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Nov. 8, 2018

Case authors book chapter to help construction engineers

By Tara Garcia, communication assistant

Dr. Denise Case

Dr. Denise Case

Dr. Denise Case, assistant professor in the School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Northwest Missouri State University, has contributed a chapter in “Fuzzy Hybrid Computing in Construction Engineering and Management,” a new book by Emerald publishing that presents soft computing techniques for construction projects.

Case co-authored the chapter, “Modelling Construction Management Problems with Fuzzy Cognitive Maps,” with Ty Blackburn, principle and director of project management at Burns and McDonnell, and Dr. Chrysostomos Stylios, associate professor at the Technological Educational Institute of Epirus in Greece.

“The most fun part of working on the chapter was collaborating with experts from around the world and local industry leaders responsible for training thousands of project managers,” Case said. “It’s been a great opportunity for academia and industry to work together and make useful progress. Our chapter focuses on tools that combine fuzzy logic with cognitive maps and neural networks to develop interactive models that enhance traditional tools. The work helps construction managers identify the most important issues affecting their projects.”

Case says construction engineering and management are complex, and performing them well can save companies time and money.

“‘Fuzzy’ logic provides a way for computer scientists and engineers to better model the way humans think,” Case said. “We can ask construction managers if a particular impact has ‘a small effect,’ a ‘moderate’ effect or a ‘very large’ effect on another metric, and then use the information to build interactive models of very complex systems.”

Case joined the Northwest faculty in 2015 and her academic interests include natural and artificial intelligence, large-scale data systems and computer science education. She earned her Ph.D. in computer science and a master’s degree in software engineering from Kansas State University and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering honors from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Case won the Northwest Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching in 2017. She is a licensed professional engineer in Kansas and has 20 years of experience as an engineering consultant.


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