People

Our lab is comprised of researchers from a diverse array of interests and backgrounds. We strive to foster an open collaborative environment and to have fun while doing some incredible and interesting research studies. If you are interested in joining Yangming Research Group and you are a self-motivated, creative, and positive individual with excellent oral and written communication skills. You may contact us at: shiyangming@ua.edu

Principal Investigator

Yangming Shi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alabama. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Florida under the supervision of Dr. Eric (Jing) Du. He received his Master of Science degree from Texas A&M University and a bachelor’s degree from Ningbo University, China. His research interests lie in Virtual Reality (VR)/Augmented Reality (AR), Machine Learning, NeuroErgonomics, and Human Factors. His research vision is to develop data-driven solutions to improve human performance and augment human capabilities for future design, construction, and engineering process. Yangming enjoys playing with his daughter and traveling in his free time.

Ph.D. Students

Tolulope Sanni is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environment Engineering at the University of Alabama. Tolu has a Bachelor’s degree in Quantity Surveying from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, and MS degree in Construction Project Management from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK. Her primary areas of research focus on investigating the immersive disaster risk communication methods. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, meeting new people, and going on adventures.

Ziming (Bruce) Liu is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Alabama. He received his MS degree in Statistics from George Washington University and B.S degree in Computer Engineering from Iowa State University. His research interest focuses on VR/AR, machine learning, and data analysis and visualization. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball, traveling, and playing the guitar.

Master’s Students

Babatunde Owolabi is an M.Sc student in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alabama. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from The Polytechnic Ibadan, Nigeria. His research interest focuses on the development of VR/AR and visual data analysis. In his free time, TUNDE enjoys listening to music and traveling.

Undergraduate Students

Cole Miller is an undergraduate student in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environment Engineering at the University of Alabama. He is a third-year undergraduate student in the Accelerated Master’s Program at UA planning to graduate with his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in Fall 2022, and he will pursue his Master’s degree in Civil Engineering in the spring of 2023. He is a part of a fraternity on campus, Sigma Nu, where he is the current scholarship chair.

Visiting Scholars

  • Spring 2022, Matias Mega, BS in Civil Engineering, Universidad Nacional del Nordeste (UNNE) , Argentina