UTC Researcher Presents Work at the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference 2019

November 20, 2019
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October 27 – 30, 2019

The IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference (ITSC) 2019 was held in Auckland New Zealand, from 27th October – 30th October 2019. CMU National Robotics Engineering Center’s Robotics Engineer Suryansh Saxena was invited to present his published work; titled “Multi-agent Sensor Fusion for Connected & Autonomous Vehicles to Enhance Navigation Safety” which introduced a novel framework for distributed multi-agents to share time-critical information about their immediate surrounding, and isolate false negatives in their local interpretation using the gained knowledge.

The work presented was well received by the research peer community. The feedback gained highlighted the usefulness of the proposed methodologies especially the statistical framework and simulation environment that demonstrated the efficacy in improving navigation safety. Suryansh was requested to make the source-code public so that other researchers in the same-domain can utilize the demonstrated architecture to further the state-of-the-art. The feedback received also urged him to enhance this framework to account for various open-data sources.

During his time at the ITSC conference, Suryansh attended several presentations in domains including self-driving vehicles safety, collaborative-autonomy, infrastructure-based-sensing to enhance mobility, human-computer interaction, updates to traffic-policies for incorporating mixed traffic streams and connected vehicle environments, etc.

Mobility21 Program Manager Visits Academic Partner, the Ohio State University

November 14, 2019
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November 14 – 15, 2019

Lisa Kay Schweyer, Mobility21 Program Manager, traveled to Columbus, Ohio to meet with researchers, students and others from the Mobility21 academic partner, the Ohio State University. The visit aims to continue developing the partnership, vision and mission of the University Transportation Center’s research, development and deployment.

Mobility21 UTC Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer, met with students from the Columbus College of Art & Design

November 14, 2019
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November 14, 2019

Mobility21 UTC Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer, met with students from the Columbus College of Art & Design.  The students are working on a project to explore design of autonomous shuttles to encourage the sharing of rides and measure user experience.

Mobility21 UTC Advisory Council Member Kirk Steudle Authors Article on Connecting the DOTs

November 13, 2019
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Mobility21 UTC Advisory Council member Kirk Steudle’s article on Connecting the DOTs appeared in the November/December 2019 Traffic Technology International magazine on Connecting the DOTs.  Read the article here.

Traffic21 Director Participates in NRC Governing Board Meeting

November 11, 2019
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November 11, 2019

Traffic21 Director, Chris Hendrickson traveled to Washington DC to participate in the National Research Council Governing Board Meeting. Hendrickson, attended the meeting on behalf of the Transportation Research Board Division.

Recap: Traffic21 10-Year Anniversary Symposium

November 8, 2019
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November 7-8, 2019

The Traffic21 Institute celebrated its 10-Year Anniversary with a two-day Symposium at Carnegie Mellon University.  The symposium brought together expert panelists, keynote speakers and participants from industry, academia and government to discuss emerging transportation technology and deployment. Read the full recap >>>

Mobility21 National UTC Advisory Council Members Share Their Expertise

November 7, 2019
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November 7, 2019

A talented group of national leaders attended the Carnegie Mellon University Traffic21 Institute and Mobility21 National University Transportation Center (UTC) Advisory Council meeting, held on CMU’s campus today.

Mobility21 UTC Director, Raj Rajkumar and Traffic21 Director, Chris Hendrickson welcomed the group, and provided an overview of update of activities and plans at the centers.  The day continued with a discussion on technology transfer and plans for the upcoming National UTC Mobility Summit scheduled to be held in Washington, DC on April 2, 2020.

Throughout the meeting Advisory Council members shared their expertise and ideas on workforce demand, technology trends, research needs,  and new funding opportunities to advance the missions of Traffic21 and Mobility21.

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The Mobility21 team is a tight collaboration among Carnegie Mellon University (Lead), the University of Pennsylvania, the Ohio State University and the Community College of Allegheny County, and brings to bear the reach and scale of all four institutions.

Tackling the multi-faceted nature of Traffic21 and Mobility21 objectives requires coordinated research, education, workforce development and technology transfer.  This work is supported by researchers spanning multiple disciplines such as engineering, computer science and robotics, public policy, urban design, information systems and data analytics.

The distinguished Advisory Council of national leaders provides strategic guidance and counsel.  Advisory Council members include:

  • Raymond T. Betler, former President and CEO of Wabtec Corporation
  • Rebecca M. Brewster, President and Chief Operating Officer of the American Transportation Research Institute
  • Robin Chase, Co-founder Zipcar, Veniam, NUMo
  • Ty Gourley, Vice President of the Hillman Family Foundations
  • Charles L. Hammel III, President and owner, PITT OHIO Express
  • Ashley Hand, Co-founder CityFi; formerly Transportation Technology Strategist Fellow for Los Angeles
  • Katharine Kelleman, Chief Executive Officer at Port Authority of Allegheny County
  • Jane Lappin, Director, Public Policy & Government Affairs, Toyota Research Institute
  • Ken McLeod, Policy Director at The League of American Bicyclist
  • James A. Misener, Senior Director, Technical Standards at Qualcomm
  • Leslie Richards, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
  • David Roger, President of the Hillman Family Foundations
  • Paul Skoutelas, President and Chief Executive Officer of The American Public Transportation Association
  • Kirk Steudle, Senior Vice President of the Econolite Transportation Systems Group and subsidiary CAVita, and former Director of Michigan Department of Transportation

Learn more about the Advisory Council members here.

The next in person meeting of the Advisory Council will be in November 2020.

Mobility21 Hosts Delegation from Hong Kong

October 24, 2019
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October 24, 2019

Mobility21 Faculty, Steve Smith, hosted a visiting delegation from Hong Kong. During their visit to CMU, Smith introduced the delegation to Surtrac smart traffic signal technology, and a visit to a Surtrac inersection.

Stan Caldwell Welcomes Guest from Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program to CMU

October 16, 2019
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October 16, 2019

Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell met with a group of 6 Indonesian professionals working with issues relating to improving cities and regional economies.  They are  participating in a project entitled, “Good Governance Through Technology.” They have been invited to the U.S. under the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program for a 21-day project. Pittsburgh was the second city on their trip, the group will also visit Columbus, Denver and DC.  The themes for the Pittsburgh segment of the program were: Using technology to improve services and quality of life; and University and research partners in smart city development.

CMU Student, Noel Lau, Receives Scholarship at APTA Conference

October 13, 2019
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October 13, 2019

Noel Lau, a Civil and Environmental Engineering graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University  traveled to New York City to attend the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) TRANSform conference and receive her scholarship award.  Lau was able to personally thank the sponsors of her scholarship, network with other scholarship recipients, participate in APTA’s mentorship program as a mentee, and sit in on committee meetings.  Attending workshops on critical topics such as the effects of mobility on community health, safe and secure deployment of new systems, and the goals of research in the field, gave her a sense of the organization and inclusivity of the transportation industry, as well as unique experiences into what real-world conversations between policy and technology look like.

Smart Mobility Connection Series with Aaron Steinfeld

October 11, 2019
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October 11, 2019

Today’s Smart Mobility Connection seminar featured Aaron Steinfeld, Associate Research Professor with the Robotics Institute at CMU. Steinfeld talked about “What’s Been Learned from the Tiramisu Transit Deployment.” Steinfeld was part of the team from the CMU Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center who researched, developed and deployed Tiramisu, a transit app with a universal design but focused on improving public transit for individuals with disabilities. Watch the full seminar here to learn more.

October 2019 Mobility21 UTC Faculty Meeting

October 9, 2019
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October 9, 2019

Mobility21 hosted the second UTC faculty meeting of the Fall Academic Semester today. The meeting featured Reed McManigle, Mentor in Residence, Senior Manager, Licensing and Business Development for CMU who led a discussion on spin-offs, start-ups and opportunities to learn more about the business side of research.

UTC October Faculty Meeting

October 9, 2019
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October 9, 2019

Mobility21 hosted the second faculty meeting of the Fall Academic Semester. The meeting featured Reed McManigle, Mentor in Residence, Senior Manager, Licensing and Business Development who led a discussion on spin-offs, start-ups and opportunities to learn more about the business side of research.

Smart Belt Coalition Meeting Hosted at CMU

October 2, 2019
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October 1 – 2, 2019

The Smart Belt Coalition convened a two day meeting on CMU’s campus to discuss the coalition’s strategic plan current and future status. The Smart Belt Coalition is a regional effort between Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania to establish a dynamic and proactive collaboration between this region for the development of connected and automated vehicles.

Mobility21 UTC Program Manager Elected to ACT Board of Directors

September 19, 2019
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September 21, 2019

Mobility21 UTC Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer, was elected by her peers to serve as a member of the Association for Commuter Transportation’s Board of Directors.  “The Association for Commuter Transportation, is an international association and leading advocate for commuter transportation and transportation demand management.”  Her term will start January, 2020 and run through 2021.

Stan Caldwell Presents to National Association of College and University Business Officers

September 15, 2019
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September 15, 2019

Mobility21  Executive Director, Stan Caldwell, presented background information on Traffic21 and the Mobility21 University Transportation Center research to the the National Association of College and University Business Officers who are attending the 2019 Budget and Planning conference in Pittsburgh.

Smart Mobility Connection with Sean Qian

September 13, 2019
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September 13, 2019

Today, the first fall 2019 Smart Mobility Connection Series featured Mobility21 UTC faculty, Sean Qian. Qian discussed his work with helping Cranberry Township predict traffic delays in real time for 30 minutes in advance. The SMC was attended by Cranberry Township partners who presented to the CMU community why this work is so important and the positive impact it has had on congestion in Cranberry Township. Watch the video here.

Mobility21 UTC Participates in the Pennsylvania Automated Vehicle Summit

September 9, 2019
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September 4-6, 2019

The Pennsylvania Automated Vehicle Summit is the largest dedicated Automated Vehicle conference in the Northeast region, bringing together both public and private industries – and the Mobility21 UTC  students, staff and faculty participated, serving as presenters and session moderators.

PA AV Summit - Allante Whitmore Moderating a Session

Mobility21 UTC Director, Raj Rajkumar participated on a panel of CAV Testers during a Plenary Session. He was joined by panelists from AV companies Uber, Aurora, Argo AI and Aptiv.

 

During the Equity breakout session, Allante’ Whitmore, Doctoral Candidate and Mobility21 Diversity Fellow ,moderated a panel that included Corey Harper, Post-Doctoral Research Associate at CMU who works closely on Mobility21 research projects focused on equity and mobility.

Corey-Harper-PA-Summit

Lisa Kay Schweyer, Mobility21 Program Manager moderated a panel focused on Human Factors: Consumer Expectations & Education. The panel featured a variety of panelists from academic including Penn State and organizations such as AARP and Partners for Autonomous Vehicle Education.

Another breakout session entitled Energy Implications, featured Parth Vaishnav, an Assistant Research Professor at CMU, who joined panelists from PA’s Governor Office of Energy, Maryland SHA, Momentum Dynamics and more.

Mobility21 UTC academic partner, the Community College of Allegheny County, also had a presence at the summit as Bob Koch presented as part of the breakout session “Jobs for an AV World.”

Mobility21 UTC Executive Director, Stan Caldwell and Women in Transportation Fellow, Carlee Benhart were also in attendance, participating in the conference.

UTC Faculty Discusses Tesla’s New Solar Rental Option

September 4, 2019
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September 4, 2019

Costa Samaras, UTC Faculty in Civil and Environmental Engineering/Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, discusses Tesla’s newly-unveiled solar rental option with Marketplace’s Jack Stewart.  Read the article and/or listen to the conversation here:  https://www.marketplace.org/2019/08/20/teslas-plan-for-solar-could-increase-competition/. 

Mobility21 UTC Researcher Ding Zhao featured in new video on Making AI Safe for Autonomous Vehicles

August 19, 2019
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Mobility21 UTC Researcher Ding Zhao discusses his research in new CMU College of Engineering video on Making AI Safe for Autonomous Vehicles.   Learn more about his research here.

Mobility21 UTC Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer, Wins International Award

August 7, 2019
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August 7, 2019

Today at the Association of Commuter Transportation’s Annual Conference, Mobility21 UTC Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer, received a President’s Award for Extraordinary Service.  The Association for Commuter Transportation mission is to “… create an efficient multimodal transportation system by empowering the people, places, and organizations working to advance TDM [transportation demand management] in order to improve the quality of life of commuters, enhance the livability of communities, and stimulate economic activity.”  Lisa Kay has been actively involved in this association since 2003, served on state-wide chapter leadership roles, and led the international Vanpool Council for 2 years.

Mobility21 UTC Director, Raj Rajkumar, Discusses the Future of Transportation on KD/PG Sunday Edition

August 4, 2019
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August 4, 2019

On today’s KDKA TV KD/PG Sunday Edition show, Mobility21 UTC Director Raj Rajkumar sat down with Dr. Kent Harries, PITT Engineering Faculty, to discuss ideas for the Pittsburgh 2070 Transportation Plan.  The segment includes discussion on different ways to address older infrastructure, city transportation, and how to build sustainable infrastructure for the future.

Watch the full video here.

Roads Australia Delegation Visits CMU

July 24, 2019
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July 24, 2019

Roads Australia, a delegation of Australian industry and government leaders traveled all the way to North America from 22 July – 2 August 2019 to explore Future Transport: Smart Cities. Their visit was designed to deepen their understanding of the progress, challenges and emerging trends in Regulatory and Technological Innovation around future transport and smart cities – more specifically, to learn about the latest strategies and solutions and how they might apply them in an Australian context.

One of their first stops in North America was Pittsburgh for a visit to Carnegie Mellon University to Meet with Mobility21. The Australian team was interested in meeting with key participants in the future of transportation, and Mobility21 was able to provide the delegation firsthand information on the types of research, partnerships and entrepreneurship that is happening in Pittsburgh through Mobility21 to enhance the future of transportation and mobility.

The delegation met with Stan Caldwell, Executive Director, Mobility21; Aaron Steinfeld; Associate Professor and UTC researcher, Carnegie Mellon University and Griffin Shultz, CEO of a Mobility21 spin-off, Rapid Flow Technologies.

Roads Australia was eager to learn more about the beneficial partnerships created through Mobility21, the variety of research projects supported by Mobility21 and how the City of Pittsburgh is working collaboratively – not competitively – to build a city focused on mobility and innovation for all.

DJI visits CMU for RI Summer Scholars event

July 11, 2019
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July 11-12, 2019

DJI, a leader in commercial and civilian drone industry, visited CMU as part of the RI Summer Scholars (RISS) event program. DGI’s time on campus included meeting with leaders in robotics at CMU, providing attendees with demonstrations of their drones, and a drone flying contest for RISS students.  Mobility21 program manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer, attended the event with PA Rural Robotics Initiative Director, Tim Heffernan.

 

Mobility21 UTC Researchers Present their Work at The 19th COTA International Conference of Transportation Professionals

July 8, 2019
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July 8, 2019

Mobility21 UTC researchers presented their work at the 19th COTA International Conference of Transportation Professionals, Transportation in China 2025: Connecting the World, held July 5th – July 8th, 2019 at Southeast University in Nanjing, China.  Dr. Sean Qian, Associate Professor, led a session on “A General Formulation for Multi-modal Dynamic Traffic Assignment Considering Multi-class Vehicles, Public Transit and Parking.” Dr. Scott Matthews, Professor, presented on the “Use of Connected Vehicle Technologies for Monitoring Passenger Vehicle Emissions.”