Research Review with Jeffery Roesler, Ph.D.
Speaker(s): Jeffery Roesler, Ph.D., Associate Head for Graduate Affairs and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Presentation Title: Vehicle to Pavement Passive Sensing for Lateral Positioning Detection
Research: Operations of Connected and Autonomous Freight Trucks under Congestion and Infrastructure Cost Considerations
Date/Time: Tuesday, September 29th, 2020 | 1:00 PM ET
Continuing Education Units (CEU): .1*
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Abstract: Existing AV technology is able to send safety messages to roadside units (RSUs) and other vehicles (V2V), but communication with concrete and asphalt requires embedded sensors. This research proposes a passive sensing approach that detects local changes in the pavement’s electromagnetic signature so that vehicles can determine their lateral lane position.
Dr. Jeffery Roesler holds the Ernest Barenberg Professorship at University of Illinois and is currently Associate Head and Director of Graduate Studies and Research in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. His research has focused on improving and developing structural design tools, characterizing concrete material fracture and fatigue properties under thermo-mechanical loading conditions, and predicting the behavior and capacity of ground-supported concrete slabs through numerical analyses and full-scale assessment. He has developed multiple concrete pavement design and analysis methods for JPCP, CRCP, and bonded concrete overlays especially in light of recycled materials, fiber reinforced concrete, and internal curing with fine lightweight aggregates. He has contributed to analyzing the effects of cool pavements and the microscale urban heat island including thermal and optical properties of construction materials. He has further expanded this work to develop photocatalytic concrete to reduce the impact of urban air emissions on human health. More recently he has been develop non-contact sensing system for construction monitoring such as the concrete setting, sawcut timing, and curing effectiveness. He is currently exploring passive sensing techniques to use construction materials to help maneuver and guide autonomous vehicles. Dr. Roesler teaches courses in transportation facilities, specifically pavement analysis and design, concrete materials, and geometric design of roads as well as project-based learning in CEE. He is the Past President of the International Society of Concrete Pavement and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Pavement Engineering.