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Qipei (Gavin) Mei, PhD, PEng

Assistant Professor
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
University of Alberta

Research Interests


In general, my research aims at increasing the sustainability and intelligence of the design, construction, and maintenance of infrastructure and buildings. It consists of three major components:

  1. Application of AI technologies for design automation.

  2. Application of computer vision and robotics to improve the safety and productivity of construction operations.

  3. Infrastructure and building condition assessment using the internet of things with public participation (Crowdsensing-based infrastructure and building health monitoring).


PhD, Structural Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, 2020

​MSc, Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, United States, 2018

​MSc, Structural Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, 2014

​BEng, Civil Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China, 2011


2021.01-Present, Assistant Professor, University of Alberta, Edmonton Canada

2017.05-2020.12, Graduate Research Assistant/Teaching Assistant, University of Alberta, Edmonton Canada

2016.06-2017.04, Research Assistant/EIT (full time), University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

2014.11-2016.06, Structural Engineer, SPS Technology, Ottawa, Canada

2012.09-2014.09, Graduate Research Assistant/Teaching Assistant, University of Alberta

Awards and Honours

  1. Best Paper Award, Modular and Offsite Construction Summit, Edmonton, AB, Canada, 2022

  2. Finalist, The University of Alberta Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition, 2020​​

  3. Andrew Stewart Memorial Graduate Prize, University of Alberta, 2020

  4. Alberta Innovates Graduate Student Scholarship, Alberta Innovates, 2018-2020

  5. NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), 2018-2020

  6. President's Doctoral Prize of Distinction, University of Alberta, 2018-2020

  7. People's Choice Award, Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) Graduate Poster Contest, 2019​

  8. Doctoral Recruitment Scholarship, ​University of Alberta, 2017

  9. Myer Horowitz Graduate Students' Association Graduate Scholarship, University of Alberta, 2014

  10. National Scholarship, Ministry of Education in China, 2009-2010

  11. Outstanding Winner/SIAM Award, Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM), Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP), 2010

  12. Outstanding Graduate Award, China Civil Engineering Society, 2011

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