Current Research Team

Current Research Team

 

JohnTaylor

Dr. John E. Taylor

Director

JT is the Frederick Law Olmsted Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech where he is Director of the Network Dynamics Lab. He specializes in investigating engineering network dynamics of industrial and societal importance. His current research focuses on; (1) achieving sustained energy conservation by coupling energy use with occupant networks and examining inter-building network phenomena in cities, and (2) understanding and improving response times by affected human networks during extreme events in urban areas. His research extends from developing virtual and augmented reality applications to collect and visualize urban scale data, to developing real-time interventions to improve urban sustainability and resilience. JT enjoys hanging out with his daughters, traveling and photographing the world, reading, running, and collecting/creating art.

Dr. Neda Madi

City Infrastructure Analytics Director

Neda is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech. She holds a PhD in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech, where she studied the dynamic interrelationships between space-time fluctuations of human mobility and energy use in urban areas. Her primary research applies the concept of spatiotemporal flux to investigating the fluctuating phenomena in city infrastructure systems, linked by an underlying influence from the human population. She focuses on understanding and quantifying the effects that can inform and affect positive change in such systems.

 

Abby Francisco

PhD Student

Abby is a PhD student in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech. She received her BS in Civil Engineering from Clemson University with a minor in Environmental Engineering. After graduation, she worked for Southface Energy Institute in Atlanta performing building energy assessments and researching building technologies. Her research interests involve urban sustainability, building occupant networks, and data visualization. In her spare time she enjoys rock climbing, cooking, documentaries, and exploring new places.

Loren Heyns

PhD Student

Loren is a PhD student in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech with a concentration in Construction and Infrastructure Systems Engineering. He received his BA degrees in communication studies and business economics at UC Santa Barbara, and studied multimedia and telecommunications at Michigan State. As the founder of DreamStudio, Loren developed data-driven websites for the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Georgia State Parks, Atlanta neighborhood associations, the Seaside Institute, Hands On Atlanta and the Southeast Environmental Education Alliance. His research focuses on innovative uses of technology in smart city design, data exchange and visualization. Loren’s hobbies include historic home restoration, swimming, hiking, biking, kayaking and VR screenwriting.

Chel Samuels

PhD Student

Chel is a PhD student within the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech. She received her BS in Geology and Business Administration from Washington and Lee University in 2015. Degree in hand, she left the Blue Ridge Mountains to work for two years as an environmental scientist for AECOM. Her work in soil and groundwater remediation there inspired her to return to school to work towards characterizing and improving the relationships between industry, policy, and society with regard to environmental remediation and developing technology. Outside of research, she enjoys weight lifting, hiking, and crafting elaborate costumes and props.

Lei Xu

PhD Student

Lei is a PhD student in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech. She earned her BS degree in Building Environment and Facilities Engineering and MS degree in Heat, Gas Supply, Ventilating and Air Conditioning Engineering at Tongji University. Her research works mainly focused on building energy efficiency and occupant behavior simulation. She is interested in occupants’ interactions with building systems. She enjoys cooking, reading and hiking in her spare time.

Pragadeesh Muthah

Masters Student

Pragadeesh is a graduate student in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech with a concentration in Construction and Infrastructure Systems Engineering. He received his Bachelor of Technology degree in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in India. During his undergraduate studies he worked on prototyping an automated construction system. At present, he is working on community scale sensor integration to enable real-time data flows in a digital twin model of the City of Atlanta. In his spare time, he enjoys badminton, cooking, graphic designing, and traveling.

Amol Shah

Masters Student

Amol is a graduate student in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech with a concentration in Construction and Infrastructure Systems Engineering. He received his Bachelor of Technology degree in Civil-Construction from the CEPT University in India. In the past he worked on prototyping computer vision enabled & sensor based inventory management system and traffic monitoring using OpenCV. In his spare time, he enjoys prototyping with Arduino, solving different types of Rubik’s cubes, practicing Taekwondo and exploring new hiking trails.

Ambuz Vimal

Masters Student

Ambuz Vimal is a Master’s student in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech. He received his Bachelors of Technology degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering at Indian Institute of Information Technology Allahabad in India. He is passionate about creating Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality experiences and Video Games. This summer he was involved in a collaborative project in industry which combined blockchain with VR to simulate safe food handling process which were verified with the use of both virtual and physical sensors. He enjoys playing soccer, video games and watching quiz shows and documentaries in his spare time.

Feng Xiong

Masters Student

Feng is a dual degree graduate student in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the School of Computational Science and Engineering at Georgia Tech. He received his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Civil Engineering from Tongji University in China. At present, he is working on developing Unity-based visualization of energy consumption for communities of buildings in an urban scale digital twin model of the City of Atlanta. In his spare time, he enjoys watching documentaries, swimming, basketball, and reading…and pandas.

Harish Kamath

Undergraduate Student

Harish is a first-year double majoring in Computer Science and Discrete Math at Georgia Tech. He has two threads (concentrations) in Intelligence and Systems Architecture, and hopes to enter the field of interactive intelligence and data manipulation when he graduates. He is particularly interested in using new technologies to make data more approachable, and easy to interact with. Off the screen, Harish is part of a dance team, loves playing chess, and regularly runs and plays intramural basketball at Tech.

Atticus Lemahieu

Undergraduate Student

Atticus is a second year Environmental and Social Justice undergraduate student at Georgia Tech. He has been working at Serve Learn Sustain for the last year to help bring more of a social and community relations aspect into the sustainability conversation. Additionally, Atticus is a Millenium Fellow with the United Nations and is working with a group of other driven students to develop the RCE Atlanta Youth Network. Atticus hopes to see the network connect students and clubs from Metro Atlanta universities/colleges to sustainability based projects, organizations, and Atlanta based efforts. Lastly, Atticus is a member of the GT Engineers Without Borders Uganda Water Supply Program where he gets to use many of the skills learned in the classroom and from work to a real-world setting. In his spare time, he enjoys learning new things and spending time with friends and family.

DeWein Pelle

Undergraduate Student

DeWein is a junior majoring in Civil Engineering at Columbia University with a concentration in Construction Management. As part of a dual degree program between the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) and Columbia University, he has completed studies in Mathematics and Physics at UVI’s St Thomas campus. DeWein is passionate about STEM outreach and is a former president of the student government association at UVI. DeWein’s summer research in the Lab contributes to the NSF-funded “Discovering Crises within Crises” grant. His research focuses on understanding and developing community resilience in hurricane-prone coastal areas, like the Virgin Islands. In his spare time, he enjoys bonding with friends, exploring nature, exercising, writing and cooking.