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dr. S.R. Miller (Seirgei)

Associate Professor

About Me

My main role is that of researcher in the Asphalt Paving Research And innovation unit (ASPARi). Our research is focused on professionalizing the asphalt construction process using an action research methodology. We work closely with ten of the largest contractors in the Netherlands and their asphalt construction teams, to reduce process variability and to improve the quality of compacted asphalt layers using an in-house developed Process Quality improvement (PQi) method. We use high-end off the shelf sensors (GPS, fibre optics, RFID, Infrared, and others to monitor operational behaviour and at the same time get the construction teams to implement and adopt new technologies using more method-based operational strategies. I am responsible for the daily running of the research unit, the liaison with the ASPARi contractors network who support the research initiatives and the coordination all research activities. I supervise PhD, PDEng, MSc and BSc student projects.

I also have a thoroughly satisfying and enjoyable teaching load within the Civil Engineering Department on the bachelor and master programmes. I teach freshman students in Civil Engineering's Module 1 programme and am involved the in the coordination and supervision of the Problem Based Learning (PBL) developed Design Project. "Technology and Innovation in Road Construction" and "Digital Technologies for Civil Engineering" are two Master courses that I am directly involved in from a curriculum design and teaching perspective .

As of 1 September 2020, I took on the role of Programme Director for Civil Engineering's Professional Doctorate in Engineering (PDEng) programme. It is a 2 year post-master design programme focusing on the direct needs of industry.

I am a former Programme Director for the Civil Engineering Department where I was responsible for the strategy and structure of the BSc- and MSc-programme Civil Engineering & Management and the 4TU MSc-programme in Construction Management & Engineering. I worked closely with a team of education coordinators, study advisers, staff mobility, internationalization and quality assurance staff of the Office of Educational Support to set up and implement educational programmes that are in line with the Education vision of the University of Twente.

Expertise

Asphalt
Asphalt
Simulators
Compaction
Temperature
Visualization
Virtual Reality
Road Construction

Research

I am a researcher in the Asphalt Paving Research And innovation unit (ASPARi). Our research is focused on professionalizing the asphalt construction process using an action research methodology. We work closely with ten of the largest contractors in the Netherlands and their asphalt construction teams, to reduce process variability and to improve the quality of compacted asphalt layers using an in-house developed Process Quality improvement (PQi) method. We use high-end off the shelf sensors (GPS, fibre optics, RFID, Infrared, and others to monitor operational behaviour and at the same time get the construction teams to implement and adopt new technologies using more method-based operational strategies. I am responsible for the daily running of the research unit, the liaison with the ASPARi contractors network who support the research initiatives and the coordination all research activities. I supervise PhD, PDEng, MSc and BSc student projects. 

Publications

Recent
Makarov, D. , Miller, S. R. , Vahdatikhaki, F. , & Doree, A. (2019). A Generic Framework for Automating the Asphalt Construction Process. 1227–1241. Paper presented at 12th conference of Asphalt Pavements for sourthen Africa (CAPSA), Sun City, South Africa.
Vahdatikhaki, F. , Kassemi Langroodi, A. , Makarov, D. , & Miller, S. (2019). Context-realistic virtual reality-based training simulators for asphalt operations. In M. Al-Hussein (Ed.), Proceedings of the 36th International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction (ISARC 2019): May 21-24, 2019, Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, AB, Canada (pp. 218-225). University of Alberta. https://doi.org/10.22260/ISARC2019/0030
Makarov, D. , Miller, S. R. , Vahdatikhaki, F. , Oliveira dos Santos, J. M. , & Doree, A. (2018). Towards a more comprehensive Pavement Management System. Paper presented at CROW Infradagen 2018, Arnhem, Netherlands.
Arbeider, C. G. , Miller, S. R. , Doree, A., & Oosterveld, M. (2017). Planning the asphalt construction process: Towards more consistent paving and compaction operations. Paper presented at 17th AAPA International Flexible Pavements Conference Exhibition 2017, Melbourne, Australia.

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Education

I love teaching and teach several classes in the Civil Engineering Programme. My contact with Bachelor students is limited to teaching in the Module 1 course, Fundamentals of Civil Engineering and supervision of the Problem Based Learning (PBL) Design Project.

I am involved in teaching two Master courses and am fully responsible for teaching  "Technology and Innovation in Road Construction" and part of a group teaching "Digital Technologies in Construction". 

Students apparently enjoy my classes (they do call me a little crazy). I've been nominated for Civil Engineering's Teacher of the year award on five occasions and have been fortunate to win the award once. 

In addition to my teaching duties, I also mentor young academic staff wanting to improve their teaching methods.   

Affiliated Study Programmes

Bachelor

Master

Courses

Projects

Most of my time is spent on the ongoing ASPARi project. ASPARi is a collaborative network of ten of the largest contractors in the Netherlands and researchers of the University of Twente. The project is currently in a fourth 4-year phase, having successfully completed several PhD and PDEng projects. Also, numerous Master and Bachelor projects have jointly been carried out with industry partners and public clients in the previous three phases. Projects have also been carried out with machine manufacturers given our expertise in asphalt process control.

Current Projects

Finished Projects

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst Complex (building no. 20), room Z214
De Horst 2
7522LW  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Mailing Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst Complex  Z214
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands