Prof. Young-Jin Cha, Ph.D.


Laboratory for Infrastructure Science and Technology (LIST)

Our essential research interest includes the development of smart sustainable structural systems using advanced structural health monitoring system and control technologies.


Dr. Young-Jin ChaDr. Cha is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at University of Manitoba. Previously, he served as Postdoctoral Associate positions in the department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) and City College of New York. He received his Ph.D. in structural engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas in 2008, his M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea in 2004, and his B.A. degree from Kumoh National Institute of Technology in Gumi, Korea in 2002.

His main scientific research interests are categorized as self-monitoring, healing, and controlling Multi-Functional Sustainable Structural Systems (MFSSS). Consequently, the following are possible areas of research:


  • Structural health monitoring (SHM) for sustainable civil structures
  • Advanced deep learning and Machine learning algorithms for SHM
  • Autonomous flying of unmanned aerial vehicles
  • Motion sensing for use with Wi-Fi sensing and camera (computer vision) based on signal and image processing
  • Nonlinear system identification based on Bayesian recursive estimation
  • Optimal sensor distribution of wireless sensors for structural health monitoring
  • Self-monitoring, self-healing, and self-controlling structural units for sustainable infrastructures
  • Nano-material based sensor development
  • Passive, active, semi-active, and hybrid control for sustainable high-rise building and bridges subjected to multi-hazardous loads to improve resiliency and reliability
  • Effective performance-based design for multi-hazards (i.e., wind, seismic, blast, and impact) of high-rise buildings and bridges
  • Large-scale real-time hybrid testing of civil structures for natural or man-made hazards
  • Structural dynamics and nonlinear model, and seismic design and analysis
  • Real-time sensor fault detection and diagnosis methods


Dr. Young-Jin Cha,
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil Engineering,
The University of Manitoba,
E1-430 EITC, 15 Gillson Street
Winnipeg, MB R3T 5V6, Canada
Office: (204) 272-1646