PhD Students

Qibin Hu (co-supervised with Dr. Ying Hei Chui)

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Qibin Hu received his undergraduate degree in Wood Science and Engineering from Nanjing Forestry University in China. Then, he did his master's program in Forestry Engineering at Beijing Forestry University. He is now a PhD student in civil engineering (cross-disciplinary) at the University of Alberta. His PhD work focuses on the application of artificial intelligence in the design of wood structures.

Chao Fan (co-supervised with Dr. Xinming Li)


Chao Fan received bachelor's degree of Computer Engineering in University of Minnesota, USA. Received master's degree of Computer Science in New York University, USA. Currently a PhD student in the Mechanical Engineering department. Research interests are ergonomics, occupational safety and computer vision/machine learning.

Jiangyu Zeng (co-supervised with Dr. ‪Mustafa Gül‬)


Jiangyu received his bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Manitoba in 2019. He then moved to the University of Alberta to pursue an MSc degree in Structural Engineering with Dr. Qipei Mei and Dr. ‪Mustafa Gül. His master's thesis was about International Roughness Index (IRI) estimation using deep learning and computer vision. He is now a PhD student at the University of Alberta.

Mostafa Hassan (co-supervised with Dr. ‪Lindsey Westover)


​Mostafa has been immersed in Mechanical engineering for over a decade now. Having received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Cairo University, Giza, Egypt, in 2013 and 2019, respectively, he worked concurrently as a research and teaching assistant with the Department of Mechanical Design and Production in Cairo University’s Faculty of Engineering. In 2019, he was promoted to Lecturer Assistant at the same institution. Now he is working towards his Ph.D. at the University of Alberta, focusing on key research areas that include biomechanics, computer vision with application to Scoliosis, and deep learning.

Hao Xie (co-supervised with Dr. ‪Ying Hei Chui)


Hao Xie received his bachelor’s degree in city underground space engineering and his master’s degree in civil engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology in 2017 and 2020, respectively. He is currently a PhD student in structural engineering at the University of Alberta. His interest includes building structural design automation.

MSc Students

Zahra Hassani


Zahra Hassani is now an MSc student in Structural Engineering. She received her Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from Razi University in Iran. She will conduct research on the application of data-driven methods on structural health monitoring.

Samia Zakir Sarothi (co-supervised with Dr. Ying Hei Chui)


I was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh. I completed my undergraduate degree in civil engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET) with structure as major and geo-tech as minor. After graduation, I joined as a lecturer in a private university of my country. Also, I started my M.Sc. in Civil and Structural engineering at BUET in 2018. My M.Sc. thesis is focused on experimental study of self-driven screw connection under tensile loading. My research interest is mainly focused on experimental and numerical study of steel connection under various loading condition. Also, I have experience in application of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) in steel joint design. At my last work place, Military Institute of Science and Technology (Dhaka, Bangladesh), I got an opportunity to work on the application of machine learning (ML) on double shear bolted joints. I really enjoyed working with the machine learning techniques and hopefully in future I can get more such chances

Mohammed Al-Duais


I received my BSc in Civil Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. with a CGPA of 3.7/4.0 with a second distinction. During my undergraduate studies, I took courses focusing on structural engineering such as steel design 1, reinforced concrete design 1, and reinforced concrete design 2.I learned HTML, python, and C++ as I am very passionate about programming. Currently, my focus is machine learning and its applications in civil engineering.

Visiting Scholars

Mohammad Talebi Kalaleh


Mohammad is currently a visiting scholar in the department of Civil Engineering at the U of A. He received his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology as a first rank student, Iran, in 2015. Then, he did his master's program in Structural and Earthquake Engineering with the focus on innovative methods for semiactive control of structures under earthquake excitations at Sharif University of Technology (SUT), Iran, in 2017. Besides, he was silver medalist (Second Place) in the final stage of National Olympiad of Civil Engineering in Iran. From then, he started his PhD in Structural Engineering at SUT with the focus on Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) of bridge structures using vision based techniques. Her research interests include Computer Vision, Machine Learning and Metaheuristic optimization methods (Applications in Structural Engineering and SHM)


Qiuling Yang, Postdoctoral fellow, 2021-2022

Yi Zhu, DRA researcher, 2021