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Dr. Bahram Ravani's Presentation on "Robotics and Automation Applied to Caltrans Highways"

The Caltrans Division of Research and Innovation is hosting monthly videoconferences on various topics. The presentations are designed to bring researchers and practitioners together to exchange information and transfer knowledge.

Dr. Bahram Ravani
Dr. Bahram Ravani
Engineering Professor
UC Davis

On March 29, 2007, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM, Dr. Bahram Ravani presented "Robotics and Automation Applied to Caltrans Highways."

Please click here for the presentation slides.

Bahram Ravani is a Professor of Engineering at the University of California (UC), Davis and a co-director of the Advanced Highway Maintenance and Construction Technology (AHMCT) Research Center – A Collaborative research Center between the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the University of California-Davis. He is also an Interim Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. He has been a faculty member at UC-Davis since 1987 and was the Chair of Mechanical Engineering Department from 1996 to 2001. His areas of current research include Intelligent Transportation Systems and Telematics, Mechatrronics and Robotics, CAD, Design, Dynamics and Biomechanics.

Dr. Ravani received his BS degree Magna Cum Laude from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA in 1976; the MS degree from Columbia University in New York in 1978 and the Ph.D. degree from Stanford University, Stanford, CA, in 1982, all in Mechanical Engineering.

Topic Description:  Robotics and Automation Applied to Caltrans Highways

Making highways safer is the aim of the Advanced Highway Maintenance and Construction Technology Research Center at the University of California, Davis.

This center, funded by the California Department of Transportation, develops and deploys machines for dangerous jobs on busy highways, such as laying cones, sealing cracks and collecting litter . The center also generates fundamental research in areas such as robotics, mechanical design, control systems and mechatronics -- the integration of electronics into mechanical systems.