Research

A Mycorrhizal Model for Smart Solar Microgrids

The decentralization of infrastructure is critical to long term urban resilience and resource equity. Current centralized models are prone to single point of failure and distribution inefficiencies that lead to waste. Often this wastefulness is exacerbated by mismatches between resource availability and demand at large scales. The proliferation of renewable energy technologies in the past decade has paved the way towards a more diverse and decentralized infrastructure, especially with respect to solar energy.

Management of UAV-Captured Data for Building Facade Inspections

This project aims to improve the capabilities of data query and data analysis of UAS-based cyclic façade inspections during a building’s service life. It has promising potential for supporting decision-making of building façade maintenance planning to prevent façade failures and improve building performance.

Building facades, serving mainly to protect occupants and structural components from natural forces, require periodic inspections for the detection and assessment of building façade anomalies. Over the past years, a growing trend of utilizing camera-equipped drones for periodical building facade inspection has emerged. Building façade anomalies, such as cracks and erosion, can be detected through analyzing drone-captured video, photographs, and infrared images.