2018 Annual Meeting

INSPIRE University Transportation Center

The INSPIRE UTC held its first annual meeting August 14-15, 2018 on the Missouri University of Science and Technology campus, in Rolla, Missouri.   Activities included technical research presentations by the INSPIRE UTC faculty, a Pedestrian Bridge Test demonstration, an executive meeting and panel discussion with the INSPIRE UTC External Advisory Committee, and a Graduate Student Poster Session and awards ceremony. 

Technical Program

The 2018 Annual Meeting included the following presentations:


  • UAV-enabled Measurement for Spatial Magnetic Field of Smart Rocks in Bridge Scour Monitoring, Dr. Genda Chen, Missouri S&T
  • Battery-free Antenna Sensors for Strain and Crack Monitoring of Bridge Structures, Dr. Yang Wang, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • In-line Long Period Grating and Brillouin Scattering Fiber Optic Sensors for Strain, Temperature, Chloride Concentration, and Steel Mass Loss Measurement in Bridge Applications, Dr. Genda Chen, Missouri S&T
  • 3D Microwave Camera for Concrete Delamination and Steel Corrosion Detection, Dr. Reza Zoughi, Missouri S&T
  • Hyperspectral Image Analysis for Mechanical and Chemical Properties of Concrete and Steel Surfaces, Dr. Genda Chen, Missouri S&T


  • Quantitative Bridge Inspection Ratings Using Autonomous Robotic Systems, Dr. Anil Agrawal, The City College of New York


  • Mobile-manipulating UAVs for Sensor Installation, Bridge Inspection and Maintenance, Dr. Paul Oh, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Climbing Robots with Automated Deployment of Sensors and NDE Devices for Steel Bridge Inspection, Dr. Hung La, University of Nevada, Reno
  • Autonomous Wall-climbing Robots for Inspection and Maintenance of Concrete Bridges, Dr. Jizhong Xiao, The City College of New York


  • Training Framework of Robotic Operation and Image Analysis for Decision-Making in Bridge Inspection and Preservation, Dr. Ruwen Qin, Missouri S&T
  • Developing a Robotic Simulator and Video Games for Professional and Public Training, Dr. Siming Liu for Dr. Sushil Louis, University of Nevada, Reno


  • Bridge Resilience Assessment with INSPIRE Data, Dr. Iris Tien, Georgia Institute of Technology 

Graduate Student Poster Session

INSPIRE graduate students from all consortium institutions attended the annual meeting.  Participating students interacted with transportation professionals from the government and industry sector.  A Graduate Student Poster Session was held, and offeres students the opportunity to showcase their research, communicate results to other students, faculty and staff, engage with representatives from the transportation industry, and facilitate interdisciplinary work by exchanging knowledge and ideas between individuals from multiple disciplines.

Poster Session Guidelines

1st Place- Chuanrui Guo, Missouri S&T
2nd Place- Dan Li, Georgia Institute of Technology
3rd Place- Liang Yang, The City College of New York (Award accepted by Research Advisor, Dr. Jizhong Xiao)

 - Poster Session Award Winners -

The INSPIRE UTC External Advisory Committee members attending the annual meeting served as judges for the poster competition.  First, second and third place awards were presented to the following students:

1st Place

Chuanrui Guo, Missouri S&T
Integrated Fiber Optic Sensors for Strain, Temperature and Corrosion-induced Mass Loss Measurement

2nd Place

Dan Li, Georgia Institute of Technology
Thermally-Stable Passive Antenna Sensor for Strain and Crack Monitoring

3rd Place

Liang Yang, The City College of New York
Deep Semantic 3D Visual Metric Reconstruction Using Wall-climbing Robot