David A. Lattanzi: Human-Machine Interaction and the Future of Robotics in Civil Engineering

Friday March 18 at noon in Thornton D221
Civil & Environmental Engineering Department Seminar Series Presents:

David A. Lattanzi, Ph.D., P.E.
Assistant Professor
Sid and Reva Dewberry Dept. of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering
Volgenau School of Engineering
George Mason University
Human-Machine Interaction and the Future of Robotics in Civil Engineering
The modern fields of robotics and artificial intelligence are yielding increasingly powerful robotic systems, such as unmanned aerial vehicles.  These robots have the potential to be powerful new tools for civil engineers in a broad range of scenarios, capable of minimizing disruptions to the general public as well as reducing costs. However, using these systems effectively poses significant challenges to civil engineers. In particular, robots collect massive amounts of data, often in a manner that is unintuitive for humans. In order for robotic systems to reach their full potential, civil engineers need to actively team with robotics engineers and data scientists to develop systems that process and structure robotically captured information to meet the needs of the professional community. A case study bridge inspection that utilized such a partnership will be presented to illustrate the concept.
Dr. David Lattanzi is an assistant professor in the Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering at George Mason University. He studies how computer vision, robotics, and artificial intelligence can be adapted to improve civil infrastructure design, inspection, and evaluation processes. His current research initiatives include the use of unmanned aerial vehicles for bridge inspection, the development of computer vision systems for post-disaster structural assessments, and the construction of artificial intelligence systems capable of aiding the engineering design process.  A native of Pittsburgh, he is a former employee of Gannett Fleming and is a registered professional engineer, with experience in both the design and inspection of complex bridge structures. He received his doctorate in structural engineering, as well as a concurrent M.S. in mechanical engineering, from the University of Washington, where he developed robotic bridge inspection techniques.
The Civil Engineering seminar series is open to the University community and
this seminar is hosted by Professor Devin Harris.