Innovative Institute for Tomorrow Gets New Home at “The Franklin”

June 24, 2022
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June 24, 2022

Mobility21 Deployment Partner Consortium Member PA Rural Robotics Initiative and its Executive Director Tim Heffernan have gotten a new space for their Innovative Institute for Tomorrow for STEM activities at “The Franklin,” an old vacant hotel and event venue.  The institute also received multiple high level prestigious grants to further programming, including PA smart grants from the PA Department of Education and Carnegie Mellon University.  Read the full article here.

Challenges in Machine Learning and Game Theory for Social Impact

June 22, 2022
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June 22, 2022

Mobility21 UTC researcher Fei Fang presented “Challenges in Machine Learning and Game Theory for Social Impact as part of the Robotics Institute Summer Scholars RoboLaunch, a Robotics Outreach Initiative.

29th International Symposium on Sustainable Systems & Technology

June 21, 2022
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June 21, 2022

Mobility21 UTC researcher and Principal Assistant Director for Energy and Office of Science and Technology Policy and Chief Advisor for Energy Policy, Costa Samaras gave the opening keynote, Advancing a Clean Energy Revolution for All, at International Symposium on Sustainable Systems & Technology (ISSST 2022) in Pittsburgh, PA.

Dr. Destenie Nock Explains How to Identify Hidden Forms of Energy Poverty

June 16, 2022
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June 16, 2022

Dr. Destenie Nock recently posted a video where she explains her research on identifying hidden forms of energy poverty.  Watch the video here and read the research paper here.

Get on the Bus Team Meets to Move Forward with Phase 2

June 16, 2022
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June 16, 2022

Mobility21 UTC researcher and CMU Robotics Institute Professors Steve Smith and Zak Rubenstein and Metro21 Executive Director Karen Lightman met with project team members from Allies for Children to discuss phase 2 of the Get on the Bus project to review data for route overview and to discuss next steps towards implementation.

Mobility21 Hosts Delegation of Urban Planners and Policymakers from Germany

June 15, 2022
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June 15, 2022

Mobility21 UTC researchers Dr. Destenie Nock and Dr. Corey Harper presented their research to a delegation of urban planners and policymakers from Germany with the Heinrich-Boell Foundation.  They discussed automated vehicles, public transit ridership during COVID, and other topics to provide data to the delegation to shape the sustainable, inclusive and democratic transformation of our societies and economies.

AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia

June 15, 2022
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June 15, 2022

Mobility21 UTC researchers Nik Martelaro and Jodi Forlizzi along with CMU President Farnam Jahanian were part of a panel organized by the CMU Block Center at the AFL-CIO’s 29th Constitutional Convention, to discuss building workers’ input on the future of technology in a groundbreaking new strategy.  Watch the panel recording here.

CMU Scott Institute Seed Grants For Energy Research Announced

June 13, 2022
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June 13, 2022

Mobility21 UTC researcher Dr. Corey Harper was among the five faculty-led projects awarded a seed grant by the CMU Scott Institute for his project, “Combining Transportation and Grid Models to Evaluate the Equity Implications of EV Charging and Grid Infrastructure Deployment Decisions in Emergency Evacuation Scenarios.”

Carnegie Mellon University Block Center Spring 2022 Project Funding Announced

June 9, 2022
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June 9, 2022

The CMU Block Center for Technology and Society announced the spring 2022 funded projects, which included projects led by several Mobility21 UTC researchers:

  • Professors  Jodi ForlizziSarah Fox, and Chinmay Kulkarni  for their continued research on designing automation policies for workers in the hospitality industry.
  • Rick Stafford to develop a web-based tool to address to shortcomings of current practices in community asset mapping, which will be piloted in multiple municipalities in the region.
  • Beibei Li and Lee Branstetter to continue to investigate new transportation options to drive low-income citizens to greater success.
  • Rick Stafford and Valerie Karplus to develop an integrated research effort to characterize job opportunities in a regional transition to clean energy, with a focus on mapping the skill sets of today’s underemployed and vulnerable populations to employment opportunities in a decarbonizing regional economy.

Association of Commuter Transportation Higher Education Council Convening

June 8, 2022
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June 8, 2022

Lisa Kay Schweyer, Program Manager for Mobility21 UTC and Michelle Porter, the Director of CMU’s Parking & Transportation Services participated in today’s Association of Commuter Transportation Higher Education Council.  The group works to address shared issues, encourage information sharing, expand awareness, advance future trends and technologies, and advance policies that support equitable access to all types of campus transportation and mobility programs.

Professor Katherine Flanigan Installs Sensors for Smart Parks Project

June 8, 2022
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June 8, 2022

Mobility21 UTC researcher Professor Katherine Flanigan recently worked with the City of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, and Metro21 to install sensors throughout Mellon Park as part of her Smart & Equitable Parks project to assist city officials and planners in quantifying data-driven returns on potential investments to parks and mobility services.

CMU Student Interns with SEPTA, Thanks to a Transportation Club Visit Earlier this Year

June 6, 2022
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June 6, 2022

Carnegie Mellon University rising Junior, Ken Huang, started his summer internship at SEPTA on June 6.  Growing up in San Francisco, Ken rode transit and liked that he could get to where he wanted to go without worrying about parking or being stuck in the city’s traffic congestion.

In 2020, Ken came to CMU to learn more about the technical side of transportation, enrolling in the school’s civil engineering program.  He quickly found the Transportation Club and joined.  This past year, Ken joined the leadership team.

During the 2022 spring semester, he participated in a club visit to Philadelphia, where the students visited the University of Pennsylvania (a Mobility21 UTC academic partner) and SEPTA.

During the SEPTA tour, Ken asked lots of questions.  The SEPTA staff person suggested Ken apply to work at SEPTA.  The other club leadership encouraged him to follow-up, which he did.

And now he is working for SEPTA as a summer intern, assisting with engineering work for various infrastructure projects including bus loops/turn arounds.  He is also interested in transit planning and hopes to get some exposure to that as well.

MetroLab Hosts 2022 Annual Summit

June 3, 2022
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June 3, 2022

MetroLab Network hosted the 2022 Annual Summit in Chicago, IL and featured Metro21 Executive Director Karen Lightman on three panels.  The summit brought together leaders from across the country to discuss partnerships, mobility and data, and resilience.

Mobility21 Meets with Representatives from Bosch-Germany

June 3, 2022
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June 3, 2022

Mobility21 Director Raj Rajkumar met with representatives Thomas Matschke and Hans-Georg Horst from Bosch-Germany who visited CMU campus and discussed UTC related research and opportunities for collaboration.  This was supported by CMU’s Carnegie Bosch Institute.

International Conference on Transportation & Development Plenary Features Traffic21 Director

June 3, 2022
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June 2, 2022

Traffic21 Director Chris Hendrickson was a featured speaker during a plenary session at the International Conference on Transportation & Development titled “Envisioning the Future of Cities and Transportation” along with Paula Hammond, Senior Vice President and National Transportation Market Leader of WSP USA and Dr. Hani Mahmassani, William A. Patterson Distinguished Chair in Transportation of Northwestern University.

Mobility21 Research Team Provides Final Update on Research Project

June 2, 2022
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June 2, 2022

Today, Mobility21 UTC researcher Peter Zhang, his students Yidi Miao and Hao Hao, and Mobility21 Program Manager Lisa Kay Schweyer met with community partner Heritage Community Initiatives to provide a final update on the research project, “Demand learning and supply optimization for last-mile transportation in disadvantaged neighborhoods.

Robots Can Learn to Safely Navigate Warehouses

June 2, 2022
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June 2, 2022

Mobility21 UTC researcher Ding Zhao, along with a team of CMU engineers and computer scientists, have been working to develop the warehouse robots of the future.  “Warehouse robots need to be smart enough to deploy quickly and navigate safely in new dynamic environments.” – Ding Zhao

Read the full story here.

Automated Road Transportation Symposium (ARTS) 2022 Focuses on Infrastructure, Policy and AVs

June 2, 2022
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June 2, 2022

Mobility21 UTC Advisory Council member and chair of the TRB Vehicle-Highway Automation Committee, Jane Lappin, will be hosting the 2022 TRB  Automated Road Transportation Symposium (ARTS).  ARTS convenes global thought leaders from the industry, government and research communities to collaborate on the opportunities and challenges associated with automating road transportation.  US Department of Transportation Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology Robert Hampshire will give the keynote, and 20 interactive “deep-dive” breakout sessions will be held.

University of Pennsylvania Researchers Submit Video for ITS World Congress 2022 Competition

June 2, 2022
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June 1, 2022

Mobility21 academic partner University of Pennsylvania researchers Dr. Rahul Mangharam, Dr. Helen Loeb, along with students Xiatao Sun and Zhijie Qiao submitted “Drive Right: Simulator for Safe Autonomous Driving” for the ITS World Congress 2022 video competition.  The 2022 video competition asks the question, “How do you envision disruptive technologies will transform transportation and outcomes for generations leading to greener communities and more resilient systems, increased access and equity, and safer, smarter roads for all?

Executive Education – Looking for Your Feedback

May 31, 2022
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May 31, 2022

Carnegie Mellon University’s Traffic21 and the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy offer an executive education program, “Managing AI in Transportation.”

The program was developed by the experts at Heinz College’s Traffic21 Institute to explore critical areas that are required for breaking down public and private organizational barriers and understanding how managing AI can benefit key stakeholders throughout the transportation industry.

As we continue our planning efforts for future Executive Education Program offerings, we would like to get your feedback.  Please take a few minutes to answer this survey:  Take the survey now.

As a thank you, if you include your contact information and decide to sign up for the 2023 Managing AI in Transportation class, you will be able to sign up at the discounted rate.

Traffic21 Researchers Publish Policy Brief

May 27, 2022
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May 27, 2022

Mobility21 researchers Nik Martelaro and Sarah Fox from the Carnegie Mellon University Human-Computer Interaction Institute led a team of researchers in publishing the Traffic21 policy brief, “How to Make Sense of Bus Transit Automation: Considerations for policy makers on the future of human-automation teaming in the transit workforce.”  Learn more here.

Mobility21 Highlights the Work of Ding Zhao in U.S. DOT Video

May 25, 2022
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May 25, 2022

ScreenShot of Ding Zhao from VideoMobility21 UTC produced a video to highlight projects by UTC researcher Ding Zhao for an upcoming U.S. Department of Transportation Forum on  Cybersecurity.  The video focuses on key projects funded by the Mobility21 UTC in which Ding Zhao focuses on trustworthiness, cybersecurity and privacy in transportation applications.  Ph.D. student, Diana Gomez is also featured in the video discussing her role in the lab.

Pennsylvania Chambers of Commerce Join for Annual Meeting and Reception

May 24, 2022
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May 24, 2022

Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell traveled to state capital Harrisburg, PA, where he participated in the joint Pittsburgh and Philadelphia Chambers of Commerce Annual Meeting and Reception.  Stan met with state legislators and state officials, along with deployment partners to provide updates on UTC impacts and accomplishments.

IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2022 Hosts Workshop on Autonomous Racing

May 23, 2022
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May 23, 2022

Mobility21 UTC researchers Rahul Mangharam and Johannes Betz of the Mobility21 academic partner University of Pennsylvania hosted the 2nd Workshop on Opportunities and Challenges with Autonomous Racing, hosted by the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation.  The main objective of this workshop was to attract the interest of the robotics community on research challenges specific to high-speed autonomous racing.  Watch all of the workshop sessions here.

Mobility21 Executive Director Discusses Research with Aviation Industry Professionals

May 20, 2022
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May 20, 2022

Stan Caldwell provided a tour of CMU, as well as industry automated vehicle research and development sites, to officials from the Allegheny County Airport Authority and Spirit Airlines.  Caldwell discussed his Mobility21 research on emerging transportation technology and industry trends, along with its economic impact on the Pittsburgh region.