By: Stephen Greenwell
An assistant professor at the Cullen College of Engineering has been awarded a three-year, $505,286 grant from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to advance research on digitizing bridges using robots, data, and artificial intelligence (AI). The efforts will help solve complex problems relating to highway bridge safety.
Vedhus Hoskere, an assistant professor in the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department, is the lead PI for the research award. His project, "Development of Digital Twins for Texas Bridges," began in September, with research running through August 2026. Hoskere noted that their ultimate goal was to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the state's bridge maintenance.
In addition to Hoskere, a co-PI for the project will be Craig Glennie, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Chair and director of the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping. "We're very fortunate to have a world-renowned expert like Dr. Glennie be part of this project. He will contribute his knowledge and expertise on laser scanning to help realize the project's objectives,' Hoskere said.
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