Mobility21 UTC Program Manager Lisa Kay Schweyer Discussion Leader at the Association for Commuter Transportation’s Emerging Mobility Summit

April 16, 2019
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April 16, 2019

Today, Mobility21 UTC Program Manager Lisa Kay Schweyer led 3 discussion groups on equity and new mobility at the Association for Commuter Transportation’s Emerging Mobility Summit in Austin, Texas. The discussions brought Transportation Demand Management professionals together to share their thoughts on how equity is defined, how equity considerations are or are not being built into the new mobility modes, and best practices from around the country.

The Vision Zero Toolbox

April 15, 2019
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April 15, 2019

Erick Guerra, UTC Faculty and Assistant Professor in City and Regional Planning in the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania, was an advisor for The Vision Zero Toolbox in Philadelphia project. The project aims to help decision-makers at the local level prioritize initiatives and projects which will achieve the greatest traffic safety benefit and ensure the success of Vision Zero Philadelphia.

 

Mobility21 Hosts Second Annual National Mobility Summit

April 11, 2019
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April 11, 2019

Today, Mobility21 hosted the Second Annual National Mobility Summit in Washington D.C.  The summit provided a unique opportunity for 125 people, made up of faculty members, researchers, government, community, and industry representatives from across the country to discuss improving mobility for people and goods.  The day also highlighted work from 10 of the mobility-themed UTC’s around the country (representing 50+ educational institutions) and a research showcase to share their ideas and create new collaborative efforts to transfer research to deployment.

 

 

 

 

Community College of Allegheny County hosts Butler County Vo-Tech

April 9, 2019
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April 9, 2019

Bob Koch, UTC Faculty and Community College of Allegheny County Professor of Automotive Engineering, hosted students from the Butler County Area Vocational-Technical High School automotive program.  Bob engaged the students in discussions about career opportunities for automotive technicians and included technician training with Intelligent Transportation, Connected Vehicles, EV and PHEV’s, Data Analytics and Cyber Security and how they relate to transportation industry.

UTC Faculty, Bob Koch, Attends Pittsburgh Regional Clean Cities EV and Stakeholder Event

April 8, 2019
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April 8, 2019

Bob Koch, UTC Faculty and Professor of Automative Engineering at the Community College of Allegheny County participated in today’s Pittsburgh Regional Clean Cities Electric Vehicles (EV) and Stakeholder Event. The event discussed ways to promote EV vehicles and infrastructure.

Traffic21’s Women in Transportation Awardee Joining CMU’s Machine Learning Ph.D. Program

April 8, 2019
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April 8, 2019

CMU’s Traffic21 and Robotics Institute Summer Scholars Program have partnered to provide talented undergraduate students mentored robotics research experiences with top scientists creating innovative solutions for transportation at Carnegie Mellon University.

Stephanie Milani, the recipient of the 2017 Women in Transportation Award funded by Traffic21, is joining the CMU Machine Learning Ph.D. program in fall 2019.

The Traffic21 scholarship enabled Stephanie to learn about computer vision and deep learning while working with Dr. Christoph Mertz. Stephanie explained how important this was in her trajectory and growth, “Before RISS, I was unfamiliar with robotics research. Through the various programs and events, RISS provides a great, overarching view of the interdisciplinary nature of robotics research, but simultaneously allows scholars to dive deeply into an area through their summer research.”

Investing in early research experiences creates an enormous impact and opportunity for new solutions and approaches that will make our communities smarter and more livable.

Congratulations Stephanie!

Mobility21 Executive Director Hosts Italian Delegation

April 5, 2019
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April 5, 2019

A delegation from Italy traveled to Pennsylvania to learn more about policy, mobility technology and the modernization of train/rail travel. The organization that came to CMU was “Ditecfer” District for Rail Technologies, High Speed, Safety and Security based in Pistoia, Italy. Tuscany is the leading cluster for innovative rail technologies in Italy. This organization considers the U.S. as their top priority for international collaboration and because both countries have significant railway supply chains based on SMEs and important integrations that can be built in the railway sector, they have identified Pittsburgh as a prime opportunity. Executive Director, Stan Caldwell, presented the RD&D from Mobility21.

Mobility21 Fellow Wins CUTC Seat at Eno’s Annual Future Leaders Development Conference

April 3, 2019
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April 3, 2019

The 2019 Eno Future Leaders Development Conference will be held in Washington D.C. from June 2-June 6, 2019 this year – and Mobility21 UTC’s Women in Transportation Fellow, Bonnie Fan, will be at the event at the winner of the CUTC’s reserved seat.

The top SaaS companies ruling the East Coast

April 1, 2019
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As we wrote in our launch post about expanding SaaStock New York into SaaStock East Coast, our main aim is to foster a community of top SaaS companies that spans all the way from Florida to Quebec. The SaaS industry’s beating heart will probably always be New York, and it will also be the home of SaaStock East Coast on June 4-6.

However, we believe in giving the entire coastline a chance to flourish. And for that reason, we are expanding the search for the top SaaS companies to a much larger geography. Bringing them together, we will help them and learn from them in equal measure.
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Mobility21 UTC Researcher Helps Contribute to New Whitepaper on “Driverless Cars and Accessibility”

April 1, 2019
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Mobility21 UTC Researcher & CMU Associate Research Professor Aaron Steinfeld  helped contribute to the new whitepaper on “Driverless Cars and Accessibility” published by ITS America, which examines the opportunities around fully automated vehicles: when they begin to be deployed in significant numbers, they will offer the potential to usher in enormous positive changes.  The white paper can be downloaded now: http://www.itsa.org/s/ITSAmerica_Driverless-Cars-Accessiblity-Mobility_April2019.pdf.

Mobility21 “Story” Shared at the Inclusive Innovation Summit’s Story Slam

April 1, 2019
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March 30, 2019

Lisa Kay Schweyer, Mobility21 UTC Program Manager shared the Mobility21 story at today’s Inclusive Innovation Summit’s Story Slam.  Attendees learned about the history of the UTC, the research thrust areas, and how they could get involved.

 

UTC Faculty from CCAC, attended the ITS/PCB workshop in Tampa, Florida

March 28, 2019
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March 27 – March 28

Bob Koch, UTC Faculty from the Community College of Allegheny County, attended the Intelligent Transportation Systems Professional Capacity Building workshop in Tampa, Florida collaborating with other educators and practitioners defining ITS entry-level workforce competencies, and discussing educational goals.  They also looked at training products and strategies to fill unmet educational needs.  He also had the opportunity to network with other educators and practitioners to exchange ideas and best practices in ITS.

IIT Driverless Studio Visits CMU to Learn about AV Design

March 25, 2019
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March 25, 2019

Mobility21 Executive Director, Stan Caldwell, in collaboration with UTC Faculty Steve Quick, hosted the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Driverless Studio from Chicago. The team traveled to Pittsburgh to learn more about how the City and CMU are using design to strategically implement new technologies and designs around autonomous vehicles.

Smart Mobility Connection Features Steve Smith

March 22, 2019
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March 22, 2019

The Smart Mobility Connection featured UTC Faculty and Research Professor, Steve Smith. Smith gave us an overview of Surtrac technology that his spin-off company, Rapid Flow Technology, is using to help solve 21st century mobility challenges. Smith is utilizing his research on a wide variety of projects. In addition to improving the flow of traffic, this technology is helping people communicate with buses and enabling populations with disabilities to safely navigate intersections. Watch the full talk here.

UTC Faculty Presents Work at User2Agent Workshop

March 21, 2019
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March 21, 2019

Dr. Maxine Eskenazi gave a talk at the user2agent workshop of the IUI conference on “The User and How Alan Turing Led Us Astray.”  She discussed how many intelligent agents are developed with traits that do not take the user into account and proposed a new direction for these agents: creating partners that are aimed at serving the user.

Mobility21 Attends Center for Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure’s Annual Transportation Forum.

March 20, 2019
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March 20, 2019

The Center for Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure at the University of Pittsburgh hosted their Annual Transportation Forum. Mobility21 Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer, participated in the event to represent Mobility21.  The forum gave Schweyer an opportunity to discuss partnership opportunities with fellow participants from regional government, community and industry transportation experts.

U.S. DOT Secretary Elaine L. Chao Discusses Automation & Workforce

March 20, 2019
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March 20, 2019

U.S. DOT Secretary Elaine L. Chao invited stakeholders to address the increasing deployment of automated vehicle-related technology and how might this new technology impact the transportation workforce. USDOT convened key stakeholders representing industry, labor, public sector, academia and research to discuss the automation adoption scenarios. UTC Faculty, Aaron Steinfeld attended the meeting and represented Mobility21 and Carnegie Mellon University. To learn more & review the materials from the workshop please click here.

UTC March Faculty Meeting Features Fei Fang

March 19, 2019
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March 19, 2019

The UTC Faculty meetings give researchers the opportunity to highlight their Mobility21 projects progress. This month featured CMU Researcher, Fei Fang with her work “Incentivizing Participation in Peer-to-Peer Ride-Sharing Platform”. Fang highlighted her recent work on scheduling and pricing ridesharing.

Mobility21 Exec. Director Joins Pennsylvania State Transportation Innovation Council

March 13, 2019
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March 13, 2019

Mobility21 UTC Executive Director Stan Caldwell was appointed to the Pennsylvania State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC) and participated in the quarterly meeting in Harrisburg which was co-chaired by FHWA Division Administrator Alicia Nolan.  Caldwell is honored to represent the UTC at STIC.

Mobility21 Represented at SxSW

March 12, 2019
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March 12, 2019

John Zimmerman, Mobility21 faculty, Tang Family Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Human Computer Interaction, joined a panel at SxSW for “Accessible Transportation for All” along with Bonnie Epstein, senior planner for the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority; Kate Hartman, chief-Research, Evaluation, and Program Management in the ITS Joint Program Office at the U.S. Department of Transportation; and Maria Town, of the Mayor’s office for People with Disabilities in Houston. Zimmerman talked about the work being done to approve accessibility to public transit for persons with disabilities.

PA Rural Robotics Initiative Takes Off and Thanks CMU’s Traffic21/Mobility21 for Assistance

March 12, 2019
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March 12, 2019

Twelve months ago, Franklin Area High School had four lonely VEX robots that students traveled around Pennsylvania and West Virginia with, searching for teams to compete against. Fast-forward to the end of this February and those four robots have 180 new companions right next door. Together they make up the Pennsylvania Rural Robotics Initiative, a consortium of 11 school districts, one technology center, and an intermediate unit that all share a common robotics platform and curriculum. Twenty-five schools, covering five counties, have found like-minded friends in higher education, business and industry, state and local government, non-profits, and regional economic and workforce development that not only support their initiative but help it to thrive.

The Traffic21 and Mobility21 Institute’s leadership team has been a trusted advisor since the conception of PA Rural Robotics and continues to look for ways to support their mission. Both faculty and graduate students from the Robotics Institute are working to bring CMU and these young STEM students together. PA Rural Robotics was also excited to find themselves partnered with a team of CMU undergraduate students as part of the Information Systems Spring Project. The Office of Outreach and Engagement have provided a menu of options that can further the CMU connections as the initiative grows. The most recent Carnegie Mellon connection was with the CMU CS Academy. PA Rural Robotics plans to introduce their member schools to the CS1 course and discuss the potential it could have in expanding computer science offerings within all of the member districts.

Traffic21 and Mobility21 Welcome Marathon Petroleum at CMU

March 12, 2019
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March 12, 2018

Some members of the Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) Board of Directors met with Carnegie Mellon University representatives, including Stan Caldwell of Mobility21 and Chris Hendrickson of Traffic21 to explore collaborative opportunities with Carnegie Mellon University.

Elsie Hillman Scholar Presents Final Project

March 6, 2019
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March 6, 2019

Mobility21 Elsie Hillman Scholar, Teresa Leatherow, organized the Sustainability and Transportation:  Building the Systems of Tomorrow event as her final deliverable for her research with Mobility21. The event featured panelists from the City of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh who discussed challenges, progress and the future of sustainable transportation.

10th Annual Sustainability Conference

March 6, 2019
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March 6, 2019

The 10th Annual Sustainability Conference co-hosted by ASCE, EWRI, Metro21 and Sustainable Pittsburgh was hosted at the August Wilson Center in Pittsburgh. The Conference featured Carnegie Mellon University’s Don Carter as the keynote speaker and Metro21’s Executive Director, Karen Lightman who gave a presentation on research, development and deployment from Metro21 and Mobility21.

Mayor Peduto Issues Transformative Policies for Autonomous Vehicle Testing & Development

March 4, 2019
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March 4, 2019

Pittsburgh’s Mayor William Peduto issued an Executive Order today outlining City objectives and expectations for the safe testing of autonomous vehicles in Pittsburgh, and assigning responsibilities for the development of transparent and constructive reporting guidelines for the growing technology sector.  Raj Rajkumar, Mobility21 Director, present  when the Mayor issued the order, said “This Order and the guidelines help to protect the public while enabling this technology born in Pittsburgh 35 years ago to be tested and matured right here – attracting jobs, opportunities and talent to the City.” Read on