Pennsylvania UTC Representatives Present “Get to Know the PA UTCs”

May 12, 2021
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May 12, 2021

Today, 5 Pennsylvania University Transportation Center (UTC) representatives joined together to present the “Get to Know the PA UTCs” workshop during the American Council of Engineering Companies of Pennsylvania Spring Conference.

The workshop began with a general overview of the UTCs.  This included history on the establishment of the UTC program, what UTCs do (research, education and workforce development, technology transfer, collaboration), how to find UTCs, and how to get involved in UTC activities.

Then, each UTC provided an overview of their specific research areas and programs:

  • Center for Integrated Asset Management for Multi-Modal Transportation Infrastructure Systems, Penn State University – Dr. Eric Donnell, Professor of Civil Engineering, Director of Larson Transportation Institute
    • Reviewed their program vision “Improve integrateUTC - CIAMTISd asset management through research, education, and outreach activities that will enable transportation agencies to invest infrastructure funds when and where most critically needed” and focus areas:
      • Application of Innovative Materials and Technologies
      • Condition Assessment and Health Monitoring
      • Infrastructure Management and Innovative Financing
  • Center for Underground Transportation Infrastructure, Lehigh University – Spencer Quiel, Ph.D., PE, Associate Professor
    • Described that “This is the first and only UTC focused on underground construction. Operating with aUTC1 mission to be a leader in the development of sustainable, less costly and more durable technologies for underground transportation infrastructures that can be efficiently constructed, operated and maintained, providing solutions for future underground transportation projects.”
  • Cooperative Mobility for Competitive Megaregions, University of Pennsylvania – Erick Guerra, Associate Professor
    • Explained “Our center supports research that establishes a legal framework for cooperative megaregion transportation planning; develops analytical framework targeting passenger and freight mobility improvement in megaregions; capitalizes access-enablingUTC-C2M2-Tech-Transfer spatial strategies; promotes equity for elderly and rural populations in and around the megaregion; creates environmental justice metrics in the megaregion context; improves public participation at the megaregional scale; optimizes multi-modality and inter-modality; and develops a GIS-based planning support system for cooperative mobility in megaregions.”
  • Mobility21, Carnegie Mellon University – Lisa Kay Schweyer, TDM-CP, MPM, Program Manager
    • UTC - Mobility21Discussed their partnerships with the University of Pennsylvania, the Ohio State University and Community College of Allegheny, education and workforce efforts/student involvement and the launch of the new executive education session Managing AI in Transportation.

The group encouraged the attendees to learn more about the UTCs and to get involved:

    • Sign-up for Newsletters
    • Propose Research Ideas
    • Attend Webinars/Seminars
    • Share Internship & Job Opportunities
    • Invite UTC researchers to speak at events/conferences

To learn more about the Department of Transportation’s UTC program and locate a UTC near you, click here.

 

“Real-World Data Driven Characterization of Urban Human Mobility Patterns” Thesis Defense Presentation by CMU ECE Ph.D. Candidate

May 12, 2021
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May 12, 2021

Abhinav Jauhri, CMU ECE Ph.D. Candidate presented his thesis defense on Real-World Data Driven Characterization of Urban Human Mobility Patterns. Mobility21 Program Manager Lisa Kay Schweyer attended his defense. Abhinav’s work was conducted as part of the Mobility21 UTC project, “Real Time Traffic Congestion Prediction and Mitigation at the City Scale. UTC Researcher John Paul Shen, was Abhinav’s advisor and his committee included Anupam Datta, Jason Hong, and another UTC researcher Sean Qian.

CMU Students Share Capstone Projects

May 6, 2021
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May 6, 2021

Students of the CMU Heinz College engage in semester long “Capstone Projects” to apply coursework to real-world scenarios.  Today, students shared the results of their semester long research projects during a poster fair.  The projects featured today included the following transportation related projects:

    • Team US Ignite/Colorado Springs: Reducing Traffic Congestion at Fort Carson Army Base
    • Team Port Authority of Allegheny County: Parking Management Scenario Planning for the Port Authority of Allegheny County (PAAC)
    • Department of Labor & Industry: Online Platforms in the PA Trucking and Construction Sectors: Measurement Challenges and Policy Implications 
    • Beneficial State Foundation: Projecting the Future Growth of the Used Clean Vehicle Market in California
    • Allies for Children: School Bus Optimization for Meal Delivery in the Age of COVID-19

NASEM Releases Final Report for Phase 2 Reducing Fuel Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles

May 6, 2021
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May 6, 2021

The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine have released the final report for Reducing Fuel Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles, Phase Two. This study is a follow-on to the National Research Council’s 2010 report, Technologies and Approaches to Reducing the Fuel Consumption of Medium-and Heavy-Duty Vehicles. That report provided a series of findings and recommendations on the development of regulations for reducing fuel consumption of MHDVs.  Read the full report here.

University Transportation Research Discussion and Future Research with WVU

May 5, 2021
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May 5, 2021

Stan Caldwell, Mobility21 Executive Director and Chris Hendrickson, Traffic21 Director met with Dave Martinelli from West Virginia University to discuss current University Transportation Center research and future research opportunities.

CMU Student Transportation Club Hosts Career Panel

May 5, 2021
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April 30, 2021

The CMU Student Transportation Club hosted their annual career panel to provide students with real-world insight from individuals who work in the transportation field.  Panelists were volunteers from the Pittsburgh Chapter of WTS :

CMU Student Capstone Course Focuses on Electric Vehicle Adoption

May 4, 2021
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May 4, 2021

Stan Caldwell served on the advisory panel and attended the final presentation of the Department of Engineering and Public Policy‘s undergraduate capstone project course on the local and national implications of vehicle electrification.  The semester long project course was taught by Professor Erica Fuchs and the question posed to the students was: What are the implications of vehicle electrification for national security, geopolitical and other supply chain risks, economic prosperity (including jobs), and social welfare (including the environment and equity)?

2021 Future of Commuting Summit Held by ACT

April 27, 2021
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April 27, 2021

The Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) held the 2021 Future of Commuting Summit – Today, Tomorrow and BEYOND. The event brought together 350+ employers, thought leaders, government agencies, and private sector TDM leaders to address the ever-evolving challenges that face commuters from home to work or campus. Mobility21 UTC Program Manager & ACT Board Member, Lisa Kay Schweyer led 2 small group discussion breakout sessions during the event.

Student Debate on EV Policy with Professor Jeremy Michalek

April 26, 2021
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April 26, 2021

Professor Jeremy Michalek, a Mobility21 UTC researcher, hosted a student debate on electric vehicle policy for his course “Electric Vehicles: Technology, Economics, Environment and Policy,” which also featured an expert panel that included:

  • Alan Jenn is a CMU EPP alumnus who is now an Assistant Professional Researcher at the Plug-in Hybrid and Electric Vehicle group of the Institution of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis.
  • David Rapson is an Associate Professor of Economics and Director of the Davis Energy Economics Program at the University of California, Davis.
  • Costa Samaras is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Lisa Snapp is the Director of the Climate Analysis and Strategies Center in the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Transportation and Climate Division.

Roadbotics Inc. President Featured by Pittsburgh Business Times

April 25, 2021
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April 25, 2021

Carnegie Mellon spin-off company Roadbotics, Inc. president was featured in the latest Pittsburgh Business Times “Personalities of Pittsburgh.”  The article highlights Roadbotics, Inc. President Ben Schmidt and his interests and thoughts for the future.  Read the full article here.

Smart Mobility Connection Featuring Ümit Özgüner

April 23, 2021
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April 23, 2021

Today’s Smart Mobility Connection session featured Mobility21 UTC Researcher Ümit Özgüner.   He discussed his project, “Research on pedestrian vehicle interaction.” Watch his presentation here.

Mobility21 Participates in CARMA Webinar

April 22, 2021
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April 22, 2021

Stan Caldwell participated in a webinar hosted by the National Operations Center of Excellence on the CARMA’s latest simulation research and how this research advances cooperative driving automation for public benefit. CARMA is a program of the Federal Highway Administration.  Watch the full webinar here.

Cooperative Automated Transportation Coalition Quarterly Meeting

April 22, 2021
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April 22, 2021

Stan Caldwell participated in the quarterly meeting of the CAT Coalition Strategic Working Group where initiatives such as the Virginia C-V2X Deployment for Work Zone Safety were discussed. The Cooperative Automated Transportation Coalition (CAT) serves as a collaborative focal point for federal, state and local government officials, academia, industry and their related associations to address critical program and technical issues associated with the nationwide deployment of connected and automated vehicles on streets and highways.  CAT is supported by AASHTO, ITSA, ITE and US DOT.

Traffic21 Director Chris Hendrickson Featured as Kent State Distinguished Speaker for 2021

April 22, 2021
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April 22, 2021

Traffic21 Director Chris Hendrickson was featured as the Kent State Distinguished Speaker for 2021 presenting his project, “Accelerating Decarbonization in the U.S. Transportation System.”

Maxine Eskenazi Selected as a Fellow of the International Speech Communication Association

April 22, 2021
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April 22, 2021

Mobility21 UTC researcher Maxine Eskenazi, a principal systems scientist in the Language Technologies Institute, has been selected as a fellow of the International Speech Communication Association for her contributions to the field and decades of service to the community.  Read the full story here.

Solving the Problems of Traffic with Twitter Information

April 22, 2021
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April 22, 2021

Working with Ph.D. student Weiran Yao, Mobility21 UTC research Sean Qian has extracted information from tweets to provide accuracy in predicting morning traffic patterns.  Read the full story here.

 

USDOT ITS Joint Program Office Holds All-Levels Academic Virtual Forum

April 21, 2021
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April 21, 2021

Mobility21 UTC academic partners Bob Koch & Justin Starr of Community College of Allegheny County and Mobility21 UTC Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer, participated and provided workgroup updates during today’s USDOT ITS Joint Program Office’s All-Levels Academic Virtual Forum, where educators at universities, two-year colleges, and high schools, as well as practitioners and industry leaders came together to learn, share, and strategize about ITS education and workforce development.

Launch of the ITSA Urban Air Mobility Task Force

April 20, 2021
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April 20, 2021

Stan Caldwell participated in the inaugural meeting of the Urban Air Mobility Task Force which is exploring education and policy initiatives around the electric vertical take-off and landing systems (eVTOLs).  The task force chair is Kristin White from the Minnesota Department of Transportation and is supported by the Intelligent Transportation Society of America Standing Committee on Emerging Technologies, chaired by Stan Caldwell along with Andrew Liu from AECOM.

Mobility21 Research Highlighted at Pennsylvania Transportation Alliance Meeting

April 20, 2021
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April 20, 2021

Stan Caldwell provided an update to the Pennsylvania Transportation Alliance on research of Mobility21 faculty Sarah Fox, Patrick Carrington and Nik Martelaro supported by the US DOT Inclusive Design Challenge.  The Challenge focuses on innovative design solutions to enable people with physical, sensory, and cognitive disabilities to use automated vehicles to access jobs, healthcare, and other critical destinations.  Alliance members, including Chairman John Tague, are community partners in this research.

University of Texas at Austin Smart Cities Consortium Features Mobility21 UTC Researcher

April 20, 2021
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April 20, 2021

Mobility21 UTC researcher Sean Qian participated in the University of Texas at Austin‘s Smart Cities consortium to discuss his project, “Strategic and Operational Strategies to Inform First- and Last- Mile Services: Case Studies for Robinson and Moon Townships, PA.”

Third Annual National Mobility Summit Held

April 19, 2021
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April 19, 2019

The Third Annual National Mobility Summit was held on April 15, 2021. The National Mobility Summit is an opportunity for US DOT University Transportation Centers to come together to discuss the real-world problems, opportunities and innovations in today’s transportation landscape.   Over 200 people registered for this event.   Find more information about the National Mobility Summit here:  https://mobility21.cmu.edu/events/the-national-mobility-summit/the-national-mobility-summit-2021/.

CCAC Students Meet to Discuss Transportation Development

April 16, 2021
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April 16, 2021

Students from Community College of Allegheny County,  Mobility21 UTC academic partner, met at the Steel Center for Career and Technical Education facility and engaged in a discussion about the changes in the automotive field, such as ADAS systems and the need to understand sensing technology, and the various other employment opportunities within ITS.

CSTI Hosts Annual Transportation Forum

April 14, 2021
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April 14, 2021

Stan Caldwell and Lisa Kay Schweyer of Mobility21 participated in the 2021 Annual Transportation Forum, hosted by the University of Pittsburgh Center for Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure.  The Transportation Forum is open to students, consultants, government agencies and other professionals that are involved in the planning, design, research, construction and operation of transportation systems.

Roadbotics Data Helps Inform Local Area Paving Plan

April 14, 2021
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April 14, 2021

Roadbotics, a Mobility21 UTC funded spinoff company, demonstrates impact of technology on local transportation in Bethel Park.  “It takes all the guess work out of it,” said Consolmagno, public works chairman. “Instead of people calling up and saying, ‘Hey. How about paving my road?’ This independent audit gives us a firsthand view.” Read the full article here.

Smart Mobility Connection Featuring Justin Starr

April 9, 2021
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April 9, 2021

Today’s Smart Mobility Connection session featured Mobility21 UTC Researcher Justin Starr.   He discussed his project, “Using a Virtual Racing League to Learn Artificial Intelligence Autonomy as a Skilled Trade.”  Watch his presentation here.