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Condition data gathered using multiple robotic NDE tools and merged with a 3D lidar map offers an excellent picture of bridge health. Image: ©Jie Gong, Nenad Gucunski/Rutgers CAIT.
Event

Emerging Robotic Solutions for Infrastructure Management Workshop

  • May 30, 2019
  • 9:00 am–4:15 pm

Maintaining the vast network of transportation infrastructure in the United States is an enormous challenge, especially since a significant percentage of these systems are nearing the end of their service life.

Robots are an emerging force for infrastructure construction, condition monitoring, and maintenance. Whether they are rigid machinery systems or soft robots with a mix of mobility, strength, and configurability—and whether they fly, climb, crawl, or swim—these tools are on trajectory of rapidly expanding capabilities, applications, and utility.

Workshop presentations and discussions from researchers, developers, practitioners, and end users cover:

  • Current and emerging robotic solutions
  • How robots can be deployed to detect and characterize deterioration and other insidious aging effects
  • Corrective actions they can take to extend the lifespan of transportation infrastructure

The goal of the event is to overcome inertia hindering wide adoption of robotic technologies by encouraging deliberation about the various barriers and challenges faced in infrastructure construction and maintenance.

NOTE: The agenda published on this page was preliminary. You can download a PDF of the full final agenda here.

Date & Time

Date
May 30, 2019
Time
9:00 am–4:15 pm

Location

Rutgers CAIT Auditorium
100 Brett Rd
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8058 United States

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Additional Information

Morning sessions (9:00–11:15 am) take place in the CAIT Auditorium on Rutgers Busch Campus at 100 Brett Road, Piscataway NJ 08854.
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Tours and afternoon sessions (11:15 am–3:30 pm) take place in Richard Weeks Hall of Engineering, a walk of less than 3 minutes from the CAIT building. Address is 500 Bartholomew Rd, Piscataway NJ 08854.
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The final tour of the BEAST will be at the facility on Rutgers Livingston Campus. The address is 93 Road 1, Piscataway NJ 08854
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Agenda
9:00–9:10 am

Welcome

Ali Maher, Ph.D., Director, Rutgers Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation

9:10–9:30 am

Workshop Vision

Jie Gong, Franklin Moon, Richard Dunne (Rutgers CAIT); Matthew Bandelt (NJIT); Xiao Liang (University at Buffalo)

9:30–10:15am

Keynote: Robots, Risk, and Rework

Carl Haas, Ph.D., Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Waterloo and Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering

10:15–11:15am

Panel on Current and Emerging Robotic Solutions

  • Advanced Construction Robotics, Carson Carney, Vice President, TyBOT
  • Autonomous Bridge Deck Inspection and Repair, Nenad Gucunski, Professor and Chair, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rutgers University
  • AI-assisted Infrastructure Digital Twins, Zheng Wu, Director of Research, Bentley Systems Inc.
11:15am-12:15pm

Break and tours, Richard Weeks Hall of Engineering
RABIT, ANDERS, LIDAR, DRONE, and CAVE Visualization Lab

12:15–1:00pm

Lunch, Weeks Hall 2nd Floor

1:00–2:00pm

Eight-minute Lightning Talks: Research Overviews, Weeks Hall Room 102

  • Chen Feng, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Urban Engineering, New York University
  • David Lattanzi, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering, George Mason University
  • Cheng Bo Ai, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Univeristy of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Jizhong Xiao, Professor, Robotics Lab, The City College of New York
  • Wei Jie, Professor, Computer Science,The City College of New York
  • Xiao Liang, Research Assistant Professor, Department Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering, University at Buffalo–SUNY
2:00–3:15pm

Group Work Session, Weeks Hall Room 102

Opportunities and Barriers on Delivering Maintenance and Repair Actions via Automated/Robotic Systems

3:15–3:30 pm

Introduction to the BEAST, Weeks Hall Room 102

Franklin Moon, Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rutgers University

3:30–4:15pm

Tour: The BEAST 

Facility is at 93 Road 1, Piscataway NJ. It is about a 7 minute drive from Weeks Hall.

Fee

Free

This event is offered at no cost, however, seating is limited and registration is required. Lunch is provided by the host.

Registration

Register Now Deadline: May 28, 2019

Sponsors / Partners

HOSTED BY

USDOT Region 2 University Transportation Center led by Rutgers Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT)

WORKSHOP ORGANIZERS

Rutgers University
Jie Gong, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
jg931@soe.rutgers.edu

Franklin Moon, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Civil andEnvironmental Engineering
franklin.moon@rutgers.edu

Richard Dunne, P.E., Research Professor, Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation
richard.dunne@rutgers.edu

New Jersey Institute of Technology
Matthew Bandelt, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
bandelt@njit.edu

University at Buffalo
Xiao Liang, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering
liangx@buffalo.edu

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