Dr. JoonOh SEO
Ph.D
Assistant Professor; Deputy Programme Leader for MSc/PgD in Construction and Real Estate (CRE); Technology Laboratory Management Committee Chair; Academic Advisor
Tel.: (852) 2766 5823
E-mail address : joonoh.seo@polyu.edu.hk
 
  Dr. JoonOh Seo is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Building and Real Estate. Dr. Seo received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Architectural Engineering from Seoul National University, South Korea. He also obtained his master’s degree in Industrial and Operations Engineering (specialised in Ergonomics) and his PhD degree in Civil Engineering (construction management program) from the University of Michigan, USA in 2016. Prior to starting his PhD studies, he worked for 5 years as a cost and safety manager in building construction projects in South Korea.
Teaching
 
Main areas
BRE261 - Construction Technology & Materials I
BRE470 - Information Technology & BIM for Construction
BRE586 - Construction Information Technology
CE631 - Simulation and IT Applications in Construction
Research and Scholarly Activities
 
Research
Interests
Automated Ergonomic Assessment using Computer Vision Techniques
Wearable Sensors for Workers’ Safety and Health Monitoring
Construction Simulation
Building Information Modeling (BIM)
VR and AR Applications in Construction
 
Current
Research
Projects
RGC General Research Fund (GRF): “Automated Fall Risk Detection Associated with Falls on the Same Level by Using Wearable Insole Pressure Sensors (PI)”, 2018-2021
University-Government-Industry (UGI) initiative (BRE-Able Engineering Collaboration): “Wearable System for Worker’s Productivity, Safety and Health Monitoring (PI)”, 2018-2019
RGC Early Career Scheme (ECS): “Automated Ergonomic Risk Assessment for Construction Workers (PI)”, 2017-2020
Teaching Development Grant (TDG): “Interdisciplinary and collaborative learning through a BIM-based immersive virtual environment in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) education (Co-I)”, 2017-2018
MOLIT (funding from South Korea): “Development of Internet of Things (IoT) - based Multi-Function Smart Window by Integrating Solar PV Blind and Active Ventilation System toward Zero Energy Building (Co-I)”, 2017-2018
 
Awards and Honors
Outstanding reviewer on Advanced Engineering Informatics, Elsevier, 2018
Outstanding reviewer on Automation in Construction, Elsevier, 2018
Tishman Pre-Doctoral Fellow, University of Michigan, USA, 2015-2016
Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant, Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan, USA, 2015
Academic Poster Session Finalist, 2015 Construction Industry Institute (CII) Annual Conference, Boston, MA, USA, 2015
1st Place Technical Session Award in Civil Engineering, 2014 Engineering Graduate Symposium, University of Michigan, USA, 2014
John L. Tishman Fellowship, University of Michigan, USA, 2012
Administration
 
 
Deputy Programme Leader for MSc/PgD in Construction and Real Estate (CRE)
Technology Laboratory Management Committee Chair
Member of Departmental Staffing Committee (DSC)
Academic Advisor
Professional Service
 
Professional Service
Reviewer, Automation in Construction, Elsevier
Reviewer, Advanced Engineering Informatics, Elsevier
Reviewer, ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering
Reviewer, ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering
Reviewer, ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management
Reviewer, KSCE Journal of Civil Engineering
Reviewer, KICEM Journal of Construction Engineering and Project Management
Selected Recent Publication List
 

Publications in Refereed Journals (selected)

1 Luo, X., Li, H., Cao, D., Dai, F., Seo, J. and Lee, S. (2018) “Recognizing Diverse Construction Activities in Site Images via Relevance Networks of Construction-Related Objects Detected by Convolutional Neural Networks” Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, ASCE. Vol. 32, No. 3
2 Antwi-Afari, M.F., Li, H., Edwards, D.J., Pärn, E.A., Seo, J. and Wong, A.Y.L. (2018) “Identification of Potential Biomechanical Risk Factors for Low Back Disorders during Repetitive Rebar Lifting” Construction Innovation: Information, Process, Management, Emerald, Vol. 23, No. 3, pp. 206-226
3 Seo, J., Alwasel, A., Lee, S., Abdel-Rahman, E. and Hass, C. (2017) “A Comparative Study of In-field Motion Capture Approaches for Body Kinematics Measurement in Construction” ROBOTICA, Cambridge Univ. Press. Published Online (https://doi.org/10.1017/S0263574717000571).
4 Yan, X., Li, H., Seo, J., Zhang, H., Wang, H., and Wang, C. (2017) “Development of Ergonomic Posture Recognition Technique Based on 2D Ordinary Camera for Construction Hazard Prevention Through View-Invariant Features in 2D Skeleton Motion” Advanced Engineering Informatics, Elsevier. Vol. 34, pp. 152-163
5 Antwi-Afari, M.F., Li, H., Edwards, D.J., Pärn, E.A., Seo, J. and Wong, A.Y.L. (2017) “Effects of different weights and lifting postures on balance control following repetitive lifting tasks in construction workers” International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation, Emerald. Vol. 35, No. 3, pp. 247-263
6 Antwi-Afari, M.F., Li, H., Edwards, D.J., Pärn, E.A., Seo, J. and Wong, A.Y.L. (2017). “Biomechanical Analysis of Risk Factors for Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders during Repetitive Lifting Task in Construction Workers” Automation in Construction, Elsevier. Vol. 83, pp. 41-47
7 Hwang, S., Seo, J., Jebelli, H. and Lee, S. (2016). “Feasibility Analysis of Heart Rate Monitoring of Construction Workers Using a Photoplethysmography (PPG) Sensor Embedded in a Wristband-Type Activity Tracker” Automation in Construction, Elsevier. Vol. 71, pp. 372-381
8 Seo, J., Lee, S. and Seo, J. (2016). “Simulation-based Assessment of Workers’ Muscle Fatigue and Its Impact on Construction Operations” Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, ASCE. Vol. 142, No. 11
9 Golabchi, A., Han, S., Seo, J., Han, S., Lee, S. and Al-Hussein, M. (2015). “An Automated Biomechanical Simulation Application to Ergonomic Job Analysis for Workplace Design” Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, ASCE. Vol. 141, No. 8
10 Seo, J., Han, S., Lee, S. and Kim, H. "Computer Vision Techniques for Construction Safety and Health Monitoring” Advanced Engineering Informatics, Elsevier, Vol. 29, No. 2, pp. 239-251
11 Seo, J., Starbuck, R., Han, S., Lee, S. and Armstrong, T. (2015). "Motion-Data–driven Biomechanical Analysis during Construction Tasks on Sites” Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, ASCE. Vol. 29, No. 4 (Invited Paper from article at the 2013 ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering) 
 
Conference Papers (selected)
1 Antwi-Afari, M. F., Li, H., Seo, J., Wong, A. Y. L., Lee, S., and Edwards, D. J. (2018) “Wearable Insole Pressure Sensors for Automated Detection and Classification of Slip-Trip-Loss-of-Balance Events in Construction Workers” Construction Research Congress, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, April 2-5
2 Antwi-Afari, M. F., Li, H., Seo, J. and Wong, A. Y. L. (2017) “Effects of Quadriceps Muscle Fatigue on Balance Control and Fall Injuries following Repetitive Squat Lifting Task in Construction Workers” 7th West Africa Built Environment Research (WABER) Conference, 16-18 August, Accra, Ghana, 607-615 (Gibrine Adam Promissing Young Scholar Award)
3 Seo, J., Yin, K. and Lee, S. (2016) “Automated Postural Ergonomic Assessment Using Computer Vision-based Posture Classification” 2016 ASCE Construction Research Congress, San Juan, Puerto Rico
4 Hwang, S., Seo, J., Ryu, J. and Lee, S. (2016) “Challenges and Opportunities of Understanding Construction Worker’s Physical Demands through Field Energy Expenditure Measurement Using Wearable Activity Tracker” 2016 ASCE Construction Research Congress, San Juan, Puerto Rico
5 Ryu, J., Seo, J., Liu, M., Lee, S. and Haas, C. (2016) “Action Recognition Using a Wristband Type Activity Tracker: Case Study of Masonry Work” 2016 ASCE Construction Research Congress, San Juan, Puerto Rico
6 Seo, J., Liu, M. and Lee, S. (2015). “Vision-based Posture Classification Using Virtual Training Datasets for Automated Postural Ergonomic Evaluation” Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Construction Applications of Virtual Reality (CONVR), Banff, Alberta, Canada (Nominated for the best paper, honorably mentioned)
7 Seo, J., Moon, M. and Lee, S. (2015). “Construction Operation Simulation Reflecting Workers’ Muscle Fatigue” Proceedings of 2015 ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering (IWCCE), Austin, TX
8 Seo, J., Starbuck, R., Han, S., Lee, S. and Armstrong, T. J. (2014). “Dynamic Biomechanical Analysis for Construction Tasks Using Motion Data from Vision-Based Motion Capture Approaches” Proceedings of the Joint Conference International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering and CIB W078 Annual International Conference (ICCCBE), Orlando, FL
9 Starbuck, R., Seo, J., Han, S. and Lee, S. (2014). “A Stereo Vision-based Approach to Marker-less Motion Capture for On-Site Kinematic Modeling of Construction Worker Tasks” Proceedings of the Joint Conference International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering and CIB W078 Annual International Conference (ICCCBE), Orlando, FL
10 Seo, J., Han, S., Lee, S. and Armstrong, T. J. (2014). “Feasibility of On-Site Biomechanical Analysis during Ladder Climbing” Proceedings of 2014 ASCE Construction Research Congress (CRC), Atlanta, GA
11 Seo, J., Han, S., Lee, S. and Armstrong, T. J. (2013) “Motion-Data–driven Unsafe Pose Identification through Biomechanical Analysis” Proceedings of 2013 ASCE International Workshop on Computing in Civil Engineering (IWCCE), Los Angeles, CA. (Identified as one of the top papers and invited to the special issue publication in the ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering).
12 Seo, J., Han, S., Armstrong, T. J. and Lee, S. (2013). “Force Prediction during Ladder Climbing for Biomechanical Analysis” Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Prevention of Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders (PREMUS), Busan, Korea.
13 Seo, J., Lee, S., Armstrong, T. J. and Han, S. (2013). “Dynamic Biomechanical Simulation for Identifying Risk Factors for Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders during Construction Tasks” Proceedings of the 30th International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction and Mining (ISARC), Montréal, Canada.
 
Invited Presentation/ Workshop
1 Seo, J. (2018) “Construction Worker Monitoring Using Smart Sensors” 1st Seminar of International Exchange Committee in 2018, KICEM (Invited)
2 Seo, J. (2017). “Automated Monitoring of Construction Site Activities” HKIE-Building Division, Hong Kong (Invited)
3 Seo, J. and Lee, S. (2016). “Tracking and Action Recognition of Construction Workers” Workshop on the 33rd International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction (ISARC 2016), Auburn, AL (Invited).
4 Seo, J. and Lee, S. (2015). “Understanding of Workers’ Physical Demand and Its Impact on Construction Operation” 2015 FIATECH Technology Conference & Showcase, Boca Raton, FL (Invited).

Updated in July 2018