Monitoring Technologies for Smart Cities and Civil Infrastructure Systems

Webinar Date

23 Mar 2022, 11:00 am


The proportion of urban population in the world is expected to increase from 54% currently to 70% by 2050. A majority of Americans also reside in urban regions - according to the 2010 census 80% of Americans reside in urban areas. Given the large number of urban citizens in the world (and US) it is imperative that we identify solutions to improve the quality of life for urban residents and economic vitality of our cities. Studies to address and fulfill the needs of envisioned future smart city infrastructure should successfully integrate a range of engineering, humanities and sociological fields such as emerging communication technologies, Internet of Things (IoT), cyber security, cloud computing, intelligent transportation, infrastructure monitoring, analyzing tourism, theorizing structures of government and bureaucracy, project financing, public policy development and implementation. In this talk, we will first three overarching themes: (1) technologically advanced infrastructure with sensing and communication capability, (2) urban operations and services improved with better decisions using multilayered “big data”, and (3) utilization of technology for social, public policy, planning and governance to improve urban quality of life. Next, we will present a sampling of relevant U.S. research and education achievements in structural control and monitoring as compiled by U.S. Panel that are envisioned as concepts for smart cities. Finally, we will present our recent work at UCF CITRS in the area of structural health monitoring where novel technologies such as computer vision, deep learning have been developed for our existing and next generation of smart city infrastructure.


Dr. F. Necati Catbas, Ph.D. is Lockheed Martin St. Laurent Professor at the Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering Department of the University of Central Florida (UCF) and the Founding Director of CITRS. Dr. Catbas’ research interests span theoretical, experimental and applied aspects of structural identification, structural health monitoring, non-destructive evaluation, condition assessment of structural systems and earthquake engineering with applications on structures such as bridges, buildings, aerospace structures and components, stadium structures. He is in the editorial board of several journals including, Associate Editor for the ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, Handling Editor for Journal of the Transportation Research Board (TRR), the Structure and Infrastructure Engineering Journal. He served in the Executive Board of Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM), served as the Chair of the ASCE Structural Identification Technical Committee, among others. Dr. Catbas received several awards and honors for his research, teaching and service activities, such as Aftab Mufti Medal from International Society for Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure, Kikuchi-Karlaftis Award from Transportation Research Board. Dr. Catbas is a registered professional engineer in the State of Florida, and he is an elected Fellow of the ASCE and Fellow of the SEI. Dr. Catbas is also co-Chair of the 8th World Conference on Structural Control and Monitoring (8WCSCM) to be held during the period June 5-9, 2022 in Orlando, Florida (https://8wcscm.org).


Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

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Center for Intelligent Infrastructure

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