Seminar: Cyber-Physical Systems In Construction – Development Lessons and Future Directions

Student Center, Piedmont Room
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 15:00


Chimay J. Anumba
Dean and Professor, College of Design, Construction and Planning
University of Florida

Cyber-physical systems (CPS) enable the synergistic integration of virtual models and the physical environment and are now being increasingly recognized as vital for improved construction project information management, more efficient project delivery, and enhanced facilities management. A critical aspect of the deployment of CPS in construction is ensuring bi-directional coordination between the physical components and their virtual representations. This presentation will draw on examples from research prototypes to highlight the key features and benefits of these systems, and the steps involved in their development. The lessons learned from developing a variety of systems for various stages of a constructed facility’s lifecycle will also be outlined. Following this, the future directions for CPS in construction will be discussed.


Chimay Anumba is Professor and Dean of the College of Design, Construction and Planning at The University of Florida. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, FREng (the United Kingdom’s National Academy of Engineering). He holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Leeds, UK; a higher doctorate – D.Sc. (Doctor of Science) - from Loughborough University, UK; and an Honorary Doctorate (Dr.h.c.) from Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands. He has over 450 scientific publications and his work has received support worth over $150m from a variety of sources. He has also supervised 47 doctoral candidates to completion and mentored over 23 postdoctoral researchers.