Smart Mobility Connection with Costa Samaras

February 8th, 2019

February 8, 2019

Today’s Smart Mobility Connection featured Costa Samaras, Associate Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at CMU. Costa highlighted his work with the economic, environmental and travel implications of changes in parking choices due to driverless vehicles. Costa’s study estimates the potential impact of privately-owned driverless vehicles on vehicle miles traveled, energy use, emissions, parking revenue, and daily parking cost savings in the city of Seattle, Washington from changes in parking decisions using an agent-based simulation model.  Click here to watch the video recording of this SMC session.



Mobility21 Executive Director Appointed to CARMA Advisory Group

February 7th, 2019

February 7, 2019

Stan Caldwell, Executive Director of the Mobility21 University Transportation Center was appointed to the advisory group for the Cooperative Automation Research Mobility Applications (CARMA) platform which supports the testing and evaluation of connected and automated vehicle research. This opportunity will have Caldwell directly involved in how research can support advancing the use and implementation of Transportation Systems Management and Operations  strategies and more.


Maryn Weimer

Director of Mobility, Maryn Weimer, appointed to Ohio Governor’s Advisory Committee on Transportation Infrastructure

February 1st, 2019

February 1, 2019

Maryn Weimer, director of mobility and senior associate director at The Ohio State Center for Automotive Research has been appointed to the Ohio Governor’s Advisory Committee on Transportation Infrastructure by Governor Mike DeWine.   This new committee will study the current conditions of Ohio’s roadways and recommend options for maintaining and enhancing the state’s transportation infrastructure.  Read more…

Stan Caldwell at TRB

Mobility21 Executive Director Speaks on TRB Panel

January 15th, 2019

January 15, 2019

Mobility21 Executive Director, Stan Caldwell served as a speaker for the TRB conference session,  Integrating Research and Technology Transfer.  His presentation included an overview of how technology transfer happens through the CMU Traffic21 Institute and the Mobility21 UTC, and highlighted some of the companies that have spun out of the UTC funded research efforts.

UPenn ESE Team Wins FAA Raise Award

January 15th, 2019

January 17, 2019

At the 2019 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, the Executive Committee of the Council of University Transportation Centers on behalf of the Secretary of Transportation, Elaine L. Chao, awarded the Secretary’s RAISE Award to a student team from the University of Pennsylvania (UPENN).  The UPENN senior design team members John Kearney, Max Li, William Tam, and Sahithya Prakash and team advisor, Dr. Megan S. Ryerson, accepted their award. The Secretary’s RAISE award was created to recognize innovative scientific and engineering concepts and student achievements that have the potential to significantly impact the future of aerospace or aviation. The team focused on the design and implementation of a centralized air traffic control (ATC) system for autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles (aUAVs) in order to mitigate the risk of aUAV-on-aUAV mid-air collisions.

[UPENN is an academic partner in the Mobility21 University Transportation Center.]


CCAC Hosts Student Automotive Competition

December 13th, 2018

December 13, 2018

CCAC and Greater Pittsburgh Automotive Dealers Association hosted a student automotive competition event at CCAC.  During the competition, Bob Koch, talked to both students and instructors about “Intelligent Transportation Careers” and how these students fit into the workforce with their knowledge and skills they’re currently learning.  They discussed what they can do to help prepare these high school seniors for various transportation careers.  They also talked about various opinions regarding vehicle to V2V, V2I and autonomous vehicles, and what can we do to help them prepare the technicians of the future.



GHSA Visits CMU for AV Tour

December 11th, 2018

December 11, 2018

The Government Highway Safety Association visited Carnegie Mellon University to learn more about Mobility21’s policy, technology, people in autonomous vehicles. They spent time learning more about the AV’s here on campus and visiting the Navigation Lab.


Mobility21 Director Shares Expertise on Autonomous Vehicles in Axios Article

December 7th, 2018

December 6, 2018

Raj Rajkumar, Director of Mobility21, the National USDOT University Transportation Center for Mobility, shares his expertise on autonomous vehicles in Axios article “1 big thing:  The price of driverless cars.”  Read the full article here:



Mobility21 Program Manager Attends PAIC Groundbreaking

December 6th, 2018

December 6, 2018

Mobility21 Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer, joined Carnegie Mellon’s Chief of Staff and Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, Daryl Weinhert at the Pittsburgh Airport Innovation Campus (PAIC) Groundbreaking. The PAIC will provide space at the airport for innovation testbeds for aviation and customer service technologies.    


Elsie Hillman Honors Scholar Presents Research at PennState

December 6th, 2018

December 6, 2018

Teresa Leatherow, an Elsie Hillman Honors Scholar working with Traffic21, presented her semester’s research on automation and long-haul trucking at the Pennsylvania State University Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference. Other topics that were presented on by students include dedicated bus lanes, network resilience, and parking demand models for urban areas. Conference attendees were able to participate in various breakout sessions on safety, operations, planning, design, and technology and had the opportunity hear from Pennsylvania Secretary of Transportation Leslie Richards!

Students with Project Poster

Project Presentations for the User-Centered Research and Evaluation

December 5th, 2018

December 5, 2018

Project presentations for the Carnegie Mellon University User-Centered Research and Evaluation class, in which students investigated user needs for transportation on campus, were displayed today in the University Center.  Students collected data from participants using a wide variety of methods, and used their insights to propose new solutions to address these needs for more visibility, efficiency, and opportunities with campus transportation.  The results will be shared with the Graduate Student Assembly who will determine next steps.

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