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Smart Rock Positioning for Scour Hazard Assessment of Bridges

Hydraulic effects are responsible for about 60 percent of the more than 1,500 U.S. bridge collapses. Traditionally, divers are sent underwater to inspect bridge foundations and document any riverbed erosion or scour holes that may compromise a foundation’s integrity.

This project aims to replace divers with smart rocks that automatically roll to the bottom of a scour hole under strong current to assess the scour-hole condition. A magnetometer installed on...

Improving Bridge Assessment, Prognosis, and Interventions through Emerging Technology

Date: 5/2/2018, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM EDTLocation: 1200 New Jersey Ave, SE, Washington, DC, (West Building) Conference Center Room 6Speaker: Frank L. Moon, Ph.D., Professor, Civil and Environmental EngineeringOrganization: Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT), Rutgers, The State University of New JerseyOST-R Office: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and...

Child Safety Seat Usage in Ride-Share Services

In a research project funded by the Safety through Disruption (Safe-D) National UTC, researchers at the Virginia Tech and Texas A&M Transportation Institutes are collaborating to study the current state of child ridership and child safety seat use in ride-share vehicles.

The goal is to understand how parents and caregivers currently transport children when using ride-share vehicles, how this behavior corresponds with child passenger safety laws...

Summer Transportation Institute Inspires Future Workforce

For 21 years, the National Transportation Center at Morgan State University has run its highly successful Summer Transportation Institute (STI), which gives 20 high school students a chance to experience the world of transportation professionals.

The free, 4-week program includes field trips, hands-on activities, contact with professionals in the field, SAT prep and recreation on campus. Over the years, several students have gone on to major in...

Augmented Reality and Connected Automated Vehicles

Connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) must be tested extensively before they can be deployed and accepted by the general public. Currently, CAV testing and evaluation are primarily conducted in two ways: on public roads and in closed test facilities. 

There are two significant limitations of public road testing. First, safety is a critical issue because the technology is still at the development stage. The second critical problem is the testing...

New Frontiers in Connected Vehicle Technologies: A Testbed for Validating Connectivity, Data Analytics, Cybersecurity, and Automation

The Center for Connected Multimodal Mobility (C2M2), headquartered at Clemson University, began conducting research in 2016 by utilizing and enhancing the functionalities of the Clemson University Connected Vehicle Testbed (CU-CVT). 

CU-CVT includes heterogeneous wireless communication technologies and data infrastructure for real-time connected vehicle (CV) data exchange, streaming, fusion, and archiving. One key feature of the testbed is the...

2017 Spotlight Conference Program

OST-R and TRB co-sponsored the 11th University Transportation Center (UTC) Spotlight Conference on September 26-27, 2017, entitled Rebuilding and Retrofitting the Transportation Infrastructure. The conference focused on rebuilding and retrofitting transportation infrastructure for all modes, and included a poster session featuring student researchers from UTCs around the country.

Conference participants included transportation infrastructure experts and others interested in the topic...

2017 Outstanding Students of the Year

Each year at the annual winter meeting of the Transportation Research Board, during the Council of University Transportation Centers Banquet, the U.S. Department of Transportation recognizes outstanding students from the University Transportation Centers (UTC) for their achievements and accomplishments in the transportation field during the year.This year's banquet will be held at the Marriott Marquis  in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2018...