Research crew



Prof - Head of ASPARi

André Dorée is born and raised in the Netherlands. He was educated as Civil Engineer and as Industrial Engineer, and started working at the University Twente in 1989. He got his doctorate degree in 1996 and in 2000 became full professor in the Construction Management domain. His first work focused on public procurement, types of contract and client contractor relationships. Later on, this was extended to business environment, industrial relationships, market dynamics and the impact on technological innovation in the construction industry. Between 2002-2007 the business environment suddenly changed for the Dutch roadbuilding contractors. They were confronted by new types of contracts. Facing longer guarantee intervals the contractors had to raise their control over processes and quality. That need ignited the ASPARi consortium. Since then André has been leading in ASPARi. The daily lead in now gradually taken over by Seirgei Miller. André is still active within ASPARi for supervision (MSc/PDEng/PhD projects), strategy, sourcing and investments. Currently André is member of the steering committee of the National Asphalt Impulse research program, and c0-chair of the Asphalt Impulse Core team. Other functions include head of department Construction Management and Scientific Director of Dutch 4TU Center of Excellence for the Built Environment (4TU is the cooperation of the four Dutch Technical Universities). André is passionate about innovation in the construction industry and strong promotor for the use off digitalization and new technologies. Personal page>



Coordinator - Researcher

Seirgei Miller, born and raised in South Africa, undertook his doctoral research at the University of Twente in The Netherlands, where he focused on addressing challenges facing the asphalt construction industry. His PhD thesis titled “The Hot Mix Asphalt Paving Process – Towards a more professional approach” aptly describes the drive local contractors have to reduce variability in the entire asphalt supply chain and in so doing, improve quality and increase the durability of the constructed asphalt layers.

His research aims to transform the rather traditional, low-tech asphalt construction process into an advanced manufacturing process where technologies such as GPS, infrared thermography, sensors and sensor modalities are used to steer process parameters during construction. His current work focuses on the development of guided asphalt compaction strategies, real-time process control systems, the implementation of sensors such as fibre optics, RFID and other sensor modalities to measure process parameters during construction, new machine manufacturing technologies and ongoing work into reducing variability and improving quality in asphalt construction. Personal page> 




Farid is born and raised in Iran. A civil engineer by training, he opted for an academic career and did a Ph.D. in construction management and engineering in Canada. Upon the graduation in 2015, and after a brief Postdoc, Farid joined the Department of Construction Management and Engineering at the University of Twente in 2016 as an assistant professor. His main research area is Building Information Modeling and ICT in construction. He is interested in a range of topics including data analytics, operator support system, virtual reality, and simulation/visualization/optimization of construction processes. He contributes to ASPARi by supervising students and co-developing research ideas in the domain of real-time process control systems, operator training simulators, and the modernization of PQi methodology through the use of alternative data collection methods. Personal page>




My research focuses on the sustainability and Circularity of Civil Infrastructure. My core research area focusses on assessing the environmental and economic impact of civil infrastructure from a life-cycle perspective using GaBi and Simapro software. Furthermore, I an interested on linking pollution and economic development and investigate ways to transition towards a more sustainable circular economy. I believe in: solution to pollution is economic growth. Personal page>




Dr. Joao Santos is an Assistant Professor at the department of Construction Management and Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering Technology at the University of Twente since January 2018. He received a MSc in Civil Engineering from the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Coimbra (FCTUC), Portugal, and a PhD in Transportation Systems from the FCTUC, in association with the Technical University of Lisbon (IST) and the University of Porto (FEUP) in 2011and 2016, respectively.

Before joining the UT, João Santos was a postdoctoral research fellow at the French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development and Networks (IFSTTAR), in Nantes. During his graduate studies, João Santos spent two years as visiting scholar at the Center for Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure (CSTI), at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), USA.

His main research interests are on advancing the sustainability and resilience of civil infrastructure systems. His work develops advanced mathematical tools underpinned by life cycle thinking to handle from an optimized-based perspective the assessment and design of more sustainable infrastructure management strategies. He is also interested in the use of machine learning algorithms and the statistical modelling to create predictive models that estimate: (i) the impact of rolling resistance on vehicle fuel consumption; and (ii) the infrastructure systems condition and serviceability over time, as well as the occurrence of disruptive events based on the data collected in the field or existing in databases. Personal page>

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Denis is born and raised in Russia. He holds a master degree in Computer Engineering from Moscow State University of Railway Engineering. Started his career as a software engineer Denis has got experience in field of developing different solutions for safety systems (e.g. fire protection, CCTV). After ten years in industry, inspired by an opportunity to apply his knowledge in civil engineering area Denis joined ASPARi team in 2015 (Department of Construction Management and Engineering at the University of Twente), and got his PDEng degree with the design of the real-time process control system for asphalt paving and compaction operations. He is currently busy with his PhD project titled "Construction fleet support systems in asphalt building sector" and very interested in automation of construction operations with applying data mining and machine learning approaches . He is being constantly involved into PQi measurements within ASPARi network. Personal page>


PDEng candidate

The PDEng trainee is a graduate of Khaje Nasir Toosi University of Technology in Iran with a degree in computer engineering (specialized in hardware). He also holds a Master’s degree  in computer engineering (specialized in software) from University of Science and Technology.

His bachelor thesis was about improving a driving simulator software and his master thesis was focused on mitigating tail delay in Linux based servers to enhance the performance of I/O intensive processes. By specializing in both hardware and software majors in computer engineering, he gained experiences in software architecture, sensor developments, and computer graphics. Personal page>

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PDEng candidate

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PhD candidate

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PDEng candidate



PDEng candidate