Mobility21 National UTC Advisory Council Members Share Their Expertise

November 7, 2019
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November 7, 2019

A talented group of national leaders attended the Carnegie Mellon University Traffic21 Institute and Mobility21 National University Transportation Center (UTC) Advisory Council meeting, held on CMU’s campus today.

Mobility21 UTC Director, Raj Rajkumar and Traffic21 Director, Chris Hendrickson welcomed the group, and provided an overview of update of activities and plans at the centers.  The day continued with a discussion on technology transfer and plans for the upcoming National UTC Mobility Summit scheduled to be held in Washington, DC on April 2, 2020.

Throughout the meeting Advisory Council members shared their expertise and ideas on workforce demand, technology trends, research needs,  and new funding opportunities to advance the missions of Traffic21 and Mobility21.

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The Mobility21 team is a tight collaboration among Carnegie Mellon University (Lead), the University of Pennsylvania, the Ohio State University and the Community College of Allegheny County, and brings to bear the reach and scale of all four institutions.

Tackling the multi-faceted nature of Traffic21 and Mobility21 objectives requires coordinated research, education, workforce development and technology transfer.  This work is supported by researchers spanning multiple disciplines such as engineering, computer science and robotics, public policy, urban design, information systems and data analytics.

The distinguished Advisory Council of national leaders provides strategic guidance and counsel.  Advisory Council members include:

  • Raymond T. Betler, former President and CEO of Wabtec Corporation
  • Rebecca M. Brewster, President and Chief Operating Officer of the American Transportation Research Institute
  • Robin Chase, Co-founder Zipcar, Veniam, NUMo
  • Ty Gourley, Vice President of the Hillman Family Foundations
  • Charles L. Hammel III, President and owner, PITT OHIO Express
  • Ashley Hand, Co-founder CityFi; formerly Transportation Technology Strategist Fellow for Los Angeles
  • Katharine Kelleman, Chief Executive Officer at Port Authority of Allegheny County
  • Jane Lappin, Director, Public Policy & Government Affairs, Toyota Research Institute
  • Ken McLeod, Policy Director at The League of American Bicyclist
  • James A. Misener, Senior Director, Technical Standards at Qualcomm
  • Leslie Richards, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
  • David Roger, President of the Hillman Family Foundations
  • Paul Skoutelas, President and Chief Executive Officer of The American Public Transportation Association
  • Kirk Steudle, Senior Vice President of the Econolite Transportation Systems Group and subsidiary CAVita, and former Director of Michigan Department of Transportation

Learn more about the Advisory Council members here.

The next in person meeting of the Advisory Council will be in November 2020.

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.

Students Get Together at TRB

January 14, 2019
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January 14, 2019

Students from Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pennsylvania, and the Ohio State University (all academic partners of the Mobility21 UTC) made time to get together during the TRB conference in Washington DC.  Students shared information on their academic pursuits, research interests, and brainstormed ways to continue meeting and working together during the spring semester.

Carnegie Mellon University’s Traffic21 Institute Honors Two “Students of the Year”

January 12, 2019
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January 12, 2019

Amelie Bonde and Kristen Scudder, were honored tonight as “Students of the Year” at the annual winter meeting of the Transportation Research Board in Washington, DC.

Annually, the United States Department of Transportation honors the most outstanding student from each participating University Transportation Center (UTC) 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.

Carnegie Mellon University’s Traffic21 Institute houses Mobility21, the National University Transportation Center for Improving Mobility and the T-SET National University Transportation Center for Safety. Students from CMU and University of Pennsylvania were eligible for the T-SET UTC nomination and 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 winners:

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

Amelie Bonde
Amelie Bonde

Amelie Bonde completed a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science in 2014 at Carnegie Mellon University, and is currently a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University. Amelie worked on research pertaining to a structural vibration-based building occupancy estimation system at CMU and more recently on an in-automobile heartbeat monitoring system

using vibration sensors installed in a car seat. She is an NSF Graduate Research Fellow with a focus in the area of cyber-physical systems, smart homes and devices.

Pei Zhang, Carnegie Mellon University Associate Research Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering nominated Amelie for this honor saying, “…She is an amazing researcher that has many novel ideas and will surely be a star researcher one day.”

Amelie’s research thesis is on vibration sensors on vehicle seats that can feel the movement of humans in the car. These small movements can allow for the detection of activities the person is engaged in and biometrics such as heart rate and breath rate, with an aim of assessing driver stress and distractedness.

T-SET National University Transportation Center for Safety Student of the Year

Kristen Scudder
Kristen Scudder

Kristen Scudder is pursuing a Master of City and Regional Planning with a concentration in Sustainable Infrastructure and Transportation from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to graduate school, she received her B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Southern California and spent 6 years as a structural engineer and data automation specialist on global infrastructure projects. In addition to using eye tracking to perform safe mobility research for Mobility21 Research Director Dr. Ryerson, Kristen serves on the Penn Student Transportation Club board and is a Freight and Aviation Planning Intern at The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission.

Her nominator, Megan S. Ryerson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning, PennDesign, Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering, PennEngineering and Associate Dean for Research, PennDesign at the University of Pennsylvania described Kristen as “…Kristen is a standout Master of City Planning student at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. Kristen brings a rigorous background in Civil and Environmental Engineering to her urban planning education, and she is combining these fields to tackle complex issues including the design of urban transportation infrastructure for safety and designing routing plans and policies for urban freight vehicles.”

Kristen’s research focuses on planning urban infrastructure, city planners and traffic engineers use aggregate data, such as pedestrian and cyclist flow counts and the number of reported crashes per intersection, to identify critically unsafe locations. By using eye tracking data on how pedestrians and cyclists perceive surrounding infrastructure, street design convention can be expanded beyond relying on pre-set road designs and killed and seriously injured (KSI) as a metric for safety.

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 2018 UTC Students of the Year!

To learn more about the University Transportation Centers’ Student of the Year awards please click here: https://www.transportation.gov/utc/outstanding-students-year

Two CMU Students Selected as 2018 Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program Awardees

December 5, 2018
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December 5, 2018

Matt Battifarano and Rick Grahn, both PhD students in Carnegie Mellon University’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department were selected as prestigious Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program awardees.

Matt Battifarano
Matt Battifarano

Before starting his coursework at CMU, Matt Battifarano spent three years as a data scientist at Bridj, a smart urban transportation startup where he built models of transit demand within a city and methods to optimize vehicle routes to meet that demand. He received my Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics with a minor in Computational Neuroscience from the University of Chicago in 2012.

Rick Grahn
Rick Grahn

Rick Grahn worked as a structural engineer and obtained his Professional Engineer certification in the State of California before enrolling in CMU.  He also served a year with Americorps providing affordable housing to residents in Oakland, CA. He has a BS in Civil Engineering (2009) and MS in Structural Engineering (2011) from the University of New Mexico.

The mission of the Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program is to attract the nation’s brightest minds to the field of transportation and advance transportation workforce development. The DDETFP is managed by Technology Partnership Program, Federal Highway Administration. The DDETFP encompasses all modes of transportation.

The DDETFP awards are fellowships to students pursuing degrees in transportation-related disciplines. This program advances the transportation workforce by helping to attract the nation’s brightest minds to the field of transportation, encouraging future transportation professionals to seek advanced degrees, and helping to retain top talent in the U.S. transportation industry.

From its initial support of graduate research fellowships in 1983, to the current program’s inception in the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991, the DDETFP has awarded over $50 million to the brightest minds in the transportation industry. From this investment, fellows have pushed for innovative change in multimodal areas from highway infrastructure to aviation to maritime, making the industry more effective and efficient. Fellows pursue careers in academia, private industry, and public service, becoming leaders across the nation.

DDETFP awards are merit-based and generally result in 150-200 grants annually, subject to the availability of funds.

[Source: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/innovativeprograms/centers/workforce_dev/post_secondary_education.aspx]

Congratulations to Matt and Rick for being selected as 2018 Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program Awardees!

Research, Development and Deployment In Action: Mobility21 Deployment Partner Consortium Symposium Provides Opportunities for Engagement

November 9, 2018
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On Friday, November 9, 2018, over 100 attendees participated in the annual Symposium of the Traffic21 /Mobility21 Deployment Partner Consortium.  Participants included consortium members from the public and private sectors along with faculty and students.  The symposium is sponsored by the Carnegie Mellon University Traffic21 Institute and Mobility21 National University Transportation Center and held on CMU’s campus.

Ramayya Krishnan, Dean, Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy

The group was welcomed by Ramayya Krishnan, Dean, Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy.  He thanked everyone for their involvement and critical role in providing the “real life” connection to the research.  Then Chris Hendrickson, Director, Traffic21 Institute and Raj Rajkumar, Director, Mobility21 National University Transportation Center provided an overview of both Traffic21 and  Mobility21 activity and plans.

The day included three panels focused on industry, government, and community along with lots of audience participation.  Each panel featured thought leaders who shared their perspective on how new transportation technology is impacting industry and communities and and how research or education might address these real-world needs.

Raymond Betler, President and CEO of Wabtec Corporation

The first panel focused on industry, with panelists discussing “Emerging Technology Trends.”

  • Rebecca Brewster, President and Chief Operating Officer of the American Transportation Research Institute 
  • Raymond Betler, President and CEO of Wabtec Corporation
  • Robert Grant, Head of Government Relations, Aurora
  • Jim Misener, Senior Director of Technical Standards at Qualcomm
Johanna Jochum, Attorney, Mobility, Transport & Safety Practice Group of Babst Calland

The second panel of the day was the Government Panel which focused on “New Technology Policy Challenges.”

  • Roger Cohen, Senior Advisor to the Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
  • Johanna Jochum, Attorney, Mobility, Transport & Safety Practice Group of Babst Calland
  • Karina Ricks, Director, City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure
  • Paul Skoutelas, President and Chief Executive Officer of The American Public Transportation Association
JaLissa D. Coffee, Director of Operations, Conference of Minority Transportation Officials

The last panel highlighted community issues and the “Societal Impacts of Disruptive Technology.”

  • JaLissa D. Coffee, Director of Operations, Conference of Minority Transportation Officials
  • Ashley Hand, Co-founder, CityFi
  • Ken McLeod, Policy Director, The League of American Bicyclists
  • Chris Sandvig, Policy Director, Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group
Leslie Richards, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

The keynote speaker for the event was Leslie Richards, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Secretary Richards shared her thoughts on the future of transportation in the commonwealth, the new autonomous vehicle testing policy, and the challenges of keeping up with all the changes. She also spent time answering questions from the symposium attendees.

The day concluded with a research poster session and networking reception. Over 16 research projects were featured during the event. Researchers were able to share information about their projects, exchange ideas with attendees, and even forge some new partnerships.

Poster Session

Putting our research, development and deployment approach into action – the symposium provided an opportunity for interaction and discussion among researchers, students and deployment partners. Conversations were held not only during the formal program, panels and poster sessions, but during breaks and over lunch.

The Mobility21 team is a tight collaboration among Carnegie Mellon University (Lead), the University of Pennsylvania, the Ohio State University and the Community College of Allegheny County, and brings to bear the reach and scale of all four institutions.

Tackling the multi-faceted nature of Mobility21 objectives requires coordinated research, education, workforce development and technology transfer. This work is supported by researchers spanning multiple disciplines such as  engineering, computer science and robotics, public policy, urban design, information systems and data analytics.

Deployment Partner Consortium members represent public agencies, non-profit organizations, private sector companies, and other research institutions who actively support Traffic21 and Mobility21 research.

Learn more about the Deployment Partner Consortium by clicking here.

 

Engaging the Experts: Mobility21 National UTC Advisory Council Weighs In

November 8, 2018
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On Thursday, November 8, 2018, a talented group of national leaders attended the Carnegie Mellon University Traffic21 Institute and Mobility21 National University Transportation Center (UTC) Advisory Council meeting, held on CMU’s campus.

CMU Interim Provost, Laurie R. Weingart welcoming the Advisory Council to CMU.

The group was welcomed by CMU Interim Provost, Laurie R. Weingart.  She shared her thoughts on the role of education, research, innovation and technology transfer happening at university.  She also talked about the importance of the advisory council and thanked the council for their role in the work being done through Traffic21 and the Mobility21 UTC.

Mobility21 UTC Director, Raj Rajkumar and Traffic21 Director, Chris Hendrickson then provided an overview of update of activities and plans at the centers.  The day continued with Traffic21 and Mobility21 Executive Director, Stan Caldwell leading a discussion on technology transfer and plans for the upcoming National UTC Mobility Summit scheduled to be held in Washington, DC on April 11, 2019.  Advisory Council members shared their expertise and ideas on workforce demand, technology trends, research needs,  and new funding opportunities to advance the missions of Traffic21 and Mobility21.

One of the members reflected on the experience and reported the meeting was a “Great opportunity to meet with CMU leaders and Advisory Council members with whom I don’t normally interact with in the transportation industry.”

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The Mobility21 team is a tight collaboration among Carnegie Mellon University (Lead), the University of Pennsylvania, the Ohio State University and the Community College of Allegheny County, and brings to bear the reach and scale of all four institutions.

Tackling the multi-faceted nature of Traffic21 and Mobility21 objectives requires coordinated research, education, workforce development and technology transfer.  This work is supported by researchers spanning multiple disciplines such as engineering, computer science and robotics, public policy, urban design, information systems and data analytics.

The distinguished Advisory Council of national leaders provides strategic guidance and counsel.  Advisory Council members include:

  • Raymond T. Betler, President and CEO of Wabtec Corporation
  • Rebecca M. Brewster, President and Chief Operating Officer of the American Transportation Research Institute
  • Robin Chase, Co-founder Zipcar, Veniam, NUMo
  • Ty Gourley, Vice President of the Hillman Family Foundations
  • Charles L. Hammel III, President and owner, PITT OHIO Express
  • Ashley Hand, Co-founder CityFi; formerly Transportation Technology Strategist Fellow for Los Angeles
  • Katharine Kelleman, Chief Executive Officer at Port Authority of Allegheny County
  • Jane Lappin, Director, Public Policy & Government Affairs, Toyota Research Institute
  • Ken McLeod, Policy Director at The League of American Bicyclist
  • James A. Misener, Senior Director, Technical Standards at Qualcomm
  • Leslie Richards, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
  • David Roger, President of the Hillman Family Foundations
  • Paul Skoutelas, President and Chief Executive Officer of The American Public Transportation Association
  • Kirk Steudle, Director of Michigan Department of Transportation

Learn more about the Advisory Council members here.

The next in person meeting of the Advisory Council will be in November 2019.

Mobility21 Next-Gen Truck Summit at Penn

October 24, 2018
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On October 24-25, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Mobility21 Center, in partnership with the PRECISE Center, at the Engineering School of the University of Pennsylvania will be hosting a two-day event entitled “Moving America Forward: Next Generation of Truck Freight Transport Summit.”  Top experts from government, companies, and academia, in the goods movement industry, will be giving presentations and hosting discussions about the challenges and opportunities in implementing infrastructure changes and commercializing trucking technologies (e.g., self-driving systems, alternative fuels andpower trains, digitization, and structural changes) in the near future. Individuals and organizations who have an interest in shaping the future of ground transportation or have cutting-edge, innovative ideas to solve the complex problems facing the industry today will find this summit particularly beneficial.  Admission is free for students and $100 for non-students. Seating is limited and based on first-come first serve, so early registration is recommended.

The keynote speakers for the summit will be Raymond P. Martinez, administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and Leslie Richards, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.  A full list of the presenters and panelists is available on the PRECISE website (link below).  Attendees will include truck OEMs, tech developers, toll road developers, online retailers, investment bankers, shippers, logistics operators, academia, government officials and transportation regulators.

The agenda includes topics such as “Automation, Vehicle Connectivity & Platooning,” “Electrification & Fueling Future Freight,” “Financing Interstate 2.0,” “Digitization in Logistics and Supply Chain,” “Logistics of the Last Mile,” and “Employment & Environmental Impacts.” The freight transportation market and pilot studies of a new operating model and platform for dedicated, high-speed lanes will also be discussed.

The event will be held on October 24-25, 2018 at the Singh Center for Nanotechnology, University of Pennsylvania, 3205 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.  More details about the event can be found on PRECISE’s website.