Rail-Volution 2018 Comes to Traffic21

October 22, 2018
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October 22, 2018

Rail-Volution, a national transit-orientated conference, hosted in Pittsburgh, included a “Walkshop” that featured several of Mobility21’s projects and researchers including Steve Smith with Surtrac. The walkshop included a visit to Smart Traffic Lights and presentations by Mobility21.

Women in Transportation Fellow at Rail-Volution

October 22, 2018
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October 22, 2018

Ngani Ndimdie, a student alumni from CMU and last year’s Women in Transportation Fellow returned to Pittsburgh to attend Rail-Volution. Ngani is now working for PennDOT in the Policy Office. Captured here is Ngani and Chris Sandvig from the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group talking transit at the Rail-Volution conference.

Peduto Administration Wants To Get Rid Of ‘Dumb’ Street Lights

October 19, 2018
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The Peduto administration wants to connect all of Pittsburgh’s roughly 40,000 street lights to the internet, which it says will save money and energy…

“By having that connection to the internet we’re going to be able to evaluate and actually meter that light,” said Pazuchanics. “We expect that there is savings as of result, just of knowing precisely how much energy is actually being used.”

To protect the smart lights from hackers, the city has partnered with Carnegie Mellon University. But Laura Meixell, assistant director in the city’s department of innovation and preformance, wouldn’t go into too much detail.

“We are pretty confident … that we can build a secure system,” said Meixell. “We have vetted that technology … to be able to understand that what we’re getting is best in class.”
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Research, Development, and Deployment – Our Motto in Action

October 17, 2018
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October 17, 2018

Since the beginning of Carnegie Mellon University’s (CMU) Traffic21 Institute in 2009 our focus has been intelligent transportation systems and our motto has been Research Development and Deployment.

CMU’s current University Transportation Center (UTC), awarded under the FAST ACT, called the Mobility21 National University Transportation Center (Mobility21), focuses on improving mobility of people and goods. Academic partners include: CMU, the University of Pennsylvania (Penn), the Ohio State University (OSU), and the Community College of Allegheny County. All have impressive records of accomplishment in successful technology transfer, extensive networks for commercializing faculty inventions and innovations, including providing gap funds, social media networks, test tracks and incubator spaces on or near campus.

Key to this success is the real-world partnerships forged for each research project, including public agencies, non-profits, and private enterprises. These partnerships ensure the research team does not proceed in an academic vacuum, while ensuring ready and willing advocates for implementation and transfer.

Our UTC Deployment Partner Consortium began in 2012 with 30 public, private and non-profit members. Currently the consortium exceeds 80 local, state and national partners.

An annual Consortium Symposium is held to facilitate; 1. Researchers understanding real-world transportation problems and industry trends, 2. Deployment partners exposure to cutting edge research and technology, and 3. Networking sessions to connect deployment partners with researchers and students.

CMU has research agreements with Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. In 2016, our University Transportation Center was the lead partner in the City of Pittsburgh’s finalist proposal for the US DOT Smart City Challenge. The Ohio State University was a critical partner to Columbus’ winning proposal.
In addition, local governments in southwestern Pennsylvania have been strong deployment partners including: Borough of Franklin Park, Borough of Millvale, Borough of McKees Rocks, North Huntingdon Township, and Cranberry Township. In 2017, we launched the Smart Mobility Challenge which specifically targeted technology transfer in 6 municipalities from 4 counties throughout southwestern PA.

Out of our early success in using the Pittsburgh region as a deployment partner in 2014 a broader Metro21: Smart Cities Institute, evolved at CMU and developed formal memorandums of agreement with the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County to outline a formal process for the university and city and county to each designate specific staff and processes to manage the research, development and deployment process.

In 2015 CMU applied this Metro21 city/university collaboration model nationally through creating the MetroLab Network which now has 59 university/local government pairs replicating the memorandum of agreement to enable universities to use their home municipalities for research, development and deployment. OSU and Penn are also active members of this network engaging the City of Columbus and the City of Philadelphia, respectively, for research deployments.

The UTC has directed supported research commercialization. Multiple companies have been spun-off from UTC research including self-driving technology company Ottomatica, purchased by Delphi and then spun off into Aptiv, which created 100+ jobs in Pittsburgh. Roadbotics which innovated low-cost road surface monitoring and Rapid Flow Technologies which created the first artificial intelligence decentralized adaptive traffic signals also spun out of UTC research. Both of these applied robotics to traditional transportation problems, raised significant venture capital and created 40+ jobs in Pittsburgh.

Mobility21 disseminates technology transfer products through encouraging and facilitating research publications, posters and presentations:
• The Smart Mobility Connection a bi-weekly faculty and student seminar series open to the public and held on CMU campus. These seminars are recorded and posted on our website for students, community members, and transportation professionals to access anytime, anywhere.
• Research presentations are made at each UTC Faculty Meeting which are held three times per semester and video linked with all four Mobility21 academic partners.
• Mobility21 sponsors the National Mobility Summit in Washington, DC with national partners and fellow UTCs.
• Industry and professional conferences such as the Transportation Research Board, American Society of Civil Engineers, Intelligent Transportation Society of America and Pennsylvania, Mid Atlantic Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, American Public Transportation Association, Association for Commuter Transportation, Women Transportation Seminar and Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
• Academic conferences and journals including the ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering & Urban Planning and Development, VANET, International Journal of Computer Vision, The International Journal of Robotics Research, International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking, Journal of Field Robotics, Journal of Machine Learning Research, Journal of Computational Science, Journal of Information Visualization, Journal of Knowledge and Information Systems (KAIS), and ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering.
• Council of University Transportation Centers, American Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials Research Advisory Council, and the American Road and Transportation Builders Research and Education meetings.
• Hosting tours of campus and community test beds and labs by companies, conference technical tours, government officials, academics and foreign visitors.

One of Mobility21’s most effective means of disseminating research outcomes and outputs and making a significant impact on society are our students, particularly those associated directly with the research. Following are specific tactics where Mobility21 supports and facilitates technology transfer through students:
• Traffic21 Women in Transportation Fellowships and Traffic21 Diversity in Transportation Fellowship.
• Transportation Clubs at CMU and Penn.
• Academic and industry conference scholarships.
• Mobility21 staff and faculty advisement of student and capstone projects.
• Mobility21 internship placement with Deployment Partner Consortium members.
• Student presentations and participation in the Smart Mobility Connection.
• A new student section on the Mobility21 website highlighting involvement opportunities and student accomplishments.

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CMU Traffic21 Institute’s first USDOT University Transportation Center, Technologies for Safe and Efficient Transportation was awarded grants under both MAP-21 and SAFETEA-LU. Then in 2016, we were awarded a 3rd UTC under the FAST ACT, called the Mobility21 National University Transportation Center, focusing on improving mobility of people and goods. Professor Raj Rajkumar serves as the director of Mobility21. University partners include the University of Pennsylvania, the Ohio State University and the Community College of Allegheny County. Learn more about Mobility21 on our website, mobility21.cmu.edu.

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Photo:  House Infrastructure and Transportation Committee Chairman, Congressman Bill Shuster and Pennsylvania State Senator Guy Reschenthaler get a tour of the CMU National Robotics Engineering Center and the research being conducted.

Ride-sharing and AVs will prompt cities to rethink the curb

October 13, 2018
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Some solutions will be more site-specific:

Airports in San Jose and elsewhere are designating locations outside the flow of traffic for ride-hailing pickups.

The Forbes Avenue Betterment Project in front of Carnegie Mellon includes bump-outs in the street to accommodate pick-ups and drop-offs as well as a bike line to share curb space.

What’s next: In an autonomous vehicle-laden world, the curb will not mainly be used for parking cars. Instead, it will act more as a revolving door, moving people and goods from the street to their destinations in a constant and seamless flow. To ensure a safe and secure curb, we’ll need sensors and advanced wireless connectivity, paired with edge and cloud computing networks.

Karen Lightman is executive director of Metro21: Smart Cities Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.
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Tech firm landing at Hazelwood Green. Could gondolas be next?

October 8, 2018
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An autonomous vehicle start-up could be moving into the former LTV Coke Works site in Hazelwood, even as planners play with ideas like creating gondola lifts, water taxis, and maybe even light rail as a way to get people there.

Aptiv, a self-driving car start-up, is believed to be the major tech tenant signed by the Regional Industrial Development Corp. to occupy the second of three buildings being erected as part of the Mill 19 project at the 178-acre Hazelwood Green site.

The company currently is based in the RIDC industrial park in O’Hara. In 2015, the firm — then a division of Delphi — acquired Carnegie Mellon University spinoff Ottomatika, which created software and systems for autonomous vehicles.
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Sean Qian Publishes New Paper in Science Direct

October 8, 2018
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UTC researcher Sean Qian published a new paper in Science Direct on “Estimating multi-year origin-destination demand using high-granular multi-source traffic data.” Https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0968090X18302948

UTC Director, Chris Hedrickson Attends ISETT 2018

October 6, 2018
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October 4 – 6, 2018

International Symposium on Emerging Trends in Transportation in Waikiki Beach, Hawaii with the Chinese Overseas Transportation Association (COTA) and the University of Hawaii. With a theme on Emerging Technologies for Future Mobility Systems, this inaugural symposium aims to stimulate the exchange of ideas among transportation professionals in academia, industry, and government on emerging policy, technology, and innovation trends. CMU’s Chris Hendrickson presented and represented UTC research.

A SELF-DRIVING TRUCK STARTUP KEEPS IT SIMPLE, STUPID

October 3, 2018
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The nascent self-driving space is littered with “partnerships”—Waymo with Avis and Fiat Chrysler, Lyft with Aptiv, Toyota and Uber. But Ike and Nuro have got something different going on. “This type of licensing arrangement seems rather new in the AV space,” says Raj Rajkumar, an electrical and computer engineer who studies autonomous technology at Carnegie Mellon University. It might be a sign that once-unlimited autonomous vehicle startup funding is now limited, and that companies are getting creative with money.
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Mobility in Small Towns and the ‘Burbs

October 2, 2018
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Town planners and local government decision makers are racing to solve an important task. They need to find the best way to modernize their infrastructure to keep up with what metro areas around them are doing. It is important to remember that a major aspect of a smart city is the way that people move around. In order to modernize the suburbs, the mobility revolution needs to become top priority.

Let’s examine the steps that small governments are taking to make their towns more prepared for the future.

We reached out to Stan Caldwell, executive director of the Carnegie Mellon University research institute Traffic21. Caldwell and his team design, test, deploy, and evaluate information and communications technologies to address the problems facing transportation in the Pittsburgh region and the nation.
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A Philly-Pittsburgh Hyperloop? State House resolution calls for feasibility study

September 30, 2018
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The critical question about the wisdom of investing billions into developing Hyperloop lines is one of demand, said Dr. Megan Ryerson, who studies intercity transportation at the University of Pennsylvania. She points to the fact that there is only one daily passenger train between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh and just four non-stop flights.

“The airlines are private companies — they are looking for city pairs where they will make money,” she said. If more people needed to get cross state quickly, there’d be more flights — especially considering that Philadelphia International Airport is a hub for American Airlines…

According to Ryerson, the buzz around the Hyperloop echoes an earlier era in American history, when cities rushed to build and expand airports in the 1920s. The run on runways had long-lasting consequences to municipal budgets in smaller cities where there simply weren’t enough air travelers.
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New technology successfully assessed half of city of Savannah roadways

September 30, 2018
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In any city, there’s wear and tear, but knowing where it is and how to fix it is really the key. The city of Savannah has assessed half of the city’s roadways – using an iPhone.

The city contracted the company “Roadbotics” over the summer of 2018. The company uses the new technology to asses roadway conditions in half the time and cost as before.

“When you have a network as large as ours – again we have 700 miles – how fast can we get that done so then I can get that information and make very good decisions about it?” asked Chief of Infrastructure for the city of Savannah, Heath Lloyd.

With the company “Roadbotics,” an iPhone collects data of the roadways throughout the city, and then translates the assessment into a map. This map is a firsthand visual of every roadway in Savannah, accessible anytime, anywhere.
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Bob Koch Shares Experience with Beattie Career & Technology Students

September 28, 2018
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September 28, 2018

Bob Koch from the Community College of Allegheny County talked to junior and senior automotive students at Beattie Career & Technology in the North Hills about connected vehicles, ride hailing, autonomous vehicles and how that will impact the economy, jobs and career opportunities as they decide what to do after high school.

Mobility21 UTC Faculty Attend PennDOT Symposium

September 27, 2018
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September 27, 2018

Eight Mobility21 National UTC faculty and two students presented research at the 2018 Research Symposium Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the Pennsylvania Divisional Office of the Federal Highway Administration.

The end of the red light? Dashboard ‘virtual traffic light’ that lets cars talk to each other could slash commute times by 60%

September 26, 2018
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Abolishing traffic lights seems like a recipe for chaos – but researchers say that in fact, replacing them with a hi-tech solution could dramatically improve your commute.

Computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University are working on a system that would replace conventional traffic lights with virtual ones – with stop and go signals appearing directly on the windshield or dashboard.

This allows each driver to get a ‘personalised’ light – and can slash time spent waiting at signals.

‘Drivers are ingrained to pay attention to the green, yellow, and dreaded red lights as they approach an intersection,’ said Virtual Traffic Lights (VTL), the firm researchers set up to commercialize the technology.
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A car that’s better without a driver

September 24, 2018
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Although human error accounts for many accidents on the road today, people are generally good at managing the demands of driving. To fulfill their ultimate promise of transforming how we build cities and move people and goods — saving lives in the process — autonomous vehicles will have to be even better drivers than people.

“Driving is the most complex activity that most adults engage in on a regular basis,” says Carnegie Mellon University’s Raj Rajkumar, a pioneer in developing self-driving car technology. “Just because we do it doesn’t mean we can teach computers to easily do it. It will be many more years for full automation.”
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Mobility21 Director, Raj Rajkumar, Keynote Speaker at The Flagstaff Festival of Science

September 21, 2018
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September 21, 2018

Mobility21 Director, Raj Rajkumar, was the keynote speaker at The Flagstaff Festival of Science. The Flagstaff Festival of Science serves to connect and inspire the citizens of Northern Arizona, particularly youth, with the wonders of science and the joy of scientific discovery.

Learn more about the event here.

Smart Mobility Connection: Can Ridesharing help the Disadvantaged Get Moving?

September 21, 2018
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September 21, 2018

The Smart Mobility Connection Series continued with an exciting presentation from Lee Branstetter, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. Branstetter’s seminar “Can Ridesharing help the Disadvantaged Get Moving” proved to be an exciting topic as we became standing room only and ran out time before Branstetter could answer all the questions.

Watch the full seminar

 

Director of Mobility21 Quoted in Axios

September 21, 2018
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September 21, 2018

Raj Rajkumar, Director of Mobility21 is quoted in Axios: “Driving is the most complex activity that most adults engage in on a regular basis, just because we do it doesn’t mean we can teach computers to easily do it. It will be many more years for full automation.”

Read the full article “A car that’s better without a driver”

Self-driving cars rev up Pittsburgh’s tech sector

September 20, 2018
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Credit for this prowess goes to Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), which opened its Robotics Institute in 1979 to address the decline of the steel and aluminum industries. In fact, CMU considers itself the birthplace of self-driving cars, starting with the “Terregator” mobile robot in 1984. In 2007, a CMU racing team won the $2 million DARPA Urban Challenge race with a self-driving SUV named Boss.

A generation of CMU graduates has since advanced the city’s AV sector, which comprises both established companies and startups, and today employs about 3,000. According to Donald F. Smith, Jr., president of the Regional Industrial Development Corporation of Southwestern Pennsylvania (RIDC), many of those companies are “in aggressive growth mode” and that number that could eventually rise to over 10,000.
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CMU Cylab launches IoT security initiative

September 19, 2018
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Carnegie Mellon University’s CyLab launched the Secure and Private Internet-of-Things Initiative this week.

The initiative aims to use collaborative research to create new capabilities in privacy and security for the IoT, said Vyas Sekar, who will co-direct the initiative with fellow CMU professor Anthony Rowe. CMU Cylab is the university’s security and privacy institute.

Sekar said there are a lot of concerns regarding IoT security, and rather than just hypothetical fears he said many of the concerns are real threats. He referenced the Dyn Cyberattack of 2016 in which hackers gained control of smart IoT cameras and caused major internet services and platforms to become unavailable.

Researchers and students will partner with Amazon Web Services, Infineon Technologies and Nokia Bell Labs for the initiative. Sekar said Cylab will continue to consider partnerships with up to a total of ten companies who are leaders in the IoT industry in both hardware and software aspects.
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Register Now! Moving America Forward: Next Generation of Truck Freight Transport Summit

September 18, 2018
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The Mobility21 Center, in partnership with the PRECISE Center, at the Engineering School of the University of Pennsylvania will be hosting a two-day event entitled “Moving America Forward: Next Generation of Truck Freight Transport Summit.” The keynote speakers for the summit will be Raymond P. Martinez, administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and Leslie Richards, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

The event will be held on October 24-25, 2018 at the Singh Center for Nanotechnology, University of Pennsylvania. More details about the event can be found on PRECISE’s website

Mobility21 Exec. Director Attends the ITS World Congress

September 17, 2018
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September 17, 2018

Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell was a delegate the 2018 Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress in Copenhagen Denmark where he was joined by ITS experts from academia, government and industry from around the world.

Mobility21 Director, Raj Rajkumar, joins Panel at University of Virginia

September 15, 2018
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September 15, 2018

Mobility21 Director, Raj Rajkumar attended the International Workshop on Next-Generation Cyber-Physical Systems at the University of Virginia. He participated on a Panel Discussion: Future of Cyber-Physical Systems with – Chenyang Lu (moderator), Tarek Abdelzaher, Chris Gill and Al Mok.

Learn more about the event here.

UTC Researcher, Christoph Mertz, Traveled to Asia Development Bank

September 14, 2018
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September 12 – 14, 2018

UTC Researcher Christoph Mertz, traveled to The Asia Development Bank Transport Forum 2018 in Manila, Philippines. He was part of a plenary session on autonomous vehicles and ‘trying to replace the human drive’. See the full agenda.

To hear Christoph’s prediction of the future, watch his presentation here.