Selected Grants / Funded Projects
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) and Shu-Hao Yeh (Computer Science). 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.
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.
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.
Publications (Google Scholar)
Systems and Methods Performing Object Occlusion in Augmented Reality-based Assembly Instructions, USPTO