Improving Work Zone Management and Safety through AI-Powered Connected Vehicle Data Analysis

Work zones are integral to infrastructure development and maintenance but can pose significant challenges related to traffic congestion, safety hazards, and delays. Traditional work zone management approaches often fall short in addressing the dynamic nature of these challenges. The research team, building on their prior work in automatic incident detection (AID) and dynamic message sign (DMS) optimization, intend to harness the power of connected vehicle data (CVD), artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms, and Industry 4.0 principles to develop a cutting-edge smart work zone management system. By leveraging CVD, the research team aims to enhance traffic incident detection accuracy and predictability. Incorporating an end-to-end cloud-based system, the team will capitalize on the scalability, flexibility, cost-efficiency, security, and data integration capabilities of Industry 4.0, ultimately creating a smart work zone that optimizes traffic flow, reduces congestion, and bolsters overall safety for both workers and road users with the wealth of insights provided by CVD through the following: (1) Data-Driven Optimization: Harnessing real-time data from connected vehicles enables data-driven decision-making, optimizing routes, and enhancing operational efficiency; (2) Predictive Maintenance: By utilizing vehicle sensors, predictive maintenance strategies can be employed, minimizing downtime, reducing costs, and ensuring optimal fleet performance; and (3) Smart Traffic Management: Enabling intelligent traffic management, optimized traffic signals, and congestion reduction. The primary objectives of this research are as follows: (1) to explore the potential opportunities, challenges, and limitations of using AI for work zone management; and (2) to develop an AI-driven framework that integrates CVD augmented with other available data sources to enhance work zone management across the entire life cycle, from planning through operations.


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    • Status: Active
    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Iowa Department of Transportation

      800 Lincoln Way
      Ames, IA  United States  50010
    • Managing Organizations:

      Iowa Department of Transportation

      800 Lincoln Way
      Ames, IA  United States  50010
    • Project Managers:

      Clute, Khyle

    • Performing Organizations:

      Iowa State University, Ames

      Center for Transportation Research and Education
      2711 South Loop Drive, Suite 4700
      Ames, IA  United States  50010-8664
    • Principal Investigators:

      Sharma, Anuj

    • Start Date: 20240430
    • Expected Completion Date: 20250630
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01917225
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Iowa Department of Transportation
    • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Apr 30 2024 2:09PM