CMU Student’s Report on The Future of Work: Truckers on the Road to Automation

June 12, 2018
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The Future of Work Systems Synthesis graduate capstone class team, composed of five Carnegie Mellon University students, partnered with the Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative to explore potential impacts to long-haul truckers and policy responses to automation in the trucking industry. The team set out to answer two primary questions:

  1. How might highly automated commercial vehicles disrupt the trucking workforce and long-haul trucking industry?
  2. How are states and state trucking advocacy groups responding to this potential disruption?

The next steps, concluded in the thesis, was that policy makers need to systematically manage the future of work for long-haul truckers through data collection. The data might include the exit and entry of drivers in the workforce, rate of displacement from automation and tracking new jobs created by automation. Data could also be collected on the drivers themselves, such as who leaves the industry and where they go.

The team concluded that regulators and policymakers need to focus in the short-term on understanding how autonomous technology will be used in the long-haul trucking industry. This will aid policymakers in being empowered and informed when developing policy on how autonomous technology will be used in the long-haul trucking industry, including performance, safety and workforce issues.

Read the full reports below:

Future of Work: Truckers on the Road to Automation Prediction

Future of Work – Truckers on the Road to Automation

 

Stan Caldwell is a featured keynote panelist at Council of University Transportation Center’s conference

June 5, 2018
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June 5, 2018

Stan Caldwell, the Executive Director for the CMU Traffic21 Institute and the T-SET and Mobility21 National University Transportation Centers, was a featured keynote panelist at this morning’s Council of University Transportation Center annual conference. His presentation highlighted ways Traffic21 conducts “Community and Publicly Engaged Research.”

Traffic21 welcomes and is pleased to sponsor Hameed Abdul as part of this year’s CMU Robotics Institute Summer Scholars program

May 31, 2018
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Traffic21 welcomes and is pleased to sponsor Hameed Abdul as part of this year’s CMU Robotics Institute Summer Scholars (RISS) program. Hameed is an undergraduate computer science student at the University of Southern Mississippi with an expected graduation date of December 2019. During his time at RISS, he hopes to further refine his ability to do research and communicate with his peers and non-researchers alike. He wants to fully immerse himself in the Robotics Institute environment and learn as much as possible because he feels the collaboration and work being done there is truly fascinating. His research interests include: Computer Vision Applications for Agriculture, Transportation and Resource Management (Pollution, Waste, etc.). During his time at RISS he will be working with Traffic21 researcher Dr. Christoph Mertz on Detecting and Predicting the degradation of City Infrastructure. After graduation, Hameed wishes to pursue his Master’s in South Korea and conduct research on ways that Computer Vision and other forms of artificial intelligence can benefit densely populated societies.

Traffic21 Presentation to the Allegheny County Green Team

May 25, 2018
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May 24, 2018

The Allegheny County Green Team invited Traffic21 Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer, to provide an overview of the Institute at their May 24th meeting.  She shared the history of Traffic21, an overview of the research, the way information is shared, and how green team members could learn more.

Mobility21 Researchers Costa Samaras and Raj Rajkumar consulted in national media for reactions of the NTSB Uber Crash Initial Report

May 24, 2018
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May 24, 2018

Uber Self-Driving Car That Struck, Killed Pedestrian Wasn’t Set to Stop in an Emergency

The Wall Street Journal

It is common for developers to disable built-in vehicle features such as automatic braking to avoid multiple systems issuing conflicting commands, said Raj Rajkumar, a Carnegie Mellon University professor who founded and later sold an autonomous-car software startup.

Related coverage in The Washington Post, WIRED, San Francisco Chronicle, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Stuff, Independent Recorder, KJZZ News and Transport Topics

Director of CMU’s Mobility21 National University Transportation Center Discusses Urban Modeling at the Modeling the World’s Systems Conference

May 21, 2018
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May 21, 2018

The University of Pittsburgh celebrated their first year of the School of Computing and Information with a conference that focused on Modeling the World’s Systems. The goal of the conference was rational analysis and management of complicated system and an unusually diverse network of stakeholders. Prof. Raj Rajkumar, Director of CMU’s Mobility21 National University Transportation Center joined D. Tyler Gourley, Vice President, Hillman Family Foundations, Steve Smith, Director, CMU Intelligent Coordination and Logistics Laboratory and Christina Mair, University of Pittsburgh on the Modeling Urban Systems Panel Presentation.

Modeling the World’s Systems Conference

May 21, 2018
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The University of Pittsburgh, through its newly formed School of Computing and Information, leads an initiative to enhance the technological and policy aspects of modeling and managing the world’s complicated, interacting systems. This goal – rational analysis and management of complicated systems – is shared by unusually diverse stakeholders from government, industry, non-profits, foundations and academics.  The meeting is therefore a convening of stakeholders, not an academic conference.

“RoadBotics” Receives ASCE’s Overall Greatest Impact Award

May 17, 2018
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May 17, 2018

The CMU Robotics Institute spinoff, “RoadBotics” received the Overall Greatest Impact Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) annual Innovation Contest.  RoadBoatics also received awards in subcategories including Most Feasible in the Sustainable Engineering category and Most Feasible, Most Innovative and Best Value in the Internet of Things category. RoadBotics uses smartphone and artificial intelligence technology to monitor the condition of concrete and asphalt surfaces.

Smart City Hackathon to leverage data hub

May 16, 2018
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Dive Brief:
The City of Columbus, Ohio will host a three-day Smart City Hackathon starting May 18, which will provide open data for developers to try to solve transportation problems in the city.
Organizations are making data available around topics including parking management, access to food supply for food insecure families, and bridge height intelligence. Participants can also propose their own problems to work on over the weekend.
The city is inviting hardware and software developers, industrial and graphic designers and other citizens to participate for a $30 entry fee, which includes coaching from local tech firms and representatives of The Ohio State University.
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Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell Moderated the ITS America Smart Cities/Smart State Roundtable

May 15, 2018
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May 15, 2018

Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell Moderated the ITS America Smart Cities/Smart State Roundtable at the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill. Stan introduced US DOT Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy Finch Fulton who provided opening remarks and then Stan moderated the a panel discussion on smart cities and smart states deployment activity with:
• Cordell Schachter, Chief Technology Officer, New York City Department of Transportation
• Wes Maurer, Director of Intelligent Transportation Systems, Colorado Department of Transportation
• Steve Ingracia, Deputy Director for Technology and Strategic Planning, Nebraska Department of Transportation
• Rebecca Hunter, External Affairs, Corporate Development & Strategy, Crown Castle

White House to hold artificial intelligence meeting with companies

May 9, 2018
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The White House will convene a meeting on Thursday on the future of artificial intelligence in U.S. industry with major companies including Facebook Inc, Amazon.com Inc, Google parent Alphabet Inc and Oracle Corp as well as senior government officials…

The Pentagon and the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Energy, Health and Human Services, Labor and Transportation are due to take part in the daylong event that will look at artificial intelligence (AI) innovation and research and development and removing barriers to its application…

Facebook Vice President of AI Jerome Pesenti, Google senior research scientist Greg Corrado and the presidents of California Institute of Technology and Carnegie Mellon University also are set to participate.
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UTC researcher, Scott Matthews, presented twice during the Inspection and Maintenance Solutions conference

May 7, 2018
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May 7, 2018

UTC researcher, Scott Matthews, presented twice during the Inspection and Maintenance Solutions conference. First he spoke on the analytics of vehicle trouble codes from emissions inspections as connected to whether the “Check Engine Light” was being illuminated. And secondly he reported results of a survey he had done of last year’s conference attendees in terms of their interest and willingness in the results of data-driven studies of inspection program performance that cross jurisdictional boundaries.

Project on detecting flaws in concrete wins CMU-Q award

May 7, 2018
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Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q) awarded Fatma Tlili the Best Project award for her research into developing an automated process for detecting cracks and defects in concrete. Tlili was one of more than 50 researchers at the 2018 Meeting of the Minds symposium at CMU-Q.
Tlili, who is a graduating senior from CMU-Q’s Computer Science Programme, used a combination of image processing and deep learning techniques to identify and map potential cracks using images taken by drones. Gianni Di Caro, associate teaching professor of computer science at CMU-Q, advised Tlili on her project.
Michael Trick, the dean of CMU-Q, said, “At Carnegie Mellon, we often describe our research as ‘work that matters’ and we investigate questions that will have a real impact on the world. Fatma’s work embodies this approach, using deep learning to find a better way to preserve the integrity of buildings, tunnels and bridges.”
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Smart Mobility Connection: Dan Klinedinst

May 4, 2018
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May 4, 2018

CMU Vulnerability Researcher Dan Klinedinst spoke as the last Smart Mobility Connection speaker of the semester on addressing cyber-security issues in intelligent transportation systems. The CERT researcher discussed how he gets to think like a bad guy to determine whether transportation systems are safe, and how he learned to text his car.

Traffic21 Director Chris Hendrickson Speaks at the University of Massachusetts- Amherst

May 2, 2018
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May 2, 2018

Traffic21 Director and CMU Civil and Environmental Engineering professor Chris Hendrickson spoke at the UMass-Amherst as the 2018 History and Heritage Lecturer. His presentation on the past and future of the U.S. Interstate Highway System focused on the planning challenges and engineering and financing standards and issues.

Students in Methods of Policy Analysis Class shared their “Spatial Mismatch” Research

May 1, 2018
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April 30, 2018

Undergraduate students Kenneth Wells, Jamie Slomka, Micah Rabin, Ben Kaplan, Mengjia Ren in Professor Branstetter’s Methods of Policy Analysis Class shared their “Spatial Mismatch” Research (jobs versus disadvantaged employees/job seekers locations). For this project they received technical assistance from Ngani Ndimbie, Traffic21 Women in Transportation Fellow and Lisa Kay Schweyer, Traffic21 Program Manager.

Meet the researcher building robots to help disabled people travel safer

April 30, 2018
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Significant strides have been made to ensure our society is more inclusive of people with disabilities in terms of building accessibility and design.

But, increasingly, we are seeing technology being developed to bridge this gap even further, which is what Prof Aaron Steinfeld of the Robotics Institute in Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is trying to achieve…

Another project in our lab is trying to make transit vehicle information on smartphones more useful for people with disabilities. It is not a big leap to imagine a future where a bus rider with a disability uses an app to reach a train station and is then met at the door by a robot that guides them to the correct platform.
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UTC Researchers Sean Qian and Scott Matthews mentioned in the CMU CEE News Magazine

April 26, 2018
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April 26, 2018

Sean Qian and Scott Matthews mentioned in the Spring 2018 issue of the CMU CEE News Magazine.  Sean for receiving the Greenshields Prize from the Transportation Research Board and Scott for receiving the Steven J. Fenves Award for Systems Research.  Check out the article on page 17 of the magazine here.

CMU Dean and T-SET/Mobility21 Director Present at WABTEC Global Leadership Summit

April 25, 2018
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April 25, 2018

The Dean of the Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering, Jim Garrett, and the Director of the CMU T-SET National USDOT University Transportation Center for Safety, Mobility21, a USDOT National University Transportation Center for Mobility, Raj Rajkumar, were invited by Ray Betler, CEO of WABTEC, to speak at the WABTEC Global Leadership Summit on April 25.  Raj gave the keynote presentation on “Challenges and Opportunities in Rail Automation” to the more than 200 WABTEC executives from around the world.

CCAC’s Bob Koch Speaks at UTC Faculty Meeting

April 24, 2018
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April 24, 2018

Bob Koch, who leads Community College of Allegheny County’s Automotive Technology Program, spoke at this months UTC faculty meeting about how to prepare technicians for autonomous technologies. Koch noted that with direction from advisory boards, community colleges will be perfectly positioned to educate entry level intelligent transportation technicians in many different career areas.

Distinguished Speaker Series: Raj Kapoor of Lyft

April 22, 2018
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April 19, 2018

Chief Strategy Officer of Lyft and Head of Business for Lyft’s self-driving division, Raj Kapoor, spoke to CMU students about the “Future of Transportation.” Kapoor discussed Lyft’s expectations and plans for the electric, self-driving, and shared future as well as the impact to cities and the auto industry.

UTC Faculty Meeting

April 19, 2018
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Listen to CMU’s Metro21 Inaugural Podcast with Neil Kleiman from NYU

April 17, 2018
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Metro21: Smart Cities Institute is a campus-wide initiative at Carnegie Mellon University dedicated to the research, development, and deployment of projects aimed at improving the quality of life in metropolitan areas. The mission of this podcast is to introduce a wider audience to our work. There are so many innovative projects being developed and deployed here at Carnegie Mellon, and we want to give the public a chance to be a part of our journey.
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Take a Survey on Impacts of Automation on Trucking for CMU Students

April 17, 2018
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Students from Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University are working on a capstone project regarding the Future of Work. They have administered two surveys to transportation professionals and have opened their third and final survey. These surveys will help the students answer the question: what are the workforce impacts of the trucking industry due to automation? You can access the survey here:

https://futureofwork.wufoo.com/forms/q456qp0mkob4f/