|Texas A&M University - School of Architecture|
NSF I-Corps grant for BRICKxAR technology commercialization research, 2022
US Patent Granted for Innovative Technologies in AR-Powered Assembly!
Best Paper Award in the 9th International Conference on Learning and Collaboration Technologies / HCI International 2022
Texas A&M receives $3.74M for green, 3D-printed hempcrete buildings research
Dr. Wei Yan, Mattia Flabiano III AIA/Page Southerland Page Endowed Professor of Architecture at Texas A&M University, with expertise in Computational Methods in Architecture, Augmented Reality, AI, Building Information Modeling, Parametric Modeling, Simulation, and Optimization. He has led research projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Autodesk, Inc., etc. and co-led NSF, DOE, ASHRAE, etc. projects. He received the Best Paper Prize in Design Computing and Cognition 2006 and the Best Paper Award in Conference on Learning and Collaboration Technologies / HCI International 2022. He was named a Presidential Impact Fellow in 2017 and a recipient of the Student Government Association Open Educator Award in 2019, both at Texas A&M. Yan was educated at the University of California, Berkeley (Ph.D. in Architecture and M.S. in Computer Science), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich (Nachdiplomstudium - Postgraduate Studies in Computer-Aided Architectural Design), and Tianjin University (M.E. in Architectural Technology & Science and B.E. in Architecture). In 2012, he was a Guest Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and a Visiting Professor at Stanford University.
"Holding" both physical and virtual airplane models in hand! February 2, 2022.
• Taught courses in the multidisciplinary areas of Architecture, Visualization Science, and Computer Science.
Selected Grants / Funded Projects
PI, NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Teams Grant: Augmented Reality-Powered 3D Interactive Instructions, $50,000. Project period: November 2022 - October 2023. Team: Wei Yan (PI and Technical Lead), Seda Tuzun Canadinc (Architecture Ph.D. Student and Entrepreneurial Lead), and Chris Scotti (Industry Mentor, TAMU Innovation Partners). https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=2242432
PI, Using Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence to Improve Teaching and Learning Spatial Transformations in STEM Disciplines, with Heather Burte (Co-PI, Psychological & Brain Sciences), Dezhen Song (Co-PI, Computer Science), Philip Yasskin (Co-PI, Mathematics), Francis Quek (Co-PI, Visualization) and Jeffrey Liew (Co-I, Education), and Graduate Research Assistants Zohreh Shaghaghian (Architecture), Shu-Hao Yeh (Computer Science), etc. Research on Emerging Technologies for Teaching and Learning (RETTL), National Science Foundation (NSF), $849,971. Award#2119549. Grant Period: 2021-2024. https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=2119549
PI, Sustainable Building Design with Building Performance Simulation. Received research funding as gifts from Perkins and Will, with Fatemeh Shahsavari (Graduate Researcher), $74,947, Spring 2020- Summer 2021.
PI, Secure Technologies for Aggie Researchers (STAR) fund for research using cloud computing, sponsored by the Texas A&M University – Division of Research, $5,000. Project Period: 2021.
Co-PI, Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Characterizing and Modeling Human Behavior from Visual Media. T3: Texas A&M Triads for Transformation, President's Excellence Fund, Texas A&M’s Division of Research (DOR), with Dixit, M. (PI) and Fields, S. (Co-PI), $30,000. Grant Period: 2021-2022.
PI, Augmented Reality-Powered Assembly, Translational Investment Fund, Innovation Partners, Texas A&M University, with Song, D. (Co-PI). $60,000. Project Period: 10/1/2020-10/31/2021.
PI, AI-Powered Augmented Reality for Advancing Human-Computer Interface in Assembly Tasks, Innovation [X] program, Texas A&M University, with Song, D. and Dixit, M., (Co-PIs). $20,000. Project Period: 9/1/2020-8/31/2021.
PI, Brick by Brick: Augmented Reality-based Making and Gaming for Teaching Creativity and STEM, PTTG – Presidential Transformational Teaching Grants, Texas A&M University, with Song, D. (Co-PI). $60,000. Project Period: 1/13/2020-1/12/2022
PI, A Web-based Parametric BIM Viewer for Online Collaborative Parametric Design Presentation and Optimization (Phases 1 and 2), with Mohammad Rahmnai Asl (Consultant). Autodesk Forge Research Grant, Autodesk, Inc. $10,000. Grant Period: 2016-2018.
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.
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.
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: 2013-2020.
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.
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.
Systems and Methods Performing Object Occlusion in Augmented Reality-based Assembly Instructions,
• Invited Grant Review Panelist, National Science Foundation
|Ph.D. Advisor and Ph.D. & Master's Students Graduated|
Ph.D. Advisor: Dr. Yehuda Kalay
Ph.D. Students Graduated
More complete list as Chair/Co-Chair
Master's Students Graduated
Project BRICKxAR: Augmented Reality for LEGO® Construction with iPhone®
Publication：https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10055-021-00582-7 or https://rdcu.be/czd4Z
BRICKxAR 是一种新颖的增强现实 (AR) 搭建说明书，适用于 LEGO® 等建造玩具。使用 BRICKxAR，实体乐高积木由虚拟积木指导搭建。与现有技术相比，通过全新的基于标记的配准设计，显著提高了虚拟与实体模型对齐的准确性，可实现整个模型的平均误差小于1毫米。实现了真实物体遮挡以揭示实体砖块和虚拟砖块之间的真实空间关系。也实现了乐高玩家的手部侦测和遮挡，将真手与虚拟积木的正确空间关系可视化，让虚拟积木被真手“抓住”。该研究的主要发现是：这些功能的集成使得小部件组装的 AR建造说明书成为可能。通过乐高凯旋门的AR 构建说明书以及配准和遮挡精度的定量测量验证了所提出的方法。此外，对 BRICKxAR 各特征的启发式评估发现，本方法可以在指导建造过程中增强部件可见性、确保透视图及空间变换中实体和虚拟部件的对齐、显示虚拟剖视图等。
Models by students in my Parametric Modeling and BIM classes
Travels to the Bird Nest before and after the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games