Automation and Intelligent Construction (AutoIC) Lab​

The AutoIC Lab develops and leverages advanced technologies to support construction engineering and management, construction automation, and sustainable infrastructure, including building information modeling (BIM), natural language processing (NLP), artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR), and Construction Robotics.

The AutoIC Lab develops and leverages advanced technologies to support construction engineering and management, construction automation, and sustainable infrastructure, including building information modeling (BIM), natural language processing (NLP), artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR), and Construction Robotics.


Dr. Jiansong Zhang, Ph.D.,

Assistant Professor in Construction Management Technology


Research Assistant:

Ran Ren, Ph.D. Student,

Jin Wu, Ph.D. Student,

Temitope Akanbi, Ph.D. Student,

Oscar Wong Chong, Ph.D. Student,

Xiaorui Xue, Ph.D. Student,

Candice Sexton, Ph.D. Student,

Hang Li, Ph.D. Student,

Fan Yang, Ph.D. Student,

Lingyan Cao, Visiting Ph.D. Student,

Christopher Mark Lacny, Undergraduate Student,

Noah Reardon, Undergraduate Student,


Former Members (Undergraduate - U, Graduate Master - GM, Graduate Ph.D. - GP, PostDoc - P, Visiting Scholar - V):

(2020-V) Rui He, Ph.D. (Chang'an University - Assistant Professor)

(2019-P) Yuting Chen, Ph.D. (The University of North Carolina at Charlotte - Assistant Professor)

(2019-V) Vincent Gan, Ph.D. (National University of Singapore - Assistant Professor)

(2019-V) Kaiqin Yu, Ph.D. (Shanghai Urban Construction Vocational College - Associate Professor)

(2016-V) Yantao Yu, Ph.D. (Hong Kong Polytechnic University - Research Assistant Professor)




List of Publications


Ph.D. Openings:

Fall 2022


Zhang, J. (2021). Methods of Processing Three Dimensional Models. Patent Number: 11107274. Date of Patent: Aug 31, 2021. Current U.S. Class: Modeling By Mathematical Expression (703/2) International Classification: G06T 19/20 (20110101); G06T 17/05 (20110101); G06T 7/70 (20170101); G06T 17/30 (20060101).


Xue, X., Zhang, J. (2019). Part-of-Speech Tagged Building Codes (PTBC). Purdue University Research Repository. doi:10.4231/Y0ZQ-4946

Wu, J., Zhang, J. (2019). Building Information Modelling (BIM) data repository with labels. Purdue University Research Repository. doi:10.4231/60V2-PJ72

Wu, J., Zhang, J. (2021). Invariant Signatures of Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) Objects in Industry Foundation Classes (IFC)-based Building Information Modeling. Purdue University Research Repository. doi:10.4231/7VW7-0129

Funded Research Projects:

NSFNational Science Foundation (NSF) PFI-RP: Automating Building Code Compliance Checking and Modular Construction Through Interoperable Building Information Modeling Technology, Principal Investigator 

NSFNational Science Foundation (NSF) EAGER/Collaborative Research: Science-Based Exploration of Invariant Signatures of Architecture/Engineering/Construction Objects to Enable Interoperability of Building Information Modeling, Principal Investigator 

Project Website:

National Science Foundation (NSF) EAGER: SAI: Human-Centered Design and Enhancement of Next Generation Transportation Infrastructure with Connected and Automated Vehicles, Co-Principal Investigator (Principal Investigator Dr. Robert Proctor)

NSFNational Science Foundation (NSF) Convergence Accelerator Phase I (RAISE): Civil Infrastructure Systems Open Knowledge Network (CIS-OKN), Senior Personnel (Principal Investigator Dr. Nora El-Gohary)

JTRPIndiana Department of Transportation Joint Transportation Research Program (JTRP) SPR-4523: Applied Ergonomics, Co-Principal Investigator (Principal Investigator Dr. Yunfeng Chen)

Purdue University Purdue Research Foundation Summer Faculty Grant: Semi-Automated Information Extraction from Heterogenous Architectural, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) Textual Data and Mapping the Extracted Information with Building Information Models, Principal Investigator

Purdue University Purdue Research Foundation Research Grant: Interoperable Building Information Modeling Information Completeness Checking, Principal Investigator

JTRPIndiana Department of Transportation Joint Transportation Research Program (JTRP) SPR-4421: Life Cycle Integration of Infrastructure Information Modeling, Co-Principal Investigator (Principal Investigator Dr. Yunfeng Chen)

Purdue UniversityAcquisition of a Research Robot Consisting of a Robot Manipulator and a Mobile Base, Co-Principal Investigator (Principal Investigator Dr. Yi Jiang)

Purdue Polytechnic InstituteDeveloping Robots to Support Automated Construction of Buildings, Principal Investigator
Robotics Systems for Autonomous Construction, Co-Principal Investigator (Principal Investigator Dr. Byung-Cheol Min)
Preliminary Study of Police Officers’ Performance Measurements, Principal Investigator

TRCLC LogoPaths to ADA-Compliance: The Performance and Cost Efficiency of Measurement Technologies that Support ADA-Mandated, Self-Evaluations of Pedestrian Rights of Way, Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities, Co-Principal Investigator (Principal Investigator Dr. Jun-Seok Oh)

TRCLC LogoEnhancing Non-Motorized Mobility Within Construction Zones, Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities, Co-Principal Investigator (Principal Investigator Dr. Upul Attanayake)


Georgeau Construction Research InstituteA Holistic Framework to Support Compliance Checking in the Construction Domain, Georgeau Construction Research Center, Co-Principal Investigator (Principal Investigator Dr. Wuwei Shen)

Research Outcome Video Snapshots:

Crane Simulation

Game Visualization of AEC Object Formation in BIM -  Cone Frustum Shape


Dr. Jiansong Zhang

(765) 494-1574


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