Dynamic Project Management: Anthropocentricity

The Dynamic Project Management (DPM) Laboratory at the University of Michigan pursues anthropocentric construction and infrastructure management. Specifically, DPM aims to understand and manage human-centric construction dynamics and human-infrastructure interface through sensing, data analytics and computer simulation. DPM is interested in achieving the maximum benefit from technologies like wearables, automation, and robotics for humans in construction and infrastructure. DPM also applies these technologies to direct smart and connected communities and cities toward social equality.

DPM’s research has been supported by diverse sponsors in different countries. For example, DPM has received numerous grants from federal (e.g., NSF in the US, NSERC and SSHRC in Canada, and KAIA in Korea) and state agencies (e.g., MEDC). At the same time, DPM’s research has been strongly supported by industry partners including TOYOTA, Liberty Mutual Group, Construction Industry Institute, Barton Malow, Turner, Skanska, Shade, Dee Cramer, Granger Construction, Toebe Construction, etc. Such diverse sponsorships allow DPM to pursue fundamental research on basic science and engineering, which can be widely applied to real world problems, thereby achieving balanced contributions to theories and practices. DPM also strongly pursues entrepreneurship. A spin-off company from DPM is very active in commercialization.

Below are our recent projects’ videos, which aim to improve (1) older adults’ mobility and (2) construction workers’ safety, with wearable biosensors.

If you have an interest in working with DPM, please contact Director, Prof. SangHyun Lee, at (shdpm@umich.edu). 

Recent News

  • 5, 2022: Journal paper by Shen, W. and Lee, S. on “Formation of Inter-project Ties from the Sender–Recipient Perspective: Roles of Task Interdependence and Functional Interdependence” was accepted by the International Journal of Project Management, Elsevier.
  • 5, 2022: Prof. Lee and Francis published a paper entitled “Toward Empathetic Construction Robotics”, which was invited by KSARC (Korean Society of Automation and Robotics in Construction) for the inaugural issue of its magazine (Magazine of Construction Automation and Robotics).
  • 4, 2022: Prof. Lee gave a keynote speech about empathetic collaboration robots in construction to the 2022 buildingSMART FORUM held in Seoul, Korea.
  • 4, 2022: Journal paper by Lee, G. and Lee, S., on “Importance of Testing with Independent Subjects and Contexts for Machine Learning Models to Monitor Construction Workers’ Psychophysiological Responses” was accepted by the Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, ASCE.
  • 4, 2022: Journal paper by Zhang, S., Bogus, S. M., Lippitt, C. D., Kamat, V. and Lee, S. on “Implementing Remote Sensing Methodologies for Construction Research – An Unoccupied Airborne System Perspective” was accepted by the Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, ASCE.