Delivering Maintenance and Repair Actions via Automated/Robotic Systems

Robots are an emerging force in some of the most challenging working environments. Whether they are flying drones or climbing robots, rigid machinery systems or soft robots made from flexible organic materials, their mix of mobility, strength, and configurability poises them to revolutionize the field of infrastructure maintenance and repair. Despite their promise, there is currently no systematic investigation on how robots can be leveraged to deliver maintenance and repairing actions to transportation infrastructure. In particular, there is a lack of understanding on how robotic systems can be used to go beyond detecting defects in infrastructure to actually applying repairs. The primary goal of this project is to identify and evaluate the feasibility of developing and deploying autonomous systems that can streamline and enhance the quality of common repair and maintenance. The robotic systems currently used in construction offer examples of the feasibility of such systems to safely conduct physical interventions. This project aims to build upon these examples to examine how autonomous systems will be able to intervene and take corrective actions to enhance the durability of transportation infrastructure. The results of the investigation could potentially spawn a new research direction and may revolutionize the way infrastructure is managed, preserved, and renewed.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $335472
  • Contract Numbers:



  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

    225 Park Avenue South
    New York, NY  United States  10003

    Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation

    Rutgers University
    100 Brett Road
    Piscataway, NJ  United States  08854-8058
  • Project Managers:

    Szary, Patrick

    Kumapley, Robert

    Galka, Phillip

  • Performing Organizations:

    Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation

    Rutgers University
    100 Brett Road
    Piscataway, NJ  United States  08854-8058

    Rowan University

    College of Engineering
    201 Mullica Hill Road
    Glassboro, NJ  United States  08028

    New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)

    Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
    University Heights
    Newark, NJ  United States  07102-1982

    University at Buffalo - SUNY

    221 Ketter Hall
    Buffalo, NY  United States  14260
  • Principal Investigators:

    Gong, Jie

    Moon, Franklin

    Nazari, Rouzbeh

    Bandelt, Matthew

    Liang, Xiao

  • Start Date: 20180901
  • Expected Completion Date: 20231231
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01696367
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551847102, CAIT-UTC-REG 9
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Feb 26 2019 2:51PM