A Vision for Safety

When a San Francisco utility needed custom software to protect their gas lines, they turned to Dayton, Ohio — not Silicon Valley.

Pacific Gas & Electric Company needed a way to monitor construction and demolition projects in San Francisco to identify potential intrusions into gas line right-of-ways. They found the solution 2,391 miles away at the University of Dayton’s Vision Lab.

Here, Vijayan Asari’s team developed new algorithms and technologies to detect threats to facilities, like gas lines. The software analyzes satellite images to find changes in the environment and communicates the findings to the utility company for additional follow-up. The system helps combat human fatigue and error when conducting such meticulous comparisons — improving both safety and performance.

This technology could also save bridges, railroads, highways and other areas from threats or damages — and relay information to key personnel. The technology can even be applied to humans. The lab is developing robots with facial recognition capabilities that can identify and assess the wounded, keeping first responders out of harm.

At UD, we’re committed to developing solutions that make the world a better place — for everyone. 

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As dean of the School of Engineering, I am privileged to watch our students growing into engineers dedicated to a better world for us all. At the University of Dayton, we're committed to supporting student success by providing opportunities that connect learning, research and scholarship with leadership and service — the Catholic, Marianist tradition.

With our shared knowledge, we can continue to transform engineering education to prepare our students for even greater success.

Eddy Rojas
Dean of the School of Engineering


Vision Lab, Dr. Vijayan Asari, Director

Kettering Lab 461-464 
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0232