Augmented Reality Technology for Urban Flood Mitigation and Public Education

ZhiQiang Chen

The use of augmented reality (AR) to visualize flood mechanics and effects has been adopted by some industry practitioners and studied by many researchers. The most successful example is the Weather Channel’s attempt to use mixed AR to illustrate flood flows and their impacts. However, none has customized for individualistic public education or regional urban flood mitigation.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Understand augmented reality (AR) technologies basics.
  • Learn the basics of flood dynamics simulation.
  • Understand AR for urban flood hazards and its positive effects.

ZhiQiang Chen – Associate Professor, Univesity of Missouri, Kansas City

Dr. ZhiQiang Chen is an expert in disaster response technologies and civil infrastructure resilience. He joined the Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2010. He received his Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from the University of California, San Diego in 2009, with a cross-discipline training in engineering mechanics and artificial intelligence. Dr. Chen currently teaches undergraduate courses in Structural and Geotechnical Engineering and directs graduate and doctoral students in both Civil Engineering and Electric and Computing Engineering.