Zhigang Shen

Contact Information:

City Campus (Lincoln)
113 NH
(402) 472-9470
shen@unl.edu

Personal Links:

BiiM Lab Webpage

Associate Professor

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., Construction Management, University of Florida, 2007
  • M.S., Computer Engineering, University of Florida, 2003
  • M. Architecture, Tongji University, China, 1997
  • B. Engineering, Architecture, Zhengzhou University, China, 1992

Appointment

  • 50% Teaching, 40% Research, and 10% Service

Curriculum Vitae (CV):

Research Profiles:

Courses Taught

  • CNST860, CNST378, CNST379, CNST225

About Zhigang Shen

Dr. Shen’s current research is focused on NDE of civil infrastructure (optical, infrared, and/or hyperspectral), and high-performance building envelopes. As PI/Co-PIs, he was awarded more than $3M+ research grants from funding agencies such as  DOT (PHMSA), NSF, EPA, DOE, NDOT, and DOL. He published 60+ peer-reviewed articles in his research areas. He had 6 years industry experience in design and construction of large-scale commercial buildings and high-end residential buildings. He joined the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2007 as an assistant professor after serving 2 years in University of Wisconsin-Stout as an assistant professor. He was a visiting associate professor at New York University in 2014-2015.  He likes many sports activities such as swimming, hiking, golfing, skating, and skiing.

Experience

 

Honors and Awards

  1. 2020 Excellence in Research of College of Engineering, UNL
  2. 2019 Excellence in Research of College of Engineering, UNL
  3. 2018 Outstanding Reviewer of Elsevier Journal of Automation in Construction
  4. 2017 Outstanding Reviewer of Elsevier Journal of Applied Energy
  5. Recipient of UNL College of Engineering Faculty Service Award 2012
  6. 2011 Best Feature Article Award of ASCE journal of Leadership and Management in Engineering
  7. The Inaugural Alumni Pre-doctoral Fellow, the University of Florida, 1999-2003

Funding

 

Short Title

Sponsor

Year

PI / Co-PI

Total $

1

Gas pipeline UAS aerial inspection and 3D modeling

US DOT-PHMSA

2019-2023

PI

$249,964

2

Detecting, Locating, and Mapping Internal Gas Pipeline Corrosion using Thermography and Photogrammetry

US DOT-PHMSA

2018-2022

PI

$299,998

3

Automating the detection of bridge deck defects using aerial thermography

NDOT

2019-2020

PI

$109,844

4

Early Detection of Near-surface Void Defects in Concrete Pavement Using UAV-Thermography

NDOT

2018-2019

PI

$94,668

5

IMPACT-Trade Adjustment Assistance

US DOL

2012-2016

Co-PI

$725,842

6

3D Element-based Bridge Condition Rating System

NDOT

2013-2015

PI 

$46,091

7

Case-based virtual simulation of project failure

NSF

2011-2014

PI

$100,000

8

Building Energy Efficient Homes for America

US DOE

2011-2012

CO-PI  

$528,254

9

Healthcare energy commissioning training

US DOE

2010-2013

PI 

$405,741

10

Decentralized water/energy systems

US EPA

2009-2014

Co-PI

$750,000

11

Home Building Education Leadership Program

NAHB

2009-2012

Co-PI

$75,000

 

Total Amount (excluding cost share)

 

 

 

$3,385,402

Selected Publications

Subjects

Year

Title

Journal

DOI

UAV Control

2022

Flight Planning for Survey-Grade 3D Reconstruction of Truss Bridges

Remote Sensing

https://doi.org/10.3390/rs14133200

UAV Control

2022

Topology-based UAV path planning for multi-view stereo 3D reconstruction of complex structures

Complex and Intelligent Systems

https://doi.org/10.1007/s40747-022-00831-5

UAV Control

2020

A Co-optimal Coverage Path Planning Method for Aerial Scanning of Complex Structures

Expert Systems with Applications

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eswa.2020.113535

Infrared Image

2020

The application of gray-scale level-set method in segmentation of concrete deck delamination using infrared images

Construction and Building Materials

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2019.117974

Infrared Image

2020

Semi real-time detection of subsurface consolidation defects during concrete curing stage

Construction and Building Materials

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2020.121489

Infrared Image

2019

Thermographic Laplacian-pyramid filtering to enhance delamination detection in concrete structure

Infrared Physics & Tech

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.infrared.2018.12.039

Infrared Image

2019

Bridge Deck Delamination Segmentation Based on Aerial Thermography Through Regularized Grayscale Morphological Reconstruction and Gradient Statistics

Infrared Physics & Tech

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.infrared.2019.03.018

Deep Learning

2020

Automatic delamination segmentation for bridge deck based on encoder-decoder deep learning through UAV-based thermography

NDT&E International

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ndteint.2020.1

Computer Vision

2022

Single-pass inline pipeline 3D reconstruction using depth camera array

Automation in Construction

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.autcon.2022.10

Computer Vision

2018

Multi-point vibration measurement and mode magnification of civil structures using video-based motion processing

Automation in Construction

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.autcon.2018.05.025

Building Energy

2020

Assessing cooling energy reduction potentials by retrofitting traditional cavity walls into passively ventilated cavity walls

Building Simulation

https://doi.org/10.1007/s12273-020-0740-0