WTS Pittsburgh Honors Award Winners at 2021 Recognition Awards Event

March 3, 2021
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March 3, 2021

Mobility21 Program Manager Lisa Kay Schweyer was honored at the WTS Pittsburgh 2021 Recognition Awards Event today as the recipient of the WTS Rosa Parks Diversity Award.  The award recognizes an individual who contributes significantly to promoting diversity, inclusion and multi-cultural awareness within their organization, the transportation industry, or in a project or activity that supports the goals and mission of WTS.

Research Recap: Latest Generation Data Portal for the Intelligent Mobility Meter

March 3, 2021
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March 3, 2021

Today, Mobility21 UTC released its latest “Research Recap” for project “Latest Generation Data Portal for the Intelligent Mobility Meter.”  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.

Mobility21 Research Project “Bus on the Edge: Continuous Monitoring of Traffic & Infrastructure” Highlighted in TRB E-Newsletter

March 2, 2021
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March 2, 2021

Mobility21 UTC researcher Christoph Mertz’s research project, “Bus on the Edge: Continuous Monitoring of Traffic and Infrastructure was highlighted in this week’s Transportation Research Board’s newsletter in the University Research News section.  Read the newsletter here.

ITSA FAST Act Reauthorization Task Force Launched

March 1, 2021
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March 1, 2021

Mobility21 Executive Director, Stan Caldwell was appointed to serve on the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITSA) FAST Act Reauthorization Task Force, where earlier today, he participated in the first meeting to discuss policy recommendations.

CMU’s Traffic21 Announces Winners of Third Smart Mobility Challenge

February 28, 2021
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February 28, 2021

Carnegie Mellon University’s Traffic21 announced the Township of Shaler, the City of Monessen and Heritage Community Transportation as the winners of its third 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 and the USDOT, 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.

Walk Bike Shaler, in partnership with the Township of Shaler, will partner with CMU researchers from the Remaking Cities Institute to inform and contribute to the Better Boulevard Initiative. CMU, providing urban design and computer vision expertise, will deploy cameras for visual data, develop computer vision algorithms to analyze data, develop mobility/urban design recommendations from the data and respond to community priorities.

The City of Monessen, led by Mayor Matt Shorraw, will partner with CMU researchers from the Remaking Cities Institute to inform and contribute to the ongoing work of the city’s comprehensive plan and initiatives related to mobility, equity, and safety with a focus on Mid-Downtown Monessen.
Shaler’s pattern of a long Main Street in a suburban context and Monessen’s pattern of a riverfront downtown are mobility/urban design case studies relevant to numerous municipalities throughout southwestern Pa. and nationally.

Heritage Community Transportation, a program of Heritage Community Initiatives, will partner with CMU researchers to review the impact of COVID-19 on its services with the objective to recommend rider-focused service enhancements including service routing. This project will collect data on demand patterns, develop new theory, and provide practical policy recommendations. It also provides faculty and students the opportunity to conduct research with a transportation provider whose mission is to serve the region’s most vulnerable populations.

“The Traffic21 Institute has helped establish the City of Pittsburgh as a world-renowned test bed for transportation intelligent technologies,” said Chris Hendrickson, Director of Traffic21. “Through the Smart Mobility Challenge projects, we are thrilled to extend this reach further into the southwestern Pennsylvania region.”

There was one other application from Beaver County, and Traffic21 staff connected the municipality’s representatives with CMU faculty to explore additional solutions through class projects versus a traditional award. All projects will begin July 1, 2021 with the goal to be completed by June 30, 2022.

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About the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy: The Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy is home to two internationally recognized graduate-level institutions at Carnegie Mellon University: the School of Information Systems and Management and the School of Public Policy and Management. This unique colocation combined with its expertise in analytics set Heinz College apart in the areas of cybersecurity, health care, the future of work, smart cities, and arts & entertainment. In 2016, INFORMS named Heinz College the #1 academic program for Analytics Education. For more information, please visit www.heinz.cmu.edu.

About the College of Engineering: The College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University is a top-ranked engineering college that is known for our intentional focus on cross-disciplinary collaboration in research. The College is well-known for working on problems of both scientific and practical importance. Our “maker” culture is ingrained in all that we do, leading to novel approaches and transformative results. Our acclaimed faculty have a focus on innovation management and engineering to yield transformative results that will drive the intellectual and economic vitality of our community, nation and world.

Celebration of Black Engineers Panel Features Mobility21 UTC Researcher

February 26, 2021
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February 26, 2021

Mobility21 UTC researcher Destenie Nock participated in a Scott Institute Engineering program highlighting black engineers, which featured alumni, faculty and a student who shared their origin stories about why they chose to go into the field of engineering.

IPMI Summit Features Stan Caldwell

February 25, 2021
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February 25, 2021

Stan Caldwell presented his Mobility21 research on emerging transportation technology trends on a panel in the closing session of the International Parking and Mobility Institute (IPMI) Mobility and Innovation Summit which was attended by two hundred transportation professionals.

Research Recap: Modeling and Enhancing Freight Mobility in the Philadelphia Region

February 24, 2021
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February 24, 2021

Today, Mobility21 UTC released its latest “Research Recap” for the project “Modeling and Enhancing Freight Mobility in the Philadelphia Region.”  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.

5th Annual Smart Cities Virtual Symposium Features Metro21’s Karen Lightman as Panelist

February 23, 2021
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February 23, 2021

Metro21 Executive Director Karen Lightman was a featured panelist, along with other experts in the field of smart technologies, at the 5th Annual Smart Cities Virtual Symposium, where she discussed the topic, “Smart City Solutions for a Riskier World.”

 

Smart Mobility Connection Features Maxine Eskenazi, Alan Black and Yulan Feng

February 19, 2021
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February 19, 2021

Today’s Smart Mobility Connection session featured Mobility21 UTC Researchers Maxine Eskenazi, Alan Black and Yulan Feng.   They discussed their project, “GetGoing and Better Mobility for All.”  Watch their presentation here.

Research Recap: Travel Impacts of a Complete Street Project in a Mixed Urban Corridor

February 19, 2021
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February 19, 2021

Today, Mobility21 UTC released its latest “Research Recap” for the project “Travel Impacts of a Complete Street Project in a Mixed Urban Corridor.”  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.

SPC Transit Operators Committee Meets to Discuss Updates and the Future of Transit

February 17, 2021
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February 17, 2021

Today the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission’s Transit Operators Committee meeting was held.  Lisa Kay Schweyer, Program Manager for Mobility21 UTC participated in the meeting, which included updates from the Federal Transit Administration/PennDOT, regional transit operators, amendments & administrative actions to the FFY2019-2022 TIP, presentations on the SmartMoves Connections, Port Authority NEXtransit, and CommuteInfo Reimagined.

Mobility21 Research Project “Integration of Automated Vehicle Sensing with Adaptive Signal Control for Enhanced Mobility” Highlighted in TRB E-Newsletter

February 16, 2021
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February 16, 2021

Mobility21 UTC researcher Stephen Smith’s research project, “Integration of Autonomous Vehicles with Adaptive Signal Control to Enhance Mobility was highlighted in this week’s Transportation Research Board’s newsletter in the University Research News section.  Read the newsletter here.

ITS America Emerging Technologies Standing Committee Welcomes Mobility21 Executive Director as Chair

February 9, 2021
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February 9, 2021

Stan Caldwell has been appointed chair of the Emerging Technologies Standing Committee of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America and was joined by Vice Chair Andrew Liu from AECOM in hosting the inaugural committee meeting.  Committee members will participate in task forces for program and policy development of emerging ITS technologies.

Smart Mobility Connection Features Rahul Mangharam

February 5, 2021
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November 13, 2020

Today’s Smart Mobility Connection session featured Mobility21 UTC Researcher Rahul Mangharam.   Rahul discussed his project, “F1Tenth Autonomous Racing.”  Watch his presentation here.

New PennDOT Law Allows Use of Bioptic Telescope Lenses to Obtain License

February 4, 2021
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February 4, 2021

New Pennsylvania law, ACT 131, will allow people to use bioptic telescope lenses when testing for a driver’s license starting later in 2021.  Mobility21 UTC project, Smart Glasses for Improving Mobility of Low Vision People, led by researcher Yang Cai, helped inform this new policy.

 

 

 

 

Third Annual Automous Vehicles and Public Transport Summit

February 3, 2021
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February 3, 2021

Three Mobility21 UTC faculty (Nik Martelaro, Ray Gastil, Helen Loeb), a CMU student (Gisselt Gomez) and UTC Program Manager (Lisa Kay Schweyer) participated in the Third Annual Autonomous Vehicles and Public Transport Summit.  Event sessions included:  Vision for Transit-AV Alignment; AV Use Cases in Transit; AV Adoption in Transit; Impact on the Workforce; Future of Mobility – Autonomous, Electric, Connected, Shared.

Southwestern PA Commission Hosts Freight Forum

February 2, 2021
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February 2, 2021

Lisa Kay Schweyer, Program Manager for Mobility21 UTC participated in the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission’s Freight Forum.  The meeting included updates from the Federal Highway Administration, the Port of Pittsburgh Commission,  Staff on Initiatives Underway at SPC, and Current Funding Opportunities for Freight Handling/Movement.  The PennDOT consulting team also led a discussion on the Pennsylvania Freight Plan Update.

Consumer Electronics Show 2021 Sets the Tone for the Industry

January 14, 2021
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January 11-14, 2021

Mobility21 partner Karen Lightman, Executive Director of Metro21, participated in CES 2021 and shares her personal key takeaways from the show (she loves to hate) on future-shaping insights and business growth trends for Smart Cities.

TRB Features Mobility21 Research Project in Newsletter

January 12, 2021
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January 12, 2021

Mobility21 UTC researcher Bernardo Pires’ research project, “Latest Generation Data Portal for the Intelligent Mobility Meterwas highlighted  in the Transportation Research Board’s recent newsletter, which outlines financial resources for deploying electric vehicle infrastructure in the university research news section.

TRB Features Mobility21 Research Project in Newsletter

January 12, 2021
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January 12, 2021

Mobility21 UTC researcher Costa Samaras was highlighted for his research project, “Estimating Changes in Parking Capacity and Urban Form From Vehicle Automationin the Transportation Research Board’s recent newsletter, which outlines financial resources for deploying electric vehicle infrastructure in the university research news section.

Journal of Transportation Engineering Honors Sean Qian

January 8, 2021
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January 8, 2021

Mobility21 UTC researcher Sean Qian’s paper, “Lane Management with Variable Lane Width and Model Calibration for Commercial Automated Vehicles” has been awarded Best Paper for Journal of Transportation Engineering: Part A 2020.  Sean’s paper was selected by reviewers, readers, and the editorial board of JTE.

Carnegie Mellon University’s Mobility21 UTC Honors “Student of the Year” at 30th Annual Awards Ceremony

January 6, 2021
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January 6, 2021

Camille Boggan was honored tonight as Mobility21 University Transportation Center’s “Student of the Year” at the Council of University Transportation Center’s annual awards banquet.

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.  Read about all the Students of the Year in the annual booklet.

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.

Meet our winner:

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

Photo of Camille Boggan

Camille Boggan is a current city planning graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania’s Weitzman School of Design. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Miami University (Ohio) in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Camille has worked as a graduate research assistant in Dr. Megan Ryerson’s Smart Mobility Lab, supporting research efforts on transportation safety and wayfinding. In 2020 she interned with the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Transportation and has served on the transit steering committee of 5th Square, Philadelphia’s urban activist PAC, since 2019.

In 2019 Camille was part of the winning team of ITS America’s Emerging Leaders Program Global Challenge. Her team developed a transportation pricing model for Philadelphia to reduce congestion and direct funds to public transportation services. She was also recently awarded a graduate scholarship from the WTS Philadelphia chapter.

Educating, recruiting and training new workers is critical to managing our country’s infrastructure safely and efficiently. We strive to help develop a transportation workforce capable of designing and maintaining the complex transportation systems of tomorrow. Help us congratulate our 2021 UTC Student of the Year!

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

Council of University Transportation Centers Holds Annual Winter Meeting

January 6, 2021
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January 5-6, 2021

The Council of University Transportation Centers held their winter meeting, followed by the Annual Awards Banquet.  The Council of University Transportation Center‘s  winter meeting brings 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.  View the awards program here.