University of Pennsylvania Student Earns Recognition for Best Masters Student Paper

September 30, 2022
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September 30, 2022

University of Pennsylvania masters student Jasmine Siyu Wu received “The Ed McClure Award for Best Masters Student Paper” for her paper, “Understanding Inequities in Access to Teen Driver Education.”  Jasmine’s advisor is Mobility21 UTC research Professor Megan Ryerson.   Read more here.

Smart Cities Connect Fall Conference Features Professor Sean Qian

September 29, 2022
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September 29, 2022

Mobility21 UTC researcher Sean Qian joined panelists at the Smart Cities Connect Fall Conference in Washington, DC to discuss “Safe Reliable Daily Travel Using Emerging Technology,” which highlighted federal research investments that an lead to the safe and reliable daily movement of people and goods on the highway system.

ASCE International Conference on Transportation & Development Holds Advisory Committee Meeting

September 26, 2022
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September 26, 2022

Chris Hendrickson, faculty director of Traffic21 Institute and Mobility21 UTC researcher, participated in the first meeting of the ASCE International Conference on Transportation and Development‘s Advisory Committee.

Traffic21 Director Participates in Global Clean Energy Action Forum

September 23, 2022
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September 23, 2022

Traffic21 Director Chris Hendrickson participated the 2022 Global Clean Energy Action Forum, which featured a high-level plenary, topical roundtables with energy and science ministers from 31 countries, CEOs and experts, side events, technology demonstrations, and other activities.

Scott Institute Hosts A Panel Discussion Featuring Leonore Gewessler

September 23, 2022
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September 23, 2022

The Scott Institute at CMU hosted a panel discussion which featured Leonore Gewessler, BA, Federal Minister for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology, Republic of Austria.  Carnegie Mellon panelists included:

  • Prof. Jana Kainerstorfer (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Prof. Franz Franchetti(Electrical and Computer Engineering, Associate Dean for Research, College of Engineering)
  • Dr. Christopher Martin (President, Carnegie Bosch Institute, Director of R+D at Bosch’s Research and Technology Center)
  • Mr. Matt SanFilippo (Chief Partnership Officer, College of Engineering)
  • Mr. Matt Bartman (Director for Research Partnerships and Pittsburgh Native, College of Engineering)

Traffic21 Women in Transportation Fellow Participates in ITS World Congress

September 21, 2022
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September 21, 2022

2020 – 2022 Traffic21 Women in Transportation Fellow Maggie Harger recently participated the ITS World Congress, an international event that brings together world leaders, practitioners, policy makers, researchers, and private industry to advance and unite the intelligent transportation systems industry.  This conference offered an opportunity to learn about current advances in intelligent transportation systems around the world, as well as strategies of implementation and policy considerations.

Mobility21 Presents at ITS World Congress 2022

September 18, 2022
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September 18, 2022

Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell, Program Manager Lisa Kay Schweyer, and UTC researcher Steve Smith presented the “Managing AI in Transportation session  at the ITS World Congress 2022.  The session covered an overview of technology and AI impacts in transportation today, AI in traffic control devices, and AI for safe, equitable, and efficient mobility of people and goods.  In addition, later in the week, Stan moderated a session on Automated Vehicle Policy.

Professor Destenie Nock Answers Three Questions with Peter Kerwin

September 15, 2022
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September 15, 2022

Mobility21 UTC researcher Professor Destenie Nock addressed questions surrounding her research in a recent interview where she discussed creating an energy equity metric that illustrates the socioeconomic divide in access to energy.  Read the full interview here.

Transportation Club Hosts First Meeting of Fall Semester

September 13, 2022
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September 13, 2022

Traffic21 Executive Director, Stan Caldwell presented to the CMU Transportation Club at their first general body meeting of the year about the University Transportation Center.  The inaugural meeting had 30+ students in attendance from various backgrounds, including undergraduates, graduate students, students in public policy, engineering, architecture and information systems management.  The students were able to learn about the club, meet members of the board, and learn about how to get involved.  2020 – 2022 Women in Transportation Fellow, Maggie Harger serves as the chair for the club.

Mobility21 Research Project “Developing Data Collection Systems to Support Community-Driven Integrated Mobility Services by Patrick Carrington, Jodi Forlizzi, Sarah Fox and Nik Martelaro Highlighted IN TRB E-Newsletter

September 13, 2022
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September 13, 2022

Mobility21 UTC researchers Patrick Carrington, Jodi Forlizzi, Sarah Fox, and Nik Martelaro’s UTC project, “Developing Data Collection Systems to Support Community-Driven Integrated Mobility Services was highlighted in this week’s Transportation Research Board’s newsletter in the Research Roundup section.  Read the newsletter here.

Ray Gastil Joins Panel at ASTC Annual Conference 2022

September 13, 2022
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September 13, 2022

Mobility21 UTC researcher and Carnegie Mellon University Remaking Cities Institute Director Ray Gastil joined panelists from around the country at the recent ASTC Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, where they discussed programs that forge innovative connections between science centers, museums, and communities and urban planning: “Build (Your Community) Back Better, Discovering Your Museum Superpowers to Enhance Community and Urban Planning.”

U.S. DOT Inspector General Eric Soskin Tours CMU’s UTC

September 12, 2022
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September 12, 2022

While visiting Pittsburgh for a conference, US DOT Inspector General Eric J. Soskin and staff members Anthony Wysocki and Audre Azuloas visited Carnegie Mellon University’s Mobility21 National University Transportation Center (UTC) to learn more about the UTC program and see first-hand examples of research, education and technology transfer initiatives including spin off companies.  The Inspector General met with UTC faculty, students and staff, toured the Nav Lab, and got to check out a connected and automated vehicle.

Ray Betler Visits Classroom Funded by He and His Wife, Joneen

September 12, 2022
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September 12, 2022

While meeting with UTC faculty, Traffic21 Advisory Council member Ray Betler, former CEO of WABTEC and currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of L.B. Foster, made his first visit to an undergraduate engineering lab that he and his wife Joneen generously funded in CMU’s new Ansys Hall.

Smart Mobility Connection Featuring Megan Ryerson and Jasmine Siyu Wu

September 9, 2022
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September 9, 2022

Today’s Smart Mobility Connection session featured Mobility21 UTC Researcher Dr. Megan Ryerson and University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Safe Mobility data analyst Jasmine Siyu Wu .   They discussed their project, “Identifying Community-Level Disparities in Access to Drivers Education and Training: Toward a Definition of Driver Training Deserts”  Watch their presentation here.

National Safety Council Discusses Worker Safety

September 1, 2022
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September 1, 2022

CMU Heinz College Dean Ramayya Krishnan participated in a Congressional Roundtable with Senator Bob Casey, leaders from the National Safety Council, and thought leaders from unions and the private sector, to discuss Mobility21’s research on transportation worker safety.

RISS Scholar Tessa Guengerich’s Evolution into the Transportation Sector

August 31, 2022
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August 25, 2022

In just a few years, a lot has changed for Tessa Guengerich.  She graduated from college, got her first job, and landed a role in the automated vehicle industry.

In both June 2018 & 2019, Mobility21 welcomed Tessa Guengerich to the CMU Robotics Institute Summer Scholars (RISS) program. At the time, Tessa was an undergraduate student at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.  She arrived in Pittsburgh hoping to learn more about machine learning and programming and learn more about the implementation of robots outside of academia. Tessa said she was excited to learn about things she wasn’t exposed to before (computational statistics and machine learning) and was also excited to be surrounded by other students from around the world.

The program provided exposure to hearing Poster Showing Work Tessa Did While at RISSand seeing a lot of presentations from different faculty members at CMU about their research. As a Chemical Engineering student, most of the talks were outside of Tessa’s traditional curriculum, but that’s exactly what she enjoyed most about RISS — learning about research she wouldn’t have been exposed to otherwise, and trying her hand at tasks that initially intimidated her.

Poster Showing Work Tessa Did While at RISSIn August 2019, Tessa was offered a job as a Robotics Engineer and began working for Carnegie Mellon University at the National Robotics Engineering Center.  The job was a continuation and expansion of the project she assisted with while part of RISS.

Looking to stretch and gain new skills, she joined ARGO AI, working as part of the Hardware Special Projects team.  The job allows her to stay in Pittsburgh and continue to connect with her RISS mentor, Rachel Burcin.  Tessa has also been able to give back, serving as a mentor to other RISS students.

Rachel Burcin, Robotics Institute Global Programs Manager of Carnegie Mellon University and Co-Director of the RISS program added:  “Working together with Mobility21, we have been able to walk alongside students to open doors and chart new pathways.  Tessa is applying her background, research experience, and passion for education to innovate and promote inclusion in the self-driving industry.  Our partnership with Mobility21 brings together research, industry, and education to re-envision who driving transportation.”

Photo of Rachel and Tessa
Rachel and Tessa

Where does Tessa think she will be in 10 years?  Tessa wants to continue to work in transportation, she says she feels proud to be working in the industry and sees how self-driving cars will help people with disabilities, and increase accessibility.  She says ARGO has locations all over the world, and perhaps she will be able to travel to one of their other locations.

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Carnegie Mellon’s RISS Program is an eleven-week summer (June 1 to mid-August) undergraduate research program that immerses a diverse cohort of scholars in cutting-edge robotics projects that drive innovation and have real-world impact. Launched in 2006, RISS is among the best and most comprehensive robotics research programs for undergraduates in the world.

The CMU Mobility21 University Transportation Center has sponsored RISS students since 2017.  The UTC views research and education as two sides of the same coin. We cannot educate for future generations without exposing them to research, development and deployment. We have and will continue to focus on education and workforce development in equal and complementary measure to research, development and deployment.  In addition, the Mobility21 sponsored RISS students have unlocked over $1,000,000 in scholarship support to continue their STEM education.

CMU Presents Faculty Discussion on Technology as a Force for Good

August 24, 2022
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August 23, 2022

Mobility21 UTC researcher Gabriela Gongora-Svartman joined CMU faculty from Heinz College in a Faculty Dialogues presentation, “Technology as a Force for Good,” to discuss how their and teaching in the growing field of public interest technology is creating a more prosperous, just and collaborative future for all.

Ohio State University Discusses Vulnerable Road Users with The Bike Lane

August 23, 2022
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August 23, 2022

Mobility21 UTC researcher and The Ohio State University Professor Emeritus Umit Ozguner discussed vulnerable road users and automated vehicles  in a recent issue of The Bike Lane Newsletter.  Read the article here.

Robolaunch 2022 Reaches Over 13,000 Worldwide

August 22, 2022
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August 22, 2022

Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute hosts undergraduate student researchers from around the world annually through the Robotics Institute Summer Scholars (RISS) program.  With its committed community of mentors and partners, the Robotics Institute helps launch these scholars into robotics graduate programs and industry with nearly 25 RISS alums receiving offers of admissions to the CMU SCS graduate programs. 

This summer, the schoRISS Presentationlars joined with the RISS community of alumni and friends of the program to design and create RoboLaunch, an outreach and broadening participation initiative.

RoboLaunch offered a series of talks and conversations from diverse pioneers & RISS alumni exploring how robotics research/education can be fun. RISS

Thirteen sessions were held.  Sessions included Intro to Robotics and the AI Driving Olympics, Robotics for Stress Reduction in Children, and Snakes in Space

The result:  RoboLaunch engaged over 13,000 individuals across the US and around the world.

Traffic21 Welcomes German Embassy’s Head of Transportation and Digital Infrastructure

August 18, 2022
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August 17, 2022

Dr. Joachim Eichhorn, Head of Transportation and Digital Infrastructure Section of the German Embassy visited the CMU campus and met with Stan Caldwell to learn about Traffic21 and the Mobility21 UTC efforts and discuss potential areas of collaboration with German universities and companies.

UTC Researcher Discusses Green Energy in the Inflation Reduction Act

August 17, 2022
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August 17, 2022

Mobility21 UTC researcher Destenie Nock discussed the Inflation Reduction Act and the benefits of the bill for the energy sector with PBS during a recent discussion about green energy.  Read the interview here.

Hajra Shahab – Traffic21 Women In Transportation 2020 – 2022 Fellow, Graduates

August 16, 2022
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August 16, 2022

Hajra joined Carnegie Mellon University’s MSPPM-DA program in 2020 as a transportation fellow for Traffic21 Institute. Reflecting on her time as a student of Heinz College, she feels honored to have had the opportunity to become a part of the CMU community and be surrounded by some of the best minds under one roof. For someone who deeply cares about how their work impacts society, Hajra says Heinz College turned out to be a perfect fit where she was constantly reflecting and exploring impact of different technological breakthroughs on society at large and how to maximize their social benefits. Her coursework, projects and research mostly centered around transportation and mobility that constantly opened up multiple pathways, especially within the autonomous mobility space which landed her an internship at Aurora, a self-driving vehicle technology company. Since then, she has started to critically understand autonomous driving technology and was able to further expand her research to multi-modal transportation systems including autonomous delivery robots through her research assistantship in the Civil Engineering Department at CMU.

Joining CMU as a Traffic21 fellow truly set the foundation of every milestone that I achieved in graduate school. With the help of this fellowship, I was not only able to explore opportunities on-campus within the space of transportation and mobility, but also assume leadership roles on multiple occasions and carry out multiple community-led initiatives for Pittsburgh community at large.”

Upon graduation, Hajra joined EBP-US as a Data Analyst- Transportation Economics focus and currently working with multiple DOTs, state agencies and other stakeholders to conduct mileage-based user fee socio-economic equity analysis, benefit-cost studies and cost optimization projects.

She hopes her work continues to improve the state of transportation and mobility by making it sustainable, equitable and accessible for communities across the globe.

Mobility21 UTC Researcher Provides Keynote at APTA Tech Conference

August 15, 2022
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August 15, 2022

Aaron Steinfeld, a Mobility21 researcher, presented the keynote at the 2022 APTAtech Conference. His talk, “Artificial Intelligence and Robotics for Transit: A View from the Research Forefront,” provided attendees with information on how AI and robotics research are tackling complex transit needs and discussed recommendations for how to incorporate advanced technologies into practice. The presentation included content from his work with the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Accessible Public Transportation (which Steinfeld co-directs), and Mobility21 UTC.

University of Pennsylvania’s Megan Ryerson Lends Advice for Travel and the Middle Class

August 15, 2022
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August 15, 2022

Mobility21 UTC researcher Megan Ryerson from the University of Pennsylvania‘s Weitzman School of Design discussed travel and the middle class and how long travel will be sustainable with Penn Today.

“We need an intercity transportation strategy focused on equitable access,” she says.

Read the full article here.

Mobility21 Program Manager Featured on Brewing Data Web/Podcast

August 14, 2022
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August 10, 2022

Mobility21 Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer will be the featured guest on tomorrow’s edition of Brewing Data.  She will be discussing University Transportation Centers, transportation research, and transportation demand management.

Brewing Data is a 30-minute interview style webcast, moderated by Robert Kohler @AirSage. The webinar is live streamed on LinkedIn and YouTube.  The live discussion was also converted into an audio-only podcast and transcribed into an article to be featured in AirSage Magazine.

Tune in to hear this webinar.