Mobility21 UTC Researchers Host Education Classes at Embedded Systems Week 2021

October 15, 2021
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October 15, 2021

Mobility21 UTC researchers Dr. Rahul Mangharam and Dr. Johannes Betz of the University of Pennsylvania participated in Embedded Systems Week (ESWeek) 2021.  ESWEEK is piloting a new education track, where in, top researchers in the world teach 2-hour topical class on emerging/newer, but well established embedded systems concepts, tools and methods that are not readily available in textbooks in an exciting, engaging and hands-on way to students across the globe.  View their presentation here.

Research Recap: Platooning for Improved Safety and Efficiency of Semi-Trucks (PISES) II

October 12, 2021
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October 12, 2021

Today, Mobility21 UTC released its latest “Research Recap” for Venkat Viswanathan’s project “Platooning for Improved Safety and Efficiency of Semi-Trucks (PISES) II. 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.

Smart Mobility Connection Featuring Destenie Nock

October 8, 2021
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October 8, 2021

Today’s Smart Mobility Connection session featured Mobility21 UTC Researcher Dr. Destenie Nock.   She discussed her project, “Transportation Implications from COVID-19: Food Delivery and Public Transport.” Watch her presentation here.

Ray Gastil Presents “Green Cities: Pittsburgh”

October 7, 2021
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October 7, 2021

Mobility21 UTC researcher and Carnegie Mellon University Remaking Cities Institute Director Ray Gastil presented “Green Cities: Pittsburgh” in the Green Cities 2021 Series with the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanism.

Chris Hendrickson Re-Appointed to the TRB Executive Committee

October 4, 2021
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October 1, 2021

Traffic21 Director Chris Hendrickson has been re-appointed to the Transportation Research Board‘s Executive Committee for 2022-2025.  The Executive Committee is the senior policy body of TRB.

Traffic21 Releases Policy Brief on Driver Warning Technologies and Partial Vehicle Automation

October 1, 2021
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October 1, 2021

Traffic21 researchers released their latest policy brief, “Driver Warning Technologies and Partial Vehicle Automation: Save Lives and Money,” authored by Stan Caldwell, Chris Hendrickson, Corey Harper and Costa Samaras.   The brief reviews empirical data on changes in crash frequency and severity with driver warning technologies and partial automation; provides estimates of benefits, costs and lives saved; and concludes with policy recommendations.

Mobility21 UTC Researcher Dr. Justin Starr Named Engineering Unleashed Fellow

October 1, 2021
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October 1, 2021

Mobility21 UTC researcher and assistant professor of Mechatronics at CCAC Dr. Justin Starr has been named Engineering Unleashed Fellow.  The designation recognizes leadership in undergraduate engineering education. Each fellowship is accompanied by recognition, advanced project work, funding and community with other Fellows. Read the full story here.

What Can We Learn From Autonomous Racing?

October 1, 2021
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October 1, 2021

Faculty and students from the Mobility21 academic partner University of Pennsylvania’s F1Tenth team presented their work at the Fall 2021 GRASP Seminar.  Their talk explores how to get involved in very exciting research on safe autonomous systems.  Watch the full presentation here.

Research Recap: Taxi-for-all: Incentivized Taxi Actuation System for Balanced Area-Wide Service

September 27, 2021
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September 27, 2021

Today, Mobility21 UTC released its latest “Research Recap” for Carlee Joe-Wong’s project “Taxi-for-all: Incentivized Taxi Actuation System for Balanced Area-wide Service. 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.

Mobility21 Innovation Fellow Joe Bartels Shares His Experience

September 27, 2021
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September 27, 2021

Mobility21 Innovation Fellow and Robotics Institute alum Joe Bartels is the CEO of a CMU spinout called Phlux Technologies. Phlux is enabling advanced capabilities in robotics and automation with a new class of programmable 3D sensors that were developed in CMU’s Imaging and Illumination Lab.

As a Mobility21 Innovation Fellow, Joe focused on early commercialization activities including prototype development and customer discovery research in robotics, autonomous vehicles, smart cities, and industrial automation. During this process, Joe worked with Tepper MBA students supported by Mobility21 to tune Phlux’s early business model, value proposition, and customer profile.

Joe is currently leading Phlux through an evaluation program of their sensors with a global automotive company and is lining up other pilots in robotics and industrial automation.

Shaler Area Homecoming Events Create Vibrant Community Atmosphere

September 25, 2021
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September 25, 2021

Mobility21 UTC researcher & Director of the Remaking Cities Institute, Ray Gastil participated in the 2021 Shaler Area Homecoming Festivities, which brought together the community for a parade, picnic, and football game and turned Mount Royal Boulevard into a vibrant, walkable main street.  Ray is working with Walk Bike Shaler, in partnership with the Township of Shaler, to inform and contribute to the Better Boulevard Initiative.

Smart Mobility Connection Featuring Erick Guerra

September 24, 2021
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September 24, 2021

Today’s Smart Mobility Connection session featured Mobility21 UTC Researcher Erick Guerra.   He discussed his project, “What the Heck is a Choice Rider? A Theoretical Framework and Empirical Model.” Watch his presentation here.

SAE International Podcast Features Stan Caldwell to Discuss Smart Mobility in Pittsburgh

September 23, 2021
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September 23, 2021

Traffic21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell was featured on the recent SAE International podcast with host Grayson Brulte, Innovation Strategist and Co-Founder of Brulte & Company, to discuss how Traffic21 has helped place Pittsburgh at the forefront of the intelligent transportation field, improving the economy and attracting new businesses along the way.  Listen to the full podcast here.

Smart Belt Coalition Quarterly Meeting Held

September 23, 2021
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September 23, 2021

Stan Caldwell participated in the quarterly meeting of the Smart Belt Coalition, which included academic and state transportation agencies from Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania.  The group discussed efforts on vehicle electrification and associated infrastructure, as well as strategic planning.

Mobility21 Presents at ITSA Board Meeting

September 22, 2021
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September 22, 2021

Stan Caldwell, Mobility21 Executive Director and Chair of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITSA) Emerging Technologies Standing Committee, presented at the quarterly board meeting on the committee efforts on working groups for personal delivery devices, electric vertical takeoff and landing systems, and digital twinning.

Metro21 Kicks Off Justice and Technology Seminar Series

September 22, 2021
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September 22, 2021

Metro21 Executive Director Karen Lightman moderated the first of three Justice & Technology Seminars which featured Lilian Coral of Knight Foundation, Kim Davis of City of Pittsburgh DOMI, Rayid Ghani of Carnegie Mellon University, and Marimba Milliones of Hill District CDC.

This seminar series will provide an opportunity for researchers and community stakeholders to openly discuss issues with technology and justice and find opportunities to collaborate on advancing justice. The series is sponsored by the Metro21: Smart Cities Institute in cooperation with Traffic21 Institute.  Watch the inaugural seminar here.

Traffic21 Enterprise Creation Internship

September 16, 2021
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September 16, 2021

During the Summer 2021, Chenxin Xu served as an intern for Traffic21/Mobility21 and the Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation (CTTEC).  She is a dual degree student at CMU seeking masters degrees in Engineering & Technology Innovation Management  and in Mechanical Engineering.  Chenxin collaborated with two other interns at CTTEC supported by the CMU Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, bringing a range of skills, training and experiences to their projects for CMU startup efforts.

The two Traffic21/Mobility21 supported startup projects that Chenxin worked on were:

  • Phlux Technologies: Phlux Technologies is a spinout company from CMU’s Robotics Institute from the lab of Professor Srinivasa Narasimhan, led by PhD graduate Joe Bartels.  They are developing technology to enable mobile and stationary robots to scan their environment to detect risks to humans and to the robots.  In one application, their systems could be applicable as a replacement for LIDAR on autonomous vehicles.  The intern conducted customer discovery interviews to help to segment market opportunities and to identify market entry and partnering strategies.
  • Oxide Enterprises: Oxide Enterprises is a pre-company project from CMU’s Materials Science and Engineering Department, from the lab of Professor Lisa Porter, led by PhD graduate Luke Lyle.  They are developing materials and methods of manufacture to make power electronics devices in electric vehicles more energy efficient and lighter weight.  The intern conducted secondary market research and customer discovery interviews to help to identify how the startup could best enter the EV value chain in their go-to-market strategy.  Further, the intern built a production cost estimation model, using techniques taught in the E&TIM program, to give insight into the expected unit costs based on various assumptions of scale of manufacturing and production techniques.

Joe & Luke have been working for the past year as Swartz Innovation Fellows  in collaboration with Mobility21 to commercialize their technology.

Representative Davis Tours Mobility21 Research Lab

September 15, 2021
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September 15, 2021

Pennsylvania State Representative and Transportation Committee Member, Austin Davis met with Mobility21 researcher Christoph Mertz to tour the Nav Lab at the Robotics Institute and learn about Dr. Mertz’s UTC road surface monitoring research and subsequent spin-off company Roadbotics, which is based in Pittsburgh and commercializing the UTC research.

Mobility21 Research Project “Bus on the Edge” by Christoph Mertz Highlighted in TRB E-Newsletter

September 14, 2021
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September 14, 2021

Mobility21 UTC researcher Christoph Mertz’s UTC project, “Bus on the Edge: Continuous Monitoring of Traffic and Infrastructure was highlighted in this week’s Transportation Research Board’s newsletter in the University Research News section.  Read the newsletter here.

September 2021 UTC Faculty Meeting Held

September 14, 2021
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September 14, 2021

Mobility21 hosted the first UTC faculty meeting of the fall semester. The discussion included a review of the updated Mobility21 Data Management Plan.  It also included Katie Behrman from the Carnegie Mellon University Library as the featured speaker.

Smart Mobility Connection Featuring Allante Whitmore

September 10, 2021
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September 10, 2021

Today’s Smart Mobility Connection session featured Mobility21 UTC Researcher Allante Whitmore.   She discussed her project, “Opportunities for Shared Autonomous Mobility Technology in Public Transit Systems To Improve Equitable Transit Coverage.” Watch her presentation here.

Freight 2030 Initiative Comes to Carnegie Mellon University

September 10, 2021
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September 10, 2021

United States Senator Bob Casey and Congressman Conor Lamb visited Carnegie Mellon University to speak at the launch of Freight 2030 (which is an initiative to create a freight rail innovation institute with partners Wabtec, Genesee & Wyoming Railroad and CMU).  Mobility21 Director Raj Rajkumar has been involved with the planning of Freight 2030 with the goal of decarbonizing the rail freight industry.  At this event, Wabtec displayed the industry’s first operating battery electric locomotive.

Traffic21/Mobility21 Discusses AI in Transportation Executive Education Session with Southwestern PA Commission

September 9, 2021
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September 9, 2021

Traffic21/Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell and Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer, presented an overview of the recently completed inaugural session of the CMU Heinz College executive education session “Managing Artificial Intelligence in Transportation” at the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission’s Transportation Safety and Operations Committee.  The executive education session was sponsored and developed by the Traffic21 Institute in partnership with the Heinz College Executive Education program.

Update on Mobility21’s Robotics Institute Summer Scholar, Rayna Hata

September 4, 2021
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September 4, 2021

Mobility21’s RISS Rayna Hata has completed her project centered around the localiation of vision or mobility impaired pedestrians as they cross urban intersections using the PedPal app and has this to say about her experience:

“This summer, I had the pleasure of working in the Intelligent Coordination and Logistics Lab under the mentorship of  Dr. Stephen Smith and Dr. Isaac Isukapati.  While crossing an intersection feels like an easy task, vision-impaired pedestrians face difficulties such as spending multiple cycles of signal changes to understand the intersection or straying off from the borders of the crosswalk. My end goal for this project is to have the app and the device accurately track and guide the pedestrian as they approach and cross the intersection.

This research experience was my formal introduction to the field of robotics research. This experience solidified my interest in pursuing a graduate degree and a career in Robotics upon graduation. I cannot thank Mobility 21 enough for this sponsorship and support, and I am excited to keep working with the lab throughout my school year to complete this project.” 

The Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute Summer Scholars program connects students from across the country and world to contribute to robotics research alongside top CMU researchers. With 43 scholars from 11 countries and 33 home universities, the 2020 RISS cohort is the largest cohort since the inception of the program in 2006. Forty percent of the 2020 participating scholars are from communities underrepresented in STEM.

Traffic21 Women in Transportation Fellow Completes Summer Internship with Aurora

September 2, 2021
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September 2, 2021

During summer 2021, Carnegie Mellon University student and Traffic21 Women in Transportation Fellow Hajra Shahab worked with the Government Relations team at Aurora. Hajra details her experience by saying, “It was an exhilarating experience as I got to work very closely with engineering, safety, and product teams. I was able to deep dive into the understanding of how autonomous vehicles can be made more accessible for people with disabilities. My internship spanned over 12 weeks and I got a chance to learn about different functions of Government Relations. Aurora’s GR team is uniquely placed in the company which gave me a chance to collaborate closely with other teams to define a roadmap for accessible autonomous vehicles for rides product. Working at a company that is redefining the future of transportation made each day challenging yet exciting.