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  1. This paper proposes a pipeline to automatically track and measure displacement and vibration of structural specimens during laboratory experiments. The latest Mask Regional Convolutional Neural Network (Mask R-CNN) can locate the targets and monitor their movement from videos recorded by a stationary camera. To improve precision and remove the noise, techniques such as Scale-invariant Feature Transform (SIFT) and various filters for signal processing are included. Experiments on three small-scale reinforced concrete beams and a shaking table test are utilized to verify the proposed method. Results show that the proposed deep learning method can achieve the goal to automatically and precisely measure the motion of tested structural members during laboratory experiments. 
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  2. In this paper, we develop and implement end-to-end deep learning approaches to automatically detect two important types of structural failures, cracks and spalling, of buildings and bridges in extreme events such as major earthquakes. A total of 2,229 images were annotated, and are used to train and validate three newly developed Mask Regional Convolutional Neural Networks (Mask R-CNNs). In addition, three sets of public images for different disasters were used to test the accuracy of these models. For detecting and marking these two types of structural failures, one of proposed methods can achieve an accuracy of 67.6% and 81.1%, respectively, on low- and high-resolution images collected from field investigations. The results demonstrate that it is feasible to use the proposed end-to-end method for automatically locating and segmenting the damage using 2D images which can help human experts in cases of disasters. 
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