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Sharad V. Oberoi, PhD




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Some of my recent research activities are listed below. Kindly feel free to contact me for more details.

Major Research Areas

        Geospatial Information Systems

        Design Learning & Computational Linguistics

        Quantitative Social Sciences

        Civil Engineering

Geospatial Information Systems

2013-†††††††† Technical Development Manager

The Sanborn Map Company, Colorado Springs, Colorado

o   Coordinating the new technology development initiative for Sanborn.

o   Responsibilities include formulating theoretical research models, designing and constructing experiments, performing preliminary experiments and data analysis.

2005-06††† Graduate Research Assistant

Advisors: Burcu Akinci, PhD and James H. Garrett, Jr., PhD

Civil & Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

        Project: CAD-GIS Integration using Semantic Web-services

o   This project is based on a query-based approach to formalize engineering tasks, such as location of a tower crane on the construction site and to develop a prototype of the web-service architecture.

o   My main contribution in this research was oriented towards the identification of functional requirements for CAD and GIS integration.

oThis research has implications for providing seamless integration between CAD and GIS systems.

2004††††††††† Summer Intern

Advisors: Praveen Mathur and Narinder Kumar Thakur

Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment, Defense Research & Development Organization, Chandigarh, India

        Project: Natural hazard modeling using GIS and remote sensing

o   This research operationalizes a working methodology for disaster management in mountainous terrains.

o   Analyzed geo-environmental parameters to develop models for generating landslide/avalanche hazard maps using remotely sensed data and GIS.

o   The research has implications for strategic planning of future developmental activities in hazard-prone mountainous regions.


Design Learning & Computational Linguistics

2012-13††††† Visiting Research Scientist

Host: Daniel P. Siewiorek, PhD

The Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

o   Coordinated with software consultants and programmers for open source releases of research prototypes using Agile software development methodologies.

2007-11††††† Graduate Research Assistant

Advisors: Susan Finger, PhD, Daniel P. Siewiorek, PhD and Carolyn P. Rosť, PhD

Civil & Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

        Project: ADEPT - Assessing design engineering project classes with multi-disciplinary teams

o   Lead PhD student on an NSF-funded project to address the problem of information management in engineering design projects by using computational linguistics.

o   Developed a research prototype to aggregate the documents and student discussion threads in project-based courses to extract an interactive graphical representation (called DesignWebs) for navigating the project corpus.

o   The research has implications for design learning by allowing researchers to understand how the underlying structure of the artifact changes as the project progresses.

        Project: Group Cognition - Learning in engineering project teams

o   My contribution in this project relates to using noun phrases as a surrogate measure for assessing design team dynamics.

o   This research shows that monitoring the design vocabulary over time as it is shared across team boundaries can reveal insights about the extent of successful collaboration among the team members.

o   The research has implications for enhancing our understanding of how students create design knowledge and providing additional assessment metrics to instructors.


Quantitative Social Sciences

2010-11†††† MA Candidate

Advisors: Michael J. Reese, PhD and Matthias Staisch

Committee on International Relations, The University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

        Project: Population-centric counterinsurgency as seen through the Iraq War Logs

o   This research builds an assessment model for measuring the success of population-centric counterinsurgency (COIN) in Iraq by using machine learning approaches on the Iraq War Logs.

o   The analysis demonstrates that the COIN campaign did not succeed in achieving its goals and the US led coalition forces should focus on population-related activities.

o   The research has implications for the current US strategy in Afghanistan that relies on the Iraq War as a successful counterinsurgency model.


Civil Engineering

2005-06††† Graduate Research Assistant

Advisors: Burcu Akinci, PhD and James H. Garrett, Jr., PhD

Civil & Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

        Project: Assistance to First Responders using Building and Mobile Sensor Streams Information

o   This research reasons with the maintenance history and building/mobile sensor streams information to assist facility managers in diagnosing faults during building emergencies.

o   My contribution in this project was to develop the research framework of maintenance history information for the HVAC, electrical and plumbing equipments in a facility.

o   The research has implications for improving the building commissioning process practices.

2003††††††††† Undergraduate Research Assistant

Advisor: Brind Kumar, PhD

Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India

        Project: Mathematical modeling of traffic flow in urban areas

o  This research analyzes traffic behavior in Varanasi to build a mathematical relationship between the various factors affecting traffic flow in urban areas.

o  Speed-flow studies were carried out along nine major roads of Varanasi city at both the peak and off-peak hours.

o  The research has implications for making rational decision of investments on urban transportation planning from limited financial resources.



Last updated on April 21, 2013.