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becerikBurcin Becerik-Gerber
Dr. Becerik-Gerber is an Associate Professor and Stephen Schrank Early Career Chair in Civil and Environmental Engineering  at the University of Southern California. Dr. Becerik-Gerber’s research focuses on automation in collecting and analyzing the data needed for complex built environments and formalizing systematic processes for representing and visualizing data and information to enable human building interaction and situational awareness. Her research builds an interactive and intelligent environment with the end goal of impacting both human and building behavior to fulfill the shared goal of reduced energy use, and increased comfort . This environment is not only aware of and make use of its users’ locations, processes, activities or preferences but also learns and predicts what is going to happen in the foreseeable future (e.g., changes to plans/events, temporary critical problems). Her research develops a human centered-environment (e.g., construction sites, transit stations, educational buildings) that communicates directly with its users in a dynamic, spontaneous and informal way and deliver context aware, personalized and timely information for supporting decision-making, collaborative problem solving, management of resources and learning. This environment adapts to the needs of its users (e.g., facility managers, construction workers first responders) through adjustable autonomy, automation and collaboration.

Dr. Becerik-Gerber holds degrees in both Civil and Environmental Engineering and Architecture. She has worked as a construction manager, a technologist and an architect. She graduated from Istanbul Technical University with a Bachelor of Architecture (1999) and an M.S. in Architecture (2001).  She attended the University of California at Berkeley, where she received an M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering degree (2002) with a special focus on construction engineering and management. She earned her Doctor of Design degree (2006) from Harvard University. After graduating from Harvard University with a doctoral degree in Project Management and Information Systems, she worked as a consultant and taught in the area. Her responsibilities included development of corporate-wide program management information systems for large and complex construction projects. Her local and international experience covers wide range of disciplines in the AEC industry and technology solutions including building information management, online collaboration, design and project management, and project controls systems.

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Email: becerik@usc.edu
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Web Page: http://www.usc.edu/dept/civil_eng/dept/faculty-staff/faculty-directory/becerik-gerber.htm
Address: USC, Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
              3620 S. Vermont Avenue, KAP 224C, Los Angeles, CA 90089


LucioLucio Soibelman
Dr. Lucio Soibelman is a Professor and Chair of the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Southern California. He also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Advanced Engineering Informatics and as co-chief editor for the ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering. Dr. Soibelman’s research focuses on use of information technology for economic development, information technology support for construction management, process integration during the development of large-scale engineering systems, information logistics, artificial intelligence, data mining, knowledge discovery, image reasoning, text mining, machine learning, multi-reasoning mechanisms, sensors, sensor networks, and advanced infrastructure systems.

Dr. Soibelman joined USC in 2012 after more than seven years as professor of civil and environmental engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. His academic career began six years previously at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he became associate professor. He earned his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering Systems (1998) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology after 10 years of experience in private industry in his native Brazil.

During the last 12 years Dr. Soibelman published over 100 books, books chapters, journal papers, conference articles, and reports and performed research with funding from NSF, NASA, DOE, US Army, NIST, IBM, Bosch, IDOT, RedZone Robotics among many other funding agencies. Dr. Soibelman received the NSF CAREER Award in 2001, the 2010 ASCE Computing in Civil Engineering Award and the FIATECH Outstanding Researcher Celebration of Engineering & Technology Innovation, or CETI, Award. During the last 2 years he has been collaborating with ADEPT to provide consulting services on BIM implementation to several large construction companies in Brazil.

Email: soibelma@usc.edu
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Web Page: http://cee.usc.edu/faculty-staff/faculty-directory/soibelman.htm
Address: USC, Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
              3620 S. Vermont Avenue, KAP 210, Los Angeles, CA 90089