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  • 264 Hardaway Hall
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Dr. Kaiwen Chen

Assistant Professor


  • 264 Hardaway Hall
  • phone 0369
  • Email

Research Areas


  • Ph.D., Environmental Design and Planning, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2020
  • M.Sc., Management in Science and Technology, Southeast University, 2016
  • B.S., Construction Project Management, Southeast University, 2013

Dr. Kaiwen Chen works at the direction of Architecture/Construction Engineering. Her doctoral and postdoctoral research primarily looked into the application of drone robotics, sensor technologies, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to automate the diagnostics and performance simulation of a building envelope system.

Her research focus is on innovations and informatics in the AECO field. Topics of interest include: drones and sensors, 2D image processing, 3D point cloud processing, infrared data analysis, high-performance computing, cloud computing, data modeling, image-based diagnostics, building performance simulation, and building energy modeling.

She has been serving for the US Department of Energy (DOE) research project on building envelope diagnostics and modeling through aerial intelligence, as well as the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) research project studying drone-assisted pavement inspection and maintenance.

Affiliated Areas
Center for Sustainable Infrastructure, Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering

Selected Publications

  •  Chen K., Reichard G., Akanmu A., Xu X. Geo-Registrations of UAV-Captured Close-Range Building Façade Images on GIS-Based Façade Model, Automation in Construction 122: 103503
  • Chen K., Reichard G., Xu X., Akanmu A. Automated Detection of Building Façade Cracks from UAV-Captured Images Using Deep Learning Techniques, Journal of Building Engineering 43: 102913
  • Xu X., Chen K., Cai H. Automating Utility Permitting within Highway Right-of-Way via a Generic UML/OCL Model and Natural Language Processing, Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 2020.09
  • Yuan J., Chen K. Social Network Analysis for Social Risks of Construction Projects in High-Density Urban Areas in China, Journal of Cleaner Production, 2018.10
  • Yuan J., Li X., Chen K. Modelling Residual Value Risk through Ontology to Address Vulnerability of PPP Project System, Advanced Engineering Informatics, 2018.10

Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Dissertation, Virginia Tech, 2020
  • National Science Foundation Travel Grant, 2020
  • ASCE i3CE Best Paper Award, 2019
  • Excellent Graduate Student, Southeast University, 2016
  • National Scholarship, Ministry of Education P.R. China, 2015

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