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Vahdatikhaki, Faridaddin (Farid)

Name Dr. Faridaddin Vahdatikhaki
Department Construction Management & Engineering
Room Horstring-Z210
Tel. secretary 053-489 4254/2670
E-mail f.vahdatikhaki@utwente.nl
Position Assistant Professor

Postal address

University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Department of Construction Management & Engineering
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

Education

2012-2015
Ph.D. in Construction Management and Engineering, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
Topic: Towards Smart Earthwork Sites Using Location-Based Guidance and Multi-Agent Systems

2008-2011
M.Sc. in Construction Management and Engineering, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands
Topic: Loosely-Coupled User-Friendly Interface: A Window Toward a Better Application of Knowledge-Based System in Architecture, Engineering and Construction

2002-2007
B.Sc. in Civil Engineering, Ferdowsi University, Mashhad, Iran

Academic Appointments

May 2016-Present
Assistant Professor
University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands
Research Area: BIM and ICT in Construction

Aug. 2015-May 2016
Research Associate
Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
Research Area: Virtual-reality based Training Simulator for Earthmoving Operators

Jan. 2012-Jul. 2015
Graduate Research Assistant
Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
Research Area:

  • Automated Machine Guidance and Control in the construction industry
  • Multi-agent systems architecture for earthmoving fleet management
  • Pose and state identification for earthmoving equipment
  • Safety aspects of earthmoving operations based on real-time data collection, analysis and simulation
  • Application for real-time simulation of construction projects

Research Interests

  • Simulation, Visualization, and Optimization of Construction Processes
  • Sensor and Image based Tracking of Construction Equipment, Workers and Materials
  • Virtual Reality and Serious Gaming Applications in the Construction Industry
  • Near Real-time Systems for Project Monitoring and Control
  • Infrastructure and Building Information Modeling

Teaching

I will be involved in the teaching of the following courses at University of Twente:

  • Construction Materials
  • Smart Ways to Get Smart Cities Smarter
  • Building Information Modeling and 5D Planning

I have contributed to the following courses at Concordia University:

  • Quality in Supply Chain Design (INSE-6290)
  • Construction Equipment Management (BLDG-7871)
  • Technical Communication (ENCS-282)
  • Sustainable Infrastructure Planning and Management Systems (INSE-6311)
  • Total Quality Project Management (INSE-6230)

Other Activities

2013-Present
Invited reviewer for multiple scientific journals

May 2014-May 2015
Workshop Leader and Instructor in GradProSkills
Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

I led the following workshops for graduate students:

  • Academic Conferences
  • Academic Presentations
  • Technical Writing
  • Perfecting the Paragraphs
  • Meet Your Writing Deadlines
  • Peer Review Fund Writing
  • Publishing Collaboratively

Jan.2015- Apr. 2015
Coach and mentor for the MyProject 180 (MP180) and 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition
Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

Publications

Book:

  1. Hammad A., Vahdatikhaki F., Zhang, C., (2016) “Smart Systems for Construction and Open Mining Operations”, CRC Press (to be published in 2016)

Peer-reviewed Journals:

  1. Vahdatikhaki F., Langari S. M., Taher A., Hammad A., (2015) “Enhancing Coordination and Safety of Earthwork Equipment Operations Using Multi-Agent System”, Journal of Automation in Construction (Under Review).
  2. Mawlana M., Vahdatikhaki F., Doriani A., Hammad A., (2015) “Integrating 4D Modeling and Discrete Event Simulation for Phasing Evaluation of Elevated Urban Highway Reconstruction Projects”, Journal of Automation in Construction, vol. 60, pp. 25-38.
  3. Vahdatikhaki F., Hammad A., (2015) “Dynamic Equipment Workspace Generation for Improving the Earthwork Safety Using Real-time Location Systems”, Journal of Advanced Engineering Informatics, vol. 29, pp. 459-471.
  4. Vahdatikhaki F., Hammad A., (2015) “Risk-based Look-ahead Workspace Generation for Earthwork Equipment Using Near Real-time Simulation”, Journal of Automation in Construction, vol. 58, pp. 207-220.
  5. Vahdatikhaki F., Hammad A., Siddiqui H., (2015) “Optimization-based Excavator Pose Estimation Using Real-time Location Systems”, Journal of Automation in Construction, vol. 56, pp. 76-92.
  6. Vahdatikhaki F., Hammad A., (2014) “Framework for Near Real-Time Simulation of Earthmoving Projects Using Location Tracking Technologies”, Journal of Automation in Construction, vol. 42, pp. 50-67.
  7. Hammad A., Vahdatikhaki F., Zhang, C., (2013) “A Novel Approach to Project-Level Automated Machine Control/Guidance Systems in Construction Projects”, Journal of Information Technology in Construction, vol. 18, pp. 161-181.

Conference Proceedings:

  1. Hammad A., Vahdatikhaki F., El Ammari K., (2016) “Conceptual Framework of Training Simulator for Heavy Construction Equipment Integrating Sensory Data, Actual Spatial Model, and Multi-Agent System”, 16th International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering, Osaka, Japan
  2. Vahdatikhaki F., Hammad A., Langari S. M., (2015) “Multi-agent System for Improved Safety and Productivity of Earthwork Equipment Using Real-time Location Systems”, 5th International and 11th Construction Specialty Conference, Vancouver, Canada.
  3. Vahdatikhaki F., Hammad A., (2015) “Dynamic Equipment Workspace Generation for Improving Earthwork Safety Using Equipment Pose and State Data”, 32nd International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction and Mining, Oulu, Finland.
  4. Vahdatikhaki F., Hammad A., (2015) “Visibility and Proximity-based Risk Map of Earthwork Site Using Real-time Simulation”, 32nd International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction and Mining, Oulu, Finland.
  5. Vahdatikhaki F., Hammad A., Taher A., (2015) “Multi-agent Approach for Automated Guidance and Control of Earthwork Equipment”, 2nd International Conference on Civil Engineering Informatics, Tokyo, Japan. [Honorable Mention]
  6. Siddiqui H., Vahdatikhaki F., Hammad A., (2014) “Performance Analysis and Data Enhancement of Wireless UWB Real-time Location System for Tracking Construction Equipment”, The 21st International Workshop on Intelligent Computing in Engineering. Cardiff, UK: EG-ICE.
  7. Vahdatikhaki F., Hammad A., Setayeshgar S., (2013) “Location-aware Real-time Simulation Framework for Earthmoving Projects Using Automated Machine Guidance”, Winter Simulation Conference, Washington D.C.
  8. Vahdatikhaki F., Hammad A., Setayeshgar S., (2013) “Real-time Simulation of Earthmoving Projects Using Automated Machine Guidance”, the 30th International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction and Mining, Montreal, Canada.
  9. Setayeshgar S., Hammad A., Vahdatikhaki F., (2013) “Real-time Safety Risk Analysis of Construction Projects Using BIM and RTLS”, the 30th International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction and Mining, Montreal, Canada.
  10. Hammad A., Vahdatikhaki F., Albahri A., Salimi S., Ghadiri Moghaddam D., Nejati A., (2013) “Framework for Life-cycle Infrastructure Information Modeling and Management”, CSCE Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada.
  11. Hammad A., Vahdatikhaki F., Cheng Z., Mawlana M., Doriani A., (2012) “Towards the Smart Construction Site: Improving Productivity and Safety of Construction Projects Using Multi-Agent Systems, Real-Time Simulation and Automated Machine Control”, Winter Simulation Conference, Germany.
  12. Zavichi A., Banki M., Vahdatikhaki F., (2010) “ Mistake proofing a Device to Manage Construction Sites More effectively”, International Conference on Engineering Systems Management and Applications, American University of Sharjah, April 2010.

Conference Posters:

  1. Vahdatikhaki F., Hammad, A., (2015) “Towards the Smart Earthmoving Site: Project-level Location-based Guidance Systems” Fiatech Technology Conference & Showcase, Boca Raton, Florida, U.S. [Scholarship Recipient].
  2. Hammad A., El Ammari K., Langari S. M., Vahdatikhaki F., Soltani M., AlBahnassi H., Paes B., (2014) “Simulating Macro and Micro Path Planning of Excavation Operations Using Game Engine ” Winter Simulation Conference.

Dissertations:

  1. Vahdatikhaki F., (2015) “Towards Smart Earthwork Sites Using Location-Based Guidance and Multi-Agent Systems”, PhD Dissertation, Concordia University.
  2. Vahdatikhaki F., (2011) “Loosely-Coupled User-Friendly Interface: A Window Toward a Better Application of Knowledge-Based System in Architecture, Engineering and Construction”, Master’s Thesis, Delft University of Technology.