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color-coded bridge condition data overlayed on a 3D map of bridge
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.

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.

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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9:00–9:10 am


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)


Keynote: Robots, Risk, and Rework

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


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.

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


Lunch, Weeks Hall 2nd Floor


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

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


Tour: The BEAST 

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



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


Register Now Deadline: May 28, 2019

Sponsors / Partners


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


Rutgers University
Jie Gong, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Franklin Moon, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Civil andEnvironmental Engineering

Richard Dunne, P.E., Research Professor, Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation

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

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

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