ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IS GOING TO SUPERCHARGE SURVEILLANCE

January 23, 2018
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Alex Hauptmann, a professor at Carnegie Mellon who specializes in this sort of computer analysis, says that although AI has propelled the field forward hugely in recent years, there are still fundamental challenges in getting computers to understand video. And the biggest of these is a challenge for cameras we don’t often think about anymore: resolution. Take, for example, a neural network that’s been trained to analyze human actions in a video. These work by breaking down the human body into segments — arms, legs, shoulders, heads, etc. — then watching how these stick figures change from one frame of video to the next. From this, the AI can tell you whether someone’s running, for example, or brushing their hair. “But this depends on the resolution of the video you have,” Hauptmann tells The Verge. “If I’m looking at the end of a parking lot with one camera, I’m lucky if I can tell if someone opened a car door. If you’re right in front of a [camera] and playing a guitar, it can track you down to the individual fingers.”
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Watch the Tesla Semi Prototype Quietly Glide Down the Street

January 22, 2018
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The vehicle, spotted in YouTube footage uploaded by Brandon Camargo, shows a block model of the truck driving past the UPS Customer Center in Sunnyvale, California, a 20-minute drive from Tesla’s headquarters in Palo Alto. In the seven-second video, the Semi drives past with barely a whisper, swiftly passing through the intersection.
When Musk took the wraps off the truck at a November 2017 event, it defied expectations. Prior to the reveal, hydrogen truck rival Nikola described rumored plans as “bad for Tesla’s balance sheet,” and two researchers from Carnegie Mellon University said the truck would have limited range. The Semi beat the odds, with a 500-mile model retailing for $180,000 with a 0 to 60 miles per hour time of just five seconds.
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Pittsburgh, here we come! Check out where GeekWire will base its own HQ2 in Steel City in February

January 22, 2018
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There’s already been a lot of buzz this week about HQ2. But Amazon is not the only Seattle upstart that’s making waves with a second headquarters.
Here at GeekWire, we’re donning winter jackets, unfurling long underwear and unpacking winterized boots as we get ready to embark on a fun journalistic adventure. We’ve decided to set up a temporary second headquarters in Pittsburgh for the month of February, exploring everything that this up-and-coming innovation hub has to offer. Today, we’re excited to announce that we’ve chosen our temporary home in Steel City — our very own HQ2, if you will — at Butler St. Lofts. The newly-renovated co-working and residential space — located in a former Boys’ and Girls Club in Pittsburgh’s vibrant Lawrenceville neighborhood — will serve as our home for about five weeks starting Jan. 27th…
You can follow all of our upcoming coverage of Pittsburgh — from the innovative robotics labs of Carnegie Mellon University to the redevelopment of old steel mills at Hazelwood Green to the self-driving testing areas of Uber here.
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State creates ‘DriveOhio’ to capture smart-transportation research

January 22, 2018
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“DriveOhio,” housed within the Department of Transportation, will offer manufacturers and researchers one point of contact to coordinate state agency assistance in developing driverless vehicles, “smart” roads and other technology.
“Just as the Wright brothers gave birth to flight here in Ohio, we are positioning the state to lead on developing the vehicles, highways and smart-transportation technologies of the future,” Kasich said.
The state is creating “smart highways,” such as a 35-mile stretch of Rt. 33 between Dublin and East Liberty, by installing fiber-optic cable and sensors to collect data and allow autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles to communicate with one another.
Ohio State University’s Center for Automotive Research and the Transportation Research Center along Rt. 33 also offer testing and research opportunities into “smart mobility.”
While visiting the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Wednesday, Kasich played up Ohio’s new high-tech offerings to executives of Ford, Chrysler, General Motors and other companies. He acknowledged Honda as a partner in Ohio’s efforts to make the state a smart-transportation research center.
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Boeing/Near Earth Autonomy: Partnering on autonomous flight ideas

January 22, 2018
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Even before Boeing Co. officially launched its venture capital arm last April, Pittsburgh startup Near Earth Autonomy had worked on joint projects with the aerospace giant ever since it spun out of Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute in 2012.  That helped to give it a leg up when Boeing was looking for companies to fund with its new venture capital unit, as Near Earth was brought into the loop before Boeing officially launched it.  “If you’re in business, you talk to people,” Near Earth CEO Sanjiv Singh said. “They were starting this new division, this disruption innovation group, Boeing HorizonX, and starting to have conversations with companies, seeing what they were up to.”
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Western Pennsylvania Mobility Showcase

January 17, 2018
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January 4, 2018

University of Pittsburgh, Traffic21 Institute featured a display in theWestern Pennsylvania Mobility Showcase. The Mobility Showcase is a new event created by the City of Pittsburgh’s Mobility and Infrastructure Department, and featured over 20 exhibits.

Smart Mobility Connection: Enhancing Mobility

January 17, 2018
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December 1, 2017

T-SET UTC hosted it’s second Smart Mobility Connection on “Enhancing Mobility for People with Disabilities,” featuring UTC researchers Dr. Aaron Steinfeld and Dr. Stephen Smith. Researchers discussed their work in making transit more universal for all users, including handicapped individuals, and demonstrated the powerful impacts of CMU transportation technologies.

Three Penn Transportation Students Win Women’s Transportation Seminar Awards

January 17, 2018
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November 30, 2017

A record of three standout PennPlanning students won Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) awards at this year’s Awards Banquet. The three Penn Transportation Planning students shown above – Olivia Moyabed, Carrie Sauer, and Rachel Finfer – were honored for their dedication to accessible transportation, Vision Zero, safe mobility, and for helping students at the collegiate and high school level connect with transportation. Also pictured is T-SET UTC researcher Dr. Megan Ryerson.

Tepper Tech Innovation Challenge

January 17, 2018
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November 17 – 18, 2017

Mobility21 and T-SET UTC’s Stan Caldwell helped judge the Tepper Tech Innovation Challenge. This year’s challenge was on “The Future of Transportation Technology.” Winners of the challenge are students from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and are shown above.

Annual Sustainability Conference

January 17, 2018
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November 16, 2017

Traffic21’s Chris Hendrickson spoke at for the American Society of Engineers’ (ASCE) Annual Sustainability Conference. Chris was joined for a panel on ‘Sustainability and Innovation in the Pittsburgh Region’ by the City of Pittsburgh’s Director of Mobility and Infrastructure Karina Ricks, PennDOT Deputy Secretary of Planning Jim Ritzman, and Michael Baker Senior Vice President Dan Cessna.

Open Pittsburgh wirEless Research Accelerator

January 17, 2018
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November 15, 2017

CMU and T-SET UTC hosted the Open Pittsburgh wirEless Research Accelerator (OPERA). OPERA is a proposed advanced wireless testbed, bringing together the public and private sector with academia to deploy advanced at-scale wireless infrastructure to create opportunity for innovation and growth. In the city of bridges, tunnels, valleys and hillsides, “if you can get wireless technologies to work in Pittsburgh, you’re done,” said OPERA Principal Investigator and T-SET UTC Director Raj Rajkumar.

Anthony Foxx Speaks at CMU

January 17, 2018
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November 10, 2017

Former Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx spoke at CMU in celebration of CMU’s 50 year anniversary weekend. Secretary Foxx discussed trends in transportation, the Smart City Challenge- noting that the best solutions were context-dependent, and ways in which communities can optimize their use of land, transit, and ports. To see more about the event, click here.

Center for Connected Multimodal Mobility

January 17, 2018
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November 3, 2017

Traffic21 Director Chris Hendrickson spoke at the USDOT Center for Connected Multimodal Mobility’s (C2M2) Fall Conference in Clemson, South Carolina to share knowledge between both UTCs. C2M2 is a consortium of higher education and research institutions in South Carolina working toward the vision to create a globally recognized multimodal mobility innovation center for moving people and goods, specializing in connected and autonomous vehicle research.

CMU Team wins Greenshield’s Prize

January 8, 2018
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January 2018

T-SET researcher Dr. Sean Qian, Assistant Professor in CMU’s CEE program Yiming Gu, and Ph.D. student Guohui Zhang won the 2017 Greenshields Prize at the TRB Annual Conference for their paper, “Traffic State Estimation for Urban Road Networks Using a Link Queue Model.” The Greenshields prize, honoring Dr. Bruce D. Greenshields, is awarded to the best paper submitted through the TRB Annual Meeting paper submission process that bases sound theory on rigorous empirical analysis and has practical applications or implications.

TRB Students of the Year

January 7, 2018
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January 6, 2018

T-SET UTC students, Max Li of the University of Pennsylvania and Amanda Johnson of Carnegie Mellon University, won the U.S. DOT’s Outstanding Student of the Year Awards. They were recognized for their achievements and accomplishments in the field of transportation during the Council of University Transportation Centers Banquet during the annual winter meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB).

Research Assistant Represents UTC at TRB War Games

January 7, 2018
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January 7, 2018

At the 2018 Transportation Research Board Conference, the first ever ‘War Games‘ was held to bring together all types of transportation professionals and develop and understanding on potential trends and scenarios arising as new technologies come to market. CMU’s UTC was represented by Mobility21 research assistant Amanda Johnson who participated on the Department of Transportation team, along with nine others from across the country.

Smart Mobility Connection

December 1, 2017
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Enhancing Mobility for People with Disabilities 

Aaron Steinfeld and Stephen Smith

Intelligent Transportation Society World Congress 2017

November 3, 2017
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The Intelligent Transportation Society hosted its World Congress 2017 in Montréal from October 29th to November 2nd. Stan Caldwell, Executive Director at Traffic21 Institute, participated in a panel discussion on the SMART Belt Coalition, a multi-state collaboration, and infrastructure challenges and opportunities. Several CMU students and faculty also participated: Adam Mistick (pictured above), MS candidate for Information Security Policy and management, presented his research on Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities in Autonomous Vehicle Development, CMU-Silicon Valley Professor Dr. Bob Iannucci, presented three papers related to Smart Cities and was joined by CMU students Samarth Mathur and Ashotosh Tadkase, both MS candidates for Environmental and Civil Engineering. Dr. Iannucci and his students’ papers grew from a UTC T-SET funded project.

Smart Mobility Challenge

November 3, 2017
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Awardees of the Smart Mobility Challenge, Alexandre Jacquillat, Bernardo R. Pires, and Sean Qian, spoke to CMU students about how innovative technology can improve mobility. This was the first events of the new Smart Mobility Connection forum, a bi-weekly series to connect faculty and students interested in transportation.

Smart Mobility Connection Forum

November 3, 2017
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How Innovative Technology Can Improve Mobility: Featuring the Awardees of the Smart Mobility Challenge 

Alexandre Jacquillat, Bernardo R. Pires, and Sean Qian

Women in Transportation & Government Seminar

October 23, 2017
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Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Leslie S. Richards, and Traffic21 and Mobility21’s Courtney Ehrlichman joined Heinz students for the Women in Transportation & Government panel discussion. Both women shared personal stories on how they found themselves in leadership roles in transportation, and the barriers they overcame. The discussion was moderated by Melanie Harrington, President and CEO of Vibrant Pittsburgh.

Heinz College and PennDOT Coordinated Facebook Live Interview

October 23, 2017
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Traffic21 research assistant Amanda Johnson, and Women in Intelligent Transportation fellow Ngani Ndimbie were joined by Secretary Leslie S. Richards for a Heinz College and PennDOT coordinated Facebook Live interview. Both Heinz students discussed with the Secretary their internships at PennDOT over the summer, and the importance of increasing diversity in government. Amanda and Ngani are both in their second year at Heinz studying Public Policy and Management.

Traffic21 UTC researchers Srinivasa Narasimhan and Robert Tamburo win the 3Rivers Venture Fair, for their Smart Headlight project

October 20, 2017
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Distinguished Speaker Series: Professor R. Jayakrishnan

October 13, 2017
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Professor R. Jayakrishnan from the University of California-Irvine presented his research on collaborative consumption in transportation as the first 2017-2018 Distinguished speaker. Professor Jayakrishnan’s presentation “User-Driven Service Order Adjustment for Efficiency in Collaborative Consumption of Transportation Supply,” suggested that a paradigm-shift in transportation, initiated by more peer-to-peer communication, presents a new opportunity for users to consume with more complete information and greater satisfaction. The Distinguished Speaker series is made possible by CMU’s Traffic21, Mobility21, and T-SET UTC.