Traffic21 Presentation to the Allegheny County Green Team

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.

CCAC is training technicians and shop owners on the benefits of propane powered vehicles

May 22, 2018

The Community College of Allegheny County held a training for technicians and shop owners on the benefits of propane powered vehicles.  The session included discussion on finding technicians to do repairs and the competition among repair shops for mechanical talent.  Bob Koch gave a brief talk regarding Vehicle to Vehicle, Vehicle to Infrastructure, intelligent transportation, and the need for training.

Modeling the World Systems

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

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.

“RoadBotics” Receives ASCE’s Overall Greatest Impact Award

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.

UTC researcher, Scott Matthews, presented twice during the Inspection and Maintenance Solutions conference

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.

Smart Mobility Connection: Dan Klinedinst

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

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

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.

Traffic21 Fellow Ngani Ndimbie Assisting with City Bike Plan

April 30, 2018

Since March, Traffic21 Fellow Ngani Ndimbie has been interning with the Department of Mobility and Infrastructure to help complete Pittsburgh’s Bike Plan- a document for the public and other key stakeholders that explains the City’s goals for building out it’s bike network. This is the City’s first update since the 1999 bike plan.

UTC Researchers Sean Qian and Scott Matthews mentioned in the CMU CEE News Magazine

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.

UTC Researcher Pires Featured in TRB Webinar

April 24, 2018

UTC faculty and researcher Bernardo R. Pires spoke on the Transportation Research Board’s bi-monthly webinar series- Conversations with Colleagues, focused on bicycle and pedestrian  monitoring and research. On this week’s webinar, titled “Collecting Bicycle and Pedestrian Data with Video: Methods and Issues,” Pires spoke about data collection efforts underway at CMU to 60-70 webinar attendees.

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

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.

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