Mehdi Ashayeri, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture at Southern Illinois University, where he leads the Urban Intelligence and Integrity Lab (URBiiLAB). Ashayeri earned his Ph.D. in Architecture–Technologies of the Built Environment, from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He also holds an M.Sc. in Architectural Engineering and a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Tehran Azad University. Dr. Ashayeri's research is centered on environmental performance and computing, with a strong emphasis on their implications for human health and justice. This involves developing frameworks, tools, and digital platforms using data-driven techniques including artificial intelligence, machine learning, natural language processing, Big data, and sensing, as well as physics-based simulation methodologies. In recent projects, Ashayeri has specifically explored spatiotemporal modeling, energy performance evaluation, assessment of exposure to air pollution, and the integration of human feedback systems across various scales. These studies are designed to facilitate data-informed decision-making for health-centric and human-centered design, as well as to contribute to the development of sustainable buildings and cities. Ashayeri's research has been published in high-impact journals, including Environmental Research, Applied Energy, Building and Environment, and Sustainable Cities and Society.
Ebrahim MaghsoudlouPhD Student in Computer ScienceGraduate Research Assistant (LinkedIn) Summer 2023
Negin ZamaniPhD Student in Criminal JusticeGraduate Research Assistant (LinkedIn) Summer 2023
Alemtsehay Mesfin Graduate Research Assistant 2022-23
Primary Advisor: Mehdi Ashayeri
Bill Broms Graduate Research Assistant2021-22