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The Sensing Technologies TRB Subcommittee has been co-organized under the auspices of ABJ50, Information Systems and Technology and ABJ60, Geographic Information Science and Applications.

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http://groups.google.com/group/sensing-technologies-trb

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The ABJ50(1) Subcommittee had its annual meeting during TRB on January 9th, 2018. Major topics included the successful call for papers in 2017 & agreeing to lead another one in 2018, the multi-agency 2018 lectern session on UAS applications, the need to put together some new Research Needs Statements, co-sponsoring a UAS-focused workshop or workshops in 2019, vehicles as sensors, working with ABJ20 on a new subcommittee on how do smart cities work with connected & automated vehicle data, interest in potential new leadership in the next 3-year cycle, and increasing subcommittee attendance.  The minutes for the meeting are available below and also here: ABJ50(1)_STsubcommittee_agenda_minutes_Jan9_2018

ABJ50(1) Sensing Technologies Subcommittee Meeting Agenda & Minutes – Tuesday, Jan. 9th, 2018, 8:00 am – 9:45 am.

Co-sponsored by ABJ50, Information Systems and Technology and ABJ60, Geographic Information Science and Applications.

1.       Held on Tuesday, Jan. 9th, 2018, 8 am – 9:45 am in Marriott Marquis Gallaudet U. room (M1)

2.       Past year activities:

a.       11th Sensing Technologies for Transportation workshop organized – held on Thursday, January 12th, 2017, 8 am – 12 noon, 103B Convention Center.  8 presentations, including topics: UAS, smart rocks, bridge inspection, lessons learned, imaging radar, railroad bridges, fine scale damage, post-disaster access restoration.

b.       TRB 2018: Co-sponsored (with ABJ-60) and led Monday 8 am lectern session on “Applications of Unmanned Aerial Systems to Help with Infrastructure”. Good attendance (see Fig. 1). Four presentations:

i.      Talk 1: “Improving Quality of Bridge Inspections Using Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)” –Barritt Lovelace (Collins Engineers, Inc.)

ii.      Talk 2: “UAS for pavement and markings and other infrastructure at airports” – Basil Yap (North Carolina DOT)

iii.      Talk 3: “UAV Studies – TxDOT Experience: Safety protocols and Applications in Transportation Pavement and Bridge Infrastructure” – Joe Adams (Texas DOT) and Surya Sarat Chandra Congress (University of Texas at Arlington)

iv.      Talk 4: “Implementing UAV applications at the Michigan Department of Transportation” – Colin Brooks (Michigan Tech Research Institute)

c.       Call for papers submitted with help from Richard Li (U.Louisville) & Co-Chair Zhong-Ren Peng (UFL) – “Sensing Technology Applications to Meet Transportation Data Collection Needs.” Guohui Zhang, U.Hawaii (formerly UNM) – “We have 47 papers (45 for presentation and 41 for publication) received in our committee. 23 out of 45 papers are considered for presentation, and 8 papers are considered for publication” (Last year we had 46 papers submitted).

d.       Submitted Research Needs Statement on UAS capabilities – submitted & posted July, 2016.

i.      Need transportation agency input & buy-in when putting together RNS

ii.      It takes a while to turn a RNS into an RFP… not just a one-year process

e.       74 members in Google Group (75 in Jan. 2017, 62 in Jan. 2016, 47 in Jan. 2015, and 32 in Jan. 2014). Used to discuss call for papers, share info on lectern session & sub-committee meeting.

f.        Web page continued to be updated (workshop presenters listed) at http://www.abj50.org/subcommittees/sensing-technologies/

3.       This year’s Sensing Technologies Subcommittee meeting – # attendees: 6

4.       Priorities for the next year?

a.       Research Needs Statements. Submitted one on “Increasing Understanding of Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Capabilities to Address Transportation Infrastructure Issues” but didn’t move forward to becoming a RFP. Need buy-in from one or more transportation agencies!

i.      RNS – “Guidelines for non-destructive sensing for traffic management”  - Richard Li (U.Louisville) – comparison of different available technologies – Bluetooth, Wifi, radar, LiDAR, video, CAV – which one(s) are most appropriate

ii.      Update the 2016 UAS one with input & buy-in from transportation agencies – “Increasing Understanding of Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Capabilities to Address Transportation Infrastructure Issues” at https://rns.trb.org/dproject.asp?n=40981 (C.Brooks – MTU)

iii.      Will query subcommittee email list as well

b.       Workshop – UAS subcommittee AVA60(1) led by Daniel Friedenzoh (ERAU) is looking to organize a UAS-focused “double” workshop on UAS applications & regulations on Sunday of TRB AM 2019. I’ve volunteered to help along with Qassim Abdullah of Woolpert.

i.      Co-sponsoring committees beyond ABJ50?

ii.      Possibility of working with:

1.       AFB80 (Geospatial Data Acquisition Technologies in Design & Construction)

2.       AHD30 – Structures Maintenance – two UAS for bridge inspection talks at Monday afternoon lectern session

3.       AHD35 – Bridge Management

4.       ABJ60 – Geographic Information Science and Applications

5.       Environmental assessment? ADC10 – Environmental Analysis in Transportation

6.       Construction applications – AFH30 – Standing Committee on Emerging Design & Construction Technologies

7.       AFS00 (Geotechnical Engineering) & AFP00 (Geological & Geoenvironmental Engineering) also looking to host a UAS for geoinfrastructure workshop.

iii.      Involve private sector, transportation agencies, academia, others

iv.      Interest from Elsevier Transportation (Tom Stover) in putting out a book focused on UAS applications

c.       Call for papers – did one in 2017, 2016; not in 2015. Demand seems strong. Continue? Many thanks to Guohui Zhang of U.Hawaii for organizing reviews for the past two years!

i.      Yes!

d.       Webinar? Discussed for past two years, but need someone to take the lead. New topics?

i.      Focused topic?

ii.      Sensing technologies that impact certain areas – sensing technologies are tools, tools can impact policy

iii.      Next year? How to integrate & synthesize data from different sensing technologies – J.Corey

e.       Help with committee attendance / input by having web conferencing capabilities?

i.      More outreach for subcommittee & what topics we can help with

ii.      Explain the role of sensing technologies to multiple areas

iii.      Have a mid-year web meeting to help with subcommittee activity?

f.        Interest from ABJ20 {Statewide Transportation Data and Information Systems} – Jonathan Corey (U.Cincinnati) - new subcommittee? Interest in collaboration & coordination –

i.      Connected & Automated Vehicle data, smart cities - policy aspects

ii.      what are people doing to handle CAV data?

iii.      How do cities work with CAVs – exchange data (“Where is parking in Cincinnati?” – communicate to/from CAVs)

iv.      Gettting data to central repository

v.      How to handle smart city data?

vi.      CAVs as weather probes – getting data exchanged

vii.      Create some new RNS once subcommittee up & running

g.       Vehicles as sensors topic

i.      How do you route data to centralized system & get data back out to other drivers/vehicles

ii.      Access to CAV data to evaluate road condition, whether things have changed

iii.      Need for data standardization (policies & standards) to make data usable

iv.      Data standards need to be adaptable (3-5 year technology cycles)

v.      Role of transportation agencies in being able to use CAV data

h.       New leadership in 2020/2021? C.Brooks – done this since 2011, enable new leadership after 10 years?

 

Fig. 1: Surya Congress from UT-Arlington presents on TxDOT-sponsored UAS research, Jan. 9th, 2018 at Monday morning “Applications of Unmanned Aerial Systems to help with Infrastructure Inspection” lectern session


ABJ50 and ABJ60 are co-sponsoring a lectern session (# 201) at the 2018 TRB Annual Meeting on "Applications of Unmanned Aerial Systems to Help with Infrastructure Inspection" being held on Monday, January 8th, from 8:00 am to 9:45 am in the Convention Center, room 154, with Colin Brooks (MTRI) and Shannon Barnes (CSG) presiding. Speakers & presentation topics are:

"Improving Quality of Bridge Inspections Using Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs)" -  Jennifer Wells, Minnesota Department of Transportation & Barritt Lovelace, Collins Engineers, Inc. (presentation # P18-21307)
"UAS for Pavement and Markings and Other Infrastructure at Airports"Basil Yap, North Carolina Department of Transportation (P18-21308)
"UAV Studies: Texas DOT Experience: Safety Protocols and Applications in Transportation Pavement and Bridge Infrastructure" -  Joe Adams, Texas Department of Transportation, Anand Puppala, University of Texas, Arlington, & 
Surya Sarat Chandra Congress, University of Texas, Arlington (P18-21309)
"Implementing UAV Applications at the Michigan Department of Transportation" - Colin Brooks, Michigan Technological University, Steve Cook, Michigan Department of Transportation, Richard Dobson, Michigan Technological University, & David Banach, Michigan Tech Research Institute (P18-21311)

The direct program link is at: https://annualmeeting.mytrb.org/InteractiveProgram/Details/7782


The 2018 meeting of the Sensing Technologies subcommittee will be held on Tuesday, January 9th, 2018, during the TRB Annual Meeting in D.C. in the Marriott Marquis - Gallaudet U. (M1) room from 8:00 am to 9:45 am.  All intererested TRB attendees are welcome. We'll be discussing plans for 2018, including possibles new RNS generation, calls for papers, webinars, & other topics.


The 2017 meeting of the Sensing Technologies Subcommittee was on Monday, January 9th, 2017 during the TRB Annual Meeting, in the Marriott Marquis, Liberty O (M4), from 10:15 am to 12:00 pm (noon). The agenda included discussion of next steps for the committee, including whether we want to focus on workshops or lectern / poster sessions for the next TRB Annual Meeting, and how best to organize a webinar on sensing technologies that we have previously discussed. The subcommittee agreed to pursue another call for papers and to have a lectern session instead of a workshop in 2018. Also discussed were generating new Research Needs Statements & having UAS-focused and InsAR-focused webinars in 2017.

Full minutes are located here:  ABJ50(1)_STsubcommittee_minutes_Jan9_2017


The next Sensing Technologies for Transportation Applications workshop at the 2017 TRB 96th Annual Meeting workshop has been approved, with the following time & presenters:

Thursday, January 12, 2017, 8:00 am to 12:00 noon, Convention Center - 103B, Washington D.C.
Sensing Technologies for Transportation Applications (event # 891) - https://annualmeeting.mytrb.org/interactiveprogram/Details/5385
Colin Brooks, Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI), presiding
Co-Sponsored by Standing Committee on Information Systems and Technology (ABJ50) and Standing Committee on Geographic Information Science and Applications (ABJ60)

This workshop continues a series on the practical uses of sensing technologies for transportation planning, infrastructure condition assessment, management, and operations. Technologies addressed include remote and in-situ sensors, satellites, unmanned sensors, and vehicle-based platforms. The workshop brings researchers and practitioners together to share results with broader communities to understand how these developing technologies can be implemented to meet their needs.

Speakers, affiliations, talk titles, and co-authors:

  1. Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne, University of Vermont, ONeil-Dunne@uvm.edu – “Transportation Applications of Unmanned Aerial Systems in New England”
  2. Genda Chen, Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T), gchen@mst.edu - “Prediction of Bridge Scour Depth with a Smart Rock”
  3. Ralph Holst, Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt), Germany, Krieger@bast.de – “UAS as Part of Regular Bridge Inspection for Special Inspection Problems” Co-author: Jürgen Krieger, Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt),
  4. Colin Brooks, Michigan Tech Research Institute, cnbrooks@mtu.edu – “Lessons learned from implementing UAS-enabled research into the assessment transportation infrastructure”. Co-Authors: Richard Dobson, Tim Colling, Valerie Lefler, Tess Ahlborn, Thomas Oommen, Tim Havens, Chris Roussi, David Banach.
  5. Tzuyang Yu, University of Massachusetts Lowell, TzuYang_Yu@uml.edu – “Imaging Radar and DIC Sensors on a UAV Platform for Bridge Inspection”. Co-Authors: Jones Owusu Twumasi, Daniel Regan, Chris Niezrecki
  6. Jerome P. Lynch, University of Michigan, jerlynch@umich.edu – “Remote Sensing Technologies for Risk and Resilience Assessment of Railroad Bridges”. Co-Authors: Mohammed Ettouney, Sharada Alampalli, and Andrew Zimmerman.
  7. Christopher Lippitt, University of New Mexico, clippitt@unm.edu – “Development of a Remote Sensing Network for Time-sensitive Detection of Fine Scale Damage to Transportation Infrastructure”. Co-author: Susan Bogus-Halter.
  8. Jose Holguin-Veras, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, jhv@rpi.edu - "Optimal Access Restoration in Post-Disaster Environments." Co-Authors: Jan van Aardt, Felipe Aros-Vera, Paul Salasznyk, Colin Axel, Jeffrey Wojtowicz, Trilce Encarnacion.

We held a successful Special Workshop on Sensing Technologies for Transportation Applications at the 2016 TRB Annual Meeting, with 10 presentations total (and 49 attendees).

  • The presentation from Dr. Margaret Darrow (University of Alaska Fairbanks) on "Monitoring and Analysis of Frozen Debris Lobes using Remote Sensing: a Multi-modal Approach to Geohazard Analysis along Infrastructure", P16-1269, is available here as a PDF: Darrow_2016_TRB_workshop
  • The presentation from  Colin Brooks (Michigan Tech Research Institute) on "Implementation of the Aerial Unpaved Roads Assessment (AURA) System", P16-1275, is available here as as a PDF: BrooksC_Sunday_AURAimpl_P16-1275_v2b.

Some photos from the January 10th, 2016 workshop are included below:

IMG_20160110_152054671 Dr. Thomas Oommen, Michigan Tech University, presenting on sustainable geotechnical asset management, showing an example of remote sensing for a rail corridor in Nevada.

IMG_20160110_160301289 Dr. Genda Chen, Missouri S&T, presenting on smart rocks for bridge scour monitoring.

Subcommittee meeting summary: At the ABJ50(1) Sensing Technologies subcommittee meeting, attendees expressed interest in holding a workshop in 2017 at the TRB Annual Meeting, and moving forward with 4-5 new Research Needs Statements. Please contact Subcommittee Chairperson Colin Brooks at cnbrooks@mtu.edu for more information.

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The speaker list for the TRB Annual Meeting Special Workshop on "Sensing Technologies for Transportation Applications", being held on Sunday, January 10th, 2016, from 1:30 - 4:30 pm in the D.C. Convention Center has been finalized. It is:

Sunday, January 10, 2016, 1:30 to 4:30 pm, Convention Center, Washington D.C.
Sensing Technologies for Transportation Applications
Colin Brooks, Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI), presiding
Co-Sponsored by the Committee on Information Systems and Technology (ABJ50) and the Committee on Geographic Information Science and Applications (ABJ60)

Speakers, affiliations, talk titles, and co-authors:

  1. Jie Gong, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, jg931@rci.rutgers.edu - “Multi-Source Remote Sensing Data Fusion for Post-Disaster Assessment of Natural Gas Pipeline Systems.” Co-Authors: Zixiang Zhou, Andrés Roda, Khalid Farrag. P16-1268.
  2. Margaret Darrow, University of Alaska Fairbanks, mmdarrow@alaska.edu – “Monitoring and Analysis of Frozen Debris Lobes using Remote Sensing: a Multi-modal Approach to Geohazard Analysis along Infrastructure.” Franz Meyer, Wenyu Gong, Keith W. Cunningham, Nora L. Gyswyt. P16-1269.
  3. Tzuyang Yu, University of Massachusetts Lowell, TzuYang_Yu@uml.edu – “Quantitative Sensing of Bridges with Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.” Co-Authors: Nathan Gartner, David Lai, Dave Manegold, Richard Guiler, Jones Owusu Twumasi, Viet Le, Nicolas D'Amico, Iaonnis Raptis, Mehmet Guney, Daniel Regan, Chris Niezrecki. P16-1270.
  4. Jose Holguin-Veras, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), jhv@rpi.edu – “Optimal Access Restoration in Post-Disaster Environments: An Innovative Use of Remote Sensing and Optimization Techniques.” Co-Authors: Jan van Aardt, Felipe Aros-Vera, Colin Axel, Don McKeown. P16-1271.
  5. Richard Coffman, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, rick@uark.edu – “Development of a Topographic Differential Absorption LiDAR and Corresponding Decision Support System for Unstable Soil Characterization.” Co-Authors: Cyrus Garner, Sean Salazar, Thomas Oommen, Priscilla Addison, Ashley Kern. P16-1272.
  6. Jerome Lynch, University of Michigan, jerlynch@umich.edu – "Intelligent Wireless Sensing Solutions and Data‐to‐Decision Frameworks for Remote Sensing and Asset Management of Railroad and Highway Networks.” Co-Authors: Mohammed Ettouney, Sharada Alampalli, Prospect, Andrew Zimmerman. P16-1273.
  7. Thomas Oommen, Michigan Technological University, toommen@mtu.edu – “Update on sustainable geotechnical asset management using multi-source remote sensing”. Co-Authors: Hachemi Bouali, Rudiger Escobar-Wolf, Rick Dobson, Colin Brooks, Stan Vitton, Keith Cunningham, Pasi Lautala. P16-1274.
  8. Colin Brooks, Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI), cnbrooks@mtu.edu -  “Implementation of the Aerial Unpaved Roads Assessment (AURA) System.”  Co-Authors: Richard Dobson, Chris Roussi, Tim Colling, Joe Garbarino, David Dean, David Banach, Valerie Lefler, Brian White. P16-1275.
  9. Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne, University of Vermont, mailto:Jarlath.ONeil-Dunne@uvm.edu “UAS for Transportation Planning, Decision Support, and Disaster Response” Co-Authors: Sean MacFaden, Tayler Engel, Sarah Leidinger, Nathanial Ward, Noah Ahles. P16-1533.
  10. Genda Chen, Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) , gchen@mst.edu - “Field Deployment and Validation of Passive Smart Rocks for Bridge Scour Monitoring.” Co-Authors: Yan Tang, Yizheng Chen, Zhaochao Li, Chuanrui Guo, Yi Bao. P16-1612.

Session Type: Workshop (W)  - #160

TRB 2016 workshop page: https://annualmeeting.mytrb.org/Workshop/Date

Workshop details page: https://annualmeeting.mytrb.org/Workshop/Details/2405

Subject Areas: Data and Information Technology

Note: Each talk is 15 minutes in length.

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We have been approved for a TRB workshop on Sunday, January 10, 2016, 1:30 PM-4:30 PM, in the DC Convention Center during the TRB 95th Annual Meeting. The theme is once again "Sensing Technologies for Transportation Applications" (current TRB link is here for workshop details; more will be forthcoming). A call for presentations will be sent out soon. If you are interested in presenting, please contact me at cnbrooks@mtu.edu. This will be the 10th in a workshop series that started in 2007 & has helped share many applications of sensing technologies that help meet transportation agency needs.

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The speaker list for the TRB Annual Meeting Special Workshop on Sensing Technologies for Transportation Applications being held on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015 from 9 am to 12 noon in the DC Convention Center (new TRB conference location) has been finalized. It is:

1. Yuanchang Xie, University of Massachusetts Lowell, yuanchang_xie@uml.edu - “Identification of Hanging-Ties Using ‘Moving Defection Spectrum’“. Co-Authors: Xuecheng Bian, Yin Gao, Hai Huang.
2. Linbing Wang, Virginia Tech, wangl@vt.edu – “Self-Powered Sensing of Pavement Responses”.
3. Richard Dobson, Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI), rjdobson@mtu.edu - “Demonstrations for implementation of the Unsurfaced Road Condition Assessment System” Co-Authors: Colin Brooks, Chris Roussi, Tim Colling, David Dean, Joe Garbarino, David Banach, Valerie Lefler.
4. Srinivas Pulugurtha, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, sspulugurtha@uncc.edu – “Decision Support and Visualization Tools for Reliable Transportation Systems Planning”. Co-Authors: Venkata R. Duddu, Kamalkannan Elangovan.
5. Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne, University of Vermont, Jarlath.ONeil-Dunne@uvm.edu - “Commercial Unmanned Aerial Systems for Transportation Decision Support”. Co-Authors: Sean MacFaden, Adam Zylka, Zachary Borst, James Sullivan, and Amanda Hanaway-Corrente
6. Thomas Oommen, Michigan Technological University, toommen@mtu.edu – “Sustainable Geotechnical Asset Management along the Transportation Infrastructure Environment Using Remote Sensing”. Co-Authors: Rudiger Escobar-Wolf, Hachemi Bouali, Daniel Cerminaro, Rick Dobson, Adrian Bohane, Colin Brooks, Stan Vitton, Keith Cunningham, and Pasi Lautala.
7. Keith Cunningham, University of Alaska Fairbanks, kwcunningham@alaska.edu – “Optical and infrared imaging with UAVs to monitor permafrost thaw & soil stability in Alaska”.
8. Brian Bruckno, Virginia Department of Transportation, brian.bruckno@vdot.virginia.gov – “Integration and Delivery of Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar Data Into Transportation Planning” – Co-Authors: Edward Hoppe, Scott Acton, Andrea Vaccari, Elizabeth Campbell.
9. Ye (Sarah) Sun, Michigan Technological University, yes@mtu.edu – “Self-powered vibration measurement for bridge scour monitoring.” Co-Authors: Andrew Swartz, Ting Bao, and Zhen Liu.
10. Randy Hanson, International Road Dynamics, Inc. (IRD), randy.hanson@irdinc.com – “VectorSense Sensor Suite 5th Generation In-Road Technology”.

A PDF version of this list is available here: 2015 workshop speakers.

TRB 2015 workshop page: http://pressamp.trb.org/conferences/programs/default.asp?event=766

A more detailed version of the TRB 2015 Annual Meeting webpage for this workshop is available at: http://pressamp.trb.org/aminteractiveprogram/EventDetails.aspx?ID=31687

Subject Areas: Data and Information Technology

Notes: Each talk is 15 minutes in length. Exact location of the workshop will be shared once it's available from TRB.

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June, 2014 - We have been approved for a Sensing Technologies workshop at TRB 2015 on Sunday, January 11, 2015,  in Washington, D.C, co-sponsored with ABJ60 (Geographic Information Science and Applications). If you are interested in presenting, please contact Session Chair Colin Brooks at cnbrooks@mtu.edu by September 19, 2014.  This workshop continues a series on practical uses of sensing technologies for transportation planning, management, and operations. Technologies to be covered include both remote sensing and in-situ sensors, and from satellites to vehicle cameras. The workshop brings together researchers and practitioners to share results of their efforts with broader communities and discuss future research needs and applications. Presentations will focus on the broader application of these developing tools.

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November, 2013 (updated January 2014) - We have an approved speaker list for our Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014 9 am to 12 noon (Hilton Columbia Hall 11) Sensing Technologies workshop at TRB 2014 in D.C., which is workshop 148 (see http://pressamp.trb.org/aminteractiveprogram/EventDetails.aspx?ID=28493). It is:

Speakers, affiliations, talk titles, and co-authors:

  1. Nigel Waters, George Mason University, nwaters@gmu.edu - “Assessing road infrastructure during emergencies through remote sensing and social media.” Co-Authors: Guido Cervone, Emily Schnebele, Jeff Harrison. (P14-6187)
  2. R. Andrew Swartz, Michigan Technological University, raswartz@mtu.edu - “Autonomous Scour Sensing for Bio-Inspired Magnetostrictive Flow Sensors.” Co-Authors: Alison Flatau, Colin Brooks, Brian Barkdoll, Suok-Min Na, K. Arthur Endsley. (P14-6189)
  3. Aditi Chattopadhyay, Arizona State University, aditi@asu.edu - “Multilevel Adaptive Remote Sensing Package for Bridge Scour Health Management.” (P14-6191)
  4. Colin Brooks, Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI), cnbrooks@mtu.edu -  “Implementing Assessment of Unpaved Road Condition with High-Resolution Aerial Remote Sensing”.  Co-Authors: Richard Dobson, Chris Roussi, Tim Colling, David Dean, Melanie Kuiber. (P14-6192)
  5. Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne, University of Vermont, Jarlath.ONeil-Dunne@uvm.edu - “Rapid Exploitation of Commercial Remotely Sensed Imagery for Disaster Response & Recovery”. Co-Authors: Austin Troy, Jim Sullivan, Amanda Hanaway-Corrente, Sean MacFaden. (P14-6193)
  6. Ashwin Yerasi, University of Colorado, ashwin.yerasi@colorado.edu - “Sensing Highway Surface Conditions with High-Resolution Satellite Imagery”. Co-Author: William Emery. (P14-6196) {updated title}
  7. Yuanchang Xie, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Yuanchang_Xie@uml.edu -  “Development of a High-Speed Ultra Wideband UWB Ground Penetrating Radar for Railroad Ballast Inspection.” Co-Authors: Yu Zhang, Anbu Selvam Venkatachalam, and Tian Xia. (P14-6198) {new title}
  8. Brian Bruckno, Virginia Department of Transportation, brian.bruckno@vdot.virginia.gov - “Application of Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar to sinkhole detection and rock slope monitoring.” Co-Author: Edward Hoppe. (14-2178)
  9. Sean Barbeau, University of South Florida, sjbarbeau@gmail.com - “Automatic Identification of Points of Interest in Global Navigation Satellite System Data: A Spatial Temporal Approach.” Co-Authors: Khoa Tran, Miguel Labrador. (P14-6199)
  10. Srinivas Pulugurtha, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, sspulugurtha@uncc.edu – “Travel time data collection and spatial information technologies for reliable transportation systems planning.” Co-Author: Venkata Duddu. (P14-6326)

Session Type: Workshop (W)

Subject Areas: Data and Information Technology

Note: Each talk is 15 minutes in length.

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July, 2013 - Our "Sensing Technologies for Transportation Applications" workshop at the TRB 2014 Conference will be on Sunday, January 12, 2014, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm in the Hilton, Columbia Hall 11 (workshop TPW14-005). Please contact me at cnbrooks@mtu.edu if you are interested in presenting.

May, 2013 - We have a call for papers active for TRB 2014, co-sponsored by ABJ50 and ABJ60, with more information available at http://pressamp.trb.org/CallForPapers/CFPDetail.asp?cid=1631 and the main Call for Papers page at http://pressamp.trb.org/CallForPapers/default.asp?event=756 - the call opens on June 1st , 2013 and will run for 2 months. Please consider submitting a paper related to our call subject, "Applying Sensing Technologies for Transportation in a Geospatial Environment." Selected papers would get presented at the 93rd TRB Annual Meeting, January 12-16, 2014.

November, 2012 - The list of speakers at the TRB 2013 special workshop on "Sensing Technologies for Transportation Applications" is set and is included below. The workshop, TPW13-011 (number 135) will be held on Sunday, January 13, 2013 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm in the Hilton, Columbia Hall 12, in Washington, D.C.

Speakers, affiliations, talk titles, and co-authors for 2013 Sensing Technologies workshop:

1. Tess Ahlborn, Michigan Technological University: "Remote Sensing Strategies for Assessing Bridge Condition" (P13-6211). Co-Authors: Colin Brooks (Michigan Tech Research Institute), Devin Harris (University of Virginia), Khatereh Vaghefi (Michigan Technological University), Richard Dobson (Michigan Tech Research Institute)

2. Eric Mai, Berkeley Transportation Systems - an Iteris Company: "Opportunities and risks in crowdsourcing transportation performance data." (P13-6213)
3. Scott Acton, University of Virginia: "Model for Sinkhole detection by InSAR". (P13-6215) Co-Authors: Michael Stuecheli, Andrea Vaccari, Ed Hoppe, Brian Bruckno (all from University of Virginia)
4. Genda Chen, Missouri University of Science and Technology: " Laboratory and Field Performance of First Generation Smart Rocks for Bridge Scour Monitoring." (P13-6216) Co-Authors: David Pommerenke, and Rosa Zheng (both from Missouri University of Science and Technology)
5. Yichang (James) Tsai and Zhaohua Wang, Georgia Tech: “Update on Remote Sensing and GIS-enabled Roadway Asset Management" (P13-6217).
6. Colin Brooks, Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI): “Characterization of Unpaved Road Conditions through the Use of Remote Sensing”. (P13-6219) Co-Authors: Chris Roussi (MTRI), Tim Colling (Michigan Technological University), Chris Roussi (MTRI), David Dean (MTRI), Richard Dobson (MTRI)
7. Marguerite Zarrillo, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth: "DSS for New England DOTs that Best Determine When to Impose SLRs using Data Collected via CRS&SI Technology" (P13-6289). Co-Authors: Heather Miller, Ramprasad Balasubramanian, Honggang Wang.

2013-01-13_10-42-31_813 This is a photo from our 2013 Sensing Technologies workshop on January 13, 2013 - we had an excellent turnout to hear our 7 presentations.

August, 2012 - This subcommittee is once again organizing a workshop on "Sensing Technologies for Transportation Applications" at the annual January TRB meeting; the next one is on Sunday, January 13, 2013, from 9:00 am to noon in the Hilton - Columbia Hall 12, & it is co-sponsored by the ABJ50 (Information Systems & Technology) and ABJ60 (GIS & Applications) committees.  It is workshop # 135 (TPW13-011) and the current information page now online.   We are now inviting speakers to potentially present at the workshop; please e-mail Subcommittee Co-Chair Colin Brooks ( colin.brooks@mtu.edu ) if you are interested in presenting.

June 4th, 2012 - The committee participated in the mid-year TRB meeting in Dallas, TX, on June 4th, 2012 coincident with the NATMEC meeting.  We agreed to follow up on getting in a call for papers on "Applying Sensor Technologies for Understanding and Managing Transportation Infrastructure Health in a Geospatial Environment" even though it's fairly late in the process and papers are due August 1st, 2012; we would ask for a poster session for the selected papers at TRB in January, 2013.  We will also be pursuing another Sunday afternoon Sensing Technologies workshop (the seventh one).

Older news:

1) We had a dedicated meeting of the Sensing Technologies Subcommittee meeting, ABJ50(1) at TRB 2012, from 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm on Tuesday, January 24th, 2012, in the Hilton - Embassy room.  All committee members and other interested people were encouraged to attend.  We discussed direction and action items for the subcommittee over the next year.  This meeting is right before the main ABJ50 meeting, which is from 1:30 - 5:30 pm in Hilton - Columbia Hall 1 on the same day.

2) The 2012 "Sensing Technologies for Transportation Applications" workshop was held on January 22, 2012, from 1:30 - 4:30 pm in the Hilton - Columbia Hall 4 at the TRB 91st Annual Meeting.  The list of speakers and presentations for our 2012 workshop is available on the TRB 2012 conference website at http://pressamp.trb.org/conferenceinteractiveprogram/EventDetails.aspx?ID=22545 and is repeated here:

 

Remote Sensing and GIS-Enabled Roadway Asset Management (P12-6171)
Tsai, Yichang (James) - Georgia Institute of Technology
Initial Direction of a Project to Implement a System for Assessing Unpaved Road Condition with Remote Sensing (P12-6172)
Brooks, Colin - Michigan Tech Research Institute
Close-Range Synthetic Aperture Radar for Pavement Inspection (P12-6173)
Cunningham, Keith - University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Integration of Self-Sustained Wireless Structural Health-Monitoring System for Highway Bridges (P12-6174)
Fu, Chung C. - University of Maryland, College Park
Structural Health Monitoring in Transportation Infrastructure Applications: New Perspectives for Behavior Evaluation (P12-6175)
Chen, Genda - Missouri University of Science and Technology
Investigating Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar for Transportation Infrastructure Monitoring (P12-6176)
Acton, Scott - University of Virginia
Integrated Multimodal Sensor for Remote Sensing of Highway Bridges (P12-6177)
Yu, Tzu-Yang - University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Data Collection via Commercial Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Technology to Determine When to Impose Spring Load Restrictions (P12-6178)
Miller, Heather - University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
Deploying Remote-Sensing Technologies for Bridge Condition Assessment (P12-6179)
Ahlborn, Theresa M. - Michigan Technological University
Applications of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Transportation (P12-6180)
Peng, Zhong-Ren - University of Florida

“Sensing Technologies” subcommittee purpose statement:

Subcommittee Background and Purpose: In 2007 through 2010, ABJ50 organized a Sunday workshop at the TRB Annual Conference dedicated to “Remote Sensing Technologies for Transportation Applications.”  We have built from this start to organize a dedicated subcommittee to focus on the expanded topic of “Sensing Technologies for Transportation Applications”.  Remote sensing, in situ (emplaced) sensors, geospatial information technologies, and visualization models can play a critical role in acquiring new kinds of transportation information, evaluating and maintaining safe and lower cost transportation systems, including bridges and roadways. This focused subcommittee will further the study and understanding of these tools and information sources, and how to develop innovative transportation applications.  Bringing together existing information for easier access by transportation professionals and sharing success stories (and lessons learned) is also a key need that the subcommittee will help fill.  Copies of most of the 2007-2009 workshop presentations are available at http://www.tarut.org under the "TARUT Technical Briefings" link.

Information about joining subcommittee:

Our goal is for the subcommittee to consist of a group of people with diverse backgrounds and expertise. As of 2011, the  Co-Chairs are:

Colin Brooks, Michigan Tech Research Institute, colin.brooks@mtu.edu (Co-chair, member of ABJ50)

Zhong-Ren Peng, University of Florida, zpeng@ufl.edu (Co-chair, member of ABJ60)

To join the Subcommittee, please e-mail Colin and Zhong-Ren using the e-mail addresses above & sign up for the Google Group at http://groups.google.com/group/sensing-technologies-trb.  We are actively seeking members.

Interest from other TRB Committees has been expressed by members of:

ABJ95 – Visualization in Transportation

AFH30 – Emerging Technologies in Design and Construction

ABJ60 – Geographic Information Science and Applications

ADC10 – Environmental Analysis in Transportation

AFB80 – Geospatial Data Acquisition Technologies in Design and Construction

Our original planned activities, set in January 2012, were:

  1. Organize a webinar dedicated to sensing technologies for transportation applications.  TRB has been having from 300-2,000 people attend its webinars, and this would be a good way to reach out to an audience that has not been reached by the “Remote Sensing for Transportation Applications” workshops held at TRB during Sundays in 2007-2011.
  2. Issue a call for papers dedicated to sensing technologies.
  3. Continue organizing a Sunday TRB workshop on sensing technologies.
  4. Organize a dedicated meeting, to be held at a mid-year summer meeting.
  5. Set up a means for communication among members of the subcommittee.  This has been done through setting a Google Group - to join, please visit:  http://groups.google.com/group/sensing-technologies-trb

Co-Chair Contact Details:

Colin Brooks, M.E.M.

colin.brooks@mtu.edu 734-913-6858

Michigan Tech Research Institute (a research center of Michigan Technological University), www.mtri.org

3600 Green Court, Suite 100

Ann Arbor, MI 48105

 

Zhong-Ren Peng, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair

Department of Urban and Regional Planning

University of Florida

PO Box 115706

Gainesville, FL 32611-5706

zpeng@ufl.edu 352-392-0997 Ext. 429

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