Aaron Costin

M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management
Associate Professor

Ph.D. Civil Engineering, 2016, Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology M.S. Civil Engineering, 2013
Georgia Institute of Technology B.S. Civil Engineering, 2011

Areas of Focus:
(Smart Buildings/Cities, Sustainable Technology)
Sustainability is a product of our research. We are investigating 1) how we can utilize IoT technology to increase sustainability applications, and 2) how IoT technology can become more energy efficient.

Dr. Aaron Costin is an associate professor at the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management at the University of Florida. He holds a Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Master of Science (M.S.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Costin leads the Smart Construction Informatics (SCI) laboratory where they research emerging technologies and interoperability for the built environment.

Recently, Dr. Aaron Costin and his team was awarded a $455k National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to support the research of the development a state-of-the-art Intelligent Jobsite using the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and other recent innovations.  The team is developing IoT-ACRES (IoT-Applied Construction Research and Education Services) system that is a central, interoperable hub that can incorporate a variety of heterogeneous sensors, technology, software, and AI to provide services for research and applications in the construction industry. He is also involved on another $2M project an academic researcher with the DOT Pooled Fund study “Building Information Modeling (BIM) for Bridges and Structures.”

Dr. Costin is involved with various industry groups and committees. He is currently the chair of a joint task group committee of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and National Steel Bridge Alliance (NSBA) Task Group 15, Data Modeling for Interoperability, where they are leading the development a neutral exchange standard for the interoperability Building Information Modeling (BIM) for steel bridges. Dr. Costin also serves as a member of the Transportation Research Board Committee AED30 on Information Systems and Technology, as well as a TRB young member liaison.

Research topics include Building Information Modeling (BIM); the internet of things (IoT) and smart cities; design computing; linked data and ontologies; industrialized construction; construction safety and productivity; and facilities management.

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