Topics of interest

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Superfast 3D optical sensing/shape measurements

Develop advanced 3D optical sensing systems and software algorithms capable of capturing the transient behaviors and dynamic changes of 3D geometries at an image acquisition rate of kilohertz.   

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Precision multi-scale 3D optical metrology

Developing optics, algorithm and instrumentation for near-real-time 3D optical metrology based on digital structured light fringe projection and fringe analysis at large-scale and meso-scale.   

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3D point cloud/mesh data processing and analysis

Performing tracking/registration/correlation on 3D point cloud/mesh data to generate useful information for decision making

In-situ 3D-vision-based monitoring for additive or other manufacturing processes

Develop advanced instrumentation and software algorithms capable of conducting in-situ surface topographical measurements and 3D data processing in additive or other manufacturing processes.

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13. Project: Semi-autonomous 3D Sensing and 3D Concrete Printing for Inspection and Repairing of Vertical Structures
      Amount: $293,187
      Sponsor: The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center subcontract through University of Iowa
      Role on project: PI (Institutional)
      Collaborators: Kejin Wang

12.  Project:  Development of a model=based digital twin design with virtual reality training and simulation
       Amount: $418,602
       Sponsor: The Boeing Company
       Role on project: Co-PI
       Collaborators: Eliot Winer (PI), Cameron Mackenzie, Michael Dorneich

11. Project: Development of Hybrid Repair and Nondestructive Evaluation Technologies for Aerospace Components
       Amount: $270,779 (including $65,983 as cost share)
       Sponsor: The REMADE institute (subcontract through Rochester Institute of Technology)
       Role on project: PI (institutional)
       Collaborators: Dr. Hantang Qin

10. Project: Hybrid Laser Processing for Metallic Surface Remanufacturing
      Amount: $881,200 (including $440,660 as cost share)
      Sponsor: The REMADE institute
      Role on project: Co-PI
      Collaborators: Drs. Yiliang Liao (PI), Gul Kremer, Yantao Shen

9.   Project: Improving Recycling Efficiency of Portable Electronics by Automating Battery Disassembly
      Amount: $90,000 ($30,000 as cost share)
      Sponsor: The REMADE institute (subcontract through Idaho National Laboratory)
      Role on project: PI (institutional)

8.   Project: Tracking and Visualization of Benchtop Assembly Components
      Amount: $72,688
      Sponsor: Collins Aerospace
      Role on project: PI
      Collaborator: Dr. Cody Fleming

7.   Project: NRI/Collaborative Research: Robotic Disassembly of High-Precision Electronic Devices
      Amount: $300,000
      Sponsor: National Science Foundation
      Role on project: PI

6.   Project: Advanced 3D optical sensing and peening technologies for crack mitigation in natural gas pipelines
      Amount: $297,258 (including $41,786 as cost share)
      Sponsor: Iowa Energy Center
      Role on project: PI
      Collaborator: Dr. Yiliang (Leon) Liao

5.   Project: Creation of a Manufacturing Facility Digital Twin using Advanced Computer Vision
      Amount: $109,109
      Sponsor: The Boeing Company
      Role on project: Co-PI
      Collaborator: Dr. Eliot Winer (PI)

4.   Project: In-line NDE of metal powder quality for direct energy deposition
      Amount: $100,000
      Sponsor: Center for Nondestructive Evaluation
      Role on project: Co-PI
      Collaborators: Dr. Hantang Qin (PI), Dr. Mohammad Tayeb Al Qaseer, Dr. Reza Zoughi

3.   Project: Panoramic large-scale 3D scanning
      Amount: $99,936 (including $50,000 as cost share)
      Sponsor: Regents Innovation Fund
      Role on project: PI

2.   Project: Hyperspectral 5D optical sensing for agriculture-related non-destructive evaluation
      Amount: $23,733
      Sponsor: Iowa State University College of Engineering Exploratory Research Grant
      Role on project: PI

1.   Project: In-situ NDE of in-flight particle dynamics and intrinsic properties for thermal spray repairs;  
      Amount: $200,000 (including $100,000 as cost share)
      Sponsor: The REMADE Institute, Department of Energy
      Role on project: Co-PI
      Collaborators: Dr. Hantang Qin (PI), Dr. Iris Rivero


We are thankful for the following sponsors to provide support for our research

Funded Research Projects

 
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