Utilizing daily traffic as a sensor network for infrastructure health monitoring

Mobile sensing is a novel paradigm that offers numerous advantages over conventional stationary sensor networks for real time bridge monitoring. Mobile sensors have low setup costs, collect spatio-temporal information efficiently, and require no dedicated sensors to any particular structure. Most importantly, they can capture comprehensive spatial information using few sensors. The advantages of mobile sensing combined with the ubiquity of smart phones with internet of things (IoT) connectivity have motivated researchers to consider smartphones carried within vehicles as large-scale sensor networks that can contribute to the health assessment of structures. A practical implementation of mobile sensors has several challenges. Most notably, the signals collected within a vehicle’s cabin is contaminated by the vehicle suspension dynamics and the road profile; therefore, the efficient extraction of bridge vibration from signals collected within the vehicle is of great importance. The majority of available approaches for addressing this are typically system specific and restricted by assumptions of linearity. This limits the scope of application since vehicles mostly act nonlinearly depending on their manufacturing specifications. In addition, the variety of vehicle systems and road conditions complicates the exploration for a unified method for this task. This project proposes deep learning frameworks with domain adaptability that enable vehicle signal decontamination in a more reliable and practical manner. This framework will transform vehicles into robust and high-quality vibration sensors for infrastructure monitor-ing. Furthermore, this will render smartphone-based vehicle sensing data a valuable source of information that will enable crowdsourcing and facilitate infrastructure condition assessment in real time at an unprecedented scale, rate and resolution.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Lehigh Fed Core$110,365.23Lehigh Match $110,481.96


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $220847
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  • 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:

    Center for Integrated Asset Management for Multimodal Transportation Infrastructure Systems (CIAMTIS)

    Pennsylvania State University
    University Park, PA  United States  16802
  • Project Managers:

    Donnell, Eric

  • Performing Organizations:

    Lehigh University

    ATLSS Engineering Research Center
    IMBT Laboratory
    Bethlehem, PA  United States  18015-4729
  • Principal Investigators:

    Pakzad, Shamim

  • Start Date: 20210301
  • Expected Completion Date: 20240331
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01766868
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Integrated Asset Management for Multimodal Transportation Infrastructure Systems (CIAMTIS)
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551847103
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Mar 12 2021 11:08AM