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Docent (Associate Professor)

Kamyab Zandi

Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden), 2015

Professor Zandi is the founding director of Timezyx Inc., a construction technology start-up. Timezyx develops and maintains Structural Digital Twins of infrastructure assets for enhancing the management of the built environment. The flagship product and service, Digital Twin Lab (D-LAB), incorporates data collected in Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) into a global-Local physics-informed and data-driven Structural Digital Twin to continuously estimate the infrastructure health condition. Timezyx provides the infrastructure managers with a decision-making support tool for enhancing the resilience of infrastructures under extreme conditions and for optimizing the maintenance of structures during their service life.

Professor Zandi is the affiliated member of Structures and Composites Lab (SACL) at Stanford University and the Principal Investigator of research area Digital Twin of Civil Infrastructures. His research interest spans over several aspects of Digital Twin, namely engineering of aerial vehicle platforms equipped with sensors for data collection from infrastructures, data analysis leveraging Big Data analytics and AI for damage detection, and advanced large-scale FE simulations for condition assessment and service life prediction. His team pioneered the integration of advanced data-driven physics-based models into a Digital Twin as a decision-making support tool to assess the risks for building, cities and infrastructures subjected to current and future climate events as well as aging caused by environmental impacts. His team implemented the first seamlessly integrated toolbox to create Structural Digital Twins of excising concrete structures.

His research has been recognized through several awards. His work on Digital Twin concept was recognized through “Future Research Leader Award 2017” by Swedish Research Council and “Osher Award” in 2017 and 2019 by Chalmers Foundation, and internationally through “Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship Award 2018” by European Union. Furthermore, his work in the field of structural simulation and performance modelling of deteriorated concrete structures earned recognition through “Concrete Researcher of the Year 2011”, and through “Achievement Award for Young Engineers 2013” by International Federation for Structural Concrete (fib) in Switzerland.

Furthermore, he works closely with standardizations committees and not-for-profit associations to bring his research outcomes to engineering practice. He is a member of fib, Fédération internationale du béton, and the co-convener of fib TG3.2 - Modeling of structural performance of existing concrete structures, with the goal to define appropriate and reliable procedures to establish the safety of existing structures and any associated requirements for interventions to extend the safe operation or working life of such structures. He is also a member of industry/academic technical committee in IWSHM – International Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring. 

Education

Postdoc, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2012
Ph.D., Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden), 2010
M.S., Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden), 2006