Podwal 12/7/22

Bruce Podwal Seminar Series


AI-Based Future for Evaluation of Transportation Infrastructure


Kelvin C.P. Wang

Ph.D., P.E., Dist. M. ASCE


Regents Professor and Dawson Chair

Civil Engineering

Oklahoma State University


12:30 – 1:30 pm, Wed, Dec. 7, 2022

Civil Engineering Department, Room 105, Steinman Hall

(Light lunch will be served)



Abstract:  The presentation will discuss the challenges the transportation infrastructure industry faces in the evaluation of the safety and performance of the infrastructure elements, progresses in 3D laser imaging sensors and solutions, basic elements of developing cognition based Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies, and the bright future of fully automated evaluation for pavements, bridges, rail, and tunnels. Potentials for civil engineers in large metro areas such as NYC are discussed for infrastructure renewal, sustainability, and resiliency. Experience in providing societal service and leading T&DI will be shared to encourage young civil engineers to engage in communities and support various outreach activities for the profession.

Biography:  Dr. Wang started his professional career in 1989 at Arizona DOT. Since 1993, he is a university faculty and researcher with substantial professional society service record. For nearly 30 years, Dr. Wang led his team to tackle the problem of automating survey of pavement distresses. His work profoundly changed the landscape of pavement survey and is closely followed by industry and researchers on worldwide basis. His technological contributions in recent years include sub-mm 3D laser imaging of pavements and bridges at full-lane coverage and highway speed for data collection, and automated data processing for distresses and safety evaluations based on unique and novel Deep-Learning techniques. In 2021, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) bestowed its highest honor to Dr. Wang as a Distinguished Member of ASCE (Dist.M.ASCE). He was awarded by ASCE the Frank M. Masters Transportation Engineering Medal in 2011, and the Francis Turner Award in 2018. He is a launching editor, and the co-editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Rail Transportation published by Taylor and Francis, the only research focused rail journal. The 3D laser imaging sensors and AI software solutions developed by Dr. Wang’s team are used in several major countries. Dr. Wang served as the president of the Transportation & Development Institute (T&DI) of ASCE in 2017.

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