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Ekaterina Petrova is an Assistant Professor of Artificial Intelligence in Construction at the Department of the Built Environment at Eindhoven University of Technology. She received a PhD in Civil Engineering in 2019 from Aalborg University in Denmark. She was also a visiting researcher at the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning at Ghent University in 2018. Ekaterina joined the Information Systems in the Built Environment (ISBE) research group at Eindhoven University of Technology in March 2021. Her research focuses on the integration of various symbolic and statistical Artificial Intelligence (AI) approaches for decision support in performance-oriented building design and engineering. Her research interests include neuro-symbolic AI in the built environment, cognitive approaches, smart buildings, Building Information Modelling and Management, Semantic Web technologies. She has been working on various topics related to the implementation of symbolic and statistical AI for decision support in the context of sustainable building design, circular buildings, Digital Twins, data-driven smart buildings, etc.

Ekaterina supervises PhD-, master- and bachelor students and is involved in curriculum development and lecturing of multiple bachelors and master courses, including Collaborative design, Fundamentals of Building Information Modelling, Parametric Design, Systems Engineering, Digital Built Environment, etc. She is also a member of the Eindhoven Artificial Intelligence Systems Institute (EAISI), a coordinator of the Smart Cities track of the Msc in Artificial Intelligence & Engineering Systems (AI&ES) program at Eindhoven University of Technology and a chair of the Program Committee of AI&ES. She serves as a reviewer of multiple journals and conferences in the area of Information Technology in Architecture, Engineering and Construction. She is also a holder of an Irene Curie fellowship from Eindhoven University of Technology, Professor P. Ole Fanger's Research Grant and an eCAADe Young Researcher Grant.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

External positions

Assistant Professor, Aalborg University

1 Mar 202028 Feb 2021

Researcher, Aalborg University

1 Jun 201928 Feb 2020

Guest Researcher and Teaching Assistant, Ghent University

1 Mar 201830 Jun 2018

PhD Candidate, Aalborg University

1 Jun 201631 May 2019

Research Assistant, Aalborg University

1 Mar 201631 May 2016


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