Yifei Yu is a PhD student at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Business Information Systems (IEBIS), at the University of Twente (UT). The information about his current PhD project can be found in the section of Research. Previously, he obtained his Master's degree in Construction Management and Engineering specialized in digital technology design at the Faculty of Engineering Technology at the UT in 2020. During the master programme, he was admitted as a member of UT Research Honours Programme 2019 because of his excellent track record. Afterwards, he worked as a junior researcher at IEBIS to prepare his own PhD proposal supported by Twente Graduate School (TGS) Bridging Grant for six months.
He conducts multi-disciplinary research about implementing Circular Economy in the construction industry. Particularly, he is interested in innovating Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to develop decision-support instruments for both government bodies and private enterprises regarding circular collaborations. Methodologically, he focuses on the integration of Agent-Based Modelling and Geographic Information Systems, blending with Enterprise Architecture Design. He aims to improve construction resource efficiency and ultimately fosters the development of smart circular construction ecosystems.
This is a 4-year full-time PhD project supported by the BMS Signature PhD Grant at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Business Information Systems. The project is entitled as Engineering an Information Platform for Smart Circular Construction Ecosystems. The supervision team consists of Prof. dr. M.E. Iacob, dr. D.M. Yazan and dr. V. Junjan. The research theme is about improving resource efficiency in constructions by innovating a Circularity Information Platform (CIP).
The research objective is twofold: 1) To propose a CIP reference-architecture encompassing functionality, such as Construction & Demolition Waste (CDW)-information-sharing, collaborative negotiation, and decision-making support in the form of agent-based simulation framework, business analytics, circular supply chain design and coordination; 2) To develop and validate a bi-directional regulatory framework that realizes both the translation of high-level policies into actionable business rules (encapsulated in the platform coordination tooling) and the elicitation of specific emergent systematic behaviour and industry requirements concerning a tailored Circular Economy (CE) policy-making process.
Conclusively, the CIP is a comprehensive inter-organizational information management system. It serves as an intelligent decision-making tool for industrial actors that can identify CE opportunities and maintain collaborations efficiently, and governments that can access real-time information for adjusting their interventions dynamically.