Neda is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech. She holds a PhD in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech, where she studied the dynamic interrelationships between space-time fluctuations of human mobility and energy use in urban areas. Her primary research applies the concept of spatiotemporal flux to investigating the fluctuating phenomena in city infrastructure systems, linked by an underlying influence from the human population. She focuses on understanding and quantifying the effects that can inform and affect positive change in such systems.
Dr. John E. Taylor (Co-PI)
Director of Network Dynamics Lab
JT is the Frederick Law Olmsted Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech where he is Director of the Network Dynamics Lab. He specializes in investigating engineering network dynamics of industrial and societal importance. His current research focuses on; (1) achieving sustained energy conservation by coupling energy use with occupant networks and examining inter-building network phenomena in cities, and (2) understanding and improving response times by affected human networks during extreme events in urban areas. His research extends from developing virtual and augmented reality applications to collect and visualize urban scale data, to developing real-time interventions to improve urban sustainability and resilience. JT enjoys hanging out with his daughters, traveling and photographing the world, reading, running, and collecting/creating art.
Dimitri is a PhD student in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech. In 2017, he received his MEng in Civil Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in Greece. After his graduation, he worked one year, applying his research in sustainable construction to enhance a structural optimization software. This work sparked his interest to explore the energy performance of buildings, and so he moved in London to earn his MS in Smart Buildings and Digital Engineering from UCL in 2019. He then worked as Innovation Consultant for a British Real Estate company, exploring PropTech solutions. Dimitri is passionate about IoT-enabled infrastructure, Smart City Digital Twins and Connected Buildings. In his spare time, he loves playing soccer and travelling.
Yuli is a PhD student within the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech. She received her BS in Civil Engineering from Western Kentucky University in 2014. Two days after graduation, she moved to the neighboring state of Tennessee where she worked almost four years as a design engineer in Kirby Building Systems, a NUCOR company. Yuli then traveled South America for almost a year where she realized her passion for learning about and developing smart, sustainable communities. She decided to move further south to Atlanta, Georgia, where she received her MS in Building Construction and Facility Management from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2019. Outside of research, she enjoys painting, biking/hiking, and volunteering for social organizations.
Abby is a PhD student in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech. She received her BS in Civil Engineering from Clemson University with a minor in Environmental Engineering. After graduation, she worked for Southface Energy Institute in Atlanta performing building energy assessments and researching building technologies. Her research interests involve urban sustainability, building occupant networks, and data visualization. In her spare time she enjoys rock climbing, cooking, documentaries, and exploring new places.
MS Electrical & Computer Engineering
Ambuz Vimal received his Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech, and his Bachelors of Technology degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from the Indian Institute of Information Technology Allahabad in India. He is passionate about creating Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality experiences and Video Games. This summer he was involved in a collaborative project in industry which combined blockchain with VR to simulate safe food handling process which were verified with the use of both virtual and physical sensors. He enjoys playing soccer, video games and watching quiz shows and documentaries in his spare time.
Harish is a second-year double majoring in Computer Science and Discrete Math at Georgia Tech. He has two threads (concentrations) in Intelligence and Systems Architecture, and hopes to enter the field of interactive intelligence and data manipulation when he graduates. He is particularly interested in using new technologies to make data more approachable, and easy to interact with. Off the screen, Harish is part of a dance team, loves playing chess, and regularly runs and plays intramural basketball at Tech.