Founded on September 1, 2019, the CII is a Missouri S&T research center that crosses the boundary of academic departments and provides sustained administrative support to the operation of externally-funded centers, including the five-year INSPIRE University Transportation Center (UTC) and Missouri S&T part of the Mid-America Transportation Center (MATC).  Funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the INSPIRE UTC grant (2016-2022, ~$1.4M/year) and the MATC subcontract (2016-2022, ~$0.465M/year) are focused on the inspection, maintenance, and safety of transportation infrastructure.

The CII has an office space of approximately 200 m2, housing about 24 students and visiting scholars with a desktop computer each. It also houses one high performance computer (Precision 7920 Tower with two Intel Xeon Gold 6148 cards) for computationally-intensive simulation jobs. The CII manages the Robot Engineering and Application Laboratory (REAL), which has a floor area of approximately 45 m2 and will support the development, application, and education of various types of robots, featuring robotic design, fabrication, testing, and demonstration.

Research Interests and Development:

  • Robotic platforms for infrastructure inspection and maintenance
  • Smart materials and sensor integration in infrastructure for intelligent asset management
  • Artificial intelligence and decision-making tools for civil and power infrastructure
  • Life-cycle assessment, reliability, and stressor mitigation of infrastructure systems
  • Condition assessment and monitoring responses to disasters and extreme events
  • Post-disaster resiliency and recovery of infrastructure systems
  • Cyber-physical-social infrastructure systems for sustainable and resilient society