Asset management is necessary to keep transportation moving. Generally, it’s a process of maintaining, upgrading, and expanding physical assets. And we are on the verge of using technology to make it even more exciting. With limited staff and budgets, advanced technology appeals to managers in airports, sea ports, rail systems, transit agencies, and state departments of transportation alike.
University of Washington Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Yinhai Wang is the incoming chair of TRB’s Standing Technical Committee on Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Computing Applications. He sees the next big development of artificial intelligence (AI) in transportation asset management as a way to address safety and system reliability.