Industry 4.0 for Construction

Scientific Committee Bio

Industry 4.0 for Construction


Dr. Rafiq Ahmad

Dr. Rafiq Ahmad

Assistant Professor, University of Alberta, Canada

Dr. Rafiq Ahmad has joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta in May 2016. He has established and leading research in the Laboratory of Intelligent Manufacturing, Design and Automation (LIMDA).

He is currently serving as a board member (Co-UofA Student Section Advisor) in the International Society of Automation (ISA-Edmonton) and a Local Chair for ICCMA international conference 2017.

He obtained his Ph.D. and M.S. from Ecole Centrale de Nantes and Ecole Arts et Metiers Paris respectively, in France. He has recently completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Luxembourg. His research interest in “Design and Manufacturing” bridges the gap between fundamental research and their advanced applications into industry.

Dr. Alfonso G. Espinosa

Dr. Alfonso G. Espinosa

Professor, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico

Dr. Alfonso Gómez-Espinosa received his M.S. in automatic control (1999) and Ph.D. in mechatronics (2013) from the University of Querétaro, in Querétaro, México.

Since 2010, he has been with the Mechatronics Department, in the Tecnologico de Monterrey, where he works as a researcher and lecturer. His research interests include neural networks, robotics, and motion control.

Dr. Borja G. Soto

Dr. Borja G. Soto

Assistant Professor, New York University, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Dr. Borja García de Soto is an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at New York University Abu Dhabi, and holds an appointment as Global Network Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Urban Engineering at the Tandon School of Engineering at New York University (NYU). He is the director of the S.M.A.R.T. Construction Research Group at NYU Abu Dhabi and conducts research in the areas of construction automation, artificial intelligence, lean construction, integrated delivery systems, and BIM.

Borja received his PhD from ETH Zurich. He also holds an MSc in Civil Engineering with a concentration in engineering and project management from the University of California at Berkeley, an MSc in Civil Engineering with a concentration in structural design from Florida International University (FIU), and a BSc in Civil Engineering (graduated cum laude) also from FIU.

With over ten years of professional experience in the construction industry and Professional Engineer (PE) licenses in California and Florida, Borja has international experience in multiple aspects of project management, including project cost estimating, risk management and control, delay analysis and forensic engineering.

Dr. Armando Roman

Dr. Armando Roman

Assistant Professor, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico

Dr. Armando Román obtained his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo. He is currently an assistant professor and Chair of the Mechatronics Engineering Department at Tecnologico de Monterrey, in Mexico.

He has published in reputed international journals and conferences, has two patents, and started three technology-based companies. He is the faculty advisor for student groups in automotive competitions and his current research focuses on hybrid manufacturing and developing optimal manufacturing strategies for 3d printing.

Dr. Enrique C. Urquizo

Dr. Enrique C. Urquizo

Associate Professor, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico

Dr. Enrique Cuan-Urquizo received the B.S. and M.Sc. degrees in mechatronics engineering from Tecnológico de Monterrey at Torreón (2009) and Monterrey campus (2011), respectively. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 2017 from the University of Southampton. His Ph.D. research was focused on the mechanical characterization of additively manufactured structures. Enrique is currently a member of the School of Engineering and Sciences of Tecnológico de Monterrey at Querétaro.

Dr. Cuan-Urquizo was guest at the Mission Innovation Expert Workshop on Clean Energy Materials – Structural Materials (March 2018). He represented Mexico, invited by SENER (Energy Secretary of Mexico), in a workshop concentrated on using additive manufacturing technologies to produce smart materials. Currently, his research is focused on cellular and lattice materials fabricated using polymer and metallic additive manufacturing technologies.

Dr. Adriana V. Martínez

Dr. Adriana V. Martínez

Assistant Professor, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico

Dr. Adriana Vargas Martínez obtained her MSc. and Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tecnologico de Monterrey. She is currently an assistant professor in Mechatronics Engineering Department at Tecnologico de Monterrey, in Mexico.