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Dr. Peng (Patrick) Sun

Assistant Professor

Room: Engr II 402
Phone: (407) 823-1309


Ph.D. in Structural Engineering, May 2017
Rice University, Houston, Texas

M.S. in Structural/Earthquake Engineering, June 2012
Southeast University, Nanjing, China

B.S. in Civil Engineering, June 2009
Southeast University, Nanjing, China


Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Intelligent Systems and Smart Cities, 2017-2020
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan


  • Quantifying human activity using deep learning-based computer vision technologies
  • Sensing and analyzing social dynamics in both public open spaces and in-door built environment
  • Characterization and development of strain sensors for civil infrastructures using nanomaterials
  • Designing MEMS-based thin-film sensors to measure structural response, human health, and activity-related responses


CGN 3501C Civil Engineering Materials (Fall 2020)


Multiple fully funded Ph.D. positions in the UCF CECE department are available for Spring/Fall 2021. We encourage applications from highly self-motivated students with a solid background in one of the following realms: infrastructure and human sensing (e.g. sensor development, image/signal processing), sensing system development (e.g. computer vision with coding experience in python, C++, or matlab), data science (e.g. machine/deep learning, data analytics, and simulation), or a related experimental or analytical field. We prefer students with a strong interest in applying these techniques to tackle research problems in smart infrastructures and smart cities.

To express your interest in joining the group, please email your complete CV and a short cover letter to Dr. Sun (  Applications for MS students and visiting scholars are also welcome.