Research Recap: Bus on the Edge – Applications

January 27, 2023
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January 27, 2023

Today, Mobility21 UTC released its latest “Research Recap” for Carnegie Mellon University researcher Christoph Mertz’s project “Bus on the Edge: Applications.” 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 Jeremy Michalek

January 20, 2023
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January 20, 2023

Today’s Smart Mobility Connection session featured  Mobility21 UTC researcher Jeremy Michalek.  He discussed his policy brief, “Uber & Lyft in U.S. Cities: Findings and Recommendations.”  Watch the recording here.

Mobility21 Women in Transportation Fellow Shares TRB Experience

January 16, 2023
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January 16, 2023

Mobility21 UTC Women in Transportation Fellow for 2021-2023, Maggie Harger attended the Transportation Research Board’s 102nd Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.  The meeting offered her the opportunity to learn about the latest developments in transportation research, policy, and innovative practices from across the world.

Students at TRBMaggie reports some highlights of the event included remarks from U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm on the state of transportation policy in America, specifically the new joint office between the US Department of Transportation and the US Department of Energy.  Additionally, she was also able to view poster presentations from researchers in the field and attend lecterns on topics ranging from concrete modeling to autonomous vehicle policy.

Maggie and other students from CMU were able to meet fellow students involved in transportation at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as several CMU alumni who are now professionals in the field.

Experience at TRB’s Annual Meeting

January 16, 2023
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January 16, 2023

Carnegie Mellon University student & transportation club member, Brian Hsu attended the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

“My experience at the TRB Annual Meeting allowed me to gain insight into the research happening in the transportation industry and into the inner workings of TRB. As a future roadway engineer, I was particularly excited to see the emphasis in roadway design on safety, complete streets, and human factors. I found the discussions about the AASHTO Green Book and how to effectively implement its guidelines to be very informative. I also learned about some fascinating alternative intersection designs. Through participation in committee and subcommittee meetings, I came to understand how TRB functions and what research is occurring. By attending the TRB Annual Meeting and engaging with the research community, I can improve my practice when I become a roadway engineer. Further, the meeting was the perfect place to learn about new research and to engage with knowledgeable students, researchers, and professionals.”      – Brian Hsu

Graduate Research Award Program Recognizes CMU Student

January 13, 2023
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January 13, 2023

Carnegie Mellon University doctoral student Yanyu Wang was recognized at the 2023 TRB Annual Meeting for her 2021-2022 applied research on airport and related aviation system issues to help the public sector improve the quality, reliability, safety, and security of the U.S. civil aviation system in her paper, “Proactive Improvements of Standard Taxi Routes in Airports Based on Reinforcement Learning and Data-Driven Simulation.”  Her faculty mentor is Mobility21 UTC researcher Pingbo Tang.

Pittsburgh Regional Alliance Welcomes Pohang City Delegation to Pittsburgh

January 12, 2023
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January 12, 2023

The Pittsburgh Regional Alliance hosted The Pohang City Delegation, led by Mayor of Pohang City, Kang-deok Lee.  The main purpose of the visit was to establish partnerships between the City of Pohang and Pittsburgh, to discuss, explore, and collaborate around open innovation to drive future technologies, and extend regional collaboration opportunities (to the Asian market via Pohang City and to the North American market via Pittsburgh.) Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell presented on research, education and technology transfer activities of the Mobility21 UTC and the Metro21: Smart Cities Institute.

University of Pennsylvania Adds New Course in Machine Learning

January 12, 2023
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January 12, 2023

Mobility21 academic partner and UTC researcher Rahul Mangharam is offering a new hands-on first course in machine learning at the University of Pennsylvania, ESE3600 TinyML – Tiny Machine Learning.  Watch the course overview video here, or visit the course website for more information.

TRB TDM Committee Hosts Lectern Session at TRB Annual Meeting

January 10, 2023
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January 10, 2023

The TRB TDM Committee hosted a lectern session today at the TRB annual meeting called “Tools for Assessing Transportation Demand Management Strategies.”  This session featured the highest rated TDM papers received by the TDM Committee including:

  • How Multi-worksite Employers can Use Secondar Data to Assess Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Opportunities (Bruce Batchelor, John Batchelor, Todd Litman)
  • A Stated Preference Approach to Measure Perceived Benefit of Drive-Alone Users toward Shifting to Park-and-Ride: An Indian perspective (Manaswinee Kar, Shubhajit Sadhukhan, Manoranjan Parida, Arpit Shrivastava)
  • Predicting parking occupancy for residential shared parking lots using deep learning methods considering COVID-19 Policies (Zhipen Niu, Xiaowei Hu, Mahmudur Fatmi, Shouming Qi, Dongling Wu, Shi An)
  • Simulation-based Analysis of Different Curb Space Type Allocations on Curb Performance (Thomas Maxner, Andisheh Ranjbari, Chase Dowling)

Mobility21 Program Manager Lisa Kay Schweyer, the paper review co-chair for the committee, moderated the session.

TRB TDM Committee Thanks Mobility21 Program Manager for Efforts

January 9, 2023
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January 9, 2023

During the Transportation Research Board’s Transportation Demand Management Committee meeting, Mobility21 UTC Program Manager Lisa Kay Schweyer was presented with a certificate of appreciation for her work on the 2022 paper review process redesign.

Dr. Destenie Nock Joins Clean Energy Works Board

January 9, 2023
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January 9, 2023

Mobility21 UTC researcher Dr. Destenie Nock has been named to the Clean Energy Works Board, adding her expertise to guide strategies for accelerating clean energy upgrades where they are needed most.

Council of University Transportation Centers Holds Annual Winter Meeting

January 8, 2023
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January 8, 2023

Today’s Council of University Transportation Center‘s  winter meeting brought together the nation’s leading transportation professionals from academia and industry along with U.S. DOT and other transportation agency officials.  Raj Rajkumar, Director, Stan Caldwell, Executive Director and Lisa Kay Schweyer, Program Manager of Mobility21 participated in the meeting.

Mobility21 UTC Honors “Student of the Year” Lily Hanig at 32nd Annual USDOT Awards Ceremony

January 7, 2023
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January 7, 2023

Carnegie Mellon University student Lily Hanig was honored tonight as Mobility21 University Transportation Center’s “Student of the Year” at the Council of University Transportation Center’s annual awards event.

2022 Students of the Year

Annually, the United States Department of Transportation honors the most outstanding student from each participating University Transportation Center for his/her achievements and promise for future contributions to the transportation field. Students of the year are selected based on their accomplishments in such areas as technical merit and research, academic performance, professionalism, and leadership.

Picture of Lilly receiving her award from Dr. Firas Ibrahim, Director of the U.S. DOT’s Office of Research, Development, and Technology, and Caesar Singh, Director, University Transportation  Centers (UTC) Grants Program.
Lilly receiving her award from Dr. Firas Ibrahim, Director of the U.S. DOT’s Office of Research, Development, and Technology, and Caesar Singh, Director, University Transportation Centers (UTC) Grants Program.

Carnegie Mellon University’s Traffic21 Institute houses Mobility21, the National University Transportation Center for Improving Mobility. Students from CMU, University of Pennsylvania, The Ohio State University, or Community College of Allegheny County were eligible for the Mobility21 UTC nomination.

Mobility21 team with Lilly at the Student of the Year Awards DInner

More about our winner:

Lily Hanig, the Mobility21 National University Transportation Center for Improving Mobility Student of the Year.

Lily Hanig is a Ph.D. student in Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research focuses on analyzing transportation system equity during 1) disruptive events (e.g., COVID-19 and climate change) and 2) energy transitions. Her current work assesses long-distance coverage of electric vehicles (EV) chargers along corridors in the US and future work will look at siting of EV chargers at the community level to optimize for equitable distribution and low emissions. Lily is excited to be working towards a more equitable and decarbonized transportation system during a period of disruption by new technologies in the field.

In 2022, Lily won the Herbert L. Toor award for outstanding research paper submitted to the qualifier exam, “COVID-19 Public Transit Precautions: Trade-offs Between Risk Reduction and Costs,” and interned at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory on the Mobility, Behaviors, and Advanced Powertrains team.

Educating, recruiting and training new workers is critical to managing our country’s infrastructure safely and efficiently.  Mobility21 strives to help develop a transportation workforce capable of designing and maintaining the complex transportation systems of tomorrow.

Help us congratulate our 2023 UTC Student of the Year!

To learn more about the University Transportation Centers’ Student of the Year awards please click here.

Research Recap: Rethinking Connected Vehicles for Spectrum Scarcity

January 6, 2023
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January 6, 2023

Today, Mobility21 UTC released its latest “Research Recap” for Carnegie Mellon University researcher Jon Peha’s project “Rethinking Connected Vehicles for Spectrum Scarcity.” 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.

Rahul Mangharam Named Board Member of The Autoware Foundation

January 6, 2023
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January 5, 2023

University of Pennsylvania Mobility21 researcher Rahul Mangharam is kicking off 2023 as a new Board Member of The Autoware Foundation.  The foundation is a non-profit organization supporting open-source projects enabling self-driving mobility.

Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Academy Creates an Easier Path to a Tech Career

January 3, 2023
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January 3, 2023

Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Academy has entered into an  agreement with Pittsburgh Technical College, allowing any CMU Robotics Academy graduate who chooses to enter Pittsburgh Technical College’s robotics and autonomous engineering technology associate degree program to receive a 12-credit exemption and save up to $4,000 on tuition.

Three University of Pennsylvania Students Win WTS Philadelphia Awards

December 20, 2022
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December 20, 2022

Earlier this month, 3 students from the Mobility21 academic partner University of Pennsylvania, were among the awardees at the WTS Philadelphia annual awards program.

        • Nata Kovalova, a Master of City Planning Candidate received the Sylvia Alston Scholarship Award
        • Bingchu Chen, Graduate Candidate at Master of City Planning/Master of Urban Spatial Analytics received the Circle of Continuity Award
        • Siyu (Jasmine) Wu, Master of City Planning Candidate received the Vision for Equity Award

 

WTS Philadelphia annually offers scholarships to advance the careers of individuals in the transportation industry. We accept scholarship applications from individuals who identify as a woman or gender-minority and are high school, undergraduate, and graduate students interested in pursuing careers in transportation to attract, sustain, connect, and advance individuals’ careers in this demographic in the transportation industry. WTS develops and cultivates the next generation of a diverse and inclusive workforce, from students to professionals, and prepares these individuals to join and champion a more accessible and equitable transportation industry. Scholarships are competitive and based on applicant’s specific transportation goals, academic record, transportation-related activities, and other relevant skills.”

WTS Philadelphia
[L-R] Carrie Long (UPENN MCP ’18 and WTS leader), Nata Kovalova, Bingchu Chen, Siyu (Jasmine) Wu, and Megan Ryerson (UPS Chair of Transportation) celebrating our UPENN WTS Award Winners!

 

CMU Students Awarded 2022 Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship

December 19, 2022
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“Wenhao Ding and Jiacheng Zhu, Ph.D. students in [CMU UTC researcher Ding] Zhao’s lab, proposed a new method, Learning to Collide, to identify risky scenarios leveraging the reinforcement learning technique. This method builds a framework where the autonomous system is a victim attacked by the scenario-generation algorithm. … Ding and Zhu’s proposal, ‘Safety-Critical Scenarios Generation and Generalization for Autonomous Driving’ was awarded the 2022 Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship, which promotes innovation, execution, and teamwork.”  Read more here.

Rajkumar Appointed to PennSTART Operating Committee

December 16, 2022
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December 16, 2022

Mobility21 UTC Director Raj Rajkumar was appointed to the Pennsylvania Safety Transportation and Research Track (PennSTART) Operating Committee, which held its inaugural meeting today.  Funding for the PennSTART facility in southwestern Pennsylvania was announced by PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian in August 2022.

Heinz College Students Present Capstone Projects for Fall 2022

December 16, 2022
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December 16, 2022

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

    • Torc
    • US Ignite
    • Chevron 2
    • Green Edge Technologies
    • Blue Triton
    • Make It Home Safe
    • Honda

Mobility21 Program Manager Facilitates 1st Meeting of CUTC Peer Exchange Roundtable Group

December 13, 2022
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December 13, 2022

Mobility21 Program Manager Lisa Kay Schweyer facilitated the 1st CUTC Peer Exchange Roundtable Group (which was established in response to feedback provided at the 2022 CUTC Summer Meeting, to share information and support administrative staff at CUTC member centers).

Heinz College MSPPM Students Present Capstone

December 13, 2022
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December 13, 2022

Heinz College Master of Science in Public Policy and Management students from Traffic21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell’s Systems Synthesis course presented their final capstone presentation for their client, InnovatePGH, which focused on Smart Loading Zones and Curb Management.

CMU Student’s Work Impacting PRT’s Zero Emissions Plan

December 13, 2022
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December 12, 2022

Mobility21 UTC Executive Director Stan Caldwell served as the faculty advisor to Carnegie Mellon University Energy, Science, Technology and Policy M.S. student Prathit Bhavin Dave, who completed an Applied Advanced Study project to refine the Pittsburgh Regional Transit‘s (PRT) Zero Emissions Bus rollout plan financial model and develop the user guide.

PRT Chief Development Officer and project supervisor David Huffaker stated, “This guide provides a training tool for understanding a complex financial model that will allow us to evaluate various choices that we will inevitably need to make on our zero-emission journey.”

Pingbo Tang Awarded Dowd Fellowship to Develop Simulations

December 12, 2022
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December 12, 2022

Mobility21 UTC researcher Professor Pingbo Tang will be supported by the Dowd Fellowship to integrate data-driven simulation games into two existing courses and one new course for “learning operations by trying” experiences with various civil systems.  Learn more here.

Park Clean Up Leads to Students’ Developing New Tool for Transit Riders

December 12, 2022
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December 12, 2022

On October 29, after arriving to Phillips Park to help with a local clean-up effort, MCMU Students - Shirui Liang, Maria Manrique, Keziah Virdayantiobility21 UTC Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer was surprised to learn 3 Carnegie Mellon University students (Shirui Liang, Maria Manrique, Keziah Virdayanti) were also there to help with the volunteer activity.  She joined the students while picking up litter and had a chance to share what she does at CMU, hear about their trip on the local bus to the park (and uncertainty of riding somewhere new), and learn more about the students’ interest in transportation and the project they had been thinking about for their Integrated Innovation Institute Design Methods class.

Within a week, the students invited Lisa Kay to meet with the project team to learn more about her experience in helping commuters find non-single occupancy vehicle travel.  From that conversation, and their own experience navigating transit systems, the group decided to work on a way to use technology to make the experience of first-time bus riders less stressful.

The team, Shirui Liang, Kaila Richardson, Dongwen Xu, Siyue Shen, Saisri Akondi, Mei Tamaki, and Ashish Mangal dove in, conducted research, used various integrated innovation methods and conducted testing to finally propose their solution – an “AR Your Guide“! Class presentation - Shirui Liang, Kaila Richardson, Dongwen Xu, Siyue Shen, Saisri Akondi and Ashish Mangal

The solution is an augmented reality feature that can be integrated into existing transportation apps. The design turns the bus searching and riding experience into a “Pokemon Go” like game. It provides users with an interactive guide that leads them to unfamiliar bus stops and instructs people new to bus transportation how to pay, track, and request stops.

The team is hoping that app developers use their work to make this solution a reality.

 

Mobility21 Researcher Participates in Pitt’s Elected Officials Retreat

December 8, 2022
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December 8, 2022

Stan Caldwell applied his Mobility21 research while participating in a session on “Shoring Up the PA Plan for Broadband to Support Economic Opportunity and for Pennsylvanians” at the annual University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics Annual Elected Officials Retreat in Pittsburgh.