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Work using sensors to monitor the health of rural bridges in Nebraska may soon lead a team of University of Nebraska researchers, including faculty, students and College of Engineering alumni, to apply state-of-the-art technological tools to improve the assessment of transport infrastructure systems across Europe.

On October 12 in Bucharest, Romania, the Kinnami-University of Nebraska team was announced as one of three winners of the NATO Innovation Challenge-Autumn 2022 among more than 90 applications. The competition was organized by NATO Allied Command Transformation Innovation Hub, in partnership with the NATO Communication and Information Agency and Romanian Ministry of Defence.

Given the increased demands placed on roads, bridges and other transportation systems, the award shows the Nebraska team’s smart data technology can have universal and international applications, said Chungwook Sim, associate professor of engineering. civil and environmental.

“Infrastructure isn’t just a pressing issue here in Nebraska or the United States, it’s global. Our technology can help people who need to make decisions make them quickly,” Sim said.

The Nebraska team is co-led by Daniel Linzell, professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and associate dean of the College of Engineering for graduate and international programs; and Robin Gandhi, professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UN) College of Information Science and Technology and Director of the School of Interdisciplinary Computing. The team includes Nebraska Engineering researchers Carrick Detweiler, professor in the School of Computing, and Jinying Zhu, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering; and UN researchers Deepak Khazanchi, professor of information systems and quantitative analysis, and Brian Ricks, assistant professor of computer science.

In conjunction with Kinnami Software Corp., the Nebraska team is working on a $5 million grant from the Department of Defense (DoD) Army Corps of Engineers to create CRAZYOntario Provincial Police (Multilevel Analytics and Data Sharing for Operations Planning), a bridge health monitoring system that will also analyze data and suggest next steps for maintenance.

Using advanced computing, a variety of sensors and computer vision data from drones and other sources, CRAZYOntario Provincial Police will provide mission-critical data for use by DoD as well as public and private stakeholders to better prioritize budgets, protect bridges, and most importantly, ensure the safety of those who travel there.

Both Linzell and Sim noted that the $8,500 top prize was a great honor, but the biggest reward was seeing the value of Nebraska’s research recognized for its universal applications.

“I think what we do as engineers and researchers is more than just publishing papers and getting citations,” Linzell said. “It’s about finding ways to make the world we live in safer.

“It is extremely valuable that people in other parts of the world who manage engineers and scientists who do this research say they value and appreciate our work, and this positions us to receive funding for an expansion and improvement of the work we’ve already done,” Linzell said. “It is gratifying to know that the technology we are working on together in Nebraska can be integrated into NATO efforts around the world. Work using sensors to monitor the health of rural bridges in Nebraska may soon lead a team of University of Nebraska researchers, including faculty, students and College of Engineering alumni, to apply state-of-the-art technological tools to improve the assessment of transport infrastructure systems across Europe.

On October 12 in Bucharest, Romania, the Kinnami-University of Nebraska team was announced as one of three winners of the NATO Innovation Challenge-Autumn 2022 among more than 90 applications. The competition was organized by NATO Allied Command Transformation Innovation Hub, in partnership with the NATO Communication and Information Agency and Romanian Ministry of Defence.

Given the increased demands placed on roads, bridges and other transportation systems, the award shows the Nebraska team’s smart data technology can have universal and international applications, said Chungwook Sim, associate professor of engineering. civil and environmental.

“Infrastructure isn’t just a pressing issue here in Nebraska or the United States, it’s global. Our technology can help people who need to make decisions make them quickly,” Sim said.

The Nebraska team is co-led by Daniel Linzell, professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and associate dean of the College of Engineering for graduate and international programs; and Robin Gandhi, professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UN) College of Information Science and Technology and Director of the School of Interdisciplinary Computing. The team includes Nebraska Engineering researchers Carrick Detweiler, professor in the School of Computing, and Jinying Zhu, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering; and UN researchers Deepak Khazanchi, professor of information systems and quantitative analysis, and Brian Ricks, assistant professor of computer science.

In conjunction with Kinnami Software Corp., the Nebraska team is working on a $5 million grant from the Department of Defense (DoD) Army Corps of Engineers to create CRAZYOntario Provincial Police (Multilevel Analytics and Data Sharing for Operations Planning), a bridge health monitoring system that will also analyze data and suggest next steps for maintenance.

Using advanced computing, a variety of sensors and computer vision data from drones and other sources, CRAZYOntario Provincial Police will provide mission-critical data for use by DoD as well as public and private stakeholders to better prioritize budgets, protect bridges, and most importantly, ensure the safety of those who travel there.

Both Linzell and Sim noted that the $8,500 top prize was a great honor, but the biggest reward was seeing the value of Nebraska’s research recognized for its universal applications.

“I think what we do as engineers and researchers is more than just publishing papers and getting citations,” Linzell said. “It’s about finding ways to make the world we live in safer.

“It is extremely valuable that people in other parts of the world who manage engineers and scientists who do this research say they value and appreciate our work, and this positions us to receive funding for an expansion and improvement of the work we’ve already done,” Linzell said. “It is gratifying to know that the technology we are working on together in Nebraska can be integrated into NATO efforts around the world.

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