Mission

” To explore the use of intelligent systems with drones to augment bridge inspections, and to develop Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable (FAIR) bridge data. “


Story

Common Objects in Context for bridge inspection (COCO-Bridge) is an image-based dataset for use by unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to assist in GPS denied environments, flight-planning, and detail identification and contextualization, but has far-reaching applications such as augmented reality. The name “COCO” was inspired by Microsoft’s original A.I. research paper. COCO-Bridge was introduced to augment an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) conducted bridge inspection process. UAVs have a notoriously difficult time operating near bridges because the signal can be lost between the operator and the UAV. This effort begins the process of building a publicly available dataset, examining model performance enhancements through image augmentation, and hosting a website repository of necessary code, raw images, and annotated data to access and contribute to the advancement of A.I in civil engineering. While there are datasets which have focused on detecting defects, this dataset focused on identifying specific parts of a bridge or structural bridge details to make educated autonomous decisions during flight. The image original dataset consists of 774 images and over 2,500 object instances to detect four structural bridge details.