Mobility21 Researcher Appointed to ITS AV Safety Task Force

July 26, 2021
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July 26, 2021

Stan Caldwell joined the Intelligent Transportation Society of America’s inaugural meeting of the AV Safety Task Force which consists of representatives from the public, private and academic sectors to discuss the public perception of automated vehicle safety.

Automated Transit Highlighted at Quarterly CAT Meeting

July 22, 2021
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July 22, 2021

The quarterly meeting of the Cooperative Automated Transportation (CAT) Coalition Strategic Initiatives Working Group, attended by member Stan Caldwell, included presentations on the Connecticut Automated Bus Deployment, the Automated Bus Consortium and the AV Shuttle Testing of V2I Data Exchange.

Research Recap: Assessment of Prospective Mileage-Based Fee System to Replace Fuel Taxes for Passenger Vehicles in Pennsylvania

July 21, 2021
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July 21, 2021

Today, Mobility21 UTC released its latest “Research Recap” for project Assessment of Prospective Mileage-Based Fee System to Replace Fuel Taxes for Passenger Vehicles in Pennsylvania.” 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.

Traffic21 Director Chris Hendrickson Attends TRB Meetings in Woods Hole, MA

July 21, 2021
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July 20, 2021

Chris Hendrickson, Director of the Traffic21 Institute and a Mobility21 researcher, attended the TRB Technical Activities Group meeting on July 16 and the TRB Executive Committee meeting on July 19-20.  The Executive Committee meeting was held in Woods Hole, MA.

Mobility21 UTC Researcher Recognized for Significant Research in AI

July 21, 2021
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July 21, 2021

Mobility21 UTC researcher Fei Fang was recognized by  by the International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence for significant research in AI.  Fang received the “…2021 Computers and Thought Award for her contributions to integrating machine learning with game theory to tackle societal challenges.” The award is presented to outstanding young scientists working in AI. Read more here.

PennDOT/FHWA Holds STIC Meeting

July 21, 2021
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July 21, 2021

Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell participated in the quarterly meeting of the PennDOT/FHWA State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC) where PennDOT’s efforts on Unmanned Arial Systems were highlighted.

Pittsburgh Transit Agency Finalizes Long Range Plan

July 20, 2021
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July 20, 2021

Stan Caldwell participated in the final meeting of the NEXTransit Stakeholder Advisory Meeting where the Port Authority of Allegheny County presented the completed long range plan and discussed implementation and public outreach efforts.

CMU Joins with Arizona State University to Make Autonomous Vehicles Safer

July 16, 2021
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July 16, 2021

Mobility21 UTC researcher Bob Iannucci worked with students as faculty advisor for the 2021 CPS-IoT Week virtual conference, where researchers from the cyber-physical systems and Internet of Things fields for a series of five conferences.  The student team won second place at the competition with their presentation “One Program to Rule the Intersection.”

Learn more here.

UTC Research Informing Policy Makers

July 13, 2021
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July 13, 2021

Stan Caldwell met with Pennsylvania State Senator Ryan Aument to discuss  policy research in emerging transportation technologies and impacts in the commonwealth.

Pittsburgh Mobility Collective Launches Move PGH

July 9, 2021
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July 9, 2021

Traffic21 and members of the Pittsburgh Mobility Collective, unveiled Move PGH, an initiative combining multiple mobility options for easy and equitable travel.  The Pittsburgh Mobility Collective is a new initiative but it is rooted in a longstanding commitment by city leaders to make Pittsburgh a great place to live, work, and visit.  Read more here.

ULI Hosts University Masterplan Discussion

July 9, 2021
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July 9, 2021

Today, Urban Land Institute Pittsburgh hosted the University Masterplan Discussion with the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, and Chatham University.  Mobility21 Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer, participated in the session to learn more about the institution’s plans and potential impacts on transportation.

TRB Holds Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee Meeting

July 8, 2021
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July 8, 2021

Chris Hendrickson, Director of the Traffic21 Institute and Mobility21 researcher, attended the TRB Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee meeting July 8.  The committee is helping to implement TRB’s strategic goal of increasing the diversity, equity and inclusiveness of TRB participants.

Research Recap: Proactive Management of Mobility Impact of Interdependent Subsurface Utility and Roadway Construction Through Incentives

July 7, 2021
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July 7, 2021

Today, Mobility21 UTC released its latest “Research Recap” for project “Proactive Management of Mobility Impact of Interdependent Subsurface Utility and Roadway Construction Through Incentives.”  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 Guest Speaker at Center for Shared Prosperity Meeting

July 6, 2021
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July 1, 2021

Mobility21 UTC Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer provided an overview of the Traffic21 & Mobility21 programs to the Center for Shared Prosperity’s Center Community Committee“The Center for Shared Prosperity aims to create a sustainable and replicable model for community-university collaboration, with a focus on deploying solutions for socio-economic inequities and making measurable progress toward greater economic prosperity and overall well-being of residents.”  This presentation concluded with  discussion on how the Traffic21/Mobility21 can help support the new center.

Pittsburgh International Airport to Open ‘Green’ Terminal by 2025

June 30, 2021
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June 30, 2021

With the assistance of Carnegie Mellon University researchers, Pittsburgh International Airport announces Terminal Modernization Program, a state-of-the-art terminal powered by its own solar panel microgrid and natural gas sourced at the site.

Mobility21 UTC Researcher Costa Samaras Highlights the Need for Planning for the Future in Infrastructure

June 29, 2021
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June 29, 2021

In a recent article published by The Atlantic, Mobility21 UTC researcher Costa Samaras discusses the recent heat wave in Portland, OR and the need to plan our infrastructure better for the extremes.

The public might look at engineering and say, ‘Of course they’re designing for a future climate; it would be silly if they weren’t,’” Samaras said. “But we’re basically not doing it.”

Read the full article here.

Metro21 Podcast Features Sean Qian to Discuss “Integrating and Learning from Mobility Data”

June 29, 2021
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June 29, 2021

Metro21 Executive Director Karen Lightman recently sat down with Mobility21 researcher Sean Qian to discuss how leveraging technology can provide resources to disadvantaged communities through transportation and mobility data.  Hear the full podcast here.

Mobility21 UTC Researchers Lend Expertise on President’s Climate Plan

June 28, 2021
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June 28, 2021

Mobility21 UTC researcher Dr. Destenie Nock and Akshaya Jha were recently asked for their expert opinions regarding President Biden’s climate plan on a panel by StateImpact Pennsylvania and The Allegheny Front.  Read more about what they had to say here.

Policy Summit 2021: Pathways to Economic Resilience in Our Communities

June 25, 2021
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June 25, 2021

Mobility21 sister organization Metro21 attended “Policy Summit 2021: Pathways to Economic Resilience in Our Communities,” hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, which focused on economic resilience and equity and how they play out in communities of all sizes and compositions. View recordings from the summit here.

NSF Concludes Stage 1 of the Civic Innovation Challenge Event with Project Showcase

June 25, 2021
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June 25, 2021

As Stage 1 winners of the National Science Foundation’s Civic Innovation Challenge, two Mobility21 UTC researchers were featured in the closing event film festival:

Traffic21 Executive Education Course Highlighted at MASITE – Pittsburgh Chapter Meeting

June 23, 2021
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June 23, 2021

Traffic21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell and Program Manager, Lisa Kay Schweyer, presented an overview of the recently completed inaugural session of the CMU Heinz College executive education session “Managing Artificial Intelligence in Transportation” at the MASITE Pittsburgh Chapter Meeting.  The executive education session was sponsored and developed by the Traffic21 Institute in partnership with the Heinz College Executive Education program.

Mobility21 Research Project “Platooning for Improved Safety and Efficiency of Semi-Trucks (PISES) II” Highlighted in TRB E-Newsletter

June 22, 2021
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June 22, 2021

Mobility21 UTC researcher Venkat Viswanathan’s research project, “Platooning for Improved Safety and Efficiency of Semi-Trucks (PISES) II was highlighted in this week’s Transportation Research Board’s newsletter in the University Research News section.  Read the newsletter here.

RISS Program Hosts Exploring Robotics & Technology Lunch and Learn

June 22, 2021
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June 22, 2021

The Robotics Institute Summer Scholars program of Carnegie Mellon University hosted “Materials & Career Paths in Robotics & Tech” in conjunction with the Technology & Engineering Education Association (TEEAP) to prepare students for 21st century careers in technology.

2021 International Symposium on Transportation Data & Modeling Features Sean Qian

June 21, 2021
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June 21, 2021

Mobility21 UTC researcher Sean Qian, along with Xiaohui Liu, Lei Xu and Wei Ma, presented their work “A Data-Driven Approach to Manage the Curbside Ride-Hailing Pick-Ups and Drop-Offs at the 2021 International Symposium on Transportation Data & Modeling.  ISTDM 2021 aims to gather transportation researchers and practitioners across the globe for exploring the frontiers of big data, modeling and simulation to advance transportation research to support the connected, cooperative and automated mobility.

PennDOT Holds Inaugural UAS Task Force Meeting

June 21, 2021
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June 21, 2021

The Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Task Force was organized by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation at the direction of the Governor’s office with the with the vision of “The Safe and Strategic Integration of UAS Technologies Into Pennsylvania’s Transportation System.”  PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian kick off the inaugural meeting and Mobility21 Executive Director Stan Caldwell joined as a founding member of the task force.