Aerial Contact Sensing for Improved Inspection of Transportation Infrastructure

Contact measurements are one of the key tasks performed during inspection of transportation infrastructure. Currently these tasks require an inspector to manually climb onto the structure and record the measurements. The research team proposes to improve the efficiency of these measurements by developing an arm capable of contact attached to a flying robot. The team expects the novel contributions to be a lightweight compliant arm mechanism and novel control and planning algorithms for a flying robot to enable contact inspection. The developed system will be deployed and tested on several bridges in Pittsburgh.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $90000
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Carnegie Mellon University

    Mobility 21 National UTDOT for Mobility of Goods and People

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Program
  • Managing Organizations:

    Carnegie Mellon Univeristy

    Mobility 21 National UTDOT for Mobility of Goods and People
  • Project Managers:

    Schweyer, Lisa Kay

  • Performing Organizations:

    Carnegie Mellon University

  • Principal Investigators:

    Scherer, Sebastian

  • Start Date: 20180807
  • Expected Completion Date: 20190630
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01677519
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Technologies for Safe and Efficient Transportation University Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747111
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Aug 7 2018 12:05PM