The  Building Informatics and Visualization Lab (biLAB) is part of the Department of Civil and Urban Engineering at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. It focuses on understanding the operational challenges associated with construction and operation of facilities and infrastructure systems in urban settings.

The research team works on information modeling and visualization to quantify the impact of architecture on human experience in the built environment, understand and improve the behaviors of existing/new facilities and civil infrastructure systems for next generation construction, maintenance, and operations. The research team takes advantage of advancements in technology in information modeling and visualization to integrate and provide information that engineers, owners, and facility operators need, at the right level of detail and visual form.

They work on developing information repositories and visualization platforms to better integrate the data captured from sensors and the context under which they operate to get a holistic view of the monitored system/infrastructure for better maintenance and operation.

Our  Research Domain:

          How can we quantify the impact of architectural design features on human experience?              Can  we use the findings to improve the design practice for better and healtier experiences          in the built environment?

How can the design, construction and facilities management processes be improved to tackle with  the challenges imposed by urban settings?

How sensors and models can be integrated to better understand system behaviors?

How can the performance of interconnected facility systems  be determined for setting proactive management strategies?

Testbeds utilized: legacy and smart buildings, airports, highways.

Tools utilized: Building information models, data driven methodologies, advanced visualization



The biLab is spearheaded by Prof. Semiha Ergan, Assistant Professor of the Department of Civil and Urban Engineering.

Prof. Ergan's NYU profile

Prof. Ergan on Google Scholar

Prof. Ergan on ResearchGate


Please check Job Openings page for openings in the research group.