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Meet The Team


Dr. Shuai Li graduated from Purdue University with a Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering, and three Master's degrees in construction engineering and management, industrial engineering, and economics. He also holds two Bachelor’s degrees in hydroelectric engineering and project management from Tianjin University. Dr. Li’s research focuses on developing novel methods in sensing, artificial intelligence, robotics, digital twin, information modeling, and visualization to address fundamental challenges in engineering, science, and management, and facilitate applications in construction automation, emergency response, and environmental health.

Shuai Li

Assistant Professor in Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, The University of Tennessee Knoxville


Dr. Hu earned her Ph.D. degree in Building Construction and a master’s degree in Computational Science & Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology in 2020. Before joining Georgia Tech, she received her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Management Science & Engineering from Tongji University, Shanghai, China in 2016 and 2013.  Her research area focuses on building information modeling, machine learning applications in the construction industry, urban building energy modeling, and community energy resilience. 

Yuqing Hu

Assistant Professor in Architectural Engineering, Penn State University 


Dr. Jiannan Cai obtained her Ph.D. degree in civil engineering with a specialization in construction engineering from Purdue University, and Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering from Tongji University, China. Her current research focus on human-robot collaboration, construction automation and robotics, and innovative applications of artificial intelligence and sensing in construction

Jiannan Cai

Assistant Professor in School of Civil & Environmental Engineering, and Construction Management, The University of Texas at San Antonio


Yuanxiong Guo received the B.Eng. degree in electronics and information engineering from the Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China, in 2009, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA, in 2012 and 2014, respectively. His current research focuses on the intersection of machine learning and networked systems with the goal of enabling pervasive and trustworthy edge intelligence.

Yuanxiong Guo

Associate Professor, in the Department of Information Systems and Cyber Security, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and School of Data Science, The University of Texas at San Antonio


Joan MacLeod Heminway has a combined 37 years of experience in transactional and advisory business law practice and education.  Her lawyering, research, and teaching spans corporate finance, corporate governance, securities regulation, and contract law and includes feminist and gendered perspectives.

Joan MacLeod Hemingway

Rick Rose Distinguished Professor of Law and Interim Director of the Institute for Professional Leadership, The University of Tennessee College of Law


Xiaohong (Violet) Xu is an assistant professor of management in the Carlos Alvarez College of Business at The University of Texas at San Antonio. She received her Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology at Texas A&M University, and joined the UTSA faculty in 2021 after spending four years as an assistant professor at Old Dominion University.

Xiaohong (Violet) Xu 

Assistant Professor of Management, The University of Texas at San Antonio


Robin Redmon Wright earned a B.A. and M.A. in English from The University of Tennessee and a Ph.D. in Adult Education from Texas A & M University. She joined The Pennsylvania State University in 2011 after four years as an Assistant Professor of Adult Teaching Learning and Caring at the University of Texas, San Antonio.

Robin Redmon Wright

Associate Professor of Lifelong Learning and Adult Education, Penn State Harrisburg


Dr. Miller is a Professor of Engineering Design and Industrial Engineering, Director for the Center for Research in Design and Innovation, and an ELATES fellow. Her research is highly interdisciplinary, focused on transformational research at the intersection of robotics and human cognition, and has been supported by over $8 Million in funding from the NSF (including CAREER), NIH, DHS, and Engineering Industry.

Scarlett Miller

Professor of Engineering Design and Industrial Engineering, Penn State University


Zhu Han (S’01–M’04-SM’09-F’14) received the B.S. degree in electronic engineering from Tsinghua University, in 1997, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1999 and 2003, respectively. Dr. Han is also the winner of the 2021 IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award, for outstanding early to mid-career contributions to technologies holding the promise of innovative applications.

Zhu Han

John and Rebecca Moores Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Houston

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