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NDSU researchers present at optics and photonics conference

NDSU researchers Ying Huang, Pan Lu and Raj Bridgelall presented the paper "Road sensor network for smart city applications" at the Conference on Nondestructive Characterization and Monitoring of Advanced Materials, Aerospace, Civil Infrastructure and Transportation. The event was organized by SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics, and held in Denver, March 5-8.

Huang is an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering. Lu and Bridgelall are assistant professors of transportation and logistics.

Cities are anticipated to integrate diverse sets of information and communication technologies to monitor infrastructure condition, security, safety, service quality and efficiencies as the number of autonomous vehicles continues to grow. The researchers are developing a system of sensors that would be embedded in roads and bridges to provide real-time traffic and road condition information such as traffic volume, speed, traffic density and other factors.

They also are developing algorithms to process the sensor information to provide information for autonomous vehicles as well as warnings and updates for drivers.

The research is supported by the Mountain-Plains Consortium, a multi-university research consortium led by NDSU and funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s University Transportation Centers program.

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