© 2013 University of Kansas  |  Jian Li  |  Lawrence, KS 66045
Welcome to the SSEE Group!
Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, The University of Kansas Smart Structures and Earthquake Engineering Group
Our research focuses on both theoretical and experimental developments of advanced sensing and health monitoring techniques to improve the resiliency and sustainability of civil infrastructure under operational and extreme loading conditions. Specific research interests include vibration-based damage detection and model updating, wireless smart sensor networks, innovative sensing techniques, computer vision, data assimilation, uncertainty quantification, risk assessment and mitigation.
Jian Li, Ph.D., P.E.
Associate Professor
Department of Civil, Environmental,
& Architectural Engineering

The University of Kansas
2155 Learned Hall
1530 West 15th Street
Lawrence, KS 66045
Ph: (785) 864-6850
Email: jianli@ku.edu

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December 2020: Abdulaziz successfully passed his Ph.D. Defense and joins the faculty of Qassim University.

October 2020
Dr. Li is awarded the 2020 Miller Professional Development Award for Research by the School of Engineering.

July 2020
Two graduate research assistantships (GRA) are available for prospective PhD students. Research topics for these two GRA positions include 1) computer vision and augmented reality for fatigue crack inspection of steel structures, and 2) mitigation of wind-induced vibrations for high mast illumination structures. The positions are available immediately (Fall 2020 or Spring 2021). Interested students are invited to contact Prof. Jian Li (jianli@ku.edu) directly with Curriculum Vitae and research/personal statements. See the announcement for more details.

March 2019
Dr. Li joins the editorial board of Smart Structures and Systems, An International Journal (Impact Factor: 2.231).

January 2019
Dr. Li is awarded the Tier 1 SEI Young Professional Scholarship to attend the Structures Congress April 24-27 in Orlando, where he will co-host a  session: Crack detection of civil infrastructure.

July - August 2018
Dr. Li visited Southeast University, Dalian University of Technology, Nanchang University, and East China Jiaotong University and presented recent work of the SSEE group.

July 2018
Dr. Li attended the 7th World Conference of Structural Control and Monitoring and accepted the 2017 Kobori Prize in Qingdao, China.

July 2018
: Xiangxiong successfully defended his PhD dissertation with Honor titled "Monitoring Fatigue Cracks in Steel Bridges using Advanced Structural Health Monitoring Technologies". Xiangxiong will work as a structural engineer in Oregon. Congratulations!

June 2018
Parisa successfully defended her PhD dissertation titled "Bayesian-based Finite Element Model Updating, Damage Detection, and Uncertainty Quantification for Cable-stayed Bridges". Parisa will join Arup as a bridge engineer in Los Angeles.Congratulations! 

June, 2018
Dr. Li is appointed Chair's Council Assistant Professor by the CEAE Department.

March, 2018
Dr. Li and his coauthors have been awarded the Kobori Prize by the International Association of Structural Control and Monitoring (IASCM) for his paper published in the Journal of Structural Control and Monitoring (SCHM) in 2016. This is the highest award accorded by SCHM and IASCM.

February, 2018
Dr. Li has been appointed a member of the board of directors of the US-China Earthquake Engineering Foundation. The mission of the foundation is to promote cooperation between the US and China in Earthquake Engineering.

January, 2018: Xiangxiong's paper titled "Vision-based fatigue crack detection of steel structures using video feature tracking" has been accepted for publication in Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering.

December, 2017: Dr. Li will be co-hosting a mini-symposium at the EMI2018 Conference. The topic is "MS81: Crack Detection of Civil Infrastructure". We invite you to contribute your relevant research work to this mini-symposium. You may submit your abstract via the link and select MS81.

December, 2017:
Parisa and Xiangxiong both passed their PhD comprehensive exam. Congratulations!

June, 2017:
Xiangxiong won the second runner-up award in the EMI Structural Health Monitoring and Control Committee Student Competition held at the 2017 EMI conference.Congratulations!

June, 2017:
Xiangxiong is selected as one of the five finalists to participate in the student competition organized by the Structural Monitoring and Control committee at the 2017 EMI conference in San Diego.

May, 2017:
Xiangxiong's paper, A large-area strain sensing technology for monitoring fatigue cracks in steel bridges, has been accepted by the Journal of Smart Materials and Structures.

April, 2017:
Prof. Hao Wang from Southeast University will present the next seminar for EERI@KU chapter on April 27, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm in 2425 LEEP2. The title is "Wind Effects on Long-span Cable-supported Bridges Based on Structural Health Monitoring". Flyer

April, 2017:
Parisa's paper, Statistical Analysis of Modal Properties of a Cable-stayed Bridge through Long-term Wireless Structural Health Monitoring, has been accepted by the ASCE's Journal of Bridge Engineering. Congratulations!

March, 2017:
Congratulations to Abdulaziz for passing his Master's defense with honor! His thesis title is "Building Drift Estimation using Acceleration and Strain Measurements". Abdulaziz will continue to pursue his PhD degree in the SSEE group.

February, 2017:
Xiangxiong received the SPIE Student Author Travel Grant to attend the SPIE Smart Structures/NDE 2017 in Portland, Oregon. Congratulations!

January, 2017:
SSEE and EERI@KU student members participated in the Science Night at Hillcrest Elementary School. School children were challenged to built K'Nex bridges to carry heavy loads.  Photos.

November, 2016:
Prof. Quansheng Yan from South China University of Technology joins SSEE as a visiting scholar. Welcome!

October, 2016:
Prof. Simon Laflamme from Iowa State University visited SSEE and gave a seminar presentation entitled: "High-Performance Control Systems for Multi-Hazard Mitigation".

August, 2016:
Xiangxiong's paper, Numerical simulation and experimental validation of a large area capacitive strain sensor for fatigue crack monitoring, has been accepted by the Journal of Measurement Science and Technology. Congratulations!

July - August, 2016:
Dr. Li was invited to visit Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Southeast University, South China University of Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology (Shenzhen), and Dalian University of Technology and presented recent work of the SSEE group.

July, 2016:
Dr. Li co-chaired a special session on Structural Health Monitoring of the 43rd QNDE conference in Atlanta, GA.

April, 2016:
Prof. Fernando Moreu from University of New Mexico visited SSEE and gave a seminar presentation entitled "Structural Health Monitoring using Wireless Smart Sensors: Performance Assessment and Decision Tools Application".

March, 2016:  Group members Parisa, Xiangxiong, and Jie attended the SPIE Smart Structures/NDE Conference in Las Vegas and presented their research work. Photo

September, 2015:
Transportation Pooled Fund Project - TPF 5(328) funded to develop a wireless sensor network for fatigue crack monitoring of steel bridges. The project is in collaboration with Simon Laflamme at Iowa State University and Hongki Jo at University of Arizona. More details can be found here.

August, 2015: Dr. Li co-hosted a mini-symposium with Dr. Jennifer Rice on Wireless Sensor Technology at the 6th International Conference on Advances in Experimental Structural Engineering (6AESE) and the 11th International Workshop on Advanced Smart Materials and Smart Structures Technology (11ANCRiSST) held jointly at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on August 1-2, 2015.

July, 2015: Dr. Li participated in the ASCE ExCEEd Workshop at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY.

June, 2015: Dr. Li was invited to give a presentation titled "Fatigue Crack Monitoring of Steel Bridges using Wireless Soft Elastomeric Capacitor Sensor Networks" at the Cambridge Wireless Sensor Networks Conference hosted by CSIC.

June, 2015: KTRAN project funded by Kansas Department of Transportation: Determination of Fatigue Resistance of Coupler Connection in Aluminum Overhead Truss Sign Supports. PI: Dr. Caroline Bennett.

April, 2015:
Congratulations to Xiangxiong for receiving a $2,000 scholarship to participate in the 2015 Asian-Pacific Summer School on Smart Structures Technology (APSS) to be held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in July, 2015.

September, 2014: Dr. Li was invited to give a guest lecture titled "Sensors, Data Acquisition, and wireless Structural Health Monitoring" at Iowa State University.

July, 2014: Dr. Li served as a session chair for the 6th World Conference on Structural Control and Monitoring (6WCSCM) in Barcelona, Spain.

February, 2014: NCHRP 10-94 funded: Mitigation of Weldment Cracking of Highway Steel Structures due to the Galvanizing Process. PI: Dr. Caroline Bennett. More details can be found here.