Mobility21 Director Presents at CUTC Summer Meeting

June 25, 2019
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June 25, 2019

The Council of University Transportation Centers Summer Meeting was held in Norman, Oklahoma. The themes of this summer’s meeting included Preparing for the Mobility Future:  Workforce Development and Training Needs, Climate-Resilient Transportation Infrastructure, and Public-Private Partnerships.  Mobility21 Director, Raj Rajkumar, presented today on workforce development.

Uber ATG enters two new collaborations with leading US research institutions

June 19, 2019
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Safe AI Lab, Carnegie Mellon University: Smarter Testing

Testing self-driving vehicles demands rigor, especially given its practical challenges of real-world testing. For example, when we drive on a physical test track, it’s important that each test is as effective as possible in order to make the best use of time and resources. To get the most from this testing, ATG is supporting the research of Dr. Ding Zhao and the Safe AI Lab at CMU.

Here, machine learning is used to extract the most important interactions from a large body of observed data. This process of clustering and understanding distinct observed maneuvers could enable greater focus on the key scenarios that test self-driving vehicles in the most relevant ways. Working with Uber ATG’s real-world observed behaviors will allow the Safe AI Lab and Uber to advance this research at an entirely new scale.

“My team is developing methods to efficiently deploy autonomous vehicles by synthesizing tests from public road usage that can be applied to proving grounds using machine learning,” says Dr. Zhao.
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Mobility21 UTC Participates in the Celebration of the Oakland Eruv

June 6, 2019
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Angela Blanton, CMU Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer and Lisa Kay Schweyer, Mobility21 UTC Program Manager were in attendance to help celebrate the extension of the local eruv to now include Oakland. When the original Pittsburgh Jewish community’s eruv was constructed, circa mid-1970’s, it primarily encompassed parts of the Squirrel Hill community. By the mid-1990’s and early 2000’s the eruv was expanded to include larger sections of Squirrel Hill and sections of Point Breeze, Greenfield, and Regent Square. UPMC, the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University and Carlow University assisted with the extension of the Squirrel Hill eruv to Shadyside and the Oakland neighborhoods, which includes hospitals and universities, allowing greater mobility on Sabbath and Yom Kippur for Jewish communities, especially the Orthodox Jewish communities. Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell was an active member of the planning committee for this eruv extension.

Mobility21 UTC Program Manager Serves as Hack-a-thon Judge

June 5, 2019
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Lisa Kay Schweyer, Program Manager for the Mobility21 UTC, served as a judge for the International Association of Transportation Regulators (a non-profit educational organization comprised of government transportation professionals) for their 4th Annual Hack-A-Thon competition. The proposals being judged included solutions to problems and innovative multi-modal mobility service and safety enhancements to promote the guiding principles set forth by the city of Calgary.

Carnegie Mellon University student, Sharika Hedge, Spending Her Summer at the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center

June 3, 2019
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June 3, 2019

Carnegie Mellon University student, Sharika Hedge, is a senior at CMU, majoring in Civil Engineering with a minor in Computer Science.  She is currently an intern at Leidos in the Transportation Solutions Division, but is spending her summer as a contractor at the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center. Her team, FHWA’s Saxton Transportation Operations Laboratory (STOL), works on national connected and automated vehicle (CAV) research, develops new CAV technology, and increases the accessibility of these technologies to various state DoTs.  She also participated in the attended the Traffic Safety and the 5.9 GHz Band Conference in Washington D.C on June 3, 2019.

Last summer, Hedge was a CEE Summer Research Fellow at CMU’s Mobility Data Analytics Center, under the guidance of UTC Researcher Sean Qian, as well as a part-time Transportation Software Intern at Michael Baker International. Hedge’s interests are primarily in ITS, data analytics, and CAV systems. Currently, she is working on a variety of data visualization and CAV research projects this summer, including FHWA’s Cooperative Automation Research Mobility Applications (CARMA) platform.

Mobility21 Faculty, Sean Qian was awarded the Posner, Molloy and Pietrandrea Career Development Chair in Civil Engineering

May 16, 2019
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May 16, 2019

Mobility21 Faculty Sean Qian, was awarded the Posner, Molloy and Pietrandrea Career Development Chair in Civil Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. With his research, CEE Assistant Professor Qian is working toward a different world, one where real-time and historical data allow us to better manage our aging and overcrowded infrastructure.

Mobility21 Executive Director gives Overview of Mobility21 to the Young Presidents Forum (YPO)

May 8, 2019
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May 8, 2019

Mobility21 Executive Director, Stan Caldwell, presented an overview of Mobility21 activities and research to the Young Presidents Forum (YPO). The YPO is a global organization where members meet with innovative and influential business leaders with the goal of inspiring business, personal and community impact.

CMU’s Traffic21 Announces Winners of Second Smart Mobility Challenge

May 8, 2019
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May 8, 2019

Today, Carnegie Mellon University’s Traffic21 announced North Huntingdon Township and the Airport Corridor Transportation Association (ACTA) as the winners of its second Smart Mobility Challenge.

Traffic21, a research institute operated out of CMU’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy and Mobility21, its affiliated USDOT National University Transportation Center in the College of Engineering, sponsored this year’s challenge as a continuation of its mission of transforming southwestern Pennsylvania into a testbed for mobility innovation.

With generous funding from the Hillman Foundation, the Smart Mobility Challenge invited representatives of municipalities and public transit operators in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington and Westmoreland counties to identify real-world mobility challenges affecting their communities and apply to receive support from CMU faculty and students.

“The problems submitted for consideration illustrate the mobility challenges we face in southwestern Pennsylvania and the awareness and dedication of our local leaders and transit operators to find solutions” said Lisa Kay Schweyer, Program Manager of Traffic21.

Lynn Manion, Executive Director of the ACTA, and Michael Turley, Assistant Manager of North Huntingdon, represented this year’s award recipients. Their challenges were selected based on the availability of data to answer the stated problem and alignment with the academic strengths of the Carnegie Mellon University Mobility Analytics Center (MAC) team.
Manion’s mobility challenge involves designing a flex route first and last mile system to maximize mobility and operating efficiency as well as ridership comfort, while Turley seeks a solution to alleviate congestion, ensure safety and anticipate travel demand on a heavily trafficked roadway.

As recipients of this year’s Smart Mobility Challenge, Manion and Turley will receive support from MAC, which collects, integrates and learns from massive amounts of mobility data and contributes to the development of smarter transportation systems. MAC will use the mobility problems identified by Manion and Turley to provide data, analytics and recommended solutions for each mobility problem.

“We look forward to solving the challenges presented by the ACTA and North Huntingdon,” said Heinz College Dean Ramayya Krishnan. “Only at Carnegie Mellon do we have this unique opportunity to collaborate with partners in our region to solve real-world problems faced by their communities.”

“The solutions that result from these projects can provide other cities with ideas on how to apply big data to address their own transportation problems,” says Jonathan Cagan, the interim dean of Carnegie Mellon Engineering.

For the submissions not selected, CMU offered to connect representatives from municipalities and public transit operators with faculty from across campus to explore additional solutions through class projects. Manion and Turley will begin working with CMU on July 1, 2019, with the projects to be completed by June 30, 2020.

UTC Faculty Advises Data Driven Heinz College Capstone Project

May 7, 2019
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May 7, 2019

Director of the Mobility Data Analytics Center and UTC Faculty, Sean Qian,  advised a Heinz College Capstone student Project Team that focused on extreme weather events impacts on bridges. The capstone project examined a variety of publicly available data sources to develop a data-driven model for 1) better prediction of washout events and 2)  scour critical risks for all bridges in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Amtrak Capstone “Improving Intercity Rail Data Analytics” Advised by Stan Caldwell

May 7, 2019
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May 7, 2019

Mobility21 Executive Director, Stan Caldwell, advised the The Heinz College Capstone project with Amtrak entitled “Improving Intercity Rail Data Analytics”.  Today, the capstone project team presented their project results, which included their examination of a variety of data sources to develop a data-driven model for identifying and marketing to new customers.

Mobility21 Co-Hosts Transport PGH 2019 Spring Forum with T.I.R.E.S

May 7, 2019
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May 7, 2019

Mobility21 co-hosted Transport PGH 2019 with T.I.R.E.S. The Forum was a free event featuring guest presentations by transportation providers sharing resources available in and around Allegheny County. The event brought together the region’s leading providers and advocates to help educate the public on what is available. Mobility21 Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer gave welcoming remarks and an overview of the Mobility21 UTC and Shikib Mehtri, Masters of Language Technologies student at CMU’s Language Technologies Institute presented his research in collaboration on a Spoken Dialog System for The General Public with UTC Faculty, Profs. Maxine Eskenazi.

Second Annual National Mobility Summit Recap

May 4, 2019
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May 4, 2019

The Second Annual National Mobility Summit was held on April 11, 2019 in Washington D.C. 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.  Find a full recap of the National Mobility Summit here:  https://mobility21.cmu.edu/events/the-national-mobility-summit/the-national-mobility-summit-2019/.

Women in Transportation Fellow presents her final capstone project report entitled “Cost of Curbs”

May 3, 2019
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May 3, 2019

Mobility21 Women in Transportation Fellow, Sarah Cho, presented her final capstone project report entitled “Cost of Curbs Final Presentation” at the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. The presentation was attended by leaders from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh Parking, Port Authority and the City of Pittsburgh.

Mobility21 UTC Executive Director Featured Guest on NPR’s OnPoint

May 3, 2019
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May 3, 2019

Today’s National Public Radio On Point show “There’s Talk Of $2 Trillion For Infrastructure. How Should The U.S. Spend It?” features an interview with Mobility21 UTC Executive Director Stan Caldwell.  Listen to the broadcast here:  https://www.wbur.org/onpoint/2019/05/02/infratstructure-trump-congress-democrats.

 

Mobility21 Program Manager Meets with Colorado Springs Regional Leaders

May 2, 2019
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May 2, 2019

Mobility21 Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer, Metro21 Executive Director, Karen Lightman, and City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure Assistant Director, Alex Pazuchanics, joined the Colorado Springs Regional Leaders to provide an overview of the public-private partnership between CMU and the City of Pittsburgh.

Mobility21’s Program Manager and Traffic21 Diversity Fellow join MASITE Luncheon as Keynote Speakers

May 1, 2019
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May 1, 2019

The Mid-Atlantic Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (MASITE) hosted their Western Area Luncheon Seminar Series entitled “The Black and Yellow Brick Road: Transportation Research & New Mobility in Pittsburgh” in Pittsburgh. There were more than 60 people in attendance for the event where Lisa Kay Schweyer, Mobility21 Program Manager and Allante’ Whitmore, Mobility21 Diversity Fellow were the keynote speakers.

Colorado Springs Chamber & Economic Development Corporation Tour CMU

May 1, 2019
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May 1, 2019

Mobility21 welcomed Colorado Springs Chamber & Economic Development Corporation and their regional leaders to the City of Pittsburgh. The regional leader Leaders in Science & Technology visited Carnegie Mellon University’s NavLab where Traffic21 Executive Director, Stan Caldwell, led a discussion about how our Smart Cities Institutes manage relationships between external partners and researchers.

Mobility21 Executive Director Attends PA Chamber of Commerce Legislative Briefing

May 1, 2019
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May 1, 2019

Mobility21 Executive Director, Stan Caldwell, attended the Philadelphia & Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce Legislative Briefing in Harrisburg to promote Mobility21 research efforts. The briefing included stakeholders and regional policymakers to help strengthen relationships between the region’s business community and elected officials.

Mobility21 Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer Shares Expertise During the Pittsburgh Cities of Inclusion Summit

April 23, 2019
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April 23, 2019

The Pittsburgh Cities of Inclusion Summit was held today at PNC park where over 150 leaders gathered.  This Summit brought together individuals with disabilities, family members, city officials, community leaders, non-profits, corporate leaders, foundations and other funders, to jointly create a vision for Pittsburgh as an inclusive city.*  Mobility21 Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer, shared her expertise as a thought leader in the Access to Services breakout sessions.

* An inclusive city is an urban community that values social inclusion for all, ensuring people of all abilities are involved in their communities, able to effectively pursue opportunities and contribute, safely express themselves, and exercise their rights. These cities provide access and opportunities for everyone to take part in employment, education, health, housing, and to access community services.

 

Mobility21 UTC researchers, Sean Qian and Costa Samaras will head a Department of Energy funded project on “intelligent delivery zones”

April 22, 2019
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April 22, 2019

Mobility21 UTC researchers, Sean Qian and Costa Samaras will head a Department of Energy funded project on “intelligent delivery zones.”  Learn more about this project here:  https://www.cmu.edu/cee/news/cee-news-magazine/images/spring-2019-issue—cee-news.pdf. 

Mobility21 UTC Program Manager Lisa Kay Schweyer Discussion Leader at the Association for Commuter Transportation’s Emerging Mobility Summit

April 16, 2019
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April 16, 2019

Today, Mobility21 UTC Program Manager Lisa Kay Schweyer led 3 discussion groups on equity and new mobility at the Association for Commuter Transportation’s Emerging Mobility Summit in Austin, Texas. The discussions brought Transportation Demand Management professionals together to share their thoughts on how equity is defined, how equity considerations are or are not being built into the new mobility modes, and best practices from around the country.

The Vision Zero Toolbox

April 15, 2019
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April 15, 2019

Erick Guerra, UTC Faculty and Assistant Professor in City and Regional Planning in the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania, was an advisor for The Vision Zero Toolbox in Philadelphia project. The project aims to help decision-makers at the local level prioritize initiatives and projects which will achieve the greatest traffic safety benefit and ensure the success of Vision Zero Philadelphia.

 

Mobility21 UTC Researcher Sean Qian Awarded Posner, Molloy, and Pietrandrea Career Development Chair in Civil Engineering

April 15, 2019
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April 15, 2019

With his research, Mobility21 UTC Researcher and CEE Assistant Professor Zhen (Sean) Qian is working toward a different world, one where real-time and historical data allow us to better manage our aging and overcrowded infrastructure. Through data modeling and frameworks, Qian is not only finding ways to reduce congestion, energy use and emissions within existing systems but also to design sustainable, resilient, and intelligent infrastructure for the future.  Read more about this award here: https://www.cmu.edu/cee/news/news-archive/2019/04-2019-qian-awarded-posner-molloy-and-pietrandrea-career-development-chair-in-civil-engineering.html. 

 

 

 

Hands-On Design Courses Equip Students for Success

April 15, 2019
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April 15, 2019

“Whether you’re designing infrastructure for transportation, buildings, water systems, or something entirely different, taking on your first project as a recently graduated civil or environmental engineer can be daunting.  For starters, there is the multitude of objectives, the risk and uncertainty, the complex planning and scheduling constraints, and of course the challenge of learning to work and communicate within a team…” Read the rest of this article and how Mobility21 UTC researcher Costa Samaras is involved, here:  https://www.cmu.edu/cee/news/news-archive/2019/04-2019-learnin-by-doing.html  

 

UPenn Presents at CPSWeek Conference in Montreal

April 14, 2019
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April 14, 2019

The UPenn UTC Team including Rahul Mangharam, Matt Kelly, Yash Pant and Houssam Abbas attended the Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet-of-Things Week Conference in Canada to present their research.