Chengbo Ai, Assistant Professor

Dr. Chengbo Ai is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He received his Ph.D. from Georgia Tech in Transportation Systems Engineering and his BS from Peking University in Electrical and Computing Engineering. His interdisciplinary research focuses on developing computational models, automated algorithms, and hardware systems as they are applied in the fields of transportation asset management, geometry design, and roadway safety, pavement preservation and maintenance, and many other critical transportation applications. He makes a continuous effort towards establishing a comprehensive, spatially-enabled transportation infrastructure and asset data platform through employing the emerging sensing technologies (such as light detection and ranging (LiDAR), computer vision, continuous scanning laser), and developing computational data analysis techniques (such as image processing algorithm, geographic information system (GIS), and spatial analysis).

Qing Hou, Ph.D. Candidate(CEE)

Qing received his Master degree in Intelligent Transportation Systems Engineering from Sun Yat-sen University and joined Ai’s Group in 2018 Fall to pursue his Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering. His research interests include traffic noise analysis in the built environment and artificial intelligence in transportation asset management.

Emily Hennessy, Ph.D. Candidate(CEE)

Emily received her Master degree in Transportation Engineering from Rutgers, and joined Ai’s Group in 2020 Spring to pursue her Ph.D in Transportation Engineering. Her research interests include infrastructure resilliency and intelligent asset management using remote sensing.

Xinyang Ye, Master Student (CEE)

Xinyang received his bachelor degree in Railway Engineering from Southwest Jiaotong University and joined Ai’s Group in 2019 Fall to pursue his Master in Transportation Engineering. His research interest is sensors, machine learning and deep learning in transportation applications.

 Undergraduate Student

  • Rishabh Penday (CS BS)


  • Kabir Khurana (CEE BS), Engineer I at Toole Design Group
  • Yash Shah (ECE MS), Machine Learning Engineer – Qualcomm
  • Yuhao Wang (CEE MS), Operation Manager – China Railway Construction Group
  • Asako Tekeuchi (CEE BS), Assistant Structural Engineer at Gill Engineering Associates, Inc.
  • Kyle Noel (CS/HC BS), Software Engineer at Cimpress
  • John Jacob (CEE BS), Structural Engineer at Hudson Design Group LLC