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Cheng Zhang

Senior Associate Professor

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Dr. Cheng Zhang joined the Department of Civil Engineering in 2012 after she received her PhD degree from the Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering at Concordia University, Canada. She was awarded the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) PGS Award for the 2006-2007 academic year. Dr. Zhang is a member of American Society for Civil Engineers (ASCE), Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE), Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), and a certified cost professional by the AACE international. She is a peer reviewer of the Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, ASCE, the Journal of Automation in Construction, Elsevier, the Journal of Advanced Engineering Informatics, Elsevier, and etc.

Research interests

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Applications in Smart Construction

Building Information Modelling (BIM) and City Information Modelling (CIM)

3D Re-construction Technology and Semantic-enhancement of 3D Models

Sustainable Construction and Smart Construction Site

VR-based Technology for Construction Safety and Building Evacuation

Indoor Thermal Environment and Energy Optimization

Intelligent Rail Transit Transportation and Energy Efficiency


Senior Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, XJTLU - 2022 to Present

Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, XJTLU - 2017 to 2022

Lecturer, Department of Civil Engineering, XJTLU - 2012 to 2017

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering - 2010 to 2012

Part-time Lecturer, Urban Science Institute, Suzhou University - 2007 to 2008

Research Assistant, Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering - 2004 to 2010


CEN421 Construction Process Simulation 2020-Present

CEN322 Building Information Modelling 2018-Present

CEN108/114 Surveying/Surveying for Architectural Engineers 2012-2020

CEN311 Final Year Project 2012-Present

CEN310 Traffic and Highway Design 2012-2017

CEN101 Design for Engineers 2012-2017

CEN304 Capstone Design II 2012-2017

Awards and honours

AI technology Application Award: Applying Scenario Demonstration Project. (Crack Detection of Masonry Structure based on Thermal and Visible Image Fusion and Semantic Segmentation). 2023 Artificial Intelligence Technology Achievement Award, Jiangsu Association of Artificial Intelligence (JSAI). 江苏省人工智能学会科技成果奖。技术应用奖(应用场景示范): 基于热成像和可见光图像融合以及语义分割的砖石结构裂缝识别.

2023, XJTLU Honoured Staff. December, 2023.

2023, Research Excellence Award, Academic Excellence Award, 2022/23 Academic Year, Design School. April, 2023.

2019, Highly Recommended for the Most Innovative Teaching Practice of the 2018/19 Annual XJTLU Learning and Teaching Awards

2018, Second Prize of the First Sino-Foreign Cooperation in Running Schools Exhibition, ILEAD, XJTLU. CDIO in Civil Engineering Education.

2011 , Pre-approved candidate for Industrial RD Fellowships (IRDF) of NSERC, Canada

2010 , Doctoral Thesis Completion Award ($4,000 for fall semester of 2010) at Concordia University, Canada

2009 , Bourse detues Hydro-Quebec de lUniversite Concordia Award for the 2009-2010 academic year ($16,000 per year for two years), Canada

2006 , NSERC PGS D Award for the 2006-2007 academic year ($21,000 per year for three years), Canada

2006 , Concordia University External Grant Holder Doctoral Scholarship ($1,200 per year for three years), Canada

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D. , Concordia University, Canada - 2011

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  • Staff


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