Eric Jing Du, Ph.D.
Associate Professor in Civil Engineering, University of Florida
Abstract: The Impact of Emerging Visualization Technologies on Performance of Construction Workers in Complex Tasks: A Working Memory-Centric Investigation
Human society is rapidly moving to a digital economy. The emergence of new visualization technologies including Building Information Modeling (BIM), Virtual Reality (VR), and Augmented Reality (AR), are transforming the practices in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry. Dr.Du’s research focuses on understanding how engineering information visualization influences and regulates the development and retrieval of working memory, i.e., the short-term and temporary storage of information, and ultimately affects the performance in complex construction works (e.g., pipefitting). This webinar will introduce three VR-based human-subject experiments and the findings from gaze analysis and neuroimaging studies (fNIRS). Dr.Du’s research provides evidence for the fundamental mechanism about how engineering information visualization methods (especially the emerging methods) affect construction tasks and inspiring the design of personalized information systems for future civil engineering workforce.