction, Graduate Course, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
  3. Akhavian R. (2014), “State Recognition of Construction Equipment for Emission Simulation Modeling and Control”, Annual Meeting of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), San Francisco, CA
  4. Akhavian R. (2013), “Geometric Optimization of Scaffolding in Industrial Projects”, Bentley Systems Business Units, Online Webinar.
  5. Akhavian R. (2013), “A Novel Approach for Automated Generation of Knowledge-Based Construction Simulation Models”, Construction Industry Institute (CII) Annual Conference, Orlando, FL
  6. Akhavian R. (2013), “Simulation and Visualization of Construction Fleet Operations Using Sensor-Based Process Data Mining”, IEEE Virtual Reality Conference, Florida Academic Virtual Reality Showcase (FLAVRS), Orlando, FL

Professional Affiliations 

  • Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Member, Project Management Institute (PMI)
  • Member, ASCE Construction Research Council (CRC)
  • Member, ASCE Data Sensing and Analysis (DSA) Committee
  • Member, ASCE Visualization, Information Modeling, and Simulation (VIMS) Committee
  • Member, INFORMS Society and INFORMS Data Mining Section

Editorial Service

  • Assistant Specialty Editor, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Journal of Construction Engineering and Management

Journal Review Services

  • Reviewer, Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Reviewer, Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Reviewer, Automation in Construction, Elsevier
  • Reviewer, Expert Systems with Applications, Elsevier
  • Reviewer, Pervasive and Mobile Computing, Elsevier
  • Reviewer, Scientia Iranica, Elsevier

Conference Planning and Organization Activities

  • Track Chair, Construction Education, Construction Research Congress (CRC), Baton Rouge, LA 2018
  • Technical Committee Member, 2017 International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering (IWCCE 2017), Seattle, WA, 2017
  • Technical Committee Member, Lean & Computing in Construction Congress (LC3), Crete, Greece, 2017
  • Session Chair, Quantitative Methods, BIM and Simulation, Construction Research Congress (CRC), San Juan, PR, 2016
  • Committee Leadership Member, Fourth International Conference on Sustainable Design, Engineering and Construction (ICSDEC 2016), Tempe, Arizona
  • Scientific Committee Member, 16th International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering, Osaka, Japan, 2016
  • Session Chair, Data Acquisition Model Development in Construction, Winter Simulation Conference (WSC), Huntington Beach, CA, 2015
  • Organizing Committee Member, 1st Women in Construction Workshop (WCW), Orlando, FL, 2015

CSUEB Service

  • MemberEducational Effectiveness Committee, California State University East Bay, 2017 – present
  • Member, Committee on Research, California State University East Bay, 2016 – present
  • Member, Research Task Force, College of Science, California State University East Bay, 2016 – present
  • Member, Construction Management Program Accreditation Committee, California State University East Bay, 2015 – present
  • Member, School of Engineering, Construction Management Program Quarter to Semester (Q2S) Transformation Committee, California State University East Bay, 2015 – present
  • Member, School of Engineering Faculty Search Committee, California State University East Bay, 2015 – present

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