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Dr Ioannis Brilakis PhD


Ioannis Brilakis

Laing O Rourke Reader in Construction Engineering

Academic Division: Civil Engineering

Research group: Construction Engineering

Telephone: +44 1223 3 32718


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Research interests

Dr Brilakis' research interests lie broadly in the field of construction engineering, but are primarily focused in construction automation and information technologies. This includes as-built BIM generation; sensing and data collection for civil infrastructure development; infrastructure computer vision and pattern recognition technologies for construction site multimedia data analysis, classification, retrieval, and processing; knowledge extraction and management; intelligent automation of construction tasks; infrastructure condition assessment, modelling, and sensing; integration of project information into visualization and simulation models; project control systems and field management technologies; and communication, collaboration and coordination technologies.

Research opportunities

Funded research positions for prospective graduate students and post-doctoral fellows are available here:

Other positions

  • Member, Board of Directors, International Association for Automation and Robotics in Construction (IAARC)
  • Member, Strategic Direction Committee, FIATECH
  • Member, Construction Research Council, Construction Institute, ASCE
  • Member, Global Centre for Excellence in Computing, Technical Council on Computing and Information Technology, ASCE


Dr Ioannis Brilakis is a Laing O'Rourke Reader in Construction Engineering at the Division of Civil Engineering of the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge. He completed his PhD in Civil Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. He then worked as an Assistant Professor at the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2005-2008) and Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta (2008-2012). He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award, the 2013 ASCE Collingwood Prize, the 2012 Georgia Tech Outreach Award and the 2009 ASCE Associate Editor Award. Dr. Brilakis is an author of over 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, an Associate Editor of the ASCE Computing in Civil Engineering, ASCE Construction Engineering and Management, Elsevier Automation in Construction, and Elsevier Advanced Engineering Informatics Journals, and a past-chair and founder of the ASCE TCCIT Data Sensing and Analysis Committee, and the TRB AFH10 (1) Information Systems in Construction Management Subcommittee.