Kevin Han

Assistant Professor

Dr. Kevin Han is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University. He received a PhD in Civil Engineering (Construction Engineering and Management emphasis) and Master of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a MS in Civil Engineering (Construction Engineering and Management emphasis) and a BA in Architecture/Minor in Structural Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley.

Prior to joining NC State, Dr. Han was a founding member and Lead Construction Management Engineer at a startup called Reconstruct that provides a web-based visual platform that continuously reconstructs and visualizes Reality directly within 4D Building Information Modeling (BIM), measures progress and productivity, and analyzes risk for delay.

Dr. Han’s research focuses on creating and validating new computer vision and machine learning analytics that leverage emerging and often already existing visual data (images, videos, and point cloud data) and BIM for effective construction project controls, enhancing site-to-office and office-to-site communications, safety and hazard recognition, and safety training and monitoring. He is particularly interested in new modalities of information and user interaction, including Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Augmented Virtuality. Other areas of interest include robotics for automating management of civil infrastructure systems (subtopics to include autonomous navigation for data collection and analytics) and project-based learning for STEM education.

He teaches BIM in Construction, Mechanical and Electrical Systems for Buildings, Visual Sensing for Civil Infrastructure Engineering and Management and Design of a Robotic Computer Vision System for Autonomous Navigation.

More information about his research group, Construction Automation and Robotics Lab (CARL) can be found here:


Ph.D. 2016

Civil Engineering

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

M.C.S. 2015

Computer Science

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

M.S. 2012

Civil Engineering

University of California, Berkeley

B.A. 2010

Architecture/Minor in Structural Engineering

University of California, Berkeley


Automated Object Manipulation Using Vision-Based Mobile Robotic System for Construction Applications
Asadi, K., Haritsa, V. R., Han, K., & Ore, J.-P. (2021), JOURNAL OF COMPUTING IN CIVIL ENGINEERING.
Feasibility Study to Identify Brain Activity and Eye-Tracking Features for Assessing Hazard Recognition Using Consumer-Grade Wearables in an Immersive Virtual Environment
Object manipulation in immersive virtual environments: Hand Motion tracking technology and snap-to-fit function
Noghabaei, M., & Han, K. (2021), AUTOMATION IN CONSTRUCTION, 124, 103594.
Real-time vision-based worker localization & hazard detection for construction
Jeelani, I., Asadi, K., Ramshankar, H., Han, K., & Albert, A. (2021). Real-time vision-based worker localization & hazard detection for construction. AUTOMATION IN CONSTRUCTION, 121.,
An Integrated UGV-UAV System for Construction Site Data Collection
, (2020). Automation in Construction.
Developing hazard recognition skill among the next-generation of construction professionals
Albert, A., Jeelani, I., & Han, K. (2020), CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT AND ECONOMICS.
Development of virtual reality and stereo-panoramic environments for construction safety training
Jeelani, I., Han, K., & Albert, A. (2020), Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, ahead-of-print(ahead-of-print).
Smart Infrastructure: A Vision for the Role of the Civil Engineering Profession in Smart Cities
Berglund, E. Z., Monroe, J. G., Ahmed, I., Noghabaei, M., Do, J., Pesantez, J. E., … Levis, J. (2020), Journal of Infrastructure Systems, 26(2), 03120001.
Trend Analysis on Adoption of Virtual and Augmented Reality in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Industry
Noghabaei, M., Heydarian, A., Balali, V., & Han, K. (2020), Data, 5(1), 26.
A Framework of Human-Motion Based Structural Dynamics Simulation Using Mobile Devices
Yoon, H., Han, K., & Ham, Y. (2019), Sensors.

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IGE: Learning the Entire Pipeline: Analyzing and Improving Graduate Engineering Education through Communities of Practice
National Science Foundation (NSF)(8/15/21 - 7/31/23)
NCHRP Synthesis 20-05/Topic 52-04: Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Departments of Transportation
National Academy of Sciences(12/23/20 - 6/23/22)
Development and Assessment of Digital Twin for Advanced Reactors
US Dept. of Energy (DOE)(8/16/21 - 6/30/24)
Guidelines to Enhance the Constructability of Diverse, Modern, and Unconventional Intersections and Interchanges (DMUII)
NC Department of Transportation(1/01/21 - 12/31/22)
Collaborative Research: Improving Undergraduate Education in Civil & Building Engineering through Student-centric Cyber-Physical Systems: Bringing Real-world Problems to Classrooms
National Science Foundation (NSF)(10/01/20 - 9/30/23)
Safety Management in Complex Environments
Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America(7/12/19 - 8/31/21)
Applying Small UAS to Produce Survey Grade Geospatial Products for DOT Preconstruction & Construction Activities
NC Department of Transportation(8/01/19 - 10/31/21)
BIM for VTR: Holistic Approach to Design and Construction
US Dept. of Energy (DOE)(9/17/18 - 9/30/21)