Mobility21 welcomes Rayna Hata to 2021 Robotics Institute Summer Scholars Program

June 15, 2021
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June 15, 2021

Mobility21 is pleased to welcome and support Rayna Hata, a participant in the 2021 Robotics Institute Summer Scholars (RISS) Program.

At Mobility21, we view research and education as two sides of the same coin. We cannot educate for future generations without exposing them to research, development and deployment. On the other hand, we cannot do successful research, development and deployment without the input of future generations.

RISS Logo“The Carnegie Mellon University RISS Program is an intensive summer research program for talented undergraduate students. Summer Scholars have the opportunity to participate in state-of-the-art research projects, interact with a diverse research team, and to be mentored by leading faculty and technical staff. The program introduces aspiring students to dynamic research resources and methods, RI graduate education programs and research projects. The Summer Scholars program lasts 11 weeks.”

“RISS connects students from across the country and world to contribute to robotics research alongside top CMU researchers. There were over 700 applicati

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ons to the RISS 2021 program from more than 40 countries and over 300 institutions worldwide. With 58 scholars from 13 countries and 43 home universities, the 2021 RISS cohort is the largest cohort since the inception of the program in 2006. Fifty percent of the participating scholars are from communities underrepresented in STEM…The RI scholars’ research experience is guided by outstanding research mentors that represent the incredibly diverse robotics research from across the Institute.”

More from Mobility21 RISS Summer Scholar, Rayna Hata

“Hi, my name is Rayna Hata, and I am a rising junior at Colby College in Maine studying computer science. I am interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in robotics at an institution where innovation through collaborations is fostered and encouraged. This summer, I am thrilled to be working under the supervision of Dr. Stephen Smith and Dr. Issac Isukapati in their Intelligent Coordination and Logistics Laboratory where I will be working on their PedPal app, an app designed to assist pedestrians with disabilities and/or mobility challenges to safely cross signalized intersections. Specifically, I will be working on getting better localization of the pedestrian’s location in relation the crosswalk that they are approaching or on. In my previous experience with robotics, I focused on how to make robots that can make carrying large loads easier for those with injuries and disabilities. I am excited to gain research experience in robotics and make connections with the other cohort members! I would like to thank Dr. Stephen Smith, Dr. Issac Isukapati, Mobility21, and the RISS sponsors and partners for making this opportunity possible.”

Rayna continues “After selecting my research project, I looked at different types of distance sensors and beacons that may work for the PedPal app and the pedestrian traffic signals. I am very excited to keep going and further my knowledge about accurate localization. I am thrilled to be a part of this program, make connections with the other members of the cohort, and grow my skills at becoming a researcher in robotics.”

WTS Pittsburgh Chapter Honors CMU Student Sharika Hegde

August 11, 2020
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August 11, 2020

The Women in Transportation Seminar Pittsburgh Chapter 2020 Sharon D. Banks Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship Recipient honoree is CMU student Sharika Hegde.

The award winner “Sharika J. Hegde is a senior at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) majoring in Civil & Environmental Engineering with a minor in Computer Science. Sharika is interested in intelligent transportation systems, shared mobility, and connected and automated vehicle technology. Combining her experience in transportation and computing, she is also interested in using machine learning and data analytics techniques to tackle issues within the transportation domain.”

The write-up in the WTS program also stated that “Sharika has completed numerous internships, most recently at FHWA’s Saxton Transportation Operations Laboratory, where she supported their Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment program and CARMA platform. During this internship, Sharika authored a paper on connected vehicle data privacy, which she then presented at the 2020 Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting. On-campus, Sharika served as the 2019 President of CMU’s student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers. She is also involved with transportation research at CMU, as a researcher at Prof. Sean Qian’s Mobility Data Analytics Center. Sharika will continue her education and research by pursuing a Ph.D. in transportation systems in the fall of 2020.”

Reimagining Transportation Energy in 2020 for Equity and Efficiency

August 6, 2020
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August 6, 2020

Mobility21 UTC researchers Costa Samaras and Corey Harper participated in today’s “Reimagining Transportation Energy in 2020 for Equity and Efficiency” panel to provide their take on what shifts we can expect on our transportation energy future post-COVID19.

This session, hosted by Carnegie Mellon University’s Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, is the eight installment in the series, “Energy, Resilience, and COVID-19 – Pivoting in 2020“, which highlights research, industry and innovation related to how COVID-19 is impacting the way we will do business and what it means to the energy systems we rely upon.  You can watch the full webinar here.

Research Recap: Improving Rush Hour Traffic Flow by Computer-Vision-Based Parking Detection and Regulations

May 18, 2020
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May 18, 2020

Today Mobility21 UTC released its latest “Research Recap.” The recaps are one-page overviews of the UTC funded research that describe the research project’s purpose, approach, key findings, conclusions, contact information for the research team and a link to the final research report. Check out the one page recap to learn more about this project: Improving Rush Hour Traffic Flow by Computer-Vision-Based Parking Detection and Regulations.

Smart Mobility Connection Seminar Series Features Venkat Viswanathan

February 7, 2020
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February 7, 2020

Today’s Smart Mobility Connection session featured Mobility21 UTC Researcher Venkat Viswanathan.  He discussed how weight, computational load, sensor load, and possibly higher drag may increase the energy use of automated electric vehicles relative to human-driven electric vehicles.   Watch the full SMC video here.

Carnegie Mellon University Student Wins ARTBA Student Transportation Video Contest

January 27, 2020
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January 27, 2020

Lijun Yu, research master student in Language Technologies Institute, School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University  produced a video for the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s 9th Annual “Student Transportation Video Contest.” Yu won the post-secondary/college/graduate level in the Safety category of ARTBA’s 2019 Student Transportation Video Contest.  Watch the winning video here.

Research Recap: Busload Detection via Autonomous Sensing

January 27, 2020
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January 27, 2020

Today, Mobility21 UTC released its latest “Research Recap.” The recaps are one-page overviews of the UTC funded research that describe the research project’s purpose, approach, key findings, conclusions, contact information for the research team and a link to the final research report.  Check out the one page recap to learn more about this project:  Busload Detection via Autonomous Sensing

Smart Mobility Connection Seminar Series Features Stan Caldwell and Rick Grahn

January 24, 2020
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January 24, 2020

The first Smart Mobility Connection session of spring semester was held today featuring Mobility21 Executive Director, Stan Caldwell and CMU PhD student, Rick Grahn.  They provided an overview and took questions about the project, Research Results and Technology Trends to Inform Policies for Smart Mobility of People and Goods.  Everyone in attendance was also provided with a hard copy of the “Recommended Policies for the 21st Century Trends in US Mobility” policy guide.  Watch the full SMC video here.

Research Recap: Contact Sensing for Improved Inspection of Transportation Infrastructure

January 16, 2020
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Today, Mobility21 UTC released its latest “Research Recap.” The recaps are one-page overviews of the UTC funded research that describe the research project’s purpose, approach, key findings, conclusions, contact information for the research team and a link to the final research report.  Check out the one page recap to learn more about this project.

CMU Student Lijin Yu Presents at International Workshop on Big Data for Intelligent Transportation Systems

January 16, 2020
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December 13, 2019

Lijun Yu, a first-year research master student in Language Technologies Institute, School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, working with Prof. Alexander G. Hauptmann presented their recent work at the International Workshop on Big Data for Intelligent Transportation Systems (BITS 2019) at the 2019 IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Los Angeles. On behalf of the authors Lijun Yu, Peng Chen, Wenhe Liu, Guoliang Kang, and Alexander G. Hauptmann, he presented the paper entitled “Training-free Monocular 3D Event Detection System for Traffic Surveillance.”

Mobility21 UTC University of Pennsylvania Academic Director Rahul Mangharam presented today at The Penn India Technology Forum

January 11, 2020
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January 11, 2020

Mobility21 UTC University of Pennsylvania Academic Director Rahul Mangharam presented today at The Penn India Technology Forum on
How do we build the Department of Autonomous Systems.  In his talk, he explored how Penn research is building (1) Safe Autonomous Vehicles: What is a driver’s license test for driverless vehicles? (2) Safe Medical Devices: How can we use computer models to speed up clinical trials with a reduced cost? and (3) Grid-responsive Energy Systems: How do we build AI for Smart Buildings?

 

Mobility21 Director and Executive Director Participate in the Governor’s Action Team Meeting on Autonmous Vehicle Technology in PA

November 25, 2019
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November 21, 2019

Mobility21 UTC Director, Raj Rajkumar and Executive Director, Stan Caldwell, participated in today’s “Autonomous Vehicle Technology in PA Roundtable.”  The roundtable included a discussion of the economic development impact of AVs and included industry leaders, state department of transportation officials, representatives of the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, Allegheny County and the city of Pittsburgh.

Research Recap: Optimizing Snow Plowing Operations in Urban Road Networks, Phase II

October 8, 2019
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Today, Mobility21 UTC released its latest “Research Recap.” The recaps are one-page overviews of the UTC funded research that describe the research project’s purpose, approach, key findings, conclusions, contact information for the research team and a link to the final research report.  Check out the one page recap to learn more about this project: Optimizing Snow Plowing Operations in Urban Road Networks, Phase II.

Smart Mobility Connection Seminar with Pei Zhang

September 27, 2019
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September 27, 2019

Today’s Smart Mobility Connection seminar featured Pei Zhang sharing his research on “Incentivizing Vehicle Mobility to Optimize Sensing Distribution in Smart City Applications.”  He examined the utilization of existing taxi fleets to optimize both mobility and passenger pickup as well as smart city sensing. Pei showed his teams work through 50,000 collected taxi traces with 230 actuated routes in the city of Beijing, China. Watch this seminar here.

Mobility21 Spinoff, Rapid Flow, Wins Tech Startup of the Year Award

September 25, 2019
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September 25, 2019

Today, Pittsburgh Tech Council hosted their 23rd annual Tech 50 where they honor technology innovation in southwestern Pennsylvania. The council determines winners by growth in product, corporate citizenship, job growth and retention, industry achievement and innovative technologies.

Mobility21 UTC spin-off, Rapid Flow Technologies, was awarded Tech Startup of the Year! Rapid Flow Technologies is the commercialization of Surtrac (Real-time Adaptive Traffic Control). Rapid Flow Technologies is using technology to improve congestion, and shares one of their biggest achievements of 2019: landing their first international customers. Watch the full video here.

Mobility21 UTC Team Tours UTC Faculty Member Ding Zhao’s Safe AI Lab

September 23, 2019
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September 23, 2019

Mobility21 UTC Faculty member Ding Zhao, welcomed Mobility21 UTC Executive Director Stan Caldwell, Program Manager Lisa Kay Schweyer, Senior Administrative Coordinator Chelsea Cavlovic and Metro21 Executive Director Karen Lightman for a tour of his Safe AI Lab.  Zhao, along with 4 of his students, provided an overview of their research, demonstrated how their autonomous vehicles “see and react” to pedestrians and vehicles and more.