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Call for Papers: Special Issue on Smart Bridges Design, Manufacturing, and Maintenance

The fourth industrial revolution brought on by interconnectivity and automation is being accelerated by AI technologies. These advances have been naturally breaking into traditional bridge engineering domains. Bridge engineers are beginning to face, understand, and deal with—and most importantly take advantage of—these new technologies, such as BIM, digital twins, machine/deep learning, big data analytics, data-driven modeling, blockchains, metaverse, etc. As a result, new concepts within the smart infrastructure domain have been emerging and rapidly developing. This special collection is intended for documenting the recent advances that specifically pertain to smart bridges. The specific topics include but not limited to:

  • Data-driven modeling bridge performance under service and extreme loads
  • Optimization-based smart bridge design
  • Manufacturing and design of smart bridge components
  • Point cloud and computer vision-based techniques for quality control
  • BIM-based virtual bridge pre-installation
  • Smart monitoring of bridge construction
  • Smart decision making for bridge maintenance
  • Novel sensing technologies
  • Self-healing and other advanced/smart material applications 
  • Adaptive bridges
  • Accelerated Bridge Construction 
  • 3D/4D printing with embedded smartness
  • Digital twin-based concepts for life-cycle cost-benefit analysis of bridges
  • Digital twin-based health and performance monitoring

Submission Deadlines: June 30,2023

Special Issue Editors

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Dr. Steve C.S. Cai is currently a Chair Professor at the Dept of Bridge Engineering, School of Transportation, Southeast University (SEU), Nanjing, China. He is also the Emeritus Edwin B. and Norma S. McNeil Distinguished Professor at the Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Louisiana State University (LSU), Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. His research interests include smart bridges, bridge performance evaluation, hazard mitigation of costal infrastructures (and vehicles) under wave/wind actions, and long-span bridge aerodynamics. He has published over 300 peer reviewed journal papers in these research areas with his students and collaborators and received a few awards. Dr. Cai is serving a few journals including the ASCE Journal of Engineering Mechanics (associate editor), Advances in Structural Engineering (editor), Advances in Bridge Engineering (chief associate editor), Engineering Structures (editorial board member), Wind and Structures (editorial board member),  etc. He is a fellow of ASCE since 2010. 

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Dr. Ertugrul Taciroglu is Professor and Chair at the Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research interests span the disciplines of computational mechanics, and structural & geotechnical earthquake engineering. He is currently conducting projects on regional performance-based risk assessment of civil infrastructure, structural health and performance monitoring, and soil-structure interaction. Dr. Taciroglu is the recipient of a 2006 National Science Foundation CAREER award, and the 2011 Walter Huber Prize of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He was elected to become a Fellow of the ASCE Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI) in 2015 and serves on its Board of Governors since 2020. He is a Section Editor of the ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, and is serving on the Editorial Boards of several journals including EERI Earthquake Spectra, Soil Dynamics & Earthquake Engineering, Structural Control & Health Monitoring, and Resilient Cities & Structures. 

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Dr. Yail Jimmy Kim is President of the Bridge Engineering Institute, An International Technical Society, and a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Colorado Denver, Colorado, USA. He is Chair of American Concrete Institute (ACI) Subcommittee 440-I, FRP-Prestressed Concrete and was Chair of ACI Committee 345, Concrete Bridge Construction and Preservation, from 2012 to 2018. Dr. Kim is an active member of several technical committees and scientific/organizing committees of renowned international conferences, as well as an elected council member of the International Institute for FRP Composites in Construction (IIFC). He is the recipient of a number of awards from institutional, national, and international competitions, including the Excellence in Research and Creative Activities Award by the University of Colorado Denver (highest recognition at the campus-level, awarded to one faculty per year) and the prestigious Chester Paul Siess Award for Excellence in Structural Research (the highest research award in structural concrete bestowed by the American Concrete Institute). He is the sole author of AASHTO Guide Specifications on Bridges under Light Rail Loading. Dr. Kim is a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute. 

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Dr. Wen Xiong is currently a professor at Southeast University(SEU), Nanjing, China, and also the Chairman of the Department of Bridge Engineering. At SEU, he is also the assistant dean of the School of Transportation, the director of the Bridge Flood Resistance Research Center, the director of the Bridge Intelligent Operation and Maintenance Research Center, and the vice director of the Bridge Intelligent Construction Research Office of the Bridge Research Center at SEU. He is the first awardee of the National Science Fund for Excellent Young Scholars in the field of bridge flood resistance research in China. Dr. Xiong’s main research interests are bridge flood resistance, bridge scour, intelligent construction and maintenance of bridges, bridge structure analysis and performance design, etc. He has been the PI for over 60 important scientific research projects in China. He has been awarded the Special Prize of Science and Technology of the China Highway Society, the Special Prize of Science and Technology Progress of the China Highway Construction Industry Association, etc. 
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