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Yiping Meng


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Dr Yiping Meng joined the School of Computing, Engineering and Digital Technologies at Teesside University in October 2023 as a lecturer in Construction Management. Before this role, she worked as a postdoc research associate at Loughborough University on the UKRI Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Centre for Mineral-Based Construction Materials (ICEC-MCM) project from 2022 to 2023. The research was mainly about the circular off-site manufacturing for MCM. Before joining Loughborough University, she worked as a postdoc research assistant at CDBB, University of Cambridge on Precision Engineered Timber: Digital Design and Delivery of Healthier Schools (PET) as part of the CDBB project, especially working on modular timber building design and robotic fabrication. Yiping received her PhD from the University of Sheffield in 2023 supervised by Prof Wen-Shao Chang. And she has over seven years of experience in architecture engineering and urban design.

Dr Yiping Meng’s research mainly focuses on digital modelling and optimisation for automation construction and adopting AI and machine learning to enhance the digital transition toward Net Zero. She is also strongly interested in establishing the dynamic digital twin system to track the building performance for end-of-life reusability. Moreover, she has rich experience in developing multi-criteria assessments and decision-making support for automation construction using probabilistic methods. Additionally, Dr Meng has expertise in using computer-aided tools to achieve the rationality of material, structural stiffness and energy efficiency.

Dr Yiping Meng is an associate fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA) and a graduate member of IEMA, IStructE and an associate member of IET.

Summary of Research Interests

  • Digital twin in digitalisation of whole life cycle sustainability performance of building
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in achieving Net Zero Construction
  • Multi-objective optimal design for building sustainability
  • Robotic Automation Construction for Modern Methods of Construction
  • Digitalisation for “Reusability” of Circular Economy for Modern Methods of Construction Products
  • Computer-aided form-finding design and modelling for complex architectural geometry
  • Built environment modelling and optimisation
  • Digital tools (e.g., blockchain, BIM) development 
  • Smart city development

Research Projects & External Funding

  • The UKRI Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Centre for Mineral-Based Construction Materials (ICEC-MCM) (2022.08-2023.10)
  • Precision Engineered Timber: Digital Design and Delivery of Healthier Schools (PET) (2021.09-2022.05)
  • Chinese National Natural Science Foundation-- Research on the Mode and Innovative Design for Elderly Care Complex (2016.07-2017.07)
  • 12th Five-Year Plan - Research and Demonstration on Key Technology of Building Energy Saving in Cold Region of Northeast China (2015.05-2015.12)

Academic Achievements

Selected Publications

  • Meng Y, Sun Y, Chang W, Morphology of Free-form Timber Structure Design by Machine Learning Methods oriented by Material and Robotic Fabrication, Hybrid Intelligence, Springer
  • Meng Y, Sun Y, Chang W. Optimal trajectory planning of complicated robotic timber joints based on particle swarm optimization and an adaptive genetic algorithm[J]. Construction Robotics, 2021: 1-16.
  • Guo H, Liu Y, Meng Y, et al. A comparison of the energy saving and carbon reduction performance between reinforced concrete and cross-laminated timber structures in residential buildings in the severe cold region of China[J]. Sustainability, 2017, 9(8): 1426.
  • Chen Y, Meng Y, Xue M. Design Strategies on Smart Long-term Care Community Planning based on Big Data Management[J]. 2017 UIA

PhD and Research Opportunities

Welcome applicants from architecture /  construction or any other engineering background interested in computer-aided modelling and digital construction technologies.

External Research Collaborations

  • Dr Yiping Meng is open to and welcomes collaborations with national and international industry experts and researchers. Currently, she is collaborating with professors from Loughborough University working on circular economy assessment and grading systems for End-of-life Modern Methods of Construction. She works on the uncertainty of manufacturing with a lecture from Brunel University London. She maintained the network with researchers from the University of Cambridge on climate actions for net-zero targets. She has connections with scholars from the University of Edinburgh and Lincoln University on the architectural structure and professors from Harbin Institute of Technology on sustainable design.

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

  • Digital Technology in Construction
  • Digital Information Management in Construction

External Roles and Professional Activities

  • Associate Researcher for ICEC-MCM
  • Guest Lecture for UCL on Module - Engineering for Circular Economy (CEGE0008) 

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Multi-objecitive Optimisation and Assessment for Freeform Timber Structure Oriented by Robotic Automation Construction, University of Sheffield

1 Feb 201831 Jan 2022

Award Date: 25 Jan 2023

Master, Sustainable Building and Urban Design and Regeneration, Harbin Institute of Technology

Sept 2015Jan 2018

Award Date: 3 Jan 2018

Bachelor, Architecture Design, Harbin Institute of Technology

Sept 2010Jul 2015

Award Date: 3 Jul 2015


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