As the U.S. elderly population continues to rapidly grow, their mobility and ultimately their health and safety can be challenged by the environment around them. That’s why Professor SangHyun Lee is using wearable-based technology to help seniors stay mobile and age in place—while avoiding falls and exposure to environmental risks or hazards.
Percentage of adults 65 or older who rent their home in Washtenaw County and do not have a vehicle
Distance 70% of seniors in Washtenaw County need to travel to get groceries
Percentage of adults 65 or older in Ypsilanti, Michigan
However, the way we design, construct, and maintain our built environment hasn’t been recalibrated to accommodate such demographic changes, and various environmental barriers that significantly hinder the elderly’s mobility have evaded serious consideration. To address these issues, this research aims to develop and test a wearable-based crowd-physiological sensing framework that detects the elderly’s distress in the built environment without substantially interfering with their daily life.
Improving Benton Harbor’s aging water system using risk assessment and risk analysis techniques, as well as mobile sensors.
The first in a series of health clinic prototypes that bring technology-enabled chronic health care monitoring to remote, underserved global populations.
Using remote sensing and security camera data to better understand how people are using the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy public spaces.
The Sensors in a Shoebox project focuses on empowering Detroit youth as agents of change for their city.
The Great Lakes Water Authority is looking for ways to rehabilitate large diameter water mains without actually having to dig up city streets.
A PFAS treatment approach for groundwater using low-temperature plasma with a concentration phase
The University of Michigan is developing a structural reliability framework to quantify the probability of failure of pipe segments throughout the GLWA system.
The city of Benton Harbor wishes to transform Ox Creek into a residential, recreational and commercial centerpiece linking important segments of the community.
While parks are designed and managed to generate community benefits, there remains a need for tools that can more rigorously measure how communities use parks.
Structural monitoring of highway retaining walls using remote sensing techniques to assess performance and prioritize infrastructure investments.
Application of real-time sensing and dynamic control on existing wastewater infrastructure to reduce the frequency and volume of Combined Sewer Overflows.
A major source of bridge deterioration requiring constant maintenance is mechanical expansion joints installed between adjacent simple span bridge decks.
Mapping detailed geographies of digital access and exclusion across Detroit’s neighborhoods.
The goal of this project is to develop a data-driven asset management framework that quantifies risk in the water distribution network for southeast Michigan.
Robots are anticipated to make the global construction industry safer and more attractive to workers, easing a worker shortage in the United States.
Collecting travel data to help Benton Harbor improve travel options for residents, with the goal of increased employment participation and retention.
Rethinking how transit infrastructure can expand access to food, health, learning, and mobility services by creating multimodal hubs.
A grassroots train-the-trainer program on how to install, operate and maintain faucet-mounted point-of-use filters to protect for lead in drinking water.
The project aims to reduce energy use of vehicular travels by incentivizing individual travelers to adjust travel choices and driving behaviors.
Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
John L. Tishman Faculty Scholar of Civil and Environmental Engineering
SangHyun Lee is an Associate Professor and John L. Tishman Faculty Scholar of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan, and leads the Dynamic Project Management group. He is also Acting CEO of Kinetica. He received both his MSc and PhD from MIT, and his research aims to understand and manage construction dynamics and human-infrastructure interface through sensing, data analytics and computer simulation. He served as a board of governors in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Construction Institute, Chair of the ASCE Construction Research Council, and Chair of the ASCE Visualization, Information Modeling, and Simulation Committee. In addition, he is serving as the Specialty Editor for the ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, and as an Associate Editor for the ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering. He received the ASCE Daniel W. Halpin Award for Scholarship in Construction, ASCE Thomas Fitch Rowland Prize, the FIATCH CETI Outstanding Early Career Researcher Award, the Stephen G. Revay Award from the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering, CII Distinguished Professor Award, Tom Waters Award, and Henry Russel Award, the highest honor the University of Michigan bestows upon junior faculty, among many others as well as seven best paper awards including the 2014 ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering best paper award. He has over 170 peer-reviewed articles including 74 journal articles as well as 2 patents, 2 books and 1 start-up company.