Johnson Xuesong Shen

Sch-Civil & Environmental Eng
Contact details:
+61 2 9385 0483
+61 2 9385 6139

Civil Engineering Building (H20)
Level 2, Room 212
Kensington Campus

Lecturer in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering


Research interests

Construction Automation and Robotics

Smart Sensing

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in Civil and Mining Applications

Emissions and Fuel Consumption Modelling of Construction Machinery

Structural Health Monitoring

Internet of Things (IoT)

Sustainable Construction Operations

Automated Machine Control and Guidance

Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) Tunnelling and Trenchless Techniques

Courses taught

CVEN3101 Engineering Operations and Control

CVEN4102 Operations and Projects

CVEN9723 Design of Construction Operations


Top 10 Best Conference Papers, the 32nd International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction and Mining (ISARC2015), Finland, 2015

Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence (Led by Prof. D. Carmichael), UNSW Australia, 2014

Best PhD Student Paper Award, the 13th International Conference on Construction Applications of Virtual Reality (CONVR), UK, 2013

Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Alberta, NSERC & TECTERRA, Canada, 2011-2013

Best Paper Award, the 2010 Construction Research Congress (CRC2010), ASCE, Canada, 2010

Most Cited Paper, Automation in Construction (Q1), Elsevier, 2007-2012

Recent research grants

CRC for Low Carbon Living, RP1020 (PIs: Prof. S. Foster, Prof. J. Sanjayan, and A/Prof. A. Castel), "Performance based Criteria for Concretes: Creating Pathways for Low Carbon Concrete Manufacture with Existing Standards", 2014-2017

UNSW Faculty Research Grant, “Integrated Machine Control and Guidance for Tunnel Construction in Curved Alignment”, 2014, $29,374

Recent learning and teaching grants

UNSW Learning and Teaching Innovation Grant, SEF#4 (with Prof. D. Carmichael), "Get Your Hands Dirty: Enhancing Learning Experience through Undertaking Scaled Construction Projects in Laboratory", 2015, $50,000


Number currently in lab: 3 PhD and 1 MEng Candidates

Student Projects:

2014-2017: Emissions Modelling of Construction Equipment through Field Data Measurement

PhD Student: Khalegh Barati

2014-2016: Serviceability and Durability Investigation of Geopolymer Concrete with Embedded Sensors

MEng Student: Jerry Jin Dang

2014-2017: Vision-based Pose Estimation and Self-calibration for UAV Photogrammetry

PhD Student: Mohammad Ridhwan Tamjis (Joint supervised with A/Prof. Samsung Lim in Surveying and Geospatial Engineering)

2016-2019: Unmanned Aerial Vehicle-based LiDAR Mapping for Forest Fuel Loading Estimation

PhD Student: Li Liu (Joint supervised with A/Prof. Samsung Lim in Surveying and Geospatial Engineering)

Looking for students for projects related to:

Multi-sensor Integration for UAV Mapping

Vision & LiDAR SLAM

Photogrammetry and UAV LiDAR Scanning

Structural Health Monitoring

Fuel Consumption Modelling of Construction Machinery

As-built Building Information Modelling

Tunnelling Machine Control and Guidance

Wall Penetrating Radar for Non-destructive Utility Mapping

Proactive Construction Safety Management

Professional organisations

Associate Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

Member, International Association for Automation and Robotics in Construction (IAARC)

Member, Australian Network of Structural Health Monitoring (ANSHM)


Ph.D. (Construction Engineering and Management), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, 2010

M.Sc. (Precision Instruments and Mechanology), Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China, 2005

B.Eng. (Automation Engineering), Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China, 2002