Texas A&M University  -  College of Architecture



Wei Yan, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Architecture
College of Architecture
Associate Director, CRS Center
Texas A&M University

BIM-SIM Group
Autodesk Academic Partner

Email: wyan 'at' tamu.edu
Telephone: (979) 845 0584
Office: Langford A 406



Dr. Wei Yan, Professor of Architecture at Texas A&M University, works in the fields of Computational Design and Building Science, specifically Building Information Modeling, Parametric Modeling, Digital Imaging, Design Performance Simulation, Visualization, and Optimization. As a Principal Investigator (PI), he has led research projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the National Natural Science Foundation, China (NSFC), Autodesk, Inc., etc. He was also a Co-PI on NSF, DOE, NSFC, ASHRAE funded projects. He has published in Automation in Construction, Energy and Buildings, International Journal of Architectural Computing, Journal of Building Performance Simulation, etc. He received a Best Paper Prize in the International Conference of Design Computing and Cognition (DCC) in 2006, as well as other publication prizes. He is a 2013 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Latrobe Prize Finalist. He has served as a Review Panelist for NSF and an external reviewer for the Research Grant Council, Hong Kong and Austrian Science Fund. He was awarded Outstanding Reviewer by Automation in Construction, Elsevier in 2014. He was twice elected to the Board of Directors of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) and received an Appreciation Certificate in 2012 for serving the Board. In 2012, he was a Guest Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and a Visiting Professor at Stanford University. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Tianjin University. Wei Yan completed his education from the University of California, Berkeley (Ph.D. in Architecture and M.S. in Computer Science), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich (Postgrad Cert. in Computer-Aided Architectural Design), and Tianjin University, China (M.E. in Building Science and Technology and B.E. in Architecture).


Education
 
Ph.D. Architecture University of California, Berkeley
M.S. Computer Science University of California, Berkeley
Postgrad Cert. Computer-Aided Architectural Design Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich
M.E. Building Science and Technology (Building Physics) Tianjin University, China
B.E. Architecture Tianjin University, China
Academic Appointments
 

• Professor, Department of Architecture, Texas A&M University, 9/2016 – present
• Guest Scientist, Simulation Research Group, Building Technology and Urban Systems Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 8/2012 – 12/2012
• Visiting Professor, Center for Integrated Facility Engineering (CIFE), Stanford University, 8/2002 – 12/2012
• Associate Professor (Tenured), Department of Architecture, Texas A&M University, 9/2011 – 8/2016
• Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, Texas A&M University, 9/2005 – 8/2011. (Signature Faculty Search)
• Adjunct Professor, College of Architecture, Tianjin University, 6/2015 - present
• Graduate Student Researcher, Computer Science Division, University of California, Berkeley, 2004
• Student Research Assistant, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California, 2000
• Graduate Student Researcher, Department of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley, 1999, 2001 - 2002
• Architectural Designer, Meixin Architectural Design Co. Ltd. (Sino-US Joint Venture), Tianjin, China, 1996 – 1997
• Intern Architectural Designer, Metallurgical Planning and Design Institute, Tianjin, China, 1992 - 1993

Teaching
 

• Taught courses in the multidisciplinary areas of Architecture, Visualization Science, and Computer Science.
• Received two university/college teaching grants
• Developed new graduate courses on design computing
• Chair/Co-Chair for 11 Ph.D. students, Committee Member for 15+ Ph.D. students
• Co-Chair/Committee Member for 42+ Masters students
• Department Head's List of Top-10 Best Teachers, 2010

Undergraduate courses

1. ENDS 170 - Computer Technologies for Design Visualization (Fall 2005, Spring 2006, Fall 2006, Fall 2007, Spring 2008, Summer 2008)
2. ENDS 370 - Virtual Architecture (Spring 2006)
3. ENDS 489 - Special Topics in Game Prototypes (Spring 2007)
4. ENDS 116 - Foundations of Design Communication (Spring 2010)

Graduate courses

5. VIZA 654/CPSC 646/CSCE 646 - The Digital Image (Fall 2006, Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011)
6. VIZA 627 - Computer Graphics Production Studio (with Dr. Fred Parke and Reel FX Creative Studio, Summer 2007)
7. ARCH652 - Facility Information Technology (Fall 2008)
8. ARCH689 - Special Topics in Building Information Modeling (Fall 2009, Spring 2010)
9. ARCH653 - Building Information Modeling in Architecture (New course created. Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016)
10. ARCH689 - Parametric Modeling in Architecture (Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014)
11. ARCH655 - Parametric Modeling in Design (New course created. Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016)

Research
 

• PI and Co-PI, National Science Foundation (NSF) grants
• PI, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant
• PI and Co-PI/Co-I, China’s National Natural Science Foundation (NSFC) grants
• PI, industry (Autodesk, Inc.) grants
• Co-PI/Co-I, ASHRAE, US Department of Energy (DOE, through Idaho National Laboratory) grants
• Senior Personnel and Steering Committee Member, NSF Research Coordination Network: Sustainable Human-Building Ecosystems
• Best Paper Prize, International Conference on Design Computing and Cognition, 2006
• Department of Architecture Publication Prizes, 2016
• American Institute of Architects (AIA) Latrobe Prize Finalist, 2013
• Keynote Speaker and Invited Speaker sponsored by international conferences
• Guest Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Fall 2012
• Visiting Professor, Stanford University, Fall 2012
• Certificate of Science and Technology Achievement, Municipal Science and Technology Commission of Tianjin, China, 1999

Funded Projects

PI,Parametric BIM-based Building Energy Optimization System, with Yang, W. (Co-PI), Hou, Dan (Ph.D. Researcher), Joint Research Fund for Overseas Chinese Scholars and Scholars in Hong Kong and Macao, the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), RMB180,000 ($26,968), Award Number: 51628803. Grant Period: 1/2017-12/2018.

PI, A Web-based Parametric BIM Viewer for Online Collaborative Parametric Design Presentation and Optimization, with Mohammad Rahmnai Asl (Consultant). Autodesk Forge Research Grant, Autodesk, Inc. $5,000. Grant Period: 2016.

PI, Analyzing and Documenting BIM-based Building Performance Analysis Software & Building Performance Analysis and Optimization, with Mohammad Rahmnai Asl (Graduate Researcher). Autodesk, Inc. $114,502. Grant #467061. Grant Period: 2013-2015.

Senior Personnel (Overseas Expert), PROJECT 111: "Low-carbon City and Architecture", Tianjin University, China. 9.0 Million RMB ($1.45 Million), funded by Ministry of Education, China and Tianjin University. Grant Period: 2013-2017.

Co-I, Design Theory and Methodology of Public Building Space with Low Energy Consumption in Cold Climate Region, with: PI: Zhang, Q., and Co-PIs: Zhu, N., Liu, C., Wang, L., Gao, H., Liu, Y., Gao, Y., Huang, Q., Liu, G., and Hu, W. Tianjin University. Key Research Project, National Natural Science Foundation, China (NSFC). Award Number: 51338006. RMB 3,000,000 ($491,931), 2014-2018.

PI, Physical Building Information Modeling for Solar Building Design and Simulation, with Clayton, M. (Co-PI) and Haberl, J. (Co-PI). Environmental Sustainability Program, Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET), National Science Foundation (NSF), $300,000. Award#0967446. Grant Period: 2010-2015.

PI, Physical Building Information Modeling for Solar Building Design and Simulation, with Clayton, M. (Co-PI) and Haberl, J. (Co-PI). Supplemental Grant - Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU), Environmental Sustainability Program, Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET), National Science Foundation (NSF), $16,000. Grant Period: 2013-2015.

Co-PI, Research on Simulation of Fire Evacuation in the High-Speed Railway Station Based on BIM Technology, with PI: Li, H., and Co-PIs: Zhang, H., Yuan, Y., Sheng, Q., Wu, C., and Li, X. Young Investigator Grant, National Natural Science Foundation, China (NSFC). Award Number: 51308377. RMB250,000 ($40,846), 2014-2016.

Senior Personnel and Steering Committee Member, RCN-SEES: Predictive Modeling Network for Sustainable Human-Building Ecosystems (SHBE), with PI: Tao, Y., Co-PIs: Zhu, Y., Cartes, D., Tolone, W., and Lam, K.P., and Senior Personnel: Hadzikadic, M., Feiock, R., Thompson, R., Spiegelhalter, T., Menassa, C. and D’Souza, D. National Science Foundation (NSF), $652,846.00. Award#1338851. Grant Period: 2013-2018.

Co-PI, Enabling Partnerships to Enable Science ("TOOLS"): anyFish: a User-Friendly Software Package for Creating Realistic Animations for Animal Behavior, with Rosenthal, G. (PI) and Johnson, J. (Co-PI). Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) Program, Division of Biological Sciences (BIO), National Science Foundation (NSF), $300,000. Grant Period: 2010-2012.

Co-PI, Development of a Reference Building Information Model (BIM) for Thermal Model Compliance Testing, with Clayton, M. (PI) and Haberl, J. (Co-PI). The American Society Of Heating, Refrigerating, And Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), $175,311. Grant Period: 2009-2011.

PI, Design and Analysis of Ice Thermal Storage Buildings Using Building Information Modeling, $60,000. (Subcontract of project: Use of Ice Thermal Storage Systems to Improve LWR Plant Efficiency and Relieve the Cooling Water Requirement, Zhao, H. (PI), Zhang, H. (Co-I), and Yan, W. (Co-I). U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Lab Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Grant, Idaho National Laboratory, $200,000.) Grant Period: 2009.

PI, High Dynamic Range Imaging for Preserving the Chromaticity Information of Architectural Heritage, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant, $30,000. Grant Period: 2007-2009.

PI, Integrating Video Tracking and Virtual Reality in Environmental Behavior Study: An Interdisciplinary Approach, Program to Enhance Scholarly and Creative Activities, Office of the Vice President for Research, Texas A&M University, $10,000. Grant Period: 2006-2007.

PI, High Dynamic Range Imaging for Preserving the Chromaticity Information of Architectural Heritage, College Research and Interdisciplinary Council (CRIC) Grant, College of Architecture, Texas A&M University, $8,000. Grant Period: 2007.

Other Projects

Participant, New generation computational tools for building and community energy systems based on the Modelica and Functional Mockup Interface standards, International Energy Agency (IEA) EBC Annex 60, with PI: Wetter, M., and other participants.

Refereed publications

Al-Qattan, E., Galanter, P. and Yan, W., Developing a Tangible User Interface for Parametric and BIM Applications Using Physical Computing Systems. Proceedings of the 34th eCAADe Conference - Volume 2, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland, 22-26 August 2016, pp. 621-630.

Du, J., Shi, Y., Mei, C., Quarles, J., and Yan, W., Communication by Interaction: A Multiplayer Virtual Reality Environment for Building Walkthrough, Proceedings of the 2016 Construction Research Congress Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 31-June 2, 2016.

Altabtabai, J., Mansour, N., and Yan W., Parametric Design Review 2.5: A Prototype for Real-Time Experiential Daylighting Evaluation, 2016 Proceedings of Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design (SimAUD), May 16-18, London, UK, pp 85-91.

Ingley, S., Rahmani Asl, M., Wu, C., Cui, R., Gadelhak, M., Li., W., Zhang, J., Simpson, J., Hash, C., Butkowski, T., Veen, T., Johnson, J., Yan, W., and Rosenthal, G., anyFish 2.0: An Open-Source Software Platform to Generate and Share Animated Fish Models to Study Behaviour. SoftwareX, Elsevier. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.softx.2015.10.001

Rahmani Asl, M., Zarrinmehr, S., Bergin, M., and Yan, W. , BPOpt: A framework for BIM-based performance optimization, Energy and Buildings, Elsevier, 2015. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2015.09.011

Su, Z. and Yan, W. (2015). A Fast Genetic Algorithm for Solving Architectural Design Optimization Problems. Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing (AIEDAM), vol. 29, pp. 457-469. Cambridge University Press. http://journals.cambridge.org/repo_A99jKeN8TvpQgs

Su, Z. and Yan, W. (2015). Creating and Improving a Closed Loop: Design Optimization and Knowledge Discovery in Architecture, International Journal of Architectural Computing. Volume 13, No. 2. pp. 123-142. Multi Science Publishing. http://dx.doi.org/10.1260/1478-0771.13.2.123

Dixit, M. K., Yan, W., "Building-integrated photovoltaic prototype for calculating the solar orientation and global solar insolation", Building Simulation 2015, 14th International Conference of the International Building Performance Simulation Association, December 7-9, 2015, Hyderabad, India. In press.

Yan, W., Rahmani Asl, M., Su, Z., and Altabtabai, J., Towards Multi-Objective Optimization for Sustainable Buildings with both Quantifiable and Non-Quantifiable Design Objectives, First International Symposium on Sustainable Human-Building Ecosystems, Pittsburgh, PA, National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Coordination Network (RCN) on Sustainable Human-Building Ecosystems (SHBE), Carnegie Mellon University, October 5-6, 2015.

Barekati, E., Clayton, M., and Yan, W., A BIM Compatible Schema for Architectural Programming Information, CAAD Futures, 2015. Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Kim, H., Rahmani Asl, M., and Yan, W., Parametric BIM-based Energy Simulation for Buildings with Complex Kinetic Facades, Proceedings of the Conference of Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe (eCAADe), 2015, Vienna, Austria.

Rahmani Asl, M., Stoupine, A., Zarrinmehr, S., and Yan, W., Optimo: A BIM-based Multi-Objective Optimization Tool Utilizing Visual Programing for High Performance Building Design, Proceedings of the Conference of Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe (eCAADe), 2015, Vienna, Austria.

Rahmani Asl, M., Wu, C., Rosenthal, G., and Yan, W., A New Implementation of Head-Coupled Perspective for Virtual Architecture, Proceedings of the 20th Conference of the Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA). Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Republic of Korea, 2015.

Wu, C., Li, H., and Yan, W., Fatal Fire Risk Checking for Residential Building Design, Proceedings of the 20th Conference of the Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA). Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Republic of Korea, 2015.

Altabtabai, J. and Yan, W., A User Interface for Parametric Architectural Design Reviews, Proceedings of the 20th Conference of the Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA). Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Republic of Korea, 2015.

Jeong, W., Kim, J., Clayton, M., Haberl, J., and Yan, W. (2015). A Framework to Integrate Object-Oriented Physical Modelling with Building Information Modelling for Building Thermal Simulation, Journal of Building Performance Simulation, Taylor & Francis. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19401493.2014.993709

Kim, J., Jeong, W., Clayton, M., Haberl, J., and Yan, W. (2015). Developing a Physical BIM Library for Building Thermal Energy Simulation, Automation in Construction, Elsevier. Volume 50, February 2015, pp 16–28. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.autcon.2014.10.011

Kota, S., Haberl, J. S., Clayton, M. J., & Yan, W. (2014). Building Information Modeling (BIM)-Based Daylighting Simulation and Analysis. Energy and Buildings, Elsevier. Volume 81, October 2014, pp. 391-403. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2014.06.043

Jeong, W., Kim, J., Clayton, M., Haberl, J., and Yan, W. (2014). Translating Building Information Modeling to Building Energy Modeling Using Model View Definition, The Scientific World Journal, vol. 2014, Article ID 638276, 21 pages, 2014. http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/638276

Su, Z., Yan, W. (2014) Improving Genetic Algorithm for Design Optimization Using Architectural Domain Knowledge, Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA), October 23-25, 2014. Los Angeles, California.

Rahmani Asl, M., Bergin, M., Menter, A., and Yan, W., BIM-based Parametric Building Energy Performance Multi- Objective Optimization, Proceedings of the Conference of Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe (eCAADe), 2014, Northumbria University, UK.

Wu, C., Clayton, M., and Yan, W. (2014). Implementing Behaviors for Generative Pattern Design. 2nd International Conference on BioDigital Architecture & Genetics, UIC Barcelona, Spain, June 2-6, 2014.

Jeong, W. and Yan, W., A Web-based Communication Platform for Building Information Models, M. A. Schnabel and J-Y Tsou (eds.), Cutting Edge in Architectural Science: Proceedings of the 47th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association, 13th-16th November, 2013, The Architectural Science Association.

Rahmani Asl, M., Zarrinmehr, S., and Yan, W., Towards BIM-based Parametric Building Energy Performance Optimization, Proceedings of The Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA), October 24-27, 2013. Cambridge, Ontario, Canada.

Jeong, W., Kim, J., Clayton M., Haberl, J., and Yan, W., Visualization of Building Energy Performance in Building Information Models, Proceedings of The Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA), October 24-27, 2013. Cambridge, Ontario, Canada.

Yan, W., Clayton, M., Haberl, J., Jeong, W., Kim, J., Kota, S., Bermudez Alcocer, J., and Dixit, M., "Interfacing BIM with Building Thermal and Daylighting Modeling". 13th International Conference of the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA), August 25-28, 2013. Chambery, France.

Veen, T., Ingley, S., Cui, R., Rahmani Asl, M., Simpson, J., Zhang, J., Li, W., Hash, C., Johnson, J., Yan, W., Rosenthal, G. "anyFish: Open-source Software to Generate Animated Fish Models for Behavioural Studies". Journal of Evolutionary Ecology Research. 2013.

Kim, J., Clayton, M., and Yan, W., Parameterize Urban Design Codes with BIM and Object-Oriented Programming, in Open Systems: Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA). Singapore 15-18 May 2013, pp. 33-42.

Zarrinmehr, S., Rahmani Asl, M., Yan, W., Clayton, M., "Optimizing Building Layout to Minimize the Level of Danger in Panic Evacuation Using Genetic Algorithm and Agent-Based Crowd Simulation". 20th International Workshop: Intelligent Computing in Engineering 2013.

Zhao, H., Zhang, H., Sharpe, P., Hamanaka, B., Yan, W., Jeong, W., "Ice Thermal Storage Systems for Nuclear Power Plant Supplemental Cooling and Peak Power Shifting", Journal of Energy Engineering, ASCE. Vol. 139, Issue 1, pp 41-47. March 2013.

Dixit, M. and Yan, W., BIM-Based BiPV Prototype for the Solar Insolation Calculation, Proceedings of ISARC2012 International Symposium of Automation and Robotics in Construction, TU Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 2012. International Journal on the Fundamental Aspects of Technology to Serve the Ageing Society: Gerontechnology 2012; 11(2):162 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4017/gt.2012.11.02.539.00

Yan, W., "Integrated BIM and Parametric Modeling: Course Samples with Multiple Methods and Multiple Phases", the Proceedings of ACSA 100 - Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Annual Conference 2012, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, March 1-4, 2012.

Kim, J, Clayton, M, and Yan, W., "Parametric Form-Based Codes: Incorporation of land-use regulations into Building Information Models", the Proceedings of ACADIA 2011 Regional Conference: Parametricism: Student Performance Criteria (SPC), University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Yenerim, D. and Yan, W., "BIM-Based Parametric Modeling: A Case Study", Proceedings of MSV'11 - The 2011 International Conference on Modeling, Simulation and Visualization Methods, Las Vegas, NV, 2011.

Yan, W., Culp, C., and Graf, R., "Integrating BIM and Gaming for Real-Time Interactive Architectural Visualization", journal of Automation in Construction, Elsevier. Volume 20, Issue 4, 2011, Pages 446-458.

Butkowski, T., Yan W., Gray, A. M., Cui, R., Verzijden M. N., Rosenthal G. G., "Automated Interactive Video Playback for Studies of Animal Communication", Journal of Visual Experiments, http://www.jove.com/index/details.stp?id=2374, doi: 10.3791/2374.

Yan, W. "Teaching Building Information Modeling at Undergraduate and Graduate Levels", the Proceedings of Conference of Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe (eCAADe), Zurich, Switzerland, 2010. pp. 91-99.

Caffey, S., Graf, R., Culp, C., Yan, W., Barekati., E., and Marshall, M., "Reconstructing the Music Hall Rotunda Annex at Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens c. 1764", Proceedings of Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2010), London, UK, July, 2010. pp. 332-338.

Yan, W., Behera, A., and Rajan, P., "Recording and Documenting the Chromatic Information of Architectural Heritage", Journal of Cultural Heritage, Elsevier. Vol. 11, Issue 4 (2010) pp. 438-451.

Zhao, H., Zhang, H., Sharpea, P., Hamanakab, B., Yan, W., Jeong, W., "Ice Thermal Storage Systems for LWR Supplemental Cooling and Peak Power Shifting", Proceedings of the 2010 International Congress on Advances in Nuclear Power Plants (ICAPP '10), San Diego, California, USA, June 13-17, 2010. pp. 2249-2257.

Zhao, H., Zhang, H., Szilard, R., and Yan, W. "Use of Ice Thermal Storage Systems to Address LWR Cooling Issues", American Nuclear Society Annual Meeting "Advancing Nuclear Technology for a Greater Tomorrow", 2009. American Nuclear Society Transactions, Vol. 100. pp. 103-104.

Rajan, P and Yan, W.  "Cast Shadow Removal Using Time and Exposure Varying Images", Proceedings of The 7th International Conference for Advances in Pattern Recognition (ICAPR), Kolkata, India. 2009. pp. 69-72.

Yan, W. and Rajan, P. "Towards Digitizing Colours Of Architectural Heritage", Proceedings of The Conference on Virtual Systems and MultiMedia (VSMM) '08: Dedicated to Digital Heritage, October 20 - 25th, 2008, Limassol, Cyprus. pp. 238-245.

Yan, W. "Environment-Behavior Simulation: from CAD to BIM and Beyond", Proceedings of The Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) 2008, Minneapolis, MN. pp. 478-487.

Graf, R. and Yan, W. "Automatic Walkthrough Utilizing Building Information Modeling to Facilitate Architectural Visualization", Proceedings of Conference of Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe (eCAADe) 2008, Antwerp Belgium. pp. 555-560.

Yan, W. and Liu, G. "BIMGame: A New Way to Enhance Sustainable Design and Education", Chinese translation: Chuanfei Yu, in journal of New Architecture, 03/2008, Vol.118, Special Issue in Digital Architecture, pp 28-31. ISSN 1000-3959 CN 42-1155/TU, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China, 2008.

Yan, W. and Liu, G. "BIMGame: Integrating Building Information Modeling and Games to Enhance Sustainable Design and Education", in the Proceedings of Conference of Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe (eCAADe) 2007, Frankford, Germany. pp. 211-218.

Yan, W. and He, W. "Interpreting Architectural Space through Camera Movement", in Proceedings of Computer-Aided Architectural Design Futures (CAAD Futures) 2007, Sydney, Australia. pp. 525-539.

Yan, W. "Design Thinking Visualization", in the Proceedings of Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA) 2007, April 19-22, 2007, Nanjing, China. pp. 210-217.

Yan, W. "Integrating Video Tracking and Virtual Reality in Environmental Behavior Study", in the Proceeding of The ACADIA (The Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture) 2006 International Conference, Louisville, Kentucky, USA, October 12-15, 2006. pp. 210-217.

Yan, W. and Kalay, Y.E. "A Usability-Based Building Model for Environmental Behavior Simulation", in the Proceeding of the Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe (eCAADe 2006) , Volos , Greece , September 6-9, 2006. pp. 90-97.

Yan, W. and Kalay, Y.E. "Geometric, Cognitive, and Behavioral Modeling of Environmental Users", in Design Computing and Cognition 2006 by Springer, for the Second International Conference on Design Computing and Cognition (DCC'06), 10-12 July 2006, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands. pp. 61-79. Best Paper Prize.

Yan, W. "Integrating Web 2D and 3D Technologies for Architectural Visualization: Applications of SVG and X3D/VRML in Environmental Behavior Simulation", in the Proceeding of the Eleventh International Conference on 3D Web Technology , Web3D 2006, Columbia, Maryland, USA, April 18-21, 2006. ACM Press. pp. 37-45. Image selected for Proceedings book cover.

Yan, W. "Balancing Freedom and Control for Walkthrough in Virtual Architecture: A Smart and Comprehensive Navigation System", in the Proceeding of Computer-Aided Architectural Design in Asia (CAADIA) 2006 , March 31-April 2, 2006, Kumamoto , Japan. pp. 387-396.

Yan, W. and Forsyth, D. "Learning the Behavior of Users in a Public Space through Video Tracking", in Proceedings of IEEE Workshop on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV) , 2005, Breckenridge Colorado. pp. 370-377.

Yan, W. and Kalay, Y.E. "Simulating Human Behavior in Built Environments", CAAD Futures 2005, Vienna , Austria. pp. 301-310.

Yan, W. and Kalay, Y.E. "Simulating the Behavior of Users in Built Environments", in Journal of Architectural and Planning Research (JAPR) 21:4, winter 2004. Locke Science Publishing Company, Inc. pp. 371-384.

Book / Book Chapters

Yan, W. and Jeong W., Chapter 7 - Streamlining Parametric Modeling, BIM, and Building Energy Modeling, in Analytics for Building-Scale Sustainable Ecosystems, Tao, Y. X. and Jiang, Y. (Eds.) Begell House, New York. Connecticut. USA. 2016. ISBN: 978-1567002799.

Sequin, C., and Yan, W., Proceedings Chairs and Foreword, Hyperseeing Spring 2012, Special Issue on Proceedings of SMI 2012 Fabrication and Sculpting Event, The International Society of the Arts, Mathematics, and Architecture (ISAMA).

Yan, W., Chapter 5 - Parametric BIM SIM: Integrating Parametric Modeling, BIM, and Simulation for Architectural Design, in Building Information Modeling: BIM in Current and Future Practice, Eds. Karen Kensek, Douglas Noble, Wiley, Hoboken, New Jersey, pp. 59–77. 2014. ISBN 978-1118766309

Posters

Ingley, S., Wu, C., Rahmani Asl, M., Gadelhak, M. S. A., Cui, R., Simpson, J., Johnson, J., Yan, W., and Rosenthal, G., anyFish: a free, open-source software platform for generating animated fish models to study behavior, Evolution 2014, joint annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE), the Society of Systematic Biologists (SSB), and the American Society of Naturalists (ASN). Raleigh, North Carolina, June 20-24, 2014

Yan, W. and Forsyth, D. "People Tracking in a Public Space: A Novel Application of Computer Vision in Evaluating Architectural Design", poster, CAAD Futures 2005 , Vienna , Austria.

Software development/Releases

Integrated Building Information Modeling and Game (BIM-Game) for Architecture Visualization
Optimo (BIM-based Multi-Objective Optimization Tool)

Dissertation and theses

2005 - Dissertation for Ph.D. in Architecture, "Simulating the Behavior of Users in Built Environments ", Department of Architecture, University of California , Berkeley. Supervisor: Prof. Yehuda Kalay. Committee Members: Prof. Galen Cranz (Architecture), Prof. Jitendra Malik (Computer Science), Prof. Jean-Pierre Protzen (Architecture), Prof. Peter Bosselman (Architecture and Urban Planning).

2004 - Project Report for M.S. in Computer Science, "Learning the Behavior of Users in a Public Space through Video Tracking" , Computer Science Division, University of California , Berkeley. Supervisor: Prof. David Forsyth. Committee Member: Prof. Jitendra Malik.

1999 - Thesis for Nachdiplomstudium (Postgraduate Studies) in Architecture and Computer-Aided Architectural Design, "Navigation in Virtual Architectural Space", Chair of Architecture and Computer-Aided Architectureal Design (Prof. Gerhard Schmitt and Prof. Maia Engeli), Faculty of Architecture, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich). Supervisors: Prof. Maia Engeli and Prof. Leandro Madrazo. (Score: 6/6)

1996 - Thesis for M.E. in Architectural Science and Technology, "Lighting CAD and Visualization", Department of Architecture, Tianjin University, China. Supervisor: Prof. Tianxing Shen.

Service
 

• Outstanding Reviewer awarded by journal Automation in Construction, Elsevier, 2014
• Invited Grant Review Panelist, National Science Foundation
• Invited Ad Hoc Grant Reviewer, National Science Foundation
• Invited Grant Reviewer, Austrian Science Fund
• Invited Grant Reviewer, Hong Kong Research Grant Council
• Organizer for five workshops/symposium sponsored by National Science Foundation
• Faculty Host/Mentor for seven visiting professors from Turkey, China, and Iran
• Local Arrangement Chair and Paper Committee Co-Chair for research conferences.

• Associate Director, CRS Center for Leadership & Management in the Design & Construction Industry, 1/2016 - present
• Co-Chair, Promotion and Tenure Committee, Department of Architecture, Texas A&M University, 9/2016 - present
• Member, Promotion and Tenure Committee, Department of Architecture, Texas A&M University, 1/2013 - 8/2016
• Board of Directors: Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA), 2010-2014
• Membership Officer, Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA), 2011-2014
• Appreciation Certificate for Service on the Board of Directors, ACADIA, 2012

Ph.D. and Master's Students
 

Ph.D. Students

as Chair
WoonSeong Jeong, Research Professor at Ewha Women’s University
Mohammad Rahmani Asl, High Performance Building Design Researcher at Autodesk
Zhouzhou Su, WHR Architects
Jawad Altabtabai, Scholarship Holder from Kuwait University
Emad Al-Qattan, Scholarship Holder from Kuwait University
Shermeen Yousif

as Co-Chair
Qing Xing, Sr. Software Engineer at HERE
Saied Zarrinmehr
Chengde Wu
Jaeheum Yeon
Yang Liu
Gonen Ozgur, Senior Software Developer at Hue AS

Master's Students

as Chair
Mohammad Alawadi

as Co-Chair
Trisha Butkowski, DreamWorks Animation
Ji Zhang, Ph.D. Student at Carnegie Mellon University
Xiaoxi Bi, OMNIPLAN Architects, Beijing Institute of Architectural Design


Awards/Honors
 
Research

"Raising the Bar Faculty Initiative" Publication Award, College of Architecture, Texas A&M University, 2016:

Rahmani Asl, M., Zarrinmehr, S., Bergin, M., and Yan, W., BPOpt: A Framework for BIM-based Performance Optimization, Energy and Buildings, Elsevier, 2015, vol. 108, pp. 401-412. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2015.09.011

"Raising the Bar Faculty Initiative" Publication Award, College of Architecture, Texas A&M University, 2016:

Kota, S., Haberl, J. S., Clayton, M. J., & Yan, W. (2014). Building Information Modeling (BIM)-Based Daylighting Simulation and Analysis. Energy and Buildings, Elsevier. Volume 81, October 2014, pp. 391-403.

Publication in Selected Papers of CAAD Futures 2015, Springer

Barekati, E., Clayton, M., and Yan, W. A BIM Compatible Schema for Architectural Programming Information, in Computer-Aided Architectural Design Futures. The Next City - New Technologies and the Future of the Built Environment. 16th International Conference, CAAD Futures 2015, São Paulo, Brazil, July 8-10, 2015. Selected Papers. pp. 311-328. ISBN 978-3-662-47385-6, Springer.

American Institute of Architects (AIA) Latrobe Prize Finalist (with Dr. Lou Tassinary and Dr. Charles Culp), 2013

Invited Speaker, APEC New Energy - New City Forum for Developing Low-Carbon Towns During Economic Transition, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, Tianjin, China, Nov. 14-15, 2012.

Best Paper Prize - Yan, W. and Kalay, Y.E. "Geometric, Cognitive, and Behavioral Modeling of Environmental Users", in Design Computing and Cognition '06, Ed. Gero, J., Springer; The Second International Conference on Design Computing and Cognition (DCC'06), Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands, 10-12 July 2006.

Certificate of Science and Technology Achievement - Shen, T., Ma, J., Wang, L., Yuan, J., Meng, T., Yan, F., Ni, M., Wang, J., Yan, W., Lighting Visualization and Measurement System, issued by Municipal Science and Technology Commission of Tianjin, China, April 1999.

Keynote Speech, "Parametric Modeling and BIM: Teaching and Research", in The 8th Conference on Digital Technologies in Architectural Education and International Symposium on Digital Architecture Design, China, August 24, 2013.

Teaching
Department Head's List of Top-10 Best Teachers in the Department of Architecture, Texas A&M University, for the academic year of 2009-2010.

Service
Appreciation Certificate for serving the Board of Directors, 2010-2012, Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA), presented during 2012 Annual Conference on October 19, 2012 by ACADIA President.

Outstanding Reviewer awarded by Automation in Construction (Elsevier, Amsterdam, The Netherlands), November 2014. "In recognition of the contribution made to the quality of the journal."

Scholarships
Graduate Scholarships, University of California, Berkeley, 1999-2003
Nachdiplomstudium (Postgraduate study) Scholarship, ETH Zurich, 1997-1998.

Fun
...

Models by students in my Parametric Modeling and BIM classes

Bird Nest modeled using Rhino/Grasshopper by Yan Lu in ARCH689 Parametric Modeling
(http://yanluarch689.blogspot.com)


Bird Nest modeled using Autodesk Revit by Jason Minter in ARCH653 Building Information Modeling
(http://minterrevit.blogspot.com)

Travels to the Bird Nest before and after the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

Photo on the left credit: Prof. Guillermo Vasquez de Velasco


Working in my mini-CAVE, in a T-shirt designed by my classmates at ETH Zurich in 1997.

 

Salute to All Students I Taught Since 2005 (The page can be scrolled down and down for about a mile :-) Some pictures are yet to be added. Most links pointing to recent student projects are working. Scrolling may not work for every web browser.)