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Dr. Saiedeh N. Razavi
B.Sc. (Sharif, Iran), M.Sc. (Iran),
Ph.D. (Waterloo)

Office JHE 337
Extension 27155
Email address

Associate Professor, Civil Engineering
Chair in Heavy Construction
Director, McMaster Institute for Transportation and Logistics
Associate Member, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Associate Member, School of Geography and Earth Sciences

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Structures and Earthquake Engineering

Research Interests

Sensing, automation, information technology, and artificial information for construction engineering and management, infrastructure management, logistics, and transportation

  • Intelligent construction
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • Intelligent infrastructure
  • Sustainable infrastructure
  • Construction safety
  • Automated infrastructure condition assessment and monitoring

Specific Research Interests and Activities

Location Aware Construction
Location-aware computing in construction is an emerging area where the location of materials, equipment, and personnel can be used to derive knowledge about the state of the project. This stream of research use the awareness of the location to acquire information for scalable decision-making, progress tracking, proactive safety monitoring, and, subsequently, operation and maintenance of constructed facilities.

Wireless sensing for road and transportation management
This research is focusing on identifying the implications of implementing connected vehicles on transportation management in the Province of Ontario. Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I) communications promise to contribute to safety, mobility, and environmental sustainability.

Selected Publications

  • Wang, J., Razavi, S., (2014). “A Low False Alarm Rate Model for Unsafe Proximity Detection in Construction," submitted to the ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering.
  • Roofigari-Esfahan, N., Razavi, S., (2014). “Optimized Scheduling and Tracking of Linear Projects Considering Spatio-Temporal Constraints”, submitted to the International Journal of Automation in Construction.
  • Genders, W., Razavi, S., (2014). “Impact of Connected Vehicle on Work Zone Network Safety through Dynamic Route Guidance," submitted to the ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering.
  • Olia, A., Abdelgawad, H., Abdulhai, B., Razavi, S., (2014). “Traffic-Flow Characteristics of Cooperative vs. Autonomous Automated Vehicles”, submitted for TRB presentation and publication in the Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board.
  • Minelli, S., Izadpanah, P., Razavi, S., (2014). “Evaluation of the Impact of Connected Vehicle on Mobility and Mode Choice”, submitted to the  Journal of Advanced Transportation.
  • Linde, J., Tait, M., El Dakhakhni, W., Razavi, S., (2014). “FRP Confined Concrete Composite Retrofit System for Structural Steel Columns”, submitted to the ASCE Journal of Composites for Construction.
  • Roofigari-Esfahan, N., Paez, A., Razavi, S.N., (2014). “Location-Aware Scheduling and Control of Linear Projects: Introducing Space-Time Float”, the ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, In Press.
  • Prevost, G., Baetz, B., Razavi, S., El-Dakhakhni, W., (2014). “Retrofitting Suburban Homes for Resiliency: A Methodology”, the ASCE Journal of Urban Planning and Development, In Press.
  • Olia, A., Abdelgawad, H., Abdulhai, B., Razavi, S.N., (2013). “Assessing the Potential Impacts of Connected Vehicles: Mobility, Environmental, and Safety Perspectives.”, under review by the Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems: Technology, Planning, and Operations.
  • Robinson Fayek, A., Rankin J.H., Razavi, S., Thomas, R.T., (2013). Canada – Innovation through Collaboration, Book Chapter, International R&D Investment and Impact in Construction, Taylor & Francis
  • Huang, W., Dai, L.M., Baetz, B.W., Cao, M.F., Razavi, S., (2013). “Interval Binary Programming Model for Noise Control within an Urban Environment”, Journal of Environmental Informatics, 21(2), 93-101.
  • Razavi, S. and Hunkele, L., III (2013). “Options to Bring Design and Construction Experience into the Classroom.”, The ASCE Journal of Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction. 19, SPECIAL ISSUE: Construction Engineering: Leveraging Project and Career Success, 36–40.
  • Khaleghi, B., Khamis, A., Karray, F, Razavi, S., (2012), "Multisensor data fusion: A review of the state-of-the-art", Elsevier Journal of Information Fusion. In Press.
  • Razavi, S.N., Montaser A., Moselhi, O. (2012). "RFID Deployment Protocols for Indoor Construction", the Journal of Construction Innovation: Information, Process, and Management. In Press.
  • Razavi, S.N., Haas, C., (2012). "A Reliability-Based Hybrid Data Fusion Method for Adaptive Location Estimation in Construction." ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, 26(1), 1-10.
  • Razavi, S.N., Duflos E., Haas, C., Vanheeghe P. (2011) "Dislocation Detection in Field Environments: A Belief Functions Contribution.", Journal of Expert Systems with Applications. In Press.
  • Razavi, S.N., Haas, C. (2011). "Using Reference RFID Tags for Calibrating the Estimated Locations of Construction Materials.", International Journal of Automation in Construction, doi:10.1016/j.autcon.2010.12.009.
  • Razavi, S.N., Haas, C. (2010). "Multisensor Data Fusion for On-Site Materials Tracking in Construction.", International Journal of Automation in Construction, 19(8), 1037-1046.
  • Shahandashti, S.M., Razavi, S.N., Soibelman, L., Berges, M., Caldas, C.H., Brilakis, I., Teizer, J., Haas, C.T., Garrett, J.H., Akinci, B., Zhu, Z. (2010). "Data Fusion Approaches and Applications for Construction Engineering." ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, doi:10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0000287.
  • Nasir, H., Haas, C.T., Young, D.A., Razavi, S.N., Caldas, C. and Goodrum, P. (2010). "An Implementation Model for Automated Construction Materials Tracking and Locating.", Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, 37(4), 588-599.
  • Caron, F., Razavi, S. N., Song, J. Vanheeghe, P., Duflos, E., Caldas, C., and Haas, C. T. (2007). "Locating Sensor Nodes on Construction Projects.", Journal of Autonomous Robots, 22(3), 255-263.