2021 Annual Meeting

INSPIRE University Transportation Center

The INSPIRE UTC hosted a virtual annual meeting on August 10-11, 2021.  Activities included technical research presentations by major university member principal investigators and an INSPIRE UTC executive business meeting.  Highlighted topics included were updates on recent developments with the seven-state pooled-fund study and a virtual graduate poster session.


Technical Program

The 2021 Annual Meeting included the following presentations:

SENSING AND NONDESTRUCTIVE EVALUATION

  • AUTONOMOUS ULTRASONIC THICKNESS MEASUREMENT BY A MAGNET-WHEELED ROBOT, Dr. Yang Wang, Georgia Institute of Technology

  • HEALTH INSPECTION OF CONCRETE PAVEMENT AND BRIDGE MEMBERS EXPOSED TO FREEZE-THAW SERVICE ENVIRONMENTS, Dr. Hongyan Ma, Missouri S&T

  • PROBABILITY OF DETECTION IN CORROSION MONITORING WITH FE-C COATED LPFG SENSORSDr. Genda Chen, Missouri S&T

 INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE

  • SMART SOUNDING SYSTEM FOR AUTONOMOUS EVALUATION OF CONCRETE AND METALLIC STRUCTURES, Dr. Anil Agrawal, The City College of New York

AUTONOMOUS SYSTEMS

  • BRIDGE INSPECTION ROBOT DEPLOYMENT SYSTEMS (BIRDS)Dr. Bo Shang, Missouri S&T

  • NONDESTRUCTIVE DATA DRIVEN MOTION PLANNING FOR INSPECTION ROBOTS, Dr. Hung La, University of Nevada, Reno

  • A FIELD DEPLOYABLE WALL-CLIMBING ROBOT FOR BRIDGE INSPECTION USING VISION AND IMPACT SOUNDING TECHNIQUES, Dr. Jizhong Xiao, The City College of New York

  • AUGMENTING BRIDGE INSPECTION WITH AUGMENTED REALITY AND HAPTICS-BASED AERIAL MANIPULATION, Dr. Paul Oh, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

  • ROBOT-ASSISTED UNDERWATER ACOUSTIC IMAGING FOR BRIDGE SCOUR EVALUATION, Dr. Liujun Li, Missouri S&T

 RETROFIT AND RESILIENCE

  • DATA-DRIVEN RISK-INFORMED BRIDGE ASSET MANAGEMENT AND PRIORITIZATION ACROSS TRANSPORTATION NETWORKS, Dr. Iris Tien, Georgia Institute of Technology

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

  • SIMULATION TRAINING TO WORK WITH BRIDGE INSPECTION ROBOTS, Dr. Sushil Louis, University of Nevada, Reno

  • AN INTERACTIVE SYSTEM FOR TRAINING AND ASSISTING BRIDGE INSPECTORS IN INSPECTION VIDEO DATA ANALYTICS, Dr. Xinzhe Yuan, Missouri S&T

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Graduate Student Poster Session

INSPIRE UTC 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 offered 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

Dongbin Kim-First Place Winner
Yu Otsuki-Second Place Winner
Pu Jiao-Third Place Winner

 - 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

Dongbin Kim and Paul Y. Oh, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

“A Human-Embodied Drone For Dexterous Aerial Manipulation”

2nd Place

Yu Otsuki and Yang Wang, Georgia Institute of Technology

“Autonomous Ultrasonic Thickness Measurement Using Martlet Wireless Sensing System Integrated With A Steel Climbing Mobile Robot”

3rd Place

Pu Jiao, Liujun, Rafael Cordona and Genda Chen, Missouri S&T

“INSPIRE UTC Bridge Inspection Field Campaign Update, 2021”