Pittsburgh Smart 50 Awards

November 19, 2020
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Pittsburgh Tech 50 Awards

November 12, 2020
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Smart Mobility Connection Features Mark McCord

October 30, 2020
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October 30, 2020

Today’s Smart Mobility Connection session featured Mobility21 UTC Researcher and the Ohio State University Professor Mark McCord.  Professor McCord discussed his project, “Time-of-Day Traffic Volumes Using Video Imagery Obtained from Transit Buses in Regular Operations,” which is co-authored by Rabi Mishalani, and Benjamin Coifman.  Watch his presentation here.

 

Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership Holds Final Downtown Advisory Group Meeting

October 29, 2020
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October 29, 2020

Today, Lisa Kay Schweyer, Program Manager for the Mobility21 UTC, participated in the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s final Downtown Advisory Group meeting.  The advisory group has been helping provide feedback and guidance for the development of the Downtown Pittsburgh Mobility Plan, which is expected to be adopted by early 2021: https://downtownpittsburgh.com/mobilityplan/.

Broadcast on TV to 5,000,000 Households PA-Wide: RobotWits & WQED’s Robot Doctor Series Reaches Students & Families

October 28, 2020
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October 28, 2020

Educational organizations, libraries, and community centers across Pennsylvania are beginning to leverage The Robot Doctor resources created by Mobility21 deployment partner RobotWits LLC & public television station WQED.  The Robot Doctor materials comprise student and educator videos, challenge questions and discussion prompts that aim to motivate high school students to engage more deeply in math. Downloadable, streamable, and available for offline learning, student videos can be accessed at www.robotwits.com/education.  Find the TV schedule and listing for the Robot Doctor on your local PBS here.  Learn more or join the community of users and partners by contacting  Maxim Likhachev or Rachel Burcin.

NCHRP ADS Framework Summit

October 26, 2020
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October 26, 2020

Stan Caldwell was one of a select group of industry stakeholders recruited to provide feedback on the NCHRP Report 17-91 Assessing the Impacts of Automated Driving Systems (ADS) on the Future of Transportation Safety through a series of three virtual summit sessions

PA Department of Transportation Secretary Yassmin Gramian Joins Mobility21 UTC Advisory Council

October 22, 2020
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October 22, 2020

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary Yassmin Gramian is the newest member of the Mobility21 UTC Advisory Council.  The Advisory Council is comprised of national leaders that provide  strategic guidance and counsel for the UTC.

“Are We There Yet?” – UIC Urban Forum Panel Discussion

October 21, 2020
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October 21, 2020

Stan Caldwell presented findings form his automated vehicle policy white paper “Are We There Yet? Deployment of Connected and Automated Vehicles in the U.S.” co-authored by Chris Hendrickson at an UIC Urban Forum Panel Discussion.  Caldwell was joined by Austin Lannes Brown Executive Director of the Policy Center for Energy, Environment and the Economy at UC Davis and moderated by P.S. Sriraj Director, Urban Transportation Center, University of Illinois at Chicago.   A recording of the webinar can be found at this link.  https://urbanforum.uic.edu/forum-white-papers/white-paper-presentation-webinar/

Prof. Rahul Mangharam and His Team Win Best in Session Award at the Digital Avionics Systems Conference

October 21, 2020
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October 21, 2020

Mobility21 UTC researcher Rahul Mangharam and his team, which includes Kuk Jang, Yash Pant and Alena Rodionova, wrote a paper on Learning-to-Fly RL, which won the Best in Session Award at the Digital Avionics Conference.  Their work on Designing Safe Autonomous Systems includes autonomous air traffic control for future drone urban air mobility networks of 1000-5000 drones over urban areas. One key issue is that unlike commercial airlines, these drones do not fly along pre-set routes but follow what is called “free flight” and can choose their travel route. This introduces a critical problem of collisions between drones and needs to be handled via collision avoidance systems between the drones. Watch the full video here.

Getting Around Using Transportation Apps

October 20, 2020
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October 20, 2020

Mobility21 UTC researcher Dr. Maxine Eskenazi taught a course on “Getting Around: Using Transportation Apps” to a group of OSHER Lifelong Learning students.  The two-session course included: using UBER and LYFT; presentations of the Tiramisu app, the Transit app, the Port Authority website, the pathVu app and the GetGoing phone intelligent agent.

The Black and Yellow Brick Road: Transportation Research and New Mobility in Pittsburgh

October 20, 2020
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October 20, 2020

Mobility21 Program Manager Lisa Kay Schweyer presented on the role of research in transportation at the T.I.R.E.S (Transportation, Information, Resources, Education and Services) of Western PA virtual event where over 60 transportation specialists from Southwestern PA were in attendance.

Research Recap: Utilizing School Bus Meals to Deliver Meals to Families in Need

October 14, 2020
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October 14, 2020

Today, Mobility21 UTC released its latest “Research Recap” for the project “Utilizing School Bus Meals to Deliver Meals to Families in Need.”  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.

The Ohio State University Doctoral Student Weighs in on Real-Time Update Apps

October 13, 2020
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October 13, 2020

Luyu Liu, doctoral student at Mobility21 UTC academic partner the Ohio State University, recently conducted a study with Professor Harvey Miller to determine the value of real-time apps for public transportation.  “The app may tell you the bus will be five minutes late, but drivers can make up time after you start walking, and you end up missing the bus,” says Liu.  Read the full article here.

Smart Mobility Connection Features Jon Peha

October 9, 2020
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October 9, 2020

Today’s Smart Mobility Connection session featured Mobility21 UTC Researcher Jon Peha, Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, in the Dept. of Engineering & Public Policy and the Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering.  Professor Peha discussed “Spectrum Policies for Connected Vehicles.”   Watch his presentation here.

From Exclusion to Autonomy: The History and Future of Accessible Transportation in Western Pennsylvania

October 8, 2020
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October 8, 2020

Mobility21 UTC researcher Aaron Steinfeld participated as a panelist to discuss the early roots of innovative, accessible transportation, as well as current and future challenges and opportunities in accessible self-driving car development and the larger quest for autonomy in transportation.

UTCs present at National Council of Workforce Educators National Conference

October 8, 2020
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October 8, 2020

Yesterday, Lisa Kay Schweyer, Program Manager for the Mobility21 UTC, Bob Koch, Professor of the Community College of Allegheny County Automotive Technology Program, Missy Blair, Program Manager/Certified MSF RiderCoach and Traffic Survival School Instructor of the Pima County Community College Center for Transportation Training and member of the Pacific Southwest Region UTC and Robert Brown, Head of Public Affairs and Government Relations for TuSimple presented “Cultivating Readiness for the Transportation Workforce of Tomorrow” at the National Council of Workforce Educators National Conference.  They discussed partnerships that demonstrate how industry, workforce developers, and academic partners are working together to prepare workers for this evolving future.

 

PennDOT and Consultants Briefed on Smart Multi-modal Transportation Solution for North Huntingdon Township in Response to Roadway Construction Projects on Route-30

October 7, 2020
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October 7, 2020

Today, Mobility21 UTC researcher Sean Qian along with Mike Turley and Ryan Fonzi of North Huntingdon Township presented findings of the Mobility21 UTC Smart Mobility Challenge Project Smart Multi-modal Transportation Solution for North Huntingdon Township in Response to Roadway Construction Projects on Route-30 to PennDOT officials and project consultants.  Lisa Kay Schweyer, Program Manager for the Mobility21 UTC also participated by sharing information about the Smart Mobility Challenge.  For more information about this project, check out the Research Recap.

Meet Innovation Fellow Luke Lyle

October 7, 2020
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October 7, 2020

Meet Luke Lyle, a postdoctoral researcher in the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and a Swartz Center 2020 – 2021 Innovation Fellow.  He completed his MS and PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at CMU and also holds a BS and BA in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Buffalo.

The focus of his doctoral research was gallium oxide, a wide bandgap semiconducting material for high power electronic applications. In these applications, gallium oxide is poised to have vastly higher efficiencies than competing materials. This material is critical for developing renewable energy technology by increasing the efficiency of power electronics in electric vehicles, wind turbines, solar cells, and batteries. He is working on commercializing this technology with the development of an industrially scalable, novel technique to grow gallium oxide aiming to leverage this material for use in renewable energy systems.

As a Swartz Innovation Fellow Luke is working with Mobility21 and the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship to commercialize this technology.

Equitable Future of Transportation Panel featured Mobility21 Diversity Fellow

October 6, 2020
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October 6, 2020

Mobility21 Diversity Fellow Allanté Whitmore was a panelist on The Equitable Future of Transportation seminar held by the CMU and University of Pittsburgh Local Government Club. She discussed the role of equity in transportation, next-generation transportation technologies, and local municipalities’ decision-making.

ARTBA RED Divisional Meeting Features Diana Furchtgott-Roth

October 1, 2020
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October 1, 2020

As a member of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Research & Education Division (RED), Stan Caldwell joined the joint Planning & Design and RED Divisional Meeting which featured Guest Speaker Diana Furchtgott-Roth, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology, U.S. Department of Transportation.

Megaregion Hosts Inaugural Transportation Policy Symposium

October 1, 2020
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October 1, 2020

Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell participated in the inaugural Megaregions Transportation Policy Symposium which brought together industry practitioners, academic professionals, and policy experts to lead the conversation on technologies, policies, and trends in the field of transportation that will promote Megaregion development.

Financial Support Overview Session Provided for CMU Business Managers

September 30, 2020
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September 30, 2020

Business Managers representing faculty across the Carnegie Mellon University attended a session to learn more about the Traffic21 and Mobility21 UTC funding.  During the event, Lisa Kay Schweyer, Program Manager for Mobility21, Heather Depasquale of the Research Accelerator, and Olivia Wells of the Heinz College reviewed the funding sources and shared some tips with the business managers.

US DOT ITS Joint Program Office Releases Report on Artifical Intelligence in Transportation

September 30, 2020
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September 30, 2020

The US DOT ITS Joint Program Office recently released their report, “Identifying Real-World Transportation Applications Using Artificial Intelligence (AI); Real-World AI Scenarios in Transportation for Possible Deployment.

Carnegie Mellon researchers Aaron Steinfeld, Steve Smith and Stan Caldwell were acknowledged in the report as “Volunteer Expert Stakeholders.”

F1Tenth Autonomous Racing & How It Can Help with Machine Learning Research

September 29, 2020
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September 29, 2020

Mobility21 UTC Researcher and University of Pennsylvania Professor Rahul Mangharam released a new video today on “F1Tenth Autonomous Racing and How It Can Help with Machine Learning Research for Perception, Planning and Control.”  Watch his talk here.

C-V2X Virtual Summit Hosted by Qualcomm

September 29, 2020
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September 29, 2020

Stan Caldwell, the Mobility21 UTC Executive Director was an active participant in the Qualcomm C-V2X Virtual Summit 2020 today where he was part of the conversation and learning about cellular connected vehicle activity and trends including those of the 5G Automotive Association.